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November Dollar Books!

20 Oct

It’s that time again…time to talk about November’s dollar book deals. Look at all the great books we’ve got for you in November! Click through for more!
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October’s Bestsellers

18 Oct

What children’s titles are being read by children across America? Check out these hot titles to see if the kids and students in your life are reading them. Take a look, and then let us know: What are your top reads for October?

Picture Books

1.The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz ($2 in Firefly)
2.Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie! by Judy Cox ($3 in SeeSaw)
3.Pinkalicious: Tickled Pink by Victoria Kann ($3 in Firefly)
4.The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills ($3 in Firefly)
5.Countdown to Thanksgiving by Jodi Huelin ($2 in Firefly)

Transitional Readers and Early Chapter Books

1.Flat Stanley and the Haunted House by Jeff Brown ($3 in SeeSaw and Lucky)
2. Noodles: I’m Sorry! by Hans Wilhelm ($2 in SeeSaw)
3. Phineas and Ferb: Thrill-o-rama! ($4 in Lucky)
4.Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey by Herman Parish ($3 in SeeSaw)
5. Rainbow Magic: The Fairies’ Birthday Surprise ($3 in SeeSaw)

Chapter Books

1.Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary ($4 in SeeSaw and Arrow)
2. Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Book One: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky ($4 in Lucky and Arrow)
3.Goddess Girls: Athena the Brain by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams ($3 in Arrow)
4.The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson ($3 in Arrow)
5.I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis ($3 in Arrow)

Middle Grade

1.Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn ($3 in Arrow)
2.The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell ($3 in Arrow)
3.Z. Rex by Steve Cole ($4 in Arrow)
4.Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica ($5 in TAB)
5.The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki ($4 in Arrow)

Young Adult

1.Slob by Ellen Potter ($4 in TAB)
2. Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer ($5 in TAB)
3. Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer ($16 in TAB)
4.Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins ($7 in TAB)
5.To Die For by Christopher Pike ($7 in TAB)

Nonfiction

1.Bats by Lily Wood ($3 in SeeSaw)
2.The Magic School Bus Fixes a Bone by Joanna Cole ($3 in SeeSaw)
3. Extreme 3-D: Piranha and Other Underwater Killers ($4 in Lucky and Wild! Math & Science)
4. Ten True Tales: Battle Heroes: Voices from Afghanistan ($3 in Arrow and TAB)
5. Who Would Win?: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor by Jerry Pallotta ($2 in Lucky)

Scholastic Book Clubs’ Bestsellers are the most popular books offered across all age groups (PreK–8) each month. The ranking is based on the unit sales of titles available at the time through Scholastic Book Clubs. Books available each month for $1 are not included.

Picture the Dead

14 Oct

A few months ago, I was wandering around Book Expo America in New York and as I passed by the Source Books booth, a book cover caught my eye. It was gothic, full of deep reds, blacks, and silvers, and it was called Picture the Dead

…I had to have it. I was actually lucky enough to happen upon the booth just as the line was starting for the author and illustrator signing! Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown were both lovely and hilariously dressed like this:

 

Adele is the one in the moustache. Lisa's in the corset.

 

At the time, I didn’t realize how perfectly their attire tied in with the book. Picture the Dead turned out to be a terrifying and romantic tale—part mystery, part ghost story—set in the Civil War era. Check out what Kristin, our very own TAB/TeenRC Editor, had to say about it:

“A spy sees everyone, but is seen by no one. Remember that, Jennie.”

Jennie Lovell has lost everything: her parents, her twin, her fiancé…even her home. Forced to depend on uncaring relatives, Jennie tries to find a way out of her shattered life. When she meets a spirit photographer who claims to take ghostly pictures of the departed, she is sure he is a charlatan. But when the photographs begin to unveil clues to her fiancé’s death, Jennie finds herself in the middle of a chilling mystery. A haunting tale with amazing illustrations about the dark secrets kept by the living…and the dead.

Want to know more? Watch this clip of Lisa and Adele talking about the genesis of Picture the Dead:

Definitely pick up Picture the Dead on TAB October!

Vlad Tod Smiley Face

4 Oct

Perhaps you’ve seen the image of a smiley face with fangs around town (on bags, T-shirts and pins) and wondered what it’s all about. If so, that means you’re missing out on the immensely popular, action-packed, and sometimes hilarious vampire series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod!

Think junior high and high school are tough? Try adding a desire to drink blood and enemies who never die to the mix and you’ve got real problems. Vlad Tod is just your typical student. He worries about the bully who seems set on ruining his life, a crush on a girl who seems to like his best friend, and never-ending homework. He’s also got a secret. A big secret. He’s a vampire, and ever since the mysterious death of his parents three years ago, only his aunt and best friend know. When some really shady characters start showing up in town, Vlad realizes that confronting his past might just be a matter of life and death!

Watch this great trailer for the second book in the series, Ninth Grade Slays, and see what all the excitement is about!


The final book of the series, Twelfth Grade Kills, is out now and available in October’s TAB. Haven’t started the series yet? TAB is also offering the first four books as well.


Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

24 Sep

The owls of Ga’Hoole have had a pretty exciting fall, with the theatrical release of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole happening this week. (Today, in fact. Right now. What are you doing here?)

I’ve been asked by the awesome Book Talk staff to talk a little bit about the film, and how it compares to the books. Beware, there might be some *SPOILERS* below. If you want to go see the film now, we’ll wait here patiently.

