Category Archives: Reads

March 6, 2014

Whatever After: Bad Hair Day

Whatever After: Bad Hair DayBad Hair Day Cover Reveal

Last year, STACKS readers voted to select the title of the 5th book in the Whatever After series. You voted for the title of the Rapunzel-themed story and the winning choice was Bad Hair Day. Want to see what the title will look like on the book? Check out the cover!

Whatever After: Bad Hair Day book cover by Sarah Mlynowski

What do you think? Whatever After #5: Bad Hair Day will be available on April 29!

Tell us in the Comments which Whatever After cover is your favorite. Visit the Whatever After site to see them all.

Thanks to all of you who voted!

March 5, 2014

Starring Jules Super-Secret Spy Girl

Posted by at 1:09 am in Reads | Permalink

Starring Jules Super-Secret Spy Girl book cover by Beth AinStarring Jules Book #3

Starring Jules, the series that features the lively Jules Bloom in awesome in-the-spotlight situations, goes international in its newest book, Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl)! To celebrate book #3, and since being a SUPER-SECRET SPY GIRL is (or should be) your ultimate goal in life, we got Jules to hook us up with an extremely important to-do list:

10 Ways to be a Super-Secret Spy Girl by Jules Bloom

  1. Practice stealth. (Spies are always sneaking around.)
  2. Get your brand new best friend to write you e-mail spy assignments all the way from London, England. (This will make you very James Bond-like.)
  3. Try not to roll eyes when your ex-best friend writes you from fancy summer drama camp.
  4. If you get some alarming news, like maybe when you travel to Montreal for your first ever big-time movie, whatever you do, don’t freak out. (Oh, and sit near the window: there is a potential puker in the form of one Teddy Lichtenstein.)
  5. Hope that Canadians are understanding of lispy little brothers and their rubber ducks in disguise.
  6. Try hard — but not too hard — to get teen mega-star Emma Saxony not to hate you completely.
  7. When you fail miserably at #6, move on to ex-hockey superstar — now mega-movie star — Rick Hinkley. If you are lucky, he will use his hockey-playing past to help you out with a stunt or two.
  8. Look danger (in the form of a certain mudslide) right in the eye!
  9. Try not to be disappointed when things take funny turns. Road-trips, and life, are less like a spy movie and more like a special episode of your favorite sitcom.
  10. Take deep breaths and look how far you’ve come since your early days as–ahem!–a mouthwash-spitting newbie. (To do this, check out Book #1, Starring Jules (As Herself) in paperback at long last!)

If you’re ready to take on this list, or if you want to see how Jules does it, check out Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl)NOW AVAILABLE!

February 28, 2014

Join the STACKS Readathon

Posted by at 12:17 pm in News, Reads | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Winter Reading Games Readathon Tomorrow!

Gather all your books and snacks, and prepare for a live 4-hour reading marathon starting Saturday, March 1 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.

Sign up for the Readathon here and come back tomorrow at noon!
image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 28, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 5

Posted by at 1:43 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

olympicsbanner130STACKS Winter Reading Games: Guess the Book

Although the ice has settled from the Winter Olympics, we’re keeping the torch alive with the STACKS Winter Reading Games. Every day, it’s a different event! Today’s main event is Guess the Book! We’ll describe a book in 1 sentence, and you have to guess the title.

Ready to go for the gold? Begin!

  1. The name of this book is so heavily guarded that even the author’s name is a mystery: Pseudonymous Bosch!
  2. Fone, Phoney, Smiley, and Gran’ma are some of the characters in this epic comic book series.
  3. In this deathly final book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione finally bring the battle with Voldemort to a conclusion.
  4. Percy first discovers he is the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon in this book.
  5. This goth-girl-mad-scientist has a lab assistant named Igor, desires to take over the world, and once tried to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to “fit in” with her normal friends. (Hint: It’s a Jim Benton series!)
  6. After Greg and Rowley get into a fight, and Rowley ditches him, Greg tries to train Fregley to become his best friend.
  7. She’s a baby . . . she’s a mouse . . . and she has her own comic book series.

Do you have what it takes to be a STACKS Reading Olympian? Then leave your answers in the Comments below! We will reveal the answers tomorrow right before the Readathon!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 27, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 4

Posted by at 1:41 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities, Reads | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Cast your favorite stars in a movie based on your favorite book!

So many books I love have been turned into movies: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson . . . The list could go on and on! And while it’s super-exciting to see how different directors and actors interpret the stories and characters I’ve loved on the page, I can’t help but wonder how things would turn out if someone else played Peeta, or Hermione, or even Grover. That’s why our next Winter Reading Games event is . . . drumroll,  please . . . Dream Cast! Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie adaptation of YOUR favorite book?

Right now I’m reading The Lost Hero from the Heroes of Olympus series. My dream cast?

rosslynch      zendaya      cameronboyce

What book are YOU reading right now? If it were turned into a movie (or if it already has been), whom would you cast to play the characters? Share in the Comments section below!

PS. Are you coming to the Readathon on Saturday? It’s going to be EPIC!

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

Image credits: Zendaya, Andrew Evans/PR Photos; Ross Lynch, Charles Edwards/PR Photos; Cameron Boyce, Disney Channel

February 26, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 3

Posted by at 1:33 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Choose Your Fictional Character Dream Team!

While it’s awesome to see trained athletes tearing up the ice in a team sport like hockey, here at the STACKS, it is day 3 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games, and we have to wonder: what would it be like to have an Olympic team made up of characters from our favorite books?

Since hockey is probably the team sport on ice that I understand best, I’m creating my dream sports lineup as a hockey team. My picks?

  • 204-4426Percy Jackson, obviously, because he can control water and would therefore be a speed demon on ice.
  • Clarisse La Rue (of the Percy Jackson series) because she’s super-aggressive and would have no problem knocking out an opposing player.
  • Hagrid (of the Harry Potter series) because he’d be an amazing goalie.
  • George and Harold (of Captain Underpants) because they are fast thinkers and you need to be a fast thinker on ice!
  • Harry Potter because he’d probably discover he had the ability to do something awesome halfway through the game and totally take down the opposition.

How about you? What would YOUR fictional character dream team look like? Share in the Comments below! And come back tomorrow to participate in the next Winter Reading Games event!

image from kids.scholastic.comEn-Szu, STACKS Staffer

February 25, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 2

Posted by at 1:11 am in Reads | Permalink

olympicsbanner130It’s OK to judge a book by its cover!

There’s a complex system of rules that judges of events like figure skating use to score each performance. Technical skill, creativity, the number of tricks performed—all of these things factor into the number judges come up with in the end.

Now it’s your turn to be the judge. The event? Book Cover Judging! Choose 5 books and rank them from one through five. What makes the Gold Medal book worthy of the number 1 spot? Is it because the cover fits the book best, or because you like the illustration or photo? Do you like the character on the cover?

I picked the five books closest to me, and here’s my ranking:

captain underpants   cityoflightdark   infinityring   horses dawn   spirit animals wild born

  1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants: This is probably the most exciting, colorful, and silly book cover I’ve ever seen. It fits the book perfectly! I mean, it doesn’t get more goofy than a man shaped like an egg wearing a red cape and underpants!
  2.  City of Light, City of Dark: When you first look at this cover, the sunset scene seems pretty calm and serene, but when you look closer, you can see something strange is going on. I love a cover that makes me take a second look!
  3. Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time: With this cover, you know you’re in for a very special adventure. It is a little mysterious, and doesn’t give away much about the book, but that makes me think what’s inside is going to be very exciting.
  4. Horses of the Dawn: The Escape: Okay, I love a good horse book. This illustration is absolutely gorgeous. I kind of wish there was more going on, though, so I could find out a little more about the book.
  5. Spirit Animals: Wild Born: A panda, a leopard, and a wolf? I love all three animals, but this cover seems a little too crowded. It still makes me want to read the book, though!

What about YOU? Choose 5 books and rank their covers. Share your rankings in the Comments below! And participate in the other STACKS Winter Reading Games events all week long!
image from kids.scholastic.comEn-Szu, STACKS Staffer

February 24, 2014

Winter Reading Games Event 1

Posted by at 1:59 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

olympicsbanner130Page 32 Writing Prompt

It’s day 1 of the STACKS Winter Reading Games and I am proud to present your first event! Reading competitors, on your mark! Turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:

“It is more fun to read than to ________ !”
For example, my book is Gold Medal Winter, so taking a phrase from page 32, mine would say . . . 

Pg32

Post your sentence in the Comments so everyone may enjoy! Don’t forget to include the title of the book you are reading. Come back tomorrow and every day this week for a new event in the STACKS Winter Reading Games!

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 21, 2014

Winter Sports Books & Movies

Posted by at 12:13 pm in Olympics, Reads | Permalink

writing_prompt_book_recommendationWinter sports book and movie recommendations!

Are you totally caught up in the excitement of the Winter Olympics? Winter sports are the greatest! But if throwing on a pair of skates and executing flawless flips and spins seems a little out of your range, we bring to you this list of winter sport books and movies (for those of us who are happy to spend our time indoors with a cup of hot cocoa instead). Continue reading