Category Archives: Sneak Peek

May 7, 2014

The Door by Andy Marino

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The Door by Andy Marino book coverThe Door (for ages 8-12)

For all you fantasy fans, The Door is an intriguing new book that you have to check out!

Have you ever seen a mysterious door and wondered where it leads? When Hannah’s mom is killed, Hannah starts to explore the lighthouse where they live . . . and one door leads to unexpected places. Hannah finds herself in an alternate world, but before she can get out, she has to find her family, too.

Sound like a door you want to open? Click here to read Chapter 1.

Let us know in the Comments what some of your other favorite fantasy books are.

April 9, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Little Red Riding Hood

Grimmtastic Girls book coverRed Riding Hood Gets Lost

Tomorrow are the auditions for the school play at Grimm Academy, and I can’t wait to try out! I want to play the lead, Red Robin Hood. But it’s my first time auditioning and I’ve got stage fright! How grimmiserable!

It doesn’t help that my friends and I are all worried about the E.V.I.L. Society that’s making trouble at the Academy. If only I had a magical charm to help us figure out what’s going on – and maybe help me get the lead in the play!

Any suggestions to help me get over my stage fright? I’m so glad I have my grimmtastic friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel to help me out. I know I can always count on them!

Love,
Red

April 2, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Sneak Peek: Cinderella

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays Late book coverCinderella Stays Late

Tomorrow is my first day at Grimm Academy! It’s the most famous school in Grimmlandia and was founded by the brothers Grimm as safe haven for everyone “born of fairy tale, folktale, and nursery rhyme magic.” My stepsisters have been going there for years and now I finally get to go, too!

I’m so excited, but I’m also nervous! The Steps haven’t told me much about what school is like. I think they even wish I wasn’t going with them tomorrow. Guess I’ll just have to make some new friends!

Any advice for my first day at a new school? Whatever happens, I’m sure it will be grimmtastic!

Love,
Cinda

April 2, 2014

The Finisher Sneak Peek

Posted by at 1:09 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

The Finisher book coverThe Finisher (for ages 10-14) by David Baldacci

You know when you read the first sentence of a book, and you just KNOW it’s going to be good? I recently had that experience with a new book called The Finisher by David Baldacci. It’s a fantasy that takes place in a world where things are very wrong, and one girl must think fast and defy the odds to do what’s right.

Here is the first sentence that hooked me . . .

I was dozing when I heard the scream.

Don’t you want to find out what happens? You can . . . a little bit. Read a sneak peek of the first 2 chapters.

Let me know what you think in the Comments. Are you going to keep reading this book?

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

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!

January 23, 2014

Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky

Posted by at 1:26 am in Authors, Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

jkt_9780545397162.inddA Special Message from Author Kathryn Lasky

Dear STACKS Readers,

Over the years, I have written about the brave owls of Ga’Hoole, the noble wolves of the Beyond, and now . . . horses! Why horses? Well, when I was growing up, I loved horse stories, but I longed for a story told from a horse’s perspective. I wanted to know: What does it feel like to gallop? What does it sound like to pound across a plain with your herd?

There were no humans in Guardians of Ga’Hoole or Wolves of the Beyond. That allowed me to focus on the animals and build worlds that explored the species’ complex societies, free from any human influence.

However, the history of horses is inextricably linked to human history, which presented a unique challenge. Unlike owls or wolves, horses have been “domesticated” for centuries. Oh yes, there are “wild” mustangs in the western U.S., but they are the descendants of the first horses that came to America, and they only became wild after they escaped from captivity. These horses had to learn how to forage or gallop without shoes. Thinking about this, I became fascinated by the idea of a herd that broke away from its human masters. How would the horses survive? How long would it take for their “wild” instincts to emerge? Before I knew it, I had begun the Horses of the Dawn series.

The first book, Escape, is the story of the first horses that came to North America with the Conquistadores. Specifically, it’s the story of one filly named Estrella, who, along with six other horses, is tossed overboard from a ship bound for the New World.

The horses swim to shore, and for the first time, they have to make decisions for themselves. There are no humans, no whips, no spurs to tell them what to do. Estrella becomes the unlikely leader of the herd, though that is only the beginning of her adventure. Essentially, Escape is a story of self-discovery and homecoming, as one young horse finds the strength to lead the herd to freedom, to claim their destiny as the Horses of the Dawn.

Read Chapter 1. I hope you enjoy it!

Kathryn Lasky

December 10, 2013

Minecraft

Posted by at 12:05 pm in Games, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Minecraft book coverGET MORE OUT OF MINECRAFT!!

Have you just discovered the magical world of Minecraft? Or are you an expert who’s been at it for months? Either way, this is the book for you.

Minecraft: Essential Handbook is the only official guide available, and it includes tips and secrets that will help players whether they’re beginners or experts. For instance, do you know how to look at an Endermen without getting attacked? Or how to build a roller coaster cart system? You can find the answers in this book . . . and so much more—including exclusive interviews with Notch, the creator of Minecraft, and Jeb, Minecraft’s lead developer.

Check out the pages below (or click here for the pdf). Each has an essential tip to help you excel at Minecraft.  Continue reading

October 9, 2013

Goosebumps Most Wanted Doctor

Posted by at 1:41 am in Goosebumps, Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

GB_Logo2013Goosebumps: Doctor Maniac Will See You Now

If you’re scared of going to the doctor, then this doc will really scare you! Dr. Maniac is one doc you’ll surely never want to visit! He’s one of the Goosebumps Most Wanted —and not for his bedside manner. Dr. Maniac is an evil genius that will leave you even sicker than when you arrived. He’s positively insane and he’s on the loose. It’s time to catch him, undead or alive!gb_drmaniac

JUST FOR INK SPLOT 26 READERS! Read an exclusive preview of the new Goosebumps Most Wanted: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now. We dare you!

September 27, 2013

Deadtime Stories

halloweenDeadtime Stories

There are only 34 days until Halloween, and we are getting ready to celebrate! To start your Halloween season right, we have an EXCLUSIVE video clip from the new Nickelodeon show Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) premiering on Oct 3.

In this episode, there’s some kind of Halloween celebration going on at the apple orchard . . .only the witches and ghouls look frighteningly real, and the “Grand Opening” celebration leaves Katie and Andy alone in a town full of appleheads.

Watch the video, but only if you like scary stuff!

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Also, check back next week for an interview with the star of the show, Jennifer Stone!
–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 17, 2013

Rescue Princesses: The Wishing Pearl

Posted by at 2:23 pm in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Rescue Princesses: The Wishing Pearl book coverRescue Princesses: The Wishing Pearl

The Rescue Princesses team up in The Wishing Pearl to rescue an injured dolphin. Below, read an exclusive look at what happened after the book ended.

This morning dawned sunny and bright, a perfect day for a swim! I knew if I went down to the beach early, I might get some precious time alone with my dolphin. Now that he was healed, I knew he would be ready to play.

I dashed down the hill and stopped on the edge of the sand. I was suddenly worried that the beach might be full of kings and queens all expecting a princess like me to be prim and proper! But there were only miles of empty golden sand. The beautiful, deep blue sea exactly matched the color of my sapphire ring.

I gazed at the waves hopefully. Would my dolphin be waiting for me? I noticed a glint of gray in the water. Was it just seaweed, or could it be my dolphin’s nose? Then the gray patch moved. It really was my dolphin!

I called out as I ran down to the water’s edge and the dolphin squeaked back at me. Then it leaped out of the water, making a huge splash. I laughed and took off the t-shirt covering my bathing suit. I dived right into the water. We played together all morning. We took turns seeing who could splash the hardest, and then we practiced diving down to the sandy sea bed and picking up shells. My dolphin was better at diving, and I was better at picking up the shells. I wish I could do this every day! I never want to go back home!

Want to meet the other Rescue Princesses and their pets? Meet Lulu from The Moonlight Mystery, Jaminta from The Stolen Crystals, and Emily from The Secret Promise.

–Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer