Prince Frederick, Md. — August 1, 2007 — Recorded Books, the premier publisher of audiobooks for K-12 schools and a Haights Cross Communications company, has released the third level of Dr. Janet Allen´s Plugged-in to Reading literacy program. Dr. Allen, respected researcher, teacher, and author, created Level 3 of this reading program especially for students in grades 9-12 to complement her already successful Level 1 and Level 2.

Plugged-in to Reading was born from intensive research and is based entirely in high-interest, authentic literature and complementary nonfiction readings combined with unabridged Recorded Books. The program, geared toward middle and high schools, uses the gradual release of responsibility approach, moving readers from teacher-directed instruction to peer-supported instruction and finally to self-directed learning.

Unique to Level 3 are "Classic Connections," resources that are used to build a bridge from each contemporary novel in the set to classic authors, works of literature, or themes, such as connecting Matthew Olshan´s Finn to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. In addition, Level 3 Core Novel materials include SAT test-preparation lessons that teach the students the skills and strategies they need to succeed on standardized tests.

"We are proud to offer the next level of Dr. Janet Allen´s Plugged-in to Reading for high school," says Will DeLamater, Recorded Books´ School Division Manager. "Dr. Allen has carefully chosen the 48 titles in Level 3 and we are confident that every Plugged-in student will find a book to get excited about."

In Baldwin County, Alabama, the middle schools have had such success with Levels 1 and 2 that they´ve decided to bring Level 3 into their high schools. "The literature choices that were made in this Plugged-in to Reading series ? just light [the students´] fire. They go beyond ? it´s just amazing the difference from the beginning of the year to the end."

Already available are Level 1 for grades 5-7 and Level 2 for grades 7-9. Dr. Allen is currently working on an extension of the program that will focus on reading and writing with nonfiction texts.

ABOUT RECORDED BOOKS: Recorded Books, a Haights Cross Communications company, is the largest producer of unabridged audiobooks for K-12 schools. Thousands of titles are available and are narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also publishes and distributes Dr. Janet Allen´s Plugged-in to Reading, a research-based literacy program for middle and high schools based in high-interest, authentic literature. Each level includes everything needed to implement the program. All packaging is designed for high circulation. For more information on Recorded Books, please visit www.recordedbooks.com . For more information on Plugged-in to Reading, please visit www.pluggedintoreading.com .

ABOUT HAIGHTS CROSS COMMUNICATIONS: Founded in 1997 and based in White Plains, NY, Haights Cross Communications is a premier educational and library publisher dedicated to creating the finest books, audio products, periodicals, software and online services, serving the following markets: K-12 supplemental education, public library and school publishing, audiobooks, and medical continuing-education publishing. Haights Cross companies include Sundance/Newbridge Educational Publishing (Northborough, MA), Triumph Learning (New York, NY), Buckle Down Publishing (Iowa City, IA), Options Publishing (Merrimack, NH), Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), and Oakstone Publishing (Birmingham, AL). For more information, visit www.haightscross.com .

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