Author Archives: Emily

December 14, 2011

Pie by Sarah Weeks

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PieWelcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Pie by Sarah Weeks.

Aunt Polly makes an incredible pie. Apple, rhubarb, peanut butter raspberry . . . the entire town of Ipswitch is absolutely nuts for them. Alice adores her aunt as well as the delicious pies that she's so famous for. When Aunt Polly passes away, Alice not only mourns her loss, but the loss of her world-famous pie crust recipe that no one knows how to duplicate.

Strangely, Aunt Polly leaves that world-famous secret recipe to her cat Lardo, and leaves Lardo to Alice! Alice and her friends begin to see just how much Aunt Polly's pies meant to everyone, and realize that Lardo's life may be in danger as the entire town wants to be the next pie contest winner. It's up to them to get to the bottom of the mystery without getting themselves in trouble. They have to figure it out – for the sake of Aunt Polly, for the sake of the cat, and for the sake of those delicious pies.

Will they be able to solve the mystery and reclaim this very special pie crust recipe? Read Pie to find out.

— Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

January 26, 2011

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

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Blog_greatWall Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang.

Everything is nearly in place for Lucy Wu to have an absolutely perfect year. As a sixth grader, she would finally be one of the oldest kids at school. Basketball season, Lucy's favorite time of year, is quickly approaching and she is considering going out for captain of the team. The icing on the cake though, is that Regina, Lucy's older sister, is about to go off to college, meaning Lucy will finally have a bedroom all to herself, and she will finally hear less of the whole Regina is beautiful, Regina is so smart, Regina blah blah blah. Lucy is set to enjoy her perfect year.

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November 17, 2010

Where the Streets Had a Name

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Where_the_streets Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk is: Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah.

Hayaat has been spending way too much time with her family. . . but it’s not exactly something she can change. Hayaat and her family live in Bethlehem, Israel, where curfews force them all to stay inside, so Hayaat cannot escape her parents, lovesick sister Jihan, hyper brother Tariq, crying baby brother Mohammed, or her farting grandmother, Sitti Zeynab.

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October 5, 2010

Half Brother

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Half_brother Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel.

It's not easy welcoming a baby brother after living thirteen years as an only child. It's even harder to welcome a baby brother who isn't even human – but a chimpanzee. Ben Tomlin's parents have embarked on a research project to determine whether chimps, one of mankind’s closest animal relatives, can acquire advanced language skills.

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September 29, 2010

Ghoul Strike

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Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk is: Ghoul Strike by Andrew Newbound.

Alannah Malarra hunts ghosts for a living. Sure, she’s still only twelve, but between her psychic abilities and the fact that she can flick fiery darts from her fingers, she does pretty well.

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July 21, 2010

The Princess Trap

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Stacks_princesstrap_130x130 Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: The Princess Trap, a sequel to The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie.

Jenna is starting to adjust to the fact that the deceased king of Scandia was her father, making her the missing princess! But instead of resembling a glamorous movie, Jenna's life feels more like an annoying soap opera. Dealing with the constant supervision of her bodyguards, snotty boarding school students, and unscrupulous paparazzi is not exactly the reality Jenna expected when she learned of her royal blood. Her best friend, Bea, can't understand Jenna's complaints. After all, who wouldn't want to be a princess? But Jenna can’t even enjoy a slice of pizza in peace.

Far worse than having her picture in the tabloids though, is the civil unrest between the snooty southerners and lower-class northerners of Scandia. It does not look like it will be resolved anytime soon, and Jenna is not ready to deal with civil war – especially not before she’s had her first kiss!

Will Jenna be able to solve her country's problems, and solve her own problems? Read The Princess Trap to find out.

— Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

May 27, 2010

The Keeper’s Tattoo

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Keeperstattoo Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: The Keeper's Tattoo by Gill Arbuthnott.

Nyssa spends her days at the Drowned Boy Inn, serving ale, cleaning tables, and avoiding unseemly advances from inebriated men. While not the most luxurious life, Nyssa doesn't feel anything but lucky – being that the innkeepers, William and his wife, found her as a small child, abandoned and alone, and took her in. Nyssa has no memory of her past, but she has incredibly vivid dreams of another life. Her waking life is pretty predictable. . . but when a strange ship pulls into the town's harbor, everything changes.

After one of the locals attempts to prevent Nyssa from entering the Inn, William reveals to Nyssa the life she never knew she had. Nyssa was part of a family, with a mother, a father, a brother, and all of them belonged to a tribe of people known as the Keepers.

The Keepers were thought to have been all killed off – but Nyssa's mother managed to protect her daughter. Now the people who attempted to annihilate the Keepers found out they hadn't finished the job, and the strange ship in the harbor is coming for Nyssa. There is no time to think about her newly found past or the ever-approaching future. Nyssa must leave behind the only life she's ever known — and fast.

— Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

March 3, 2010

The Pickle King

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Pickleking Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. This week's booktalk: The Pickle King by Rebecca Promitzer.

Beatrice Klednik puts Herman’s Devil Tongue Relish on everything she eats – including eggs, sandwiches, and sometimes even on ice cream. (Gross!)
There’s no denying that she’s kind of a weird girl. Besides her love of the green garnish, Bea has another odd trait. Whenever something isn’t quite right, the pinkie finger on her left hand tingles.

Bea also lives in a weird town. In Elbow, it rains all summer – the kind of rain the drives a person crazy. Unlike most of the kids who can afford to vacation elsewhere, Bea and her friend Sam are stuck in Elbow over the summer, forced to endure what they thought was going to be a miserable, boring, and extremely rainy couple of weeks. They hope to create a little fun for themselves despite the fact that they're stuck in rain town.

So when Sam told Bea that he had something to show her, she figured it’d likely be something weird, and most definitely a waste of time.
But when Sam led Bea into a damp basement, they didn’t see something weird – they saw something, someone. . .dead. Bea’s left pinkie has never twitched and flicked this much before… and things are about to get even weirder.

— Emily, Scholastic Booktalker