Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 6, 2014

What 2013 Taught Me . . .

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writing_prompt_genericWhat 2013 Taught Me . . .

What are some of the important or funny or thrilling or surprising new things you have learned through experience in the past year as we make our New Year Resolutions, and look back on 2013? These are just some things 2013 has taught me!

  • Books are better than TV.
  • People can be surprisingly kind.
  • Old friends are the best friends.
  • Drink more water. Eat less sugar.
  • Adore your parents. You’ll be sad when you don’t live near them one day.
  • Get rid of the negative energy. You’ll be happier.
  • Don’t leave dirty diapers or dog poop in the kitchen trash can overnight. You’ll be sorry in the morning.

What are some of the things 2013 taught you? Leave your thoughts (both funny and deep) in the Comments below. Farewell, 2013!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

January 2, 2014

Whatever After: Name the Book Part 2!

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WhateverAfterBlogPost[2]YOU choose the book title!

Last year, we asked STACKS readers to vote for the title of an upcoming Whatever After book. Author Sarah Mlynowski appreciated your help so much that you get to pick the title of the sixth book in the series, too! That’s right, YOU get to decide the title of the next Whatever After book!

For those of you not familiar with the series, in each book Abby and her younger brother visit a different fairy tale and accidentally mess up the stories. They have to fix everything so the characters can have their happy endings.

Book 6 takes Abby to the story of Beauty and the Beast. Which do you think would be the best title for the story?

Title Choices:

  • Sitting Pretty
  • Beautylicious
  • Beauty Queen

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. The winner is Beauty Queen! Thanks for voting! Visit scholastic.com/whateverafter to learn more about the books and to play the dress up game.

January 2, 2014

The 2013 Person of the Year Is . . .

Posted by at 10:41 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

Writing_prompt_generic2013 PERSON OF THE YEAR!

Time Magazine has their Person of the Year, and we now present the first ever . . . STACKS Person of the Year!

Last week, we asked you to nominate the person or group of people that have had the biggest impact in YOUR world in 2013. There were lots of amazing nominations, but the person with the most nominating Comments is . . . Taylor Swift!

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014

A Series of Unfortunate Events Readalikes

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seriesunfortunate_events130A Series of Unfortunate Events 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.

In A Series of Unfortunate Events Book #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, a greedy relative will stop at nothing to ensure he gets the inheritance left to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. However, he doesn’t realize that their cleverness outmatches his!

There are 13 books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, plus a movie starring Jim Carrey, but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other exciting books for ages 9-12 about smart, brave kids going on adventures and solving mysteries.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four children are selected for a secret undercover mission while attending the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. See also the other books in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
When foster child Alcatraz turns 13, he starts a crazy adventure against evil librarians, and reveals a secret talent, and a call to save the world from destruction. See also the other books in the Alcatraz series.

Larklight by Philip Reeve
Someone is out to destroy the solar system, and Arthur and his sister Myrtle are determined to foil their plans.

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E Basye
After dying in a freak marshmallow bear explosion, Milton and his sister Marlo are sent to Heck, a reform school for the no-longer-living – and they can’t wait to escape. See also the other books in the Circles of Heck series.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It’s fairies vs. a 12-year-old evil genius mastermind who is trying to steal their gold. But he has no idea what he is up against! See also the other books in the Artemis Fowl series.

Edge Chronicles: Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
After feeling like he never fit in, Twig learns that he was adopted by his Woodtroll family. He sets out on an adventure outside of Deepwoods to find where he belongs. See also the other books in The Edge Chronicles.

Trolls by Polly Horvath
Eccentric Aunt Sally comes from Canada to babysit the Anderson children while their parents are on a trip to Paris. Every night, her bedtime story adds another piece to a very suspicious family history.

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
Orphan Molly Moon discovers she has the ability to hypnotize just about anyone to believe just about anything – so she uses her newfound powers to become famous.

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Two orphan brothers have a magical adventure after they flee their aunt and join a criminal ring of street children.

Whales on Stilts by M. T. Anderson
Killer tarantulas, an army of whales, screaming ventriloquists are just some of the crazy characters featured in these stories. Take a walk on the wild side with these crazy detective stories. See also the other books in the Thrilling Tales series.

Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner
Three sisters are running from the evil Dr. DeWilde, searching for a way to keep him from taking control of the entire land.

Hope you like our Readalikes!

–Emily, Scholastic Booktalker