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January 6, 2016

Book Wars: Avengers vs. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Book warsBook Wars: Avengers vs. Guardians of the Galaxy

The superheroes of comic books have been capturing our minds and our hearts for many years, so I am going to be comparing two great superhero teams: Avengers vs. Guardians of the Galaxy.

guardians of the galaxyLet’s compare the leader of each team. In Avengers, our leader is Captain America. In Guardians of the Galaxy, the leader is Starlord. Both of these characters are American human beings trapped in the wrong place or time. The main difference between them is their attitude. While Captain America is a natural do-gooder who always strives to help people, Starlord is an ex-thief whose primary concern is himself. He is witty, unlike Captain America, who is constantly serious. Despite their differences, in the end, both heroes lead their teams to save the world. Continue reading

January 5, 2016

Animal Personality Quiz

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Question marksWhat Is Your Animal Personality?

Which climate would you rather live in? a) Hot and humid. b) Hot and dry. c) Wet and warm. d) Cold and snowy.

What would you rather eat? a) Bamboo. b) Leaves and grass. c) Fruit. d) Fish.

Pick which one you would rather have: a) thick fur coat. b) tusks. c) a big mouth to suck food in. d) wings.

Which unique trait would you rather have? a) The ability to climb great heights. b) Amazing hearing.  c) Webbed toes. d) Slick feathers for swimming.

What kind of family life would you prefer? a) Solitary, or all by yourself. b) Close, life-long relationships.  c) A small family. d) A huge family.

Pick a place you would love to visit. a) China. b) West Africa. c) East Africa. d) The Arctic.

Which type of animal would be your enemy? a) Snow leopard. b) Lion. c) Crocodile. d) Leopard seal.

What size animal would you rather be? a) Medium. b) Extremely large. c) Large. d) Small.

How fast would you like to be able to run or swim? a) 1-2 miles per hour. b) 10 miles per hour. c) 20 miles per hour. d) 7-9 miles per hour.

Which would you rather look like? a) A raccoon. b) A dinosaur. c) A rhino. d) A bird. Continue reading

December 30, 2015

Book Title Mashup

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Guess the bookBook Title Mashup

PurpleFairy challenges you to a Book Title Mashup Quiz. Can you name the 2 books mashed up together in the following titles? If you need a hint, then click on the links.

  1. The 39 Rules for Girls
  2. The Hunger Amulet
  3. The Deathly Bone
  4. Captain Dumb Diary
  5. Grimmtastic Potter
  6. Geronimo Wonderstruck
  7. Wings of Whatever After
  8. How I Survived Mean Janine
  9. Charlotte’s Keepers
  10. Diary of Sisters

Leave your answers in the Comments and then go chat on the STACK Back Board!

December 29, 2015

Fun Questions for When You're Bored

boredom buster questionsWinter Break Boredom Buster Quiz

Hippolyte from the Reading Buzz Board has some questions for you in case you’re bored over winter break.

Hey you guys! I hope everyone’s doing great! :D  :D I’ve been kinda bored so here’s a little quiz/survey thingy! It’s mostly just questions I thought were fun and I’d like to answer, but hopefully you guys will like them too!

So, here it goes.

  1. First off, what do you like people to call you on the STACKS?
  2. Which fictional character are you most like?
  3. What was the latest song you listened to?
  4. Latest movie you watched?
  5. Hmm, who is your celebrity crush at the moment? (Be honest; I can see right through you!)
  6. If you were the protagonist of a new story, which already existing fictional villain would you like to fight against as your antagonist?
  7. What are you listening to right now?
  8. What’s your favorite scent?
  9. If you absolutely HAD to change your hairstyle to something you’ve never done before, what style would you choose?
  10. What are some very popular and well-liked things that you dislike? (Feel free to vent, but I’d be disappointed if the majority of answers are just “One Direction“.)
  11. What is your reputation in your circle of friends/family? (e.g. Are you the “comic relief” friend, the “team mom”, the “family disappointment”, etc?)
  12. If you were president for a day, what 3 things would you change?
  13. If you HAD to travel back in time and live in a specific time and place in history, what would you choose?
  14. Tell us about the AWESOMEST dream you’ve had.
  15. Have you thought of baby names (or just some names you like anyway)?
  16. What cartoons and movies did you grow up watching?
  17. How would you describe your sense of humor?
  18. Which song has been stuck in your head lately?
  19. What’s your favorite article of clothing that you own? Give it a little description.
  20. If you had $500 to spend, but only for yourself, what would you buy?
  21. In which fictional world would you like to live?
  22. What language that you don’t already speak would you be interested in studying?
  23. What would you rather be, a superhero or wizard? (Try to think outside of particular works of fiction: e.g. not just a Harry Potter wizard, or a Marvel superhero.)
  24. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
  25. Prince?
  26. Villain?
  27. Animal companion?
  28. What’s your favorite snack?

Aaaaaaand it’s over! Have fun you guys! Leave your answers in the Comments and then hop over to the Reading Buzz Board and say, “Hi!”

Hippolyte

December 23, 2015

Revenge of the Angels by Jennifer Ziegler

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Revenge of the AngelsRevenge of the Angels by Jennifer Ziegler

When I was growing up, the holidays seemed magical. It felt like there was a balloon inside me, slowly filling as the celebrations grew closer, until I felt like I might burst—or maybe float up to the ceiling. But as I got older, I started to feel more stress around the holidays, and I’d worry that I didn’t have enough time or money to make things special.

In my new book, Revenge of the Angels, the holidays are not going well for Dawn, Darby, and Delaney Brewster. They’ve been told they aren’t going to get the presents they asked for, weather has stranded their mom and beloved older sister in Boston, their dad has to work a lot, and they didn’t get the parts of the Three Wise Men in their church Christmas pageant just because they are girls. To make things worse, someone is stealing decorations and baked goods off people’s porches! It’s enough to make anyone with holiday spirit turn into a Grinch.

But here’s something I’ve learned that the triplets also come to realize: The holidays don’t have to go perfectly to be magical. The point is to enjoy special moments with people who matter to you, and show them how much you care for them—with a gift, a baked treat, or simply some kind words or deeds. And it’s also a time to enjoy shared traditions. You know those special things you do year after year? Maybe there’s a recipe you cook or bake only around the holidays. Or maybe there are songs you sing, items you display, games you play, or places you visit during this time. There’s something comforting about doing the same things with the same people at the same time of year.

My family eats tamales on Christmas Eve and we always watch the movie A Christmas Story. There’s also an ornament I was given when I was a baby—an elf wearing glasses that I named Doc. Doc is now scuffed and a little shabby in places, but he’s like an old friend, and I look forward to hanging him on our tree every year.

What special things make your holidays seem a little magical each year?

Jennifer Ziegler, Scholastic Author

December 23, 2015

Clementine for Christmas by Daphne Benedis-Grab

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christmas for clementineClementine for Christmas by Daphne Benedis-Grab

Hello Stacks Readers,

I’m excited to give you the inside scoop on Clementine for Christmas!

Josie always looks forward to the Christmas Gala at Frost Valley Hospital where she and her beloved dog Clementine volunteer. But when Oscar, a boy Josie knows only as a troublemaker from school, shows up at the hospital to volunteer for the month, and Josie learns that this year’s Gala is going to be cancelled, she is sure Christmas is ruined.

Meanwhile, Oscar has problems of his own. His parents won’t stop arguing and now he’s being pressured to wear a costume and sing to sick kids. His response? “No way!”

Then there’s Gabby—she’s keeping a secret from everyone, a secret that she is terrified will be revealed. It’s beginning to look like the worst Christmas ever. But maybe if Josie, Oscar, and Gabby can find a way to band together with a little holiday spirit and some help from Clementine, they can find a way not only to save the Gala but to make this the best Christmas ever.

Christmas is my very favorite holiday (despite tough competition from Halloween) and so it was especially fun to write a book set at that time of year. Ever since I was little, the weeks leading up to Christmas have felt like a magical time. I look forward to traditions like singing carols and baking Christmas cookies. (I am a big fan of snickerdoodles which I made sure to include in the book!)

My favorite tradition is decorating our Christmas tree—each ornament has its own story, like the ceramic whale in a Santa hat that my sister bought me in Bar Harbor, Maine, and the dough candy canes I made with my mom before my sister was even born. And then there’s Christmas morning, opening presents while carols play, and eating a big breakfast all together. For me, the very best part of Christmas is being together with family and friends.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Daphne Benedis-Grab, Scholastic Author

December 3, 2015

DIY Room Decor

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Peep says Hi.DIY Room Décor Ideas

Check out these crafty ideas from HeartRed144!

1. Jewelry Holder: Take a picture frame without the glass part and spray paint or paint it any color you want. Then take some nails and hammer them onto the frame. Make sure you have an adult supervision if you need help. Hang up your jewelry hanger and hang your necklaces and bracelets on the nails.

2. Canvas: Take a plain canvas and different colored paint to your work station. Use some masking tape to spell out your name or any word. Take a Sharpie pen and outline the letters. Next, paint the canvas however you want. It’s OK if some paint gets on the masking tape. After the paint dries, remove the masking tape, and then paint or color in the letters. Hang it up and your room is colorful!!

3. Pencil/Utensil Holder: Take a tin can and peel off the label. Next, spray paint or paint it with any color you want. After the paint dries, take an index card and write a label like “Pencils or Pens” on the blank space of the card. Tape or glue the card to the can. Glue some cute decorations (ribbon, stickers, googly eyes, etc.) to the painted can and place it on your desk. Put your writing utensils inside the tin cans!! How lovely, right?

I really hope these DIYs are very helpful because I tried all of them and they are superbly GREAT!!! Remember to decorate them however you want because it will be your very own design! Please comment down below letting me know which onw of these DIYs are your fsvorite! I personally love them ALL because I love doing arts and carfts! They are very fun to make and super easy!

If you have any questions, let me know by replying to this topic idea! And join the Crafts & DIY Message Board for more craft ideas!

Friend me as well! I will be very happy if you do!!!!!!!! Bye, friends and people!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 2, 2015

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

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Recommend me!Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison ( for ages 8-12)Grounded

If you loved Tangled,  Ella Enchanted or the Harry Potter series, then try this fairy tale retelling of the Rapunzel story.

In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so–her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can’t imagine any other life.

Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He’s the first person Rapunzel’s ever met who isn’t completely charmed by her (well, the first person she’s met at all, really), and he is infuriating–especially when he hints that Witch isn’t telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised . . . and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

Read Chapter 1 of Grounded!

December 1, 2015

Holiday Activities!

Posted by at 1:28 am in News | Permalink

Christmas cookiesHappy Holidays, everyone!Holiday Activities

Now that Turkey Day is over, it’s officially the holiday season–and we’re so excited! We’ve got lots of DIY gift ideas, giftwrapping fun, and other holiday activities.

Are you excited for the holiday season? What are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the Comments!

– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer