Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 30, 2013

The 39 Clues Guess the Book Trivia Quiz Answers

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Questionmark_130The 39 Clues Guess the Book Trivia Quiz Answers

Last week, I challenged you to figure out the book titles from just the itty-bitty pieces of these 39 Clues covers. Did you get them all? Read on for the answers.

39 clues

  1. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book #5: Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
    Read Chapter 1.
  2. The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book #1: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson
    OK, this was kind of a trick because the book is not out yet, but it is the first book in the brand new 39 Clues series Unstoppable! Look for it to come out in October, 2013.
  3. The 39 Clues Book #1: The Maze of Bones
    The book that started it all, written by Percy Jackson author, Rick Riordan. . .
  4. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs.Vespers Book #6:Day of Doom by David Baldacci
    This is the 6th and final book in the Cahills vs. Vespers series. Read Chapter 1.
  5. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book #2: A King’s Ransom by Jude Watson
    Read Chapter 1.

Did you get them all? If you did, including Unstoppable, then you are a 39 Clues superfan and legend!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

April 26, 2013

Writing Prompt: Ways to Irritate Me

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Writing_prompt_shout-outWriting Prompt: Ways to irritate me!

Making those annoying farting noises.

Borrowing my stuff without asking.

Talking about me behind my back. (Oh no, you didn’t!!)

These are surefire ways to irritate me. What about you? We know you wanna get it off your chest . . . so go on! I’ll bet we all have a lot more in common than we think!


Leave your answer in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 25, 2013

National Volunteer Week

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BebigBE BIG during National Volunteer Week!

This week is National Volunteer Week, so what better time to discuss how you can make a BIG impact in your community? Service comes in lots of shapes and sizes, and can be as simple as helping your librarian put books back on the shelf, or as BIG as organizing a camp for young people with disabilities. BIG or small, what matters is that you are helping make your community a better place for everyone — and becoming a good citizen at the same time!

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April 24, 2013

April Books of the Month

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Writing_prompt_book_recommendationApril Books of the Month

The Books of the Month series continues! Here's how it works. You write the titles of the books you are reading right now, and I make a word cloud out of all your recommendations. Remember, the more votes a title gets, the bigger the print. Now, prepare yourselves for a shocking upset! This is first month that Percy Jackson did not make the top 3! This month's winner is Harry Potter by, like, a mile, with The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up) in second place, and Dork Diaries in third. Take a look.


Keep the Comments coming for next month's Book Wordle! Leave a Comment with the title of the book you are reading right now, and I will make a new word cloud of all our reads for the whole month. 

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

April 24, 2013

Inkheart Readalikes

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Inkheart_130Inkheart Readalikes

You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

Today’s Readalikes are for the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. These books follow Meggie on an amazing adventure as she discovers that her father has the ability to bring story characters (good and evil) into our world just by reading them out loud!

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April 22, 2013

Writing Prompt: You Know a Book Is Really Good When

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Writing_prompt_bookWriting Prompt: You know a book is really good when . . .

We've all done some crazy things for the love of books.

  • Stayed up past midnight to finish the last chapter.
  • Snuck a flashlight under the covers.
  • Waited in line for hours for a new release.
  • Dropped mashed potatoes or smeared chocolate on the pages because we couldn't be bothered to stop reading to . . . eat.

Crazy, right? So for today's Writing Prompt, inquiring minds want you to finish this sentence:


Leave your answer in the Comments below. We can’t wait to see what you guys say!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 19, 2013

Whatever After Name the Book

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Whatever After cover_smallWhatever After: YOU Name the Book

Have you ever wanted to name a book? Well, now’s your chance! Sarah Mlynowski, the author of the Whatever After series, wants YOU to pick the title for the fifth book in the series!

If you haven’t read Whatever After, the books are about a girl named Abby who gets transported into fairy tales through her basement mirror. The only problem is, she accidentally changes the way the stories come out! She and her brother have to fix everything in order for the characters to have their happy endings.

Learn more about the Whatever After series, and play the Dress-Up Game!

In Book #5, Abby and her brother visit the story of Rapunzel. Click on one of the choices below, and the title with the most votes will officially be the name of the fifth Whatever After book! How cool would it be to know that your vote helped decide the title of a published book?!?

UPDATE: The poll is now closed. Thank you to everyone who voted. The winning title is BAD HAIR DAY!