Author Archives: Amanda

October 10, 2013

Bullying Prevention Month

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make_a_differenceYOU Can Help Prevent Bullying!

Bullying is no laughing matter. Everyone has been bullied or teased, but bullying is wrong and does not have to happen. It hurts everyone who is involved. It is important to think about the consequences of being a bully, witness, or a victim. Together, we can take a stand to stop bullying in schools everywhere. Take this quiz and see how you would handle these different bullying scenarios! Then click here for ways to deal with bullies. Continue reading

October 7, 2013

October STACKS Profile Spotlight

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DreamtimepinkSTACKS Spotlight: Get to Know Dreamtimepink9!

  • She likes October because she was born in that month and she has a sweet tooth for candy, chocolates, and cookies.
  • Her hobbies include acting, drawing, writing stories, riding her bike, and roller skating!
  • She daydreams a lot, and hopes to one day become a teacher.
  • Dreamtimepink9 loves reading adventure books, comic books, fantasy, and mysteries!

Her Book Suggestions:  

Her Dream Halloween Costume: Fairy or Mermaid!

Add Dreamtimepink9 as a friend, and join her Avengers Fan Fiction. She’s really interesting. Check out her profile!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

September 17, 2013

Class Pet Who Would Win

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trivia_quiz1Class Pet Who Would Win

Which class pet would be more awesome? Would you rather have a fluffy, little guinea pig or a cute, little piglet as a pet in your classroom? Don’t forget to to take into account the smell!

pig IBR-1878726 Leave your votes in the Comments below, and may the cutest pet win!  By the way, why is it called a guinea pig? It doesn’t look anything like a pig!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

PS. We have other Who Would Win polls. Vote in them all!

September 16, 2013

September STACKS Profile Spotlight

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Profile_yellowglow_130September STACKS Profile Spotlight

Her hobbies include writing stories, playing board games, and surfing the net.

  • She loves dogs and chocolate chip cookies.
  • She wants to be a teacher, and dreams of exploring castles and historic ancient ruins.
  • Yellowglow loves reading, and reads everything from adventure books to comic books and magazines!

Get to know Yellowglow!

Her Book Suggestions:

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Nancy Drew mystery stories by Carolyn Keane
  • Daring Adventures series by Peter Reese Doyle

How She Got Her Cool Username:  She told us in this post on the STACKS Buzz Board, “Yellowglow was the name of the main character in a book that I wrote when I was 10 or 11 years old.”

Personal Quote from Yellowglow: “Each one of you is carrying a light. Don’t hide it.”

Be sure to strike up a conversation with her on the Buzz Board and add her as a friend! She’s awesome! Check out her profile!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

September 19, 2012

My Sister the Vampire Readalikes

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My Sister the Vampire book coverMy Sister the Vampire 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 My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer. When Olivia Abbott moves to town, she’s excited to join the cheerleading team and make new friends. Then she meets Ivy Vega. At first, Ivy, pale and dressed all in black, looks like Olivia’s opposite. Then the girls look beyond the glittery pink blush and thick black eyeliner to discover they’re identical twins! Olivia and Ivy are brimming with plans to switch places and pull every twin trick in the book. But Olivia soon discovers that she and Ivy aren’t exactly the same. . . Ivy is a vampire.

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August 8, 2012

Dork Diaries Readalikes

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ReadalikesOther Books Like Dork Diaries!

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.Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life book cover by Rachel Renee Russell

Today’s Readalikes are for the Dork Diaries series. These books follow 8th-grader Nikki Maxwell as she describes her TRAUMATIC move to a snooty new school, her EPIC battle with her mom for an iPhone, and her issues with the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids, especially the SNOBBY Mackenzie.

There are 7 books in the series (and a movie coming out in 2015), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other funny books about life in school for girls ages 9-12.

