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1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryNew Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Writer En-Szu’s awesome video for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein? If you have ever thought about being trapped overnight in the coolest library in the world, watch this video!

Escape from Mr. Lemoncell's Library Video

Tell us what you think in the Comments! Are you already a fan of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library?

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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2. Book Wars: The Giver vs. The List

Book warsBook Wars: The Giver vs. The List

My Book War is between two books that I truly enjoyed: The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The List (for ages 12 and up) by Siobhan Vivian. I would compare a book to the Harry Potter series, but I don’t think anything in this world could be as great as the Harry Potter books! So on to my Book War!

What is the main idea of each book?The List is about the prettiest and ugliest girls in each grade of high school, according to an anonymous list hanging up all around the school. The book explores what life is like for each of the girls on the list. My favorite part of the book was being able to put myself in the ugly girls’ shoes. I enjoyed looking at what life would be like if I were considered the ugliest girl in my grade. I liked it because it not only shows the girls’ struggles, but how they deal with all of it. A girl who is named the Ugly One in the grade decides to not shower, change clothes, or be nice the entire week leading up to homecoming. She thinks that if people already think she is ugly, she can just live up to her image. Another girl is physically attractive and popular, but is named the ugliest because she is a mean person and is ugly on the inside. A freshman is very nervous about what her boyfriend might think about her being labeled as ugly. Her nickname is “Dan the Man” because she is masculine and a great swimmer. She looks to her boyfriend for support, but in the end, they break up. I really like this book because it shows how people see themselves as opposed to how others see them. It also shows how some people are strong and others are weak. The ending was very shocking . . . but I do not want to spoil the book for anyone who wants to read it. It is a relatable book that I think girls especially will enjoy.

The Giver is about a strange community where there is no freedom, no love, no emotion, no color, and no choice of anything. The main character, Jonas, is assigned to be the Receiver of the town, and the Giver has to give him memories of happiness, hope, sadness, disgust, and feelings of the past. Jonas decides that everyone else should feel emotions too, and he comes up with a plan with the Giver to escape the community and leave everyone with the memories he has received. My favorite part of the story is learning about the memories Jonas is taking in. Sometimes he learns about taking sleds down hills and sunny beaches in the summertime. Other times, though, he learns about horrible sunburn, war, and even death. He is stuck with the memories of everyone in the community; the good and bad memories make their way to him. I like learning what is in these memories because it shows everything that the community has chosen to lose and leave behind.

Do I recommend these books?
I do! I recommend both books, but to different audiences. The List is more focused towards girls who like mysteries. The Giver would be equally enjoyable to boys and girls who like imaginative stories about different ways the world might be.

Which book did I like better?
I liked The List better. Both books are excellent, but I felt more in tune with The List because it seems like something that could really happen. The Giver is a little too far-fetched for me, and confusing at times. However, it is definitely worth reading. Make sure to read both of these amazing books! And if you love The Giver, you should try these readalikes!

Grace, Scholastic Kids Council

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3. Book List of Summer Reading

Recommend me!CreekClimbing11′s Book List of Summer Reading 

It finally feels like summer and CreekClimbing11 has created an awesome list of books for you to read. While you’re reading, don’t forget to log your minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge and enter for a chance to win prizes!

Ok, so for me, school is over. I know you probably have school books to read. I do too, but here is a list of books to read over the summer that I and my friends have enjoyed.

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did. Have a great summer. Don’t forget to read your school books either. It happened to me once . . . not pretty.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

– CreekClimbing11

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4. Magic Animal Friends

Magic Animal FriendsLucy Longwhiskers Gets Lost (for ages 7-10)

It’s the first day of vacation, and best friends Lily and Jess are ready for adventure! Lily’s parents run the Helping Paw Wildlife Hospital and the girls love to help take care of all the animals. However, some other animals also need their help . . .

When Goldie the golden cat invites the girls to visit magical Friendship Forest, Jess and Lily are thrilled to meet – and talk to! – their new animal friends. But greedy witch Grizelda wants the forest all for herself. When Grizelda’s helpers kidnap Lucy Longwhiskers, a baby bunny, it’s up to Lily and Jess to rescue Lucy and defend the forest!

With the help of Goldie, a clever owl, and their own wits, the girls are up for the challenge. But rescue missions aren’t easy. Sometimes, it takes more than determination to save the day. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of friendship and a big pinch of magic.

Magic Animal Friends 2-4See what happens next in the Magic Animal Friends series! 

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5. Best Friend Next Door

Best Friend Next DoorA special message from Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door

At first, it doesn’t look like Hannah and Emme are going to be friends. When Emme moves in next door to Hannah, there’s a big problem. Emme has moved right into the house that Hannah’s best friend just moved out of (and out of the country, too). And not only that, but the two fifth graders both have names that are spelled the same backward and forward, they have the same birthday, and they both hate pizza and love peanut butter. Hannah is not happy about this identity theft. But after a rocky start, Hannah and Emme realize that their friendship is meant to be, and they will stick together through bullying, fund-raising fiascoes, sick pets, and new babies.

I loved writing Best Friend Next Door. It made me think about my best friend growing up on Centennial Avenue. Her name was (and still is!) Stephie. She actually lived three doors down, but those two houses in between didn’t mean anything to us. We wore a path through the other backyards to each other’s homes. We swam in her pool in the summer and sledded down the roof of my sloped garage in the winter. (We got in trouble for this one.) We made a tin-can phone and tin-can stilts, and set up an obstacle course for my dog, Rascal, in my backyard. To honor Stephie’s and my friendship, I put Hannah’s and Emme’s houses on Centennial Avenue, though in a fictional town.

There is nothing like a best friend, and even better, a best friend you can visit at all hours, even in your pajamas.

Would you like to live next to your best friend? Do you know anyone who has a palindrome name?

– Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door

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6. The Giver Readalikes

The GiverThe Giver Readalikes

If you’ve just read The Giver by Lois Lowry (and had your mind totally blown), chances are you’re on the lookout for something equally awesome to read next. But where do you start?! Have no fear, fellow fans! If you’re craving more mystery and adventure in a world full of secrets, check out this super-rad list of The Giver readalikes for ages 10 and up!

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
The author of The Giver takes us on a journey to a future very different from the one created in The Giver. After The Ruin, the world is now a bleak place with no technology. Kira, a young weaver, is taken to live in the Council Edifice after her mother dies. There, she is responsible for restoring the Singer’s robe worn at the Ruin Song Gathering, an annual ceremony for retelling the world’s past. In the process, she uncovers more and more about the truth of the Ruin and what she can do to change the future. See also Messenger and Son by Lois Lowry.

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Jessie Keyser, age 13, lives with her family in the village of Clifton, Indiana in the year 1840. When the children of the village fall ill with a deadly disease, it’s up to Jessie to find a cure — and that means discovering that her whole life until now has been a lie. The year is actually 1996, and the world outside of her hometown is radically different from everything she’s known. But even if she’s never seen a car, or television, or telephone, she’s still on a mission to save the children . . . and find out why this enormous secret was kept from her in the first place.

Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats has been unfairly sent to Camp Green Lake, but it’s not the kind of camp you’re expecting — it’s a boys’ detention center. At Camp Green Lake, there’s no lake in sight, just a dried-up lake bed. The boys spend all day digging holes 5-feet wide and 5 -feet deep. It’s supposed to “build character,” but it seems suspiciously like there is something else going on. What are the boys really digging for? What’s the warden looking for? Stanley’s hunt for the truth lands him in a whole lot of trouble, but he’s about to unearth the secret of a lifetime!

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Humankind has survived the end of the world in the city of Ember, protected by a dome overhead and surrounded by darkness. For 241 years, humans have lived in this city that is lit for 12 hours a day by lamps. There used to be a way to get out, but the instructions have been long lost . . . or have they? With blackouts happening more often and storerooms getting dangerously empty, it’s up to 12-year-olds Doon and Lina to find a way to save humanity.

The Finisher by David Baldacci
Vega Jane, age 14, has always believed there is no life outside of her village of Wormwood — just deadly and mysterious creatures that roam the surrounding forest, called the Quag. That all changes when she spots her mentor Quentin fleeing into the unknown and finds a note he’s left behind for her. What was Quentin running from, and what was he running towards? Vega is about to be tossed into a thrilling and terrifying adventure where each answer just brings more and more questions.

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Welcome to Harare, Zimbabwe in the year 2194. The 3 children of military leader General Amadeus Matsika have just been kidnapped and spirited away from their robotically protected and controlled home, and are about to learn a whole lot about the world outside their front door. Sent on a mission to rescue the kids are 3 mutant detectives from an agency called The Ear, the Eye and the Arm. The past, present, and future collide in this rollicking adventure that will take you deep into a fantastical world of mile-high skyscrapers, slums, plastic mines, witchcraft, strange traditions, street gangs, bizarre technology, and more!

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
When the world more or less ended in the “Big Shake” a select group of people sealed themselves off in the land of Eden and rebuilt a more perfect civilization inside its walls. Spaz, an epileptic teenager, lives in the Urb — the land outside of Eden — and in constant fear of the gangs that freely roam there. When a gang sends him to rob an old man named Ryter, Spaz stumbles across something truly sacred: the pages of the last book in the universe, which Ryter has been writing. In this toxic wasteland, Ryter may hold the key to finding a way to save the rest of the “normals” left out of Eden.

Thank goodness it’s summertime, because these readalikes are going to make a great addition to my summer reading list! Have you read any of these readalikes? What book would YOU recommend for fans of The Giver? Share your thoughts and picks in the Comments section below!

Happy reading, and I’ll see ya around! And you outdoor readers: don’t forget your sunscreen!!!

En-Szu

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7. Things Not Seen

Recommend me!Things Not Seen (for ages 10 and up) by Andrew Clements

Today’s book recommendation comes from MidnightMystery146 on the Reading Buzz Board.

Author: Andrew Clements (author of Frindle and No Talking)Things Not Seen book cover
Book: Things Not Seen
Rating: 6 out of 5!!! (Yeah, it’s a wonderful novel!)
Basic Character List: Bobby wakes up invisible one day, but you can touch and hear him. His father is a “science freak” and his mother is a literature professor at his school. He meets this blind girl, Alicia, whom he becomes friends with.

When my friend recommended this book, I thought, “Why not?” but I didn’t realize at the time it was going to be one of my all-time favorites right next to the Harry Potter series. The book just takes you on an almost too impossible story adventure. And one last thing: never buy a faulty electric blanket at Sears, or at least not on a night when Earth is experiencing a high energy solar eruption.:)

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8. The Candymakers

Recommend me!The Candymakers (for ages 9 and up) by Wendy Mass

Today’s book recommendation comes from HotelPurple42 on the Reading Buzz Board.

The CandymakersThe Candymakers is about the candy factory called “Life is Sweet” and it is having a competition for kids to create a one-of-a-kind candy. The winning candy will be sold everywhere. All the kids who want to enter have to write an essay on why they want to make candy. Out of all those entries, 4 children are chosen: Logan (a Life Is Sweet employee’s son), Daisy (who can lift a 50-pound roll of taffy), Miles (who is allergic to rowboats, the color pink, pancakes, jazz music, and merry-go-rounds) and Phillip (who is always wearing a suit and tie and is scribbling in a secret notebook). This is all I can give you. It’s a really great book.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Leave a Comment and go to the Reading Buzz Board to join the book discussion!

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9. Woof by Spencer Quinn

Woof by Spencer QuinnMeet Browser & Birdie

Woof by Spencer Quinn (for ages 8 and up)

Meet Browser, Louisiana’s top (smelling) dog. Bowser is very handsome and only slightly slobbery, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! When there is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp, Bowser can smell it—and the sweat on humans when they’re lying.

The girl Browser lives with, Bridie Gaux, also knows something is wrong. It’s not just that her grammy’s stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It’s the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It’s the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck.

When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser’s powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic ‘em.

Read an excerpt of Woof and find out what kind of crime-fighting dog YOU are!

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10. Books of the Month April 2015

Recommend me!Now that it’s finally spring, I’m so excited to sit outside in the park and read books all day. . . and of course, I have my handy-dandy Books of the Month post to help me plan out my reading list!

Last month I asked you to share what books you were reading (and loving) and I’ve put the results into a word cloud. Check it out . . .
april 2015 books of the month

Percy Jackson is obviously the runaway star of this month. More of you voted for PJ this time around than ever before! So I guess I’ll finally be finishing the series this May, and wishing and hoping for a third movie!

What books are you reading now? What books do you think everyone MUST MUST MUST put at the very tippy-top of their summer reading list? Share in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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11. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical CreaturesDo you love books like Harry Potter, Wings of Fire, and The Spiderwick Chronicles? Then we think you will love this brand-new series Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures (for ages 8 and up)!

Meet Pip and her world full of magical creatures and whimsical adventures! Click to read an excerpt, watch the trailer, and take the quiz to see which magical creature matches your personality!

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12. Glass Slippers Interview

BookwormFairy31 avatarHey! BookwormFairy31 here. I wanted to interview Ella from “Glass Slippers.” Ella, come out here!

Ella: Oh, hi Destiny.

Me: My writer name is Destiny. So, Ella, were you surprised when your aunt Cora told you about your power?

Ella: I was stunned but I made a limo out of my car and created an iPod 8 out of thin air.

Me: Do you like Will? *smiles sheepishly*

Ella: Why did you ask me that?!

Me: Sorry! Sorry! Sheesh.

Me: What do you like best about Jessica?

Ella: I guess that she’s honest and caring, same as her sister Madilene.

Me: What do you hate about Alexa?

Ella: What’s not to hate? She’s a huge jerk. She’s even mean to her own kids!

Me: Can I bring someone else up?

Ella: Sure.

Me: Will, come up here!!

Will: Umm . . . hi.

Me: So you ran into Ella at the dance. What did you think of her when you first met?

Will: I thought she was nice . . . and clumsy.

Ella: Hey! I was pushed.

Will: Sorry. I didn’t know.

Me: Umm . . . let’s stop this right now before there’s a fight.

*Ella creates Will’s worst nightmare in the background.*

Me: Cut! Cut!

*Camera goes black.*

To find out more about BookwormFairy’s version of Cinderella, read the story here.

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13. Ricky Ricotta

Ricky ricotta and his robotRicky Ricotta and His Mighty Robot are back in a brand new, out-of-this-world adventure!

Ricky Ricotta loves his Mighty Robot, but sometimes it’s hard having a best friend who is so BIG! If only his Mighty Robot had someone his own size to play with, Ricky could have some fun by himself. Little does Ricky know, his wish is about to come true. Ugly Uncle Unicorn is hatching a hideous plan to take over Earth, and he’s got a super-sized surprise for Ricky and his Robot friend!

Click here to learn more, make your own robot, watch cool videos, and more!

 

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14. What Books Should You Read?

Scholastic Summer Reading ChallengeIt’s practically summer, and that means you can read all the books you want! YAY! But how do you decide which books to choose? Well, STACKS Staffer Sandy created this helpful graphic. Take a look and find out which books you should read this summer.

And don’t forget to log your minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge!

What books should you read this summer?

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15. 13 Books to Read Before You Turn 13

Recommend me!13 Books to Read Before You Turn 13

We love, love, LOVE books here at the STACKS. But there are a TON of books out there, like, millions. Maybe billions? I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like there are too many choices. With so many options, how can we ever sift through to find the must-reads?

So, I have come up with my *opinionated* list of the 13 books you simply MUST read before you turn 13 years old. By the way, if you’re older than 13 and you somehow missed any of these books, you should totally go read them now! They are not just for kids!

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    Harry is an orphan who lives a miserable life with his wretched aunt, uncle, and cousin – until a mysterious letter arrives from a school for magical children.
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    A friendly spider named Charlotte, who lives in the beams over the pigpen, helps to save a pig named Wilbur from the usual fate of chubby little pigs.
  3. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. LewisChronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book cover
    Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy step into a magical world – Narnia – behind a magic wardrobe.
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
    Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary child with a rather unpleasant set of parents, but luckily, she has some magical pranks up her sleeve.
  5. Holes by Louis SacharHoles book cover
    Stanley Yelnats’ family has a long history of bad luck, so it’s no surprise when a deed of injustice ships him off to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Center.
  6. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon the Tuck family which has been given eternal life after drinking from a magic spring.
  7. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
    Mr. and Mrs. Brown first meet the friendly bear named Paddington on a London train platform. A sign around his neck reads: “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”
  8. Wonder by R.J. PalacioWonder book cover
    Auggie Pullman has a facial deformity that has kept him home-schooled until the fifth grade. But now he is about to go to school for the first time.
  9. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    When the Nazis take the Jews of Copenhagen to concentration camps during World War II, Annemarie’s family hides her Jewish best friend Ellen.
  10. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
     Ramona gets to start a new school and ride the bus by herself, but she also has to deal with bratty Willa Jean and her moody older sister Beezus.
  11. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
    Peter has had it up to here with his annoying little brother Fudge. When Fudge steals Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw!
  12. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    A very strange – and exciting – chain of events is set in motion when 16 unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will.
  13. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
    Maniac Magee runs away from home and becomes a legend in his own time.

Do you like our picks for the 13 books you need to read before you turn 13? Did we miss anything? What would you add to this list? Leave your opinions in the Comments below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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16. Lockwood & Co.

Recommend me!Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud (for ages 11 and up)

And now, a book recommendation from DreamtimeDetermined14!

Oh my gosh! I just finished reading Lockwood & Co. Book #2: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, and it was so amazing! Although, the cliffhanger made me really mad. I can’t wait for book #3!

The series is about a psychic investigations agency in London called Lockwood & Co. It’s managed by the very brave—and very reckless—Anthony Lockwood, who is still a teenager. Lockwood employs 2 other teenagers, Lucy Carlyle and George Cubbins, to help at the agency. The book is told from Lucy’s point of view.Lockwood and Co

Lucy and George live with Lockwood in the house he inherited from the parents he never likes to talk about. Their house is also headquarters for the agency—the smallest one in London. The city wouldn’t need these agencies if it wasn’t for the problem… Many years before Lucy was born, the problem started. Ghosts started coming back from the dead. People realized that only children could sense the ghosts, and some children better than others. That’s when large agencies started employing children to help defend the country from visitors.

Parts of the books are quite frightening, but I think most people older than 11 should be okay reading it. I enjoyed the books immensely, even though I’ve never liked very scary books or movies. The characters were wonderful and the plot was intriguing. I recommend this series to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery or just wants a good book to read. If you haven’t read this series you definitely should!

–Scotland on the Reading Buzz Board

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17. 2015 Newbery Winner

Newbery2015 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (who also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux).

This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2015 Newbery Medal goes to . . .The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Have you read The Crossover yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2014? Two Honor books were also chosen this year: El Deafo by Cece Bell, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

If you were on the committee voting for the 2015 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2014 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

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18. New Harry Potter Illustrations

Extra!Preview a New Illustration and Play Harry Potter I Spy

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will get a deluxe new edition with all new illustrations later this year, and we have a preview of Hermione!

The illustrator Jim Kay says on his website that this illustration of Hermione is based on his niece Milly, and the door is from All Saints Church in Thornham, but he added all the Hogwarts graffiti himself. The graffiti is actually really cool! If you look closely you can see lots of Hogwarts students’ signatures, like Tom Riddle, Lupin, and even J. K. Rowling (who, I guess, is an honorary Hogwarts student)!

Hermione Granger by Jim Kay

Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

For a REALLY good look at all the graffiti, click on the picture and you’ll get an enlarged version. Tell us in the Comments what other Hogwarts names you recognize in this illustration.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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19. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Recommend me!Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (for ages 10 and up)

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Drapervideo camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people — her teachers and doctors included — don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently, her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool level alphabet lessons again and again and again.

If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can’t because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind . . . until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last, Melody has a voice, but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

GerbilGeneral10 on the Reading Buzz Board

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20. Harry Potter Shipping Challenge

Harry Potter StampToday’s question comes from BubblyBookworm12 on the Harry Potter Board. I am VERY CURIOUS to see your responses to this one!!

Hello! *waves*
I was taking a break from studying when I realized I hadn’t been here in ages. Aaaaages. So I logged on, had a look at all the old posts, and noticed my shipping challenges. Everyone had such great responses and seemed to enjoy them, I thought why not post another? So, here it goes. . .
This week’s couple is:
Professor McGonagall &Vernon Dursley!!!

Leave a Comment saying why you think they could or could NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS be a good couple!

Good luck!!!!

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21. 2015 Kids' Choice Awards

Kids' Choice Awards 2015The Nominees Are in for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards!

Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!

The Nominees for Favorite Book are . . .

Diary of a Wimpy Kid has won 4 times already in years past, but I don’t think The Fault in Our Stars has ever been nominated before. Will this be its year? Winners will be announced on the Kids’ Choice Awards Show on March 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Go to the Reading Buzz Board to discuss which book you think should win and why!

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

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22. Neon Aliens Ate My Homework by Nick Cannon

Neon Aliens Ate My HomeworkA New Poetry Book by Nick Cannon

Check out a new Nick Cannon book titled Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. Filled with humor and heart, this book rhymes its way through a world filled with fantastical robots and dinosaurs, mean lunch ladies, terrifying babysitters and a vegetarian who’s had one too many bowls of beans. Check out an excerpt here!

Neon Aliens Ate My Homework

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23. Kelsey Green, Reading Queen

Recommend me!Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (for ages 6-9) by Claudia Mills

Todays book review comes from MidsummerBook13 on the Reading Buzz Board.

Do you like to read? Then this book is perfect for you! Kelsey Green, Reading Queen has many outstanding characters and a cool plot. I also think it has awesome illustrations. Kelsey loves reading the way her friend Izzy Barr loves running and her friend Annika Riz loves math. She is the best reader in her class, tied with Simon Ellis. Plus, she has a really, really mean teacher, Mrs. Molina. She has the best principal ever, Mr. Boone. She also has a bad reader in her class, Cody Harmon.kelsey green, reading queen

When Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, Kelsey Green is totally in. She thinks Simon is cheating, so she and her 2 best friends Annika and Izzy try to spy on him to figure out if he really is reading all those books he says he is. Kelsey is also kind of sneaky because she reads at her brother Dylan’s band concert, and in math.

Finally, Rob Shepperson is the best illustrator I’ve seen since Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One‘s illustrator. He draws with great detail and awesome shadow techniques. On the cover, I highly adore the technique he used of drawing a line underneath Kelsey to make it seem as if Kelsey is standing on a solid surface, even though she is really just floating in the pale green and white striped background.

In conclusion, I’ve read a lot of books, so trust me when I say Kelsey Green, Reading Queen is the best one I’ve read in years. It’s great for bookworms ages 6-9, and I would totally give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

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24. March Books of the Month

Recommend me!The Most Popular Books of the Month

This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:

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Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?

There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.

Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!

See ya next month!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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25. Whatever After #7: Beauty Queen

whatever after Book #7Special STACKS Cover Reveal

We are so excited to introduce the enchanting new book in The New York Times bestselling Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. Are you ready to see the cover of Beauty Queen? Royal drum roll, please . . . Whatever After: Beauty Queen

What do you think? Rather beautiful, right?! Tell us in the Comments below, and for more Whatever After fun, help Abby play dress up as she falls into a fairy tale.

Whatever After follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah, whose magic mirror leads them into different fairy tales, where hijinks and hilarity ensue! This time, the magic mirror sucks Abby and Jonah into the story of Beauty and the Beast. When Jonah picks a rose from the Beast’s garden, he messes up the story. Abby and Jonah better get creative and save this fairy tale, before things get pretty ugly.

Read a sample excerpt here!

Beauty Queen is available wherever books are sold April 28, 2015.

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