April 16, 2014

New Story from Rick Riordan

Posted by at 1:42 am in Authors, Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

Rick Riordan photo“The Staff of Serapis”

You might remember last year, Rick Riordan published “The Son of Sobek” as an extra crossover story in the The Serpent’s Shadow. The story featured both Percy Jackson and Carter Kane together in the same story. It’s crazy when characters jump out of their own series and into other characters’ series, right? Well, Riordan has done it again. He announced on his blog last week that the new U.S. paperback edition of The Mark of Athena in stores now features a story with Annabeth Chase and Sadie Kane! It has the awesome title “The Staff of Serapis.”

The Staff of Serapis book coverIf you don’t want to buy The Mark of Athena paperback, the story will be available in e-formats, with the cover above, on May 20. Or you could, you know, rush to the library and see if they have the new paperback edition with the story at the end. Tell the librarian it MUST be the 2014 paperback edition!

What do you think? Did you like “The Son of Sobek” enough to want a second story? Do you think Riordan should write an entire series combining all his characters?? Leave a Comment.

April 15, 2014

Character Crossbreeds

Posted by at 1:21 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Character Combinations Writing PromptCharacter Crossbreeds

A long time ago, like, a REALLY long time ago, I posted a Character Combinations Writing Prompt asking you to create a new character by combining 2 existing characters. There were some amazing answers. Seriously, you should go read the Comments from that post. Today’s Writing Prompt is similar but different. Here goes. . .

If you spliced your own DNA with the DNA of a fictional character together, which character would you create?

For example:

  • Me + Harry Potter = Lyra Belacqua from The Golden Compass
  • Me + the White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe = Elsa from Frozen

Now it’s your turn. Create your own character crossbreed and tell us in the Comments.

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

April 14, 2014

Blobfish Caption

createacaption2Blobfish Create a Caption

Blobfish

Image courtesy the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You may remember this little fella from our Dog with a Blog Would You Rather post last month. Judging by your comments, you guys seemed to really like this blobby guy. And by “like,” I mean you thought it was the most disgusting thing you ever saw.

DogBlue5029 said, “What is that?”
BloodhoundBlue840 said, “What the heck is that big sloppy thing that looks like it’s drooling?”
ArtPink725 said, “I would not kiss the blobfish.”
CherriesHamster14 said, “Who would want to even touch a blobfish?”
Aqi said, “I know! Who on EARTH would kiss a blobfish?! It looks like it is DROOLING!!!!!”

Well, you’ve had your say. Now let’s give the blobfish a chance to say what’s on its mind. Write a caption for what you think this creature is thinking. Leave your caption in the Comments, and remember to be kind! The blobfish has feelings, too, you know!

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

April 11, 2014

Disney Lunar Eclipse

Posted by at 4:43 pm in Celebrities, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Jake Short, Bradley Steven Perry, and Paris MaryJo Berelc in Mighty MedDisney Lunar Eclipse: Kickin’ It, Mighty Med, and Lab Rats

There will be a full eclipse of the moon on Monday night and into the early, early hours of Tuesday morning. Some people believe that a lunar eclipse can cause bizarre things to happen. Have you ever noticed that the word “lunatic” has the same root as “lunar?” And that Luna Lovegood is kind of, well, loony? Makes you think, doesn’t it? Anyway, on Monday, April 14th, Disney XD will air special episodes of 3 shows. We’ve got the details about those episodes plus interviews with some of the actors about the strange things they HOPE will happen on Monday night!

Kickin’ It: “Invasion of the Ghost Pirates” (8:00 pm – 8:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
With an impending lunar eclipse, an old Seaford legend surfaces about a ghost pirate returning to seek his revenge on the wharf after a lunar eclipse 300 years ago led to his ship crashing into the shore. Jack makes it clear he doesn’t believe in ghosts, but his skepticism is put to the test.

Mighty Med: “Night of the Living Nightmare” (8:30 pm – 9:00 pm E.T./P.T.)
Kaz and Oliver are exhausted and stuck working the overnight shift during a lunar eclipse, when it is rumored that the freakiest patients come to the hospital. When Neocortex checks in with an illness that unintentionally traps people in their worst nightmares, Kaz and Oliver desperately try to stay awake and figure out how to save everyone from their nightmares.

Lab Rats: “Principal from Another Planet” (9:00 pm – 9:30 pm E.T./P.T.)
Leo is determined to record the bizarre events he believes take place during a lunar eclipse. Davenport is skeptical until it appears that an alien life form has taken control of Principal Perry’s body.

Q: What strange or wacky thing do you wish would happen as a result of this eclipse?
Jake Short: (a.k.a. Oliver in Mighty Med) I wish it would start raining my favorite candy – Starburst.
Paris MaryJo Berelc: (a.k.a. Skylar in Mighty MedI hope the eclipse will give me the ability to breakdance over water.
Auggie Isaac: (a.k.a. Gus in Mighty MedI wish that just when the eclipse was happening, everyone got a superpower. That would be awesome.
Dylan Riley Snyder: (a.k.a. Milton in Kickin’ It) I wish that I would gain awesome superpowers during an eclipse. I would either use them to help with my daily life, or just show off. It would be nice to be very strong, or to fly, or even to control time. I think an eclipse could be powerful enough!
Tyrel Jackson Williams: (a.k.a. Leo in Lab Rats) As the moon passes in front of the sun, I gain the ability to fly. My life is complete!

What do YOU hope will happen as a result of the lunar eclipse? Leave your wishes/predictions in the Comments!

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

Interviews by Gerri Miller
Image courtesy Disney XD

April 11, 2014

SPONSORED POST Amazing Spider-Man Stunts

Posted by at 12:18 pm in SPONSORED | Permalink

The Amazing Spider-Man 2SPONSORED POST The Amazing Spider-Man 2TM

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Things get pretty high-flyin’ in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ (rated PG-13), which hits theaters this summer.

Circus-worthy stunts fill the wild trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2™. In fact, well over 200 stunt performers punched the clock during shooting, says the movie’s stunt coordinator James Armstrong.

“The actors rehearse in a huge empty parking lot and we put marks down on the ground to replicate where curbs, or buildings or different things are,” explains Armstrong, whose father was also a stunt coordinator on the film. “Then, they have to try and take that and remember it for the actual shoot.”

Armstrong worked closely with all of the stars in the movie, and says that it’s the goal to have the actors do their own stunts whenever feasible. The trick is keeping someone like The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ star Andrew Garfield in check, who plays Spider-Man and was eager to get his hands dirty on the set as often as possible. “Andrew does a lot of stunts and sometimes we actually have to rein him in more than he’d like just to keep him safe,” says Armstrong. Yikes! Take it easy there, Spidey – you’ve got a whole city to protect!

Read The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ interactive magazine to learn more now!

Ready to peep the gravity-defying hijinks in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

April 11, 2014

Jack Griffo Answers Your Questions

Jack GriffoJack Griffo of The Thundermans answers YOUR questions!

In case you missed it, Jack Griffo (of The Thundermans) offered to answer your questions about being an actor, getting slimed, and having superpowers. Check out his answers below!

Dasha: Would you like to be a superhero? If so, what powers would you want to have?

Jack: Who wouldn’t?!  I’d like to have either invisibility or super strength.

Christina: How does it feel to have so many fans? Do you get bothered of people asking for pictures?

Jack: Not at all. I really enjoy meeting people and talking about the show. It feels great to know that so many people out there are watching.

Mae: How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an actor?

Jack: I was 13.

Danielle: How long does it usually take for you to learn your lines?

Jack: We get 3 days. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we rehearse and learn our lines, and then we shoot Thursday and Friday.

Nicki: Most people who work for Nickelodeon eventually get slimed. Have you been slimed?

Jack: I have gotten slimed!

Megan: What do you like most about being an actor?

Jack: I love being able to tell stories and be a part of them.

A: What’s it like working with the other people on set?

Jack: It feels like a big family! We all have a fun time working together!

CobraDog379If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?

Jack: I wanted to be a police officer for a while when I was a kid!

Pratham: What do you like to do for fun?

Jack: My favorite thing to do when I have free time is to just chill. I love sitting by the pool with my shades and playing guitar.

DogPoetry22: Do you like to read?

Jack: Yes!

Hirona: What is your favorite sport?

Jack: My favorite sport is basketball.

E.T: What is your favorite color?

Jack: Blue!

It was so nice of Jack to take the time answer questions on the STACKS! Was your question answered? Leave a Comment to let us know how much you LOVE Jack Griffo and The Thundermans!

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

April 10, 2014

Recycle Your Old Clothes

Posted by at 1:29 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make a difference!Fashionistas can help save the planet.

This year for Earth Day, the clothing store H&M is pledging to make a difference by giving your old clothes a new life. You can bring unwanted clothes of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores, and they will recycle them. Last year for Earth Day, I gave you some tips for how to reduce, reuse, and recycle the everyday stuff you would normally throw away. This is a perfect way to keep that going, so read on! Continue reading

April 9, 2014

Chronicles of Narnia Readalikes

Posted by at 2:08 pm in Reads | Permalink

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

You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, 4 kids discover a secret entrance (through a wardrobe) into a magical world (with a talking lion . . . and a witch)!

There are 7 books in The Chronicles of Narnia series, plus 3 movies (and rumors of a fourth!), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other exciting books for ages 8-12 about smart, brave kids going on magical adventures. Continue reading

April 9, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Little Red Riding Hood

Posted by at 1:05 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Grimmtastic Girls book coverRed Riding Hood Gets Lost

Tomorrow are the auditions for the school play at Grimm Academy, and I can’t wait to try out! I want to play the lead, Red Robin Hood. But it’s my first time auditioning and I’ve got stage fright! How grimmiserable!

It doesn’t help that my friends and I are all worried about the E.V.I.L. Society that’s making trouble at the Academy. If only I had a magical charm to help us figure out what’s going on – and maybe help me get the lead in the play!

Any suggestions to help me get over my stage fright? I’m so glad I have my grimmtastic friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel to help me out. I know I can always count on them!

Love,
Red

April 8, 2014

Sam and Cat Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:57 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam and CatSam & Cat Would You Rather

They’re unlikely BFFs. Sam is street-wise, rough, stubborn, and sarcastic. Cat is super-nice, bubbly, clumsy, and as some would say . . . not the sharpest tool in the shed! But put them together and you have not only a dynamic duo, but a hit show, Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat!  In it, the girls are roommates, and run a baby-sitting business together.

Why do we love Sam and Cat? There are too many reasons. They’re hilarious, both slightly crazy, not afraid to say inappropriate things. We loved Jennette McCurdy in iCarly, so it’s really fun to see Sam live on. And Ariana Grande, who played Cat in Victorious, has become a major breakout recording star!

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be baby-sat by Sam OR Cat?

2. Eat a giant plate of burritos like Sam OR a giant plate of marshmallows like Cat?

3. Receive for a gift (inspired by the Yay Day! episode): footwash/mouthwash OR a ratty, old pillow?

4. Have Cat read you a bedtime story in her “Cat” voice OR her real voice?

5. Be in a texting competition like Sam OR a mixed martial arts competition like Goomer?

6. Baby-sit the Brit-Brat twins (Remember the British con artist twins?) OR baby-sit Oscar-the-very-accident-prone-boy? (The name says it all!)

7. Go to a taping of Sam & Cat OR see Ariana Grande live in concert?

8. See Sam and Cat in a special movie where they become possessed Halloween demons OR fall in love on Valentine’s Day?

9. Be platinum blond like Sam OR have super-red hair like Cat (which she dyed for her favorite dessert: the red velvet cupcake)?

Let us know what you would rather, Sam & Cat style, in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer