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1. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

lincoln's grave robbersLincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin ( for ages 11 and up)

Hi, everyone! EvilGoblin here. I’m going to talk about the main plot of my book Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. If you like suspenseful, real-life spy stories, you will love Lincoln’s Grave Robbers.

A criminal named Big Jim hatches a plan to steal the remains of the dead President Lincoln. Secret service agent Patrick Tyrell finds out and hires a roper (an undercover spy who pretends to be a criminal) Lewis Swegles to figure out what is going on. He figures out that on election night of 1864, Jack Hughes and Terrence Mullen are planning to steal the remains of the dead president.

On election night, Tyrell takes a team of spies to hide in the labyrinth of the monument. When the thieves go to commit the crime, the roper gives the signal and Tyrell’s squad gets in position. Tyrell darts up the stairs and onto the terrace and about 70 feet in front of him, a figure darts back as Tyrell shoots. The thieves take cover and shoot at Tyrell. He dodges the bullets but the thieves escape. It is only a matter of time before they will be found but you have to read the book to find out the rest of the story.

Let me ask you a question: Would you rather be a criminal or a spy? Reply in the Comments and then come talk to me on the Buzz Board.

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2. The BFG Readalikes

The BFG by Roald Dahl book coverThe BFG Readalikes

Excellent news, Roald Dahl fans! The beloved fictional giant, the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), will be coming to big screens in 2016. (There’s a joke on being larger than life in there somewhere . . . ) If you can’t get enough of the silly, sometimes surreal, and always heartwarming world of The BFG, here are some great books for ages 8-12 to read next!

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Mr. Fox is a smart and clever fox who feeds his family by stealing from a trio of cranky and cantankerous farmers named Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox, his family, and his fellow animal neighbors are in a great deal of trouble after the mean old farmers decide to rid themselves of the sneaky and sly Mr. Fox once and for all. Their plan? To dig up Mr. Fox’s burrow and starve him out. But the three farmers are no match for the quick-witted Mr. Fox and his friends!

The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Borrowers are definitely not giants—in fact, they’re so tiny they can live in the walls and floors of a house, completely undetected! The Clock family is one such family of Borrowers, and they live happily in a house in England . . . well, under the floorboards, anyway. Borrowers survive by staying undetected by the big “human beans”, but one day fourteen-year-old Arrietty Clock is seen by—and sees—a human boy!

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
When Wayside school was built, there was one major problem: it was built sideways! The building was supposed to be one floor with thirty classrooms, but instead it is thirty stories tall with one classroom on each floor. Each chapter of this book is about a teacher or student at Wayside School and the strange, wacky, and sometimes spooky things that happen in this strange, wacky, and sometimes spooky building.

Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson
Three aging sisters, Aunt Cora, Aunt Etta, and Aunt Myrtle, live on an island where they care for a wide range of wild and magical creatures. As they get older, they realize they need help—so they kidnap three children to teach and train to take over. However, while the children are fascinated (and sometimes frightened!) by the mermaids, selkies, and other exotic island inhabitants, their families back home will stop at nothing to get the children back. When the island is “discovered” by the people back home, all the creatures are in danger. Will the children and the Aunts be able to save their precious island?

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
When two children, Digory and Polly, discover that Digory’s Uncle Andrew has magic rings that can transport them to different worlds, they find themselves on a wild adventure that lands them in an abandoned city in an ancient world. There they find the lone survivor of the destroyed world, a queen named Jadis. When Jadis follows the children back to their home world in England, ultimate mayhem ensues. This is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series, so if you’re left thirsting for more (and you totally will, believe me!), you’ve got six more books of awesome!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter is an orphan living with his horrible remaining family, the Dursleys. Bullied and abused and forced to live under the stairs, Harry learns on his eleventh birthday that he is actually a wizard…and that there is more to his parents’ death than he initially thought. He is whisked away to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he discovers the wondrous wizarding world, the dark cloud of mystery surrounding his parents’ murder, and the curious and frightening role he is to play in saving the world from the purest form of evil there ever was! Read all 7 books in the Harry Potter series!

Have you read any of these books? Which one is your favorite? Which one do you want to read the most? What books do YOU recommend for fans of The BFG? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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3. The Yeti Files

Yeti Files 2The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry

Have you ever had a dream where you met someone – or something – that you didn’t even know existed? Did they take you on an adventure around the world and through time in search of other mystical, magical creatures? If you haven’t (or even if you have, because let’s be honest, that dream was awesome and you want to have it again), then you should definitely check out the latest addition to The Yeti Files series, Monsters on the Run, by Kevin Sherry.

Blizz Richards, a yeti living in the snowy mountains of Nepal, is just hanging out with his friends Alexander and Gunthar, when they receive a letter from Vanessa (a.k.a. the Loch Ness monster) saying how lonely she is and how much she needs a friend, someone who understands her. Being the generous, adventurous guy that he is, Blizz decides to set out to find other creatures just like her. With the help of a time-traveling leprechaun, they manage to go 65 million years into the past to find other Nessies, but between dinosaurs and other predators, they may have found more than they expected.yeti files

This book is more than just a fun story, though. The wild illustrations create a whole universe of things you’ve never seen before. A leprechaun workshop, a nation of unicorns, a prehistoric forest. Get a look inside all of these things and more in The Yeti Files: Monsters on the Run.

What would you want to see if you could time travel? What mystical creature have you always wanted to meet? Leave a Comment and let us know!

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4. Midnight Gulch Halloween

snickerofmagic130Hello, STACKS readers!

We have a special Halloween treat for you. And no, it’s not a trick! Natalie Lloyd, the author of A Snicker of Magic, has a brand-new story set in Midnight Gulch—a magical town full of mystery, enchanted ice cream . . . and a few ghosts.

If you liked A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll love this “spindiddly” story featuring Felicity Pickle, Jonah Pickett, and many more. If you haven’t read A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll still love this funny, magical, slightly spooky Halloween adventure.

Start reading “When the Ghosts Come Out to Dance!”

Happy reading!

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5. Battle Bugs Books

battle bugsBattle Bugs Book Series for Ages 7-10

Have no fear! The Battle Bugs are here! This new series has action-packed adventure, a hilarious friendship between boy and bug, and the most dangerous of villains—a lizard army!

In the newest book, an eerie glow from his insect encyclopedia alerts Max Darwin that the Battle Bugs desperately need his help again. Once Max is transported to Bug Island, he finds himself in immediate peril. He’s dropped into the ocean and lizard forces are headed right for him! Fortunately, Commander Barton and the Battle Bugs are also on the scene.

Once Max is rescued and back on dry land, the Battle Bugs explain their latest problem. As Max experienced, the lizards are now attacking from the sea. The bug forces need some way to spot the enemy before they crawl up on the sand. Max has a fantastic idea: the bugs need to build a giant watchtower so they can survey the entire beach! But can they finish it before the lizards attack again?

Find out how Max and the Battle Bugs fight their way through the attacking lizard forces in the newest BATTLE BUGS book! Start reading Chapter 1: Battle Bugs: The Chameleon Attack!

Can’t get enough Battle Bugs? The first three books in this exciting series are out now!

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6. 7 Meanest Children’s Book Villains

question marks7 Meanest Children’s Book Villains 

Are the villains in children’s books too mean? To help you answer that question, I’ve compiled a list of the top seven most evil children’s book villains. Some of these characters are so deliciously evil, it’s no wonder that they have all made it from books to the big screen.

#7: Jadis, The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

jadis-the-white-witch Her character is supposed to be a tall Amazonian woman with pretty features and great strength, but for all that beauty, inside lives a very dark and ice-cold heart. She turns people and animals to stone and then uses them for home décor. Who does that? Also, did you know that the fur collar she wears is actually Aslan’s mane? Yeah, that’s mean!

#6:Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Count olaf

Aside from his abnormally large nose and weird sideburns, Count Olaf is really mean and weird. You can almost always find him scowling in every illustration, and he is definitely known to have bad hygiene (ew). Yup, that’s enough to put him at number 6.

#5: The Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
the grinch I know that he is seriously misunderstood, but with a green, hairy face, those evil-looking wrinkles and long, pointy, hairy fingers, how could you not be scared of this guy? The Grinch may be one of my favorite childhood holiday movies but he’s still pretty scary-looking.

#4: Miss Trunchbull from Matilda.
miss-trunchbull I loved, loved, loved this movie, but seriously, Miss Trunchbull is mean and scary. Why she is even working in a school when she hates kids completely boggles my mind. On top of that, she doesn’t let anyone eat snacks or have candy in their pockets!

#3: Kronos from the Percy Jackson series. 

Kronos, who is technically Percy’s grandfather, is the god of the Titans. Isn’t it weird that he looks like a monster while Zeus and all the other gods look normal? Either way, he’s scary-looking and he wants to destroy the world even if it means destroying his own kids. That’s pretty evil!

#2: Slappy from Slappy’s Revenge
slappy Where do I even start with Slappy? His name, his features, and his evil tendencies are all equally frightening in so many ways. If I had a doll that looked anything like Slappy in my room, I don’t think I’d be able to sleep. Would you?

#1: Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.
Drum roll . . . And our number one villain, of course, is Lord Voldemort! He’s pure evil and wants to destroy all Muggles. Since that includes Hermione, who is my heroine, there’s no question he should be on top of this list.

That’s my list of the top meanest villains of all children’s books. Which one on this list do you think is the creepiest? If you could add another villain, who would it be? Let me know by dropping a Comment below!

Sandy, Stacks Staff

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7. 2015 Books of the Summer

Recommend me!What were the top books of summer 2015?

You super-awesome STACKS readers worked your way through some pretty impressive summer reading lists! I asked you all to share what books you were reading (and loving) and I put the results into a word cloud. There were SO many books — you guys ROCK! Check it out:

august booksIt looks like Percy Jackson is still way, way ahead of the competition, but Harry Potter is putting up a valiant fight. You HP fans are seriously dedicated! And it was really cool seeing so many of you having conversations based on other people’s recommendations. Book lovers, unite!

What books are you reading now for the new school year? Share in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

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8. The Marvels

The Marvels by Brian SelznickThe Marvelous New Book by Brian Selznick

If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, then prepare yourself for another amazing book by Brian Selznick: The Marvels. Brian Selznick visited Scholastic today to tell us about the book and I learned some interesting facts.

The Marvels includes elements of theater, London, and a real house that has been turned into a museum. He actually lived in London for a few months while he was researching this book. It took him an ENTIRE YEAR to draw all the pictures once he got home from London!

Watch the amazing stop-motion video trailer that Selznick made himself.


I don’t want to give away too much about the story, but there is a tragedy in it based on a true story, and Selznick literally, actually started to cry today when he was talking about it!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer


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9. Shelter Pet Squad: Paloma

Recommend me!There’s a big surprise for the Shelter Pet Squad: A group of sato puppies has arrived! Satos are homeless dogs — of various breeds — from Puerto Rico. The kids will help them settle in until they are ready for adoption.

Suzannah plays with a pup named Paloma until the little dog falls asleep in her lap. It’s puppy love!

That’s why it’s hard, the next week, when a line of people forms at the shelter to adopt the satos. Suzannah should be happy that Paloma will soon have a new home. The only problem is… she’s not ready to let the dog go. Is there any way for Paloma to get adopted without breaking Suzannah’s heart?

Animal lovers will adore this third book in the irresistible Shelter Pet Squad series by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord.

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10. Emma Is on the Air: Party Time

JKT_9780545686969.pdfEmma Is on the Air: Party Time by Ida Siegal for ages 7-10

This is Emma Perez, and I’m ON THE AIR!

Today at school, Sophia, Javier, and I were working on our extra-awesome outfits for the costume party. We had the best idea ever and were going to win the contest! But now Sophia’s costume is missing. Where could it be? Did someone take it on purpose?

Emma and her friends weren’t ready for so much party drama, but if they work together to figure out what happened, they just might save the day!

It’s time for a new edition of EMMA IS ON THE AIR!

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11. Magic Tree House Would You Rather

magictreehouse_thanksgivingMagic Tree House Would You Rather

Ketchup and mustard. Batman and Robin. Some things just go together. Like Jack and Annie from The Magic Tree House series. With their time-travelling historical adventures, this series can get you hooked on reading for life!

Book #53 Shadow of the Shark came out this summer, and #54 Balto of the Blue Dawn (about a Siberian husky in 1925 Alaska) is coming out in Jan. 2016. So if you love this dynamic duo, let us know, Would You Rather . . .

1. Be Jack OR Annie?

2. Go to the Amazon rainforest OR ancient Egypt?

3. Be attacked by a dinosaur OR a mummy?

4. Be a passenger on board the Titanic OR a Viking ship?

5. Survive an earthquake in San Francisco OR a tidal wave in Hawaii?

6. Fight in the Revolutionary War OR the Civil War?

7. Pet-sit a cobra OR an emperor penguin?

8. Battle a ninja OR a dragon?

Let us know what YOU guys would rather in the Comments below. And tell us if you have a favorite Magic Tree House book!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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12. Book Wars: Origami Yoda vs. Jedi Academy


(We regret to inform you that no lightsabers will be used.)

Navigating the twists and turns of middle school is hard. You have tough classes, (Sith-like) bullies, friends, and more coming your way. It is hard to know what to do, and there seems to be a rule for almost everything. You need a Jedi Master to help you not mess up.

The Origami Yoda books take place at McQuarrie Middle School, where an oddball named Dwight shows up with an origami puppet in the form of Yoda himself! Dwight (or should I say Yoda?) gives Jedi-quality advice in all sorts of situations. His friends Tommy, Kellen, and others are making a case file to decide if Origami Yoda uses the mysterious “force,” or if Dwight is not who they thought he was. Filled with Harvey’s “scientific explanations for what happened” and Kellen’s drawings, this realistic fiction book is great for anyone who is looking for a quick laugh.

In the Jedi Academy books, however, Roan Novachez of Tatooine doesn’t need a puppet for advice. He has our little green friend (Yoda) as a teacher! Roan is rejected from pilot school, his only dream in life. Things aren’t looking too good. Then a letter arrives from the elusive Jedi Academy on Coroscant, accepting Roan into Jedi training. All the other kids have been in Jedi Academy since they were younger, so Roan gets made fun of by the class bullies. He has a hard time with classes, doesn’t really fit in at first, and is just kind of lost.

Overall . . .

Origami Yoda is easy to read, extremely funny, and talks about realistic kids. I immensely enjoy this series and read it over and over again. The plot follows the episodes of Star Wars a little more. Jedi Academy more accurately describes bullies, tough classes, and fitting in with others kids. Actually set in the Star Wars galaxy, this series depicts the creatures and customs of movies.

What do you think: Does a puppet sound good, or does having Yoda as a teacher appeal more?

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

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13. Welcome to Mars Buzz Aldrin

Earth from space photoSpace Pioneer Buzz Aldrin Shares His Vision For Exploring Mars In Welcome to Mars

Could Mars be our future home? Buzz Aldrin thinks so, and he should know! Buzz is one of the first people to walk on the moon, and was a member of the historic Apollo 11 crew. A renowned rocket scientist, he developed a futuristic space transportation system to reach Mars. He chairs his own educational organization, ShareSpace Foundation. And he also has a Toy Story character named after him! (Hint: “To infinity — and beyond!”)

Buzz Aldrin welcome to marsBuzz Aldrin lives, eats, and breathes all things Mars. Buzz has a vision for not only traveling to Mars, but inhabiting it as well. In Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, Buzz describes what it will take to build a permanent home on this far away planet.

Welcome to Mars reveals the ultimate in space transportation — the Aldrin Cycler Spacecraft – and what the space traveler will encounter upon arrival, including a detailed illustration of the Mars Lander Sequence and an ingenious method for removing the rusty dust stuck to the space suits. The reader is taken on a tour of the Spaceport, learns how dirt bikes and zip lines will be natural forms of red planet entertainment, and discovers how greenhouses will play a vital role in the colonization of Mars. Finally, after months of exploring and living in the rugged Spaceport, it’s moving day – Buzz ups the “wow” factor with high tech and forward-thinking living, eating and recreational quarters aptly named the Founders Dome.

What do you think? Will you sign up to go live on Mars? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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14. Book Wars: Ever After High vs. Whatever After

Book warsBook Wars: Ever After High vs. Whatever After

I will be doing a comparison between the magical series of Ever After High and the mysterious series of Whatever After. Both series are amazing and involve fantasy, but they are different in many ways.

To start the war off, I will introduce to you the main characters of each book, Raven and Abby. In Ever After High, Raven is daughter of the evil queen from Snow White, and faces the challenge of whether to sign the Storybook of Legends which will seal her fate as the next evil ruler. In Whatever After, Abby is shut out at school most of the time which causes her to be very lonely. One night, she is intrigued by the basement, and she and her brother Jonah get sucked through a magic mirror that came with the house, and transported into the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Both characters are shut out at school and are involved in the tale Snow White.

Surprisingly, the two main characters have traits in common, such as a “don’t think, just do” kind of thing. Don’t get them mad because if you do, you had better watch out! They also both have great kindness in their hearts. Finally, Raven and Abby are “chosen” for something of great importance in the world.

What do you think? Similar or not at all? Are you a fan of EAH or WA? Put your opinion in the Comments below.

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

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15. 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.


– CreekClimbing11

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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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!!!


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19. 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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20. 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

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Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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21. New Magnus Chase Series from Rick Riordan

the sword of summerThe First Book in the New Magnus Chase Series Comes Out October 6, 2015!

If you are a Percy Jackson fan wondering what to read next, then Rick Riordan has just solved your problem! He is the author of the Percy Jackson series, and he is writing a NEW series about a NEW demi-god. Get ready to meet Magnus Chase!

Book #1: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

One day, someone else tracks him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands years. And also, Magnus’ father was a Norse god.

But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents . . .

DUN DUN DUUUUNN! *dramatic sound effect*

Will you be reading this new series by the author of Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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22. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 News

Diary of a Wimpy KidBook 10 Is Coming Out November 3, 2015!Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10

illustrations and text copyright Jeff Kinney

Are you excited for the new Wimpy Kid book coming out in November? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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23. Book Wars: The Maze Runner vs. The Selection

Book warsWait! Hold it right there. Have you ever read two completely different books and noticed similarities between the two? If this sounds like you, proceed to read the article below.

On the surface, the two books I’m comparing would seem to have nothing in common. In fact, just by looking at the covers, one would assume them to be polar opposites. The Maze Runner (for ages 12 and up) by James Dashner is a futuristic fantasy. The Selection (for ages 12 and up) by Kiera Cass is a romantic story about a competition for the prince’s hand in marriage. What could these two books possibly have in common?

In The Maze Runner, the main character, Thomas, is sent to the Glade, not necessarily by force but because he thinks it is for “the good of the people.” Same thing goes for America, the main character in The Selection, whose choice ensures her family’s safety. America despises the idea of going to the palace, but goes along with it for her family, just as Thomas goes into the elevator to the Maze. Both want to run away from their surroundings; one desires to leave from a death trap of monsters, the other from frilly dresses. Thomas and America both want to “escape” but not leave the friends they’ve made. Both situations require survival skills as well. Thomas must know how to fight monsters, and America must know how to curtsey in heels. These stories are different, but their underlying plots have similarities.

The Maze Runner and The Selection both have bad guys as well. All the people in the Glade are faced with WICKED, an organization dedicated to making their lives as painful as possible. Thomas’ chances of escaping are in their clenched fists. America is also confronted with challenges herself. In addition to the snooty girls and king determined to send her home, there are rebel groups storming the palace and turning it into a war zone.

Oh, and don’t forget the sidekicks! America’s new best friend is Marlee, whose enthusiasm can light up a room. Her sweetness makes her a very likable companion. This reminds me of Chuck (Thomas’ new best friend), whose personality is always fun to be around. Thomas always seems to smile with happiness when around him. Both are kind and befriend the protagonists on their first day. However, their fates are anything but happy!

As you can see, the similarities are carried throughout both stories. Next time you read two different books, see what’s hidden in the pages.

Emma Rose, Scholastic Kids Council

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24. El Deafo

el deafoNew El Deafo Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Writer En-Szu’s awesome video for El Deafo by Cece Bell? If you love hilarious graphic novels about unusual superheroes, watch this video!

el deafo book trailer

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Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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25. Bad Kitty Readalikes

Bad Kitty Gets A BathIf you like the Bad Kitty chapter books by Nick Bruel, try these other funny books about mischief and mayhem for ages 7-9.

Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Book #1: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Mad scientist Franny is having trouble making friends at her new school, so she begins to experiment with fitting in. The result of her experiment is not so great though. You could even call it . . . monstrous.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath and his iguana best friend, Wendell, attend the Herpitax-PhibbiasSchool for Reptiles and Amphibians, and deal with bullies, bad grades, nerves of steel, and of course, fire breath. See also the other books in the Dragonbreath series.

Great Critter Capers: The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davis
After years of begging their parents for pet hamsters, Anna and Tom’s beloved pets mysteriously die! Anna and Tom begin a humorous murder investigation throughout their neighborhood. See also the other books in the Great Critter Caper series.

Geronimo Stilton Book #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton
Search for buried treasure, uncover a great pyramid of cheese, and uncover haunted cats with famed mouse reporter Geronimo Stilton and his sister Thea. See also the other books in the Geronimo Stilton series.

Babymouse Book #1: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Meet the wildly imaginative Babymouse as she rocks out, camps out, and breaks hearts. See also the other books in the Babymouse series.

Stink Book #1: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody’s little terror of a brother now has his own series full strange antics, from getting free candy to super stinky sneakers. See also the other books in the Stink series.

Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers
At the annual gathering of the MEOW society, cats of all kinds gather to tell cat stories. Find out the stories of Chico, the smallest cat in the world, a Pirate Cat, and Georgio the chef cat.

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers
It is the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society, a yearly storytelling extravaganza where dogs from all over the world gather to share funny diary entries from their ancestors.

Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
In this adorable manga, Yohei and his family learn how difficult it is to keep their mischievous kitten a secret from their landlords. See also the other books in the Chi’s Sweet Home series.

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Binky prepares for his first trip into space, but begins to worry how his humans would protect themselves if he left for good. See also the other books in the Binky Adventure series.

Golden Hamster Saga Book # 1: I Freddy by Dietlof Reiche
Intelligent golden hamster Freddy aspires to escape captivity and to become an independent and civilized creature.

Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper
After a stack of fashion magazines falls on Kiki Kitty’s head while she is blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, Kiki turns into Fashion Kitty, a feline superhero who saves other kitties from fashion disaster.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who tries to convince the farmer that Wilbur is no ordinary animal.

Amanda, STACKS Writer

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