Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk is an all new title in the Dear America series: The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson.
13-year-old Piper Davis has been given a diary. She’s never used one before, but because of everything happening in her life, she’s glad she has one. It’s 1941 and Europe is at war. Even though Piper and her family live in Seattle, Washington, there is talk that America might become involved with the war.
If you loved Swindle and Zoobreak by Gordan Korman, then we have good news for you: The Man With The Plan (aka Griffin Bing) will be back this September in a new sequel, Framed. In this book, Griffin is accused of stealing an authentic Super Bowl ring from the school display case. He didn't do it of course, but all the evidence points directly to him. Somebody set Griffin up to take the fall. But who would do that and why? All Griffin knows is that he's being framed for a crime he didn't commit. Read on for a sneak peek at the book. . .
Dav Pilkey, the author of the Captain Underpants series, is working on a new book coming out on August 10, 2010. The title of the book is — are you ready for this — The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future.
OK, with a title like that, I don't think I even need to say any more. It goes without saying the book is going to be every bit as hilarious as Captain Underpants. I'm laughing just looking at the cover!
Speaking of the cover, what do you think is going on there? Leave a comment telling us what you think Ook and Gluk are doing and saying!
Hi! All week we are bringing you Wimpy Kid features to get you pumped for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie coming out on Friday. Exclusive movie clips, a trivia quiz, your questions answered by Jeff Kinney and Zach Gordon. . . and more still to come. So jump onto your profile, change your mood to "wimpy" and show the world you're ready for Wimpy Week!!
Wimpy Week continues now with a special sneak peek of Jeff Kinney's newest book coming out today! It's called The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary and it describes all the behind the scenes stuff that went into making his hilarious book Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a movie.Check it out!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid motion picture elements copyright © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (excluding motion picture elements) copyright © 2010 Wimpy Kid, Inc. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID®, WIMPY KID™, and the Greg Heffley design™ are trademarks of Wimpy Kid, Inc. All rights reserved.
It’s getting harder and harder to get a hold of these top-secret diary entries — Jamie Kelly is catching on! — so this may be the last one for a while. It’s juicy, though: Jamie, Isabella, and Angeline are becoming BFFs? Not if Jamie has anything to say about it.
(Just between us, you can find Jamie’s latest complete diary, Dear Dumb Diary #9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For, in stores now . . . but don’t tell her that!)
Dear Dumb Diary,
So now I’m friends with Angeline. This is an Automatic Friendship, and I have to just accept it and make the best of things.
See, if I objected, then Aunt Carol might divorce Angeline’s uncle, sending both of them tumbling into a deep pit of depression for the rest of their lives, and Angeline could wind up feeling so guilty that she would have to go be locked up in an old dirty insane asylum for years and years, and Stinker’s puppies would grow up not knowing both their parents — and I couldn’t live with myself for doing something like that to a puppy.
I’ve talked to Isabella about the Angeline thing, since she’s my BFF. That’s what best friends are for, after all. But she seems to think that we should be friends with Angeline, and that if I’m having a problem with Angeline, we should just hug it out.
You know, maybe that would help. When you think about it, choking is just a hug that your hands give to a throat.
Isabella says that Angeline thinks of the three of us like BFFs. I could have pointed out to Isabella that, last time I counted, there are only two Fs in BFF. And there’s a reason for that. If you get too many Fs, it doesn’t look like Best Friends Forever anymore. It looks like you’re trying to spell the sound a fart makes. Observe: BFFFFFFFFFFFF.
But I didn’t say that, because we’re all automatically such terribly good friends now. Terribly, terribly, good friends. Terribly, terribly.
A few days ago, you got a peek at one of Jamie Kelly’s brand-new diary entries from Dear Dumb Diary #9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For. We’ve managed to get our hands on another one, all about blondwad Angeline — check it out below! But Jamie Kelly has no idea that you or anybody is reading her diaries. So please, please, please don’t tell her.
Dear Dumb Diary,
And speaking of shooting somebody out of a cannon, I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this girl to you before, Diary — her name is Angeline?
