Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 21, 2012

Teen Choice Awards 2012 Giveaway

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Sweepstakes_1Teen Choice Awards 2012 Giveaway

You too can be a star! If you subscribe to the free STACKS Blast e-mail newsletter, then you already know about our monthly sweepstakes. Well, this is just to announce that in the next STACKS Blast sweepstakes, you can enter for a chance to win some of the same gift bag items celebrities like Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Victoria Justice and Jordin Sparks received at the Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat at Teen Choice 12.

You need to sign up for the STACKS Blast newsletter to enter the sweepstakes, but don’t worry. It’s free.

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July 19, 2012

Kid Power: Wild Pets!

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Dolphin_130x130Kid Power: Wild Pets!

When I was 7 years old, I begged my parents for a pet dolphin.  ”Pretty please? We can keep it in the bathtub!” I pleaded. But alas, my dad pointed out that dolphins need a lot more space than a bathtub. They need a lot more space than just a swimming pool, too – they need a whole ocean!

Sadly, however, many dolphins are endangered in the ocean. Pollution and dangerous fishing gear have made the waters, where they used to roam freely, unsafe. Dolphins, like many other animals, are finding that their homes are no longer livable. It’s really sad, because dolphins are the most amazing creatures. They’re super-smart team players that travel in groups, fishing together and communicating through a complex system of sounds and whistles. They’re playful animals that love people and have, many times, saved them from shark attacks!

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July 18, 2012

Hatchet Readalikes

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Hatchet Books Like Hatchet!

Today’s Readalikes are for Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. When his plane crashes while flying over the Canadian wilderness, 13-year-old Brian is the only survivor in the middle of nowhere! The only thing he has to help him survive is a hatchet.

If you liked Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, you should read these other adventure survival stories for ages 10-12. Continue reading

July 17, 2012

Harry Potter Birthday Quiz

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Harry Potter is one of the most famous book characters in the world. The 7-book series has been translated into 67 languages! In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31st, here’s some trivia to test your wizardly knowledge of Harry’s universe.

  1. What is Ravenclaw’s motto? (Hint: The answer can be found in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.)
    a. “____ will help you on your way to greatness.”
    b. “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
    c. “Their daring, nerve, and chivalry set _______ apart.”
    d. “Those patient ______ are true and unafraid of toil.”
  2. What is the first sentence of the Hogwarts acceptance letter? (Hint: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
  3. True or False: Dobby is the house-elf of the Blacks. (Hint: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
  4. Who is NOT displayed on the cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?
    a. Harry Potter
    b. Sirius Black
    c. Cedric Diggory
    d. Albus Dumbledore
  5. True or False: Argus Filch is friends with Peeves the Poltergeist. (Hint: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
  6. Which is more delicious and why: Chocolate Frogs or Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans? (Hint: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
  7. Who is more dangerous: Fluffy or Buckbeak? (Hint: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
  8. Which year is Harry banned from playing Quidditch? (No hints. The book would give it away!)
  9. The portrait in front of the Gryffindor door is: (Hint: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
    a. The Beautiful Lady
    b. The Fat Lady
    c. The Happy Lady
    d. The Musical Lady
  10. Who rescues Harry from the Dursleys after Dobby wreaks havoc in their kitchen? (Hint: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
    a. Fred, George, and Ron
    b. Mr. Weasley, Ron, and Hermione
    c. Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid
    d. Hagrid, Dumbledore, and Ron

Leave your answers in the Comments and come back on Harry’s birthday to check your answers and join our virtual birthday party!

— Elysse, STACKS Writer

July 16, 2012

Inventions by Kids Writing Prompt

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LightbulbWriting Prompt: Kid Powered Invention

Did you know a 15-year-old boy invented earmuffs back in 1858? Chester Greenwood needed to keep his ears warm during bitter Maine winters, and made 2 ear-shaped loops from wire, and asked his grandmother to sew fur on them. He later patented the design and made a fortune selling them to soldiers during World War I.

There’s also a 6-year-old from Singapore, Peh Yong, who invented a cooling umbrella to be used in the hot weather.

And Krysta Morlan, a 10th grader with cerebral palsy, invented a device to relieve irritation while wearing a cast called the Cast Cooler.

These kids all used their hearts and their smarts, and started somewhere! If you could think of any invention to change the world, and make it a better place, what would you invent? Would your invention tackle things like pollution, hunger, poverty, world peace, or diseases? Big or small, this week’s Writing Prompt prompts YOU. Let us know your invention in the Comments below!

