Author Archives: Jen

March 16, 2011

Lisa Yee’s Latest! Warp Speed

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Warp_speedWelcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Warp Speed by Lisa Yee, author of Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time, and So Totally Emily Ebers.

Meet Marley Sandelski. His outlook going into the eighth grade is not optimistic. How could it be, when the only classmates that pay attention to Marley are the bullies he calls the Gorn, as in humanoid reptiles from Star Trek? Marley's only companions are fellow sci-fi geek, Ramen, and the other members of the Audio Visual club, an unofficial self-proclaimed geek clique whose newest member, Max, brings something new to the table: high-tech wizardry and an obsession with Batman.

But it's not all bad. Marley can lose himself in the movies that play at The Rialto, his parents' theater. Then there's the new girl at school, Emily Ebers, both beautiful and surprisingly friendly. Could it be that this sweet, smart newcomer has actually taken a liking to Mr. Invisible himself, Marley Sandelski?

Just as Marley's settling in for another year wishing he was as cool-headed and smooth as his hero Captain Kirk, strange things start to happen. His once-fellow geek, Stanford Wong, who has now become a popular school basketball hero, suddenly wants to associate with him again. What's going on? Then, a series of unexpected confrontations make Marley realize that in junior high, he's not the only one feeling invisible. . . and people are not always as cool on the inside as they appear.

Will Marley's unexpected talent at running (from bullies) propel him into athletic stardom overnight? Does Emily actually like him, or is she just being friendly? Will a geek who feels invisible be able to stand up to those who sling insults and violence his way? Expect the unexpected as Marley's "captain's log" records the journey of one eighth grader who wants to boldly go where he's never gone before.

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

February 23, 2011

Saving Zasha

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Blog_savingZasha Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow.

It's 1945, and even though World War II has ended, there is still bad blood between Germans and Russians. Many Russians even believe that owning a German Shepherd dog is the same as being a traitor to Russia. If you're caught with a German Shepherd you could be sent to a labor camps and never seen again.

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February 16, 2011

WW II Adventure, Phantoms in the Snow

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Blog_phantoms Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk is: Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble.

Noah lives on a farm in a small Texas town during World War II. But when both of his parents die from smallpox, Noah has to go live with his uncle at a military base in Colorado. His uncle, along with the other men who serve at Camp Hale, are part of the Tenth Mountain Division. They are called “phantoms” because they are specialized soldiers who can ski and hike better than anybody else.

When the General discovers that Noah has arrived at the camp, he gives Noah’s uncle eight weeks to prove that Noah can ski and become part of the Phantom squad. If he can’t, Noah will be sent to foster care. Noah is hesitant to begin training, but he realizes that it’s the only way to keep him from losing the one relative he’s got. He learns difficult skiing techniques, gets shot at and run over by a tank. Noah can’t believe that this is all normal training for combat!

When the call comes that the Phantoms are needed in Europe to fight the Germans, Noah has a big decision to make. Will he join the Phantoms and go to war?

Find out by reading Phantoms in the Snow by Kathleen Benner Duble.

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

January 19, 2011

Season of Secrets

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SeasonofSecrets Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Season of Secrets by Sally Nicholls, author of Ways to Live Forever.

Molly doesn't understand why real life can't be how it is in books. In books, mysteries are solved, questions are answered and parents thought to be dead always come back. Sadly, in Molly's case, this doesn't happen. Molly and her sister Hannah have lost their mother. Since she passed away, their father cannot care for them, so he sends them to live with their grandparents in another town.

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December 15, 2010

BONE Prequel: Tall Tales

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Bone-logo Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: BONE: Tall Tales, the newest book in the BONE series by Jeff Smith.

The Bone Scouts want to hear a great bedtime story while on a camping trip with Smiley and Bartleby. Smiley has told the Bone Scouts so many stories before that they're not sure if he'll be able to tell them any new ones. Lucky for them, Smiley comes prepared with new stories! There are four tall tales in this companion book to the BONE series. Talltales

The tales include Fone Bone and Phoney Bone searching for riches after a treasure map is discovered. And the other three tales star the roughest, toughest Bone in all of the land – Big Johnson Bone! Have you ever heard the story about Big Johnson Bone's birth? Well, if you haven't, you're in for a treat! Even on the day he was born, Big Johnson was already fighting! And what about the first time that Big Johnson Bone fell in love? Many are surprised to learn that it happened at the Bone County Festival's eating competition called Gorge-a-thon. Ten years passed between the Gorge-a-thon and the opening of his trading post on rolling Bone river. And in one of the tales, you'll discover what Big Johnson was doing. Have you ever wondered why rat creatures don't have tails? Well, you just know Big Johnson Bone had something to do with it! This adventure not only answers that question but also introduces you to Mr. Pip and a dragon who throws up every time he tries to breathe fire.

Download a sample chapter and join the Bone Scouts, Smiley and Bartleby on their camping trip in this new graphic novel by Jeff Smith called BONE: Tall Tales.

— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

November 24, 2010

Archvillain

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Archvillain Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Archvillain by Barry Lyga.

"Where we you when the stars fell down?" This question is incredibly frustrating to the town's most brilliant resident, 12-year-old Kyle Camden. As everyone of high intellect knows, stars do not fall down. It is impossible. But there was something weird about that night. Although reports say it was a meteor shower, Kyle knows that it was something more. First, there was no evidence to prove it was a meteor shower. And second, a 12-year-old boy mysteriously appeared on the ground immediately following the shower.

Kyle finds this suspicious, and starts doing some research. During his investigation, Kyle notices some new things about himself, like new super-strength and even more intelligence! Could it be that Kyle has somehow received superpowers from that so-called meteor shower? If so, that would be excellent.

Strangely enough, the mysterious boy found in the field also has superpowers. This boy appeared out of nowhere and is now the town's hero. He fights fires and rescues people. Is there room in the small town of Bouring for two superheroes? Or are they destined to be arch-enemies? Find out in Archvillain by Barry Lyga!

— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

November 3, 2010

George Washington’s Spy

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Gwspy Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk is: George Washington’s Spy. It’s the sequel to George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff.

10-year-old Matt Carlton still remembers the day when he and his friends were sent back in time to the American Revolution. The Adventure Club, as Matt and his friends call themselves, are definitely happy to be back from 1776. Moldy oatcakes are not as fun as indoor plumbing and hamburgers!

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October 20, 2010

The Memory Bank

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Memorybank_130x130 Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson.

Can you count how many memories you have? It's impossible because we make so many memories every day. Luckily for us, there is the WWMB. The WWMB, also known as the World Wide Memory Bank, holds everybody's memories. They carefully guard and monitor many different kinds of memories because they know they are important.

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October 13, 2010

Wolves of the Beyond Book #2: Shadow Wolf

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Wolves_130x130Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Wolves of the Beyond #2: The Shadow Wolf, sequel to Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky.

After being on his own since his second milk mother died, Faolan has found his clan. The MacDuncan clan let Faolan join their ranks, but as a gnaw wolf. Faolan was born with a deformity, a splayed paw with a spiral pattern on it. When wolves are born with deformities, they are considered cursed, given the name “malcadh” and abandoned in the wild. If the malcadh survives, it is allowed to return to the clan but is given the lowest ranking.

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October 6, 2010

The Clockwork Three

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Clockwork3 Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby.

In a town full of secrets and hidden treasures, three people come together and unmask the heart of the town. Meet Hannah, Frederick and Giuseppe.

12-year-old Hannah has been forced to drop out of school and work as a maid at the Gilbert Hotel. Hannah's father is extremely sick, and she is the only one in her family old enough to work. Perhaps she will find the hidden treasure rumored to be in the hotel and be able to return to school.

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