I know it’s super-cold out right now, but spring is right around the corner, and I can’t wait! Not just because I’m tired of bundling up so that I look like a polar bear every day, but because spring is a time for fresh starts: new adventures, new ideas, new goals, and…new books! Yay for new books! Here are some titles I’m really excited to read in 2014. Continue reading
Last week, we asked you a bunch of questions to find out which dog breed you would be if you were a sweet, loveable dog, instead of a smelly, drooling human . . . or wait. . . I might have gotten that backwards. Count up your answers and reveal the results of your Dog Breed Personality Quiz.
Mostly A’s: POODLE
Fluff your fur – your dog personality is a Poodle! You like to be well groomed at all times. Although they don’t really shed, Poodles require intense grooming, which adds to their reputation for being a bit snooty. Their hair can grow to the ground like a human’s if their owners don’t cut it! Poodles prance proudly, hold themselves elegantly, and are known to be very intelligent.
Mostly B’s: SIBERIAN HUSKY
All paws on deck – your dog personality is a Siberian Husky! Like this breed, you love helping out and being active. Originally working sled dogs in the far north, Siberian Huskies have energetic personalities. They easily get bored, and they need to maintain an active lifestyle to be happy. So keep yourself busy and always have work to do to keep from getting in trouble!
Mostly C’s: LABRADOR RETRIEVER
Your dog personality is a Labrador Retriever! Like a Lab, you are playful, lovable, and energetic. You will always be a kid at heart. Labs are happiest when hanging out with their families, and love running, swimming, hiking, and playing fetch. They need TONS of activity and if they don’t get it they will end up with destructive behavior like trashing the house or chewing shoes! So make sure you channel your energy into good activities like sports, family fun, or volunteer work.
Mostly D’s: BULLDOG
Doggie daycare, here you come – your personality is a Bulldog! A wonderful companion, and true BFF, a Bulldog is a mellow, laid-back pooch. He sometimes gets a bad rap for being a couch potato, but Bulldogs are totally devoted to their humans. (Have you ever seen those pictures of people who dress their Bulldogs up in sunglasses and feather boas? Enough said!) Bulldogs are sensitive to your moods. They are happy when you are happy and compassionate when you are sad. They are great friends – just like you!
Mostly E’s: YORKSHIRE TERRIER
Bones away – your personality is a Yorkshire Terrier! You love attention, and hate to be alone, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Sometimes seen riding in a purse, or tucked under a glamorous woman’s arm, a Yorkshire Terrier is a cute, little, shaggy dog that’s hard to miss. Often known as yappy dogs, when they have something to say, they’ll say it. Er, bark it, that is. This tough, scrappy breed won’t hesitate to pick a fight with much bigger dogs. And most of the time the bigger dog will actually back down!
What is YOUR favorite dog breed? Tell us in the Comments!
–Ratha, STACKS Writer
Look at little Toby wearing his tiny striped shirt! Do you think dogs like wearing clothes like people do? What do YOU think Toby would be saying? Write your own caption in the Comments!
I think he is saying, “Who is the wise guy that put this ridiculous t-shirt on me? And do I really need this fuzzy white blanket? Hey! I may be cute and little, but darn it, I’m a man!”
–Amanda, STACKS Intern
The Winter Olympics are starting on February 6! We caught up with 18-year-old American freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace. Target is sponsoring him to continue his education. He talked to us about what it’s like to be such a young competitor, what he’s looking forward to at this year’s Games, and his most embarrassing freeskiing moment. Continue reading
While I am very happy I never actually had a teacher as mean as Professor Snape, I am a HUGE Snape fan. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t finished the Harry Potter series yet, but Snape’s story is so tragic and heroic. I just love him! Happy Birthday, Professor! Are you a fan of Professor Snape? Leave your birthday wishes in the Comments.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros.
“And as it got closer to Japan’s coast, it got bigger. It grew and grew, until it was a monstrous wall of water, dozens of feet high, hundreds of miles long. It destroyed everything in its path.”
Since his father died in a car crash, Ben is a different person. He alienates his friends and teammates; he no longer takes pleasure from his favorite game – basketball. Ben doesn’t make time for his five-year-old brother Harry either, and his mother is concerned. She decides to take the boys to his father’s hometown, Shogahama, Japan. His great-Uncle Ojisan tries to take their minds off of Ben’s dad’s death, but Ben’s grief is too strong.
One day during his visit, there is a massive earthquake. From California, Ben is used to earthquakes, but this one is stronger than any other he has experienced before. Then, the unthinkable happens: a tsunami comes rushing towards them and he becomes separated from everyone. Stuck in a village where he does not know the language, will he ever be reunited with his family?
–Elysse, STACKS Writer
Here at the STACKS, we love dogs, and when you love dogs, it’s hard not to wonder what kind of dog you would be if you weren’t human. Take this quiz to find out which dog breed best matches your personality.
- A great summer afternoon would be . . . A) hanging out poolside, showing off your diving moves. B) working hard making extra money with your lemonade stand. C) kicking the soccer ball around, followed by a picnic and running through the sprinkler. D) family BBQ! E) chillin’ inside a movie theater with your friends.
- Favorite dog activity: A) getting groomed and putting on cute doggie clothes. B) pulling a sled. C) fetch, catch, tug the rope – all of ‘em! D) getting your belly rubbed and drooling until you fall asleep. E) yapping at strangers.
- You’d love to win . . . A) a modeling contract. B) the Iditarod. C) an all-access pass to an amusement park. D) lifetime, unlimited treats. E) American Idol.
- If you were a dog, you would be . . . A) elegant, sophisticated, and smart. B) big, hard-working, and strong. C) playful, loving, and clumsy. D) a reliable, affectionate guard dog. E) small, feisty, and bossy.
- How do you like your hair? A) Perfect! You spend at least a half hour on it in the morning! B) Long and shaggy. You like to feel it blow in the wind! C) What? Is that a trick question? Who has time for hair when there’s playing to be done! D) No muss and no fuss! E) You could go for pigtails, braids, a mohawk, flat-ironed . . . it depends on your mood!
- Favorite “movie star” dog: A) Benji B) Lassie C) Marmaduke D) Scooby Doo E) Bolt
- If you were a food, you’d be . . . A) cheese & crackers. B) a piece of steak. C) hamburger & fries. D) ooey-gooey brownies. E) bite-size snacks like M&M’s, nuts & berries.
- Favorite place to dig for bones: A) Ew, bones are for commoners. B) out in the wild. C) in the backyard! D) I’m too busy sleeping to eat bones. E) I like to have them brought to me fresh from the pet store.
Leave your answers in the Comments and find out your results here.
–Ratha, STACKS Writer.
Last week, we posted a trivia quiz on the Fake News Stories of 2013. Did you guess which ones were true and which ones were made up out of the blue? Check out the answers below to see how you did.
- A frog was launched into space by NASA.
ANSWER: TRUE. NASA’s LADEE space rocket was on the way to the moon, when apparently this research frog escaped. The official quote from NASA says, ”The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.” Take a look at this incredible picture from NASA’s website! Can you spot the poor little guy?
- A deer in Florida got its head stuck in a bag of Doritos.
ANSWER: TRUE. In June, a police deputy discovered the poor animal while on patrol in the Florida Keys. Its entire head was stuck in the bag! The Monroe County Sheriff’s office reported the deer allowed the deputy to remove the bag without a struggle. So don’t forget to throw your trash away in a proper container!
- One Direction signed on for a new Disney Channel TV series in 2014.
ANSWER: FALSE. But wouldn’t that be awesome?
- A California baby can only nap when his puppy naps with him.ANSWER: TRUE. In a series of pics that went viral, a California tot got used to sleeping with his puppy. The pup waits for him each day by his crib for naptime. Can you say adorable?
- Suzanne Collins announced she will write a Hunger Games prequel (for ages 12 and up).
ANSWER: FALSE. If only…!!
- A boy in Florida was hit in the head by a meteorite.
ANSWER: True. According to the Orlando Sentinal newspaper, a seven-year-old boy was playing outside when he was struck in the head by what looked like small pebbles. He was taken to the hospital, and tests showed that the stones were metallic, and most likely from space! There have only been two other reported meteorite incidents in American history – in 1954 an eight-pound fragment hit a woman in Alabama, and in 1992 a car was crushed in New York by a 27-pound piece.
- Penguins dressed as Santa waddled through a park in South Korea.ANSWER: TRUE. And extremely cute.
- Studies showed people who eat high amounts of red meat developed animal-like characteristics, such as making “moo” noises and clucking like chickens.
ANSWER: FALSE. C’mon, that would just be weird. Although it is important to eat a balanced diet.
What a year. Do you guys have predictions for wacky things that could happen in 2014? In the Chinese calendar it is the Year of the Horse, if that helps you out with any ideas. (Last year 2013 was the Year of the Snake). Let us know your predictions in the Comments below!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
NASA frog photo credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry
Toddler and puppy photo credit: Jessica Shyba
Penguin photo credit: AP
Superstar artist-authors Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey worked together to create an original story with art and pictures based on suggestions from an audience of kids. In the webcast, you can also watch Kinney and Pilkey’s hilarious attempts to draw each other’s characters and to see if they can draw their own characters, Greg Heffley and Captain Underpants, blindfolded! Watch the webcast video.
And . . . There’s more! You can enter a contest based on Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey’s story starter. Download the contest entry form and create your own brilliant, one-of-a-kind, three-panel ending to Kinney and Pilkey’s original story! One Grand Prize Winner will have his or her entry framed alongside Kinney and Pilkey’s first six panels, autographed by each author. Ten Runners-Up will receive their very own illustrated storytelling extravaganza book collection. So, yeah, you will want to enter that!
Mail your entry by February 14 to:
The Mini-Story Cliff-Hanger Contest
P.O. Box 714
New York, NY, 10013-0714
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. All students in grades 2 through 8 in a U.S. school who are legal U.S. residents are eligible to enter, except those who have family members employed by Scholastic Inc. Every entry MUST include student name, teacher name, grade/age, school name, address and phone number and mailed to: Mash-Up Mini-Story Cliffhanger Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY, 10013-0714. One (1) Grand Prize Winner (approx. retail value: $300) and ten (10) Runners Up (approximate retail value: $75) will be selected based on clarity of thought, execution and creativity. Winners will be notified on or about March 13, 2014. Void where prohibited.
What are some of the important or funny or thrilling or surprising new things you have learned through experience in the past year as we make our New Year Resolutions, and look back on 2013? These are just some things 2013 has taught me!
- Books are better than TV.
- People can be surprisingly kind.
- Old friends are the best friends.
- Drink more water. Eat less sugar.
- Adore your parents. You’ll be sad when you don’t live near them one day.
- Get rid of the negative energy. You’ll be happier.
- Don’t leave dirty diapers or dog poop in the kitchen trash can overnight. You’ll be sorry in the morning.
What are some of the things 2013 taught you? Leave your thoughts (both funny and deep) in the Comments below. Farewell, 2013!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer