Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 23, 2013

City Personality Quiz

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City Personality Quiz

Have you ever played the M.A.S.H. game that randomly guesses your future spouse, your future profession, and your future home (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, or House)? Well today’s Personality Quiz will tell you what world city you belong in. Answer these questions to predict where you should live when you grow up.

  1. For your birthday, you’d like to go to a: A) rodeo! B) beach, baby! C) Broadway show. D) tea with the queen. E) exotic restaurant.
  2. Your lifestyle pace is: A) slow. You like to take your time and enjoy the simple things in life. B) luxurious and trendy. You like to live in style and look good at all times! C) fast! You like to always be going somewhere or doing something. You get bored easily. D) scheduled. You like to know what’s on your schedule so you can properly prepare. Otherwise, you get stressed out. E) in between. You are passionate about certain things, but other times you just like to kick back and relax with family and friends.
  3. What famous landmark appeals to you the most? A) the Alamo. B) the Hollywood sign. C) the Statue of Liberty. D) Buckingham Palace. E) the Great Wall of China.
  4. What type of food do you like to eat? A) Steak! B) It has to be healthy, and usually has avocados on it! C) You eat something different every day from salads to burgers to Ethiopian! D) You love traditional meat and potatoes, but you also like to spice things up with curry sometimes. E) Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, anything with rice!
  5. Your favorite outfit is: A) jeans and cowboy boots. B) anything beachy like shorts, tanks, flip-flops. C) kind of edgy like a graphic T and ankle boots.  D) preppy and sophisticated like khakis and a collared shirt. E) something comfy. You don’t like your clothes to scream, “Trendy!!”
  6. Where do you want to go to college? A) a college close to home, preferably with a great football team. B) somewhere sunny and fun where it feels like you’re on vacation. C) a diverse college with lots to offer, and unique people to meet. D) a prestigious Ivy League university. E) abroad, so you can experience a different part of the world.
  7. On the weekend you like to: A) be outside, preferably around animals. B) Relax with your family. You wish there were 5 days of weekend instead of the other way around! C) be busy! You’ve got playdates, games, practices, classes, and rehearsal. You never stop going. D) forget the world and read a good book, or even get a jump on schoolwork for the next week. E) ride your bike, go roller skating, or just hang out in the neighborhood.
  8. In your opinion, there is no such thing as being too _______. A) relaxed. B) popular. C) busy. D) smart. E) traditional.
  9. When you grow up, you will be a famous: A) cowboy. You were born to rule the wild west! B) singer or actor. You want to see your name in lights! C) corporate tycoon! You want to be so rich, you could own a piece of the city! D) royal. A prince, princess . . . or even a knight would do. E) athlete like a gymnast or basketball player. You’ve been training since you were 3.
  10. How do you feel about crowds? A) Don’t like them at all. B) If it’s for an amazing celebrity, then it’s ok. C) Love ‘em! The more different kinds of people, the better! D) You like them up to a point, but you like your alone time, too. E) You don’t mind a large crown of familiar faces.

Click here for your results!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 23, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Answers

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SunSun Safety Trivia Answers

Happy Summer! Last week we posted a Sun Safety Trivia Quiz. We know you are busy with lots of pool time, camp fun, and sprinkler running, but now the answers have arrived. How are your summer sun smarts? Check out answers below.

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen?
    ANSWER: B. Every 2 hours. The American Cancer Society also recommends people stay under the shade in the middle of the day, and cover up with hats and sunglasses. (Ooh la la! Great summer fashion!) Even if you’re applying sunscreen every 2 hours, don’t broil in the sun. Be sure to take lots of breaks!
  2. What does SPF stand for?
    ANSWER: Sun Protection Factor!
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as much as one labeled SPF 15.
    ANSWER: False. The number actually means how long it will protect your skin from burning. You multiply the number by 15 (because your skin will start to burn in 15 minutes). SPF 15 x 15 minutes = 225 minutes protected. SPF 30 x 15 minutes = 450 minutes protected. Of course, this is only if you’re not swimming, or it doesn’t get rubbed off. So still reapply sunscreen every 2 hours!
  4. What’s stronger, waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
    ANSWER: Waterproof sunscreen is stronger. It protects your skin for about 80 minutes when you are swimming or sweating. Water-resistant only protects for about 40 minutes.
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should:
    ANSWER: C. Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get bad sunburn, which of the following can help?
    ANSWER: A. Aloe vera gel and moisturizers can help. Also, a cool compress. Stay away from a hot bath! Drink plenty of water, because sunburn can dehydrate you. Some people also say a cool cloth dampened with skim milk! The coolness takes out the initial fire, and the milk creates a protein film to ease the pain. But stay away from cats if you do this!
  7. The best type of sunscreen is:
    ANSWER: B. one with SPF 15 or higher. Also make sure the label says it blocks UVA and UVB rays.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon?
    ANSWER: B. Asia. Traditionally Asians did not think being tan was beautiful because it was associated with poor peasants working in the fields (and being tanned from the sun). Being lighter was a sign of being rich. Even today, many trends in Asia are for skin lightening, and women stay out of the sun.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are:
    ANSWER: D. all of the above! There are many benefits to getting sun like Vitamin D, better sleep at night, and a happier mood, but you just have to be extra careful in the summer.

What are you guys spending most of your time doing this summer? Let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 22, 2013

New Harry Potter Cover Book 6

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Another New Harry Potter Cover

The new Harry Potter covers illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi keep rolling out all summer, getting us ready for the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter. Last week, I showed you the new covers for books 3-5. Today, I have the new book #6 cover to show you.

Book #6: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


The final book cover will be revealed on Harry’s birthday, July 31, so come back here on the 31st for a big birthday bash book cover release party!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 19, 2013

Calling All Actors, Singers, and Dancers

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Calling All Actors, Singers, and Dancers

Have you ever dreamed of being discovered by a Hollywood producer, and getting to star in your own show? I know you are a talented bunch, and one of the questions you asked Karan Brar was how to get into show business. Well, if you are going to be near San Antonio, Texas on July 27-28, 2013, you could have a chance to show your stuff to Disney Channel talent scouts, and maybe get cast in a new Disney show!!! Read on for the details from the Disney press release.

Nationwide Search for Actors, Singers and Dancers Ages 10-17 for Upcoming Series and Movies Produced for Disney Channel and Disney XD

Disney Channel and Disney XD announce this year’s annual open call auditions will take place SATURDAY, JULY 27 and SUNDAY, JULY 28 in San Antonio, Texas. The search for new talent ages 10-17 is part of Disney Channel’s and Disney XD’s ongoing initiative to find cast and develop diverse young actors, singers and dancers for series and movies produced for the kid- and family-targeted channels.

Judy Taylor, senior vice president, Casting and Talent Relations, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “Our annual open call auditions give kids a unique opportunity to showcase their comedic acting skills and/or singing and dancing ability and be seen by a professional casting director. We look forward to discovering a range of diverse, talented kids at this year’s open call and helping make their dreams come true.”

The open casting call auditions will be held on Saturday, July 27 for last names beginning with A-M and Sunday, July 28 for last names beginning with N-Z from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on both days at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie St., in downtown San Antonio. All attendees are advised to park at any nearby public parking facility. Parking will not be available at the Marriott Rivercenter.

An application and monologue will be provided upon arrival, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are no guarantees of employment and there will never be any fee to audition for Disney Channel or Disney XD.

Good luck to everyone auditioning, and don’t forget to thank the STACKS when you become a famous star!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 17, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries Meeting 3

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries

What an amazing ending to Dork Diaries! I didn’t see that coming at all! This book was so full of romance, friendship, and some amazing artwork to boot. I can’t believe this was only the first book in a whole series. I can’t wait to read the rest.

But, for now, it’s time for our final discussion of Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life! If you missed the first 2 meetings, you can click here for Meeting 1 and Meeting 2. Here are the official discussion questions for this week’s STACKS Book Club meeting!Dork Diaries Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life

  • How did you feel about Nikki’s temporary tattoo business at school?
  • Were you worried when Chloe and Zoey began spending more time with the popular crowd than with Nikki?
  • Do you think it’s fair that Nikki was teased because her dad works as an exterminator at the school?
  • What did you think when Nikki discovered she had an entry in the annual school art show after all?
  • Now that you’ve finished the first book, what do expect to happen in future books with Nikki and her friends?

Feel free to answer any or all of these questions or post your own questions in the Comments below! If you loved Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, check out these Dork Diaries Readalikes for more books like this one. Also, be sure to check back next week, when we’ll be announcing the next book we’ll be reading for The STACKS Book Club!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

July 17, 2013

Geronimo Stiltonoot’s Summer

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Cavemice2WatchYourTailA Stone Age Summer Day by Geronimo Stiltonoot

As the sun came up over Old Mouse City, the great cavemouse village, I leaped out of my straw bed. The weathersaurus was screaming in my ear. “It’s a perfect summer day today! Better get out and enjoy it!” he yelled. Great rocky boulders, that dinosaur is loud!

But I followed his advice and went outside. He was right; it was a perfect summer day! I wasn’t sure what I would do with it. I sure didn’t want to be inside chiseling The Stone Gazette. So I decided to surprise my sister Thea and take her on a picnic.

I packed a hollow gourd full of fern juice and lots of cheese to eat. My autosaurus had the week off. (He was away visiting his dino relatives), so I walked over to Thea’s. Walking is always a little dangerous for cavemice. You never know if today’s the day you’ll go extinct!

Thea was happy to go on a picnic . . . but insisted on riding her autosaurus, Grunty, who always wants to make a snack out of me! I barely got to eat anything because I spent the whole time running away from him!

Finally, he settled down for a nap. I looked out over the village from our beautiful picnic spot and smiled. How I love my home and all the cavemice in it! Summer vacation is the perfect time to do all the fun things outdoors you can’t do during the rest of the year.

What do you like to do in the summer? What outdoor activities do you have planned?

July 16, 2013

Geography Trivia Quiz Answers

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Geography Trivia Quiz Answers
Last week, History 23 created an awesome Geography Trivia Quiz for us. Were you able to guess all the places in the quiz? Read on for the answers.

  1. This location is a country in upper Europe. More folk songs are written in the language of this country than that of any other in the world. This country belonged to the Soviet Union at one point. The capital city is Tallinn. This country is mentioned in (but not the setting of) the book Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry (for ages 12 and up).
    Answer: Estonia
  2. This location is an American hiking trail that goes from Georgia to Maine. People who hike the whole thing are called thru-hikers. This trail is the partial setting of the book Halfway to the Sky by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley.
    Answer: Appalachian Trail
  3. This is an island country. It was under dictatorship until 1961. It shares its island with another country, and is the setting for Julia Alvarez’s Before We Were Free (for ages 12 and up).
    Answer: Dominican Republic
  4. This is an American state. When it was first purchased as a territory, this state was called Seward’s Folly. It is the easternmost and westernmost state. It is the 49th state, and I will not give a book clue because this one is pretty easy.
    Answer: Alaska
  5. This location is also an American state. It includes the Grand Canyon, and is the 48th state to enter the Union. It is the setting for Ann Rinaldi’s book The Staircase.
    Answer: Arizona
  6. Use these key phrases and words to identify the city: Eiffel Tower, France, Arc de Triomphe.
    Answer: Paris
  7. Use these terms to identify the American state: Monticello, Williamsburg, Colony, George Washington.
    Answer: Virginia
  8. Use these book titles to identify the country: The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry, and The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky.
    Answer: France

Thanks for these amazing questions, History23! I’m always looking for new blog post ideas. If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the Message Board and submit yours, too!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 16, 2013

Sun Safety Trivia Quiz

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SunSun Safety Trivia Quiz

Now that the dog days of summer are here to stay, we bet you’re having fun in the sun, lounging by the pool, going to the beach, running through the sprinkler, playing summer sports, and just plain soakin’ up the sun.

But to make sure you’re protecting your skin, and staying safe in the sun, slather on some Tuesday Trivia. Sunny side up! TEST YOUR SUN SMARTS!

  1. How often should you reapply sunscreen? A) Every 30 minutes. B) Every 2 hours. C) Every 5 hours. D) Once at the beginning of the day.
  2. What does SPF stand for?
  3. True or False? A sunscreen labeled SPF 30 blocks twice as many rays as one labeled SPF 15.
  4. What’s stronger: waterproof sunscreen or water-resistant sunscreen?
  5. Oh no! You fell asleep at the pool and got bad tan lines. You should: A) Apply SPF 100 to the tanned area, and expose the unburned areas to the sun to even it out. B) Hide under a rock. How embarrassing! C) Wait until your skin is healed before going out in the sun again.
  6. If you do get a bad sunburn, which of the following can help? A) Aloe vera gel and moisturizers. B) Slathering on peanut butter. Yum. C) Peeling off the skin with your nails. Scrrratch! D. Rubbing a banana peel against your skin.
  7. The best type of sunscreen is: A. Something that smells like yummy coconuts! Mmmmm. B. SPF 15 or higher that blocks UVA and UVB rays. C. Tanning lotion. D. Something with cute pictures on it.
  8. In which area of the world is being tan looked down upon? A) Florida. B) Asia. C) Canada. D) Tazmania.
  9. Some of the good things about getting sun are? A) It boosts your mood & makes you feel happier. B) It helps you sleep better at night. C) It gives your body Vitamin D. D) All of the above.

So get comfy in your beach chair and let us know your answers in the Comments below. Check here for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 15, 2013

Book Memories Writing Prompt

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Book Memories Writing Prompt

We all have those “remember when” life moments (like when I fell flat on my face in front of my 7th grade crush at the school dance. Yeah, I’m still working on getting over that one).

But do you have certain BOOK memories that you’ll never forget? Isn’t it fun to remember big, epic things that happen in your favorite books, or just moments that were so hilarious you almost peed your pants laughing? Here are some of my favorites, but beware! There are some serious Harry Potter and Hunger Games spoilers here!RememberWhen

  • (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Harry killed Voldermort? (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
  •  Greg lost his swim trunks jumping off the high dive? (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
  • (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Katniss chose Peeta? Yes, Peeta! (Mockingjay for ages 12 and up)
  • The Snow Queen fed Edward Turkish delight and warmed him in her sleigh, and the whole time you’re thinking, “No, Edmund, don’t do it!” (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

What are your favorite book moments? For today’s Writing Prompt, write your “Remember When” Book Memories in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 12, 2013

Teen Beach Movie

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Ross Lynch fans will be excited to hear that he is in a new Disney Channel movie airing next Friday, July 19. (PS. If you are not a Ross Lynch fan, please watch this video and tell me WHY NOT??!)

Teen Beach Movie follows teen surfing sweethearts Brady and McKenzie, who ride the last wave of summer, and it mysteriously takes them into a classic beach party movie, Wet Side Story. There, it’s surfers versus bikers for control of the beach hangout . . . and everyone spontaneously breaks into song and dance. teenbeachmovie

Now, Brady and McKenzie must try to return to present day, but their lives may be changed forever when they inadvertently alter the movie’s romantic story line as the handsome leading surfer dude, Tanner, is falling for McKenzie, while biker girl, Lela, is swooning for Brady.

Ross Lynch (from Austin & Ally) plays Brady, and Maia Mitchell (from The Fosters) plays McKenzie. Teen Beach Movie also stars Grace Phipps as Lela, Garrett Clayton as Tanner, John Deluca as Butchy, Chrissie Fit as Cheechee, Kevin Chamberlin (from Jessie) as Dr. Fusion, and Steve Valentine (from Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie) as Les Camembert.

I admit I am actually ridiculously excited to see this movie. Are you? Leave a Comment.
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Images courtesy Disney Channel