Author Archives: Vanessa G.

November 30, 2012

Baby-sitters Club eBooks

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BSC Cover 1- SmallThe Classic Baby-sitters Club Returns on eBook!

Millions of girls have read The Baby-sitters Club—and now it’s your turn!

When Kristy Thomas has the great idea to form a baby-sitters club—a chance to earn money and spend time with her friends, all while doing something they love to do—she has no idea how much the club will change everything.
Crank calls, uncontrollable toddlers, wild pets, untruthful clients. . . running a business is hard work! Kristy and her co-founders, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey, are sure they can handle anything. but only if they stick together!

The bestselling series began in 1986, and ever since then, girls all over the world have become best friends with the BSC. Now, the baby-sitters are back!

The first twenty books in The Baby-sitters Club series are now available with their classic cover look—exclusively as eBooks! And as if that weren’t enough to make you hyperventilate, each also includes a special letter from author Ann M. Martin. Join the girls in Stoneybrook and see what all the fuss is about. This is one club that everyone’s invited to join, so don’t miss out!



November 20, 2012

Get Goosebumps at the Zoo

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The days following Halloween are always sort of a let-down. After spending all of that time picking out your Halloween costume, sniffing out the largest possible pillow case to haul your load of candy, and giving yourself a good fright with an overdose of scary movies, in just a few fun-filled hours it’s all over, and there are a full 364 days left until you get to do it over again next year. But just because October 31 is now behind us doesn’t mean that the scares need to stop. Fun-size candies may come and go, but you can get Goosebumps from fright-master R.L. Stine all year.

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June 20, 2012

Discover More Technology

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Discover More Technology

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a Smartphone looks like? Or how an Xbox Kinect works? Or who invented the iPod? Find out all this and more in Technology, the latest book in the Scholastic Discover DiscoverMore More series.

After you read Technology, use the digital code to redeem the free companion digital book, Cool Tech Heroes, onto your Mac or PC. In the digital book, you can read about the inventor of Facebook, the guy who invented Super Mario Bros.TM, and Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic female astronaut.

Take a special sneak peak at Technology!



–Miriam F., Scholastic Nonfiction Publisher

May 16, 2012

New Hall of Horrors Book by R.L. Stine

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Many of you have been scared, spooked, and terrified from reading Goosebumps books. The newest book from the Hall of Horrors series is no exception. It’s called The Birthday Party of No Return! and it will definitely give you a scare!

In this book, Lee Hargrove wishes he could be lucky like his friend, Cory Duckworth. Cory has to be the luckiest kid on the planet. All Lee wants is to get a scholarship to Summer Sports Camp, but he’s competing against Cory. Then Lee receives a good luck charm in the mail and his life seems to change immediately . . . until bad things start to happen.Hofhbirthday

R. L. Stine always comes up with spine-tingling titles that are sure to catch the attention of readers. A book title is very important to R.L. Stine, and the first thing he does when writing a new book is to create the title.

Can you make up a title that would give readers the chills? Create your own Goosebumps title and post it in the Comments. Don’t forget to make it extra spooky!

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer




May 2, 2012

Whatever After Book #1: Fairest of All

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Modern Day Fairy Tale Series: Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski

Every time Abby and Jonah enter their basement mirror, they find themselves messing up a different fairy tale! In Fairest of All, Book #1 of the Whatever After series, Abby and Jonah get tangled in Snow White’s story. Once there, they accidentally change major events in the tale! In order for Snow White to get her happy ending, it’s up to Abby and Jonah to make things right.

What do you think? Are you excited for a new twist on the Snow White story? If you could enter any fairy tale, which would YOU choose? Leave a Comment.

–Vanessa, Scholastic Trade Books

February 3, 2012

Beyblade Official Handbook

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Beyblade cover for STACKS

Does the sound of a spinning top make you cheer? Do you dream of Beyblade battles in your sleep? Is your Beyblade collection the most organized thing in your bedroom?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you’ve got the true heart of a Beyblade Blader. We’ve got the perfect book for you.

In the Beyblade Official Handbook, you’ll meet the heroes and rivals of Beyblade. You’ll get info on your favorite Beys — and maybe even meet some you didn’t know existed. You’ll also get advice on how to become a master competitor, just like Japan’s number one Blader: Gingka Hagane.

So what are you waiting for? Check out this sneak peek, and you’ll be ready to let it rip!

January 4, 2012

NEW! Dear Dumb Diary Year 2

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COLL011226_DDD-CoverJamie Kelly's world just got another year dumber in Dear Dumb Diary Year Two: School. Hasn't This Gone on Long Enough? Check out Jamie's New Year's Resolutions, and then watch her new video. (Just don't tell her you watched it.)

My Five Awesome New Year's Resolutions
By Jamie Kelly

  1. I'm going to try to make the world a better place.
  2. To make that happen, I may have to put certain individuals on a rocket to Mars and I can't promise I can acquire that technology in a single year.
  3. So I'm just not going to make the world a worse place.
  4. And by worse, I mean I won't make it MUCH worse, I might make it a little worse. Give me a break.
  5. And finally, I promise to finish all of the things I . . .

What are your resoltuions for 2012? Leave us a Comment with your thoughts.

–Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

January 4, 2012

Henry Winkler’s Ghost Buddy: Zero to Hero

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COLL011225_GhostBuddy-CoverHow would you react if you moved to a new house in a new neighborhood only to find a ghost living in your new bedroom?!? You’d be freaked out, right? But what if that ghost was funny, he could help you fit in at your new school, and most importantly, get revenge on the school bully?

That’s what happens to Billy Broccoli in the new series Ghost Buddy, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. Read this sneak peek excerpt from Book #1 Zero to Hero where Billy and his ghost buddy (the Hoove) meet for the first time.

What do you think? Are you excited to read the Ghost Buddy series? Would YOU react the same way Billy does? Leave us a Comment with your thoughts.

–Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

December 7, 2011

Animorphs Writing Contest

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9780545291514Do you want a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS™ and a set of signed Animorphs books? Enter the Animorphs Writing Contest and you could win both!

For those of you not familiar with the Animorphs series, they're action-packed books about five friends who morph into animals in order to defeat the alien Controllers that have invaded Earth.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is write an essay (250 words or less) explaining which animal morph you would choose for yourself and why. The best part is the winner will be picked by K.A. Applegate, the author of Animorphs!

Find out more about the contest on the Animorphs website. While you're there, you can morph the characters into animals yourself and add them to your friends in your STACKS profile.

And just 'cuz I'm curious, leave a Comment here to tell us which morph you would be. Good luck!

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

November 9, 2011

Tomorrow Girls

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In the Tomorrow Girls series by Eva Gray, four thirteen-year-old girls meet at a top-secret school, and though they’ve been sent there for their own safety, they quickly realize that their school is not what they think it is. In this terrifying future world where America’s at war and everything is chaotic, they must rely on each other to survive.

There are now four books in the Tomorrow Girls series. Check out the first chapter of Book One: Behind the Gates, and let us know what you think in the Comments!

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer