Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 6, 2013

Percy Jackson and The Son of Sobek

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Rick Riordan’s short story: “The Son of Sobek”

Have you read the first short story featuring Percy Jackson AND Carter Kane? “The Son of Sobek,” the first ever Percy Jackson-Carter Kane crossover story is included in the back of the paperback edition of The Kane Chronicles, Book #3: The Serpent’s Shadow, in stores on May 7, 2013.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

 

March 6, 2013

The False Prince Sequel

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Sequel: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

If you've read The False Prince, you will be excited to know that the sequel, The Runaway King, is now available!
If you haven’t read The False Prince, what are you waiting for? In this thrilling story, Sage and three other orphans are recruited for a strange competition: to pose as the king’s long-lost son and fool the entire kingdom into thinking he’s the prince. But the competition is not so simple. And along the way, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold.
Trust me; you’ll be clinging to the edge of your seat as you read about Sage’s adventures.

But maybe YOU’RE the False Prince? Take the quiz and find out!

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

March 5, 2013

Fictional BFF Personality Quiz

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Trivia_quiz1Personality Quiz: Who Is Your Fictional BFF?

You know when you read a good book, the characters start to feel like your friends, and you wish they could actually, like, go to your school and come to your birthday party? Yeah, me too. So this quiz will help you determine which fictional book character would be your Best Friend Forever. Answer the following questions to find your fictional BFF.

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March 4, 2013

Writing Prompt: Nothing Is More Beautiful Than

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Writing_prompt_genericWriting Prompt: Nothing Is More Beautiful Than . . .

Silly or serious. Today’ s Writing Prompt wants to know what YOU think is beautiful. Maybe you’ve been on a cool vacation and seen something amazing. Maybe you’ve been affected by a loved one, a new sibling, or just the everyday things in life. Whatever it is, we want to know what is the most beautiful thing in the world to you!

So finish the sentence:Nothing is more beautiful than . . .

Leave your responses in the Comments. Can’t wait to see what you guys write!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

March 1, 2013

Meet Jules!

Posted by at 12:20 pm in Reads | Permalink

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Meet Jules: Hollywood’s Next Little-Big Star!

Dear Everyone in the Whole Entire World,

Usually my lists are for my eyes only, which means they usually end up in a recycling bin or sitting underneath my bulldog, Ugly Otis, catching his drool. But since someone asked me to write one of my lists to introduce myself to you, I am already feeling distracted picturing all of you all over everywhere reading it. So, I am going to pretend this is a regular old list for my teacher Ms. Leon’s free-writing time and NOT a list for the whole entire world to see.

Now, should it be a list of ways I will get the new girl at my school, Elinor of London, to be my new best friend? Or maybe a list of the different smells that make me giggle? (And yes, one of them is my ex-best friend Charlotte Stinkytown’s rosemary anti-lice conditioner.)

Oh, wait, I have it:
Things I mostly do NOT worry about (this will be short)
by Jules Bloom

  1. I do not worry about my little brother, Big Henry, since he can handle anything as long as he’s got a scooter and some dinosaurs rain boots.
  2. I do not worry about my parents because they have reasonable explanations for EVERYTHING, even astrology.
  3. I do not worry about Ms. Leon because, as second-grade teachers go, she just plain wins—best accent, nicest, smartest, most fashionable.

That’s it. The list of things I maybe do worry about are covered in drool right now, but they include pretty much everything else—especially whether or not you’ll like me, because maybe unlike me, you LOVE orange-flavored things, and you HATE worms, and maybe you think Teddy Lichtenstein and I really are meant to be. I forgive you for that one, because I like you so much already! So fingers-triple-crossed, you will like me, too. (And Big Henry and Elinor and my parents and Grandma Gilda and yes, even Stinkytown…)

Read a review of Starring Jules (As Herself).

If you’ve read the first book, see also the sequels: Starring Jules (in Drama-rama)Starring Jules (Super-Secret Spy Girl), and Starring Jules (Third Grade Debut).

March 1, 2013

March Pop-Corn

Posted by at 1:57 am in Celebrities | Permalink

BLOG_POP-CORNTV, Movies, and Music you won’t want to miss this March!

X Factor judge Demi Lovato will give fans a sneak earful of her upcoming album’s first single, “Heart Attack,” on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on 102.7 KIIS FM on March 4.

Do you love The Wizard of Oz? Do you ever wonder how the Wizard got to Emerald City? The new 3-D prequel movie Oz the Great and Powerful (rated PG) explains that. Plus it’s got witches, flying monkeys, and some great new characters too! One of them is China Girl, a porcelain doll voiced by 13-year-old Joey King of Ramona and Beezus fame. “I love her because she’s so delicate and fragile but she’s feisty and sassy, too, and a little bit manipulative,” says Joey, who recorded her part in a booth next to the set where she could see the other actors. “And they could hear me. That was really cool.” The movie opens March 8.

LetitshineCoco Jones from Let it Shine will release a four-song EP called Made Of on March 12. The EP includes her single “Holla at the DJ.” Coco will perform on BET’s 106 & Park on March 13, and plans to announce her tour later this spring.

Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin, and a young animal expert herself, will star in Return to Nim’s Island, the sequel to the movie Nim’s Island. In the story, she and her dad (Matthew Lillard) try to save her island from resort developers and animal poachers. It premieres on the Hallmark Channel March 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

If you miss watching The Wizards of Waverly Place, good news! On March 15 theSelena Russo family’s Italian adventure, The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex, will premiere at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In the story, Alex (Selena Gomez) will have you seeing double because she accidentally conjures up two versions of herself, one good and the other evil. A sneak preview of the special will be available March 8 on Disney On Demand.

Speaking of Selena, she and TV brother Jake T. Austin plus Justin Bieber, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Stewart, Big Time Rush, Victoria Justice, One Direction, Katy Perry, Will Smith, Taylor Swift, Bridgit Mendler, and Maroon 5 are just a few of the stars nominated for Kids’ Choice Awards this year. Tune in to see who wins on March 23 at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.

—Gerri, STACKS Writer