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 FlightExplorer. 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.
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!
If you've read The Hunger Games, I just know that you CAN'T WAIT for the sequel Catching Fire. (If you haven't read it yet, you totally have to!!! It is by far the BEST BOOK EVER for kids ages 12 and over. Go. Read. Now.)
Well, like I was saying, the wait is almost over for Catching Fire. It will be in bookstores on September 1, so cancel all your other plans, clear out your schedule and just block out all day for reading because once you start, you are not going to want to stop reading for anything! I would suggest asking people to bring you food so you don't starve to death — seriously, you will not be able to put this book down!
So, do you want a sneak peek now? We have Chapter 1 for you to read, and an audio excerpt of Chapter 2 read by the author Suzanne Collins. For more about The Hunger Games trilogy including downloads and a message board where you can talk to other fans of the book, visit The Hunger Games Web site.
For all you fans of America's Next Top Model, we're happy to introduce you to a fabulous new book series inspired by the show, for readers ages 12 and up.
The characters in these books do not have a typical summer vacation. They attend the elite Top Model Prep in New York City where the girls compete to become the next big thing in the world of fashion and beauty. 40 girls have been accepted to the summer program but only one will win the coveted prize: becoming America's Next Top Model!
Books #1 and #2 are available now and they are packed with stories of high fashion. . . and high drama.
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Read this excerpt (PDF) from Book #1: Face Value and get a sneak peek of what happens when the girls move into their chic SoHo apartment.
So I just read the very first chapter of Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, Book 4: Stage Fright by Meg Cabot, and if you're an Allie Finkle fan, you certainly won't be let down. Even reading the first fifteen pages, I already see Allie's cute wit, and I get a sense that deep down inside she wants to be a star! I mean, who wouldn't want to be a celebrity? I'd take being a local celebrity!
I found it interesting that the book starts with a rule (No, I'm not going to give it away!) that basically acknowledges the importance of giving compliments. Allie certainly isn't a stranger to giving herself compliments either. Some people might call it bragging, but I think she's just confident. However, I wonder if this first rule is going to be a running theme throughout the book. Even if someone makes a complete fool out of herself or totally messes up, shouldn't you always make that person feel better anyway?
That's just my guess regarding the theme of the book. However, in order to know for sure what is really going to happen to Allie, I'll have to read Stage Fright in its entirety when it comes out on September 15th.
If you thought BONE, the graphic novel series by Jeff Smith, was over when book 9, Crown of Horns, came out, well then you'd be . . . only sort of right. On August 1st, the prequel to BONE, ROSE, comes out. (That's the story that happened before the story.)
BONE is the story of the three little Bone dudes who get lost in the woods, and wind up battling the Lord of the Locusts to help Thorn reclaim her family's kingdom. Their story is over.
Hello, Clue Hunters! The last time you heard from us, we were busy cracking codes with 39 Clues author Peter Lerangis as he traveled across the United States on The 39 Clues Double-Dealing Tour. Now we’re gearing up for the next adventure! Are you ready for the next book? Only a few more weeks until The 39 Clues Book 4: Beyond the Grave goes on sale!
What will happen to Amy and Dan in Egypt? What will be revealed? And what are they doing in a mummy’s tomb?!?
Watch this video from the author of Book 4, Jude Watson. She has a special message for you, followed by a sneak peek from Beyond the Grave.
Don’t forget — Book 4: Beyond the Grave goes on sale June 2nd!
Next month, there's a new book coming out that you are going to want to read. It's The Roar by Emma Clayton. It's a sci-fi thriller that takes place in a future where people live entirely without nature or animals. Years back, all of the animals were ravaged with a plague that made them attack humans. So a huge wall was built all around Europe and America to keep animals out. Twins Mika and Ellie have spent their entire lives behind the wall, and they've never seen an animal outside of books. And then Ellie is kidnapped.
The book opens a year after Ellie's been kidnapped, as she escapes from a space station with a pet monkey. Her captor, Mal Gorman, has been training her for something big and has just told her "The Secret." What secret? Well, I don't know. All I've gotten to read so far is the Chapter 1 sneak peek, and it doesn't say, but it certainly sounds sinister.
I could tell you more about the sneak peek, but you can read it for yourself right here: