Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 10, 2013

Confectionately Yours Friendship Confessions

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confect4_130Friendship Confessions from Confectionately Yours

It’s National Friendship Week and Hayley Hicks, leading (young) lady of the Confectionately Yours series, has . . . well, had planned something sweet to show her new BFF just how much she cares. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Confession: I ate the last cupcake.

I didn’t mean to! I had made a bunch of gluten-free mocha cupcakes, and when they started to sell out, I set one aside. Then I called my friend, Meghan, and told her I had a surprise for her. She was busy making posters for a summer block party, but she said she’d try to come over later. That cupcake sat behind the counter for a long time. I wondered if it was as mocha-y as I hoped. Then I thought about how Meghan had said she would “try” to come over. I looked at the cupcake. The cupcake (I swear) looked at me. I picked it up and crammed a huge bite into my mouth. Crumbs and frosting were still ringing my lips as Meghan walked in, and was like, “So, where’s my surprise?”

I gasped, inhaling a crumb.

“Is the surprise that you need me to give you the Heimlich maneuver?” Meghan asked as I coughed.

“No,” I sputtered finally. “I ate your cupcake!” I hid my face behind my hands and wailed, “I’m sososososososo sorry!”

Meghan laughed. “Was it worth it?”

“Uh. . . yes?”

Meg grinned. “Good,” she said. And that was all.

Meg says the Cupcake Incident (as she calls it) wasn’t a big deal, but I actually think she’s wrong. There are some “friends” who would not have laughed it off.

But that’s what a friend is. Someone who knows that you aren’t perfect, and loves you anyway.

Do you have a perfectly imperfect friend? Tell us: How are you going to celebrate National Friendship Week? You could bake him or her some French Toast Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting! Or maybe just send a cute Cupcake E-card.

Read more of Hayley’s true confessions: Back-to-School ConfessionsValentine’s Day Confessions.

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

August 9, 2013

Maia Mitchell Teen Beach Movie Star

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Maia130Maia Mitchell Teen Beach Movie

Did you watch Teen Beach Movie last month (a.k.a. THE movie of the summer!)? Maia Mitchell played surfer girl, Mack, the girlfriend of Ross Lynch’s character, Brady. We interviewed her to find out her thoughts about school, saving the planet, and what Ross is really like.teenbeachmovie

Q: How was it working with Ross in Teen Beach Movie?
Maia: Awful!!! No, I’m totally kidding. He’s a dream to work with. He’s super-talented and cares a lot about this work and has a lot of energy and brings spark to the show.

Q: What do you do to save the planet?
My roommates and I came up with a plan to be more environmentally friendly because we have been a bit slacking. We always recycle and make sure we turn lights off, but there is so much more you can do.

Q: Are you going to come back onto Jessie?
Maia: Maybe. I’d love too. It was a lot of fun to film. Debby [Ryan] and I are good friends so it was real comfortable, and all those kids are great.

Q: When you were young, what was the hardest word for you to pronounce?
Cucumber. I used to say “cucombombom” I could never get it and I was like seven years old.

Q: What was your favorite school subject?
Maia: I was in the arts, so my favorite subject has been drama. I really love English, so I loved my English class. That was always fun!

Q: What is the most important issue do you feel for kids today?
Maia: That is a very interesting question. I think it is really cool for kids to know that they have a voice and that they can stand up for themselves.

So sweet, right? Leave a Comment and tell us how much you love her!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider

August 8, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: The Runaway Chapter 4

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novelSTACKS Creative Writing Team

Thank you to everyone for continuing to contribute to our story. Thank you to basketballmaster8 for helping develop more of Emily’s back story, which will appear later, and to technologygirl for helping to write Mark’s reaction to this whole crazy situation!

If you missed the beginning of the story, check out Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. If you’d like to contribute to our next chapter, please post your writing on The Runaway Chapter 5 thread on the Fan Fiction Board. And now, without further ado, here’s Chapter 4!

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August 8, 2013

Staples for Students

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make_a_differenceStaples for Students

It’s just about back-to-school time, and I know you’re thinking about what notebooks and other supplies you need to do really well in school and have a super-successful year. Good students know that stuff really helps you get organized. And being organized definitely makes it easier to get good grades! But millions of kids can’t afford school supplies. Some of them might even be in your neighborhood or in your school. YOU can help make sure these students have what they need to start the school year right.

How can you help?

  • What: Pick up some extra school supplies like pencils, erasers, notebooks, pens, etc. while you’re getting your own stuff for school.
  • Where: Donate the extra school supplies at your local Staples store.
  • When: August 11–17

Tell your friends and get the word out about this great cause. Nobody should go to school empty-handed!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

August 7, 2013

The Path of Names Book Review

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pathofnames130The Path of Names by Ari Goelman

Thirteen-year-old math whiz, magic-loving Dahlia is not happy. Her parents are sending her to Camp Arava, a Jewish camp where her older brother Tom works. If she survives one week and still wants to come home, Dahlia can and still go to magic camp at the end of the summer.
On her first day, Dahlia sees two little girls walk through the cabin’s wall! If it is not a magic trick, the alternative is just too hard to believe: The girls may be ghosts! Could it be?
As Dahlia and her friend Rafe do some digging for clues about the missing girls, other strange things begin to happen. A mysterious book is found and manages to keep finding its way into Dahlia’s hands. Dahlia has vivid recurring dreams of the author of the mysterious book that she can’t make heads or tails of. The sisters keep re-appearing trying to tell her something important which she can’t figure out until someone claims that they can hear the little girls. And then… there’s the mysterious maze on the edge of the campground.
Told from multiple points of view, this incredible story will appeal to every kind of reader, but especially those interested in mysteries and magic. Let us know what you think about this summer camp read in the Comments below!
—Elysse, STACKS Writer

August 7, 2013

Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy

Posted by at 1:36 am in Reads | Permalink

KOF_DragonProphecyGeronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy

“Summer at Dragon Lake” by Geronimo Stilton

It’s me again, Geronimo Stilton! The other night, I had an enormouse dinner of cheese pizza with my friends. I must say, the amount of food I ate was truly impressive. I was so full, I barely even remember getting home.

In the middle of the night, the smell of roses filled the air. It was the Dragon of the Rainbow! He had come to take me to the Kingdom of Fantasy!  We flew through the mild night sky until the sun rose, and landed in the Kingdom of the Silver Dragons, where my friend Princess Sterling lives.

“Welcome, Sir Geronimo of Stilton!” Sterling cried when she saw me. She had called me there because she wanted me to experience the kingdom in peacetime.

She hopped on the back of her dragon, Sparkle, and we flew together over to Dragon Lake. It was full of dragons having a great time in the water! They even had a dragon-sized diving board. Everyone wanted me to jump off of it, but I wasn’t sure I could. I am a little afraid of heights! But Sterling and her friends were so supportive that I did it, followed by the Dragon of the Rainbow. Boy, did that make a splash!

At the end of the day, I was sad to leave, but I had had a great time enjoying summer with Sterling and the dragons. I had missed them. And now I can’t wait to go back to the Kingdom of Fantasy for another adventure!

August 6, 2013

Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz

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Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz

Biggest, smallest, tallest, fastest. For today’s Trivia Tuesday we are taking a look at some of the world’s top record holders. Can you guess the answers to our Record-Breaking Trivia Quiz? Ready? Go!

  1. The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa. What country is it in?
  2. The world’s oldest living man is how old? A) 103 years B) 112 years C) 118 years
  3. What’s the fastest someone has ever run 1 mile?
  4. Which is the longest river in the world? A) Nile B) Amazon C) Mississippi D) Yangtze
  5. The world’s shortest person is about how tall? A) 30 cm (1 foot tall) B) 54 cm (just under 2 feet) C) 98 cm
  6. Where is the world’s largest swimming pool? A) Disney World B) Chile C) Australia
  7. Where is the world’s tallest roller coaster? A) Disney World B) Busch Gardens, Virginia C) Nagasima Spa Land, Japan D) Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
  8. Which city has the most skyscrapers over 500 feet tall? A) New York B) Hong Kong C) Chicago D) Tokyo

Let us know your guesses in the Comments below, and check back next week for answers!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 4, 2013

Shark Week Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:22 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Shark Week Create a Caption

Are you excited it’s Shark Week? I am literally terrified of sharks so even looking at this picture makes me feel a little shaky. . . which is kind of unfair because he might be a really nice sort of shark. He might actually be saying. . . .

4201-47866“Marco? Marco? Why doesn’t anyone want to play Marco Polo with me?’”

. . . ooorrr maybe not.

What do YOU think this shark is saying? Leave your captions in the Comments. And I will try to not have nightmares about playing Marco Polo with a shark.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer
Photo credit: Minden Pictures/SuperStock

August 1, 2013

SPONSORED POST Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Posted by at 3:12 am in Movies & TV | Permalink

cloudy2_130SPONSORED POST Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the new super-size sequel from Sony Pictures Animation, will be hitting the big screen on September 27, 2013. This animated comedy, which picks up where the original hit movie left off, sounds like a lot of fun, and introduces us to wild food-animal hybrids called Foodimals. Read on for more about the movie!


In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the inventor genius of Flint Lockwood is finally being recognized as he’s invited by his idol Chester V to join the Live Corp. Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester’s right-hand-gal and one of his greatest inventions is Barb (a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative, and likes to wear lipstick). It’s always been Flint’s dream to be recognized as an inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turned water into food in the original movie) is still operating, and is now creating food-animal hybrids, “FOODIMALS!”

cloudy2_blog_image2_250x250With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission to save the world again! Enter a WILD new world of crazy creations: hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple piethons, double bacon cheespiders, watermeolphants, fruit cockatiels, bananostriches, cucumbirdies, flamangos, just to name a few.

If you could have a food-animal hybrid as a pet, what would it be named, and what special features would it have? Leave your answers in the Comments.

This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.
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