Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 18, 2012

Rachel Crow Interview

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Did you see Rachel Crow on X Factor last season? She was only 13 years old but she blew Simon Cowell away. Now she’s 14 and is working on her very own album with Columbia Records, and she has a guest starring role on Fred: The Show on Nickelodeon. Read on to find out more about this amazing talent!

Q: Tell us about your role on Fred.

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May 16, 2012

New Hall of Horrors Book by R.L. Stine

Posted by at 12:18 am in Goosebumps, Reads | Permalink

GoosebumpsGoosebumps Hall of Horrors 

Many of you have been scared, spooked, and terrified from reading Goosebumps books. The newest book from the Hall of Horrors series is no exception. It’s called The Birthday Party of No Return! and it will definitely give you a scare!

In this book, Lee Hargrove wishes he could be lucky like his friend, Cory Duckworth. Cory has to be the luckiest kid on the planet. All Lee wants is to get a scholarship to Summer Sports Camp, but he’s competing against Cory. Then Lee receives a good luck charm in the mail and his life seems to change immediately . . . until bad things start to happen.Hofhbirthday

R. L. Stine always comes up with spine-tingling titles that are sure to catch the attention of readers. A book title is very important to R.L. Stine, and the first thing he does when writing a new book is to create the title.

Can you make up a title that would give readers the chills? Create your own Goosebumps title and post it in the Comments. Don’t forget to make it extra spooky!

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer




May 15, 2012

Color Blindness Quiz

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Trivia Tuesday:

Color Blindness Trivia Quiz

What do Mr. Rogers, Bill Clinton, Keanu Reeves and Prince William all have in common? Besides being famous, they also all happen to be color blind! Inspired by our Left Handers Trivia Quiz, we decided to do a Color Blindness Quiz. To get you revved up, take a look at this image and see if you can decipher what letter or number it shows. Which leads us to our first Quiz question. . . Color29

  1. What letter or number is inside the circle? If you can't tell, chances are you're color blind!
  2. TRUE or FALSE. If you're color blind, you can't see any colors at all.
  3. Who is more likely to be color blind, men or women?  
  4. Name a job that requires you NOT to be color blind.  
  5. Are bees color blind?  
  6. If you're color blind, how many color hues are you able to see? A. 0 B. 3 C. 20 D. 50 
  7. Name the cure for color blindness.
  8. How can a color blind person tell if a traffic light is red or green? 
  9. If a woman is color blind, will all her sons be color blind?

Leave your answers in the Comments below, and check the official answers!

— Ratha, STACKS Writer

May 15, 2012

Personality Quiz Answers

Posted by at 12:38 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink


Here are the answers to last week's Personality Quiz. What's your personality?

Check your answers to the questions from last week, and count how many times you picked A, how many times you picked B, and how many times you picked C. You might be evenly split between all 3. That means you are pretty balanced between all these personalities. But if you picked one letter more than the others . . . 

You're fashionable, and LOVE outfits and gossip. The best of the best won't even make you smile sometimes. Try to lower your expectations. It'll make everyone happier.

You are sporty and casual. You could grow up to be an amazing athlete with tons of fans, (but don't get too carried away. I'm no fortune teller.)

You're a bit of everything. Because of this, you can be almost anything you set your mind to. Just remember, I'm no fortune teller.

Thanks for participating!!!!!

Thank YOU for the awesome quiz, FairyEmerald31! If anyone else has quiz ideas, feel free to type them up in the Message Boards. I can't promise to use them all in the blog, but I will try to use some of them!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

May 14, 2012

Writing Prompt: Superpower

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Writing_prompt_superpowerWriting Prompt: Superpower

It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s YOU! Because you are a superhero, and your superpower is . . .? Today’s Write On Writing Prompt comes to us from Arianna who asks:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I would want to fly. It would be awesome to just take off whenever I wanted, be one with the birds, and of course, I could avoid a lot of traffic.

What about you guys? What would your superpower be? Inquiring minds like Arianna want to know! Leave your answer in the Comments below.

— Ratha, STACKS Writer

May 11, 2012

SPONSORED BLOG POST Ice Age Continental Drift

Posted by at 5:36 pm in Movies & TV, Personality Quiz | Permalink

Sweepstakes_1This post is sponsored by Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

In Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences: a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego, and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Take the Ice Age Personality Quiz to figure out how nice you are!

May 10, 2012

Charity Book Drive for Kids

Posted by at 10:51 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make_a_differenceCharity Book Drive for Kids

I am about to tell you a very sad fact. There are many kids who don’t have ANY books to read ever. They don’t have any books at home, and they don’t have any books at school, and they don’t have a public library where they can borrow books.

As I write this, I am looking at a pile of delicious books on my desk at work. There are books in every room of my home, and I live 1 block away from the public library. I can’t imagine a world where I couldn’t just reach out and grab a book, but lots of kids live a book-starved life. That makes me sad.

But there is a way we can help. We can send kids our books! There are several organizations that collect books and send them to schools and libraries all over the world where the kids have no books. Here are a few ways that you can get involved, but make sure you check with your parents first before you do any of these.

Operation Cleanup: Go through your own overflowing bookshelves, and pull out the books that you will probably never read again. Check to make sure they are in good condition. Nobody wants moldy, beat up, colored-in books. Then box them up and send them to one of the organizations below.

Books for Birthdays: For your next birthday party, request that all your guests give you a book. Then when you are done reading them all, box them up and send them to one of the organizations below.

Host a Book Drive: Put a box with a big sign by the Front Office at school (or church, or public library, etc.), and ask people to donate their gently used books. When the box is full, send it to one of the organizations below.

