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1. Reading Bingo Book Clue 16

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 4!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a Z-shape on your Reading Bingo card

like this:Bingo Z shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures

. Book clues 123456789, 10111213, 14, and 15 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 16 is . . .Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by J. K. Rowling

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26, the Message Boards, and your Profile shout-outs all day for more book clues. When you get the Z-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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2. Reading Bingo Book Clue 14

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Today’s game of Reading Bingo continues with another book clue. Did you get the H-shape on your bingo card filled in?

Book clue 14 is . . . .
Holes book cover

Holes

by Louis Sachar

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Remember, book clues 1

23456789, 101112, and 13 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s new book clue. There will be one more book clue hidden on the Stack Back Message Board today. Go see if you can find it!

If you got it, then yell BINGO! in the Comments. If not, come back for more book clues and a new way to win tomorrow morning.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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3. Reading Bingo Book Clue 9

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 2 Continued!

I hope your T-shape is almost all filled in on your Reading Bingo card because there are only a couple more book clues today!
Book clue 9 is . . . .
Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero book cover

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square

it fits in and write in the title.

Remember, book clues 1

234, 567, and 8 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s new book clue. And, there is one more secret book clue on the Save the Planet Message Board, so you have another chance for Bingo today.

Did you get the T-shape on your card filled in? If you did, then yell BINGO! in the Comments. If not, you will have another chance tomorrow, so come back for more book clues and a new way to win tomorrow morning.

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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4. Reading Bingo Book Clue 11

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo Winners!

Have you been playing along with us? Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get an H-shape on your Reading Bingo card

like this:Bingo H shapeIf you need a rules refresher or a Reading Bingo card, click here. Book clues 1234, 5678, 9, and 10 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clues. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 11 is . . . .Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief book coverPercy Jackson and the Olympians

: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards all day for more book clues. When you get the H-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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5. Reading Bingo Book Clue 12

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Day three of Reading Bingo is well underway! Y’all are doing great! Ready for book clue 12? Here we go!

Book clue 12 is . . .
The Adventures of Captain Underpants

 by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey book coverBingo square

that it fits in and write in the title.

We’ve got three more clues today. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and also check the Stack Back Message Board

throughout the day to catch them!

Today’s shape is pretty awesome. Have you gotten Bingo yet? Remember, book clues 1-11

also count towards today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clues. When you get an H-shape, yell BINGO! in the Comments. See ya later!

image from kids.scholastic.com — 

En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

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6. Reading Bingo Book Clue 13

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

GOOOOO, READING BINGO!

We’re at book clue 13 already! I can’t believe it! Have you gotten the H-shape BINGO yet? Tell us what titles you used!

Here’s our 13th book clue . . .

Dork Diaries:

Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous LifeDork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square

that it fits in and write in the title.

Two more clues are left for today’s Reading Bingo. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and check the Stack Back Message Board

 to find them later today!

Remember that book clues 1-12

also count in today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s clues. Can’t wait to see what cool books you’ve been reading!

Until next time!

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

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7. New Story from Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan photo

“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.”

The Staff of Serapis book cover

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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8. Reading Bingo Starts Today!

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 1

Here is everything you need to get started playing STACKS Reading Bingo.

Rules and Procedures:

  1. Print your Bingo card.
You can print as many Bingo cards as you want.Reading Bingo card
  • Easy Bingo: If you have read any books that fit in any of the squares, you can write them in. For example, A1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You will have to report the titles for each square to prove that you have Bingo.  If you want an extra challenge, skip this step and go to step 3.
  • CHALLENGE Bingo: When we announce a book title on the STACKS, check your Bingo card and see if that book fits in any of the squares. Write down the book title in the proper square. This is harder because you can only use the books that we call out.
  • Each square must be a different book title. No repeating the same book!
  • You must have read the book OR are currently reading the book.
  • Every day, the way to win will be different, so you could get Bingo every day. The way to win today is to get 5 squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Tomorrow, it will be different!
  • When you get Bingo, yell it in the blog Comments and tell us which books you put in which squares. (A1: book title, A2: book title . . .)
  • The first book clue is . . . .The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm book cover

    The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

    If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

    Check Ink Splot 26 and the Harry Potter Message Board

    all day today for more book clues. When you get 5 in row, yell BINGO! in the Comments. Good luck!

    image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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    9. Reading Bingo Book Clue 2

    Reading Bingo

    Reading Bingo Day 1 Continues!

    Woohoo, Reading Bingo!

    Ready for clue 2?

    Here it is . . .

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

    The Giver by Lois Lowry book coverBingo square

    that it fits in and write in the title.

    Stay tuned–we’ve got three more clues coming your way today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards throughout the day for more clues. See ya in a bit!

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

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    10. Reading Bingo Book Clue 3

    Reading Bingo

    Reading Bingo Day 1 Continues!

    Oooh, we’re at clue 3 already!

    BINGO, is just around the corner (sort of)!

    Here’s clue 3 . . .
    Dear Dumb Diary: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
    Dear Dumb Diary book cover


    Have you read this book? If so, choose the
    Bingo square
    that it fits in and write in the title.

    Stay tuned–we’ve got two more clues coming your way today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards throughout the day for more clues. See ya in a bit!

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

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    11. Reading Bingo Book Clue 4

    Reading Bingo

    Reading Bingo Day 1

    We are playing Reading Bingo on the STACKS all week long, and we want YOU to join! If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures

    . Book clues 1, 2, and 3 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus book clue 4. It’s not too late to start playing, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for a new book clue!

    Book clue 4 is . . . .Time Warp Trio book cover by Jon Scieszka

    The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

    If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

    Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards

    all day for more book clues. When you get 5 in a row, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

    image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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    12. Reading Bingo Book Clue 6

    Reading Bingo

    Reading Bingo Day 2!

    Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

    . . . all scored Bingo yesterday!

    Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a T-shape on your Reading Bingo card like this:

    Bingo T shape

    click here for the Rules and Procedures

    . Book clues 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

    Book clue 6 is . . . .
    Fantastic Mr. Fox book cover

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    by Roald Dahl

    If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

    Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards all day for more book clues. When you get the T-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

    image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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    13. Reading Bingo Book Clue 7

    Reading Bingo

    Reading Bingo Day 2 Continues!

    Lucky number 7 already!

    Here’s your 7th book clue . . .

    Spirit Animals: Wild Born

    Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull book cover

    Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square

    Three more clues will appear on the STACKS today, so check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards often to catch them! Remember that clues 1

    2, 345, and 6 also count for today’s game, so you can fill those in, too.

    Let us know when you get today’s T-shape. Yell BINGO! in the Comments. See ya in a few!

     — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer Add a Comment
    14. Reading Bingo Book Clue 8

    Reading Bingo

    Reading Bingo Day 2 Continues!

    Howdy, y’all! Welcome back to Reading Bingo. We’re almost at clue number 10! Print your own Bingo Card and join us!

    Here’s book clue 8 . . .

    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

     by C. S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis book cover

    Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square

    that it fits in and write in the title.

    Two more clues are left today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Save the Planet Message Board

    throughout the day to catch clues 9 and 10.

    Remember that clues 1

    23456, and 7 count for today’s game as well, so you can fill those in plus each new book clue. And, of course, let us know when you get today’s T-shape. Yell BINGO! In the Comments (and list the book titles on your card, too). Can’t wait to see who gets Bingo!

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

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    15. 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.

    16. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    shamrocks

    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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    image from kids.scholastic.com— 
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    17. 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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    18. 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.

    wimpykid9

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    19. Half a Chance

    Half a Chance book cover

    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.

    Half a Chance book cover

    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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    20. 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!

    March book title word cloud

    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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    21. The Finisher Sneak Peek

    The Finisher book cover

    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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    22. Grimmtastic Girls Sneak Peek: Cinderella

    Grimmtastic Girls Cinderella book cover

    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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    23. Stay Alive Survival Book Series

    Stay Alive: Crash book cover

    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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    24. Grimmtastic Girls Little Red Riding Hood

    Grimmtastic Girls book cover

    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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    25. Chronicles of Narnia Readalikes

    Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book cover

    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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