We know that many of you are amazing writers and plan to be authors when you grow up. The STACKS supports you 100%! So the topic for the next live chat will be writing tips for all you future authors (and current authors!) out there. Come to the chat and share your tips and ask your questions for other kid writers. Where do you get your inspiration? How do you come up with good plot and character ideas? What do you do when the dreaded writer’s block hits? Come to the chat and talk about writing with us.
BTW, STACKS staffers have met lots of published authors — it’s one of the perks of working at Scholastic — and we will be sharing some writing tips that we’ve picked up from them.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 6-7 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. PT)
WHERE: THE STACKS
TOPIC: Writing Tips
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UPDATE: Thanks for joining the chat! Here’s the transcript. We will be announcing the date and time of the next chat very soon!
Aah, winter break! A much needed vacation from the pressures of schoolwork, and finally, some free time to read WHATEVER YOU WANT! For our December chat, we want to hear from you what your plans are for winter break. What books are you saving up for an all-day-long reading marathon while wrapped up in blankets by the fire, snow falling outside, and some kind person constantly refilling your mug of hot chocolate? Or maybe you are escaping winter to go on a tropical vacation – lucky you! What books will you bring to read on the beach? Come to the chat and let us know your recommendations for the perfect Winter Break book.
WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2009 4-5 p.m. ET (1-2 p.m. PT)
WHERE: THE STACKS
TOPIC: Winter Break!!!
UPDATE: 12/10: Thanks for joining the chat. Here’s the transcript!
Nancy Krulik, the author of the How I Survived Middle School series will be joining us in our November Live Chat. Here is your chance to ask her all your burning questions about the series, about middle school, and about what it’s like to be a real live published author! (Believe me, she knows. She’s written more than 150 books!)
WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 6-7 p.m. (ET)
WHERE: THE STACKS
TOPIC: Chat with author Nancy Krulik!
To find out more about Nancy and read her books before the chat, visit the How I Survived Middle School website. There are also some very fun games and quizzes there. Hope to see you at the chat!
UPDATE: 11/20 — Thanks for joining the chat. In case you missed it, or want to relive the memories, here is the transcript! Please come join us on December 5 for the next Live Chat.
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Join our LIVE CHAT on the Goosebumps series, other spooky books & more!
WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 6-7 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Scary books!
Halloween is right around the corner! And to celebrate, our October Live Chat will be about the Goosebumps series and other spooky scary books. Join in the chat to talk with other kids about the books that give YOU goosebumps!
For more about the Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine, visit the Goosebumps site and learn more about lots of other Halloween Goosebumps events!
And if you’re in New York City on October 24, 2009, stop by the Scholastic Store in SoHo at 3pm for a demo of the Goosebumps HorrorLand Wii game, and more Halloween fun!
— STACKS Staffers
UPDATE: 10/30 — Thanks for joining the chat! Read the transcript here.
I had such a blast last Wednesday at my very first Stacks Live Chat! A whole bunch of you guys were there talking about The 39 Clues and it was so fun! (The transcript is here, AND we are sending Patrick Carman some of your extra questions that he didn’t have time to answer. We’ll keep you posted on that!)
If you weren’t there, we missed you!! But you should definitely come join the next one in September, ok?
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 6-7 p.m. ET
WHERE: The STACKS
TOPIC: Top 3 Books from the Kids’ Choice Poll
Here is some info about the books in case you haven’t read them all!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
The September Live Chat will be Kids’ Choice. That means that you guys get to vote for which books you want to talk about. But what if you haven’t read all of the choices? Here is a quick rundown of each of the books so you can make an informed decision.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
6th grader Greg has to deal with school, bullies, girls, and just life in general in this hilarious book. It is actress Sammi Hanratty’s favorite book.
If you still need more convincing, read Jack’s review on Ink Splot 26.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
All the strangest things you can imagine —and some that you could never imagine — are in this book: a man who is tattooed to look like a lizard! a two-headed sheep! a two-nosed pig! If you like weird, gross trivia and the revolting pictures to go along with it, then this is your kind of book.
Frindle by Andrew Clements
5th grade jokester, Nick, tries to annoy his teacher by calling his pen a “frindle.” But what first seems like a harmless prank soon becomes a media frenzy when the whole class starts using the new word, and the joke spreads across town like wildfire.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
For readers who love fantasy, talking animals, princesses and castles, this is your book. Despereaux is a kind and sensitive mouse who falls in love with a princess. Talk about a doomed relationship! But it’s a very sweet story.
How I Survived Middle School by Nancy Krulik
On the first day of 6th grade, Jenny finds out that her best friend is ditching her for the popular crowd. Ouch! For more about this series, plus fun games and activities, visit the Middle School Survival web site.
Tunnels by Brian Williams & Roderick Gordon
When 14-year-old Will discovers a secret, dangerous underground world, it puts him and his father in incredible danger. Ink Splot 26 Blogger, Rob, recommends this series as one his favorites of 2008.
Swindle by Gordon Korman
What would you do if an adult swindled you out a million-dollar baseball card? Would you try to steal it back? These kids could would!
Here is a video of the author describing this fast-paced and funny adventure story.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Our own Ink Splot 26 Blogger, Ratha, raves about this book. Read her review.
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
If you love dogs, you’ll love this book about two kids who get themselves into a lot of trouble. Here is a video of the author telling you about it.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer