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1. New Story from Rick Riordan

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“The Staff of Serapis”

You might remember last year, Rick Riordan published “The Son of Sobek” as an extra crossover story in the The Serpent’s Shadow. The story featured both Percy Jackson and Carter Kane together in the same story. It’s crazy when characters jump out of their own series and into other characters’ series, right? Well, Riordan has done it again. He announced on his blog last week that the new U.S. paperback edition of The Mark of Athena in stores now features a story with Annabeth Chase and Sadie Kane! It has the awesome title “The Staff of Serapis.”

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If you don’t want to buy The Mark of Athena paperback, the story will be available in e-formats, with the cover above, on May 20. Or you could, you know, rush to the library and see if they have the new paperback edition with the story at the end. Tell the librarian it MUST be the 2014 paperback edition!

What do you think? Did you like “The Son of Sobek”

enough to want a second story? Do you think Riordan should write an entire series combining all his characters?? Leave a Comment.

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2. Chronicles of Narnia Readalikes

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Chronicles of Narnia Readalikes

You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, 4 kids discover a secret entrance (through a wardrobe) into a magical world (with a talking lion . . . and a witch)!

There are 7 books in The Chronicles of Narnia series

, plus 3 movies (and rumors of a fourth!), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other exciting books for ages 8-12 about smart, brave kids going on magical adventures.

The Search for WondLa

by Tony DiTerlizzi
The only home Eva Nine has ever known is an underground Sanctuary, cared for by a robot. Her search for another human being brings her into a strange above-ground world.

Dragon Rider

by Cornelia Funke
With a lonely boy named Ben on board, the brave, young dragon Firedrake sets out on a journey to find the mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace forever. They encounter fantastic creatures, and cross the path of a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who’s determined to end their quest. Will Ben and Firedrake be able to find the Rim of Heaven so all dragons can finally live in peace?

 The Underland Chronicles:

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
In the first book of the Underland Chronicles, Gregor loses his little sister as she tumbles down the laundry chute into an underground world where spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats are about to make war.

Chronicles of Pyrdain Book #1: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
A strong-willed princess, a talkative bard, and an assistant pig-keeper with dreams of becoming a hero all join forces in this funny and epic adventure. See also the other books in the Chronicles of Prydain series.

Half Magic by Edward Eager
Four kids discover a magic coin so old that only half of its magic works, wreaking unexpected havoc on all their wishes.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
A village girl named Minli goes on a journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and meets a dragon along the way.

Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder
Henry, Emma, Roy, and Susan find a magic wall that will take them any place and any time they’d like to go.

Chrestomanci: Charmed Life by Dianne Wynne Jones
Cat and his older sister Gwendolyn, a young but powerful witch, attract the attention of The Chrestomanci, the most powerful enchanter in the world. See also the other books in the Chrestomanci series.

Winterling by Sarah Prineas
Fer has never quite felt like she belongs in this world, so she’s eager to follow Puck into a faery kingdom, even though it’s a dangerous world of winter.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Peter and his fellow orphans set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship secretly carrying a precious and mysterious cargo, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, mysterious sea creatures, and angry natives race the story along to finally reveal how Peter becomes the infamous Peter Pan. See also the other books in the Starcatchers series.

The Books of Beginning Book #1: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Kate, Michael, and Emma have been tossed from one orphanage to another for the last ten years. Yet, these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil they know nothing about. . .Until now. See also the other books in The Books of Beginning series.

His Dark Materials Book #1: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
11-year-old Lyra is a precocious orphan growing up within Jordan College in Oxford, England, but Lyra’s world is not precisely like our own. In Lyra’s world, everyone has a personal dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar that represents her soul. Lyra and her daemon are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. See also the other books His Dark Materials Trilogy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his mean aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. See also the other books in the Harry Potter series.

Hope you like our Readalikes!

–Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

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3. The Finisher Sneak Peek

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The 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.

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

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4. Grimmtastic Girls Sneak Peek: Cinderella

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Cinderella 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

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5. Stay Alive Survival Book Series

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Stay Alive

You’ve just crash landed into a life or death situation in the middle of nowhere and Siri has deserted you during your time of need. NOW WHAT?!

Stay Alive is a series that imagines a group of kids in a dilemma just like this, and what they would have to do to survive. Where do you find food and clean water? How do you find help? What if someone gets hurt? Thinking strategically is a must, but which character is actually prepared to make the hard decisions?

In Stay Alive #1: Crash, the Junior Action News Team finds themselves in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. They’re a smattering of geeks, know-it-alls, and adventurous acquaintances, stuck out in the elements with their lovable dog, Buford. They have to fight to stay alive.

Have you ever been asked, “if you could bring one thing with you on a deserted island, what would it be?” This has always been a really hard question for me to answer. I think of things like genies to grant me wishes, a constant supply of my favorite cereals, or all my best friends and lots of music to keep us busy. After reading Crash, I realized all I really need are good old survival skills, which I definitely don’t have (yet). The characters in these books come from all walks of life, so some of them are naturally more prepared than others to cope with the harsh and dangerous situations they end up in.

One of the coolest parts of the series is when the author, Joseph Monninger, includes real-life survival tips that become important to the plot of the story. That way, I can picture myself trekking through a jungle somewhere, braving the elements to survive with my smarts. Or at least, tucking the tip away in my back pocket for some fateful day when I find myself in a pickle. (Hopefully, this won’t be too soon.)

Basically, if you like extreme adventure and an awesome story, this series is for you. You can start with Book 1 like I did, but don’t forget that Stay Alive #2: Cave-In just came out, too! It’s just as intense and action-packed, so get caught up, happy reading, and STAY ALIVE!

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6. Grimmtastic Girls Little Red Riding Hood

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Red 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

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7. Kids’ Choice Awards 2014

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The Nominees Are in for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards!

Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!

The Nominees for Favorite Book are . . .

  • Harry Potter series
  • The Hobbit
  • The Hunger Games series (for ages 12 and up)
  • Of course, here at Scholastic, we are thrilled that two of our titles were once again nominated in the Favorite Book category. The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games trilogy (for ages 12 and up) are both in the running. While Harry has actually won in this category many times, The Hunger Games trilogy won for the first time last year and is the reigning champion. Diary of a Wimpy Kid had taken the prize for 3 years in a row, 2010-2012! I don’t think The Hobbit has even been nominated before. Will this be its year?

    Winners will be announced on the Kids’ Choice Awards Show on March 29, 2014.

    And PS, One Direction

    is nominated for Favorite Music Group, so that’s another reason to go vote! Leave a Comment to tell us which book you are voting for!
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    8. A Snicker of Magic Book Review

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    A Snicker of Magic (for ages 8-12) by Natalie Lloyd

    Felicity has always been different. She can see words, but not just the kind written on paper or typed on a computer screen. Felicity can see the words of people around her. Their thoughts and whispers, feelings and dreams are alive to her. Some are glittery; some have feet like caterpillars, and one is even full of lightning bolts. She collects them in her little blue book that she always carries with her.

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    Felicity’s mother, Holly Pickles, has a wandering heart, and has never settled down long enough to call anywhere “home.” Midnight Gulch may be different, though. Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away.

    Now, for the first time, Felicity has a best friend, and she will do anything to convince her mom that they need to stay. But first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.

    Will Felicity be able to call the magical Midnight Gulch home? Read Chapter 1

    and see if you get hooked! What kind of magic you would have if you lived in Midnight Gulch? Share in the Comments section!

    –Elysse, STACKS Writer

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    9. March Madness 2014!

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    March Madness Basketball Activities

    March 16th is Selection Sunday for the 2014 NCAA Basketball tournament known as March Madness. For those of you who love basketball, this is obviously the highlight of the year–the next three weeks are all about watching, eating, and breathing basketball! As this 76th season of March Madness kicks off, we’re lacing up our sneakers, dusting off our pom-poms, and rounding up our favorite basketball books, games, and activities at the STACKS.

    10. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Fairies, Luck, and Magic Charms

    I hope you have a magical St. Patrick’s Day. You never know! Today might be the day you stumble upon a fairy ring, follow a will o’ the wisp to your fate, or catch a leprechaun!

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    11. Swindle Sequel: Jackpot

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    Jackpot (for ages 8-12) by Gordon Korman

    Here’s the scoop: Someone on Long Island bought a lottery ticket worth $29,876,454.53. The problem is they never cashed it in. It’s missing, and it needs to be found soon. The deadline for cashing it is one year, and that year is almost up.

    Griffin and his friends live near where the multi-million-dollar ticket was bought. As revenge for multiple bullying incidents, they team up and send Darren Vader on a wild goose chase digging through the garbage cans of Cedarville (thinking that the ticket is in one of them). However, the prank goes awry and soon, people from all over are Dumpster diving, hoping to find the missing lottery ticket.

    Plus, there’s a new kid in town who might actually hate Griffin more than Darren does: Victor Phoenix. Victor sees Griffin as a bully. Next thing he knows, Griffin’s friends are spending their time with Victor and not him. It seems like everyone is against him!

    Griffin resorts to his worst nightmare: working with Darren to find out who purchased that missing lottery ticket. Do they succeed? Or is that prize money as good as gone? Read Chapter 1 now!

    What would you do if you won almost 30 million dollars? Tell us in the Comments below!

    —Elysse, STACKS Writer

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    12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 9

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    Announcing the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

    Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by author-illustrator Jeff Kinney. We don’t know the exact title yet, but we know it will be available on November 4, 2014. Only  . . . . 223 days away!

    That’s actually kind of a long time to wait. You might want to read these Diary of Wimpy Kid Readalikes

     in the meantime.

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    13. Half a Chance

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    Half a Chance (for ages 8-12) by Cynthia Lord

    Lucy’s family is on the move again. This time they end up in a rickety, red house on a lake in New Hampshire. At least she has her dog, Ansel, to keep her company.

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    The day after they move in, Lucy’s dad is off again to Arizona. As a famous photographer, this is nothing new. Lucy just wishes it wasn’t for two months. Before he leaves, Lucy finds out that at the end of the summer her dad will be judging a photo contest. She secretly begins taking photos and planning to enter the contest.

    As Lucy tries to prove to her dad that she has what it takes to be a true photographer, she also has to make friends in a new place. She meets Nate and Emily. Nate’s Grandma Lilah is part of a team who wants to protect a family of loons living on the lake. Since she is too old to kayak out there and check on them every day, Nate and Emily bring Lucy along for the ride, and Lucy, of course, brings her camera. But what she sees through her camera lens is not necessarily what her new friends want to see.

    Read Chapter 1

    and let us know what you think of this new book by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Rules.

    —Elysse, STACKS Writer

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    14. March Books of the Month

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    Time for March Books of the Month!

    It’s that time again!!! Since last month we held the Winter Reading Games, we skipped one Books of the Month post, but now we’re back and better than ever! At the end of January, we asked you what books you were reading. So many of you are reading different books! There are some clear winners this time, but I’m really excited that we have so many new titles in the running. Keep reading awesome books, you guys!

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    We’re going to do this again for next month, so tell me in the Comments what books you’re reading right now. I can’t wait to see what new books show up. I’ve got a few new recommendations now, and I’m so excited to start reading! See ya in a month!

    image from kids.scholastic.com— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

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    15. Valentine’s Day Confessions from Confectionately Yours

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    Do you look forward to the "love"-liest day of the year? Or does all of that pink and red make you want to puke? According to Hayley Hicks, star of the Confectionately Yours series, sometimes it can be a little bit of both.

    Confession: I Love Valentine’s Day! (Except For When I Hate It)

    In second grade, Carrie Conway showed up in class with a GIANT pink heart-shaped box topped with a rose. The box was filled with chocolates, and it was from her father, and Carrie didn’t share any of it. She just kept taking the box out of her desk and looking at it, and smiling, and then putting it back in her desk, and I just KNEW that she was going to go home and eat that candy and smile at that beautiful box forever! And that was when I started hating Valentine’s Day. I admit it. It turned into annual Envy Day for me.

    I told my friend Meghan this story at lunch yesterday, and she said, “Hayley, you’re looking at it all wrong! It’s better to give than to receive!”

    Hearing that TOTALLY turned the whole thing around for me. I love to make my friends smile—and that’s what I’m going to do. So I’m baking some red velvet cupcakes with pink white-chocolate frosting, and dropping a little candy heart on top. If baking isn’t your thing, you could write funny poems, hand out candy, or write a little friendship note and fold it into an origami heart. (You can find origami instructions online.) Also — everyone likes a heart-shaped box of chocolates. ;-)

    So I’m going into this Valentine’s Day with a whole new attitude! What are you planning for your friends?

    Read Hayley’s Back-to-School Confessions here.

    Read the first chapter from Sugar and Spice, the latest book in Lisa Papademetriou’s Confectionately Yours series! 

    --Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

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    16. Shadow Breakers Book Review

    ShadowbreakersShadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe

    A year after her father's death, Miranda May finds herself in the tiny coastal town of Firecroft Bay, but things are not going well. Her sleep is disrupted by nightmares of "The Shape," an ominous shadow that calls out to her, "ring around the rosie. . . " Freaky! Her mother is too busy working and taking care of her baby brother to notice Miranda's behavior becoming more erratic. Why Miranda, and why this song?

    Then things get really weird. On the way to school, ice appears out of nowhere and coats the interior and exterior of the bus. Then the computers in the lab explode. Miranda thinks she knows where she can get answers. Her science teacher, Miss Bellini, and four of the brightest students at her school, have formed a group that want to figure out the truth just as much as Miranda does. Lyssa, Cal, Josh, and Ollie use a mixture of science and technology to hunt down this mysterious apparition that is causing havoc, dragging Miranda along for the ride.

    Is Miranda going crazy, or is something really strange going on in Firecroft Bay? Find out in Daniel Blythe's thrilling new book Shadow Breakers, and leave a Comment to let us know what you think!

    —Elysse, STACKS Writer

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    17. Goblins

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    Goblins by Philip Reeve

    “There had been a time when all goblins had been servants of the same great sorcerer, the Lych Lord, who had raised Clovenstone and ruled the whole world from his Stone Throne.”

    Skarper is different than other goblins. Sure, he likes his fair share of shiny things and loves spider soup. He can read and he is clever, qualities which result in him being catapulted out of the goblins’ home! Separated from his books and the secret Stenoryon’s map, Skarper will do anything to steal back his treasure.goblins

    Henwyn is a “softling” who has a knack for getting into trouble. Banished from his hometown of Adherak, due to an unfortunate incident with a cheese monster, Henwyn decides to follow his dreams and become a hero. Armed with a blunt sword and high hopes, Henwyn sets out to rescue Princess Eluned, only to find quite the surprise.

    Magic is brewing deep within the bowels of Clovenstone, ready to explode! Many will fight to harness this power, but only one can rule on the Stone Throne. A human, goblin, troll, giant, or three sorcerers – who will it be?

    Philip Reeve presents a hilarious fantasy tale, packed with adventure and magical creatures. Do you think you have what it takes to go on this quest? Give this book a chance! Then leave a Comment below!

    —Elysse, STACKS Writer

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    18. Rescue Princesses: The Stolen Crystals

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    Rescue Princesses: The Stolen Crystals

    Wonder what happens to Princess Jaminta and her panda cub after the story ends? Read on to find out how they found one another again!

    Class Trip to Cloud Mountain

    I was so happy when our teacher told us we were going on a trip up Cloud Mountain today. We’re going to study the different animals that lived there. I knew who I was going to look for—Lucky the baby panda!

    When we got to the mountain, we walked up the mountain in pairs. I was the near the back, chatting with my friends. We all jumped as a bamboo tree right next to us started to shake. The teacher hurried over and we saw a large panda sitting under the tree, chewing on bamboo.

    After a few minutes, the big panda lumbered away. We were just about to continue climbing up the mountain. Then something amazing happened—Lucky came galloping through the trees. He skipped right up to me and I knelt down to let him sniff my hand. He’s such a friendly little guy!

    As I pet Lucky, I told my class all about him and how I’d been watching him grow up since the springtime. They think it’s awesome that I know him so well. They joked that I should be the one called Lucky! At last it was time to go back to school. I stroked Lucky’s soft ears as I said goodbye. I’ll go back up the mountainside to see him really soon!

    Want to meet the other Rescue Princesses and their pets? Meet Lulu from The Moonlight Mystery, Clarabel from The Wishing Pearl

    , and Emily from The Secret Promise.

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    19. Resue Princesses: The Moonlight Mystery

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    Resue Princesses: The Moonlight Mystery

    Time for Rescue Princesses outtakes! In this scene from The Moonlight Mystery, exclusively here on Inksplot, Princess Lulu plays with her lion cub, Tufty, for the first time.My First Morning With TuftyI gently moved him sideways so that I could sit up. I couldn’t help grinning. I’d never had a sleepover with a lion cub before! Tufty was wide awake. He jumped on to my lap and nuzzled my hand, so I scratched him between the ears to make him purr. Then I told him all about the other princesses.The Wishing Pearl

    , and Emily from The Secret Promise.

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    20. Winter Reading Games Event 4

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    Cast your favorite stars in a movie based on your favorite book!

    So many books I love have been turned into movies: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson . . . The list could go on and on! And while it’s super-exciting to see how different directors and actors interpret the stories and characters I’ve loved on the page, I can’t help but wonder how things would turn out if someone else played Peeta

    , or Hermione, or even Grover. That’s why our next Winter Reading Games event is . . . drumroll,  please . . . Dream Cast! Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie adaptation of YOUR favorite book?

    Right now I’m reading The Lost Herorosslynch

          zendaya      cameronboyce.
  • For Piper, I’d cast Zendaya ColemanCameron Boyce— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer Add a Comment
  • 21. Winter Reading Games Event 5

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    STACKS Winter Reading Games: Guess the Book

    Although the ice has settled from the Winter Olympics, we’re keeping the torch alive with the STACKS Winter Reading Games. Every day, it’s a different event, and it’s not too late to enter the Sweepstakes

    ! Today’s main event is Guess the Book! We’ll describe a book in 1 sentence, and you have to guess the title.

    Ready to go for the gold? Begin!

    1. The name of this book is so heavily guarded that even the author’s name is a mystery: Pseudonymous Bosch!
    2. Fone, Phoney, Smiley, and Gran’ma are some of the characters in this epic comic book series.
    3. In this deathly final book, Harry, Ron, and Hermione finally bring the battle with Voldemort to a conclusion.
    4. Percy first discovers he is the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon in this book.
    5. This goth-girl-mad-scientist has a lab assistant named Igor, desires to take over the world, and once tried to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to “fit in” with her normal friends. (Hint: It’s a Jim Benton series!)
    6. After Greg and Rowley get into a fight, and Rowley ditches him, Greg tries to train Fregley to become his best friend.
    7. She’s a baby . . . she’s a mouse . . . and she has her own comic book series.

    Do you have what it takes to be a STACKS Reading Olympian? Then leave your answers in the Comments below! We will reveal the answers tomorrow right before the Readathon on Saturday, March 1 at noon – 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Join us!

    —Ratha, STACKS Writer

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    22. Join the STACKS Readathon

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    Winter Reading Games Readathon Tomorrow!

    Gather all your books and snacks, and prepare for a live 4-hour reading marathon starting Saturday, March 1 at 12 noon ET.

    Your goal for the Readathon is to read for 4 straight hours, but don’t worry. STACKS Staffer, En-Szu and I will be there to cheer you on with hourly challenges and inspiration to keep you going.

    Sign up for the Readathon here

    and come back tomorrow at noon!
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    23. Starring Jules Super-Secret Spy Girl

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    Starring Jules Book #3

    Starring Jules, the series that features the lively Jules Bloom in awesome in-the-spotlight situations, goes international in its newest book, Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl)! To celebrate book #3, and since being a SUPER-SECRET SPY GIRL is (or should be) your ultimate goal in life, we got Jules to hook us up with an extremely important to-do list:

    10 Ways to be a Super-Secret Spy Girl by Jules Bloom

    1. Practice stealth. (Spies are always sneaking around.)
    2. Get your brand new best friend to write you e-mail spy assignments all the way from London, England. (This will make you very James Bond-like.)
    3. Try not to roll eyes when your ex-best friend writes you from fancy summer drama camp.
    4. If you get some alarming news, like maybe when you travel to Montreal for your first ever big-time movie, whatever you do, don’t freak out. (Oh, and sit near the window: there is a potential puker in the form of one Teddy Lichtenstein.)
    5. Hope that Canadians are understanding of lispy little brothers and their rubber ducks in disguise.
    6. Try hard — but not too hard — to get teen mega-star Emma Saxony not to hate you completely.
    7. When you fail miserably at #6, move on to ex-hockey superstar — now mega-movie star — Rick Hinkley. If you are lucky, he will use his hockey-playing past to help you out with a stunt or two.
    8. Look danger (in the form of a certain mudslide) right in the eye!
    9. Try not to be disappointed when things take funny turns. Road-trips, and life, are less like a spy movie and more like a special episode of your favorite sitcom.
    10. Take deep breaths and look how far you’ve come since your early days as–ahem!–a mouthwash-spitting newbie. (To do this, check out Book #1, Starring Jules (As Herself)
    in paperback at long last!)

    If you’re ready to take on this list, or if you want to see how Jules does it, check out Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl)NOW AVAILABLE!

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    24. Whatever After: Bad Hair Day

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    Bad Hair Day Cover Reveal

    Last year, STACKS readers voted to select the title of the 5th book in the Whatever After series. In this book, Abby travels through the magic mirror into the Rapunzel story, and the winning title is Bad Hair Day. Want to see what the title will look like on the book? Check out the cover!

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    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!

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    25. I Survived Series Poll

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    You can choose the next I Survived book!

    Have you ever read an I Survived book by Lauren Tarshis? If so, you know that the series is hard to put down once you get started! So far, there are books about kids surviving disasters like the Titanic, World War II, Pompeii (get excited for September!), and a whole bunch of other major events. Now, the time has come for you to help us pick the next one!

    There are three awesome choices, which is sure to make it a hard decision. To help, we came up with these simplified summaries of each of the three. Which one will you choose?

    The Winter at Valley Forge, 1777
    Learn about the Revolutionary War in school? This is the ultimate butt-kicking George Washington choice! His Continental Army had to deal with every sort of obstacle: starvation, disease, not to mention the FREEZING conditions and the constant threat of attack over the three months that they hunkered down at Valley Forge. Pick this if you want to read about the red, white, and blue!

    The Great Chicago Fire, 1871
    Picture a massive, hungry fire that lasts for TWO FULL DAYS and destroys thousands of buildings, leaving 100,000 people homeless and an entire city in chaos. One tiny barn caught fire and it spread faster than you can imagine; the city was mainly made of wood, which you know is extremely flammable, and the air was as dry as can be – not a good combination. Can you stand the heat to pick this?

    The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937
    The LZ 129 Hindenburg was a huge airship that carried passengers from Germany to the USA. As the pilot prepared to land, the airship EXPLODED in a giant burst. We still don’t know for sure what caused it, but some hypotheses include 1. sabotage mission, 2. lightning strike, and 3. high intensity static charge (sort of like what happens when you rub a balloon on your head). Pick this to get the 4-1-1 and form a theory of your own!

    If you’re ready to weigh in on what the next I Survived book should be, go to the I Survived website

     and make your vote official!

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