Nine is a really rad number, and a really rad age. And here are nine great books that every nine-year-old totally MUST read! From wacky to wild, these books will take you on some seriously awesome adventures. Continue reading
10 Problems Only Nearsighted People Understand
- Bangs + Glasses = Drama. The constant fight with your bangs and glasses leaves you with greasy hair, an itchy face, and no patience.
- Swimming without your glasses. If you lose sight of your friends at the pool, you might not find them again for an hour.
- Waking up and trying to find your glasses so you can see. It’s even worse at a sleepover!
- Before you got glasses, you never saw individual blades of grass or leaves on trees. Amazing.
- Forgetting your glasses in your desk at school. Again.
- Squinting. Lots of it.
- The “3” looked like an “8.” It REALLY did.
- As hard as you try, you just can’t get those splotches off of your glasses from this morning’s hair stylizing.
- Protective sports goggles. Is there anything more awkward?
- You can’t wear your trendy headbands with your glasses. Noooooo!
And there you have it. Are you nearsighted? Share your dramas in the Comments below!
1. Which of these cat breeds is noted for its wild appearance and its dog-like personality? A) American Bobtail B) Maine Coon C) Persian D) Korat
2. One of these cat breeds does NOT have long hair. Which one is it? A) Maine Coon B) Persian C) Oriental D) Birman
3. In the Austin Powers movies, Dr. Evil had what kind of cat? A) Persian B) Siamese C) Sphynx D) British Shorthair
4. What is the best name for an evil villain’s cat? A) Mrs. Ugly B) Mr. Bigglesworth C) Little Devil D) Auntie Evil
5. What kind of cats are Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp? A) Siamese B) Russian Blue C) Manx D) Angora
6. What color eyes do Siamese cats have? A) Green B) Orange C) Blue D) Brown
7. If you are allergic to cats but still want one, which breed should you consider? A) Balinese B) Persian C) Maine Coon D) Angora
8. Which of these is a trait of the Ragdoll cat? A) They go limp when you pick them up. B) They howl like a dog. C) They are toothless. D) They are outdoor cats.
9. Since 1871, this kind of cat has been considered the most popular breed by the Cat Fanciers’ Association: A) Abyssinian B) American Shorthair C) Persian D) Exotic
10. One of these breeds looks and behaves like a Siamese but comes in two fur lengths and over 300 color combinations? A) The Oriental B) The Birman C) The Maine Coon D) LaPerm
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Baseball is America’s pastime and millions of people watch the Super Bowl every year. While these mainstream sports get all the attention, there are super-wacky sports played all over the globe.
Every year, Port Lincoln is home to the Tuna Tossing World Championship. The rules are simple: contestants try to toss a 10 kilogram tuna as far as they can. The world record is 25 meters.
Cheese rolling may sounds like a simple sport, but is actually very dangerous. Participants chase a wheel of cheese down a steep hill and the first person to grab the cheese wins. While the rules are simple enough, most people end up falling head over heals in their attempt to catch the coveted cheese.
Bun climbing is an annual competition held at the Cheung Chau Bun Festival in China. Men compete in a race to climb towers decorated in steamed buns and bamboo. The person to collect the most buns wins.
Bossaball is a wacky sport that combines soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, and a trampoline. The game is played a lot like volleyball, but teams can use their feet, head, and hands to touch the ball. Also, the court has a giant trampoline in the middle to help people get giant jumps.
Quidditch is the flying sport played in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Although they can’t fly, Muggles actually play Quidditch by running around on a field with brooms between their legs.
It seems like every year someone is inventing a new wacky sport. What wacky sports would you like to play? Tell us in the Comments!
Go nuts for acorns in the new Ice Age movie! Ice Age: Collision Course is out this summer—check out the cosmically crazy trailer.
“Who’s dumb enough to think they can stop an asteroid?”
Comedy and cosmic craziness is the order of the day in Ice Age: Collision Course, the newest addition to the fun films in the Ice Age family from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Featuring the voices of Ray Romano, Jennifer Lopez, and more, Ice Age: Collision Course crashes into theaters on July 22, 2016.
