Category Archives: Reads

November 19, 2014

Starring Jules Trailer

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Starring Jules book #4New Book Trailer for the Starring Jules Series (for ages 7-10)

You should watch this AWESOME trailer if ANY of these apply to you:

  • You love the Starring Jules series by Beth Ain.
  • You like catchy songs.
  • You don’t know why you aren’t famous yet.
  • You enjoy blowing milk bubbles.
  • You’re a regular kid.
  • Your teacher is strict.
  • You have a little brother.
  • You wear pigtails in your hair.
  • You like reading books that make you laugh!

If you nodded your head yes to any of those, then this series is for you. Still not convinced? Check out the trailer and rock out with shining star Jules Bloom!

November 19, 2014

The Worry Tree Review

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The Worry TreeThe Worry Tree (for ages 7-10) by Marianne Musgrove

Juliet worries way too much. She has problems at school, home and within herself. She can never get them out of her mind, no matter how hard she tries. She can’t stop worrying! Does that ring a bell? Do you have worries you can’t stop thinking about? Whether or not you do, you will enjoy The Worry Tree by Marianne Musgrove.

Juliet finds an old tree painted on the wall after she peels up the wallpaper in her new room. Her Nana explains the legend of the Worry Tree to her, and Juliet is intrigued. Could this solve her problems and finally get her worries out of her mind?

It is really easy to relate to Juliet’s problems because this book has a realistic amount of drama and doesn’t send characters into fake drama hysterics. I enjoyed this book because it isn’t magical in the way Harry Potter is, but it does have a mystical element! This is a very easy read; I read it in third grade in a day. Nonetheless, older kids will enjoy this too! If you are looking for a fun and easy read, The Worry Tree is perfect!

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

November 15, 2014

The Marvels: New Brian Selznick Book

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Extra!The Marvels by Brian Selznick

If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, then prepare yourself for another amazing book by Brian Selznick coming out on September 15, 2015! With 440 pages of original drawings and 200 pages of text, The Marvels promises to be epic, and it will have a beautiful cover! Look! Just look at it!!The Marvels book cover

In The Marvels, Selznick weaves together two spellbinding stories—one in words, and the other in pictures. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The written story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. How the picture and word stories intersect will leave readers marveling over Selznick’s storytelling skill. Get it? Marveling! The Marvels is filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and features Selznick’s most arresting art to date.

Here’s what the author has to say about The Marvels: “I’m thrilled to finally share The Marvels with readers after three years of intense work on the book, including living briefly in London and spending an entire year drawing the pictures,” says Brian Selznick.

And here’s what I have to say about The Marvels: “I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15!!!!! And also, what are those cool serpent thingies on the cover? Oh, I can’t wait!”

Leave a Comment to tell us what you think about this news.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 12, 2014

Fly by Night Book Review

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Fly by Night book coverBook Reviews by Kids, for Kids

Are you looking for 100% kid-approved book recommendations? The STACKS has them. This week, CycloneVampire7 recommends Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (for ages 9-12). Have you read this book? What did you think? Read on for CycloneVampire’s 4-star-review.

Fly by Night book coverFly by Night is a beautiful book about a girl named Mosca Mye. In Mosca’s world, books are dangerous and outlawed, and supposedly fill your mind with lies and poisonous ideas. But Mosca can read. Her father taught her to. He is dead now, so when Mosca meets Mr. Eponymous Clent, a dangerous man with a poet’s way with words, she decides to help him. As things slowly start to unravel, Mosca realizes that things aren’t always as they have been, and Comfort isn’t always the good guy. It’s a little hard to understand at times, but all-in-all, a wonderful book. I would probably say it’s for ages 10+ because it’s hard to follow, or age 9 if you’re a good reader.

November 5, 2014

The Sisters Grimm Review

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The Sisters Grimm book coverThe Sisters Grimm

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to exist in a place where fairy tales are real? Wondered what it would be like to live in a town where the three little pigs are sheriffs, Snow White is a teacher, and Prince Charming is the mayor? Well, for two girls living in Ferryport Landing, this is their reality. Join Sabrina Grimm; her sister, Daphne; and a cheeky boy fairy called Puck on a whirlwind adventure in The Sisters Grimm book series by Michael Buckley. Continue reading

November 1, 2014

Family Time: Klutz Style

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Klutz logoHalloween is over. Boo . . .hoo hoo!  :(

C’mon. Get it together. This is no time to cry over spilled pumpkins. Conquer your post-Halloween blues with Klutz, makers of activity books with a creative kick that bring the family together. Here are a few of our favorites, and how to share them with your family this November. Continue reading

October 30, 2014

Halloween Book Challenge Bonus

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Happy HalloweenHave you been participating in the Halloween Book Challenge? Every week, we read a different book. Today is Halloween so we have a BONUS challenge for you! It’s a Halloween Party Spell-It-Out Challenge.

Here’s how the bonus challenge works. Think of all the books you read this month for the Halloween Book Challenge. Then think of the perfect Halloween party item (drinks, candy, decorations, etc.) and spell it out using the first letter of words in your book titles.

Example:
G - 
The Graveyard Book

U - Captain Underpants

M - Midnight Howl

Leave yours in the Comments. Have a super-fun and safe Halloween!

 

October 23, 2014

Book Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

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Book warsBook Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

Attention all fantasy readers! You’ll want to get in on this week’s book war, because I will be comparing two of the most popular fantasy series there are: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson & The Olympians.

People have been saying for years that the two series are similar in character and plot, but I’m about to take a deeper look to find out. So, are you a Potterhead or are you a Demigod? Can you be both?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief book coverTo begin the comparison, let’s start with the two main protagonists. Harry and Percy are both unlikely heroes with difficult backgrounds. Harry’s parents were killed when he was just a baby, and he was forced to live with his horrible Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and his vile cousin, Dudley. Percy was raised by his mother and his awful step-father, Gabe Ugliano. Both children were bullied because they were weak and scrawny and no one really cared about them.

Harry and Percy also share some similar traits. Harry and Percy both have a “saving people thing” because they always want to help someone in danger. They are also known to be witty and sarcastic, but incredibly loyal to their friends.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu KibuishiFinally, Harry and Percy are the “Chosen One” and the “Child of the Prophecy” meaning that they are the only people who can save the world because of a prophecy written about them.

Now let’s compare some of the other characters.

The main female protagonists, Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase, are both the most intelligent characters in each series. They always know the answer for everything and always have a plan, but Annabeth is more of a warrior than Hermione.

And let’s not forget about the lovable best friends. Ron Weasley and Grover Underwood are the two main characters’ best friends. They are similar in that they are both easily scared, funny, and have a love of food. The only difference would be the fact that Grover has goat legs . . .

And, of course, we have the villains. There are the main bad guys, Lord Voldemort and Kronos, and also the conflicted henchmen, Draco Malfoy and Luke Castellan.

Another similarity in the series would be the plot. Both books are about two children who become heroes and have to save the world. They both involve a prophecy, magic, and myth.

So what do you think? How similar are these two series? And are you a fan of HP or PJO? Leave your opinion in the Comments.

Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council

PS. Emma Rose weighs in on the debate in her video. Ari is also a PJO fan. He says, “The books are exciting. It is fun to see Greek Mythology come alive in the present day. Percy, the son of Poseidon, must learn to survive and protect both the mortal and the immortal worlds.”

October 22, 2014

Whatever After: Cold as Ice

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Whatever After booksWhatever After Book #6: Cold as Ice

The next book in the Whatever After series is almost here! Abby and Jonah are visiting another fairy tale . . . and this one’s freezing! When author Sarah Mlynowski meets her fans, they often suggest to her which fairy tale they want her to write about next. The #1 request she had been getting from readers was to put main characters Abby and Jonah in the story of “The Snow Queen.” Next month, the Snow Queen-themed Whatever After book will be available and here’s a sneak peek at the cover!Whatever After #6: Cold as Ice

What do you think? Pretty awesome, right!?!

If you’re not familiar with Whatever After, check out the website to play the dress-up game, watch the trailer, and read a few excerpts.

For all you Whatever After fans, Cold as Ice will be available on November 25th.

And look out for Whatever After #7: Beauty Queen, coming in May!

Happy reading!

October 16, 2014

Scholastic Kids Council Shelfies

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Peep says Hi.Whenever I go to someone’s house for the first time, I always try to peek at the bookshelves to see if that person likes the same books as I do. Is that nosy of me? What? You don’t do that? Anyway . . . I knew I wanted a peek at the Scholastic Kids Council’s bookshelves so I asked them to send me their “shelfies.”

Do you see any of your favorite books?

Ari shelfie

Beata shelfie

Emma Rose shelfie

Grace shelfie

Izzy shelfie

Kennedy shelfie

Maggie shelfie

Michael shelfie

Rowan shelfie

Leave a Comment to tell us which books we would see in YOUR shelfie.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer