Category Archives: Reads

March 26, 2014

Half a Chance

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Half a Chance book coverHalf a Chance (for ages 8-12) by Cynthia Lord

Lucy’s family is on the move again. This time they end up in a rickety, red house on a lake in New Hampshire. At least she has her dog, Ansel, to keep her company.

Half a Chance book coverThe day after they move in, Lucy’s dad is off again to Arizona. As a famous photographer, this is nothing new. Lucy just wishes it wasn’t for two months. Before he leaves, Lucy finds out that at the end of the summer her dad will be judging a photo contest. She secretly begins taking photos and planning to enter the contest.

As Lucy tries to prove to her dad that she has what it takes to be a true photographer, she also has to make friends in a new place. She meets Nate and Emily. Nate’s Grandma Lilah is part of a team who wants to protect a family of loons living on the lake. Since she is too old to kayak out there and check on them every day, Nate and Emily bring Lucy along for the ride, and Lucy, of course, brings her camera. But what she sees through her camera lens is not necessarily what her new friends want to see.

Read Chapter 1 and let us know what you think of this new book by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Rules.

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

March 23, 2014

Reading Bingo

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Reading BingoAnnouncing Reading Bingo!

I’m sure you all know the game Bingo, where you have a card and someone yells out numbers like, “B-53!” If you have that number on your card, you get to cross it off. Well, beginning Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, you can participate in STACKS Reading Bingo. Instead of numbers, we will be calling out book titles. If you have read that book, then you can cross it off your card. Click here for today’s latest book clue!

 How to Play
Reading Bingo card

  • Print out the STACKS Reading Bingo card.
  • Check the Ink Splot 26 blog, the STACKS Message Boards, and your Profile Shout-outs every day from Monday, April 21- Friday, April 25. We will be calling out book titles every day, and if you have read the book, you can mark it on your Bingo card.
  • When you have marked five spaces in a row, you get to shout, “BINGO!!”  in the Comments. Each day, the pattern will be different, so you can win all 5 days. But every day it will get a little bit harder to win!

The key to winning STACKS Reading Bingo is to read as many books as possible. You don’t know which books we will be calling out, but I’ll give you a hint: Many of them will appear in the Books of the Month book word clouds. You can get a head start by reading those books!

To sign up for Reading Bingo, visit the Reading Buzz Board and enter your screen name. (You need to be a STACKS member to sign up, but it’s free and easy to join. If you are not already a STACKS member, SIGN UP now!)

March 21, 2014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 9

Diary of a Wimpy Kid logoAnnouncing the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by author-illustrator Jeff Kinney. We don’t know the exact title yet, but we know it will be available on November 4, 2014. Only  . . . . 223 days away!

That’s actually kind of a long time to wait. You might want to read these Diary of Wimpy Kid Readalikes in the meantime.

Wimpy Kid 9

March 19, 2014

Swindle Sequel: Jackpot

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Jackpot book cover by Gordon KormanJackpot (for ages 8-12) by Gordon Korman

Here’s the scoop: Someone on Long Island bought a lottery ticket worth $29,876,454.53. The problem is they never cashed it in. It’s missing, and it needs to be found soon. The deadline for cashing it is one year, and that year is almost up.

Griffin and his friends live near where the multi-million-dollar ticket was bought. As revenge for multiple bullying incidents, they team up and send Darren Vader on a wild goose chase digging through the garbage cans of Cedarville (thinking that the ticket is in one of them). However, the prank goes awry and soon, people from all over are Dumpster diving, hoping to find the missing lottery ticket.

Plus, there’s a new kid in town who might actually hate Griffin more than Darren does: Victor Phoenix. Victor sees Griffin as a bully. Next thing he knows, Griffin’s friends are spending their time with Victor and not him. It seems like everyone is against him!

Griffin resorts to his worst nightmare: working with Darren to find out who purchased that missing lottery ticket. Do they succeed? Or is that prize money as good as gone? Read Chapter 1 now!

What would you do if you won almost 30 million dollars? Tell us in the Comments below!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

March 13, 2014

March Madness 2014!

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March Madness BasketballMarch Madness Basketball Activities

March 16th is Selection Sunday for the 2014 NCAA Basketball tournament known as March Madness. For those of you who love basketball, this is obviously the highlight of the year–the next three weeks are all about watching, eating, and breathing basketball! As this 76th season of March Madness kicks off, we’re lacing up our sneakers, dusting off our pom-poms, and rounding up our favorite basketball books, games, and activities at the STACKS.

Which team are you rooting for this year? What are you doing for March Madness? Share in the Comments below!

March 12, 2014

A Snicker of Magic Book Review

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A Snicker of MagicA Snicker of Magic (for ages 8-12) by Natalie Lloyd

Felicity has always been different. She can see words, but not just the kind written on paper or typed on a computer screen. Felicity can see the words of people around her. Their thoughts and whispers, feelings and dreams are alive to her. Some are glittery; some have feet like caterpillars, and one is even full of lightning bolts. She collects them in her little blue book that she always carries with her.

A Snicker of Magic book cover by Natalie LloydFelicity’s mother, Holly Pickles, has a wandering heart, and has never settled down long enough to call anywhere “home.” Midnight Gulch may be different, though. Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away.

Now, for the first time, Felicity has a best friend, and she will do anything to convince her mom that they need to stay. But first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.

Will Felicity be able to call the magical Midnight Gulch home? Read Chapter 1 and see if you get hooked! What kind of magic you would have if you lived in Midnight Gulch? Share in the Comments section!

–Elysse, STACKS Writer

March 7, 2014

I Survived Series Poll

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I Survived mystery book coverYou can choose the next I Survived book!

Have you ever read an I Survived book by Lauren Tarshis? If so, you know that the series is hard to put down once you get started! So far, there are books about kids surviving disasters like the Titanic, World War II, Pompeii (get excited for September!), and a whole bunch of other major events. Now, the time has come for you to help us pick the next one!

There are three awesome choices, which is sure to make it a hard decision. To help, we came up with these simplified summaries of each of the three. Which one will you choose?

The Winter at Valley Forge, 1777
Learn about the Revolutionary War in school? This is the ultimate butt-kicking George Washington choice! His Continental Army had to deal with every sort of obstacle: starvation, disease, not to mention the FREEZING conditions and the constant threat of attack over the three months that they hunkered down at Valley Forge. Pick this if you want to read about the red, white, and blue!

The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
Picture a massive, hungry fire that lasts for TWO FULL DAYS and destroys thousands of buildings, leaving 100,000 people homeless and an entire city in chaos. One tiny barn caught fire and it spread faster than you can imagine; the city was mainly made of wood, which you know is extremely flammable, and the air was as dry as can be – not a good combination. Can you stand the heat to pick this?

The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
The LZ 129 Hindenburg was a huge airship that carried passengers from Germany to the USA. As the pilot prepared to land, the airship EXPLODED in a giant burst. We still don’t know for sure what caused it, but some hypotheses include 1. sabotage mission, 2. lightning strike, and 3. high intensity static charge (sort of like what happens when you rub a balloon on your head). Pick this to get the 4-1-1 and form a theory of your own!

If you’re ready to weigh in on what the next I Survived book should be, go to the I Survived website and make your vote official!

March 6, 2014

Whatever After: Bad Hair Day

Whatever After: Bad Hair DayBad Hair Day Cover Reveal

Last year, STACKS readers voted to select the title of the 5th book in the Whatever After series. You voted for the title of the Rapunzel-themed story and the winning choice was Bad Hair Day. Want to see what the title will look like on the book? Check out the cover!

Whatever After: Bad Hair Day book cover by Sarah Mlynowski

What do you think? Whatever After #5: Bad Hair Day will be available on April 29!

Tell us in the Comments which Whatever After cover is your favorite. Visit the Whatever After site to see them all.

Thanks to all of you who voted!