A new year. New resolutions. New trends. New hairstyles. New pop stars. And of course . . . NEW BOOKS! We’ve got the scoop on the hottest books coming out this year, from The 39 Clues to Gordon Korman, to awesome new sci-fi adventure series & more. AND we’ve got exclusive chapter excerpts, so read on to find out more!
How would you react if you moved to a new house in a new neighborhood only to find a ghost living in your new bedroom?!? You’d be freaked out, right? But what if that ghost was funny, he could help you fit in at your new school, and most importantly, get revenge on the school bully?
That’s what happens to Billy Broccoli in the new series Ghost Buddy, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. Read this sneak peek excerpt from Book #1 Zero to Hero where Billy and his ghost buddy (the Hoove) meet for the first time.
What do you think? Are you excited to read the Ghost Buddy series? Would YOU react the same way Billy does? Leave us a Comment with your thoughts.
–Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer
In the Tomorrow Girls series by Eva Gray, four thirteen-year-old girls meet at a top-secret school, and though they’ve been sent there for their own safety, they quickly realize that their school is not what they think it is. In this terrifying future world where America’s at war and everything is chaotic, they must rely on each other to survive.
There are now four books in the Tomorrow Girls series. Check out the first chapter of Book One: Behind the Gates, and let us know what you think in the Comments!
—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer
Do you love stories with fast-paced action, trips to remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, and sound bending? "Wait. What's sound bending?" you ask. It's an amazing ability where you can hear the history of an object just by touching it. When Leo turns 13, he finds out that he has this ability. As Leo touches an unusual helmet among his uncle's valuable artifacts, he hears odd noises and realizes he must find out the story of this mysterious helmet.
Intrigued? Read the first chapter of Sound Bender by Lin Oliver and Theo Baker.
If you could hear the history of one object in your house or school, what would you pick? Tell us in the Comments!
—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer
Why I Quit Zombie School
Matt was never a superstar in school, but he’s definitely the most energetic and quick-witted student here. But what’s up with the others? His suspicions are finally confirmed when Franny, his new friend, asks, “How long have you been dead?” To his horror, Matt realizes his parents have unknowingly enrolled him in a zombie school. When Matt overhears the zombie plans to march and claim the whole city for the undead, he has to make a frightening choice: protect himself and continue his charade, or reveal his aliveness and try to save the unsuspecting alive people in the town.
Here are the other books in the new series so far:
Book 1: Claws
Mickey and Amanda are put in charge of their vacationing neighbors’ cat, Bella. But Bella escapes from the house and disappears. Amanda has an idea to replace the cat with a look-alike from the local pet store, Cat Heaven. They find a cat that looks exactly like Bella, but the clerk won’t sell it to them, so they decide to steal it. Big mistake! These cats are more than they seem to be.
Book 2: Night of the Giant Everything
When 11-year-old Steven Sweeney is tricked into drinking a strange mixture of chemicals by his classmates, things begin to get strange. Either his toothbrush is growing, or he is shrinking! Will he be able to make it through the day and return to his original size?
Book 3: The Five Masks of Dr. Screem
It’s Halloween and Monica Anderson is out Trick-or-Treating with her younger brother. They knock on the door of an old, creepy house and are met by a strange woman who pleads for their help. Every year she must battle for the control of five sacred masks with the evil Dr. Screem. These artifacts have the power to manipulate the world around them. Monica doesn’t want to help at first but then Screem bursts in and steals the masks. This sets her and her brother off on a Halloween mission that will change their lives forever!
What do you think of R.L. Stine’s new Hall of Horrors series? Let us know in the Comments!
You’ve read about The Hunger Games cast, but now we have the coolest Hunger Games movie preview yet, a sneak peek video! I’m not going to say anything about this video except to tell you I screamed out loud when I saw it. Enjoy The Hunger Games video trailer!
What do you think? Is Katniss how you pictured her? Does Gale sound how you expected he would? Leave a Comment!
If you are a fan of the Poison Apple series, then you're in luck. We have a sneak peek of the latest book, a spooky mystery called Curiosity Killed the Cat.
Eleven-year old Hannah can't believe she has to move from Tarrytown to spooky Sleepy Hollow to stay with her dad, stepmom, and her spoiled and nasty stepsister, Molly. So Hannah is thrilled when a sweet black stray cat begins showing up on her dad's doorstep to keep her company. Hannah's heard of the legend of the black ghost cat that haunts the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, but she always figured it was just a legend. . . right? Or could the ghost cat of Sleepy Hollow be haunting Hannah?
Read an excerpt here.
And if you haven't already added the widgets to your Profile, there are two super-fun Poison Apple widgets you can add to your STACKS Profile to show your Poison Apple love. Add the Poison Apple Daily Bite and Poison Apple Sweet and Sour widgets to your Profile! Of course, you need to have a Profile first, so if you haven't done that, then please join now!
That's right. Book #2! I know The Medusa Plot (Book #1 by Gordon Korman) is not coming out until August 30, but we have a sneak peek look at the cover of Book 2. Feast your eyes on this!
Isn't it beautiful? Mark your calendar because it's coming to stores on December 6, 2011!
OK, I know the school year is over and you are looking forward to having a great summer. Hopefully you have piles and piles of good books to keep you occupied. But I am here today with a preview of the absolute coolest books coming out this fall that you will not want to miss! Mark your calendars because I’m talking new books by Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Brian Selznick, and Jeff Kinney!! Read on to find out more. . .
Charlie Bone fans will recognise the title. Author, Jenny Nimmo, is back with a brand-new series chronicling the origin and the adventures of Charlie Bone's magical ancestor, the Red King!
Timoken is a prince born in a secret kingdom. At his birth, a forest jinni bestows magical gifts upon him: a cloak made by the last moon spider and a potion called Alixir. When the peaceful land is attacked, Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, must find a new kingdom to call home. Together, with only the magical gifts and a talking camel, the siblings set off.