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January 1, 2014

A Series of Unfortunate Events Readalikes

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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

December 5, 2012

Charlotte’s Web Readalikes

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Charlottes_webCharlotte's Web 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 Charlotte's Web by E.B. WhiteCharlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur—and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton the rat, Charlotte came up with a clever plan to save Wilbur from being turned into bacon.

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November 21, 2012

Warriors Readalikes

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Warriors-Into-the-WildWarriors 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 Warriors series by Erin Hunter. For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

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October 31, 2012

Goosebumps Readalikes

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Goosebumps_tvGoosebumps 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 Goosebumps series. Author R.L. Stine has said that Pinocchio, the story of a wooden puppet coming to life, inspired his Slappy character, and made him want to write about an evil ventriloquist dummy coming to life.

There are, like, a million books by R.L. Stine: the Goosebumps series, the HorrorLand series, the Hall of Horrors series, plus the TV shows. Once you are done with all those, try these other spooky, creepy, scary books for ages 8-11. Continue reading

September 26, 2012

Harry Potter Readalikes

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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 Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Just before Harry’s 11th birthday, an owl tries to deliver him a mysterious letter with a very special message. The letter tells Harry that he has been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It turns out that Harry is not just an unwanted orphan, but a hero in a wizarding world he never even knew existed. This starts him on an amazing path to magic, adventure, friendship, and family. In other words. . . . BEST. BOOKS. EVER!

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August 29, 2012

The Westing Game Readalikes

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Westing-Game_74482522The Westing Game 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 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! You try to solve the puzzle too while you’re reading, but the plot is full of twists and turns to throw you off!

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July 11, 2012

The 39 Clues 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 39 Clues series. When their grandmother dies, Amy and Dan Cahill find out that they are members of the most powerful family in the history of the world, descendants of people like Thomas Jefferson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! But the secret to that power lies in 39 clues hidden around the world, and Amy and Dan must find them — before they fall into the wrong hands.
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There are a bunch of books in that seriesBut once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other adventure books about secret agents, danger, and intrigue for ages 9-12.

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!

Missile Mouse Book #1: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker
Missile Mouse is an agent for the Galactic Security Agency and has a new partner. Can he learn to work with somebody else in order to save the universe? See also the other books in the Missile Mouse series.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Ben has been recruited by the CIA to join their elite academy. As long as he survives the numerous attempts on his life, he may turn out to be a good spy!

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.

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 Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
If you have a problem, and you can pay him, 6th-grader Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys’ bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

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.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When Gregor and his sister travel through a grate in their New York City laundry room, they discover an underworld inching towards war beneath the city. The ancient prophecy foretells that Gregor has an important role to play, and it’s up to him to meet the challenge. See also the other books in the Underland Chronicles.

Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers by Gary Blackwood
People have been sending secret messages and cracking codes since the dawn of mankind. Take a look at puzzling communication of the past and learn how to do it yourself.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember was supposed to be the last refuge for humans, but now it seems to be falling apart. 12-year-old Linda finds part of an ancient message that might just tell her exactly how to save her city. See also the other books in the Ember series.

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Frederick, Giuseppe, and Hannah all live completely different lives. They are brought together by strange circumstances, and they must work together to solve each other’s mysteries.

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!

The Ring of Five Book 1: The Ring of Five by Eoin McNamee
After a cab driver drops Danny off at the wrong boarding school, he learns that he is destined to be the only spy that can prevent an evil world from conquering the good world.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

April 25, 2012

Dreamsleeves

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DreamsleevesDreamsleeves by Coleen Murtagh Paratore (for ages 10 and up)

It's summertime, and Aislinn O'Neill only has 9 weeks before the start of 8th grade. Aislinn is the oldest of 5 children named in alphabetical order. After her is Beck, Callie, Dooley, and Eddie. Because of that, everyone just calls her A.

A hopes to spend the summer conducting summer school in the shed for B, C, D, and E, and trying to get Mike Mancinello to like her. But when the family drops Nana off at the airport for her summer-long trip, everything starts to go downhill. With Nana gone, A is the only one home all day with the little ones. And if her father gets too angry, A won't have Nana to run to for help. Her father seems to be drinking more and his behavior is getting worse and worse. Like when he woke her up in the middle of the night, screaming at her to clean crumbs off the kitchen floor. A swept the floor, but there weren't any crumbs.

No one ever talks about it, but A's father has a problem. And now A's mom is pregnant again after the doctor told her not to have any more. To top it all off, A's best friend Maizey is barely spending any time with her. Aislinn has to figure out how to get her dad to stop drinking before all their lives fall apart. It's going to be a tough summer, but A has big dreams that will pull her through.

–Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

April 4, 2012

The False Prince

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FalseprinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The land of Carthya is on the brink of civil war. Dissenting factions are forming and the throne will soon be challenged. But for Sage, a young pick-pocket who has been bouncing from orphanage to orphanage, always on the run from trouble, the king's problems are not his problems.

That is, until one day when a strange nobleman named Conner takes Sage away from his life on the streets. Sage finds himself unwillingly entered into a challenge with 3 other orphans. To ensure order over the land of Carthya, one of them must pretend to be the Prince son of King Eckbert.

The orphans are pitted against each other to learn how to be royalty, and are led by Conner into a tangled path of incredible lies and shocking truths. To the winner, goes an unimaginable prize – the promise of being heir to the throne of Carthya. But for the losers, something considerably worse — death. Only one can walk away victorious.

Sage must choose: reluctantly play Conner's game and try to become a prince, or find a way to escape death.

Intrigued? Watch the video trailer and read Chapter 1. What would YOU do if you were in that situation? Leave a Comment.

–Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

December 28, 2011

Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

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Drawing from memory Drawing From Memory by Allen Say

Have you ever wondered how people become artists? How they decide their paths? Who helps them; who hurts them? Award-winning children's book illustrator Allen Say knew from a very young age that when he was drawing, he was happy.

Growing up in Japan during World War II wasn't easy. To make matters worse, Allen's parents divorced, and no one in his family wanted him to be an artist. But all that Allen wanted was to be an artist. He spent as much time as he could drawing things he saw, things he imagined, and drawing other people's drawings.

When Allen was just about 13, he read a curious story in the newspaper. A boy, only 3 years older than Allen, had walked 350 miles to Tokyo to ask for a cartoonist job at a local newspaper. Noro Shinpei, the most famous cartoonist in Japan (and Allen's favorite), was so impressed that he made the young man his student. After reading that article, all Allen could think of was whether Shinpei would take him on as a student. Allen had to find out. Shinpei's answer could decide Allen's future as an artist – the only future he had ever wanted.

Read this autobiography to find out Allen Say's path to becoming the world-famous artist he is today.

–Emily, Scholastic Booktalker