The September Live Chat will be Kids' Choice. That means that you guys get to vote for which books you want to talk about. But what if you haven't read all of the choices? Here is a quick rundown of each of the books so you can make an informed decision. Don't forget to vote for your top 3!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
6th grader Greg has to deal with school, bullies, girls, and just life in general in this hilarious book. It is actress Sammi Hanratty's favorite book. Here's what she has to say about it:
If you still need more convincing, read Jack's review on Ink Splot 26.
Ripley's Believe It or Not
All the strangest things you can imagine —and some that you could never imagine — are in this book: a man who is tattooed to look like a lizard! a two-headed sheep! a two-nosed pig! If you like weird, gross trivia and the revolting pictures to go along with it, then this is your kind of book.
Frindle by Andrew Clements
5th grade jokester, Nick, tries to annoy his teacher by calling his pen a "frindle." But what first seems like a harmless prank soon becomes a media frenzy when the whole class starts using the new word, and the joke spreads across town like wildfire.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
For readers who love fantasy, talking animals, princesses and castles, this is your book. Despereaux is a kind and sensitive mouse who falls in love with a princess. Talk about a doomed relationship! But it's a very sweet story.
How I Survived Middle School by Nancy Krulik
On the first day of 6th grade, Jenny finds out that her best friend is ditching her for the popular crowd. Ouch! For more about this series, plus fun games and activities, visit the Middle School Survival web site.
Tunnels by Brian Williams & Roderick Gordon
When 14-year-old Will discovers a secret, dangerous underground world, it puts him and his father in incredible danger. Check it out in this video. Still need more info? Ink Splot 26 Blogger, Rob, recommends this series as one his favorites of 2008.
Swindle by Gordon Korman
What would you do if an adult swindled you out a million-dollar baseball card? Would you try to steal it back? These kids could would! Here is a video of the author describing this fast-paced and funny adventure story.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Our own Ink Splot 26 Blogger, Ratha, raves about this book. Read her review.
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
If you love dogs, you'll love this book about two kids who get themselves into a lot of trouble. Here is a video of the author telling you about it.
Now that you have gotten a small taste of each of these books, go vote for the ones you want to discuss in the Live Chat.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer