Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 17, 2012

Conor Maynard Interview

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ConorConor Maynard Interview

Conor Maynard is a 19-year-old British pop singer with a great YouTube discovery story. "I did a cover of Ne-Yo's 'Beautiful Monster,'" Maynard told MTV News. "[Ne-Yo] told a story where one of his friends called him [like] 'Yo man, isn't this kid singing 'Beautiful Monster' better than you singing it?' He was a bit like, 'Ah, no, I'll check that out.' And he was like, 'This kid does sing better than me!'"

Now, with his debut album, Contrast, already out abroad and the U.S. release coming in October, people are of course comparing him to Justin Bieber. I've heard 2 singles from the album so far, (OK, I admit to obsessively watching the videos for "Vegas Girl" and "Can't Say No" like a hundred times a day.) and I think he is more like Justin Timberlake. Sometimes he even reminds me of Michael Jackson. Either way, this guy's got massive talent!

Lucky Marie Morreale got to interview him. (First One Direction, then Austin Mahone, and now Conor? Some girls get all the luck!)

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August 16, 2012

August is Water Quality Month

Posted by at 3:14 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Rachel Beckwith was almost 9 years old when she heard about Charity: Water, an organization that works to get clean water to kids in Africa. Until then, she had no idea that kids her own age around the world didn’t have clean water to drink, and she was determined to make a difference. So instead of asking for presents for her 9th birthday, Rachel asked family and friends to donate $9 to the charity. She had a big goal of $300, but only made it to $220, still a pretty awesome gift!

Sadly, Rachel died in a car accident a month after her birthday. Rachel’s story spread, and people all over the world were so inspired by what she had tried to accomplish that they began sending in their own gifts towards her goal. One month later, over 30,000 people gave more than $1,200,000!

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August 15, 2012

SPONSORED POST Hotel Transylvania

Posted by at 4:58 pm in Movies & TV | Permalink

HotelTblogThis entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Hotel Transylvania, a new monster-size movie from Sony Pictures Animation, will be hitting the big screen on September 28, 2012. This computer-animated comedy features the voices of Adam Sandler as Dracula, and Selena Gomez as Dracula’s daughter Mavis. It sounds like a lot of fun and gives us a glimpse into the lives of some monsters whose names you might know.  Play the Hotel Transylvania games, and read on for more about the movie.

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August 15, 2012

Infinity Ring Sneak Peek

Posted by at 3:02 am in Reads | Permalink


Hello, readers! I’m Nick Eliopulos, editor of the new series Infinity Ring which launches on August 28th. Infinity Ring is a fun, action-packed time-travel adventure. But when I think about Infinity Ring, the first thing that pops into my head is ice cream.

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August 14, 2012

Pizza Trivia Quiz

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Pizza Trivia Quiz

It seems like you can get everything from a vending machine nowadays: swim trunks, cupcakes, DVDs, iPods, bars of gold, live crabs, bicycles, sneakers, umbrellas, cell phones . . . and now, customized pizza. That’s right, folks. The Let’s Pizza machine kneads dough, spreads sauce, adds toppings, and cooks the pizza of your choice, all under 3 minutes! That’s totally crazy!

In other pizza news, Brooklyn-based artist Steph Mantis has developed the “Ninja Throwing Slices,” Ninja stars made from actual slices of pepperoni pizza preserved in clear Lucite. (I wonder if there’s a vegetarian option?) Seems like pizza’s a hot trend nowadays, so why not have a little Pizza Trivia Quiz? Continue reading

August 13, 2012

Create a Caption: Saint Bernard Dogs

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Create a Caption: Saint Bernard Dogs

Recently, Scholastic asked some grown-ups to send in photos of their dogs for a special Dog of the Week contest. The sillier or cuter, the better! We loved them so much we thought it would be fun to feature these award-winning dogs in an Ink Splot 26 post dedicated to doggie awesomeness.

Take, for example, this picture of the Chatham Pack:


Now, that is one COOL dog. If I had to give this photo a caption, it would definitely be this:

“No one on the corner has swagga like us.”

What do you guys think? What caption would you give this picture?  Give us your captions in the Comments!

Also, out of curiosity: which pups are cuter?

Luke&Laura                                   Scamper&TuTu

En-Szu, STACKS Intern (a.k.a. MidnightMagic5)

August 10, 2012

Zach Gordon Interview

Posted by at 1:13 am in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Movies & TV | Permalink

ZGordon-1Greg Heffley Actor, Zach Gordon

You know him as Greg Heffley in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies. I met him when he came to Scholastic for a Live Chat a couple of years ago before the 1st Wimpy Kid movie came out. He was hilarious and adorable in real life, much more than Greg would be. We now have a new interview with him after his 3rd Wimpy Kid movie. Read on for Zach’s current reflections on his life as an actor, his favorite books, and his hopes for the future.

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August 9, 2012

Military Working Dogs

Posted by at 1:37 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Military Working Dogs

Dogs are the most common pets in the United States, but did you know that they have also been fighting alongside the U.S. military forces since the Civil War? They officially became part of the military during World War II, and today are invaluable members of military groups stationed around the world.

Find out more about these amazing heroes, and how YOU can help them after they retire. . .

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