Category Archives: Reads

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!

October 22, 2015

Midnight Gulch Halloween

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snickerofmagic130Hello, STACKS readers!

We have a special Halloween treat for you. And no, it’s not a trick! Natalie Lloyd, the author of A Snicker of Magic, has a brand-new story set in Midnight Gulch—a magical town full of mystery, enchanted ice cream . . . and a few ghosts.

If you liked A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll love this “spindiddly” story featuring Felicity Pickle, Jonah Pickett, and many more. If you haven’t read A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll still love this funny, magical, slightly spooky Halloween adventure.

Start reading “When the Ghosts Come Out to Dance!”

Happy reading!

October 21, 2015

The Yeti Files

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Yeti Files 2The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry

Have you ever had a dream where you met someone – or something – that you didn’t even know existed? Did they take you on an adventure around the world and through time in search of other mystical, magical creatures? If you haven’t (or even if you have, because let’s be honest, that dream was awesome and you want to have it again), then you should definitely check out the latest addition to The Yeti Files series, Monsters on the Run, by Kevin Sherry.

Blizz Richards, a yeti living in the snowy mountains of Nepal, is just hanging out with his friends Alexander and Gunthar, when they receive a letter from Vanessa (a.k.a. the Loch Ness monster) saying how lonely she is and how much she needs a friend, someone who understands her. Being the generous, adventurous guy that he is, Blizz decides to set out to find other creatures just like her. With the help of a time-traveling leprechaun, they manage to go 65 million years into the past to find other Nessies, but between dinosaurs and other predators, they may have found more than they expected.yeti files

This book is more than just a fun story, though. The wild illustrations create a whole universe of things you’ve never seen before. A leprechaun workshop, a nation of unicorns, a prehistoric forest. Get a look inside all of these things and more in The Yeti Files: Monsters on the Run.

What would you want to see if you could time travel? What mystical creature have you always wanted to meet? Leave a Comment and let us know!

October 14, 2015

Book Wars: Ever After High vs. Whatever After

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Book warsBook Wars: Ever After High vs. Whatever After

I will be doing a comparison between the magical series of Ever After High and the mysterious series of Whatever After. Both series are amazing and involve fantasy, but they are different in many ways.

To start the war off, I will introduce to you the main characters of each book, Raven and Abby. In Ever After High, Raven is daughter of the evil queen from Snow White, and faces the challenge of whether to sign the Storybook of Legends which will seal her fate as the next evil ruler. In Whatever After, Abby is shut out at school most of the time which causes her to be very lonely. One night, she is intrigued by the basement, and she and her brother Jonah get sucked through a magic mirror that came with the house, and transported into the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Both characters are shut out at school and are involved in the tale Snow White.

Surprisingly, the two main characters have traits in common, such as a “don’t think, just do” kind of thing. Don’t get them mad because if you do, you had better watch out! They also both have great kindness in their hearts. Finally, Raven and Abby are “chosen” for something of great importance in the world.

What do you think? Similar or not at all? Are you a fan of EAH or WA? Put your opinion in the Comments below.

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

October 7, 2015

Welcome to Mars Buzz Aldrin

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Space Pioneer Buzz Aldrin Shares His Vision For Exploring Mars In Welcome to Mars

Could Mars be our future home? Buzz Aldrin thinks so, and he should know! Buzz is one of the first people to walk on the moon, and was a member of the historic Apollo 11 crew. A renowned rocket scientist, he developed a futuristic space transportation system to reach Mars. He chairs his own educational organization, ShareSpace Foundation. And he also has a Toy Story character named after him! (Hint: “To infinity — and beyond!”)

Buzz Aldrin welcome to marsBuzz Aldrin lives, eats, and breathes all things Mars. Buzz has a vision for not only traveling to Mars, but inhabiting it as well. In Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, Buzz describes what it will take to build a permanent home on this far away planet.

Welcome to Mars reveals the ultimate in space transportation — the Aldrin Cycler Spacecraft – and what the space traveler will encounter upon arrival, including a detailed illustration of the Mars Lander Sequence and an ingenious method for removing the rusty dust stuck to the space suits. The reader is taken on a tour of the Spaceport, learns how dirt bikes and zip lines will be natural forms of red planet entertainment, and discovers how greenhouses will play a vital role in the colonization of Mars. Finally, after months of exploring and living in the rugged Spaceport, it’s moving day – Buzz ups the “wow” factor with high tech and forward-thinking living, eating and recreational quarters aptly named the Founders Dome.

What do you think? Will you sign up to go live on Mars? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer