Category Archives: Reads

May 21, 2014

Zane and the Hurricane

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Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman PhilbrickZane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina (for ages 9-14) by Rodman Philbrick

Zane Dupree is against the trip to New Orleans (a.k.a Smellyville). Zane’s father died before he was born, so he doesn’t know much about his past. It isn’t until Zane is twelve that his mom finds Miss Trissy, the woman who raised his dad. Zane’s mom wants him to go back to his roots for a week. He only agrees to go if he can bring his best friend, his dog Bandit.

Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman PhilbrickSurprisingly, once he arrives in New Orleans, Zane takes an immediate liking to Miss Trissy. Despite being ancient and not having a working television or air conditioning, Miss Trissy does what she can to make Zane happy. She tells him stories of his dad growing up; they look through old pictures, and they eat ice cream on the porch. The week passes by quickly until word of a hurricane heading their way changes it all.

Once the storm hits, things happen quickly. The whole city becomes flooded and Zane finds himself separated from Miss Trissy and stranded in an attic with Bandit, to be rescued by Mr. Tru and Malvina in a green canoe. They scour the city, hoping to find a place to survive the flooded aftermath of a devastating storm.

Will Zane be able to survive the storm? Will he be reunited with his mom and Miss Trissy? Read and find out! Then leave a comment with your thoughts and feelings below!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

May 14, 2014

The Titanic Locket

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The Haunted Museum: The Titanic Locket book coverThe Haunted Museum: The Titanic Locket (for ages 8-12) by Suzanne Weyn

It is spring break and Samantha and Jessica are not entirely looking forward to their family vacation. On a replica of the Titanic, the girls will follow the original Titanic’s journey from England, Ireland, and France to New York; that is, without the hitting-an-iceberg-and-sinking part. With no Internet or cell phone access, it will be like stepping into a time capsule.

Each guest is assigned a passenger from the original Titanic passenger list. Samantha and Jessica The Haunted Museum: The Titanic Locket book coverare given twins Alice and Matilda Littlefield. Although Jessica is actually 18 months older than Samantha, they look like twins, and strangely, they bear a close resemblance to the Littlefield twins.

Before boarding the ship, Sam and Jess go to a museum where they look at Titanic memorabilia. Despite the “DO NOT TOUCH” signs everywhere, Jess picks up a pretty locket. But soon after, strange things start happening to the girls.

The numbers on their room mysteriously change from 266 to 299. The locket begins showing up in their room, and even around their necks! Something sinister is at work. There are ghosts who are out to get Samantha and Jessica, and who will make this a vacation the girls will never forget – if they get out alive.

This is a good story for those who are fascinated by the Titanic, or for anyone who loves a good ghost story.

–Elysse, STACKS Writer

May 7, 2014

The Door by Andy Marino

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The Door by Andy Marino book coverThe Door (for ages 8-12)

For all you fantasy fans, The Door is an intriguing new book that you have to check out!

Have you ever seen a mysterious door and wondered where it leads? When Hannah’s mom is killed, Hannah starts to explore the lighthouse where they live . . . and one door leads to unexpected places. Hannah finds herself in an alternate world, but before she can get out, she has to find her family, too.

Sound like a door you want to open? Click here to read Chapter 1.

Let us know in the Comments what some of your other favorite fantasy books are.

April 30, 2014

April Books of the Month

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writing_prompt_book_recommendationIt’s time for April Books of the Month!

Aaaaaaand we’re back! You know what time it is: it’s Books of the Month time! YEAH! At the end of March, we asked you what books you were reading. Then we made a word cloud so we could see which books were most popular. We’ve got some cool new contenders for the top spot. (We see you, Esperanza Rising and Minecraft fans!)

April Books of the Month word cloud

We’ll be doing this again for next month, so show your favorite new (or not-so-new!) book title some love and share with us what you’re reading right now. Leave the name of the book (or books!) in the Comments section below. Can’t wait to see which title reigns supreme in May!

Till next time,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 21

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Reading BingoReading Bingo Final Book Clue!

We have come to the end of our week of Reading Bingo. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card, and in this last post, I will give you the final 4 clues all in one go. Look at your Reading Bingo card carefully and double check all the past book clues. It’s still not too late to start today’s game, but this is your LAST CHANCE to get Bingo!

Your final 4 book clues are . . .

Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner

I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis

The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

If you have read any of these books, choose the proper Bingo square and write in the title.

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here. Book clues 123456789, 101112131415161718, 19, and 20 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues.

Did you do it? Did you fill in every single square on your Reading Bingo card? Yell it out in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 25, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 19

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Reading BingoReading Bingo Last Day!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to fill in every single box in your Reading Bingo card. If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues  123456789, 10111213, 1415, 16, 17, and 18 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus all of today’s book clues. Even if you haven’t been playing all week, you can still join the game, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for your next book clue!

Book clue 19 is . . .Swindle book cover
Swindle by Gordon Korman

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title. Check Ink Splot 26 and the Reading Buzz Board all day for more book clues. When you get your entire Reading Bingo card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 24, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 16

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Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 4!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a Z-shape on your Reading Bingo card like this:Bingo Z shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures. Book clues 123456789, 10111213, 14, and 15 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 16 is . . .Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26, the Message Boards, and your Profile shout-outs all day for more book clues. When you get the Z-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 23, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 14

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Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Today’s game of Reading Bingo continues with another book clue. Did you get the H-shape on your bingo card filled in?

Book clue 14 is . . . .
Holes book cover

Holes by Louis Sachar

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Remember, book clues 123456789, 101112, and 13 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s new book clue. There will be one more book clue hidden on the Stack Back Message Board today. Go see if you can find it!

If you got it, then yell BINGO! in the Comments. If not, come back for more book clues and a new way to win tomorrow morning.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 23, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 13

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Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

GOOOOO, READING BINGO!

We’re at book clue 13 already! I can’t believe it! Have you gotten the H-shape BINGO yet? Tell us what titles you used!

Here’s our 13th book clue . . .

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée Russell

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square that it fits in and write in the title.

Two more clues are left for today’s Reading Bingo. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and check the Stack Back Message Board to find them later today!

Remember that book clues 1-12 also count in today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s clues. Can’t wait to see what cool books you’ve been reading!

Until next time!

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

April 23, 2014

Reading Bingo Book Clue 12

Posted by at 12:18 pm in Games, Reads | Permalink

Reading BingoReading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Day three of Reading Bingo is well underway! Y’all are doing great! Today’s shape is pretty awesome. Have you gotten Bingo yet?

Ready for book clue 12? Here we go!

Book clue 12 is . . .
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey book cover

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square that it fits in and write in the title.

We’ve got three more clues today. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and also check the Stack Back Message Board throughout the day to catch them!

Remember, book clues 1-11 also count towards today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clues. When you get an H-shape, yell BINGO! in the Comments. See ya later!

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer