Author Archives: Jen

September 22, 2010

No Such Thing As Dragons

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Dragons_130x130 Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: No Such Thing As Dragons by Philip Reeve.

When Ansel was 7 years old, his mom died. Ansel has been mute ever since. One day, a mysterious man comes to town. This man is willing to purchase Ansel from his father, and make him his servant. He doesn't see Ansel's muteness as a problem. In fact, he sees it as a good thing. Boys who cannot speak, cannot tell secrets.

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September 8, 2010

Touch Blue, New from Cynthia Lord

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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: Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord, who won a Newbery Honor for her book, Rules.

11-year-old Tess is a firm believer in wishes and luck. Unfortunately, it seems as though some bad luck is upon her small island home. There are too few kids on the island to keep the local school open. Authorities are threatening to close the school and fire the teacher, who happens to be Tess's mom. This would mean that Tess and her family would have to leave the island and everything that they love.

However, Reverend Beal has a plan.

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September 1, 2010

New Book by Walter Dean Myers

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TheCruisers Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: The Cruisers by Walter Dean Myers.

Kambui, Bobbi, LaShonda and Zander are 8th graders at DaVinci Academy. Bobbi is a math whiz. Kambui is destined to be a great photographer. And Zander, who's the leader of the bunch, plans on being a writer. They are known as the Cruisers.

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August 25, 2010

Dear America Book Sneak Peek

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DearAmerica Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk is an all new title in the Dear America series: The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson.

13-year-old Piper Davis has been given a diary. She’s never used one before, but because of everything happening in her life, she’s glad she has one. It’s 1941 and Europe is at war. Even though Piper and her family live in Seattle, Washington, there is talk that America might become involved with the war.

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August 18, 2010

Bones: Skeletons & How They Work

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Bones Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: Bones: Skeletons & How They Work by Steve Jenkins.

Skeletons are creepy and scary, but what do you really know about them? Here is an interesting fact: there are 206 bones in a human adult skeleton. But babies have 300 bones where they are born. Why does the amount shrink when you get older? This book will tell you!

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August 11, 2010

Ghostopolis

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Stacks_ghostopolis_130x130 Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: Ghostopolis by Doug Tennapel.

Garth Hale is having a bad day. Not only has another doctor confirmed that he is dying, but he's also been mistakenly transported into the afterlife!

If only Frank Gallows had been paying closer attention to what he was doing, Garth wouldn't be in this situation.

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August 4, 2010

Justin Fisher Declares War!

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Stacks_justinfisher_130x130 Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: Justin Fisher Declares War! by James Preller, author of Along Came Spider.

Justin Fisher is the shortest and skinniest kid in his 5th grade class, but he's also the funniest. Well, at least he thinks he's the funniest.

Ever since he slipped on Jell-O and fell in the cafetorium (a combination of the cafeteria and auditorium) on the first day of 3rd grade, Justin has been able to make his classmates laugh.

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July 14, 2010

Forbidden Sea, A Mermaid Mystery!

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Theforbiddensea_130 Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson.

Since the death of Adrianne's father, she has had to sacrifice everything she was used to – beautiful dresses, warm meals, and her long hair, sold to provide food for her sister, mother and aunt.

When it's decided that the family dog must be sold to save money, Adrianne's little sister Cecily becomes upset and runs away. Adrianne searches for her in a terrible storm, and finds her sister stranded in the sea. She goes in after Cecily, but something – or someone – pulls Adrianne deeper into the water. When she looks to see what is holding onto her, she is shocked to discover a beautiful mermaid. After fighting the mermaid off, Adrianne rescues Cecily but not before the mermaid claws large scratch marks onto Adrianne's arm.

What does the mermaid want with Adrianne and her sister? Are the sisters cursed? Find out by reading Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson.

— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

July 8, 2010

The Healing Spell

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Healingspell_130 Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk: The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little.

11-year-old Livie has done something bad — something so terrible and so awful that she can't tell anybody. If her family knew she was the reason that their mamma fell into a coma, they would never forgive her.

Livie and her mamma never really got along. Livie's a tomboy who prefers going frogging with her dad. Her mamma wanted her to start growing up and becoming a young lady like her two sisters. But Livie's not like that. She never has been and she never will be.

When Livie's daddy decides to bring mamma home to recover from the coma, everybody thinks he's crazy. The nurses and doctors thinks she needs to stay in the hospital, but Livie's father thinks that if mamma's at home, she'll get all the love and care she will need to wake up.

But it's hard taking care of momma. And it's going to be even harder once Livie's older sister, Faye, gets married and moves out of the house. 
So Livie decides to visit the local traiteur. Some people call them voodoo priestesses, but Livie thinks that the traiteur is the only person who can help cure her mamma of the sleeping sickness. The traiteur gives Livie a recipe for a healing spell, but, in order for it to work, Livie must believe in hope and faith.

Can Livie forgive herself for what she's done? Can she help cure her mamma and make her family whole again? Read The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little.

— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

June 23, 2010

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic

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Isurvived_titanic Hello and welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis.

Ten-year-old George Calder is the luckiest boy alive. He and his eight-year-old sister, Phoebe, have just spent two months with their aunt in England. And now they all get to travel back to New York on a boat. And not just any boat — the Titanic!

In 1912, the Titanic was the largest and most beautiful ship in the world. It had a swimming pool, three dining rooms and could hold over 2,000 people. And what luck that George and his family were going to be on the Titanic for its very first voyage!

After it departs for the United States, George starts exploring the ship and quickly finds ways to get into trouble. When he learns that there might be a mummy on board, he can’t help himself. He has to find the mummy and see it for himself. But while down in the storage area, George is rattled by loud noises and then, silence. After running upstairs, he discovers that the Titanic hit an iceberg.

At first it’s funny. Everyone is joking and laughing and throwing ice balls at each other! But soon it becomes apparent that the ship is sinking. And with only 16 lifeboats, there is no way that everybody on the ship will be saved.
After George’s sister goes missing, he and his aunt run around the ship trying to find her. Will they be able to reach Phoebe in time, or will she sink along with the Titanic?

Check out the first book in a new I Survived series called I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912.

— Jen, Scholastic Booktalker