Monthly Archives: September 2012

September 17, 2012

Guinness World Records 2013 Create a Caption

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Guinness2013Guinness World Records 2013 Create a Caption

It’s Guinness World Records time again — that crazy time of year when we post a Create a Caption for the new Guinness World Records book. 3 years ago, we had the photo of the guy who holds the record for wearing the most T-shirts at once. 2 years ago, it was the kid who holds the world record for balancing the most spoons on his face. Last year, it was dogs skipping rope.

Let’s continue the dog theme with this photo from the brand new Guinness World Records 2013 of the world’s tallest dog. Prepare to be amazed. . .

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September 12, 2012

The Hunger Games Readalikes

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Hg_130The Hunger Games 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.

You have probably heard of The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up) by Suzanne Collins, where 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, knowing it may be her death sentence.

You might be too young to read The Hunger Games series, or see The Hunger Games movie (rated PG-13), but still want to read some thrilling dystopian books about futuristic worlds gone wrong. These Hunger Games Readalikes are perfect for ages 10-14.

Alex Rider Book #1: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
After Alex’s uncle dies under mysterious circumstances, he has no choice but to go undercover and find out the truth! See also the other books in the Alex Rider series.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It’s fairies vs. a 12-year-old evil genius who concocts a plan to swindle them out of their gold. This book combines magic, kidnapping, and a high-tech fairy spy team. See also the other books in the Artemis Fowl series.

The Roar by Emma Clayton
Mika knows he can win the Pod Finder competition, but doing so will unravel many secrets and lies about the world in which he lives.

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 House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Matt is a clone created by the evil, 140-year-old drug lord El Patron. But when Matt realizes that his own organs will be harvested to keep El Patron alive, he runs away to avoid a terrible fate.

Atherton Book # 1: The House of Power by Patrick Carman
The world of Atherton is getting more treacherous as the ground itself begins to rumble, shift, and change. When Edgar discovers a book that holds the secrets of their entire world, the fate of Atherton depends on his actions. See also the other books in the Atherton series.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonah’s world is perfect; nobody suffers from sadness or pain. But will this change when he is chosen to be the next Receiver of Memories? See also the other books in the Giver Quartet.

Messenger by Lois Lowry
Strange changes are taking place in Village. Once a utopian community that prided itself on its welcome to new strangers, Village will soon be closed to all outsiders. As one of the few people able to travel through the dangerous Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest has become hostile to Matty as well, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it, armed only with an emerging power he cannot yet explain or understand.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Kira, newly orphaned and lame from birth, is taken from the turmoil of the village to live in the grand Council Edifice because of her skill at embroidery. There she is given the task of restoring the historical pictures sewn on the robe worn at the annual Ruin Song Gathering, a solemn day-long performance of the story of their world’s past. Down the hall lives Thomas the Carver, a young boy who works on the intricate symbols carved on the Singer’s staff, and a tiny girl who is being trained as the next Singer. Over the three artists hovers the menace of authority, seemingly kind but suffocating to their creativity, and the dark secret at the heart of the Ruin Song.

Son by Lois Lowry
They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist, or that Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

The Limit by Kristen Landon
Kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. 13-year-old Matt wonders if he might be next, but as long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit, and to change his reality forever.

Saving Sky by Diane Stanley
The country is at war, terrorists strike at random, widespread rationing is in effect, and the power grid is down. But thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman is remarkably untouched by it all. She lives off the grid on sixty acres of rural New Mexico ranch land with chores to do and horses to ride and no television or internet to bring disturbing news into her family’s adobe house. But, can Sky’s family remain untouched when their friend becomes a target, or will their protection of her friend cause them harm?

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Each year, all the 13-year-olds of Quill are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Alex’s artistic nature may cause him to become an Unwanted. Is there any hope for him, or will his creativity lead to his death?

Shadow Children Book # 1: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Luke has been in hiding his whole life because his existence is illegal in a society where parents are allowed no more than 2 children. He can’t leave the house to go outside and play, or to go to school. He can’t stand near the window in case someone outside might spot him. If his existence is discovered by anyone outside his own family, the Population Police will take him away. Also the other books in the Shadow Children series.

The Keepers Book # 1: Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Like every child in the city, Goldie wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything without being chained to an adult and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day. After a bomb explodes on Separation Day, Goldie takes the opportunity to run away, and discovers secrets that threaten the lives of the people in Jewel. See also the other books in The Keepers Trilogy.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

September 11, 2012

Back-to-School Word Scramble

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Back-to-School Word Scramble

Howdy, Splotters! Now that you’re all settled in to school again, you’re used to catching the school bus, freshly sharpened pencils, and pizza day, and you’ve worn all your new outfits. . . you are ready for our Back-to-School Word Scramble. See if you can unscramble these school-themed words. Hints provided!

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September 10, 2012

You Know You’re Back to School When. . .

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Back-to-School Writing Prompt

The school bell, a sound that inspires boredom at the beginning of the day or joy at the end of one. Still, the extremely loud sound that echoes through hallways and classrooms is one of many sure signs that you’re back in school. And then there’s the freezing cold wait at the bus stop to remind you of a long day of learning.

But you really know you’re back to school when. . .

  • the alarm goes off before the sun is even up!
  • you spend days decorating binders and books with brand-new highlighters and Sharpie markers.
  • your mom says you’re not allowed to play video games on school nights.
  • you can’t identify the hot lunch on your plate. What *is* that?? Yuck.
  • epic recess basketball games carry over for days!
  • you are reading a book not for fun but for a book report. (If you’re lucky, it’ll be on a book you can choose by yourself!)
  • you start to break your day down by periods instead of hours.

What reminds you that you’re back in school? Jot your thoughts down in the Comments!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

September 7, 2012

One Direction Wins 3 VMAs!

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One Direction Wins 3 VMAs!

Did you watch the 2012 Video Music Awards last night? If you missed it, here is a rundown of my favorite winners: One Direction, One Direction, and One Direction!

They were nominated for Best New Artist, Most Share-Worthy Video for “What Makes You Beautiful”, and Best Pop Video for “What Makes You Beautiful”, and the loveable lads won all 3!

LouieNiall was just gushing his thanks to all the 1D fans, saying “You are incredible! 3 VMAs! We love you all sooo much! All 3 are for you! Thank you.”

Louis says, “Wow, can’t believe we won 3 awards. I said it on stage but I’ll say it again. The awards are because of you guys! Thank you everyone!”

Aww. You’re welcome! Congratulations on a job well done!

In his speech, I don’t think Louis thanked his hairstylist, but that was definitely an interesting new look. What do you think? Thumbs up or down to his slicked back style? Leave a Comment!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photo courtesy of MTV

September 5, 2012

SPONSORED POST Hotel Transylvania Games

Posted by at 9:37 am in Games, Movies & TV | Permalink

HotelTransylvaniaThis entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

 For these free Hotel Transylvania-themed games, it’s a race against the clock!
When you get the chance to peek inside the cobwebbed halls of this new movie from Sony Pictures Animation, you’ll become well acquainted with a handful of spooky creatures that have been lurking in the shadows for centuries. For a little taste of online monster fun, check out these FREE Hotel Transylvania games now.

Match Game: It’s the Monster Match
Where have I seen this face before? Test your memory and match your wits against these crafty creatures!

Suitcase Sort
Time to get (bell) hoppin’. Snag these suitcases and see that they get to the right room. Or else!

Monster Quiz: What Monster Are You?
Got fur? Got fangs? How about a favorite monster meal? Take the quiz!

Dracula’s Maze Game
This one is tricky! Move your mouse to tilt the floor under the Count’s feet. And do it quickly, will you?!

This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.
Images provided by Sony Pictures Animation. © 2012 Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved.

September 4, 2012

YOUR Would You Rather Questions

Posted by at 1:42 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

WouldYouRatherI’ve been reading the comments you guys leave on our Would You Rather posts, and 32Brownies left some awesome Would You Rather questions. (yum. . . 32 brownies!!)

Oh sorry. I got distracted by the thought of 32 brownies on a plate in front of me and eating all the 32 brownies. . . .all those delicious brownies! Ack! I did it again! Sorry. I’ll try to get my mind off chocolate long enough to give you your questions.

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