Author Archives: Melissa

June 5, 2013

The Kane Chronicles Readalikes

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KaneChronicles130The Kane Chronicles Readalikes

You know when you find an amazing book that you never want 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 Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan. These books follow Sadie and Carter Kane as they discover that Set, the Egyptian god of chaos and destruction, is alive and kicking in the modern world, and he’s out to destroy them!  Continue reading

April 3, 2013

Percy Jackson Readalikes

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Today’s Readalikes are for the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. These books follow Percy as he discovers to his amazement that his father is Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, and Percy is one of many “half-bloods” in the world who must battle ancient and powerful enemies.

There are 5 books in the PJO series, plus 5 books in the Heroes of Olympus series. But once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other fantasy books about ancient mythology for ages 9-12.

Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Carter and Sadie’s father has unleashed the Egyptian god Set and they’ve found themselves on a dangerous journey with family secrets popping up every step of the way.

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 Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost
In order to find his missing father, Sam must travel through time to ancient Egypt, medieval Ireland, and even Dracula’s Castle. See also the other books in The Book of Time series.

The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson
Aiden and Sarah uncover a mysterious document about the origins of Peter Pan that gets the pair chased by someone – or something- that will stop at nothing to get it from them.

Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullan
Learn how Hades and his brothers and sisters defeated bad dad Cronus after he swallowed them whole. See also the other books in the Myth-o-Mania series.

The Books of Beginning: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Kate, Michael, and Emma have been tossed from one orphanage to another for the last ten years. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil they know nothing about. . . Until now. See also the other books in The Books of Beginning series.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Seth and Kendra realize that their grandparents’ estate, called Fablehaven, is a sanctuary for magical creatures, and not all of them are good. When the ancient laws get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. See also the other books in the Fablehaven series.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
11-year-old Lyra is a precocious orphan growing up within Jordan College in Oxford, England, but Lyra’s world is not precisely like our own. In Lyra’s world, everyone has a personal dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar that represents her soul. Lyra and her daemon are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. See also the other books His Dark Materials Trilogy.

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Read the original stories of gods, monsters, and human heroes that inspired the characters in The Lightning Thief.

Mythlopedia: Oh My Gods! by Megan E. Bryant
A Look-It-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology! In this funny and fast-paced book, learn the honest, no-holds-barred truths about the men of Mount Olympus. See also the other books in the Mythlopedia series for stories about Olympian goddesses and monsters.

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Jack and Lucy are kidnapped by Viking Berserkers and become caught in a quest to the home of the trolls. See also the other books in The Sea of Trolls Trilogy.

Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr
John and Philippa Gaunt discover that they are descended from djinn, giving them the power to grant wishes and travel instantaneously anywhere in the world. See also the other books in the Children of the Lamp series.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant is a powerful mage who has escaped the grave to become a living skeleton… so why must he team up with an ordinary 12-year-old girl named Stephanie to save the world from evil? Find out in this screwball book. See also the other books in the Skullduggery Pleasant series.

Odysseus in the Serpent Maze by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris
What would Odysseus, Penelope, and Helen of Troy have been like as young teenagers? Find out in this book. See also the other books in the Young Heroes series.

Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney
Anaxandra takes on the identity of Princess Callisto to survive a pirate attack and finds herself in the middle of the Trojan War.

The Cronus Chronicles: The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu
Modern-day teens Charlotte and Zee set out for the Underworld on a quest to cure their mysteriously ill friends. See also the other books in the Cronus Chronicles.

Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus
13-year-old New Yorker Rory Hennessy can see things no one else can. When a magician’s trick opens his eyes to Mannahatta, Rory finds an amazing spirit city coexisting alongside modern-day Manhattan, a place where ancient warriors and children live, ruled by the immortal Gods of Manhattan. See also the other books in the Gods of Manhattan series.

The Oracle Prophesies: The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher
Mirany, an oracle’s apprentice, and Seth, a tomb-robbing scribe, join forces to root out a traitorous plot to rule their world. See also the other books in The Oracle Prophecies.

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theo—and only Theo—who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her father’s back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museum’s dark hallways. See also the other books in the Theodosia series.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes! PS. If you still can’t get enough PJO, test your skills in this Percy Jackson Trivia Quiz, and read an excerpt of Rick Riordan’s story “The Son of Sobek.

—Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

December 12, 2012

The Outsiders Readalikes

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Outsiders_130The Outsiders

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 Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Susan Eloise Hinton wrote The Outsiders while she was still in high school, and the story was inspired by 2 rival gangs at her school in 1965, the Greasers and the Socs.

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November 7, 2012

Million-Dollar Throw Readalikes

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Million_dollar_throw_130Million-Dollar Throw 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 Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica. Nate Brodie is nicknamed "Brady" not only for his arm, but also because he's the biggest Tom Brady fan. He's even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he's never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars. Can he make the million-dollar throw? PS. Good Luck Charlie star Bradley Steven Perry recommends this book to all Patriots fans!

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July 18, 2012

Hatchet Readalikes

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Hatchet Books Like Hatchet!