Mail the books (Media Mail is cheapest) to the organization that is nearest to where you live:

Bridge of Books NJ
P.O. Box 39
Rumson, NJ 07760

Reader to Reader MA
Cadigan Center
38 Woodside Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002

BookEnds CA
2957 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

International Book Project KY
1440 Delaware Avenue
Lexington, KY 40505

These are only a few of the organizations out there. There may be others that are closer to you. Ask your parents to do some investigating for you.

Now while you’re enjoying your free reading time, you can feel good knowing that other kids might have books too — all because of you!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

May 9, 2012

Beezus and Ramona Readalikes

Posted by at 12:46 am in Reads | Permalink

Beezus and Ramona 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.

Let’s start with the classic story of older sister and younger sister, Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. 5-year-old Ramona drives her big sister Beezus CRAZY! It is not that Ramona deliberately sets out to make trouble. She simply has more imagination than is healthy for any one person, and it somehow always causes problems.

There are a bunch of books in that series, as well as the movie Ramona and Beezus. But once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Try these other books about dealing with sisters, school, and everyday life problems for ages 8-10.

Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin
When her grandfather moves in, 9-year-old Pearl must adjust to living with her 13-year-old, insanely popular sister Lexie.

Ten Ways to Make My Sister Disappear by Norma Fox Mazer
10-year-old Sprig has a love-hate relationship with her older sister. Sometimes they get along ok, but sometimes Sprig just wants her to disappear.

The Sisters Club by Megan McDonald 
Sisters Alex, Stevie, and Joey tell their individual stories about what it’s like to be a sister.

Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
With so many Graces in her 3rd grade class, Grace Stewart gets stuck with the name “Just Grace” even though she is far from normal.

Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name by Sharon Draper
9-year-old Sassy hates being the smallest in her school and the youngest in her family, so she attempts to stand out using her expertise in fashion.

Piper Reed: Navy Brat by Kimberly Holt
As a Navy aircraft mechanic, Piper’s father must uproot his family yet again, so 9-year-old Piper has to deal with being the new kid in Florida.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
3rd grader Clementine has a disagreement with her best friend Margaret, and it seems like her world is coming to an end.

Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley by Stephanie Greene
Sophie is excited to finally be turning 10 and to be in the double digits, but she soon learns that growing up can bring unwanted changes.

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Book #1: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
9-year-old Allie knows it all and has a rule for everything, but when she learns her family is moving across town, she realizes she needs more rules.

Amelia Rules Book #1: The Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley
4th grader Amelia humorously struggles with moving from Manhattan to a small town with her mom and aunt after her parents’ divorce.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Four motherless sisters aged 4-12 vacation with their father in Massachusetts where they encounter the snobby Mrs. Tifton and her pianist son, Jeffrey.

Casson Family Book #1: Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
The eccentric, lovable Casson family has been raising their niece Saffron as their own, but when Saffy discovers she’s adopted, the family travels to Italy to get a special token from her past.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Since her mother’s housekeeping job does not allow children, 11-year-old Turtle is sent from New Jersey to live with relatives in Key West in the summer of 1935.

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford
Summer is about to end and soon to be 4th Grader Moxy has done just about everything over the summer except read her assigned book, Stuart Little.

Amelia’s Notebooks by Marissa Moss
Moving away from your best friend isn’t fun, but at least Amelia has her notebook to write about her life as she struggles with friends, school and of course, gossip. See also the other books in the Amelia’s Notebooks series.

Hank Zipzer Book #1: Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Hank always finds himself in crazy situations, but he’s a good kid! Why does he always get into trouble? See also the other books in the Hank Zipzer series.

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy
In an effort to make her classmates jealous, thirteen year old Pandy brings her father’s special box to school and ends up releasing all the evils from inside.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker

May 8, 2012

Personality Quiz

Posted by at 2:27 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

Trivia_quiz1Today's Personality Quiz comes from FairyEmerald31 on the STACK Back Message Board. Enjoy!

I decided to make a quiz to determine your personality. The answers (mostly A's, B's, C's . . . you get the idea) will be out next week. Just write down the answers in the Comments to participate, and then check back next week to see what your personality is.

  1. It's picture day tomorrow. What are you most likely going to wear? 
    A. The cute new dress you saw at the mall. 
    B. A sweatshirt and your favorite pants. 
    C. Probably just a shirt and skirt, nothing fancy.
  2. You chipped your nail. How do you react? 
    A. You scream and shout. Worst day ever! 
    B. Ignore it. You already chew them. 
    C. Have your parents cut off the rest of them so it blends in.
  3. You're late for school. What do you do? 
    A. Have your parents drive you. 
    B. Jog.
    C. Bike it!
  4. It's a rainy day. How do you spend it? 
    A. Look at the latest fashions. 
    B. Jumping in puddles!
    C. Just read a book.
  5. What's your idea of a great restaurant? 
    A. The fanciest place in town with a large menu. 
    B. A casual place, the simpler the better. 
    C. I'm fine with anything. I'm not picky.
  6. What's your favorite art tool? 
    A. Glitter, and lots of it! 
    B. Art, are you kidding? I'm terrible! 
    C. Crayons in pretty colors.

That's the quiz. I'll have the answers next week. Bye!

image from kids.scholastic.comFairyEmerald31 (c/o Sonja, STACKS Staffer)

May 7, 2012

Holiday Writing Prompt

Posted by at 12:03 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing_prompt_holidayWriting Prompt: Make Your Own Holiday

May 8 is No Socks Day! You celebrate by taking off your socks and letting your feet feel free (after school, of course). I don’t know when this random holiday was invented or why, but it got me thinking. . .

If you could create your own holiday, what would it be?

I would invent Chocolate Chip Cookie Day which you celebrate by baking chocolate chip cookies and giving them out to all your friends. Obviously, they do the same, so you get piles and piles of home-made chocolate chip cookies that day!

What would YOUR holiday be? Tell us in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer