I know it’s super-cold out right now, but spring is right around the corner, and I can’t wait! Not just because I’m tired of bundling up so that I look like a polar bear every day, but because spring is a time for fresh starts: new adventures, new ideas, new goals, and…new books! Yay for new books! Here are some titles I’m really excited to read in 2014. Continue reading
“And as it got closer to Japan’s coast, it got bigger. It grew and grew, until it was a monstrous wall of water, dozens of feet high, hundreds of miles long. It destroyed everything in its path.”
Since his father died in a car crash, Ben is a different person. He alienates his friends and teammates; he no longer takes pleasure from his favorite game – basketball. Ben doesn’t make time for his five-year-old brother Harry either, and his mother is concerned. She decides to take the boys to his father’s hometown, Shogahama, Japan. His great-Uncle Ojisan tries to take their minds off of Ben’s dad’s death, but Ben’s grief is too strong.
One day during his visit, there is a massive earthquake. From California, Ben is used to earthquakes, but this one is stronger than any other he has experienced before. Then, the unthinkable happens: a tsunami comes rushing towards them and he becomes separated from everyone. Stuck in a village where he does not know the language, will he ever be reunited with his family?
–Elysse, STACKS Writer
Last year, we asked STACKS readers to vote for the title of an upcoming Whatever After book. Author Sarah Mlynowski appreciated your help so much that you get to pick the title of the sixth book in the series, too! That’s right, YOU get to decide the title of the next Whatever After book!
For those of you not familiar with the series, in each book Abby and her younger brother visit a different fairy tale and accidentally mess up the stories. They have to fix everything so the characters can have their happy endings.
Book 6 takes Abby to the story of Beauty and the Beast. Which do you think would be the best title for the story?
- Sitting Pretty
- Beauty Queen
UPDATE: This poll is now closed. The winner is Beauty Queen! Thanks for voting! Visit scholastic.com/whateverafter to learn more about the books and to play the dress up game.
You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.
In A Series of Unfortunate Events Book #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, a greedy relative will stop at nothing to ensure he gets the inheritance left to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. However, he doesn’t realize that their cleverness outmatches his!
There are 13 books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, plus a movie starring Jim Carrey, but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other exciting books for ages 9-12 about smart, brave kids going on adventures and solving mysteries.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four children are selected for a secret undercover mission while attending the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. See also the other books in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
When foster child Alcatraz turns 13, he starts a crazy adventure against evil librarians, and reveals a secret talent, and a call to save the world from destruction. See also the other books in the Alcatraz series.
Larklight by Philip Reeve
Someone is out to destroy the solar system, and Arthur and his sister Myrtle are determined to foil their plans.
Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E Basye
After dying in a freak marshmallow bear explosion, Milton and his sister Marlo are sent to Heck, a reform school for the no-longer-living – and they can’t wait to escape. See also the other books in the Circles of Heck series.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It’s fairies vs. a 12-year-old evil genius mastermind who is trying to steal their gold. But he has no idea what he is up against! See also the other books in the Artemis Fowl series.
Edge Chronicles: Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
After feeling like he never fit in, Twig learns that he was adopted by his Woodtroll family. He sets out on an adventure outside of Deepwoods to find where he belongs. See also the other books in The Edge Chronicles.
Trolls by Polly Horvath
Eccentric Aunt Sally comes from Canada to babysit the Anderson children while their parents are on a trip to Paris. Every night, her bedtime story adds another piece to a very suspicious family history.
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
Orphan Molly Moon discovers she has the ability to hypnotize just about anyone to believe just about anything – so she uses her newfound powers to become famous.
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Two orphan brothers have a magical adventure after they flee their aunt and join a criminal ring of street children.
Whales on Stilts by M. T. Anderson
Killer tarantulas, an army of whales, screaming ventriloquists are just some of the crazy characters featured in these stories. Take a walk on the wild side with these crazy detective stories. See also the other books in the Thrilling Tales series.
Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner
Three sisters are running from the evil Dr. DeWilde, searching for a way to keep him from taking control of the entire land.
Hope you like our Readalikes!
–Emily, Scholastic Booktalker
At the end of November I asked you to share which books you were reading so we could all see which titles were most popular. Then I made a word cloud so we could all see—I think there were a lot of ties! It seems Percy Jackson and Harry Potter are still leading the pack.
Let’s keep this going. Tell me in the Comments the titles of the books you’re reading right now, and I’ll make another word cloud at the end of next month. Can’t wait to see what title reigns supreme next time!
–En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
The Third Door by Emily Rodda (Sequel to The Golden Door and The Silver Door)
Twice before, Rye has risked his life to venture outside the walled city of Weld. He left determined to find his lost brothers and destroy the enemy sending brutal flying beasts called skimmers to attack Weld. But while Rye and his traveling companion, Sonia, managed to find Rye’s brothers, they couldn’t find the source of the skimmers. Weld is still under the gravest threat.
Now one Door out of the city remains: the wooden Door, an ancient entrance that has intrigued Rye since the start of his quest. Rye knows the wooden Door is his final chance. One way or another, Rye’s mission to save Weld will end here. But nothing can prepare him for the shocking discovery that lies behind the third Door.
When Rye and his companions step through the third and final Door, they immediately sense something is wrong. Darkness surrounds the door, and Rye can’t shake away his uneasiness. Where in the world are they?
As they explore the mysterious Fell End and beyond, nothing is as it seems. There are traitors everywhere, and Rye doesn’t know whom to trust with the secrets he uncovers. When he becomes separated from his brothers and Sonia, Rye struggles to remember who he is and what his mission is.
They are running out of time. The evil Shadow Lord is breeding skimmers to attack during the day, not just the night, and people around the world will never be safe. Will the third time be the charm for Rye and Sonia to save Weld? Read and find out!
Read a sample chapter here and tell us what you think about this action-filled book, teeming with adventures, magic, and mythical creatures! Then comment away!
—Elysse, STACKS Writer
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!
- 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
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.
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.
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