  • The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
    5th grade best friends Lydia and Julie decide to study the popular girls at their school to be better prepared to fit into the popular crowd in middle school. See also the other books in The Popularity Papers series.
  • Gossip from the Girls’ Room: A Blogtastic Novel by Rose Cooper
    Unpopular 6th-grader Sophia writes an anonymous blog on her middle school’s website, and keeps track of everything she overhears in the girls’ bathroom in her notebook.
  • Dear Dumb Diary Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
    Jamie Kelly writes in her middle school diary and describes her life at home and school in humorous detail. Only Jamie’s dumb diary understands why Angeline is awful, her mom’s cooking is terrible, and why her little cousin is so annoying! See also the other books in the Dear Dumb Diary series.
  • Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
    While training her new puppy, 6th-grader Annabelle discovers that many of the same techniques can be used to tame the crazy boys in her middle school.
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
    Author Raina describes in humorous and heartbreaking detail the traumas she went through in 6th grade before and after getting braces.
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Callie is the set designer for her middle school drama production, but the onstage drama is nothing compared to the offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. When two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
  • How I Survived Middle School Can You Get an F in Lunch? by Nancy Krulik
    Jenny and Addie have always been best friends, but when Addie decides she wants to join the Pops, the coolest clique in the school, Jenny is worried she may lose her best friend. See also the other books in the How I Survived Middle School series.
  • Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm
    Ginny can’t wait for 7th grade to end, especially when it involves getting braces, annoying brothers, and losing the lead in the ballet to your ex-best friend. In this story told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a variety of other items, Ginny’s first year of middle school is revealed in gruesome and hilarious detail!
  • The Misfits by James Howe
    Four unpopular 7th-graders create a “No-Name” party for the student council elections representing all the students that have been picked on and called mean names in school.
  • Amelia’s Notebooks by Marissa Moss
    Moving away from your best friend isn’t fun, but at least Amelia has her notebook to write about her life as she struggles with friends, school and of course, gossip. See also the other books in the Amelia’s Notebooks series.
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    Harriet never goes anywhere without her journal. But when her classmates find her notebook and discover what she really thinks of them, Harriet has some serious explaining to do!

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker

June 27, 2012

Nancy Drew Readalikes

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Book_titleYou 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 classic mystery detective Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. 18-year-old Nancy Drew is beautiful, bold, intelligent, wealthy, and can pretty much solve any mystery that gets thrown at her. Even though these books were first published in the 1930s, Nancy Drew is still the ultimate teen detective.

There are a bunch of books in that series, as well as the movie Nancy Drew. But once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Try these other mysteries with super-smart detectives.

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
After she witnesses a robbery taking places across the street, 7th grade ace detective, Sammy gets involved in the investigation. See also the other books in the Sammy Keyes series.

Sleuth or Dare Book #1: Partners in Crime by Kim Harrington
Best friends Darcy and Norah create a fake detective agency! But then their pretend agency gets a real case. Someone is missing, and it’s up to Darcy and Norah to take on the search. Can Darcy and Norah crack the case in time? See also the other books in the Sleuth or Dare series.

The Sisters Grimm Book #1: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their grandmother, an unusual old woman whom they believe to be dead, and discover that fairy tales may not be fiction after all. See also the other books in the Sisters Grimm series.

The Secret Series Book #1: The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Pseudonymous Bosch has a secret he can’t share. Or maybe he can, if you’re brave enough. A magician is dead, and it’s up to two 11-year-old misfits to figure out why and stop those responsible from wreaking more havoc. See also the other books in the Secret series.

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.

The 39 Clues Book #1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
After their grandmother passes away, siblings Amy and Dan Cahill must race the rest of their greedy (and deadly) family to be the first to uncover 39 clues and the mystery involving their family. See also the other books in the 39 Clues series.

The Genius Files Book #1: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
13-year-old twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald, discover they are on the list of YAGs (Young American Geniuses), and must work with other YAGs to solve the nation’s problems. See also the other books in the Genius Files series.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
When a famous painting goes missing, 11-year-old Petra and Calder must combine their talents to solve this international mystery. You solve the mystery along with the characters using the artwork throughout the story. See also The Wright 3 and The Calder Game.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
16 different people are invited to a mansion to solve the death of the eccentric millionaire Sam Westing. Whoever can solve the mystery will inherit Westing’s 200-million dollar prize!

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Ted and Kat’s cousin entered the London Eye ferris wheel, but he never exited. Now, Ted and Kat must put their heads together to find out what happened to him — before it is too late.

The Sherlock Files Book #1: The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett
When Xena and Xander Holmes discover that Sherlock was their great-great-great grandfather, they take it upon themselves to solve unsolved mysteries from his 100-year-old casebook. See also the other books in the Sherlock Files series.

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
Principal Wagner is always in control of his school, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help infamous 12-year-old detective Mudshark.

The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery by Angie Frazier
It is 1905 and Suzanna works at her family’s inn in Loch Harbor, but she wants to be a detective like her uncle. When a young guest disappears, can Zanna solve the mystery before her uncle closes the case? See also The Mastermind Plot.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker

May 9, 2012

Beezus and Ramona Readalikes

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Beezus and Ramona 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.

Let’s start with the classic story of older sister and younger sister, Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. 5-year-old Ramona drives her big sister Beezus CRAZY! It is not that Ramona deliberately sets out to make trouble. She simply has more imagination than is healthy for any one person, and it somehow always causes problems.

There are a bunch of books in that series, as well as the movie Ramona and Beezus. But once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Try these other books about dealing with sisters, school, and everyday life problems for ages 8-10.

Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin
When her grandfather moves in, 9-year-old Pearl must adjust to living with her 13-year-old, insanely popular sister Lexie.

Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear by Norma Fox Mazer
10-year-old Sprig has a love-hate relationship with her older sister. Sometimes they get along ok, but sometimes Sprig just wants her to disappear.

The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald 
Sisters Alex, Stevie, and Joey tell their individual stories about what it’s like to be a sister.

Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
With so many Graces in her 3rd grade class, Grace Stewart gets stuck with the name “Just Grace” even though she is far from normal.

Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name by Sharon Draper
9-year-old Sassy hates being the smallest in her school and the youngest in her family, so she attempts to stand out using her expertise in fashion.

Piper Reed: Navy Brat by Kimberly Holt
As a Navy aircraft mechanic, Piper’s father must uproot his family yet again, so 9-year-old Piper has to deal with being the new kid in Florida.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
3rd grader Clementine has a disagreement with her best friend Margaret, and it seems like her world is coming to an end.

Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley by Stephanie Greene
Sophie is excited to finally be turning 10 and to be in the double digits, but she soon learns that growing up can bring unwanted changes.

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Book #1: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
9-year-old Allie knows it all and has a rule for everything, but when she learns her family is moving across town, she realizes she needs more rules.

Amelia Rules Book #1: The Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley
4th grader Amelia humorously struggles with moving from Manhattan to a small town with her mom and aunt after her parents’ divorce.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Four motherless sisters aged 4-12 vacation with their father in Massachusetts where they encounter the snobby Mrs. Tifton and her pianist son, Jeffrey.

Casson Family Book #1: Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
The eccentric, lovable Casson family has been raising their niece Saffron as their own, but when Saffy discovers she’s adopted, the family travels to Italy to get a special token from her past.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Since her mother’s housekeeping job does not allow children, 11-year-old Turtle is sent from New Jersey to live with relatives in Key West in the summer of 1935.

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford
Summer is about to end and soon to be 4th Grader Moxy has done just about everything over the summer except read her assigned book, Stuart Little.

Amelia’s Notebooks by Marissa Moss
Moving away from your best friend isn’t fun, but at least Amelia has her notebook to write about her life as she struggles with friends, school and of course, gossip. See also the other books in the Amelia’s Notebooks series.

Hank Zipzer Book #1: Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Hank always finds himself in crazy situations, but he’s a good kid! Why does he always get into trouble? See also the other books in the Hank Zipzer series.

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy
In an effort to make her classmates jealous, thirteen year old Pandy brings her father’s special box to school and ends up releasing all the evils from inside.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker

September 28, 2010

The Crowfield Curse

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Crowfield Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: No Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh.

The Whistling Hollow is a cursed place. Rumors of strange creatures, hauntings and death surround the mist covered pool. No one approaches the Hollow. No one, except William Paynel. . .

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