First, before we discuss Angeline, let’s take a moment to discuss AUTOMATIC FRIENDSHIPS. Automatic Friendships occur like this: Let’s say you and a person from your school who you only kind of know both show up at the same beach one day and there’s nobody else to hang around with. BAM — you’re automatic friends. Maybe only for a day, but still. It’s just the Way the Universe Does Things.
Or let’s say you go to prison. You committed some cool crime like stealing the weapon of somebody who was going to blast an endangered baby orphan koala in the face. Still, the judge says that stealing is stealing, and he sends you to prison for it. And in prison, you meet somebody who is in for the same kind of crime, but for her it was like an endangered baby orphan panda or just an endangered baby orphan. BAZOOM — now you two are automatic friends.
Ever since Angeline’s Uncle Dan (my school’s assistant principal) married my Aunt Carol, AND Angeline’s dog married my dog and they had puppies together, I’m automatically friends with Angeline. No beach, no orphan koalas, just KABLAM — automatic friends.
You’ll notice that it’s not because I like her. It’s just how things work. It’s like math: Poor little Two got plussed with Three.
Everyone’s favorite middle-schooler, Jamie Kelly, is back — with an all-new, all-funny diary! A lot has been happening at Mackerel Middle School, and Jamie is documenting every minute of it. Check out this special peek at Dear Dumb Diary #9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For! Jamie promises that everything she writes is true . . . or at least as true as it needs to be.
Dear Dumb Diary,
We’ve entered that part of the school year where you begin to wonder if maybe even the teachers are beginning to lose interest in education. We study something — like igneous rocks, or spit molecules, or one of those countries that looks like where they are going to build a country one day — we glue-stick a bunch of things about it to a piece of poster board, they get hung up in the hallway, and then we never talk about them again.
So toward the end of the year, just to keep things interesting. the school has lots of events like an Art Show, a Talent Show, and Bingo Night, which features a game that was developed long ago so that we’d have something to do until fun was invented.
If I ever become a teacher, I’m going to jazz it up a bit. Maybe I’ll glue-stick the actual students up in the hallway, and when you walk up to one, he’ll have to tell you what he knows about spit molecules or whatever.
Also, I’m going to make it so that if a kid bothers me, I can legally shoot her out of a cannon. I really may have psychic powers, because I think I’ve read the mind of teacher who was thinking that exact thing one time when Mike Pinsetti got almost all of a crayon stuck in his ear.
My friends who are into comics were very excited last year about a graphic novel anthology called Flight Explorer. It is a group of different stories all by different artists. If you read Flight Explorer, then you already know Missile Mouse, who made his graphic novel debut in that book. This new book Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker coming out in January is entirely devoted to the adventures of Missile Mouse.
Missile Mouse, secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency, is a risk
taker and a rule breaker, which is why he's in hot water at GSA headquarters.
Then RIP, the Rogue Imperium of Planets, kidnaps a scientist who knows about
the Star Crusher, a doomsday machine capable of destroying the entire universe. . . Time to let loose the mouse!
Take a look at this sneak peek from the book, and read on for today's Writing Prompt:
In this panel from the book, Missile Mouse has gotten into a spot of trouble. He's surrounded by those dangerous looking ant creatures but he can't kill them because they're endangered species! How is he going to get out of this situation? Write what you think happens next.
Leave your answers in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
A newborn wolf pup with a twisted leg is abandoned in the wilderness beyond Ga'Hoole. Miraculously, he survives and grows up to change the Wolves of Beyond forever. If you loved the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky, then this Sneak Peek of her newest series is for you.
Lone Wolf, Book 1 of the brand new Wolves of the Beyond series is not coming out until December 29, but you, dear Ink Splot 26 readers, can be the first to read Chapter 1 right here (PDF).
In other news, the Guardians of Ga'Hoole movie is coming out in September 2010, which feels like an awfully long time, so it's a good thing we have this new series to read while we're waiting!