— Ratha, Stacks Writer

July 13, 2012

Austin Mahone Interview

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Austin Mahone album cover Say SomethinAustin Mahone Interview

Austin Mahone is an average 16-year-old 10th grader from San Antonio, Texas. . . except that he has a massive number of fans on his video channel where he puts up his own music videos. He now has 2 original songs, “11:11″ and his newest song which I am addicted to, “Say Somethin.” Marie Morreale, famous for her interview with One Direction, met Austin a few weeks ago and got the scoop on this all-American hottie. Read on for the interview and the adorable picture of Austin in his room with all his fan mail plastered all over the walls.

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July 12, 2012

Dumbledore’s Army

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Dumbledore’s Army

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry, Ron, and Hermione form a secret organization called Dumbledore’s Army (D.A. for short). Its purpose is to stand up against High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge, and practice Defense Against the Dark Arts (which she has forbidden). Harry, Ron, and Hermione recruit members from all the Hogwarts houses, bringing everyone together for this common purpose. Together they prepare to battle against and defeat Voldemort.

This got us thinking . . . what if YOU could form your own Dumbledore’s Army? If you could start a real live group to deal with the problems of the world, what would you fight against? Would you want your army to bring food to hungry countries? Work on cures for certain diseases? Find homes for all abandoned animals? Clean up the earth, and punish corporations who do damage? The sky is the limit.

What kind of change would you want to see in the world? We want to know what’s most important to you. Let us know what your Dumbledore’s Army would do in the Comments below.

— Ratha, Stacks Writer

July 11, 2012

The 39 Clues Readalikes

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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.

Today’s Readalikes are for The 39 Clues series. When their grandmother dies, Amy and Dan Cahill find out that they are members of the most powerful family in the history of the world, descendants of people like Thomas Jefferson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! But the secret to that power lies in 39 clues hidden around the world, and Amy and Dan must find them — before they fall into the wrong hands.
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There are a bunch of books in that seriesBut once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other adventure books about secret agents, danger, and intrigue for ages 9-12.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
16 different people are invited to a mansion to solve the death of the eccentric millionaire Sam Westing. Whoever can solve the mystery will inherit Westing’s 200-million dollar prize!

Missile Mouse Book #1: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker
Missile Mouse is an agent for the Galactic Security Agency and has a new partner. Can he learn to work with somebody else in order to save the universe? See also the other books in the Missile Mouse series.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Ben has been recruited by the CIA to join their elite academy. As long as he survives the numerous attempts on his life, he may turn out to be a good spy!

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four children are selected for a secret undercover mission while attending the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. See also the other books in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
Principal Wagner is always in control of his school, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help infamous 12-year-old detective Mudshark.

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
If you have a problem, and you can pay him, 6th-grader Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys’ bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

The Genius Files Book #1: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
13-year-old twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald, discover they are on the list of YAGs (Young American Geniuses), and must work with other YAGs to solve the nation’s problems.  See also the other books in the Genius Files series.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When Gregor and his sister travel through a grate in their New York City laundry room, they discover an underworld inching towards war beneath the city. The ancient prophecy foretells that Gregor has an important role to play, and it’s up to him to meet the challenge. See also the other books in the Underland Chronicles.

Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers by Gary Blackwood
People have been sending secret messages and cracking codes since the dawn of mankind. Take a look at puzzling communication of the past and learn how to do it yourself.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember was supposed to be the last refuge for humans, but now it seems to be falling apart. 12-year-old Linda finds part of an ancient message that might just tell her exactly how to save her city. See also the other books in the Ember series.

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Frederick, Giuseppe, and Hannah all live completely different lives. They are brought together by strange circumstances, and they must work together to solve each other’s mysteries.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It’s fairies vs. a 12-year-old evil genius mastermind who is trying to steal their gold. But he has no idea what he is up against!

The Ring of Five Book 1: The Ring of Five by Eoin McNamee
After a cab driver drops Danny off at the wrong boarding school, he learns that he is destined to be the only spy that can prevent an evil world from conquering the good world.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

July 10, 2012

Summer Fun Would You Rather?

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With all this hot weather we’re having this summer, there’s nothing more fun than spending a day at the beach or the pool! The smell of sunscreen, the cool waves lapping against your feet, and the sounds of laughter all around are what summer is all about. That, and, of course, NO SCHOOL!!! This summer, while you are splashing around and cooling off with your friends at the pool. . .

Would you rather. . . .

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