Category Archives: Reads

July 25, 2014

Adventure Books Readathon

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Adventure Books BashAugust Is the Month for Adventure!

STACKS has some new activities lined up for your August reading adventure. If you like adventure books, you are going to love our Adventure Books Bash. Here’s what we have planned. . .

August 5: Adventure Guess the Books
Can you guess the book titles just from seeing tiny slivers of their covers?

August 12: Shark Week Who Would Win
If you have read I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916, then you understand my terror of sharks. Guys, an actual shark attacked actual people swimming at the actual Jersey shore. I ask you, what is scarier than that?

August 13: Choose Your Own Adventure Part 1
STACKS Staffer En-Szu is writing an adventure story where YOU get to choose what path to take. At the end of the story, your choices will reveal which adventure hero you are most like.

August 20: Choose Your Own Adventure Part 2
En-Szu’s story continues with a new twist!

August 26: National Dog Day
Well, this might not have anything to do with adventure books, but how awesome is a whole day when we get to celebrate dogs?

August 27: Which Adventure Hero Are You? Find out!

August 28: Readathon 12-4 p.m. ET
Join us on the STACKS for a live 4-hour readathon!

I hope you can join us for 1 or all of these STACKS events this August!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

July 24, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars Readalikes

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Recommend me!When You’re Not Old Enough for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If you’ve seen a movie or visited a book store in the past few months, you’ve probably heard about a movie based on a book called The Fault in Our Stars (rated PG-13). I bet you can practically hear your older sister gushing about it. Here’s the bottom line: TFIOS is about two teenagers with cancer who fall in love, and by the end of the book, one of them dies. The falling in love part is sappy, and the dying part is downright depressing, so this book is definitely not for kids under 13. But if the fact that the book has been glued to big sis’s hands has made you curious, what are some similar books for kids your age? Continue reading

July 23, 2014

Scholastic Fantasy Book Previews

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Fantasy Books FestivalHave you read these Scholastic fantasy books?

The July Fantasy Books Festival continues! Today, we will be highlighting some of the newest Scholastic fantasy books. As you know, Scholastic has published LOTS of amazing fantasy book series such as Harry Potter, the Ink trilogy, Guardians of Ga’Hoole, and, like, a thousand others. Here are just 3 of the fantasy books we are excited about right now:

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting with the help of a prophecy — and five dragonets are collected to fulfill it.
Read Chapter 1
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The Finisher
Enter the thrilling world of Wormwood, a village surrounded by danger and built on lies. Only young Vega Jane has the courage to probe Wormwood’s dark secrets . . . and face the consequences of what comes to light.
Read Chapter 1
Watch the video

Spirit Animals: Wild Born
In the world of Erdas, four children are about to discover if they have a spirit animal bond, a rare link between human and beast that gives great powers to both. Separated by vast distances, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan each see a flash of light . . . and then the animals emerge.
Read Chapter 1
Watch the video

So fun, right? Please come to the live readathon on July 31 and tell us what fantasy books you are excited about right now.

 

July 16, 2014

Fantasy Who Would Win?

Posted by at 1:19 am in Percy Jackson, Reads, Who Would Win | Permalink

Fantasy Books FestivalWho would win in a fight between your favorite fantasy characters?

I know what MY favorite thing about fantasy books is: fantasy books often have the most exciting, epic, earth-shattering battles. In worlds where anything is possible, magical creatures, logic-defying supernatural abilities, and even nature itself can turn any old argument into a knock-down, drag-out fight to save the universe. It’s so exciting!

Fight scenes in fantasy books always leave me wondering what I would do if I had the abilities or strengths that the characters have. Would I try to save the world, too? Or would I go on silly adventures instead? Probably a little bit of both!

Today’s Fantasy Books Festival post is all about special abilities. Everyone loves a good collision of fantasy universes, so do a little imagining yourself: who would win in a fight between these fictional characters?

Who are your winners? Why? What are your suggestions for fantasy face-offs? Share in the Comments below!

Till next time,

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

July 10, 2014

Fantasy Guess the Book Answers

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Guess the bookFantasy Guess the Books: Answers Revealed!

Your challenge yesterday was to name the book titles just by looking at these little pieces of the book covers. Did you guess them all?

Fantasy Guess the Book

Here are the answers:

  1. Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All by Shannon Hale
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  3. The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  4. Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (coming out October 7, 2014!)
  5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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

July 2, 2014

Favorite Fantasy Books

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Fantasy Books FestivalWhat are the best fantasy books?

Last week, we asked you to nominate your favorite fantasy books, and you wrote in some awesome suggestions! I have already read and loved most of them, but a few people recommended The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I have not read this yet and it looks really good, so I checked it out from the library today. Thanks for the suggestion. I can’t wait to start reading it!

Here are all the top fantasy book suggestions (in no particular order) from STACKers.

Favorite Fantasy BooksAre your favorites here? Do you see any new books that YOU want to read next? Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

June 30, 2014

Please Join the Readathon

Posted by at 1:51 am in Live Chats, News, Reads | Permalink

Peep says Hi.Readathon Today!

Gather all your books and snacks, and prepare for a live 4-hour reading marathon starting Monday, June 30 at 12 noon ET.

Your goal for the Readathon is to read for 4 straight hours, but don’t worry. STACKS Staffer En-Szu and I will be there to cheer you on with hourly challenges and inspiration to keep you going. Plus, you will meet other STACKers who love books, and make some new summer reading buddies!

This Readathon is now over but you can read the recap here! 

Click here for details about the July Readathon.

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

June 25, 2014

June Books of the Month

Posted by at 1:47 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationIt’s Books of the Month time again!

By now, you all know the drill. It’s the end of June. Obviously, that means it’s time for the most exciting (okay, okay, I’m biased) post of the month . . . BOOKS OF THE MONTH!!! I feel like this post should be celebrated with an ice cream cake and confetti every month. I know I’m not the only person who gets really happy every time this post goes up, though! Last month you guys really came out in support of your favorite books. There were so many!

At the end of May we asked you to share what books you were reading. Then we made a word cloud to show which titles were most popular. I think it’s pretty obvious which series the people of the STACKS are loving this month: Percy Jackson!

June Books of the MonthLet’s keep this going! What books are you reading now? What books do you love and recommend? Leave the title (or titles!) in the Comments section below. I’m about to dive headfirst into Kingdom Keepers now, and I can’t wait to see which new series pop up next time around!

See ya later,

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

 

June 25, 2014

Tales from Grimmlandia

Posted by at 1:17 am in Grimmtastic Girls, Reads | Permalink

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays Late book coverGrimmtastic Girls Series

In faraway Grimmlandia, there’s one place you have to visit: Grimm Academy. All the coolest fairy tale characters go to school there, from Cinda (a.k.a. Cinderella) and Red (Red Riding Hood, of course!) to Rapunzel and Snow White (but you can call her Snow). The Grimm brothers founded the realm of Grimmlandia and built Grimm Academy long ago to help protect all fairy tale and storybook characters from the wicked E.V.I.L. Society.

Cinda and her friends go to classes (like Bespellings) and to the library (to check out magical objects), but when they hear the E.V.I.L. Society is back in business and making trouble for Grimm Academy, they’ll have to stick together to save their school, even if it means entering Neverwood Forest where even the bravest of fairy tale characters never would go. Want to learn more?

Check out this exclusive excerpt from Chapter 1 of Book 1: Cinderella Stays Late and catch up on all the adventures at Grimm Academy!