A prehistoric saber-toothed squirrel named Scrat ventures out on an ongoing quest to track down and bury an acorn. Seems easy, right?
Things never quite go as planned for Scrat, and the chain of events that he sets off are at the center of the trouble in the new movie. It’s up to the whole herd to save the Ice Age World from meteorite madness, but THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR! AM I RIGHT, SQUAD?
Check out the trailer, and let us know what adventures you’ve gotten into lately with your “herd” in the Comments section below!
Which Message Board Is Right For You?
You may know that Scholastic has Message Boards where you can sign on and post messages to other kids like you. It’s a great place to go and (safely) meet other kids who read the same books as you, like the same things, and have the problems. ReadingBrainy26 wrote a quiz to help you decide which board to try first.
1.What do you do in your free time? A) Write stories. B) Read books. C) Play video games. D) Make stuff. E) Play outside.
2.What is the best gift you have ever received? A) A new notebook. B) A signed book by my favorite author. C) An Xbox. D) Arts and crafts supplies. E) A pet.
3.What is your favorite book about? A) It’s blank. B) Something fictional. C) Minecraft. D) How to make homemade cards. E) Animals.
4.Where is your dream vacation spot? A) Unlimited time at my desk. B) A cozy villa with a library and an oceanfront view. C) The world’s largest arcade. D) Art camp.E) The Rainforest.
5.What is your favorite snack? A) Pretzel sticks. No mess on my papers, please! B) An ice cream sandwich . . . when I finish my book, of course. C) Goldfish crackers. D) Homemade cookies with rainbow icing. E) Fruit.
6. Favorite drink? A) Water. B) Hot chocolate. C) Soda. D) Fruit smoothie. E) Lemonade.
7. How would your friends describe you? A) Creative. B) Bookwormy. C) Boss. D) Crafty/creative. E) Caring.
8. How do you wear your hair? A) Long braid out of my face. B) Ponytail/bun/down. It’s gonna come undone anyway, C) C I don’t care! I’m about to beat this level! D) Different ways. I like to experiment with my style. E) Loose and natural.
9. What is the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom? A) My desk. B) My bookshelf/comfy reading spot. C) My tv/Xbox. D) My craft bin. E) My bed because that’s where I snuggle with my pet.
10. If there were only one store on your planet, what would it be? A) Office Depot. B) Barnes and Noble. C) GameStop. D) Hobby Lobby. E) PetSmart.
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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Captain Underpants series, right? Well, the newest 12th novel of the series is out, and I LOVE it! I really like this story because it has a lot of humor; it is really action-packed, and I love the characters. The main characters are George, Harold, Mr. Meaner, and Captain Underpants. Their characters make the story really fun and interesting to read. The characters are very funny, in particular Captain Underpants and the teachers. If you see Mr. Meaner at all, watch out! He might spray you with a little something . . .
Not to spoil the story, but here is the main gist of what goes on. A planet just like Earth, but called Smart Earth, explodes (Read the book to find out how and why . . .), and a small piece flies out and lands on Earth, right in front of Mr. Meaner (the notorious gym teacher), and let’s just say things don’t work out very well! After EATING the piece of Smart Earth, he becomes really smart, obviously. He invents a spray called Rid-o-Kid 2000 and bad things happen, very bad things.
Dav Pilkey is a great author and really makes this story come to life. He does this by being very descriptive with his writing, and he uses this thing called Flip-O-Rama. Flip-O-Rama is a special comic book type of animated pictures. By flipping pages back and forth a certain way, Flip-O-Rama™ makes the pictures look really cool and animated.
I would highly recommend for all of you to read this great series, Captain Underpants, if you want to get lost in a great sea of awesomeness. Read a sneak peek here.
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This scrumptious-looking pancake is begging me to eat it! Or . . . is it saying something else?
Leave YOUR caption for Pancake Face in the Comments!
Alex, Scholastic Kids Council
American history + rap music = Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton has an amazing story, and his life is brought to life by the Broadway musical, Hamilton. It won the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for 16 Tony Awards – the most in Broadway history! Tickets are pretty much impossible to get, but you can listen to the amazing soundtrack to get a taste of what it’s like. (I’m totally obsessed!)
A little backstory . . . Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies around 1755. His father abandoned him, and his mom died when he was 12. After a hurricane destroyed his town, he jumped on a boat to New York and carved a name for himself. He was rejected from Princeton University, faced discrimination as an immigrant, but used his strong personality and “power of the pen” to get ahead. He became General Washington’s right-hand-man in the Revolutionary War, part of the new U.S. Government Cabinet, helped write the Federalist Papers, founded the NY Post newspaper, and basically established the American banking system. He died in a pistol duel with the U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr.
Catch a beat with our Hamilton Trivia Quiz based on Hamiltunes from the musical soundtrack.
1. What song has these lyrics?
“As a kid in the Caribbean I wished for a war.
I knew that I was poor;
I knew that it was the only way to
The elephant is in the room.
The truth is in ya face when ya hear the British cannons go . . .
2. The song “You’ll Be Back” is sung by King George of which country?
Hint: He is not happy over the colonies wanting to break up with him, so he sings madly . . .
“Time will tell.
You’ll remember that I served you well.
Oceans rise, empires fall.
We have seen each other through it all.
And when push comes to shove . . .
I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love!
Da da dat dat daaaaa . . .”
3. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr are long-time rivals. Hamilton loves to taunt Burr with the phrase: ”If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you_________?” A) Fall for? B) Eat for dinner? C) End up doing for the rest of your life?
4. What song has these lyrics?
“I’m not throwin’ away my shot!
I’m not throwin’ away my shot!
Ayo, I’m just like my country;
I’m young, scrappy, and hungry.
I’m not throwin’ away my shot!”
5. When Thomas Jefferson comes home from Paris, he sings a song “What’d I Miss?” about which state?
“So what did I miss?
What’d I miss?
___________ , my home sweet home, I wanna give you a kiss.”
Name that state! A) Oregon B) Virginia C) Texas
6. Was Alexander Hamilton Secretary of State OR Secretary of the Treasury?
Look at the lyrics from the song “Schuyler Defeated” for a clue:
(Sung by Aaron Burr to Hamilton) “Oh, Wall Street thinks you’re great. You’ll always be adored by the things you create.”
7. In the song “The Room Where it Happens”, Aaron Burr sings, “Or did you know, even then, it doesn’t matter where you put the U.S. Capital?”
Hamilton answers, “Cuz we’ll have the banks, we’re in the same spot. And I wanted what I got.”
What city instead of Washington D.C. was the U.S. Capital supposed to originally be in? (But Hamilton made sure the banking center of the nation was there, which he thought was just as important).
8. In the last song of the show “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story,” who is credited for telling the story of Hamilton’s life? A) George Washington B) Aaron Burr C) His wife Eliza
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By now, you know that Disney is making High School Musical 4, and instead of using the cast from the original High School Musical movies (remember Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, and Ashley Tisdale?), Disney is looking for all-new actors, singers, and dancers aged 14-17 to play the parts of all the Wildcats.
There is an open audition in Anaheim, CA on May 15. If you want to prepare at home, here’s the script:
PEYTON (MORNING, getting ready for school)
It’s like the adults had a meeting and said: “You know how teenagers have a biological need to sleep late? Let’s make them go to school super-crazy early!” Luckily I’ve got sports to keep me going. My family moves a lot for my dad’s job. Not great for making friends. But sports? They’re always there for me. I’ve got a jersey for every mood. Am I feeling Basketball “FUN,” Football “TOUGH” or Soccer “FOCUSED?” Which one says, “Today’s the Start of Something New…YET AGAIN”….??
(Pretends to hold up Soccer jersey) So “Soccer,” you gonna help me “Get My Head in the Game?!”