Guest blog post by the Scholastic Book Fairs Product Team
Sit back! Relax! Have fun! We love to hear these phrases because it means summer break is right around the corner. But time off from school doesn’t mean a time out from reading, because studies show that students who don't read over the summer lose core reading skills and fall behind when they return to school. Fortunately, your Scholastic Book Fair has plenty of laugh-out-loud, entertainingly informative, and thought-provoking books to keep kids reading all summer long. Here are just a few!
TOY ACADEMY: SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
by Brian Lynch, art by Edwardian Taylor
$5.99 Exclusive Paperback
Welcome to Toy Academy, where action figures, stuffed animals, and collectibles learn how to play!
JADA JONES #1: ROCK STAR
by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
$4.99 Special Price
When Jada Jones's best friend moves away, school feels like the last place she wants to be. She'd much rather wander outside looking for cool rocks to add to her collection, since finding rocks is much easier than finding friends. So when Jada's teacher announces a class project on rocks and minerals, Jada finally feels like she's in her element. The only problem: one of her teammates doesn't seem to like any of Jada's ideas. She doesn't seem to like Jada all that much, either. Can Jada figure out a way to make a winning science project and a new friend?
by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto
August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn't afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess, an evil alien bent on enslaving mankind. Don't let the fact that Princess looks like a cute, diaper-wearing baby fool you. She's clever, determined, and totally ruthless. So when Princess and the browbeaten fools she calls servants enact a brilliant and dastardly plan to conquer Earth, August and Charlie pull out all the stops to save the day.
G.I. DOGS #1: JUDY: PRISONER OF WAR
by Laurie Calkoven
In G.I. Dogs, you'll join Judy on her incredible journey from puppy to soldier to POW as she narrates her story of survival and heroism. This "dog's-eye view" takes readers into the heart of the naval action of WWII and will leave you cheering for Judy and her human companions as they overcome countless obstacles and prove time and again why a dog really is man's best friend.
A WRINKLE IN TIME
by Madeleine L’Engle
Written by Madeleine L’Engle in 1962, this memorable novel would go on to win the 1963 Newbery Medal. Bridging science and fantasy, darkness and light, fear and friendship, the story became a classic of children’s literature and is beloved around the world. Now Disney is taking it to the silver screen! Read the book that started it all! This movie tie-in edition of the timeless novel features the complete, unabridged original text; an introduction by the film’s director, Ava DuVernay; and eight pages of photos from the movie.
by Catherine Hapka
Lily's summer is off to a rocky start. Her best friends have abandoned her for sleepaway camp. Worse, she's stuck with a long summer reading list her parents insist she finish. All she really wants to do is hang out at the aquarium so she can learn everything she'll need to know to become a marine biologist someday. So when Lily discovers a dolphin in a nearby canal, she's torn. She knows she shouldn't be spending all her time watching over the sweet, playful creature. But if the dolphin can't find the way back to its pod in the bay, it could be in serious trouble. Lily can't help feeling that saving the dolphin might just be her destiny.
by Lois Ruby
Hannah knows she's not supposed to explore the forest behind her house or nearby Moonlight Lake. But she's feeling lonely and desperate for an adventure. And there Hannah meets Cady, a mysterious girl who promises everything Hannah's been missing. Only Cady has a secret: Cady wants Hannah all to herself. Soon Cady is copying Hannah's style, lying to Hannah's friends, and insists that Hannah break her parents' rules. Hannah wants to believe Cady's just a little insecure. But when she discovers a cemetery beyond the lake with an eerily familiar headstone, she must decide whether to trust her new friend or dig for answers that may lead her to a watery grave!
LOST IN THE AMAZON
by Tod Olson
$6.99 Special Price
The miraculous story of 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke, who survived a plane crash in the Andes Mountains.
by Kris Waldherr
Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. Discover the truth behind the tiara with more than thirty real life, not-so-fairy tales from history to today.
SOMEWHERE THERE IS STILL A SUN
by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy
$7.99 Special Price
Michael Gruenbaum's riveting memoir about his time in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust.
GET IN THE GAME: SOCCER
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The ultimate book on everything there is to know about soccer—the facts, the stats, the stars—with an eye-catching rubber soccer ball cover.