Author Archives: Jen

June 12, 2013

Inheritance 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 Inheritance Cycle series by Chistopher Paolini. Eragon is 15 years old when he discovers that he is not just a farm boy. He is a Dragon Rider who is about to be swept into a dangerous adventure that could save or destroy the Empire!

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April 24, 2013

Inkheart 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 Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. These books follow Meggie on an amazing adventure as she discovers that her father has the ability to bring story characters (good and evil) into our world just by reading them out loud!

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December 19, 2012

The Mysterious Benedict Society Readalikes

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Today’s Readalikes are for The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. When 11-year-old Reynie answers this ad in the newspaper (“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”), he has no idea of the adventures he is about to get into. He and 3 other kids pass a series of strange tests that admit them into the Mysterious Benedict Society. That’s when their lives start getting strange!

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November 14, 2012

Flipped Readalikes

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Today’s Readalikes are for Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. The first time Juli saw Bryce, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the 2nd grade, but in the 8th grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

PS. This book was made into a movie in 2010.

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September 12, 2012

The Hunger Games Readalikes

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Hg_130The Hunger Games 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.

You have probably heard of The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up) by Suzanne Collins, where 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, knowing it may be her death sentence.

You might be too young to read The Hunger Games series, or see The Hunger Games movie (rated PG-13), but still want to read some thrilling dystopian books about futuristic worlds gone wrong. These Hunger Games Readalikes are perfect for ages 10-14.

Alex Rider Book #1: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
After Alex’s uncle dies under mysterious circumstances, he has no choice but to go undercover and find out the truth! See also the other books in the Alex Rider series.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It’s fairies vs. a 12-year-old evil genius who concocts a plan to swindle them out of their gold. This book combines magic, kidnapping, and a high-tech fairy spy team. See also the other books in the Artemis Fowl series.

The Roar by Emma Clayton
Mika knows he can win the Pod Finder competition, but doing so will unravel many secrets and lies about the world in which he lives.

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 House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Matt is a clone created by the evil, 140-year-old drug lord El Patron. But when Matt realizes that his own organs will be harvested to keep El Patron alive, he runs away to avoid a terrible fate.

Atherton Book # 1: The House of Power by Patrick Carman
The world of Atherton is getting more treacherous as the ground itself begins to rumble, shift, and change. When Edgar discovers a book that holds the secrets of their entire world, the fate of Atherton depends on his actions. See also the other books in the Atherton series.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonah’s world is perfect; nobody suffers from sadness or pain. But will this change when he is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memories? See also the other books in the Giver Quartet.

Messenger by Lois Lowry
Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world’s past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer’s staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song.

Son by Lois Lowry
They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist, or that Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

The Limit by Kristen Landon
Kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. 13-year-old Matt wonders if he might be next, but as long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit, and to change his reality forever.

Saving Sky by Diane Stanley
The country is at war, terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. She lives off the grid on sixty acres of rural New Mexico ranch land with chores to do and horses to ride and no television or internet to bring disturbing news into her family’s adobe house. But, can Sky’s family remain untouched when their friend becomes a target, or will their protection of her friend cause them harm?

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Each year, all the 13-year-olds of Quill are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Alex’s artistic nature may cause him to become an Unwanted. Is there any hope for him, or will his creativity lead to his death?

Shadow Children Book # 1: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Luke has been in hiding his whole life because his existence is illegal in a society where parents are allowed no more than 2 children. He can’t leave the house to go outside and play, or to go to school. He can’t stand near the window in case someone outside might spot him. If his existence is discovered by anyone outside his own family, the Population Police will take him away. Also the other books in the Shadow Children series.

The Keepers Book # 1: Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Like every child in the city, Goldie wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything without being chained to an adult and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day. After a bomb explodes on Separation Day, Goldie takes the opportunity to run away, and discovers secrets that threaten the lives of the people in Jewel. See also the other books in The Keepers Trilogy.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

August 21, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Readalikes

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Today’s Readalikes are for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. These books follow Greg Heffley as he enters middle school with the goal of increasing his popularity. Unfortunately, Greg is just kind of an average kid, probably not destined for mega-popularity.

There are 10 books in the series (Book #11 comes out November 1!), and 3 movies, but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other funny books for ages 9-12 about life, school, and just being a regular kid. Get ready for a whole bunch of other Diary of a Wimpy Kid Readalike books you might also love. Continue reading

March 28, 2012

New Titanic Book!

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Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

When the RMS Titanic was built in the early 1900s, it was the largest and most beautiful ship in the whole world. The ship had first class restaurants, a gymnasium and gorgeous rooms for the wealthiest travelers. For those who didn’t have much money (known as second and third class passengers), the ship was a comfortable way to travel from Europe to America to see their friends and relatives. The builders of the Titanic spent years designing and creating the ship and thought it was unsinkable. When the boat left on its maiden voyage in April 1912, none of the passengers or crew members could have predicted that the Titanic would sink and become known as one of the biggest tragedies of our time.

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March 14, 2012

The Moon Over High Street by Natalie Babbitt

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moonoverhighstreetThe Moon Over High Street by Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting

12-year-old Joe has a secret he has never told anyone. For as long as he can remember, Joe has wanted to study the moon. He's worried that something bad might happen to it and then it will have to go away, so he wants to learn how to protect it.

Joe will be spending the summer with his Aunt Myra in Midville. Joe is nervous about the visit. He doesn't want to leave his friends because he's worried that they will forget about him. But, upon Joe's arrival, he discovers that Midville isn't so bad. And it doesn't hurt that Aunt Myra's neighbor, 12-year-old Beatrice, is beautiful and wants to spend time with him!

One fateful day, Joe and Beatrice meet Mr. Boulderwall, one of the richest men in the world. Mr. Boulderwall also has a secret. He needs to find someone to run his company when he retires, and he decides that Joe is the perfect candidate! But this would mean that Joe wouldn't be able to help the moon. He would have to focus on business instead.

Can Joe admit that his love of the moon is more important than wealth? Or will Joe keep his secret for the rest of his life and never tell anybody about his dream? Find out in The Moon Over High Street by Natalie Babbitt.

Watch this video to get the scoop from the author herself!

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

April 13, 2011

The Loser List

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TheLoserList_blog Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: The Loser List by Holly Kowitt.

Writing and drawing comics is Danny Shine's favorite activity. When he's bored in class, he draws all sorts of things like vomit, skulls and his classmates' faces. And what is Danny's second favorite activity? Why, buying and reading comic books, of course! Life is pretty good for Danny, until he finds out that he's been put on the Loser List.

Chantal Davis, the school diva, has declared Danny and his best friend, Jasper, "losers." While Danny is upset about this title, Jasper is totally fine with it. But Jasper occasionally wears a cape to school, so maybe there is some truth to it. . . 

Danny decides that he has to immediately remove his and Jasper's names from the list. After all, his crush, Asia O'Neill, can't see his name on the list because then she'll never go out with him! But there is one small problem. The list is located in the girls' bathroom!

Danny sneaks in anyway to remove their names, but he's caught by a teacher and sentenced to one week in detention. Detention wouldn't be so bad if he could just sit in silence and draw comics. But unfortunately, he's stuck in detention with the school bully, Axl. As long as Danny stays on Axl's good side, he should be able to survive detention, right?

Join Danny and Jasper as they try to remove themselves from The Loser List!

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

March 23, 2011

Storm Runners

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Stormrunners Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Storm Runners by Roland Smith.

Chase Masters is not your average 6th grader. He travels across the country with his father searching for storms. His father's business is called M.D. Emergency Services. The M.D. stands for "Masters of Disaster." Floods, tornadoes and hurricanes are all part of Chase's everyday life. During Chase's travels, he goes to the local school, but it's usually for only a few days or a few months. Once the storm ends, Chase and his father leave and travel to a different storm.

Their latest adventure brings them to Florida. A massive hurricane is about to make landfall and Chase's dad doesn't want to miss it. What's also interesting about the hurricane is the name; it's called Hurricane Emily. Emily was the name of Chase's mom. Two years ago, she and Chase's sister died in a car accident and Chase's father still has a hard time talking about it.

While in Florida, they agree to help out a farm in need of some repair. But this is no ordinary farm; it's where the circus stays during the wintertime! The farm is full of animals such as leopards, elephants, monkeys and lions. Even though Chase's dad says the hurricane will land in another part of Florida, Chase has his doubts. What would happen to the farm if the hurricane hit there?

The closer Hurricane Emily gets to Florida, the more Chase relies on TGB, or "The Gut Barometer." He knows that they're in for the craziest hurricane to ever hit the United States. All he can do is be prepared and hope for the best.

Curious to find out what happens? Read a sample excerpt.

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker