May 27, 2015
It’s practically summer, and that means you can read all the books you want! YAY! But how do you decide which books to choose? Well, STACKS Staffer Sandy created this helpful graphic. Take a look and find out which books you should read this summer.
And don’t forget to log your minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge!
May 20, 2015
Ricky Ricotta and His Mighty Robot are back in a brand new, out-of-this-world adventure!
Ricky Ricotta loves his Mighty Robot, but sometimes it’s hard having a best friend who is so BIG! If only his Mighty Robot had someone his own size to play with, Ricky could have some fun by himself. Little does Ricky know, his wish is about to come true. Ugly Uncle Unicorn is hatching a hideous plan to take over Earth, and he’s got a super-sized surprise for Ricky and his Robot friend!
Click here to learn more, make your own robot, watch cool videos, and more!
May 13, 2015
Hey! BookwormFairy31 here. I wanted to interview Ella from “Glass Slippers.” Ella, come out here!
Ella: Oh, hi Destiny.
Me: My writer name is Destiny. So, Ella, were you surprised when your aunt Cora told you about your power?
Ella: I was stunned but I made a limo out of my car and created an iPod 8 out of thin air.
Me: Do you like Will? *smiles sheepishly*
Ella: Why did you ask me that?!
Me: Sorry! Sorry! Sheesh.
Me: What do you like best about Jessica?
Ella: I guess that she’s honest and caring, same as her sister Madilene.
Me: What do you hate about Alexa?
Ella: What’s not to hate? She’s a huge jerk. She’s even mean to her own kids!
Me: Can I bring someone else up?
Me: Will, come up here!!
Will: Umm . . . hi.
Me: So you ran into Ella at the dance. What did you think of her when you first met?
Will: I thought she was nice . . . and clumsy.
Ella: Hey! I was pushed.
Will: Sorry. I didn’t know.
Me: Umm . . . let’s stop this right now before there’s a fight.
*Ella creates Will’s worst nightmare in the background.*
Me: Cut! Cut!
*Camera goes black.*
To find out more about BookwormFairy’s version of Cinderella, read the story here.
May 6, 2015
Do you love books like Harry Potter, Wings of Fire, and The Spiderwick Chronicles? Then we think you will love this brand-new series Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures (for ages 8 and up)!
Meet Pip and her world full of magical creatures and whimsical adventures! Click to read an excerpt, watch the trailer, and take the quiz to see which magical creature matches your personality!
April 29, 2015
Now that it’s finally spring, I’m so excited to sit outside in the park and read books all day. . . and of course, I have my handy-dandy Books of the Month post to help me plan out my reading list!
Last month I asked you to share what books you were reading (and loving) and I’ve put the results into a word cloud. Check it out . . .
Percy Jackson is obviously the runaway star of this month. More of you voted for PJ this time around than ever before! So I guess I’ll finally be finishing the series this May, and wishing and hoping for a third movie!
What books are you reading now? What books do you think everyone MUST MUST MUST put at the very tippy-top of their summer reading list? Share in the Comments below!
En-Szu, STACKS Writer
April 29, 2015
Meet Browser & Birdie
Woof by Spencer Quinn (for ages 8 and up)
Meet Browser, Louisiana’s top (smelling) dog. Bowser is very handsome and only slightly slobbery, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! When there is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp, Bowser can smell it—and the sweat on humans when they’re lying.
The girl Browser lives with, Birdie Gaux, also knows something is wrong. It’s not just that her Grammy’s stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It’s the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It’s the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck.
When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser’s powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic ‘em.
Read an excerpt of Woof and find out what kind of crime-fighting dog YOU are!
April 15, 2015
The Candymakers (for ages 9 and up) by Wendy Mass
Today’s book recommendation comes from HotelPurple42 on the Reading Buzz Board.
The Candymakers is about the candy factory called “Life is Sweet” and it is having a competition for kids to create a one-of-a-kind candy. The winning candy will be sold everywhere. All the kids who want to enter have to write an essay on why they want to make candy. Out of all those entries, 4 children are chosen: Logan (a Life Is Sweet employee’s son), Daisy (who can lift a 50-pound roll of taffy), Miles (who is allergic to rowboats, the color pink, pancakes, jazz music, and merry-go-rounds) and Phillip (who is always wearing a suit and tie and is scribbling in a secret notebook). This is all I can give you. It’s a really great book.
Have you read this book? What do you think? Leave a Comment and go to the Reading Buzz Board to join the book discussion!
April 8, 2015
Things Not Seen (for ages 10 and up) by Andrew Clements
Today’s book recommendation comes from MidnightMystery146 on the Reading Buzz Board.
Author: Andrew Clements (author of Frindle and No Talking)
Book: Things Not Seen
Rating: 6 out of 5!!! (Yeah, it’s a wonderful novel!)
Basic Character List: Bobby wakes up invisible one day, but you can touch and hear him. His father is a “science freak” and his mother is a literature professor at his school. He meets this blind girl, Alicia, whom he becomes friends with.
When my friend recommended this book, I thought, “Why not?” but I didn’t realize at the time it was going to be one of my all-time favorites right next to the Harry Potter series. The book just takes you on an almost too impossible story adventure. And one last thing: never buy a faulty electric blanket at Sears, or at least not on a night when Earth is experiencing a high energy solar eruption.
March 27, 2015
Special STACKS Cover Reveal
See the cover and read an excerpt from the new Whatever After book: Beauty Queen! We are so excited to introduce the enchanting new book in The New York Times bestselling Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. Are you ready to see the cover of Beauty Queen? Royal drum roll, please . . .
What do you think? Rather beautiful, right?! Tell us in the Comments below, and for more Whatever After fun, help Abby play dress up as she falls into a fairy tale.
Whatever After follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah, whose magic mirror leads them into different fairy tales, where hijinks and hilarity ensue! This time, the magic mirror sucks Abby and Jonah into the story of Beauty and the Beast. When Jonah picks a rose from the Beast’s garden, he messes up the story. Abby and Jonah better get creative and save this fairy tale, before things get pretty ugly.
Read a sample excerpt here!
Beauty Queen is available wherever books are sold April 28, 2015.
March 25, 2015
The Most Popular Books of the Month
This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:
Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?
There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.
Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!
See ya next month!
En-Szu, STACKS Writer