Monthly Archives: September 2013

September 11, 2013

Seeing Red

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seeingred130Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine (for ages 10 and up)

Fredrick “Red” Porter is beside himself when his beloved father dies. His mother has fallen apart; his younger brother J is acting out, and his best friend Thomas won’t speak to him anymore. It is up to Red to keep the spirit of his father’s family business (car shop, gas station and “What-U-Want” convenience store) alive. But at twelve years old, there is only so much he can do.

When Red’s mother decides to move the family to Ohio, Red tries everything to stop his house from being sold, including acts of vandalism, and skipping school. There are boys his age who peer-pressure Red into doing things he knows are wrong, but poor Red is at a loss as to what to think.

This captivating historical fiction novel deals with heavy topics such as racism, abuse, and death in a way that makes you think about injustices in this world. In the end, Kathryn Erskine’s work gives a profound feeling of hope for the future.

Read a sample chapter and give us the skinny on what you think of this book in the Comments below.

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

September 8, 2013

Rescue Princesses: The Stolen Crystals

Posted by at 4:12 pm in Reads | Permalink

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Wonder what happens to Princess Jaminta and her panda cub after the story ends? Read on to find out how they found one another again!

Class Trip to Cloud Mountain

I was so happy when our teacher told us we were going on a trip up Cloud Mountain today. We’re going to study the different animals that live there. I knew who I was going to look for—Lucky, the baby panda!

When we got to the mountain, we walked up the mountain in pairs. I was the near the back, chatting with my friends. We all jumped as a bamboo tree right next to us started to shake. The teacher hurried over and we saw a large panda sitting under the tree, chewing on bamboo.

After a few minutes, the big panda lumbered away. We were just about to continue climbing up the mountain. Then something amazing happened—Lucky came galloping through the trees. He skipped right up to me and I knelt down to let him sniff my hand. He’s such a friendly little guy!

As I pet Lucky, I told my class all about him and how I’d been watching him grow up since the springtime. They think it’s awesome that I know him so well. They joked that I should be the one called Lucky! At last it was time to go back to school. I stroked Lucky’s soft ears as I said goodbye. I’ll go back up the mountainside to see him really soon!

Want to meet the other Rescue Princesses and their pets? Meet Lulu from The Moonlight Mystery, Clarabel from The Wishing Pearl, and Emily from The Secret Promise.

September 8, 2013

Resue Princesses: The Moonlight Mystery

Posted by at 3:42 pm in Reads | Permalink

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Time for Rescue Princesses outtakes! In this scene from The Moonlight Mystery, exclusively here on Inksplot, Princess Lulu plays with her lion cub, Tufty, for the first time.

My First Morning With Tufty

When I woke up this morning something was tickling my nose. I could see golden fur lying next to me on my pillow and for a second I wondered if I was still dreaming. Then I remembered who it was: Tufty! I’d found him all alone in the grasslands yesterday. He’s the cutest little lion cub I’ve ever seen.

I gently moved him sideways so that I could sit up. I couldn’t help grinning. I’d never had a sleepover with a lion cub before! Tufty was wide awake. He jumped on to my lap and nuzzled my hand, so I scratched him between the ears to make him purr. Then I told him all about the other princesses.

Tufty scrambled away to explore the rest of my room. I was so excited about having him here that I did a forward roll along my bed. That made Tufty excited, too! He tried to climb up the curtains and I had to run over to catch him. Then there was a knock at the door and my mom asked me why there was so much noise. Luckily she believed me when I said it was just me doing gymnastics again. I can’t wait until the other girls meet Tufty!

Want to meet the other Rescue Princesses and their pets? Meet Jaminta from The Stolen Crystals, Clarabel from The Wishing Pearl, and Emily from The Secret Promise.

September 6, 2013

Ross Lynch Interview

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I think it’s been about a week since I mentioned how much I love Ross Lynch, and that is obviously way too long! He plays Austin in Austin & Ally, but today, I have an interview with him talking about his band R5. I have been so obsessed with Teen Beach Movie, I totally forgot about his band with his 2 brothers Rocky and Riker, sister Rydel, and best friend Ellington Ratliff. Can you guess why they call themselves R5? They have been touring all summer, but we got a quick interview with the charming and adorable Ross.R5 album cover Pass Me By

Q: What was the most interesting news story that you saw on TV or read this week?
Ross: I don’t even think I saw anything online this week because when I’m on tour I don’t really surf the web at all.

Q: So you don’t listen to the news or anything like that?
Ross: Sorry, no. (laughs)

Q: Do you have any pets?
Ross: No, I wish, but my mom won’t let me get one. I love animals.

Q: What do you feel is the most important issue to kids your age today?
Ross: The most important issue, I feel, is to get outside. I feel that social networking and all that stuff like playing video games — even I like playing video games– but you have to remember get some sun! Just get outside and enjoy life because it only lasts so long.

Q: What do you want most in the world?
Ross: I have everything I need. I don’t know if I need any more than what I have. Yes, I am pretty lucky.

Q: What’s new with R5?
Ross: 
Currently we are on tour to 50 cities. I just literally flew in today and I’m flying back out to Canada tonight to go back on tour. We are going to release a new album after the tour probably September or late this year. Just a lot of exciting stuff. Just playing any show we can. Just doing whatever we can.

UPDATE: The new album Louder will be released on September 24, and the first single “Pass Me By” is out now. The video reminds me a little too much of One Direction’s video for “Live While We’re Young,” but that’s not a criticism. I love them both! What do you think? Are you an R5 fan? Leave a Comment!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider
Teen Beach Movie photo courtesy Disney Channel

September 5, 2013

Dear Dumb Diary Movie Sneak Peek

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Whatever you do, DON’T tell Jamie that Dear Dumb Diary is now a movie musical!

Rumor has it that the one-and-only Jamie Kelly, some of her best pals, worst enemies, and awesomely dumb diary are coming to a TV near you. You heard us right. You can tune into The Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m. on September 6th to watch as your favorite book characters come to life! You don’t even need to worry about your parents complaining that you’re staying up too late—it’s airing on a Friday, after all!

Anyway, since we’re sure you’re going to be crossing off the days until September 6th, we thought we’d share a sneak peek of some totally awesome photos from the movie set. Take a look! Continue reading

September 4, 2013

Goblins

Posted by at 10:55 am in Reads | Permalink

goblins130Goblins by Philip Reeve

“There had been a time when all goblins had been servants of the same great sorcerer, the Lych Lord, who had raised Clovenstone and ruled the whole world from his Stone Throne.”

Skarper is different than other goblins. Sure, he likes his fair share of shiny things and loves spider soup. He can read and he is clever, qualities which result in him being catapulted out of the goblins’ home! Separated from his books and the secret Stenoryon’s map, Skarper will do anything to steal back his treasure.goblins

Henwyn is a “softling” who has a knack for getting into trouble. Banished from his hometown of Adherak, due to an unfortunate incident with a cheese monster, Henwyn decides to follow his dreams and become a hero. Armed with a blunt sword and high hopes, Henwyn sets out to rescue Princess Eluned, only to find quite the surprise.

Magic is brewing deep within the bowels of Clovenstone, ready to explode! Many will fight to harness this power, but only one can rule on the Stone Throne. A human, goblin, troll, giant, or three sorcerers – who will it be?

Philip Reeve presents a hilarious fantasy tale, packed with adventure and magical creatures. Do you think you have what it takes to go on this quest? Give this book a chance! Read a sample chapter. Then leave a Comment below!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

September 3, 2013

September Holidays

Posted by at 1:46 am in Trivia, Writing Prompt | Permalink

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September Holidays

With the Labor Day holiday marking the unofficial end of summer, I’m feeling a little sad, so I thought I would give you happy news of fun holidays to celebrate in September. I know some of you will be celebrating the Jewish holidays this week, but the holidays on today’s list are . . . well. . . lesser known. While you might not have heard of these, I hope this list gives you a few reasons to celebrate this month, even though the carefree days of summer are but a memory.

September is . . .

  • Library Card Signup Month
  • Read a New Book Month
  • Chicken Month
  • Honey Month
  • Rice Month
  • Sewing Month
  • Be Kind to Editors Month
  • Better Breakfast Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • Piano Month
  • Good Manners Month

You might have to get a bit creative to come up with ways to celebrate these, but as you can see, the possibilities for silly party themes are endless! I’m going to throw a Read a New Book Party where everyone has to show their library card to get in. I’ll serve chicken and rice and uh, honey. And everyone will have good manners and be kind to me because I’m an editor! Yay! You’re all invited!

Leave a Comment to tell us what holidays YOU will be celebrating in September.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

September 2, 2013

Book Addiction Writing Prompt

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Book Addiction Writing Prompt

You can’t put it down. You know you should. Your family tells you to. Your teachers tell you to. But. You. Just. Can’t. Because you are so addicted to “the book!!!”

Today’s Writing Prompt is dedicated to all of you who’ve been there. You’ve done crazy stuff. You’ve forgotten to eat. You’ve worn your brother or sister’s clothes by accident.  You’ve snuck “the book” into the bathroom. (Shhhh!). Gross but true.  You’ve ignored a call from your BFF because you were with “the book.”

You’ve done it. We want to hear it. Today’s Writing Prompt dares you to complete the following:

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Come clean! Leave your confessions in the Comments below.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer