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October 24, 2014

My Neighbor Totoro Movie Review

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My Neighbor TortoroMy Neighbor Totoro (rated G): An Extremely Awesome Movie

A movie I would definitely recommend is My Neighbor Totoro by Studio Ghibli. I have dressed up as Totoro for Halloween, and introduced the movie to anyone who would watch it. In this animated film directed by Hiyao Miyazaki, two sisters adjusting to their move from the city meet a forest spirit called Totoro. He helps the girls and they become friends. The movie is super-cute, and the expansive forest backdrops are stunning. My Neighbor Totoro is definitely my all-time favorite movie and is great for everyone.

Tell us YOUR opinion in the Comments.

Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council

October 23, 2014

Book Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

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Book warsBook Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

Attention all fantasy readers! You’ll want to get in on this week’s book war, because I will be comparing two of the most popular fantasy series there are: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson & The Olympians.

People have been saying for years that the two series are similar in character and plot, but I’m about to take a deeper look to find out. So, are you a Potterhead or are you a Demigod? Can you be both?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief book coverTo begin the comparison, let’s start with the two main protagonists. Harry and Percy are both unlikely heroes with difficult backgrounds. Harry’s parents were killed when he was just a baby, and he was forced to live with his horrible Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and his vile cousin, Dudley. Percy was raised by his mother and his awful step-father, Gabe Ugliano. Both children were bullied because they were weak and scrawny and no one really cared about them.

Harry and Percy also share some similar traits. Harry and Percy both have a “saving people thing” because they always want to help someone in danger. They are also known to be witty and sarcastic, but incredibly loyal to their friends.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu KibuishiFinally, Harry and Percy are the “Chosen One” and the “Child of the Prophecy” meaning that they are the only people who can save the world because of a prophecy written about them.

Now let’s compare some of the other characters.

The main female protagonists, Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase, are both the most intelligent characters in each series. They always know the answer for everything and always have a plan, but Annabeth is more of a warrior than Hermione.

And let’s not forget about the lovable best friends. Ron Weasley and Grover Underwood are the two main characters’ best friends. They are similar in that they are both easily scared, funny, and have a love of food. The only difference would be the fact that Grover has goat legs . . .

And, of course, we have the villains. There are the main bad guys, Lord Voldemort and Kronos, and also the conflicted henchmen, Draco Malfoy and Luke Castellan.

Another similarity in the series would be the plot. Both books are about two children who become heroes and have to save the world. They both involve a prophecy, magic, and myth.

So what do you think? How similar are these two series? And are you a fan of HP or PJO? Leave your opinion in the Comments.

Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council

PS. Emma Rose weighs in on the debate in her video. Ari is also a PJO fan. He says, “The books are exciting. It is fun to see Greek Mythology come alive in the present day. Percy, the son of Poseidon, must learn to survive and protect both the mortal and the immortal worlds.”

October 22, 2014

Whatever After: Cold as Ice

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Whatever After booksWhatever After Book #6: Cold as Ice

The next book in the Whatever After series is almost here! Abby and Jonah are visiting another fairy tale . . . and this one’s freezing! When author Sarah Mlynowski meets her fans, they often suggest to her which fairy tale they want her to write about next. The #1 request she had been getting from readers was to put main characters Abby and Jonah in the story of “The Snow Queen.” Next month, the Snow Queen-themed Whatever After book will be available and here’s a sneak peek at the cover!Whatever After #6: Cold as Ice

What do you think? Pretty awesome, right!?!

If you’re not familiar with Whatever After, check out the website to play the dress-up game, watch the trailer, and read a few excerpts.

For all you Whatever After fans, Cold as Ice will be available on November 25th.

And look out for Whatever After #7: Beauty Queen, coming in May!

Happy reading!

October 20, 2014

Goosebumps Monster Personality Quiz

Goosebumps SlappyWhich Goosebumps Monster Are YOU?

Villainy. Terror. Mischief.  All words to describe the monsters that wreak havoc in the Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine. The menacing ghouls that fill the pages of the books each have their quirks that make their “monster-nalities” absolutely wretched! Take the Goosebumps Monster Quiz to see which ghoul is your rightful alter-ego.

Are you the trash-talking Slappy with a heart of pure cold, the vengeful Mummy, the devilish Scarecrow, the dastardly Lawn Gnomes, or the beastly Abominable Snowman? Discover your innermost wicked trait and see which Goosebumps monster you truly are.

Take the quiz. Which monster are you? Post it in the Comments.

October 16, 2014

Scholastic Kids Council Shelfies

Posted by at 1:38 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

Peep says Hi.Whenever I go to someone’s house for the first time, I always try to peek at the bookshelves to see if that person likes the same books as I do. Is that nosy of me? What? You don’t do that? Anyway . . . I knew I wanted a peek at the Scholastic Kids Council’s bookshelves so I asked them to send me their “shelfies.”

Do you see any of your favorite books?

Ari shelfie

Beata shelfie

Emma Rose shelfie

Grace shelfie

Izzy shelfie

Kennedy shelfie

Maggie shelfie

Michael shelfie

Rowan shelfie

Leave a Comment to tell us which books we would see in YOUR shelfie.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 15, 2014

October Books of the Month

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Happy HalloweenHappy almost-Halloween! This month’s Books of the Month are brought to you by the Halloween Book Challenge. Every week, we are reading a different book in a different Halloween-y category. It’s not too late to join! Here are the categories:

Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover.

Oct 8-14 Creepy Setting
Choose a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .

Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.

Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.

This month’s Books of the Month are all of the books people are reading for the Halloween Book Challenge. Behold the word cloud!

October books of the month

Are you taking the Halloween Book Challenge? This week, the book topic is Supernatural Abilities. Tell us which supernatural-type book you’re reading in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 15, 2014

Goosebumps Books: Most Wanted

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Goosebumps Most Wanted: 12 Screams of ChristmasGoosebumps Most Wanted: The 12 Screams of Christmas

Christmas comes early for Goosebumps books fans—and in more ways than one! We have an exclusive preview of the newly released, Goosebumps Most Wanted: The 12 Screams of Christmas. It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and for Goosebumps, that usually means something downright terrifying is brewing. In the new book, Kate Welles and her friend Courtney are taking part in the school’s production of “The 12 Screams of Christmas.” When their teacher moves rehearsals to a certain house with a lot of history, it gives a new meaning to “Christmas Spirit.” Dare to take a peek?

JUST FOR INK SPLOT 26 READERS! Read an exclusive preview of the new Goosebumps Most Wanted: The 12 Screams of Christmas.

October 14, 2014

Harry Potter Halloween

Happy HalloweenHalloween is an important holiday in the Harry Potter books. Have you ever noticed that important events always seem to happen in October in those books? Here are some memorable events from the Harry Potter books that took place in October along with a question for you to ponder:

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: On October 31, a mountain troll attacks Hermione in the girl’s bathroom at Hogwarts. After Ron and Harry help her fight it, the 3 of them become inseparable friends. Would you rather fight a troll or a Dementor? Woul dyou rather fight a troll of a Dementor? Continue reading
October 8, 2014

Confectionately Yours Kid Review

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Confectionately Yours book coverBook Reviews by Kids, for Kids

Are you looking for 100% kid-approved book recommendations? The STACKS has them. This week, CheeryJade2 recommends the Confectionately Yours series by Lisa Papademetriou (for ages 9-12). Have you read this series? What did you think? Read on for CheeryJade’s review. . .

Well, hello out there! I started my weekly book blog which features 1 book per post. And today’s post is starring the Confectionately Yours series by Lisa Papademetriou. The series consists of 4 books.

Now, the series is basically about a girl called Hayley who is an amazing cupcake baker and her family (consisting of her mom, lil’ sis’ Chloe, her grandmother, and various other people). Hayley has been through a lot: her parents’ divorce, a fall-out with her best friend, etc. But she manages a happy and sweet ending always. No, things don’t always go back to the way they were, and that’s what I like about the book! It has a touch of bittersweet reality. The book also contains some amazing gluten-free cupcake recipes, which are super-yummy to eat and super-easy to make. So, if you’re into baking and reading, this is the series for you!

CheeryJade2

PS. You can check out the Confectionately Yours series on the Stacks itself! So, get clicking!

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