August 24, 2016

Books for Going to a New School

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Summer vacation may be over, but the fun is just beginning—welcome back to school, everyone! The first day of school can be really daunting especially if you are in a new school: Will you like your new teachers? Will you make new friends? Did you wear the right outfit?! But there is no need to fret. You’re going to have the best year ever. I can just feel it! In the meantime, start your year off on the right foot with these wacky, moving, and fun books that will give you the courage to face a new year in a new school.

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Some homework assignments can be a real drag. Some can change your life. When Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mom and starts at a new school, he struggles to fit in and make new friends. He’s also really angry at his dad for leaving him and his mom. But an assignment to write to his favorite author–in Leigh’s case, Boyd Henshaw–leads to an unexpected friendship that will both give Leigh hope and open his eyes to the world around him.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

If you’re like me, every fall you wait anxiously for your Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive (I’ll probably be waiting until I’m 99!). In the meantime, no fall is complete without revisiting Hogwarts through the amazing, amazing Harry Potter books! Join this unlikely hero as he is plunged into the mysterious and exciting world of witchcraft and wizardry, making the most unexpected of friends and fighting the greatest force of evil to have ever existed.

Dork Diaries

Phew! There’s drama from day one for Nikki Maxwell at her new school, and it doesn’t show any sign of letting up soon. Mean girls, crushes, new friends, and annoying little sisters–eighth grade looks like it’s going to be a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. But Nikki knows how to have a good laugh, and you will too while you read this hilarious, heartwarming book!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Greg Heffley is having a pretty wild and wacky first year of middle school. He has bully woes, friendship woes, family woes…all he wants to do is stay at home and play video games! Sadly, that’s definitely not how he’s going to spend the rest of the year. Instead, he’ll be getting into all sorts of wacky, hilarious messes (both with and without his best friend Rowley) and learn what being a middle schooler is really all about.

Matilda

Matilda is a genius. Unfortunately, her parents don’t appreciate or even acknowledge her brilliance–they just see her as annoying. Things at school aren’t much better, and when Matilda catches the eye of the sinister headmistress Miss Trunchbull, things take a turn for the worse. That’s when Matilda discovers that she actually possesses a remarkable gift…and she’s going to use it to turn her life around!

Schooled

Capricorn—better known as Cap—has never been to a real school before. Until his grandmother was hospitalized, he was homeschooled by her on a farm commune. Now he’s been taken in by a social worker and has to attend school for the first time in his life. Cap’s strangeness makes him a target for bullying, but he’s not about to react in the way anyone expects…and he’s going to change the lives of a lot of people in some very unexpected ways!

Spy School

Ben Ripley has always known what he wants to be when he grows up: a spy for the CIA. But Ben is hardy suave spy material—he’s awkward and nerdy, and he’s better in the classroom than he is at espionage. So he’s very surprised to learn that he’s been recruited into a top-secret  junior CIA academy…until he learns it’s been a case of mistaken identity. Nonetheless, Ben is determined to prove that he really does have it takes to be a spy!

What is YOUR favorite book about being in a new school? Did we miss one? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

En-Szu

August 22, 2016

10 Problems Only Left-Handed People Understand

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question marksThey make up less than 10% of the population. They are more prone to allergies. They are more likely to be a male than female. And their nails grow faster on their left hands than on their right! Who are they? Clap your left AND left hands together for … left-handers.

But wait, being a lefty is not all rainbows and unicorns. There are some problems righties will never know about. That’s why we’d now like to bring your attention to …

10 Problems Only Left Handed People Understand

10. You have to carefully plan which hand to extend when shaking hands.

9. Video game controllers drive you crazy.

8. It’s hard to find a left-handed baseball glove.

7. Spiral notebooks always poke you.

6. The mouse in your computer lab is always on the right.

5. You’re the only one in your family. Sniff sniff.

4. Scissors are tricky.

3. You get tired of hearing, “What? You’re a lefty?”

2. Markers and pencils smudge when you write.

1. Your left hand is covered with those smudges!

And there you have it. Are you left-handed? Share your trials and tribulations in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

August 17, 2016

Natalie Lloyd Reading Superhero

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natalie lloydNatalie Lloyd is the author of A Snicker of Magic and her newest book The Key to Extraordinary. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She collects old books, listens to bluegrass music, and loves exploring quirky mountain towns with her dog, Biscuit.

And . . . she is a reading superhero! Read her story to find out how she became a reading superhero, and how YOU can too!

Read Natalie Lloyd Reading Superhero!

August 15, 2016

Back to School!

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BackToSchoolBack to School!

I know some kids get really sad when summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school, but I was never one of them. I LOVED back-to-school time! Who’s with me? Yay, school!!!! Woo hoo!! No? Um. . . . anyway. .  . Whether you are happy or sad, here are some activities to help you celebrate (or mourn) the first day of school.

Happy Back-to-School, everyone! Hope you have an excellent school year!
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August 11, 2016

SPONSORED BLOG POST Storks Movie

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StorksThis Blog Post Is Sponsored by STORKS.

One unexpected surprise. One giant adventure.

The animated adventure STORKS (rated PG) is in theatres nationwide on September 23 —fly on over and check out the movie trailer.

The STORKS Movie Baby Name Game!

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant in the movie STORKS. Junior is the company’s top delivery stork, and he’s about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

Are they up to the challenge? Are you? What name would you give the STORKS movie baby? Leave your ideas for the STORKS baby name in the Comments!

August 11, 2016

Tui T. Sutherland Is a Reading Superhero

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tui sutherlandTUI T. SUTHERLAND is the author of the Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two adorable sons, and one very patient dog.

And . . . she is a reading superhero! Read her story to find out how she became a reading superhero, and how YOU can too!

Read Tui T. Sutherland Reading Superhero!

August 9, 2016

10 Problems Only Obsessed Readers Understand

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book=notalk_130Are you obsessed with the book you are reading now? Have you ever been unable put down a book because you are so totally completely lost in your book? If so, this one’s for you!

10 Problems Only Obsessed Readers Understand

10. Dripping food on your book because you MUST eat dinner and read simultaneously.

9. Staying up WAY past your bedtime to finish One. Last. Chapter.

8. That terrible feeling you get when you are on a car trip – you arrive at your destination – and you have to put your book down!

7. That sad, sad feeling when you know the end of your book is near.

6. Stressing out over lending your favorite books to your friends. What if they don’t give them back?!

5. Fan fiction. To read or not to read?

4. The pressure to like “the other” books in the series, even if you really only liked the first.

3. Are they going to make a movie of that book? Will it ever live up? Yes! No! Too stressful!

2. You started naming your pets after your favorite characters.

1. Getting in trouble for reading during class. You know it’s bad when even your teachers want you to stop reading!

Are you an obsessed reader? Let us know what problems YOU’VE run into in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

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August 5, 2016

The Thundermans Would You Rather

Max (Jack Griffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosarin) in THE THUNDERMANSSuper-Powered Would You Rather Thundermans Style!

We know you guys love the Nickelodeon show The Thundermans, and a while back we posted a video of Jack Griffo who plays Max. If you don’t already know, The Thundermans stars a family of superheroes trying to live normal everyday lives, while training to save the world. Fourteen-year-old Phoebe is already a superhero, has freeze breath, heat breath, and can move things with her mind. Max, her twin, is a super-villain-in-training (although his parents are hoping it’s just a phase). Their younger brothers and sisters have laser vision, super speed, and teleportation. Now that’s what I call a talented family!

So if you’re a fan of The Thundermans, fly into action with our Would You Rather.

Would you rather:

  1. Be Max or Phoebe?
  2. Have telekinesis (be able to move things with your mind) OR teleportation (disappear and reappear in different places)?
  3. Be a superhero OR super-villain?
  4. Have as a pet Dr. Colosso (cute evil rabbit) OR Judy Hopps (the police officer bunny from Zootopia)?
  5. Live in a family full of superheroes OR a family full of royal kings and queens?
  6. Fly OR be invisible?
  7. Max become a true villain OR change to a good guy?
  8. Get eaten by a Venus flytrap OR get turned into a rat by the Animalizer?

Power up your answers, and transport them into the comments below! And let us know if you love The Thundermans as much as we do.

-Ratha