Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 11, 2013

Laura Marano UNICEF Ambassador

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marano130Laura Marano Is the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund (a.k.a. UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries to improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. Their goal is for ZERO children to die from preventable causes and every child to have a safe and healthy childhood. This year, Laura Marano, star of Austin and Ally, has been named the 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador. Every year since 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has helped provide medicine, nutrition, and clean water to children around the world.

You know the STACKS is all about Kid Power so we love this story about a celebrity helping to make the world a better place. Read what Laura has to say about the experience.

Q: Why did you get involved with UNICEF?
Laura: I have always wanted to be a part of a philanthropic organization that helps people around the world, and let’s be honest, UNICEF is one of the most amazing organizations to do just that! I have heard about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF since I’ve been a little girl, and I think it’s extremely important to give back. The amazing thing about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF is that it not only helps kids all over the world who are not as fortunate as we are here, but it also provides a fun, easy way for kids here to get involved and give back. What person wouldn’t want to be involved with such an awesome campaign? I’m so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate.

Q: Why should kids take part in the UNICEF Trick-or-Treat program?
Laura: 
Through Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF, kids can raise money for other children, and help them get food, clean water, education, supplies, and so much more. Plus, it’s also super fun and easy to do!

Q: Any story or experience with UNICEF that has touched your heart?
Laura: I have learned so many things from UNICEF that have truly broken my heart. I found out that in certain countries, there are children who do not have birth certificates. This fact basically means they do not exist in those countries. That hit me so hard — to not exist in your own country. Also, everything that has been happening in Syria is so upsetting. There are over 3 million children who are being affected by violence and who are not being heard. That’s where UNICEF steps in. Truthfully, that’s why I love working with UNICEF. Their whole aim is to not only make sure every child around the world is healthy, but to also give them an opportunity to have a voice.

Find out how you can get involved in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 10, 2013

Bullying Prevention Month

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make_a_differenceYOU Can Help Prevent Bullying!

Bullying is no laughing matter. Everyone has been bullied or teased, but bullying is wrong and does not have to happen. It hurts everyone who is involved. It is important to think about the consequences of being a bully, witness, or a victim. Together, we can take a stand to stop bullying in schools everywhere. Take this quiz and see how you would handle these different bullying scenarios! Then click here for ways to deal with bullies. Continue reading

October 9, 2013

Goosebumps Most Wanted Doctor

Posted by at 1:41 am in Goosebumps, Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

GB_Logo2013Goosebumps: Doctor Maniac Will See You Now

If you’re scared of going to the doctor, then this doc will really scare you! Dr. Maniac is one doc you’ll surely never want to visit! He’s one of the Goosebumps Most Wanted —and not for his bedside manner. Dr. Maniac is an evil genius that will leave you even sicker than when you arrived. He’s positively insane and he’s on the loose. It’s time to catch him, undead or alive!gb_drmaniac

JUST FOR INK SPLOT 26 READERS! Read an exclusive preview of the new Goosebumps Most Wanted: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now. We dare you!

October 7, 2013

October STACKS Profile Spotlight

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DreamtimepinkSTACKS Spotlight: Get to Know Dreamtimepink9!

  • She likes October because she was born in that month and she has a sweet tooth for candy, chocolates, and cookies.
  • Her hobbies include acting, drawing, writing stories, riding her bike, and roller skating!
  • She daydreams a lot, and hopes to one day become a teacher.
  • Dreamtimepink9 loves reading adventure books, comic books, fantasy, and mysteries!

Her Book Suggestions:  

Her Dream Halloween Costume: Fairy or Mermaid!

Add Dreamtimepink9 as a friend, and join her Avengers Fan Fiction. She’s really interesting. Check out her profile!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

October 4, 2013

2013 Halloween TV Specials

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halloweenBOO! Halloween TV Specials to Scare Your Pants Off!

Ready for a fang-tastic Halloween? Whether you like to get the chills for Halloween . . . or just chill out, get in the mood by checking out this year’s wicked Halloween TV specials. Just so you know, the scarier ones are rated PG, so don’t watch those without your parents! Read on – if you dare.

Disney
Let’s start off the scary with Disney Channel’s “Monstober.” A few of the highlights:

A new series, which I am totally psyched for, Wolfblood (rated TV-PG)(every Tues/Wed/Thurs 8pm in October) about a high school teenage werewolf!

A.N.T. Farm, Dog with a Blog, Wander Over Yonder, and Phineas & Ferb all have Halloween episodes on Friday October 4th.

A new Jessie (October 5) has Jessie starting to see ghosts, and Emma and Luke taken over by spirits.

Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (October 5) has Spidey and his friends attacked by evil vampires, led by Dracula.

Good Luck, Charlie and Liv & Maddie have new Halloween episodes (October 6). Shake It Up has CeCe and Rocky decide they’re too old for trick-or-treating, so they have a “Mature-o’ween” with more adult activities, such as knitting and watching tear-jerking movies. Let’s just say that doesn’t go so well, and they get back on track!

If you miss anything, there’s a marathon on October 31 from 4-10pm.

Nickelodeon
Looking for a nightmare on Nickelodeon? It all starts with their spooky new series Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG)(Thursdays). Based on the popular book series, a bewitching babysitter reads kids bedtime tales that take a turn for terror. One episode features an antique mirror that makes your deepest wishes become your worst nightmare. Another one tells of an overnight camping trip where all the campers start disappearing one by one.

Sam & Cat (October 19) has the girls hired to babysit a doll . . . with creepy results.

The Haunted Hathaways (October 19) have a haunted Halloween party.

On the cartoon side, there’s SpongeBob SCAREPants (October 14) where SpongeBob and Patrick go to a horror film, only to be stalked by the villain.

And top your treats with a Fairly OddParents special (October 19) and Monster High: 13 Wishes movie premiere (October 25)

ABC
Woody and Buzz are back in Toy Story of Terror! (October 25). What starts out as a fun road trip for the toys turns terrifying when the trip detours to a roadside motel. Toys start disappearing, and the gang has to figure out what’s going on before they all suffer the same fate. If you miss it, it’ll be on Disney Channel too (October 25).

The HUB
Need more chills? This year The Hub once again transforms into . . . The Haunted Hub. Look for the new cartoon series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (October 12) starring Ashley Tisdale as a half witch, half human. She goes to high school by day and sorcery school by night.

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (rated TV-PG)(October 12) also returns with episodes “Séance” bringing the dead back to life, and “Detention” where strange things happen to kids in school detention. New episodes all month!

Also Spooksville (rated TV-PG)(October 26) is a new series based on morbidly marvelous author Christopher Pike’s books. The new kid in town discovers he plays a part in the battle between good and evil, in the town’s supernatural occurrences.

AND – this is pretty cool – The Hub is having their first ever Halloween Bash Costume Contest (October 26). It’s kind of like Miss America, except with Halloween costumes!

ABC Family
October 19-31 is officially “The 13 Nights of Halloween” with movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG), Teen Wolf (rated PG), Beetlejuice (rated PG), Scooby Doo/Scooby Doo 2 (rated PG).

Also specials like The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hallow and Dr. Seuss’ Halloween Is Grinch Night (both October 27).

Whew! And that’s a bag full of treats. Let us know what you’ll be watching. Happy Haunting!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 4, 2013

Jennifer Stone in Deadtime Stories

JStoneIf you like scary stories, read on . . .

Did you watch the first episode of Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) last night? What did you think? If you liked it, then you’ll like this interview with Jennifer Stone. She plays the cool, funny babysitter on the show who reads the kids those scary stories. Wouldn’t you love to have an awesome babysitter like her? Be sure to read to the end of the interview because Jennifer has a scary story starter for YOU to complete in the Comments.

Q: What is Deadtime Stories about?
Jennifer: Deadtime Stories is a show based on the tales from the book series by Annette and Gina Cascone. Each week, the babysitter invites the kids and the audience to venture into a new hair-raising tale.

Q: Which do you think is the scariest episode?
Jennifer: I don’t know about the scariest, but I love “The Beast of Baskerville.” A group of kids have a camp-out in Baskerville and discover that the legends about a half-human beast with horns and hooves may be true! [You can watch this episode on October 10.]Marlene_Dietrich

Q: What are your Halloween plans this year?
Jennifer: I’m not sure about plans yet, but I am thinking about being Marlene Dietrich [a glamorous film star from the 1930s and 40s].

Q: What is your best or funniest/most embarrassing Halloween memory?
Jennifer:
 When I was younger, I was scared out of my wits while trick-or-treating by someone I thought was a scarecrow decoration — until they moved! I’ve never looked at scarecrows the same since! [OMG! It's just like those creepy scarecrows in the "Invasion of the Appleheads" episode!]

Q: If you were going to write a scary story, what would be the first line?
Jennifer
There was a sense of unease throughout the city streets that night . . .

Oooh. . . .what is going to happen next? Write the next line of the story in the Comments. Let’s write a scary story to make Jennifer Stone proud!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 3, 2013

Kid Power: Nicholas Brocklebank

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make_a_differenceKid Power: Nicholas Brocklebank

Nicholas Brocklebank is a remarkable 10-year-old New Zealand boy living with muscular dystrophy. A couple of years ago, he started making his own handwritten, photocopied cookbooks, which he sold to family and friends as his own personal fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Then, after a catastrophic earthquake, he made another one which he sold to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Fund.

It might have stopped there, but Nic is the child of a Scholastic New Zealand employee, and once NicsCookbookScholastic knew about his project, the company decided to create a “real” cookbook of some of his selected recipes to help to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (Both Nic and Scholastic NZ are donating 50% of royalties to the charity.) The first week after publication, it hit the #3 spot on the New Zealand Children’s Books list.

If Nic can do it, you can too. Pick something that inspires you, and use it to make a difference! Leave your ideas in the Comments for how YOU can make the world a better place. I can’t wait to hear how STACKers are going to change the world.

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 2, 2013

Scare Scape

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scarescape130Scare Scape by Sam Fisher

After Morton’s mother dies, his father decides to take a job as an astronomer and make a new start in a town called Dimvale. Morton is less than excited about the move, (which includes sixteen-year-old Melissa and thirteen-year-old James), but his mood quickly turns around once he sees their new home. To Melissa’s dismay, the house is “ghastly, creepy, and almost certainly haunted. In fact, it’s like something right out of that horrid comic you read all the time.” Little did she know how right she would be.scarescape

The mansion’s previous owner mysteriously disappeared and was presumed dead. The children don’t think much of it until weird things start happening. It begins with finding a statue of a gargoyle. Then Morton’s beloved toys based on his Scare Scape comics come to life. Melissa gets a bigger and infinitely deeper closet. James undergoes a strange transformation, and no one can figure out why all of this is happening! Lastly, they discover that the former owner of the house is Scare Scape illustrator John King. After a few days living in this house, the siblings believe that maybe he wasn’t so crazy after all . . .

If you want to see how Morton and his family and friends deal with this creepy infestation, read this book! This chilling and thrilling tale is a fun read for those who love comic books and adventure! Read a sample chapter!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

October 1, 2013

Goosebumps Scary Create a Caption

GB_Logo2013Goosebumps Scary Create-a-Caption

He’s baaaack! The ventriloquist dummy sure to give anyone Goosebumps! Slappy, the walking, trash-talking terror, is up to his mischievous ways. What do you think he has to say in this creepy picture?GB_Caption2013

I think Slappy is saying, “Pssst. This inn has rooms . . . screaming rooms! ”

Use your imagination to create your own frightfully fantastic caption in the Comments!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

October 1, 2013

Locker Personality Quiz Results

Posted by at 1:40 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

trivia_quiz2Locker Personality Quiz Results

In last week’s Locker Personality Quiz we asked you questions to find out what kind of locker style you rock. Count up your answers and find out what your locker says about you!

Mostly A’s: Neat ‘N Tidy
You like your locker like your life – as organized as possible! You’re always on the go and you need to keep your schedule straight. If people call you a neat freak, you take it as a compliment! Your friends can always depend on you to know when homework is due, what time practice is, and what’s on the cafeteria menu. You study hard, get good grades, and are a great student. Your neat habits help you stay on top of things at school. A+!

Mostly B’s: Artistic Touch
Your locker is a work of art! You are creative and artsy, and you like to decorate it and fill it with style and memories. You might have photos of friends, magazine clippings, art you made, a magnetic Kleenex box – everything is arranged with thought. You might toss in clothes, books, and random food wrappers, but you make sure things don’t get too out of hand. You like to keep things fun at school, hang out at your locker with your friends, and your locker makes you happy. A+!

Mostly C’s: Athletic ‘N Sporty
You are a certified gym rat. You love sports and this carries over to your locker. Hanging inside might be posters of your favorite players and teams. You work hard and play hard. You balance school and sports, but being neat is not a priority for you. There are more important things in life, and sometimes the days go too fast to keep a totally neat locker! Between homework, practice, sports, friends, who has time? You still manage to get good grades and balance everything. A+!

Mostly D’s: Tech Wizard
You are a technology pro, and love your gadgets! You are obsessed with your iDevices, tablets, and computers. You may store your gadgets in your locker, but otherwise keep it neat and tidy. You might also have mini-posters of your favorite apps hung up: Angry Birds, Temple Run, Minecraft. Your friends text you (when allowed!) to meet up at your locker. You are good at figuring things out, building things, and have a mathematical mind. Your tech-savvy nature has you programmed for success. A+!

–Ratha, STACKS Staffer