Category Archives: Authors

April 16, 2014

New Story from Rick Riordan

Posted by at 1:42 am in Authors, Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

Rick Riordan photo“The Staff of Serapis”

You might remember last year, Rick Riordan published “The Son of Sobek” as an extra crossover story in the The Serpent’s Shadow. The story featured both Percy Jackson and Carter Kane together in the same story. It’s crazy when characters jump out of their own series and into other characters’ series, right? Well, Riordan has done it again. He announced on his blog last week that the new U.S. paperback edition of The Mark of Athena in stores now features a story with Annabeth Chase and Sadie Kane! It has the awesome title “The Staff of Serapis.”

The Staff of Serapis book coverIf you don’t want to buy The Mark of Athena paperback, the story will be available in e-formats, with the cover above, on May 20. Or you could, you know, rush to the library and see if they have the new paperback edition with the story at the end. Tell the librarian it MUST be the 2014 paperback edition!

What do you think? Did you like “The Son of Sobek” enough to want a second story? Do you think Riordan should write an entire series combining all his characters?? Leave a Comment.

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 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

January 6, 2014

Captain Underpants Meets Wimpy Kid Webcast!

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

Jeff Kinney, creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series joined forces for a “Story CU_attackoftalkingtoiletsSmashup” webcast event at Scholastic.

Superstar artist-authors Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey worked together to create an original story with art and pictures based on suggestions from an audience of kids. In the webcast, you can also watch Kinney and Pilkey’s hilarious attempts to draw each other’s characters and to see if they can draw their own characters, Greg Heffley and Captain Underpants, blindfolded! Watch the webcast video.

And . . . There’s more! You can enter a contest based on Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey’s story starter. Download the contest entry form and 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.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 30, 2013

R. L. Stine Web Chat

Posted by at 2:00 pm in Authors, Goosebumps, Live Chats | Permalink

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R. L. Stine Web Chat!

R. L. Stine is hosting a web chat on Wednesday October 30, 2013 from 2-3 p.m. ET. It’s happening right now!

STACKS Staffer Brian and I are posting live updates from the chat on the Reading Buzz Board so you can join us there for our live Goosebumps Halloween R. L. Stine celebration! Hop over to the Buzz Board now! What are you waiting for? Click on the blue link!

If you miss it, you can go to the Reading Buzz Board any time to read the transcript.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

August 14, 2013

Guardians of Ga’Hoole Author, Kathryn Lasky

Gahoole130A Message from Guardians of Ga’Hoole Author, Kathryn Lasky

Dear STACKS Readers,

It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to my latest Guardians of Ga’Hoole book, The Rise of a Legend, the story of Ezylryb, the legendary whiskered screech of the Great Ga’Hoole tree. This prequel reveals how this owl from the ice-choked Northern Kingdoms rose through the ranks to become the commander of the Glauxspeed Division and why he gave it all up and flew to the Great Ga’Hoole Tree where he became the greatest scholar in its history as well as a mentor to the great owl Soren.

Why, for my first owl book in five years, did I choose to write about Ezylryb? It all began with a boy named Evan who sent me an email. “So what do you plan on doing after finishing the wolves series?” he asked. Would I ever go back to owls? “You told us about Ezylryb as a grown up, but why not go into detail about his childhood and years as a commander? You have endless possibilities.”

Why had I never thought of this! Evan was right. I felt a thrill in my gizzard. There were endless possibilities. The story of Ezylryb’s youth was so dramatic. Before he was known as Ezylryb, he was called Lyze of Kiel. Lyze never wanted to fight, but the death of his beloved sister drove him to pick up his battle claws. He became a great strategist. He knew weapons and he knew how to bring together animals as different as Kielian snakes and snow leopards and turn them into crack fighting teams and espionage units. In The Rise of a Legend, you will meet other characters from the Guardians of Ga’Hoole books, such as Octavia the blind snake and the Great Snowy owl Moss. You’ll see them when they were young, sometimes foolish, and often scared. You’ll see them grow, gather courage and begin to question why and if there must always be war.

I had so much fun revisiting Ga’Hoole and the hero owls there, and hope you enjoy reading The Rise of a Legend as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Read an excerpt and visit the new Ga’Hoole Website to play the brand new Rise of a Legend Game.

Happy Reading!

—Kathryn Lasky, Guardians of Ga’Hoole Author

June 14, 2013

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets New Cover

Posted by at 4:21 am in Authors, Harry Potter | Permalink

SneakPeekDo you guys remember when I showed you the new cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? All 7 books are coming out with new covers for the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter in September 2013, but I now have a sneak peek at book #2!

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Do you love it??? I think it’s pretty amazing. I also got to interview the illustrator, Kazu Kibuishi, last week when he was in New York and asked him all my burning questions. Read on for the interview. . .

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June 4, 2013

British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz Answers

Posted by at 4:21 am in Authors, Trivia | Permalink

Trivia_quiz1British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz Answers

Last week, we had a British Invasion with our British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz! How many authors and books did you know? Check out the answers below.

  1. Name the author and book this quote is from:
    “The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.”
    ANSWER: J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  2. Name the author and book that features a golden ticket, some Oompa Loompas, and lots of chocolate.
    ANSWER: Roald Dahl and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  3. Name the author and book series that takes place in Narnia.
    ANSWER: C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia
  4. Name the author who wrote this line:
    “Edward Bear, known to his friends as Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh for short, was walking through the forest one day humming proudly to himself.”
    ANSWER: A.A. Milne.
  5. This famous author lived from 1858-1924 and wrote several classics including The Enchanted Castle, The Railway Children, and The House of Arden. Her first name was Edith but she went by the initial “E” when publishing her first name.
    ANSWER: E. Nesbit.
  6. Dick King-Smith is the British author known for his book about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. It was made into a movie. Name the book AND the movie if you can.
    ANSWER: The book was Babe the Gallant Pig, and the movie was shortened to Babe.
  7. Some say this British author paved the way for J.K. Rowling with her exotic worlds of ghosts, wizards, and mermaids in books like Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform 13. Her most recent page-turner was One Dog and His Boy – a must read for dog lovers!
    ANSWER: Eva Ibbotson. 
  8. This author is best known for her books featuring those mischievous bunnies Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
    ANSWER: Beatrix Potter. 
  9. Name the book series and the author that features Lyra and her daemon, an armored bear, and “dust” sucked out of the sky.
    ANSWER: His Dark Materials and Philip Pullman. (One of my fave series!) 
  10. Writer of the Alex Rider series, name this author AND another one of his famous series.
    ANSWER: Anthony Horowitz. The Power of 5 series, The Diamond Brother series, The Gatekeepers

I could go on and on – those Brits are brilliant! See you next week for more Trivia Tuesday!
Cheers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer