June 17, 2015
A special message from Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door
At first, it doesn’t look like Hannah and Emme are going to be friends. When Emme moves in next door to Hannah, there’s a big problem. Emme has moved right into the house that Hannah’s best friend just moved out of (and out of the country, too). And not only that, but the two fifth graders both have names that are spelled the same backward and forward, they have the same birthday, and they both hate pizza and love peanut butter. Hannah is not happy about this identity theft. But after a rocky start, Hannah and Emme realize that their friendship is meant to be, and they will stick together through bullying, fund-raising fiascoes, sick pets, and new babies.
I loved writing Best Friend Next Door. It made me think about my best friend growing up on Centennial Avenue. Her name was (and still is!) Stephie. She actually lived three doors down, but those two houses in between didn’t mean anything to us. We wore a path through the other backyards to each other’s homes. We swam in her pool in the summer and sledded down the roof of my sloped garage in the winter. (We got in trouble for this one.) We made a tin-can phone and tin-can stilts, and set up an obstacle course for my dog, Rascal, in my backyard. To honor Stephie’s and my friendship, I put Hannah’s and Emme’s houses on Centennial Avenue, though in a fictional town.
There is nothing like a best friend, and even better, a best friend you can visit at all hours, even in your pajamas.
Would you like to live next to your best friend? Do you know anyone who has a palindrome name?
– Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door
June 3, 2015
Lucy Longwhiskers Gets Lost (for ages 7-10)
It’s the first day of vacation, and best friends Lily and Jess are ready for adventure! Lily’s parents run the Helping Paw Wildlife Hospital and the girls love to help take care of all the animals. However, some other animals also need their help . . .
When Goldie the golden cat invites the girls to visit magical Friendship Forest, Jess and Lily are thrilled to meet – and talk to! – their new animal friends. But greedy witch Grizelda wants the forest all for herself. When Grizelda’s helpers kidnap Lucy Longwhiskers, a baby bunny, it’s up to Lily and Jess to rescue Lucy and defend the forest!
With the help of Goldie, a clever owl, and their own wits, the girls are up for the challenge. But rescue missions aren’t easy. Sometimes, it takes more than determination to save the day. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of friendship and a big pinch of magic.
See what happens next in the Magic Animal Friends series!
June 2, 2015
CreekClimbing11′s Book List of Summer Reading
It finally feels like summer and CreekClimbing11 has created an awesome list of books for you to read. While you’re reading, don’t forget to log your minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge and enter for a chance to win prizes!
Ok, so for me, school is over. I know you probably have school books to read. I do too, but here is a list of books to read over the summer that I and my friends have enjoyed. Continue reading
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!
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns From Uranus will be available in July, 2015.
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!