Author Archives: Amanda

September 17, 2013

Class Pet Who Would Win

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Class Pet Who Would Win

Which class pet would be more awesome? Would you rather a fluffy little guinea pig or a cute little piglet?

Leave your votes in the Comments below, and may the cutest pet win! PS. Why is it called a guinea pig? It doesn’t look anything like a pig!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

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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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ReadalikesYou 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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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.

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. Click on the book cover below to see a whole bunch of other Beezus and Ramona Readalike books you might also love.


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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August 19, 2009

America’s Next Top Model: Book Series

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Antm_130 For all you fans of America’s Next Top Model, we’re happy to introduce you to a fabulous new book series inspired by the show, for readers ages 12 and up.

The characters in these books do not have a typical summer vacation. They attend the elite Top Model Prep in New York City where the girls compete to become the next big thing in the world of fashion and beauty. 40 girls have been accepted to the summer program but only one will win the coveted prize: becoming America’s Next Top Model!

Books #1 and #2 are available now and they are packed with stories of high fashion. . . and high drama.

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Read this excerpt (PDF) from Book #1: Face Value and get a sneak peek of what happens when the girls move into their chic SoHo apartment.

Get ready for life at the top!

— Whitney, Scholastic Staffer

June 25, 2009

Selena Gomez on the Princess Protection Program

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ThumbnailTomorrow (June 26th) is the premiere of Princess Protection Program on the Disney Channel! Here’s the scoop:

Princess Rosalinda is about to become the Queen of Costa Luna when her country was invaded by an evil dictator. In order to protect her, she is placed in the Princess Protection Program to keep her identity hidden. Now known as Rosie, she moves in with Carter’s family in rural Louisiana. Carter teaches Rosie how to act like a normal American teenager, and Rosie teaches Carter how to be a princess.

Did you know that Rosie and Carter are friends in real life, though? Yep, you may recognize these famous BFFs — Demi Lovato (Sunny with a Chance) slips into Rosalinda’s royal slippers, and Carter’s sneakers are filled by Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place). Read our exclusive interview with Selena and see what it’s like to be best friends with your co-star — plus some inside dish on her upcoming album!

Was it fun working with Demi on Princess Protection Program?
I really don’t think I could find anything that was wrong with working with Demi. We’ve known each other for almost 10 years now, so there isn’t really anything we can surprise each other with. It is kind of odd trying to pretend like I don’t know who this person is in the movie, in the beginning, so that was fun. Being able to work with someone you’re comfortable with is always nice because it’s not the awkward, “Hi, nice to meet you. We have to pretend to be best friends.” So all the stuff that’s genuine in the movie is actual.

Does the friendship in the movie mirror real life?
Yeah, I think the parts where we’re laughing and being goofballs is absolutely one hundred percent us. Half the time, they’d keep the cameras rolling because we’d keep going and going and sit there and talk and laugh until we couldn’t breathe anymore. It was pretty much all genuine.

Are you similar to Carter and was Demi similar to Rosalinda?
Yes. Demi grew up in pageants, so back home in Texas, she was always poised and grew up that way. And I was a tomboy growing up. So it was back to our childhoods just for a little bit while we were shooting the movie.

How did you guys first meet?
In line, auditioning for Barney. We were in line with 1,400 kids, and she asked me to color with her, and I sat down on the ground and colored with her. We ended up booking the series together. Ten years later, we’re working for the same network, and we’re getting to grow and go through all of this together. Not being able to see each other can get really frustrating. But the one thing that I do admire about our friendship is, even if we’re separated for two years straight, we can’t forget our friendship and we can’t forget what it means to us, so I think distance does make the heart grow fonder.
PppWhich scene in the movie did you like the best?
My favorite scene has to be the scene where Demi and I finally are friends in the movie, because it was really fun to shoot. After we’d shot all the scenes where we don’t like each other, it was refreshing to just be friends like we normally are.

And the hardest scene?
Acting like I didn’t know her. There’s a scene where we first meet, and it’s very weird and awkward because I’m not supposed to have any idea who this girl is and I’ve known her for 10 years, so that was a little weird.

Any funny stories?
Me and Demi would get really bored sometimes and throw food, but only at each other. (laughs) We cleaned it up after we were done, I promise.

What do you guys like to do when you’re just being yourselves off the set?
 We like to just be normal 16-year-olds, because we can’t be every day. We’re obviously working. So it’s nice to be able to go to her house, listen to music, do each other’s hair and make-up, and talk about boys and gossip. That’s what normal 16-year-olds do, and that’s when that inner 16-year-old comes out.

What music do you listen to now?
I like Kelly Clarkson’s new record. I’m listening to Jason Mraz and Demi’s new record — it hasn’t come out yet, but I’ve heard it. It’s amazing.

What about you and records?
My first CD comes out in September. I’m excited. I wanted to make sure my music was fun and energetic. I didn’t want it to be too serious, because I’m not Christina Aguilera and have no intention to be. I think I just wanted to make sure it was fun.

How do you and Demi support each other if one of you is down?
We have a lot of inside jokes. Whenever we’re kind of stressed about everything going on in the business now, with rumors or with people hurting us or doing things like that, I say, “Hey, remember when we were, like, 12 at your house in Texas and we were barbecuing . . . ” And then we remember the good times. It’s nice to say, “Remember when . . . ” just to know that we have each other.

What would Demi say that she likes best about you?
That I don’t judge her. I feel like sometimes she gets afraid that people don’t like her if she wears too much eyeliner or she likes to listen to rock music, and I think she gets a little nervous because she doesn’t ever want people to not like her. I never judge anything she does. I always support her.

And what do you like best about her?
I like that she’s honest. I like that she can tell me anything, whether it’s an outfit she absolutely hates or it’s something about my music.

Any obstacles you’ve had to overcome in your career?
Yes. The Disney Channel flew me out when I was 12, and I had to audition in a huge room with probably 15 executives staring at a 12-year-old asking her to sing and perform in front of them. I was very shy. Once I realized this is what I want to do and I should just focus on that, my passion, and I shouldn’t focus on all these people wearing fancy suits — I overcame that and I ended up booking my own series. So I’m very, very happy. My mom helped me overcome that.

ramonaWhat books would you recommend to a friend?
Ramona! [Editor's Note: Selena plays Beezus in the upcoming film adaptation of Beverly Cleary's book Beezus and Ramona]

So there you have it! Let me know if you will be watching the premiere of Princess Protection Program tomorrow!

— Alyssa, STACKS Intern

Interview conducted by Marie Morreale

Photo of Demi and Selena in party dresses © ROMAN FRANCISCO / American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (Disney Channel)
Photo of Demi and Selena on the dock © BOB D’AMICO / American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (Disney Channel)