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March 5, 2014

Starring Jules Super-Secret Spy Girl

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Starring Jules Super-Secret Spy Girl book cover by Beth AinStarring Jules Book #3

Starring Jules, the series that features the lively Jules Bloom in awesome in-the-spotlight situations, goes international in its newest book, Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl)! To celebrate book #3, and since being a SUPER-SECRET SPY GIRL is (or should be) your ultimate goal in life, we got Jules to hook us up with an extremely important to-do list:

10 Ways to be a Super-Secret Spy Girl by Jules Bloom

  1. Practice stealth. (Spies are always sneaking around.)
  2. Get your brand new best friend to write you e-mail spy assignments all the way from London, England. (This will make you very James Bond-like.)
  3. Try not to roll eyes when your ex-best friend writes you from fancy summer drama camp.
  4. If you get some alarming news, like maybe when you travel to Montreal for your first ever big-time movie, whatever you do, don’t freak out. (Oh, and sit near the window: there is a potential puker in the form of one Teddy Lichtenstein.)
  5. Hope that Canadians are understanding of lispy little brothers and their rubber ducks in disguise.
  6. Try hard — but not too hard — to get teen mega-star Emma Saxony not to hate you completely.
  7. When you fail miserably at #6, move on to ex-hockey superstar — now mega-movie star — Rick Hinkley. If you are lucky, he will use his hockey-playing past to help you out with a stunt or two.
  8. Look danger (in the form of a certain mudslide) right in the eye!
  9. Try not to be disappointed when things take funny turns. Road-trips, and life, are less like a spy movie and more like a special episode of your favorite sitcom.
  10. Take deep breaths and look how far you’ve come since your early days as–ahem!–a mouthwash-spitting newbie. (To do this, check out Book #1, Starring Jules (As Herself) in paperback at long last!)

If you’re ready to take on this list, or if you want to see how Jules does it, check out Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl)NOW AVAILABLE!

March 4, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Quizzes

Posted by at 1:12 am in News | Permalink

ShamrockAre you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

On March 17, everyone wears green and becomes a little bit Irish to celebrate old Saint Patrick. Here are a few other things for you to do to celebrate your Irish heritage (whether real or fake)!

What is your favorite thing about St. Patrick’s Day? Tell us in the Comments.

February 24, 2014

Winter Reading Games Sweepstakes

Posted by at 2:24 pm in News | Permalink

sweepstakes_1The STACKS Winter Reading Games Are On!

All week long during the STACKS Winter Reading Games, we will be hosting daily reading events, giving you a chance to win books, and challenging you to participate in a live 4-hour Readathon on Saturday.*

Are you ready? Then let the Games begin!

*To sign up for the Readathon, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your team name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)

February 13, 2014

Happy Harry Potter Valentine’s Day

Posted by at 1:31 am in Harry Potter | Permalink

HeartsHarry Potter Valentine Inspiration

I think Harry Potter is the perfect Valentine’s Day read for so many reasons. Harry and Cho. Lavender and Won-Won! Hermione and Victor Krum. Harry and Ginny. Ron and Hermione. But my favorite love quote from the Harry Potter series comes from Professor Dumbledore.

"If there is one thing Voldemore cannot understand, it is love." J.K. Rowling

Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

What is your favorite Valentine’s inspiration from Harry Potter? Tell us in the Comments and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

 

February 12, 2014

Winter Reading Games

Posted by at 11:59 am in News | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Announcing the STACKS Winter Reading Games!

We love the Olympic Games, but why should athletes get all the glory? STACKS readers, it’s time to flex your reading muscles and demonstrate your bookish strength and stamina!

Beginning Monday, February 24 through Monday, March 3, you can participate in the STACKS Winter Reading Games. All week long, we will be hosting daily reading events, giving you a chance to win books, and challenging you to participate in a live 4-hour Readathon!

STACKS Winter Reading Games Schedule of Events

Get in one last library training run, gather all your books, get your most comfy reading uniform ready, power up with nutritious snacks, and prepare for the 2014 STACKS Winter Reading Games starting on February 24!

To sign up for the Winter Reading Games, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your team name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)

January 30, 2014

J. K. Rowling Exclusive Sneak Peek!

Posted by at 10:27 am in Authors, Harry Potter | Permalink

Sneak PeekCheck it out, Harry Potter fans!

We’ve linked up with our friends at Pottermore and can give you a sneak peek (or would it be sneak listen?) at 3 brand new clips of J. K. Rowling talking about one of her most colorful characters from the Harry Potter series.

In honor of his birthday on January 26, we bring you 3 exclusive audio clips about Professor Gilderoy Lockhart!

  1. Listen to J. K. Rowling talk about which house Gilderoy Lockhart was sorted into. Play
  2. Listen to J. K. Rowling discuss Gilderoy Lockhart’s ambitious mother. Play
  3. Listen to J. K. Rowling reveal the secret behind Gilderoy Lockhart’s hair-care range. Play

Enjoy!

January 27, 2014

2014 Newbery Medal Winner

Posted by at 10:02 am in News, Reads | Permalink

Newbery2014 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2014 Newbery Medal goes to . . .

floraFlora and Ulysses: The Illustrated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K. G. Campbell

You might recognize the author’s name because she also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneThe Magician’s Elephant, and a bunch of books for younger kids, too.

Have you read Flora and Ulysses yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2013? If you were on the committee voting for the 2014 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2013 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer


January 25, 2014

Super Bowl

Posted by at 1:54 am in Games, Trivia | Permalink

SuperbowlGet ready for the biggest football game of the year!

The Super Bowl is almost here. The big game will be played on Sunday, February 2, so I thought we could round up some of the best football facts and fun from the STACKS. Here are a few things for you to do to get ready for the big game next week.

  • Take this Super Bowl quiz.
  • Play the Game Changers football game.
  • Get the latest football books from Scholastic.
  • Leave a Comment telling us which team you are rooting for in Super Bowl XLVIII!
  • Or if you prefer animal sports, will you be watching the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel, or Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet?

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Photos courtesy of Hallmark Channel and Animal Planet

January 23, 2014

Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky

Posted by at 1:26 am in Authors, Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

jkt_9780545397162.inddA Special Message from Author Kathryn Lasky

Dear STACKS Readers,

Over the years, I have written about the brave owls of Ga’Hoole, the noble wolves of the Beyond, and now . . . horses! Why horses? Well, when I was growing up, I loved horse stories, but I longed for a story told from a horse’s perspective. I wanted to know: What does it feel like to gallop? What does it sound like to pound across a plain with your herd?

There were no humans in Guardians of Ga’Hoole or Wolves of the Beyond. That allowed me to focus on the animals and build worlds that explored the species’ complex societies, free from any human influence.

However, the history of horses is inextricably linked to human history, which presented a unique challenge. Unlike owls or wolves, horses have been “domesticated” for centuries. Oh yes, there are “wild” mustangs in the western U.S., but they are the descendants of the first horses that came to America, and they only became wild after they escaped from captivity. These horses had to learn how to forage or gallop without shoes. Thinking about this, I became fascinated by the idea of a herd that broke away from its human masters. How would the horses survive? How long would it take for their “wild” instincts to emerge? Before I knew it, I had begun the Horses of the Dawn series.

The first book, Escape, is the story of the first horses that came to North America with the Conquistadores. Specifically, it’s the story of one filly named Estrella, who, along with six other horses, is tossed overboard from a ship bound for the New World.

The horses swim to shore, and for the first time, they have to make decisions for themselves. There are no humans, no whips, no spurs to tell them what to do. Estrella becomes the unlikely leader of the herd, though that is only the beginning of her adventure. Essentially, Escape is a story of self-discovery and homecoming, as one young horse finds the strength to lead the herd to freedom, to claim their destiny as the Horses of the Dawn.

Read Chapter 1. I hope you enjoy it!

Kathryn Lasky

January 15, 2014

Dav Pilkey & Jeff Kinney Webcast Today

extraJeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey Create a “Story Smashup” Live On Stage in an Exclusive Scholastic Webcast Today

WHEN: Today at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT
WHO: Jeff Kinney, creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series.

CU_attackoftalkingtoiletsWHERE: Scholastic Headquarters in NYC, but we will be live-chatting about the event on the Reading Buzz Message Board. And you can watch the webcast video here.

AND download the contest entry form to create your own brilliant, one-of-a-kind, three-panel ending to Kinney and Pilkey’s original story! One Grand Prize Winner will have his or her entry framed alongside Kinney and Pilkey’s first six panels, autographed by each author. Ten Runners-Up will receive their very own illustrated storytelling extravaganza book collection. So, yeah, you will want to enter that!

Mail your entry by February 14 to:
The Mini-Story Cliff-Hanger Contest
P.O. Box 714
New York, NY, 10013-0714

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. All students in grades 2 through 8 in a U.S. school who are legal U.S. residents are eligible to enter, except those who have family members employed by Scholastic Inc. Every entry MUST include student name, teacher name, grade/age, school name, address and phone number and mailed to: Mash-Up Mini-Story Cliffhanger Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY, 10013-0714. One (1) Grand Prize Winner (approx. retail value: $300) and ten (10) Runners Up (approximate retail value: $75) will be selected based on clarity of thought, execution and creativity. Winners will be notified on or about March 13, 2014. Void where prohibited.

Hope to see you in the chat!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer