Category Archives: Reads

September 22, 2015

Emma Is on the Air

Posted by at 11:48 am in Reads | Permalink

JKT_9780545686969.pdfRead about the new book Emma Is on the Air: Party Drama by Ida Siegal for ages 7-10!

Emma and her friends weren’t ready for so much party drama, but if they work together to figure out what happened, they just might save the day!

“This is Emma Perez, and I’m ON THE AIR! Today at school, Sophia, Javier, and I were working on our extra-awesome outfits for the costume party. We had the best idea ever and were going to win the contest! But now Sophia’s costume is missing. Where could it be? Did someone take it on purpose?”

It’s time for a new edition of EMMA IS ON THE AIR!

September 17, 2015

Shelter Pet Squad: Paloma

Posted by at 12:14 pm in Reads | Permalink

shelter pet squad: PalomaShelter Pet Squad series by Cynthia Lord for ages 7-10

There’s a big surprise for the Shelter Pet Squad: A group of sato puppies has arrived! Satos are homeless dogs — of various breeds — from Puerto Rico. The kids will help them settle in until they are ready for adoption.

Suzannah plays with a pup named Paloma until the little dog falls asleep in her lap. It’s puppy love!

That’s why it’s hard, the next week, when a line of people forms at the shelter to adopt the satos. Suzannah should be happy that Paloma will soon have a new home. The only problem is… she’s not ready to let the dog go. Is there any way for Paloma to get adopted without breaking Suzannah’s heart?

Animal lovers will adore this third book in the irresistible Shelter Pet Squad series by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord.

September 16, 2015

The Marvels

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The Marvels by Brian SelznickThe Marvelous New Book by Brian Selznick

If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, then prepare yourself for another amazing book by Brian Selznick: The Marvels. Brian Selznick visited Scholastic today to tell us about the book and I learned some interesting facts.

The Marvels includes elements of theater, London, and a real house that has been turned into a museum. He actually lived in London for a few months while he was researching this book. It took him an ENTIRE YEAR to draw all the pictures once he got home from London!

Watch the amazing stop-motion video trailer that Selznick made himself.


I don’t want to give away too much about the story, but there is a tragedy in it based on a true story, and Selznick literally, actually started to cry today when he was talking about it!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer


September 9, 2015

2015 Books of the Summer

Posted by at 1:12 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

Recommend me!What were the top books of summer 2015?

You super-awesome STACKS readers worked your way through some pretty impressive summer reading lists! I asked you all to share what books you were reading (and loving) and I put the results into a word cloud. There were SO many books — you guys ROCK! Check it out:

2015 Books of the Summer

2015 Books of the Summer

It looks like Percy Jackson is still way, way ahead of the competition, but Harry Potter is putting up a valiant fight. You HP fans are seriously dedicated! And it was really cool seeing so many of you having conversations based on other people’s recommendations. Book lovers, unite!

What books are you reading now for the new school year? Share in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

August 26, 2015

Bad Kitty Readalikes

Posted by at 1:45 am in Reads | Permalink

Bad Kitty Gets A BathIf you like the Bad Kitty chapter books by Nick Bruel, try these other funny books about mischief and mayhem for ages 7-9.

Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Book #1: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Mad scientist Franny is having trouble making friends at her new school, so she begins to experiment with fitting in. The result of her experiment is not so great though. You could even call it . . . monstrous.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath and his iguana best friend, Wendell, attend the Herpitax-PhibbiasSchool for Reptiles and Amphibians, and deal with bullies, bad grades, nerves of steel, and of course, fire breath. See also the other books in the Dragonbreath series.

Great Critter Capers: The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davis
After years of begging their parents for pet hamsters, Anna and Tom’s beloved pets mysteriously die! Anna and Tom begin a humorous murder investigation throughout their neighborhood. See also the other books in the Great Critter Caper series.

Geronimo Stilton Book #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton
Search for buried treasure, uncover a great pyramid of cheese, and uncover haunted cats with famed mouse reporter Geronimo Stilton and his sister Thea. See also the other books in the Geronimo Stilton series.

Babymouse Book #1: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Meet the wildly imaginative Babymouse as she rocks out, camps out, and breaks hearts. See also the other books in the Babymouse series.

Stink Book #1: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody’s little terror of a brother now has his own series full strange antics, from getting free candy to super stinky sneakers. See also the other books in the Stink series.

Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers
At the annual gathering of the MEOW society, cats of all kinds gather to tell cat stories. Find out the stories of Chico, the smallest cat in the world, a Pirate Cat, and Georgio the chef cat.

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers
It is the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society, a yearly storytelling extravaganza where dogs from all over the world gather to share funny diary entries from their ancestors.

Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
In this adorable manga, Yohei and his family learn how difficult it is to keep their mischievous kitten a secret from their landlords. See also the other books in the Chi’s Sweet Home series.

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Binky prepares for his first trip into space, but begins to worry how his humans would protect themselves if he left for good. See also the other books in the Binky Adventure series.

Golden Hamster Saga Book # 1: I Freddy by Dietlof Reiche
Intelligent golden hamster Freddy aspires to escape captivity and to become an independent and civilized creature.

Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper
After a stack of fashion magazines falls on Kiki Kitty’s head while she is blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, Kiki turns into Fashion Kitty, a feline superhero who saves other kitties from fashion disaster.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who tries to convince the farmer that Wilbur is no ordinary animal.

Amanda, STACKS Writer

August 19, 2015

El Deafo

Posted by at 1:30 am in Reads | Permalink

el deafoNew El Deafo Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Writer En-Szu’s awesome video for El Deafo by Cece Bell? If you love hilarious graphic novels about unusual superheroes, watch this video!

el deafo book trailer

Tell us what you think in the Comments! Are you already a fan of El Deafo?

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 12, 2015

Book Wars: The Maze Runner vs. The Selection

Posted by at 1:41 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

book wars: The Maze Runner vs. The SelectionBook Wars!

Wait! Hold it right there. Have you ever read two completely different books and noticed similarities between the two? If this sounds like you, proceed to read the article below.

On the surface, the two books I’m comparing would seem to have nothing in common. In fact, just by looking at the covers, one would assume them to be polar opposites. The Maze Runner (for ages 12 and up) by James Dashner is a futuristic fantasy. The Selection (for ages 12 and up) by Kiera Cass is a romantic story about a competition for the prince’s hand in marriage. What could these two books possibly have in common?

In The Maze Runner, the main character, Thomas, is sent to the Glade, not necessarily by force but because he thinks it is for “the good of the people.” Same thing goes for America, the main character in The Selection, whose choice ensures her family’s safety. America despises the idea of going to the palace, but goes along with it for her family, just as Thomas goes into the elevator to the Maze. Both want to run away from their surroundings; one desires to leave from a death trap of monsters, the other from frilly dresses. Thomas and America both want to “escape” but not leave the friends they’ve made. Both situations require survival skills as well. Thomas must know how to fight monsters, and America must know how to curtsey in heels. These stories are different, but their underlying plots have similarities.

The Maze Runner and The Selection both have bad guys as well. All the people in the Glade are faced with WICKED, an organization dedicated to making their lives as painful as possible. Thomas’ chances of escaping are in their clenched fists. America is also confronted with challenges herself. In addition to the snooty girls and king determined to send her home, there are rebel groups storming the palace and turning it into a war zone.

Oh, and don’t forget the sidekicks! America’s new best friend is Marlee, whose enthusiasm can light up a room. Her sweetness makes her a very likable companion. This reminds me of Chuck (Thomas’ new best friend), whose personality is always fun to be around. Thomas always seems to smile with happiness when around him. Both are kind and befriend the protagonists on their first day. However, their fates are anything but happy!

As you can see, the similarities are carried throughout both stories. Next time you read two different books, see what’s hidden in the pages.

Emma Rose, Scholastic Kids Council

August 5, 2015

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 News

Posted by at 1:58 am in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Reads | Permalink

Diary of a Wimpy KidBook 10 Is Coming Out November 3, 2015!Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10

illustrations and text copyright Jeff Kinney

Are you excited for the new Wimpy Kid book coming out in November? Leave a Comment! And while you’re waiting for November, read our Wimpy Kid readalikes!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 29, 2015

New Magnus Chase Series from Rick Riordan

Posted by at 1:58 am in Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

the sword of summerThe First Book in the New Magnus Chase Series Comes Out October 6, 2015!

If you are a Percy Jackson fan wondering what to read next, then Rick Riordan has just solved your problem! He is the author of the Percy Jackson series, and he is writing a NEW series about a NEW demi-god. Get ready to meet Magnus Chase!

Book #1: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

One day, someone else tracks him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands years. And also, Magnus’ father was a Norse god.

But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents . . .

DUN DUN DUUUUNN! *dramatic sound effect*

Will you be reading this new series by the author of Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 22, 2015

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Posted by at 1:33 am in Reads | Permalink

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryNew Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Writer En-Szu’s awesome video for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein? If you have ever thought about being trapped overnight in the coolest library in the world, watch this video!

Escape from Mr. Lemoncell's Library Video

Tell us what you think in the Comments! Are you already a fan of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library?

Sonja, STACKS Staffer