Monthly Archives: September 2013

September 19, 2013

Best Hermione Quotes

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hermione130_GrandPreBest Hermione Quotes

Happy Birthday, Hermione! September 19 is Hermione Granger’s birthday, and here at the STACKS, we absolutely love her and put together a list of our all-time favorite quotes. Here they are in chronological order:

  1. “I’ve learned all the course books by heart of course. I just hope it will be enough – I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled. Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  3. “Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!” Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. “Excuse me but I don’t like people just because they are handsome.” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  6. “All those poor elves I haven’t set free yet, having to stay over during Christmas because there aren’t enough hats!” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  7. “Ron,” said Hermione in a dignified voice, “you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  8. “Just because you’ve got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” (to Ron, of course) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  9. “What are you doing with all those books anyway?” Ron asked.
    “Just trying to decide which ones to take with us,” said Hermione, “when we’re looking for the Horcruxes.”
    “Oh, of course,” said Ron, clapping a hand to his forehead. “I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Are your favorite quotes on this list? Add your own in the Comments, and take the Hermione Trivia Quiz.

September 19, 2013

Duke by Kirby Larson

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duke130Duke by Kirby Larson

It is 1944, in the midst of World War II. Eleven-year-old Hobie Hansen desperately misses his father, a pilot flying for Uncle Sam overseas.

Hobie and his dog, Duke, are as close to each other as dog and boy can be. They do everything together: play fetch, eat, go to the grocer, listen to Hop Harrigan’s show and even sleep together! Then a Mr. Rasmussen appears, and asks Hobie to “loan” Duke to the Army for a program called “Dogs for Defense.” After thinking long and hard, Hobie decides to “DO everything he can” for his country and lets Duke go.

Hobie feels lost without Duke at his side. A new boy named Max arrives at school, but can he fill the void his father and Duke left behind?

From the start, Hobie and Duke will wiggle their way into your heart. Dog owners (and pet lovers), and especially World War II history buffs will enjoy this story of epic bravery. Kirby Larson really knows her stuff, and you will be transported back in time to 1944!

 Read a sample chapter and share your thoughts in the Comments below!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

September 18, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Wimpy Kid Meeting 1

Posted by at 1:01 pm in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Reads | Permalink

StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

It’s time again to get excited for the latest meeting of the STACKS Book Club. Our latest book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney. This fantastic tale of grade school drama follows Greg Heffley as he tries to navigate the difficult world of dating. When Greg’s school announces it will hold a Valentine’s Day dance, Greg, along with the help of his best friend Rowley, must do everything he can to find a date. The Third Wheel is the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

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  • Aren’t Greg’s doodles the funniest parts of the story? What is your favorite sketch so far?
  • Greg grows up with such a wacky family. What member of Greg’s family is most similar to yours?
  • Learning dance in gym class sounds like so much fun! Who in the Greg’s school would you want to be your partner?
  • Wasn’t it hilarious watching Greg help Rowley run for student council? Who would you vote for, Greg or Rowley? And why?
  • Were you excited when they announced the Valentine’s Day Dance? What do you think will happen next?

Feel free to answer any or all of the questions or pose your own questions in the Comments below. Then click here to discuss the exciting end to Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel.

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

September 17, 2013

Class Pet Who Would Win

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Class Pet Who Would Win

Which class pet would be more awesome? Would you rather a fluffy little guinea pig or a cute little piglet?

Leave your votes in the Comments below, and may the cutest pet win! PS. Why is it called a guinea pig? It doesn’t look anything like a pig!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

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September 17, 2013

Fall Preview Guess the Book Answers

Posted by at 1:19 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

guessthebookFall Preview Guess the Book Answers

Did you guess the titles of these exciting books being published this fall? Read on for the answers and to find out the dates these books will be appearing in bookstores. Here are the answers to last week’s Fall Preview Guess the Book Quiz.

1) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
November 5, 2013. In book #8 of the DWK series, Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

2) Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
October 8, 2013
. At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? Read a sample chapter.

3) Spirit Animals: The Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater
January 7, 2014 (okay, it’s not exactly fall).
Four children have discovered that they have spirit animals, a rare bond between human and animal that has launched them on a quest to save their world. The team heads to the forests of Eura, where another Great Beast is hidden. At first, Conor is excited to return to his old home, but when the four young heroes are betrayed by a familiar face, the hunt for the Great Beast becomes a race for their lives.

4) Willow Falls: The Last Present by Wendy Mass
September 24, 2013. Grace has fallen into a strange frozen state on her birthday, and Amanda and Leo must travel in time to fix whatever’s wrong. As they journey back to each of Grace’s birthdays, they start seeing all sorts of patterns . . . which raise all sorts of questions. Luckily, a little birthday magic always helps in Willow Falls where everything is possible and there are no coincidences.

Tell us what you think of these books in the Comments!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 16, 2013

September STACKS Profile Spotlight

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Profile_yellowglow_130September STACKS Profile Spotlight

Her hobbies include writing stories, playing board games, and surfing the net.

  • She loves dogs and chocolate chip cookies.
  • She wants to be a teacher, and dreams of exploring castles and historic ancient ruins.
  • Yellowglow loves reading, and reads everything from adventure books to comic books and magazines!

Get to know Yellowglow!

Her Book Suggestions:

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Nancy Drew mystery stories by Carolyn Keane
  • Daring Adventures series by Peter Reese Doyle

How She Got Her Cool Username:  She told us in this post on the STACKS Buzz Board, “Yellowglow was the name of the main character in a book that I wrote when I was 10 or 11 years old.”

Personal Quote from Yellowglow: “Each one of you is carrying a light. Don’t hide it.”

Be sure to strike up a conversation with her on the Buzz Board and add her as a friend! She’s awesome! Check out her profile!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

September 15, 2013

Phineas and Ferb Giveaway

Posted by at 1:10 am in Games | Permalink

phineasandferb_130Phineas and Ferb Giveaway

All fans of Phineas and Ferb, please pay attention! We are offering you a special chance to win a free Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff Wii game (rated E)! But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

So right now you may be thinking. . .

YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we give you a newsletter full of games, videos, celeb news, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win that Phineas and Ferb Wii game now. How do I enter?

ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until October 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

In the meantime, watch the trailer for the Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff gameFPQ4CS

Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

image from kids.scholastic.com — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Images and video courtesy of Disney

September 13, 2013

The Watsons Go to Birmingham Movie

Posted by at 11:13 am in Book to Big Screen | Permalink

watsonsBirmingham130The Watsons Go to Birmingham Movie

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. A few weeks later, on September 15, a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed, and 4 little African-American girls inside were killed.

In The Watsons Go to Birmingham movie based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, that samewatsons2 summer, a fictional family named the Watsons traveled from their home in Michigan to stay with their grandparents in Birmingham. But Byron, Kenny, and Joetta were not used to the cruel way that African Americans were treated in the South at that time. It’s an eye-opening experience for them, but nothing compared to the fear and shock when tragedy strikes at church.

I remember very clearly the first time I read The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963. It is so good! I was so scared for little Joetta when that church got bombed and they couldn’t find her – oh my goodness! I’m not going to lie. I cried a little bit just watching the movie trailer.

watsonsIn spite of the seriousness, there are also some funny parts in this story. I remember laughing my actual head off when Byron got stuck to his father’s car while trying to kiss his reflection.

I had the chance to interview Christopher Paul Curtis for the STACKS, and he is hilarious in real life, too. (You can hear me laughing in the background of this video.) He has that rare gift as an author of mixing funny stories with serious topics that really make you think. I totally recommend all of his books!

The Watsons Go to Birmingham movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on September 20. I will definitely be watching. Will you?
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photos courtesy The Hallmark Channel

September 12, 2013

J.K. Rowling is Writing a Movie!

Posted by at 4:56 am in Book to Big Screen, Harry Potter | Permalink

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Today, J.K. Rowling announced on her website that she is writing a screenplay for a new film series that will take place in the expanded Harry Potter universe and is inspired by Harry Potter’s textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie series is said to focus on the book’s author, Newt Scamander. I thought I wouldn’t see the magical world of Harry Potter on the big screen after The Deathly Hallows Part 2, but boy, was I wrong!

J.K. Rowling explains more below:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and fantasticBeasts_Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

. . . I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

I’m so incredibly excited! J.K. Rowling is returning to the world of Harry Potter again! We don’t know yet when the first movie will come out or which stars will be in it, but I can hardly wait! What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below or head over to the Harry Potter Message Boards to continue the discussion!

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

September 12, 2013

Songwriter Kayla Stockert

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You may not have heard of her yet, but this girl is a teen to watch. Kayla has been performing music since the age of 9 at places like the Highline Ballroom, the Apollo Theater in New York City, and at other large venues. Now at age 16 she is making the transformation from singer to songwriter and musician, recording her own original songs for the first time. Anna Graceman is a fan!

Not only is she beautiful and talented, but Kayla is super-nice, and she has offered to give you, dear STACKS readers, some advice about songwriting. Read on for Kayla’s tips, and if you would like to ask her any questions, leave them in the Comments. Kayla will be joining us soon to answer YOUR questions!

Kayla: The process of writing songs takes a while for me. It’s usually late at night when all my thoughts are jumbling through my head. It’s the easiest time for me to write songs. It could be a word, a simple feeling of what I went through that day. Sometimes, I can write an entire song in minutes, sometimes it takes days. I keep my journal next to my bed to write every single idea.kaylaStockert

For me to write a song, I have to actually experience it, usually friends, boyfriend, family or anything like that. I then show my ideas to my brother, because he also writes. I try to be as realistic as possible so my audience can relate to my normal teenage life. The more you write, the easier it will become. There are some songs that I may never sing because they are so much a part of me, but from there, it helps me get an idea for another song.

Next is the melody. This gets a little trickier for me. I sit down at my piano or guitar. (You don’t have to be that good of a player. Just playing one note to get a melody will work.) I also listen to other songs, making notes of the instruments I like, the beat, and so on.  Next time you listen to a song, don’t listen to the words, but listen to the music. It may inspire you to write your own melody.

Don’t ever get stressed that you can’t complete an entire song. Just take a break from that one and maybe move on to something else. I personally have about 20 uncompleted songs, and I’m in no rush.

I currently have about 5 songs that I’m set to record. All of these songs were from my own personal feelings (about a boy). The next person I will go see is a producer, who asks me the type of sound I want and feel, and hopefully we both agree and my new songs will be ready.

I honestly think everybody has the ability to write down feelings and turn it into a song. If you can’t do it alone, find a friend and collaborate.

–Kayla Stockert, Songwriter

Do you have questions for Kayla? Leave them in the Comments, and check back soon for Kayla’s answers!