Today’s Readalikes are for Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. When his plane crashes while flying over the Canadian wilderness, 13-year-old Brian is the only survivor in the middle of nowhere! The only thing he has to help him survive is a hatchet.

If you liked Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, you should read these other adventure survival stories for ages 10-12. Continue reading

January 25, 2012

Glory Be

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Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood – a Civil Rights era historical fiction story.

There is just no way that the Hanging Moss Community Pool can be closed on the hottest day of the summer . . . especially since Gloriana June Hemphill has celebrated all of her birthdays there since she was little, and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. There is no way that her best friend Frankie can be mean to her over just talking to the new “Yankee” in town, even if Frankie is just listening to his hateful, good-for-nothing older brother J.T. And there is no way that her sister Jesslyn can be completely ignoring her, not after the summers she spent teaching Glory how to double dutch and play junk poker under their father’s nose.

But there are big changes coming to Mississippi in the Freedom Summer of 1964, and 12-year-old Glory is in the middle of them. In a town where racism divides nearly every part of everyday life into black and white, a small thing like drinking from the wrong water fountain can have big consequences. And Glory finds out that one little letter about segregation published in the town paper can bring about all kinds of unexpected changes.

Read Glory Be for a story about an ordinary girl who decides to speak up for what she loves.

–Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

January 11, 2012

Seriously, Norman!

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Seriously Norman Seriously, Norman! by Chris Raschka

Eeeeeyouuuff! Norman Normann has completely bombed, stunk, stanked, flunked, and failed the Amalgamated Academic Independent City Schools Test. His doting but clueless parents, Orman and Norma Normann, decide to hire an eccentric tutor, Mr. Balthazar Birdsong, to prepare Norman for another crack at the test next year.

Norman doesn't want to give up valuable time with his best friends, Leonard Piquant and twins, Anna and Emma, eating Doritos and karate-chopping each other . . . but when his new tutor's assignments turn out to be reading Ingmeister's Third New International Dictionary from A to Z, cataloging clouds, and noticing his mother's outrageous outfits, Norman starts to realize that he is preparing for way more than just a multiple-choice test.

Fans of The Phantom Tollbooth and Roald Dahl should read Seriously, Norman! for its zany wordplay and magical look at the everyday world around us.

–Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

December 21, 2011

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

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GhostsfogGhosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple

“A soldier stood with a loaded gun in front of a locked steel door. He was guarding the secrets buried below from spies and thieves. No one was allowed to talk about what went on in the “dungeon,” and if anyone did, his life was at stake. The armed guard stopped anyone who tried to enter. If necessary, he would shoot to kill.”

This story begins with highly classified cryptographers—code-breakers—deep underground behind a guarded door during World War II. Why were they being watched under such strict security? They were the first to find out classified information about the movements of enemy forces, including one of the most deadly (and secret) attacks on American soil—an attack that many people today still don’t know about.

Did YOU know that just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese also attacked and occupied the Aleutian Islands in Alaska? American citizens were killed and captured as the islands were assaulted by land and sea. U.S. airplanes bombed their own country to try to drive out the invaders. Americans from the mainland and native Aleuts were taken prisoner, packed together in ships and practically left to die. . . And on May 29, 1943, American and Japanese soldiers clashed in Attu, Alaska, in one of the deadliest battles in the entire war.

Read this story of bravery and perseverance to find out more about the code-breakers, soldiers, pilots, sailors, and ordinary Americans who experienced an invasion in their own town.

–Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

March 10, 2011

Book Club: Shaun Tan Lost and Found

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StacksBookClub Hi! Welcome to THE STACKS Book Club where every month we all read the same book together. Here’s how it works. I’ll write the blog post here announcing this month’s book, why I chose it, and a question that I am interested in. You participate by writing what you think in the Comments below. Anyone can join!

This month’s book is: Lost and Found: Three by Shaun Tan.

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March 9, 2011

Clone Codes Sequel: Cyborg

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Cyborg_130x130 Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Cyborg, book 2 in the Clone Codes series by Patricia C., Fredrick L., and John McKissack.

  • Clones have no rights under a court of law and are recognized solely as property.
  • Cyborgs cannot inherit real property.
  • Since clones are not citizens, they cannot participate in elections.
  • Cyborgs need permission from the BCA to marry and have children.

Houston Ye and Leanna Deberry are on the run again. Houston has been a cyborg since a tragic boating accident when he was seven, and Leanna just discovered that she is actually a clone. In 2161, according to the World Federation of Nations, this makes both of them second-class citizens. They're fleeing to the Shackleton City biosphere and mining community on the Moon along with Carlos Pace, a 10-year-old genius, and the super-spaceship RUBy. . . oh, and there's a million dollar bounty on their heads.

At Shackleton City, they come under the protection of Li Rizin, a battlefield cyborg and Houston's guardian. Houston becomes outfitted with a biofe ear that allows him to hear the true meaning in a conversation and a wolf Familiar, Apache, that he can call out from a tattoo on his skin to defend himself. But even with his guardian's protection and his new powers, who can protect Leanna from bounty hunters and Chancellor Taylor Graham's new Cyborg laws?

Read Cyborg for a high-speed adventure through space and time!

— Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker