April 29, 2015
Meet Browser & Birdie
Woof by Spencer Quinn (for ages 8 and up)
Meet Browser, Louisiana’s top (smelling) dog. Bowser is very handsome and only slightly slobbery, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! When there is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp, Bowser can smell it—and the sweat on humans when they’re lying.
The girl Browser lives with, Birdie Gaux, also knows something is wrong. It’s not just that her Grammy’s stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It’s the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It’s the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck.
When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser’s powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic ‘em.
Read an excerpt of Woof and find out what kind of crime-fighting dog YOU are!
April 15, 2015
The Candymakers (for ages 9 and up) by Wendy Mass
Today’s book recommendation comes from HotelPurple42 on the Reading Buzz Board.
The Candymakers is about the candy factory called “Life is Sweet” and it is having a competition for kids to create a one-of-a-kind candy. The winning candy will be sold everywhere. All the kids who want to enter have to write an essay on why they want to make candy. Out of all those entries, 4 children are chosen: Logan (a Life Is Sweet employee’s son), Daisy (who can lift a 50-pound roll of taffy), Miles (who is allergic to rowboats, the color pink, pancakes, jazz music, and merry-go-rounds) and Phillip (who is always wearing a suit and tie and is scribbling in a secret notebook). This is all I can give you. It’s a really great book.
Have you read this book? What do you think? Leave a Comment and go to the Reading Buzz Board to join the book discussion!
April 8, 2015
Things Not Seen (for ages 10 and up) by Andrew Clements
Today’s book recommendation comes from MidnightMystery146 on the Reading Buzz Board.
Author: Andrew Clements (author of Frindle and No Talking)
Book: Things Not Seen
Rating: 6 out of 5!!! (Yeah, it’s a wonderful novel!)
Basic Character List: Bobby wakes up invisible one day, but you can touch and hear him. His father is a “science freak” and his mother is a literature professor at his school. He meets this blind girl, Alicia, whom he becomes friends with.
When my friend recommended this book, I thought, “Why not?” but I didn’t realize at the time it was going to be one of my all-time favorites right next to the Harry Potter series. The book just takes you on an almost too impossible story adventure. And one last thing: never buy a faulty electric blanket at Sears, or at least not on a night when Earth is experiencing a high energy solar eruption.
March 27, 2015
Special STACKS Cover Reveal
See the cover and read an excerpt from the new Whatever After book: Beauty Queen! We are so excited to introduce the enchanting new book in The New York Times bestselling Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. Are you ready to see the cover of Beauty Queen? Royal drum roll, please . . .
What do you think? Rather beautiful, right?! Tell us in the Comments below, and for more Whatever After fun, help Abby play dress up as she falls into a fairy tale.
Whatever After follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah, whose magic mirror leads them into different fairy tales, where hijinks and hilarity ensue! This time, the magic mirror sucks Abby and Jonah into the story of Beauty and the Beast. When Jonah picks a rose from the Beast’s garden, he messes up the story. Abby and Jonah better get creative and save this fairy tale, before things get pretty ugly.
Read a sample excerpt here!
March 25, 2015
The Most Popular Books of the Month
This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:
Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?
There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.
Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!
See ya next month!
En-Szu, STACKS Writer
March 18, 2015
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (for ages 6-9) by Claudia Mills
Todays book review comes from MidsummerBook13 on the Reading Buzz Board.
Do you like to read? Then this book is perfect for you! Kelsey Green, Reading Queen has many outstanding characters and a cool plot. I also think it has awesome illustrations. Kelsey loves reading the way her friend Izzy Barr loves running and her friend Annika Riz loves math. She is the best reader in her class, tied with Simon Ellis. Plus, she has a really, really mean teacher, Mrs. Molina. She has the best principal ever, Mr. Boone. She also has a bad reader in her class, Cody Harmon.
When Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, Kelsey Green is totally in. She thinks Simon is cheating, so she and her 2 best friends Annika and Izzy try to spy on him to figure out if he really is reading all those books he says he is. Kelsey is also kind of sneaky because she reads at her brother Dylan’s band concert, and in math.
Finally, Rob Shepperson is the best illustrator I’ve seen since Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One‘s illustrator. He draws with great detail and awesome shadow techniques. On the cover, I highly adore the technique he used of drawing a line underneath Kelsey to make it seem as if Kelsey is standing on a solid surface, even though she is really just floating in the pale green and white striped background.
In conclusion, I’ve read a lot of books, so trust me when I say Kelsey Green, Reading Queen is the best one I’ve read in years. It’s great for bookworms ages 6-9, and I would totally give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
March 11, 2015
A New Poetry Book by Nick Cannon
Check out a new Nick Cannon book titled Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. Filled with humor and heart, this book rhymes its way through a world filled with fantastical robots and dinosaurs, mean lunch ladies, terrifying babysitters and a vegetarian who’s had one too many bowls of beans. Check out an excerpt here!
March 5, 2015
The Nominees Are in for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards!
Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!
The Nominees for Favorite Book are . . .
February 25, 2015
Harry Potter Shipping!
Today’s question comes from BubblyBookworm12 on the Harry Potter Board. I am VERY CURIOUS to see your responses to this one!!
I was taking a break from studying when I realized I hadn’t been here in ages. Aaaaages. So I logged on, had a look at all the old posts, and noticed my Harry Potter shipping challenges. Everyone had such great responses and seemed to enjoy them, I thought why not post another? So, here it goes. . .
This week’s couple is:
Professor McGonagall &Vernon Dursley!!!
Leave a Comment saying why you think they could or could NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS be a good couple!
February 18, 2015
It’s Books of the Month Time!
I know I always get WAY too excited whenever this post comes around, but hey–it’s been a long winter and I’ve had a lot of free time, so I’m running out of books to read. I need your recommendations now more than ever!
Last month, we asked you what books you were reading and loving. I’ve put the results in a word cloud so we can see which titles reign supreme. Check it out:
Well, now! Harry Potter is experiencing a bit of a comeback! It looks like Dork Diaries is moving up in popularity, too! Let’s keep this going. What other books are you reading this winter? What books do you think everyone else absolutely, totally, MUST read, like, RIGHT AWAY? Share your picks in the Comments below!
I’m off to re-read Harry Potter now. See you around.
En-Szu, STACKS Writer