Back? Cool. Let’s just start.

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Legend of the Guardians covers the story of the first three books of the Ga’Hoole series. It’s a lot of ground to cover, but the movie handles it with skill and gallgrot (an owl word meaning nerve). Of course, certain things have to be shortened, changed, or even cut when you are turning a book into a film, but screenwriter John Orloff has done a great job being faithful to the spirit of the books. (And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Watch this YouTube video made by Kathryn Lasky to get her opinion on the film.)

The movie follows Soren, a young owlet who falls out of his family’s nest and is kidnapped by the evil St. Aggie’s—an “orphanage” that turns young owlets into mindless slaves. He manages to escape, however, and then he and his new band of friends seek out the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a noble group of owl warriors thought only to be legend.

The movie focuses a lot more on Soren’s family, closing in and fleshing out some of these relationships. Kludd, Soren’s dubious older brother, gets a much bigger role in the film, as does his younger sister Eglantine—though she is ostensibly a ball of fluff with eyelashes. In fact, Eglantine steals pretty much every scene she’s in. Her cuteness is hard to resist, and there’s a very fluffy Beanie Baby available of her through Ty Inc.

That’s not to say the movie is all sweetness and down feathers, though. The owls of Ga’Hoole are warriors, and much like the books, there’s a lot of exciting aerial combat and clinking battle claws.

Also like the books, the film might be a better fit for kids about ages eight and up. The fighting can be a little intense (the director is Zack Snyder, after all), and the story might be a bit involved for younger viewers. (I had a toddler sitting in front of me that became very vocal about his shrinking attention span toward the end of the screening.) Still, the graphics are so beautiful and the story so fast-paced and fun, I think Ga’Hoole fans of all ages will really get a kick out of seeing their favorite characters on-screen.

Be sure to check out the first Guardians of Ga’Hoole book, The Capture, on Arrow and Lucky this October!

This post comes to us from a friend in our Trade Editorial department, Zach. He is the expert on all things Guardians of Ga’Hoole!


September’s Bestsellers

21 Sep

What children’s titles are being read by children across America?  Check out these hot titles to see if the kids/students in your life are reading them. Take a look, and then let us know what your top reads are for September.

Picture Books

1. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (SeeSaw)
2. If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff (SeeSaw)
3. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro (SeeSaw)
4. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney (Firefly)
5. Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Firefly)

Transitional Readers and Early Chapter Books

 

1. Toy Story 3: The Great Toy Escape (SeeSaw)
2. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey (Lucky and Arrow)
3. Pinkalicious: School Rules! by Victoria Kann (SeeSaw)
4. Grow a Reader Collection (SeeSaw)
5. Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles by Jane O’Connor (SeeSaw)

Chapter Books

 

1. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary (Lucky and Arrow)
2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (Lucky)
3. Mudshark by Gary Paulsen (Arrow)
4. Judy Moody Goes to College by Megan McDonald (Lucky)
5. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (Teachers’ Picks)

Middle Grade

 

1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book Five: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Arrow and TAB)
2. The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Arrow and TAB)
3. School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari (Arrow)
4. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Arrow)
5. Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret (Arrow)

Young Adult

 

1. Mockingjay Pack by Suzanne Collins (TAB and Teen Readers’ Club)
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (TAB)
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (TAB)
4. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (TAB)
5. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender (TAB)

Nonfiction

1. Bad Pets by Allan Zullo (Arrow)
2. Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff (TAB and Teachers’ Picks)
3. Guinness World Records™ 2010 (Lucky, Arrow, and TAB)
4. Top Secret Boy Stuff (Lucky and Arrow)
5. 3-D Thrillers!: Sharks and the World’s Scariest Sea Monsters (Lucky)

Scholastic Book Clubs’ Bestsellers are the most popular books offered across all age groups (PreK–8) each month. The ranking is based on the unit sales of titles available at the time through Scholastic Book Clubs. Books available each month for $1 are not included.

Get Ready to Go Back to Camp Half-Blood!

16 Sep

Rick Riordan may have finished up his best-selling Percy Jackson series last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s just sitting at home and relaxing. Incredibly, Rick is launching not one, but TWO new series this year, and we just couldn’t let that go without a big celebration!

Starting today, you can visit www.scholastic.com/rickriordan to check out all things Rick! There you’ll find special sneak peeks at chapters from the new series; character profiles; polls; pre-order information for his latest book, The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; and three exclusive videos featuring Scholastic Book Clubs’ Q & A’s with Rick!


The first book in his Egyptian mythology series, The Kane Chronicles, entered the world with a bang last May with the publication of The Red Pyramid. In it, we were introduced to Sadie and Carter Kane—who take up their family’s quest and find themselves in a world where ancient Egyptian gods continue to exert their power over us puny mortals. We already can’t wait to read the next book in the series!


In Rick’s latest series, The Heroes of Olympus, Rick returns to the world of Camp Half-Blood where demigods struggle to understand who they are, and what their purpose is in this mortal world. The first book in the five-book series, The Lost Hero, is set to release nationwide on October 12, when a brand-new set of demigods will inherit a quest. But to be successful, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods along the way….


Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.


Scholastic Book Clubs is now offering The Lost Hero for pre-order in Arrow and TAB October.