Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 11, 2013

More New Harry Potter Covers

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More New Harry Potter Covers

The new Harry Potter covers illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi keep rolling out all summer, getting us ready for the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter. Today, I have 4 new covers to show you, and an announcement for a Harry Potter birthday surprise coming soon to The STACKS. Read on. . .

Book #3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

hp3kkBook #4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Book #5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Leave a Comment telling us which one is your favorite so far. 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 11, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: The Runaway Chapter 2

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novelSTACKS Creative Writing Team

There are some truly amazing writers on The STACKS. It was a great two weeks reading your chapters and using your submissions to help write our next chapter. Before I begin, I need to recognize a few writers who helped create this chapter.

A special shout out to lolsomeemerald13 and wolfcat69 for helping write Emily’s reaction to the talking statue. Also, a big thank-you to camelotgirl for contributing to the statue’s back-story.

If you missed the beginning of the story, check out Chapter 1. If you’d like to contribute to the next chapter, please post your writing on The Runaway Chapter 3 thread on the Fan Fiction board. And now without further ado, here’s Chapter 2!

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July 10, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries Meeting 2

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries is really starting to heat up! There’s romance, adventure, and little sisters that are afraid of fairies. I hope you’re loving this book as much as I am, because I just can’t get enough of it. I hope all you Ink Splotters are in the mood to talk Dork Diaries because it’s time for another Book Club meeting! If you missed Meeting 1, it’s not too late to catch up.

Now, without any further ado, here are this week’s office Book Club meeting discussion questions!Dork Diaries Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life

  • What did you think about Nikki’s invention, the faux cell phone thingy?
  • Do you think Nikki should run away with Chloe and Zoey for National Library Week?
  • Would you rather have performed a ballet routine or Nikki’s dance to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson?
  • I love how Nikki describes stomach butterflies as “Roller-Coaster Syndrome.” Have you ever experienced this before?
  • I was so worried when Nikki was trapped in MacKenzie’s bathroom. Did you think she’d get caught?
  • What do you think of Brianna’s irrational fear of fairies? Do you have any irrational fears?

Feel free to answer any or all of these questions or post your own questions in the Comments below! Also be sure to finish Dork Diaries and click here for the final meeting about this awesome book!

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

July 10, 2013

Thea Stilton Summer Vacation

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FC_BC_9780545481885.inddHelping out on Whale Island by Thea Stilton

I had just gotten back from a relaxing camping trip with my brother, Geronimo, and was starting to prepare for my next adventure. Soon I would be off to Africa to report on an archaeological dig! I just love traveling the world and learning about its history and culture.

But in the meantime, I headed over to Whale Island for a quick visit to Mouseford Academy. I knew my dear friends and former students, the Thea Sisters, would be there. Colette, Nicky, Pamela, Paulina, and Violet are such smart and talented mice!

I caught the mouselets at the end of a week they had spent volunteering around Whale Island. While all five of them grew up elsewhere around the world, Whale Island had become their home, and they were eager to help keep it a wonderful place. Nicky had cleaned and beautified the beaches and parks on the island. Violet had restored instruments lost in Mouseford Academy’s basement, and Colette had put on a charity fashion show. Pam had organized a sports tournament for young mouselings at the local camp, and Paulina had updated the computers at the island’s schools and libraries.

What amazing rodents! I never stop being surprised at their capacity for helping others. They inspire me to find more ways to give back to other mice on my travels. How can you help others on your summer vacation?

July 9, 2013

Geography Trivia Quiz

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Geography Trivia Quiz
Today’s Geography Trivia Quiz comes from History 23 who invented these questions about different places around the world.

Guess the place!

  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 Fiddleby Rosanne Parry (for ages 12 and up).
  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 bookHalfway to the Sky by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley.
  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).
  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.
  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.
  6. Use these key phrases and words to identify the city: Eiffel Tower, France, Arc de Triomphe.
  7. Use these terms to identify the American state: Monticello, Williamsburg, Colony, George Washington.
  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.

I love how History23 gives book clues that make me want to find out about the place AND read the book! How many of these places do you know? Leave your guesses in the Comments and then check the official answers.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 8, 2013

Create a Caption: Cero Puppy

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Create a Caption: Cero Puppy

Look at the energy this little guy has! Who says that ball is too big for him? He doesn’t seem to notice! We like people (and dogs) that dream big, and Cero here is no exception. What a champ!Cero

If I had to give this photo a caption, I think this is what I’d use:

“One way or another, I’m gonna find you. I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha!”

Got a better caption? Share away in the Comments section below!

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

July 5, 2013

Big Time Rush 24/7

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BTR_247Big Time Rush has a new album called 24/7, and a summer tour happening now. And, because I have the seriously most awesome job in whole, wide world, I got to meet them when they came to Scholastic! You won’t even believe how nice they are. However nice you think they are, multiply by, like, a hundred, and that is their actual niceness factor. They all gave me hugs and called me “Darlin’” and told jokes. Pretty much a perfect day for me. Here is some of what they said, but, to be honest, I was kind of floating, so I might have missed some bits.

What is your favorite song to perform live?
Logan: “Windows Down” is a great one. That’s a show open for us. So that really kind of gets the party started for sure.
Kendall: We played some new ones in Orlando and it was our first time to see how the crowd was vibing to some of these new songs, and “Amazing” ended up working out really great. People were really into it.
Carlos: And “Confetti Falling” too.
James: “Confetti Falling” . . . the new acoustic songs we played . . . they knew all the words too, which I was kind of surprised about.
Logan: The title track “24/7″ is a lot of fun. The dance is always fun with that song.
Kendall: Very 80s and just free and having fun. I think we’ll really find out when we perform them 10 or 11 shows. After about 10 or 11 shows, we’ll know which ones are really the most fun to do. But “Windows Down” is consistently the most energetic. The pre-chorus where the beat changes and it goes into half time, is, like, I’m at my happiest because I love that kind of music. So if you look at me on stage, I probably look like an idiot. I probably have this really weird look on my face. [Laughter]

What have you learned from each other over these last few years?
Kendall: Well, I’ll just say how proud I am of our work ethic. I don’t know many people who have put in the sort of hours and dedication that all four of us have.
Logan: Patience and acceptance is huge. Learning how to work with other people, different personalities, and learning how to make the best possible product with different visions is a very cool thing I’ve learned.
James: Four different opinions.
Logan: And allowing those opinions to come into play because that’s when you take something good and you make it great.
James: We also have learned to really just have fun with everything we do. And that sounds silly because you’d think we very have fun jobs, but it can be very stressful. We’ve all just embraced the fact that we’re lucky. This is a great thing.
Logan: Not taking ourselves too seriously.
James: Yeah. You know, we have a comedy TV show, and we put out positive music and it’s nothing to be stressed over. We don’t sleep as many hours as we probably should, but at the end of the day, it helps to have the four of us, because when you’re stressed out, you have three other guys to tell you not to worry about it and to make you laugh. We have the support of each other.
Carlos: We’ve had to learn how to appreciate the things that we have. And, you know, it’s tough. We started this project and there were no boy bands, and now it’s like boy band mania. At first it was a little overwhelming. Like, “Whoa, wait a minute. We were here first. What’s going on?” But we’ve really learned to just appreciate the things that we do have, you know, and that we are working.
James: And appreciate our fans for keeping us going.

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you recently?
Carlos: Our lives. [Laughter]
Kendall: The interview before this one.
Logan: Yeah. The interview before this one was embarrassing. We were playing with toys. It was funny.
Carlos: Yep. Like children.
Kendall: I got an embarrassing moment for James. James embarrassed the heck out of me when we got our Kids’ Choice Award, when we actually won two years ago and when we walked up on stage. And of course every time we do something, something bad happens. Like for instance, last year it was announcing Katy Perry for her Kids’ Choice Award. All we have to do is say, “Hey, Katy Perry, you won. Come on up.” And sure enough, she walks up and the stage collapsed or, like, a barricade collapsed over. And I’m like, “Of course.” But two years ago, we won the award and the slime was really slippery.
James: It’s like this surface with slime on it, and I’m wearing boots.
Kendall: And it’s impossible to walk on. And we win the award and we’re like, “Yes!” and we start walking up the stairs. James is like [makes stepping noise and then a thump] and straight down and slipped, and we grabbed him real quick and picked him up. That was embarrassing.
Logan: I played pool with Chris Kirkpatrick [from 'N Synch] a couple of days ago. That was embarrassing for me. I’m a terrible pool player. And I’m pretty sure he was like, “Bye Bye Bye.” [Laughter]
Kendall: You know what’s embarrassing? Me being dressed in a figure skating outfit for our TV show. That was a little embarrassing.
Carlos: For all of us. [Laughter]

Aww. They really are so sweet. Have you heard the new album yet? Do you love it? Leave a Comment!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

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pres_130Happy Independence Day! On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress approved The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson. And that is why Americans have the day off and celebrate today as a holiday! Here’s an interesting American fact: 50 years later to the day, two of the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on the same day!

How will you celebrate the 4th? Are there fireworks in your future? Hope you have a great holiday!

July 3, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries Meeting 1

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries

What a fantastic start to the STACKS Book Club. I’m absolutely in love with Dork Diaries and I’m having trouble putting down the book to even write this meeting post. I completely feel like I’m in school with Nikki and I think the drawings perfectly complement the story.

So now, without further ado, I give you the official discussion questions for our first meeting!Dork Diaries Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life

  • What do you think of Nikki?
  • Do you like the style of the book, with lots of pictures to go with the stories?
  • How does MacKenzie stack up against other famous literary villains?
  • It looks like Nikki has a big crush on Brandon. Where do you see their relationship going?
  • What do you predict will happen with Nikki in the annual art show?
  • Nikki must have been so embarrassed after the incident in the lunch room. Have you ever had an embarrassing moment like that?

Feel free to answer any or all of these questions or post your own questions in the Comments below! Also be sure to read up to the September 29th entry and check back for next week’s Book Club meeting!
image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

July 3, 2013

Geronimo Stilton Summer Vacation

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FC_BC_9780545481946.inddWhy I love summer vacation! By Geronimo Stilton

Ahh, summer vacation. Who doesn’t love it?! I love my job, but sometimes I just need to get away from the busy atmosphere at The Rodents Gazette. In fact, just last week I had a fabumouse time away from work!

I had planned on having a relaxing week in New Mouse City sleeping in, reading in my cozy mouse hole, and picnicking in the park with my dear nephew Benjamin. Little did I know that I would be whisked away by my friends on a crazy camping adventure!

Holey cheese! I ended up on a camping trip with my athletic friend Wild Willy, my cousin Trap, my sister Thea, and Benjamin. I’m no sportsmouse, and I was totally unprepared for the woods!

During our time outside we ended up:

  • hiking up giant mountains! (Well, actually, maybe they were just very little hills.)
  • swimming in an enormouse, shark-infested lake! (Well, actually, maybe it was more like a pond with only little fish . . . but those fish did not like me!)
  • sleeping soundly under the stars! (Well, actually, I could barely sleep . . . all of the nighttime insect and animal noises scared me too much!)

It was exhausting. But in the end, it was a mouse-tastic week, because I was spending time in favorite way: with family and friends!

You can read more about my vacation in Geronimo Stilton Book #54: Get into Gear, Stilton! How do you like to spend your summer vacation?