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October 20, 2016

Secret Passageways

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Hi!I grew up in an old house, full of history and antiques and tiny staircases. And, I was convinced, full of secrets, too. I just knew that if I searched hard enough, I’d uncover a hidden passageway to the shed out back — or, cooler yet, a secret underground path to the beach a few blocks away.

I long ago gave up my search, but luckily, hidden passageways and secret rooms feature in a lot of amazing books, so I can live vicariously through the characters who disappear, find treasure, or even step into different realms. Plus, reading all those books has taught me the best lessons I’ll need, should I ever discover a secret passageway of my own.

For example, I know what to listen for when I start knocking on walls in my search for a hidden trapdoor, and how to carefully run my fingers up and down any cracks in the wall, looking for the latch. That’s because I’ve read The Ghost at Dawn’s House (The Baby-sitters Club #9). I also know not to give my trust too freely to anyone I should meet if and when I finally find that secret passageway – because I’ve read Coraline.

Secret passages and hidden doors are everywhere in literature, including places like Hogsmeade (where a trapdoor in the cellar of Honeydukes lets Harry Potter and friends connect to a secret passage that leads them to Hogwarts), the city of Venice (which Amy and Dan Cahill discover in The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note), and even hidden in plain sight behind a fireplace (like in The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless by Ahmet Zappa). You just have to know how to find them!

So do any of you have hidden passageways or secret rooms in your houses? Would you want to find them if you did? Leave a Comment and let me know!

— Morgan, Scholastic Staffer

October 19, 2016

Not-So-Scary Halloween Books

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Happy HalloweenHalloween is an exciting time of year: fun costumes! Pumpkin carving! Yummy candy! Parties all month long! I know I spend at least half a year planning what I’ll dress up as on October 31st. But Halloween can also be a really frightening time of year, and spooky and scary isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Maybe you’re not really into creepy ghost stories and gory movies—that’s totally okay! (Guess what? Me, neither.) Just because you don’t like getting your pants scared off doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, too. To celebrate the Halloween season, I’ve put together a list of books for a non-scary Halloween. These mysterious stories will take you on fantastic, wild adventures to get you in the Halloween spirit, but you’ll still be able to sleep at night (well, maybe with a night light).

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Young Jack is only just beginning to learn of his mysterious magical abilities when he and his little sister, Lucy, are kidnapped from their small village by berserkers. What follows next is a thrilling (and hilarious) adventure featuring man-eating spiders, dragons, troll bears, and Vikings—and a universe of creatures, powers, and myths that will forever change Jack’s life.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The Baudelaire children—Violet, Klaus, and Sunny—have had a run of very bad luck. Not only did their parents perish in the fire that claimed their house, they are sent to live with the horrible Count Olaf. It will take a lot of clever skill and determination for the Baudelaires to foil Olaf’s sinister plans to steal their inheritance, and a lot of teamwork, but they might just make it out of this chapter of their lives OK…for now!

The Witches by Roald Dahl
Thanks to his grandmother’s stories, a seven-year-old boy knows all about witches—REAL witches, not just the ones of stories! He knows how to tell if a human is really a witch in disguise, and knows that what witches hate more than anything else in the world is children. When he accidentally uncovers a truly terrible plot to rid England of all its children, it’s up to the boy to come up with a plan to stop the witches…though an unfortunate transformation is going to make it a lot harder than he thought!

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
Neighbors Digory and Polly are having a pretty wild summer. After accidentally stumbling into an alternate world (thanks to Digory’s Uncle Andrew and some magic rings), they find themselves in even further trouble when they awaken an evil queen with a sinister desire to take over the earth! This first book of the Chronicles of Narnia series will pull you in right away, introducing you to the incredible universe of Narnia and all its fantastic creatures.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson
Five teenagers, used as models for holographic “guides” in the Disney World theme park, find themselves transported back to the park every night thanks to a bizarre technological glitch. They are tasked with battling an evil force called the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains intent on destroying the world. If you love fantasy, mystery, and all things Disney, this is definitely a must-read!

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
When sixteen people are named as the heirs to the fortune of Samuel W. Westing, an eccentric millionaire who loved puzzles, they are divided into teams of two and tasked with solving a series of clues. The pair who solve the mystery first will inherit the entire fortune…but the heirs may be hiding some dark mysteries of their own!

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina is a pro at staying hidden: she lives on the vast Biltmore Estate with her father, the estate’s maintenance man, completely unknown to the estate owners Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt. She knows all the secret corridors and passageways of the mansion, which she explores every night. So when children start disappearing from the estate, Serafina is the only one who knows which clues to follow…but is she willing to risk being discovered to save them? With mystery, suspense, and—yes!—magic, this book is sure to suck you in right away and whisk you off on a most fantastic journey.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Young orphan Hugo relies on being quick and staying undetected to survive in a busy Paris train station. He picks pockets, lives in the walls, and keeps the clocks running. But his world is about to change—and become a lot more visible—when he collides with the mysterious man who runs a toy booth in the station. A series of clues, including a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father, lead Hugo on a journey of discovery that will reveal not only more about the new people in his life, but his own past as well.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Eleven-year-old classmates Petra and Calder are fairly new friends, but they have so much in common—they love art, their teacher Ms. Hussey, and even the same blue candy! So when a famous Vermeer painting is stolen on its way to Chicago, and the art thief leaves a series of clues in the public paper, the two decide to solve the mystery on their own…and with the clock ticking down and clues becoming more complicated by the day, it’s a race against time for the new dynamic duo!

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Responding to a most peculiar ad in the newspaper, dozens of children sign up to take a series of competitive tasks to prove their gifted abilities—but only four make the cut. These four children are selected to join a super-secret society and tasked with a dangerous, mysterious mission: to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. There’s something very sinister afoot at the Institute, and only these four can stop it! Criminal masterminds, plans for world domination, and ultra-smart kids…what could possibly go wrong?

What do you think? Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you have any recommendations for not-so-scary Halloween books? Share your thoughts and picks in the Comments!

Have a very Happy Halloween!


October 12, 2016

Best Scary Books for Kids

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Recommend me!I’m the type of girl who’s usually first in line at the movie theater for the latest scary flick. I like to be spooked — ghosts are a particular favorite of mine, but I’ll make do with aliens, or even monsters.

Naturally, it’s no surprise that my bookshelves are lined with some super scary titles that I’ve read again and again — because the best scary stories are the ones that get scarier each time you read them!

So here are my top five favorite scary books for kids:

Thedollhousemurders5. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
Prepare yourselves, readers, for the scariest dollhouse you’ve ever encountered. After reading this tale about a girl whose dollhouse holds terrifying secrets, I spent many a dark night consumed with dread over whether my dolls would start whispering confessions to me. Sadly, or luckily, they never did.

Allthelovelybadones4. All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
I myself wasn’t a troublemaker as a kid, which I suppose is why I found it fascinating to read about characters like Travis and Corey, siblings who have been kicked out of summer camp for being pranksters. They spend the summer at their grandmother’s inn, and what starts off as just another prank — staging fake ghost sightings and charging tourists for them — quickly turns all-too-real when they realize the inn actually is haunted! Some truly frightening moments make this book suitable for slightly older readers.

Skeletonman3. Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac (ages 12 and up)
Not to be confused with the new book Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman (another scary tale that combines video with reading!), Skeleton Man is tense, creepy, and unexpected. It weaves together some Native American history with modern-day references (it was written in 2001), and even though it’s seriously scary, it’s refreshing to read about a gutsy young girl who sets out to solve the mystery of her missing parents.

Waittillhellencomes2. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
What can I say — Mary Downing Hahn is a master at telling scary stories! I actually hadn’t read this title until a friend of mine recently reminisced about it, sealing the deal for me when she mentioned it was truly, seriously scary. And it is — all graveyards and hauntings, converted churches and legends . . . and I couldn’t put it down. This one is not for the faint of heart!


1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (ages 12 and up)
Sometimes the best reason to read a scary book is to learn that not all “scary” things are dangerous — or all that frightening. This 2009 Newbery Medal winner starts off with a terrifying scene, but ultimately, the ghosts of the graveyard prove themselves more humane than some of the actual humans in the book. Scary, sure, but also funny, captivating, and tender.

What are some of YOUR favorite scary reads?

— Morgan, Scholastic Staffer

October 5, 2016

Book Review: Deep and Dark and Dangerous

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Deep_and_dark_and_dangerous_130To get into the Halloween mood of October, one of the books I chose to read is Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn. Hahn’s book is definitely eerie. However, did it earn five stars? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

I don’t know about any of you, but cabins and camp sites have always freaked me out a little. They’re usually in the middle of nowhere with only a small town as the nearest outlet and are often surrounded by wooded areas. Every time I’ve been to a camp site or cabin, telling ghost stories is generally on the night’s agenda. So if you like ghost stories and mysteries, then you’ll like Deep and Dark and Dangerous.

Set in a small and quaint town in the northeast United States, Ali travels with her aunt and younger cousin to their long-deserted family cabin. Ali often wonders why her mother rarely mentions the cabin and why the family has not been back in so long. But against her mother’s orders, Ali decides to go, mainly just to get away from her controlling mom.

The cabin and lake seem pleasant at first and Ali is having a great time playing with her younger cousin, until a new girl, Sissy, shows up at the beach one day and claims Ali’s cousin for herself. Despite Ali’s happiness that her cousin has a new friend, Ali finds Sissy extremely cruel and disrespectful, not to mention strange as she just seems to appear out of nowhere.

The plot takes a strange and eerie turn as we find out more about Ali, her family, and Sissy. Once you’re finished reading story, you’ll definitely want to stay away from cabins and nearby lakes for a little while.

I give it 4.2 out of 5 stars.

—Carly M.

October 3, 2016

Start on Page 56

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Writing PromptYou may be familiar with this game but if not, here is how it works:

  1. Grab the book closest to you. Now!
  2. Go to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Write that sentence as your comment, and say what book it’s from.

The most important thing is that you DO NOT go looking for your favorite book or the coolest one you have — just grab the closest one!

Here’s my contribution:
“I was painting one of the new dwarfs that one of Mum’s friends had bought me.”
From Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

So leave a Comment and let’s see what you come up with!

— Karen

September 30, 2016

The Best Female Superheroes

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Ever since there have been novels, movies, and comic books, there have been superheroes — from Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey to Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or the comic book character, Superman, as written by Jerry Siegel. However, what do you notice from those examples? They are all male.

Well, here are my favorite female superheroes of all time.

She Ra, The Princess of Power
She Ra makes my list at number five because she is one of the very first female superheroes I was introduced to as a child. While fighting alongside her companion, He-Man, she possessed superhuman strength, amazing speed and agility, a healing touch, the ability to speak with animals telepathically, and a super awesome outfit as well.

Susan Richards, a.k.a. the Invisible Woman
If are familiar with Marvel Comics, then you know Susan Storm Richards, a.k.a. the Invisible Woman. This superhero ranks number four on the list because who wouldn’t want the ability to become invisible every once in a while?

Matilda Wormwood
As the main character in Roald Dahl’s book, Matilda, Matilda Wormwood comes in at number two not only due to her psychokinetic powers, but also because of her extreme intelligence. This 5-year-old not only knows how to read at a college level, but her powers help those in the path of the evil Miss Trunchbull.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is one of the first female superheroes to take the comic book industry by storm. Created by DC Comics in 1944, Wonder Woman was initially depicted as fighting the Axis military forces in WWII. Wonder Woman has the following powers: super strength and hearing, lightning-fast speed, flight, superior combat skills, animal empathy, regeneration, resistance to magic, immunity to illusions, hypnosis and mind control, and the ability to discern truth. With her cunning ability to fight the forces of evil and save the world from harm, Wonder Woman has risen to take her spot as the number one greatest female superhero of all time.

Who makes your list of favorite superheroines?

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

September 29, 2016

Book Swap Party

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Want to start a new tradition with your friends? How about a book swap party? For those always on the hunt for the next great read, a book swap is the way to go.

Here’s how it works:

  • Invite a group of 1-5 friends.
  • Provide book-based snacks like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hot chocolate or a bowl of Bertie Bott’s jelly beans.
  • Everyone brings at least one great read to swap – it can be new, used, dog-eared, whatever, as long as all the pages are there. Feel free to bring more than one title because the ultimate goal is to match every swapper up with a fabulous book.

Get creative with how to match up friends with books. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have each swapper create a short “personality quiz” (like this one) to see who’s best suited to the book.
  • Try a “Yankee Swap.” Draw numbers out of a bag. Person 1 gets first pick, but Person 2 can choose from the pile OR grab Person 1′s pick – and so on.
  • Make connections with other books your guests have already read and loved. Here are some pairings to get you started:
Harry Potter If you liked sinking into all seven Harry Potter books, try The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper. The Dark is Rising
The Calder Game If you liked going to England with The Calder Game by Blue Balliett, try The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Inkdeath If you liked the characters with amazing abilities in The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, try Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.
The Lightning Thief
A Series of Unfortunate Events If you liked the quirky twists in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, try The 39 Clues series. The 39 Clues

Cap off your book swap festivities with crafty fun like bookmark-making. (You supply the thick paper, stickers, and glitter glue.) Or pop in a book-based movie like The Chronicles of Narnia or Goosebumps, pop some corn and settle in.

Are you planning a book swap? Be sure to Comment and let us know how it goes.

— Amy

September 28, 2016

Whatever After Readalikes

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Whatever After booksOh, to live in a fairy tale! Talking animals, magic spells, exciting adventures . . . it would be so awesome. Well, it would be awesome if you managed to stay out of trouble, that is — and trouble is exactly what Abby and her kid brother Jonah end up in after stumbling through a magic mirror and into the worlds of their favorite fairy tales. After accidentally turning the stories upside down, they have to use their wits and bravery to turn them right-side up again. If you’re a fan of fairy tales, you probably already love this fantastic series. Once you’ve finished the latest book, chances are you’ll be looking for more fun fairy tale adventures–and that’s why we’ve put together this list of our favorite Whatever After readalikes!

Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel
It can be hard to live in the shadow of a famous parent. It’s even harder if that parent is famous for being a villain, and has been banished to live on an isolated island with other villains—and you’re stuck there, too! That’s the life Mal, daughter of Maleficient, and her friends (all children of Disney villains) have on the Isle of the Lost, where the only thing to do is learn how to be evil. But when a small break in the protective dome appears and activates Maleficent’s scepter, the kids are in a race against each other to find it first and use it for their own reasons…

Princess Academy
14-year-old Miri has lived a humble existence in the humble mining village of Mount Eskel, where it is expected that she will work in the quarry just like her family when she is old enough. But an unexpected prophecy by the king’s priests that the next princess will come from Mount Eskel turns Miri’s world on its head! Sent to a special academy with all the other eligible girls from the village, Miri must learn how to behave like a princess. But will living a life she’s only dreamed of be worth it?

The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Even though Emily Windsnap and her mom live on a houseboat, Emily’s never learned how to swim…and she finds out why during a swimming lesson at school: her legs turn into a fishtail! Thanks to her newfound ability, she discovers an underwater mer-city close by and learns more about who she is and her mysterious past. Determined to reunite with her merman father whom she’s never met, Emily embarks on a journey to find him — and learns several shocking things along the way!

The Wide-Awake Princess
Thanks to a spell from a fairy named Moonbeam, Princess Annie can’t be affected by magic. So when her older sister Gwendolyn — also known as Sleeping Beauty — falls asleep, Annie is the only person at the castle left awake. It’s up to Annie now to find Gwen’s true love to kiss her awake, and she sets off across the land in search of eligible princes to break the spell. Along the way she meets all manner of fairy tale characters…and maybe even finds a love of her own.

Ella Enchanted
When Ella is born, a well-meaning fairy gives her a “gift” that turns out to be more of a curse: Ella must obey any order that is given to her, even if it puts her in danger! She’s determined to break the curse, but not before she goes on a wild adventure involving evil stepsisters, ogres, giants, and a very charming prince. This funny book presents the story of Cinderella like you’ve never heard it before, and is sure to become one of your favorites!

Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
On their twelfth birthday, twins Alex and Conner are given a book of fairy tales from their grandmother. It contains all the stories she used to read to them when they were younger. Suddenly, the book comes to life and plunges the twins into the magical Land of Stories — a land where all the fairy tale characters they read about are alive. The only way home is by following instructions in a mysterious journal to complete the Wishing Spell, which requires collecting eight special items from the Land of Stories. But it’s no easy task, and along the way Alex and Conner discover that they have a very special tie to this magical, wonderful land.

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends
What if you decided not to follow your pre-written destiny? Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen, is supposed to follow in her mother’s footsteps. At Ever After High, the special boarding school for the children of fairy tale characters, each student is required to sign the Storybook of Legends on Legacy Day to fulfill their destinies as princesses, princes, and villains. Raven isn’t too sure she wants to be evil . . . but refusing to follow her fate might prove disastrous not just for her, but everyone else in the Snow White story!

What do you think, fairy tale lovers? Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other recommendations for fans of Whatever After? Share in the Comments below!


September 27, 2016

Books For Animal Lovers

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Are you devoted to your dog? Do you ham it up with your hamster? Hang out with spiders? Well, if you are looking for books for animal lovers, check out a few of my faves . . .

Marley Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
When John and Jenny decide to adopt a cute Labrador puppy (Marley), they have no idea what they are in for. He’s like a walking hurricane with paws — eating expensive jewelry, jumping everyone who walks through the door, flinging drool everywhere, and even getting kicked out of doggie obedience class. But their lives will never be the same, and they find out Marley is a very loyal and loving dog. I couldn’t put this book down; it had me ROTFL at one point, then ready to grab a Kleenex at the next. I really think any dog lover or pet lover will LOVE this one.

Cricket-in-times-squareA Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
When Chester the Cricket finds himself in New York City’s Times Square (after a wayward jaunt into someone’s picnic basket from his home in Connecticut), he is totally lost until he finds Mario, the human boy who sets him up at his family’s newsstand.He befriends Tucker the Cat and Harry the Mouse, and he finds that big city life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He lives in a matchbox bed with Kleenex sheets and has some pretty cool adventures. But the friendships he makes and life lessons he learns I could totally relate to —  even though he is a cricket. This one definitely is one of my faves.

WarriorsThe Warriors (Book #1: Into the Wild) by Erin Hunter
This book is like house cat meets ancient tribal wildcat, or as I like to call it . . . Lord of the Rings with cats! This epic saga runs through several books and series (The New Prophecy, The Power of Three, and more), but for starting out, I recommend Into the Wild, which is the very first book. Rusty, a house cat, gets the chance to join Thunder Clan, one of the ancient warrior cat clans, but he gets in the middle of a turf war with other rival clans. He has to prove his bravery, uncover a traitor, and rise to become a hero. If you are a fan of animal fantasy adventure stories, check this out. You’ll never see your cat the same way again.

Charlottes_webCharlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Okay, this book is a total classic, so I just had to put it on the list. It’s like a soap opera for barnyard animals. After Wilbur the piglet is deemed the runt of his litter, he is sentenced to live a lonely life in the cellar of the barn. He meets spider Charlotte, and they become fast friends. When Wilbur discovers he is going to be slaughtered and eaten, Charlotte finds a way to save his life. I don’t want to reveal anymore, but there are more twists and turns after this, leading up to a heart-wrenching ending. Have a box of tissues handy.

All of these get my vote for two paws up! Tell us your favorite animal stories in the Comments!

— Ratha

September 21, 2016

Wings of Fire Readalikes

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WingsofFireIf you fell in love with the wonderful world of Wings of Fire, you’re probably looking for other great fantasy titles full of magic, adventure, and—yes—dragons. Fear not! We’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the best Wings of Fire readalikes that will transport you to exciting new worlds (some of which may be in your very own back yard).

Rusty is a housecat who yearns for adventure, and he’s in luck. Right beyond the backyard of his home lies the world of the feral cats, who are divided into different gangs in the midst of an epic battle for power. Apprenticed by the ThunderClan, Rusty is given the new name Firepaw and trains to become a warrior . . . and he may just be the one to save the clans from destruction from the evil ShadowClan.

Young fox Isla lives outside the land of humans—known to foxes as “the furless”—with her fox family. One day she returns to her den to find it on fire, surrounded by foxes she’s never seen before and with her family nowhere to be found. On the run, she must enter the world of the furless to survive . . . and learn the ancient magic of Foxcraft.

Dragon Rider
With his colony under threat by humans, young dragon Firedrake flees and embarks on a journey to find the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas, a mythical place where dragons are safe and can live in peace. Along with his dragon rider, an orphan boy named Ben, Firedrake sets off on the dangerous quest full of fantastic creatures— one very evil one intent on ending Firedrake’s journey for good!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Minli lives in the valley of Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents must work hard all day just to barely survive. It’s a difficult life, but Minli’s father tells her many magical stories to make their days less miserable. It is through his stories that Minli learns about the Old Man on the Moon, who has the power to tell her how they can change their fortune—and with encouragement from a talking goldfish, she sets off on a journey to find the Old Man. Along the way she meets and befriends many magical characters, including a dragon who can’t fly . . . and learns a thing or two about bravery and the true meaning of fortune.

Magesterium: The Iron Trial
Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has been warned by his father to stay away from magic and the Magesterium, a school for magically inclined children. The problem is, Callum is descended from mages: he’s got magical abilities whether he likes it or not. When he tries to fail the Iron Trial, the entrance exam to the Magesterium, he fails at failing and is admitted. Now forced to attend the mysterious and frightening school, he is apprenticed under the great mage Master Rufus. He’s in for one wild ride of friendships, foes, and, yes—lots of magic.

When Kendra and her brother Seth are sent to stay with their grandparents at the Fablehaven estate while their parents are on a vacation. Little do they know, Fablehaven is actually a protected home for magical creatures—and their grandfather is the caretaker. There are many fascinating creatures to meet and adventures to be had, but there are also very strict rules to follow. And when Kendra and Seth break one, they are in a world of trouble unlike anything they could ever expect!

The Menagerie
The author of Wings of Fire, Tui T. Sutherland, joined forces with her sister Kari Sutherland to write this incredible series. Logan, new in the town of Xanadu, Wyoming, is shocked to find a baby griffin under his bed one night—and even more surprised to learn that the baby griffin actually escaped from the top-secret Menagerie, a special zoo for magical creatures. The Menagerie is run by his classmate Zoe and her family, and with Logan’s help, they start tracking down other escaped griffins. But the Menagerie is due for an inspection soon, and if anything is amiss it will be shut down for good. Will Logan and Zoe find the remaining griffins in time?

Are you a Wings of Fire fan? Have you read any of these books? What other books would you recommend for fans of the series? Sound off in the Comments below!