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October 21, 2013

Spooktacular Halloween Treat Who Would Win

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halloweenChocolate vs. Apples . . . Who Would Win?

This Halloween, which awesome treat would you rather receive when trick-or-treating in your neighborhood? Would you go bobbing for apples or pick the classic chocolate bar?

Trick or treat! Trick or treat! Give me something good to eat!

Leave your vote in the Comments below! Not to influence your vote or anything, but today is National Apple Day. Just sayin’. May the most fright-tastic treat win!

–Amanda, STACKS InternPlain Chocolate4292-90060

October 17, 2013

School Council Elections

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electiondayElection Day . . . for Students!

With a new school year, comes a new student council. This extracurricular activity is a great way for you to play a more active role in your school community, and learn about leadership and government. As a student council member, you serve as a representative for your classmates and share their ideas and concerns with teachers and school administrators at weekly or monthly meetings. Positions may include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and fundraising officer, either for each grade or for the whole school.  You usually have to write and present a speech to your class explaining why this position is right for you, and what you would do to help the school once elected.

Here are some tips for running in a school election:

  • Take out a pen and some paper and brainstorm ways to improve your school if you were to be elected as a student council leader. Would you consider planning fundraisers like car washes or bake sales? Do you want better soap in the bathrooms or cool Band-Aids in the nurse’s office? Should there be another vending machine in the cafeteria with healthier snack options?
  • Now begin to develop a campaign. How will other students know to vote for you and know where you stand on school issues? Ask your siblings or friends to help you design campaign posters. Put your name and picture and a catchy slogan or a few things that you will promise to do for your fellow classmates. Introduce yourself to new people in your school and tell them why you think they should vote for you in the election. Also ask what their personal ideas are. Together, you can make your school an even better place!

Why not take a stand? Why don’t YOU run for school office this year? You might be able to make your school a better place.

–Amanda, STACKS intern

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 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

September 17, 2013

Class Pet Who Would Win

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Class Pet Who Would Win

Which class pet would be more awesome? Would you rather a fluffy little guinea pig or a cute little piglet?

Leave your votes in the Comments below, and may the cutest pet win! PS. Why is it called a guinea pig? It doesn’t look anything like a pig!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

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September 16, 2013

September STACKS Profile Spotlight

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Profile_yellowglow_130September STACKS Profile Spotlight

Her hobbies include writing stories, playing board games, and surfing the net.

  • She loves dogs and chocolate chip cookies.
  • She wants to be a teacher, and dreams of exploring castles and historic ancient ruins.
  • Yellowglow loves reading, and reads everything from adventure books to comic books and magazines!

Get to know Yellowglow!

Her Book Suggestions:

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Nancy Drew mystery stories by Carolyn Keane
  • Daring Adventures series by Peter Reese Doyle

How She Got Her Cool Username:  She told us in this post on the STACKS Buzz Board, “Yellowglow was the name of the main character in a book that I wrote when I was 10 or 11 years old.”

Personal Quote from Yellowglow: “Each one of you is carrying a light. Don’t hide it.”

Be sure to strike up a conversation with her on the Buzz Board and add her as a friend! She’s awesome! Check out her profile!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

September 19, 2012

My Sister the Vampire Readalikes

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My Sister the Vampire book coverMy Sister the Vampire Readalikes

You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

Today’s Readalikes are for the My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer. When Olivia Abbott moves to town, she’s excited to join the cheerleading team and make new friends. Then she meets Ivy Vega. At first, Ivy, pale and dressed all in black, looks like Olivia’s opposite. Then the girls look beyond the glittery pink blush and thick black eyeliner to discover they’re identical twins! Olivia and Ivy are brimming with plans to switch places and pull every twin trick in the book. But Olivia soon discovers that she and Ivy aren’t exactly the same. . . Ivy is a vampire.

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August 8, 2012

Dork Diaries Readalikes

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ReadalikesYou know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new, amazing books.Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life book cover by Rachel Renee Russell

Today’s Readalikes are for the Dork Diaries series. These books follow 8th-grader Nikki Maxwell as she describes her TRAUMATIC move to a snooty new school, her EPIC battle with her mom for an iPhone, and her issues with the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids, especially the SNOBBY Mackenzie.

There are 7 books in the series (and a movie coming out in 2015), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other funny books about life in school for girls ages 9-12.

  • The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
    5th grade best friends Lydia and Julie decide to study the popular girls at their school to be better prepared to fit into the popular crowd in middle school. See also the other books in The Popularity Papers series.
  • Gossip from the Girls’ Room: A Blogtastic Novel by Rose Cooper
    Unpopular 6th-grader Sophia writes an anonymous blog on her middle school’s website, and keeps track of everything she overhears in the girls’ bathroom in her notebook.
  • Dear Dumb Diary Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
    Jamie Kelly writes in her middle school diary and describes her life at home and school in humorous detail. Only Jamie’s dumb diary understands why Angeline is awful, her mom’s cooking is terrible, and why her little cousin is so annoying! See also the other books in the Dear Dumb Diary series.
  • Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
    While training her new puppy, 6th-grader Annabelle discovers that many of the same techniques can be used to tame the crazy boys in her middle school.
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
    Author Raina describes in humorous and heartbreaking detail the traumas she went through in 6th grade before and after getting braces.
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Callie is the set designer for her middle school drama production, but the onstage drama is nothing compared to the offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. When two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
  • How I Survived Middle School Can You Get an F in Lunch? by Nancy Krulik
    Jenny and Addie have always been best friends, but when Addie decides she wants to join the Pops, the coolest clique in the school, Jenny is worried she may lose her best friend. See also the other books in the How I Survived Middle School series.
  • Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm
    Ginny can’t wait for 7th grade to end, especially when it involves getting braces, annoying brothers, and losing the lead in the ballet to your ex-best friend. In this story told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a variety of other items, Ginny’s first year of middle school is revealed in gruesome and hilarious detail!
  • The Misfits by James Howe
    Four unpopular 7th-graders create a “No-Name” party for the student council elections representing all the students that have been picked on and called mean names in school.
  • Amelia’s Notebooks by Marissa Moss
    Moving away from your best friend isn’t fun, but at least Amelia has her notebook to write about her life as she struggles with friends, school and of course, gossip. See also the other books in the Amelia’s Notebooks series.
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
    Harriet never goes anywhere without her journal. But when her classmates find her notebook and discover what she really thinks of them, Harriet has some serious explaining to do!

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Amanda, Scholastic Booktalker