December 4, 2013
STACKS Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The STACKS Book Club is back with a magical new book. This month, we’re reading J.K. Rowling’s classic tale of witchcraft and wizardry, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Whether you’re reading Harry for the first time or the hundredth time, this book about a boy who discovers he’s a wizard is one you just can’t put down!
So grab a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read the official discussion questions below, and then head to the Comments below to start chatting!
- What would your reaction be if Hagrid arrived at your house and said that you were a wizard?
- Would you be scared to run into the magical wall at Platform 9 ¾?
- What house would the Sorting Hat place you in? When the Sorting Hat was on your head, what would it say to you before you were sorted?
- If you joined your house Quidditch team, what position would you like to play?
- What spell would you want to learn first at Hogwarts?
- What would be your favorite class to take?
Post your answers in the Comments below and also ask your own questions to the STACKS Book Club!
–Brian, STACKS Staffer
November 27, 2013
The Books of the Month series is back!
Tell me the titles of the books you’re reading right now, and I’ll make a word cloud out of all the recommendations. The more votes a book title gets, the bigger the print! Here are the results from our last Books of the Month. It looks like Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson were very popular!
Be sure to leave a Comment with the title of the book you’re reading right now, and I will make a new word cloud of all our reads for the whole month.
— En-Szu, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)
November 26, 2013
I must admit I am not a very good baker, but I do LOVE reading fiction and looking at fun recipes, so that’s the reason I like finding cookbooks based on fictional books. If you love food and books, and books about food, then check out today’s fun, festive recipe books based on favorite fiction books.
November 20, 2013
Floors Book #3: The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman
When the Whippet Hotel owner, the beloved Merganzer Whippet, takes Leo and Remi away with him on a “little adventure” for a week, Remi’s mother thinks nothing of it. “It’s Merganzer. How dangerous could it be?”
Boy, she had no clue! Remi and Leo were whisked away by a flying blimp which carried them to the top of the hotel to Merganzer’s headquarters – a field of wacky inventions. Merganzer has decided to combine his six hotels into one, and must appoint an “Emperor of all Whippet Hotels.” So he sets up a series of trials and puzzles inside the mysterious floors of the hotels to weed out the unworthy.
Who will come out on top? And who is secretly working for Ms. Sparks, the woman who is trying to take over the Whippet Hotel? Read and find out!
In an adventure full of magic and surprise (There may or may not be live mini-dinosaurs and gravity-defying puzzle arenas!), Leo and Remi explore the wonderful inventions of Merganzer’s mind come to life! What do you think of the conclusion to the Floors trilogy? Read the first chapter and let us know!
–Elysse, STACKS Writer
November 20, 2013
The Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey Meeting 2
Welcome back STACKS Book Club members to our second meeting devoted to the amazing Baby-sitters Club book, The Truth About Stacey. What a wild finish! Suspense, trickery, and above all, friendship! What did you think about the amazing ending? I know I loved it!
For those of you new to the STACKS Book Club, we’re always welcoming new members, so whether you joined the first BSC meeting or this is your first time, please join the conversation! Check out the discussion questions below and then head to the Comments to get talking! Continue reading
November 13, 2013
Byrd & Igloo: A Polar Adventure by Samantha Seiple
Richard E. Byrd always dreamed of living an exciting life. In fact, he started his world-wide adventures at age 13; in 1901 he took a trip all around the world by himself! As his mother said, “Richard was born an adventurer and explorer, absolutely without fear.”
Byrd’s worldwide trip ignited a love for navigation and further travel. He set out to be the first person to fly over the North and South Poles with his right-hand man, pilot Floyd Bennett. Byrd never expected that he would be taking a four-legged friend with him.
Maris Boggs saw Byrd’s story in the newspaper and thought the puppy she found would be a good companion for the adventurous man. Byrd reluctantly took the dog, named Igloo, abroad. The dog took to life at sea naturally and became a favorite among the crew. The time spent preparing for these polar adventures formed a friendship between Byrd and Igloo that was unbreakable.
This is an incredible story of the bond a man and a dog share. Through good times and bad, this duo stuck together as they traveled the world. If you love biographies, adventures, or dogs, this book is loaded with interesting information (and cool pictures!)! You won’t want to put this down!
Read a sample chapter and tell us what you think in the Comments.
—Elysse, STACKS Writer
November 7, 2013
The Pet War by Allan Woodrow
“There are two types of people in the world: dog people and cat people. Dog people are clever, friendly, good-looking, funny and overall fantastically wonderful. Cat people, on the other hand, are ugly, boring, and smell bad. I’m not making that up – those are the facts.”
Otto is a dog person. His older sister Lexi is a cat person. They both want a pet. Their mother agrees if Otto and Lexi can prove their responsibility. They must earn $500 towards their pet by the month’s end, keep their grades up, do chores around the house, and take care of the winning pet. Sounds easy, right?
Well, responsibility isn’t Otto’s middle name. Right off the bat, Lexi has charts, posters, and tutoring positions to rake in the cash. Otto has a little more trouble figuring out how he can earn money. Becoming a magician? Selling apples? Working at a grocery store? Nothing pans out the way Otto hoped, and time is running out! He has to think of something, anything, fast – or else he’ll be living with a new addition to the family not of his choosing.
Who will win this war, the cat-lover or the dog-lover? Read a sample chapter and let us know in the Comments what you think . . . and if you are a cat-lover or a dog-lover!!
—Elysse, STACKS Writer
November 6, 2013
The Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey
The STACKS Book Club is back with a brand new book! For those of you who are new to the STACKS Book Club, each month we choose a new book to read together. Then, we talk about our favorite parts of the book right here on the Ink Splot 26 blog! We’re always welcoming new members, so whether you’ve joined previous meetings or this is your first time, please join the conversation!
This month we’re reading The Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey in honor of National Diabetes Month. In this classic book, Stacey is diagnosed with diabetes and learns about the hardships that come with this disease. Meanwhile, Stacey and her friends face off against a rival group of baby-sitters! Continue reading
October 16, 2013
Killer Species: Menace from the Deep by Michael P. Spradlin
As an aviary specialist, Emmet’s dad, Dr. Doyle, gets sent to do environmental work all around the country, so Emmet has no choice but to go along. Emmet is not happy to leave his beloved Montana for hot, humid, and mildew-scented Florida.
Once there, Dr. Geaux takes them to the Everglades lab, where she is the park superintendent, because they have found something unusual: an alligator with aviary qualities the likes of which would have been found in prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth. How did this animal get here and why?
It turns out that someone is dead set on restoring the Everglades to its natural state – going to the extreme of breeding snake-killing pterogators. But are the pterogators going to help the environment, or kill everything in it?
This story will leave you with your skin tingling from excitement. If you are an adventure-lover who enjoys a bit of science-fiction on the side, this book is for you! Read a sample chapter, and tell us how you like this book!
—Elysse, STACKS Writer
October 9, 2013
Goosebumps: Doctor Maniac Will See You Now
If you’re scared of going to the doctor, then this doc will really scare you! Dr. Maniac is one doc you’ll surely never want to visit! He’s one of the Goosebumps Most Wanted—and not for his bedside manner. Dr. Maniac is an evil genius that will leave you even sicker than when you arrived. He’s positively insane and he’s on the loose. It’s time to catch him, undead or alive!
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