Category Archives: Reads

August 16, 2014

Choose Your Own Adventure, Part 2

Posted by at 1:49 am in Personality Quiz, Reads | Permalink

Adventure Books BashWelcome back to Choose Your Own Adventure! In a choose-your-own-adventure story, you read a chapter and then you get a few choices of what the character should do next. For the STACKS Adventure Books Bash, we’re celebrating adventure with a choose-your-own-adventure story written by me! Have you read Part 1 yet? Pay attention to your answer choices because when the story is done, your answers will reveal the adventure hero you are most like. Are you ready???

Part 2

“Alfie!” you say. You don’t want to be left alone, and he’s acting weird. “Come back!” He looks back a few times and barks, but soon his fluffy, yellow tail is out of sight. You sigh and think, “So much for loyalty.”

You start walking deeper into the field. You’re still mad at Kyle and don’t want to go home just yet. You’re distractedly wondering why Alfie was behaving so strangely when you trip and nearly fall on your face.

At first you think you tripped over a large rock or piece of garbage. After all, the grass is pretty unruly and tall, and sometimes rowdy teenagers leave trash here. But when you look back, you see something glinting in the light of the setting sun — a shiny, metal doorknob covered in strange symbols.

Curious, you lean in closer and can see that it is attached to a wooden door in the ground. The door isn’t very big and it looks old, but the knob looks very new.

You . . .

a) call a friend and tell him/her to come take a look before deciding what to do next.

b) think it looks pretty cool and you want to look at it later, but for now it’s more important to find gross bugs to stick in your brother’s bed.

c) wonder out loud, “Is it safe?” Probably not. Who knows what’s down there! Go about your business and ignore it. It’s probably just a musty, old cellar anyway.

d) take a picture of the doorknob with your phone. Then go home to do some research on the meaning of the symbols.

e) don’t waste any time and open that door! There could be all kinds of cool stuff in there.

What would YOU do? Share your answer in the Comments below! Click here for your personality quiz results and links to new installments of the story.

See ya next time,

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

August 14, 2014

The World According to Humphrey Book Review

Posted by at 1:03 am in Reads | Permalink

Humphrey the hamster100% Kid-Approved Book Recommendations

As you probably know, STACKers love to read, so today we are featuring a book recommended by one of YOU! DolphinRed228 recommends The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney (for ages 7-10). Have you read this book? Have you read the other books in the Humphrey series? What did you think?

Read on for DolphinRed’s review. . .

The World According to Humphrey book coverHi. I am writing to tell you about the book The World According to Humphrey. The book is about a hamster that a teacher adopted. The hamster is very smart and he talks, but not to the characters that are in the story. When he talks, they just hear squeak-squeak-squeak, or something like that. The book is really cool because the hamster talks about his life. There is a lock on his cage, but what the other characters don’t know is that it really doesn’t lock. He meets a lot of friends on the way and some of them are pretty funny. I think you should read this book because it is really funny, and it’s just a really good book.

Do you agree with DolphinRed228? Leave a Comment or go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to join the discussion about this book.

August 13, 2014

Choose Your Own Adventure, Part I

Posted by at 1:59 am in Personality Quiz, Reads | Permalink

Adventure Books BashIn a choose-your-own-adventure story, you read a chapter and then you get a few choices of what the character should do next. For the STACKS Adventure Books Bash, let’s celebrate adventure with a choose-your-own-adventure story written by me! Pay attention to your answer choices because when the story is done, your answers will reveal the adventure hero you are most like. WHAAAAT?

Part 1

Your brother Kyle is driving you nuts. He tapes cling wrap to your toilet seat in the morning, hides the television remote, and cries so much when he sees you on your skateboard that Mom makes you let him try it—and he breaks it. You storm out the back door with your golden retriever, Alfie, hot on your heels. You head into the woods that border your back yard. It is a pretty warm evening, and Alfie is panting so loudly you’re sure he can be heard from the house. He looks happy to be out exploring instead of lying around, though, so you don’t send him back home. Besides, you’re happy to have a companion. Even though you’re mad, you don’t really feel like being alone. You make your way further into the woods until you reach the field on the other side.

It’s a great place to blow off steam. The world seems to stretch on forever from here, and the sunset casts everything in a brilliant orange glow.

Suddenly, Alfie stops at the edge of the trees.

“C’mon, boy!” you say. Alfie looks torn. He takes a few tentative steps forward before retreating and barking a few times.

“Shh!” you say. “C’mon, Alfie!” But Alfie just barks again and walks in circles a few times before barking some more. He looks nervous. He stares at you quizzically, tongue hanging out and slobbering everywhere. After a few moments, he turns around and starts trotting back towards the house.

You . . .

A) pull a treat out of your pocket to persuade Alfie to stay.

B) are spooked, so you just start running home.

C) realize that Aflie’s usually a pretty reasonable dog. If he’s acting up, there’s something wrong. You follow him back into the woods. You can hang out there instead.

D) decide to search for whatever it is that’s making him act strange. Is there a wild animal nearby?

E) continue on without Alfie. Whatever! 

What would YOU do? Vote for your answer choice in the Comments below! Click here for your personality quiz results and links to new installments of the story.

See ya around,

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

August 12, 2014

Surrounded by Sharks

Posted by at 4:12 pm in Authors, Reads, Summer | Permalink

Surrounded by SharksTop 5 things I learned while writing Surrounded by Sharks (for ages 12 and up)

By Michael Northrop

I’ve always been fascinated by sharks and have been a devoted viewer of Shark Week since it first aired in 1987, but even I was surprised by some of the things I discovered when I waded into the research for my latest book.

  1. Sharks are nature’s true smelling machines. Unlike bloodhounds and the owners of the world’s other notable noses, sharks don’t breathe through their nostrils. They use them for only one thing: finding food (and, okay, the occasional mate).
  2. Sharks’ senses are all sharp, but the one they use up close is a sort of underwater spider-sense. They can detect even the tiniest electrical charges in the water, as small as five one-billionths of a volt. If a fish swims by, the shark can sense its bioelectric field, each flick of its tail and beat of its heart.
  3. In the book, Davey stays afloat with the help of a discarded water cooler bottle. About ten million tons of plastic make their way into the ocean each year. And, fictional flotation devices aside, they serve absolutely no purpose other than pollution.
  4. The cool stripes that give tiger sharks their name fade out as they reach adulthood. As with humans, it’s the young ones that have all the style!
  5. While sharks get all the attention, riptides are the real killers at the beach. Over the past ten years, rip currents have killed an estimated one hundred people annually in the US alone. That’s more than floods, tornadoes, lightning, or hurricanes. Sharks are responsible for about one fatality every two years, fewer than fireworks, roller coasters, or falling vending machines.
August 11, 2014

Reader's Bill of Rights

Posted by at 1:16 am in Kid Power, Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing Prompt: Shout-outWriting Prompt: Fight for Your Reader Rights!

Reading is one of your passions. You could get lost in a good book for hours, or finish a series within days. You are a bona-fide, certified, qualified READER. But sometimes you run into problems . . . like the library is not open on Sundays in the summer . . . or it’s always too noisy with siblings running around your house. Well, we are writing a Reader’s Bill of Rights, so now’s your chance to state your demands to make it easier for you to be a reader.readerrights

  • Article 1: Quiet time
  • Article 2: Free access to any library in the world
  • Article 3: Libraries open on Sundays

What rights do you think readers should have? Tell us your list of rights in the Comments below, and we will create a complete STACKS Reader’s Bill of Rights for you.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 5, 2014

Adventure Guess the Books Answers

Posted by at 11:44 pm in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

Guess the bookAdventure 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?

Here are the answers:

  1. The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
  2. The 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson
  3. Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  4. I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis
  5. Infestation by Timothy J. Bradley

How did you do? Have you read all these books? Then you should totally join us for the rest of the Adventure Books Bash going on all month long!

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

August 1, 2014

Disney Stars Read Books

Posted by at 1:16 am in Celebrities, Reads | Permalink

Recommend me!Find out what these stars are reading this summer.

We are always curious/nosy to know what people are reading. You never know where your next favorite book will come from. So we asked a few stars of Disney shows to tell us what they are reading this summer. Here’s what they said . . .

Francesca Capaldi in Dog with a Blog

Francesca Capaldi from Dog With a Blog is reading Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan.

Calum Worthy in Austin & AllyCalum Worthy from Austin and Ally is reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Really?

Maddy WhitbyMaddy Whitby from Radio Disney’s Morgan & Maddy in the Morning is re-reading the Harry Potter series.

Leave a Comment and let us know what YOU are reading this summer!

Photos courtesy Disney Channel

July 30, 2014

Harry Potter Readathon

Posted by at 2:05 pm in Harry Potter, Live Chats, Reads | Permalink

Extra!Please join us TODAY for a live readathon to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday!

Since it will be on Harry Potter’s actual birthday, it will be a combination birthday party/readathon. You can read, eat virtual cake, chat with all your reader friends on STACKS, and participate in some special Harry Potter challenges we have planned.

  • When: Thursday, July 31 at noon ET
  • Where: Harry Potter Message Board
  • How: Sign in to the Message Board at noon with your STACKS screen name. If you don’t have a screen name, it’s easy to get one – and free! Sign up now.
Hogwarts

Art copyright Kazu Kibuishi

Hope to see you at the readathon!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

July 30, 2014

Harry Potter Acrostic and Word Scramble

Posted by at 1:00 pm in Harry Potter, Reads, Trivia | Permalink

Harry Potter illustration by Mary GrandPre2 word puzzles for Harry Potter fans

Harry Potter Week continues, leading up to the big day: July 31. It is the birthday of the Boy Who Lived . . . and also (not coincidentally) the day of the STACKS live readathon. Are you coming? It will be a great chance to chat with other book-lovers and celebrate Harry’s birthday together. You might not know this, but there are a LOT of Harry Potter fans on the STACKS! For example . . .

CatGymnastics173 created this acrostic puzzle. You have to figure out what the letters stand for and complete the sentence. Your only clue is that they are all from the 4th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

CatGymnastics STACKS Profile

  1. D P F is the P to the P B.
  2. B C disguises himself as A (M E) M.
  3. H fights a H H.
  4. There are F T C.
  5. V comes back to P.

 

 

 

Your next puzzle is a Harry Potter Word Scramble brought to you by HappyUnicorn108.

HappyUnicorn STACKS Profile

  1. ryarH
  2. gaiMc
  3. Hlfefupff
  4. owHatgr
  5. w.O.l.s
  6. bGoelt
  7. nGiyn
  8. uiQihdtc
  9. K.J. wolRnig

Leave your guesses in the Comments and if you liked these puzzles, go friend CatGymnastics173 and HappyUnicorn108!

AND, please come to the live readathon! It won’t be the same without you!