Category Archives: Reads

December 14, 2015

Winter Reading Books

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What Books Should You Read During Winter Break?

Yes, winter break is finally here. You know what that means. No school, no homework, and lots of free time to do whatever! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to catch up on all of my favorite books and authors. Have you decided which books you are going to pick up or which series you are going to catch up on? If you’re not sure, here’s a winter reading quiz to help you decide what to read during your long, cold winter break.
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Which books did you get? Let me know by dropping a Comment below. Happy reading everyone!

-Sandy, STACKS Staffer

December 9, 2015

Books to Read in 2016

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Books_to_Read 2016Your 2016 Books Hotlist

Here is a list of the newest book releases that you might want to add to your 2016 wishlist!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Greg is as hilarious as ever in Book #10 of the Wimpy Kid series.

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are teamed up on an important mission in Book #10 of the Dork Diaries series.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
If you are a Percy Jackson fan wondering what to read next, Rick Riordan has just solved your problem!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series yet, let this be your year! It will change your life!

Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
Palacio says she will never write a sequel to Wonder, but this book tells the back stories of Julian, Christopher, and Charlotte.

Descendants Junior Novel
If you were obsessed with Disney’s Descendants, look no further for your next read.

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot by Dav Pilkey
Read an excerpt here!

Crenshaw by Katharine Applegate
Jackson’s imaginary friend Crenshaw helps him deal with the tough stuff his family is going through. If you loved Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, try this new book by the same author.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
This ultimate updated collection includes the Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook.

What books are on your wishlist this year?

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

December 2, 2015

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

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Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison ( for ages 8-12)Grounded

If you loved Tangled,  Ella Enchanted or the Harry Potter series, then try this fairy tale retelling of the Rapunzel story.

In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so–her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.

Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating–especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised . . . and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

Read Chapter 1 of Grounded!

November 25, 2015

New Midnight Gulch Story

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snickerofmagic130Hello, STACKS readers!

We have a special Thanksgiving treat for you! Natalie Lloyd, the author of A Snicker of Magic, has a brand-new story set in Midnight Gulch—a magical town full of mystery and enchanted ice cream.

If you liked A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll love this “spindiddly” story featuring Jonah Pickett (a.k.a. the Beedle). If you haven’t read A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll still love this sweet, heartwarming story.

Start reading “Becoming the Beedle.”

Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading!

November 25, 2015

Best Books of Fall

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Best Books of Fall

It’s fall, and with chilly weather comes more time for reading indoors! Ah, to be snuggly and warm by an open fire with an excellent book—nothing compares. At the STACKS, we believe that sharing is caring, and we love to share our book recommendations. She here are the Best Books of Fall as voted by YOU!

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The reigning book favorites Harry Potter and Percy Jackson definitely top the list this fall, but Warriors and Kingdom Keepers are gaining ground!

What books are you excited to dig into? What books do you think everyone needs to be reading RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT? Share your picks the Comments below!

Until next time,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

November 18, 2015

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

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lincoln's grave robbersLincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin ( for ages 11 and up)

Hi, everyone! EvilGoblin here. I’m going to talk about the main plot of my book Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. If you like suspenseful, real-life spy stories, you will love Lincoln’s Grave Robbers.

A criminal named Big Jim hatches a plan to steal the remains of the dead President Lincoln. Secret service agent Patrick Tyrell finds out and hires a roper (an undercover spy who pretends to be a criminal) Lewis Swegles to figure out what is going on. He figures out that on election night of 1864, Jack Hughes and Terrence Mullen are planning to steal the remains of the dead president.

On election night, Tyrell takes a team of spies to hide in the labyrinth of the monument. When the thieves go to commit the crime, the roper gives the signal and Tyrell’s squad gets in position. Tyrell darts up the stairs and onto the terrace and about 70 feet in front of him, a figure darts back as Tyrell shoots. The thieves take cover and shoot at Tyrell. He dodges the bullets but the thieves escape. It is only a matter of time before they will be found but you have to read the book to find out the rest of the story.

Let me ask you a question: Would you rather be a criminal or a spy? Reply in the Comments and then come talk to me on the Buzz Board.

November 12, 2015

5 Books To Make You Feel Thankful

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Recommend me!5 Books To Make You Feel Thankful

Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November, and it’s my favorite holiday! I tend to get sentimental and weepy thinking about how lucky I am to have my family and friends. These books might make you cry, but they will also make you feel really thankful for the good things in your life . . . which is what Thanksgiving is all about!

see you at harrysSee You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles (5-tissue rating)
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is busy being a teenager; and Holden fends off bullies at school. Fern is usually the one left to take care of three-year-old Charlie, who always gets his way. But then tragedy strikes and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. This book is DEFINITELY a tear-jerker!

walk two moonsWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (4-tissue rating)
This is the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her mother, who left the family. So she embarks on a cross-country road trip to see her again. The ending of this book made me cry!

becomingnaomileonSmallBecoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan (3-tissue rating)
When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi doesn’t quite trust her or her mother’s new boyfriend. So, with her great grandmother and younger brother, Naomi runs away to Oaxaca, Mexico to find her missing father. The situation Naomi has to go through with her mother is truly sad, but Naomi is a strong person and love helps her come through in the end.

three times luckyThree Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (2-tissue rating)
Mo LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where she washed ashore as a tiny baby in a hurricane eleven years ago. Although Mo hopes someday to find her biological mother, she’s found a home with the Colonel and Miss Lana, who take care of her and love her. When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. This book is an exciting mystery, but it’s also a story about sticking up for your friends and family when they are in trouble.

MatildaSmallMatilda by Roald Dahl (1-tissue rating)
At age five-and-a-half Matilda can do double-digit multiplication problems and read adult books. But her parents are horrible and don’t realize how special she is. Also, her school principal is a bully who makes the students’ lives miserable. The best part of Matilda’s life is her teacher Miss Honey, who understands her and loves her for who she is. This book is too funny to really be a tear-jerker, but it made me cry a little because someone once told me I remind him of Miss Honey (which is, like, the best compliment ever!) If you have a “Miss Honey” in your life, you should tell her how thankful you are because it will make her feel so happy!

What books make YOU feel thankful? Tell us in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 11, 2015

The BFG Readalikes

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The BFG by Roald Dahl book coverThe BFG Readalikes

Excellent news, Roald Dahl fans! The beloved fictional giant, the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), will be coming to big screens in 2016. (There’s a joke on being larger than life in there somewhere . . . ) If you can’t get enough of the silly, sometimes surreal, and always heartwarming world of The BFG, here are some great books for ages 8-12 to read next! Continue reading

November 9, 2015

7 Meanest Children's Book Villains

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7 Meanest Children’s Book Villains 

Are the villains in children’s books too mean? To help you answer that question, I’ve compiled a list of the top seven most evil children’s book villains. Some of these characters are so deliciously evil, it’s no wonder that they have all made it from books to the big screen.

#7: Jadis, The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

jadis-the-white-witch Her character is supposed to be a tall Amazonian woman with pretty features and great strength, but for all that beauty, inside lives a very dark and ice-cold heart. She turns people and animals to stone and then uses them for home décor. Who does that? Also, did you know that the fur collar she wears is actually Aslan’s mane? Yeah, that’s mean! Continue reading

October 28, 2015

Battle Bugs Books

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battle bugsBattle Bugs Book Series for Ages 7-10

Have no fear! The Battle Bugs are here! This new series has action-packed adventure, a hilarious friendship between boy and bug, and the most dangerous of villains—a lizard army!

In the newest book, an eerie glow from his insect encyclopedia alerts Max Darwin that the Battle Bugs desperately need his help again. Once Max is transported to Bug Island, he finds himself in immediate peril. He’s dropped into the ocean and lizard forces are headed right for him! Fortunately, Commander Barton and the Battle Bugs are also on the scene.

Once Max is rescued and back on dry land, the Battle Bugs explain their latest problem. As Max experienced, the lizards are now attacking from the sea. The bug forces need some way to spot the enemy before they crawl up on the sand. Max has a fantastic idea: the bugs need to build a giant watchtower so they can survey the entire beach! But can they finish it before the lizards attack again?

Find out how Max and the Battle Bugs fight their way through the attacking lizard forces in the newest BATTLE BUGS book! Start reading Chapter 1: Battle Bugs: The Chameleon Attack!

Can’t get enough Battle Bugs? The first three books in this exciting series are out now!