Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 29, 2013

The Giver Movie

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

It’s almost December, which means it’s the holiday season! December is also an exciting time of the year in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, but for a different reason. Jonas, who has turned twelve, will now participate in the annual Ceremony where he and his other twelve-year-old friends receive their life assignments. His friends Fiona and Asher are named Caretaker of the Old and Assistant Director of Recreation, but Jonas gets a very unusual assignment. His selection lands him with a man known as the Giver . . . and he begins an adventure that will change his life forever.

The movie version of The Giver will be released in theaters August 2014. If you, like me, are a hugeBrentonThwaite fan of the book, you’re also probably curious to find out which actors have been cast! Great news: we have the details! Meryl Streep will star as the Chief Elder, and a few other famous names will be in there as well including Jeff Bridges (the Giver), Katie Holmes (Jonas’s mom), and Alexander Skarsgård (Jonas’s dad). Jonas will be played by Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, and Taylor Swift (!) will also be making an appearance as Rosemary.

That’s Brenton in the pic. Did you know that he is actually 24 years old? That’s twice as old as the character of Jonas in the book. How do you think this might change the story? (If you haven’t already, be sure to read the book before you see the movie!)

Are any of you fans of The Giver? Are you excited for the movie? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

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

November 28, 2013

Penny Harvest

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Kid Power! Penny Harvest

In 1991, a 4-year-old girl named Nora asked the question, “How can I, a child with so few resources, make the world a better place?” Her answer was to collect pennies and donate them to the homeless man in her neighborhood. But she didn’t stop there. She and her father started an organization called Common Cents to spread the word about ways kids can make a difference just by collecting and donating their pennies.

In 2010, students across the country collectively raised an astonishing $756,273.19 in pennies. They used the money to help local places like animal shelters, senior centers, and neighborhood gardens.

No child or penny is too small to make a difference. Every single one counts. You probably have some extra pennies lying around right now. Like Nora, you can create your own “Penny Harvest” by collecting pennies for a charity that is important to you. Maybe you can start a Penny Harvest club at school and get everyone involved!

You don’t need to have a lot of money or be a grown-up to make the world a better place. All it takes is one kid collecting pennies. What do you think? Are you ready to start collecting?

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 27, 2013

November Books of the Month

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The Books of the Month series is back!

Tell me the titles of the books you’re reading right now, and I’ll make a word cloud out of all the recommendations. The more votes a book title gets, the bigger the print! Here are the results from our last Books of the Month. It looks like Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson were very popular!

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Be sure to leave a Comment with the title of the book you’re reading right now, and I will make a new word cloud of all our reads for the whole month.

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

November 26, 2013

Book-Based Recipes

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Cookbook2Book Cookbooks!

I must admit I am not a very good baker, but I do LOVE reading fiction and looking at fun recipes, so that’s the reason I like finding cookbooks based on fictional books. If you love food and books, and books about food, then check out today’s fun, festive recipe books based on favorite fiction books.

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November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Who Would Win

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Thanksgiving Dinner vs. Dessert: Who Would Win?

Gobble! Gobble!

One of the best parts about the Thanksgiving holiday is the delicious food we eat with family and friends. Between the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans, it is hard to choose a favorite. Which part of the holiday meal do you look forward to the most? The roasted turkey and yummy stuffing, or the after-dinner desserts like pumpkin and cherry pie?

Write your answer in the Comments below!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern


November 25, 2013

Movember Create a Caption

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Movember Create a Caption: Guinness World Records 2014

This photo from the Guinness World Records 2014 book shows the man who earned the Guinness World Record for most “World Beard and Moustache Championship” wins in honor of “No Shave November” a.k.a. Movember.


Now I must-ache you a question! If this picture could talk what do you think it would say?

I think he would be saying, “A ferret on my face? No, no! That is my beard! Now why must-you-ache such silly questions??”

Write YOUR caption in the comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

Image courtesy Guinness World Records

November 22, 2013

1D Day with One Direction

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1d_midnightmemoriesOne Direction’s 1D Day is coming! Are you ready?

As many of you probably know, we here at the STACKS absolutely LOVE One Direction! From their first album to This Is Us, we’ve been following their exciting journey to superstardom and loving every minute of it.

For those who don’t know what 1D Day is, it’s basically an unofficial One Direction holiday. In celebration of their album, Midnight Memories, 1D has launched a worldwide movement for their fans. Directioners like you (and me!) can get creative in celebrating 1D Day by making music videos, sharing favorite photos and songs, creating collages, and wearing 1D gear. 1D Day will happen on Saturday, November 23, 2013.1d_midnight

To make the day extra-special, the boys have a lot of really cool stuff planned. One Direction will be holding a seven-hour live video broadcast to connect with fans around the world. They’ve announced that they’re going to try to break a world record every hour (for things like highest toilet paper roll pile)! They’ll also be hanging out with some guests throughout the day: Celine Dion, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Piers Morgan, The Muppets, Khloe Kardashian, and even Robbie Williams (who used to be in a famous British boyband himself).

Here at the STACKS, we’re taking the opportunity to revisit all of our favorite One Direction activities and posts from the past. Check out our One Direction ABC, and play One Direction “Would You Rather?” with a friend who’s also a fan. If you’re really a Directioner, test your fan knowledge with our One Direction quiz! And don’t forget to check out our awesome interview with 1D.

Are you excited for 1D Day? Will you be participating? How will you show your love for all things One Direction? Share in the Comments below!

– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

November 21, 2013

Family Volunteer Day

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Family Volunteer DayFamily Volunteer Day

The Saturday before Thanksgiving is Family Volunteer Day! It’s a good way to kick off the holiday season with giving and service. It is also a chance for families to spend time together helping their neighborhoods and communities.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to come up with your own ideas for ways your family can volunteer? We know how incredibly connected you are to things you are passionate about. And we know you guys MAKE things happen! So what would you do for Family Volunteer Day, if you were to mobilize your family?

Some ideas (with your parents’ permission, of course):

- Sell Rainbow Loom bracelets, or have a sidewalk bake sale (or hot chocolate stand if it’s wintery where you live). Donate the money to the charity of your choice.

- Have a “closet-cleaning day” and donate clothes and toys to a local homeless shelter.

- Clean up a local park by picking up garbage, and recycling recyclables.

- Make cookies or crafts and bring your treats to a home for senior citizens.

- Collect gently used coats to donate to a shelter.

- Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.

Weekends are busy, but it only takes an hour or two to volunteer . . . and touch someone’s life or make a mark on our world. What are other good ideas for Family Volunteer Day? We wanna know! Let us know what YOU think in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 20, 2013

Floors Trilogy Book 3

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Floors Book #3: The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman

When the Whippet Hotel owner, the beloved Merganzer Whippet, takes Leo and Remi away with him on a “little adventure” for a week, Remi’s mother thinks nothing of it. “It’s Merganzer. How dangerous could it be?”

Boy, she had no clue! Remi and Leo were whisked away by a flying blimp which carried them to the top of the hotel to Merganzer’s headquarters – a field of wacky inventions. Merganzer has decided to combine his six hotels into one, and must appoint an “Emperor of all Whippet Hotels.” So he sets up a series of trials and puzzles inside the mysterious floors of the hotels to weed out the unworthy.floors3

Who will come out on top? And who is secretly working for Ms. Sparks, the woman who is trying to take over the Whippet Hotel? Read and find out!

In an adventure full of magic and surprise (There may or may not be live mini-dinosaurs and gravity-defying puzzle arenas!), Leo and Remi explore the wonderful inventions of Merganzer’s mind come to life! What do you think of the conclusion to the Floors trilogy? Read the first chapter and let us know!

–Elysse, STACKS Writer

November 20, 2013

STACKS Book Club BSC Meeting 2

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StacksBookClubThe Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey Meeting 2

Welcome back STACKS Book Club members to our second meeting devoted to the amazing Baby-sitters Club book, The Truth About Stacey. What a wild finish! Suspense, trickery, and above all, friendship! What did you think about the amazing ending? I know I loved it!

For those of you new to the STACKS Book Club, we’re always welcoming new members, so whether you joined the first BSC meeting or this is your first time, please join the conversation! Check out the discussion questions below and then head to the Comments to get talking! Continue reading