The magical Ember Stone is almost complete! But Tag, Skyla, and Blaze need to act fast-- Thorn's army is nearly here! Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! In book 5 of this fantasy series, the magical Ember Stone is almost complete! There is only one piece left to find. But Thorn's darkness is spreading faster than ever! Tag, Skyla, and Blaze must cross the dangerous Shadowlands to find the last piece. What-or who-will they meet along the way? Can the friends complete the stone in time to save Perodia? Engaging black-and-white illustrations on every page bring the action alive in this fast-paced early chapter book series!