January 9, 2013
Hideout by Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman's new book Hideout features the return of the ultimate bad-guy, Wendell Palomino (also known as “Swindle” to Griffin and his gang of friends). In this 5th installment of the Swindle series, Swindle returns for the valuable Doberman Luthor, and threatens to exact revenge on the six teenagers who ran him out of town.
Somehow, the devious Swindle makes the documentation of Luthor’s adoption by Savannah disappear. She’s now faced with a court order to turn her dog over to the low-life man, which will only happen over her dead body! The kids, in an effort to outsmart the court order, shuffle the dog from summer camp to summer camp, only to find new and increasingly more challenging obstacles in their way.
Luthor only behaves for Savannah; which is an issue whenever she’s not around. Also, it’s a little hard to sneak around a 150-pound dog when people are watching your every move. To make matters worse, it’s as if Swindle predicts their every move – and with unknown henchmen sent to do Swindle’s dirty work, the kids must be wary of every adult they meet.
Can Griffin (a.k.a. The Man With The Plan), Ben (his narcoleptic best friend), Logan (the actor), Pitch (the climber), Savannah (the animal whisperer), and Melissa (the computer genius) be able to stop Swindle’s greedy paws from stealing the ferociously loved pooch? Read the book and find out!
Watch the Hideout trailer.
Read chapter 1 of Hideout.
Are you a fan of the Swindle series? Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the gang’s latest adventure in the Comments.
—Elysse, STACKS Writer
January 8, 2013
Deltora Scavenger Hunt
Many of you are big fans of the Deltora Quest and the Golden Door series. Full of fantasy, magic, monsters, and more, they are easy series to get lost in. And – cool fact – author Emily Rodda actually said she wrote Deltora based on the structure of a video game after seeing how into video games her own kids were.
Deltora came out around the same time as Harry Potter, and took off from there. If you’re a huge Deltora fan, or just getting started, we challenge you to a Scavenger Hunt! All the answers can be found in the murky depths of the Deltora Quest and Golden Door sites. So explore the sites and see if you can find the answers to our Scavenger Hunt questions.
January 7, 2013
Writing Prompt: That Awkward Moment When
Did you ever experience an awkward moment like forget somebody's name when they totally remembered yours? Or fart in the dead silence of a movie theater? Or loudly scream "Mommy!" in the mall, forgetting you now call your parent 'Mom" or sometimes cleverly by their first name? These are the moments – those awkward moments – you will laugh about later but cringe at now!! Today's Writing Prompt asks you to finish the following phrase:
Here’s one of mine to get you started.
That awkward moment when in seventh grade I was talking to my crush only to realize afterwards I had a large piece of, um, something (!) stuck under my nose.
Fill in yours in the Comments below. I can't wait to read these ones!
That awkward moment when . . .
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
January 4, 2013
Movies to look for in 2013!
A new year brings new resolutions, new boy bands, new American Idol winners, and of course. . . new movies! There are a ton of cool movies coming out in 2013 from sequels, to remakes, to concert movies. So grab your popcorn and take a look. . .
January 2, 2013
The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
Ash Mistry has always loved Hindu myths: the awesome weapons, the brave warriors, the gods watching over all. Visiting his aunt and uncle in India, he finds the country just as fascinating. When wealthy Lord Alexander Savage asks Ash's uncle to work for him, the family is overjoyed. But Ash knows something is wrong at Lord Savage's fortress, where the bodyguards all seem to have strangely long teeth….
Then Ash discovers a golden arrowhead once possessed by the great warrior-king Rama. In their hunger for the weapon, Savage's bodyguards reveal their true natures: They're rakshasas, demons of Indian myth, defeated by Rama many centuries ago. But why are they working for Savage? And what do they want with the arrowhead? As the myths come to life around him, Ash teams up with a beautiful rakshasa girl in a desperate battle to save not just the world, but reality itself.
Perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull, The Savage Fortress introduces a terrific new fantasy hero.
Read an excerpt.
What do you think? Are you excited about this new fantasy book? Leave a Comment.