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October 14, 2016

Fantastic Beasts Fan Event

Posted by at 1:15 pm in Harry Potter, Movies & TV | Permalink

I have seen the first 10 minutes of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  movie (rated PG-13), and it is EPIC! I was at a worldwide fan event for the new movie in New York City with a whole theater full of Harry Potter fans. Other fans around the world participated, and I can tell you there were wands waving, screams of excitement when a surprise guest appeared (Hint: Her name begins with J.), and even some hyperventilating in the New York theater during this event.fantastic beasts fan event

Watch the highlight video!

For reals, guys! I was there! Am I a lucky no-maj, or what? The movie comes out on November 18, 2016, so get ready!

Sonja

October 11, 2016

Monstober Would You Rather

Best Friends WheneverDISNEY CHANNEL TRANSFORMS OCTOBER INTO “MONSTOBER!”

The Disney Channel gets spooky this month with a ton of new Halloween themed shows, movies, and fan favorites. We thought we’d unleash this monstrous news on you with some Would You Rather “Monstober” style.

Would You Rather …

1. Turn into a werewolf in school and go crazy OR have one of your toys turn into a doll-zombie and follow you everywhere?

Best Friends Whenever tackles this very difficult werewolf scenario in “Night of the Were-Diesel.” Syd accidentally gets wolf serum on herself and turns into a werewolf! Now Shelby has to stop her before she destroys the school’s Halloween carnival. (Monday October 17th, repeats all month)

2. Be at a camp where the campers keep mysteriously disappearing OR be chased by a weird chef with a meat cleaver?

Bunk’d “Camp Kiki-Slasher” has the campers disappearing one by one. And the promo features the weird chef with the meat cleaver. Yikes! (Friday October 7th, repeats all month)

3. Do rhythmic gymnastics OR ice hockey?

Check out the new original movie The Swap featuring a gymnast and an ice hockey star. When they text-argue about whose life and sport is easier, a weird glitch makes them switch bodies! With a gymnastic championship and hockey team tryouts on the line, they have to figure out how to get back in their own bodies before the switch becomes permanent. (Oct. 7th, on Demand)

4. Monsters Inc. OR Monsters U?

Both are awesome, but tune in to Monsters U on Oct. 9th!

5. Be a Ghostbuster and catch ghosts OR a Ghost Patrol and catch animal-spirit ghosts?

Catch the one-hour animated special Ghost Patrol where Gabi, Spence, and Spooky the Dog are their town’s supernatural pest control. They’ve never seen a real ghost, but that might all change when they are called to investigate the old Geist Manor… (Oct. 9th)

6. Run a mysterious lodge in the country OR a trendy hotel in the city?

The new series from Disney Channel UK/England called The Lodge looks pretty awesome. After her mother dies, a girl returns to the lodge her mother was raised in years ago and takes part in running it. But she finds everything is not as it seems to be. Looks musical, tech-y, trendy, and FUN! (Oct.17th)

7. Be the child of a Disney hero OR Disney villain?

Fan favorite movie Descendants features the children of Disney movie princesses and villains at boarding school. Also look for the animated shorts called Descendants; Wicked World. There is a new one “Slumber Party.” (Oct. 21st)

8. Have your soul trapped in a haunted cabinet OR get turned into a monster?

Check out R.L. Stine’s movie Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls where a travelling Hall of Horrors, run by the crazy Dr. Hysteria, is turning teenagers into monsters and trapping their souls in a cabinet backstage. (Oct. 29th)

Other highlights from Monstober include movies Halloweentown, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Twitches, Toy Story 3. Plus Halloween episodes of Liv and Maddie, and Bizaardvark. Also look for Halloween makeup tutorials, DIY projects, and Disney star makeovers “Monstrosity Makeovers.”

Let us know your answers to the “Would You Rather” questions in the Comments below!

-Ratha

October 9, 2016

Halloween Activities

Posted by at 1:01 am in News | Permalink

halloweenHalloween Activities on the STACKS!

The spookiest day of the year is coming on October 31. Here are a few Halloween activities and links to get you ready. If you need costume ideas, we got ‘em; scary books, we got ‘em. We even have a personality quiz to find out what monster you are most like!

This just in . . . these Halloween Would You Rather questions from PurpleWizard50:

Would you rather . . . .

  1. Dress up as a pink princess OR a yellow bumblebee?
  2. Get one small yummy candy bar OR a giant bar of yucky candy?
  3. Turn into a werewolf OR a vampire?
  4. Eat 2000 candy bars in a minute OR eat 30 old pieces of licorice in one minute?
  5. Meet a mummy OR Frankenstein?

If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the STACK Back Message Board and submit them! Have a safe and fun Halloween!

October 7, 2016

Top 10 Professor McGonagall Quotes

Posted by at 10:30 am in Harry Potter, Writing Prompt | Permalink

professor-mcgonagallHappy Birthday, Professor McGonagall!

Happy Birthday on October 8 to one of our favorite teachers of all time – Minerva McGonagall!

Born half-blood to a Muggle father and witch mother, she attended Hogwarts from 1947-1954. She was engaged to be married but ran away to work for the Ministry of Magic. Years later, she married another man – her old boss at The Ministry of Magic, but he was tragically bitten by a deadly Venomous Tentacula. She then threw herself into her work as Hogwarts Transfiguration Professor, advisor and close friend to Dumbledore, and head of Gryffindor. To celebrate, we’re rolling out our Top 10 Professor McGonagall Quotes as written by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series.

  1. “He’ll be famous—a legend—I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in the future—there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  2. “Potter, this is Oliver Wood. Wood – I’ve found you a Seeker.” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  3. “Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do, Potter.” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  4. ‘We’ll leave it to you, then, Gilderoy, Tonight will be an excellent time to do it. We’ll make sure everyone’s out of your way. You’ll be able to tackle the monster all by yourself. A free reign at last. (Chamber of Secrets)
  5. “Sybill Trelawney has predicted the death of one student a year since she arrived at this school. None of them has died yet. Seeing death omens is her favorite way of greeting a new class.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)
  6. “You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. I assure you that if you do die, you need not hand it in.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)
  7. “Moody, is that a student? Moody, we never use transfiguration as a punishment!” (Goblet of Fire)
  8. “Are you quite sure you wouldn’t like a cough drop, Dolores? (Order of the Phoenix)
  9. “We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.” (Deathly Hallows)
  10. “Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!” (Deathly Hallows

Do you see any of your faves? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below. Class dismissed!

-Ratha

Image courtesy Warner Bros.

October 7, 2016

SPONSORED POST Star Banks Adventure

Posted by at 9:54 am in Games | Permalink

T.RoweThis blog post is sponsored by T. Rowe Price.

Mysterious planets, an alien mentor, and a robot shopkeeper—sounds like the ingredients to an amazing sci-fi story, right? It’s also the foundation for a new swipe-and-match game called Star Banks Adventure! Watch the trailer.

Like all great games, Star Banks Adventure is packed with choices for you to make. But every choice has a consequence, so be careful! You’ll need to partner with Odal, an alien guide, to stop Overlord Zek, the evil mastermind bent on causing financial chaos. Use different Star Banks to collect coins and build space devices to save the galaxy from financial chaos. I can’t wait to see what comes next! Click here to check it out.

Accompanied by spacey music and a storyline that unfolds as you go, Star Banks Adventure is a blast!

This free game was created by T. Rowe Price as part of their Money Confident Kids Program, which focuses on helping kids better understand money. It can be played online or on mobile devices through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

September 23, 2016

Star Wars Rebels Would You Rather

STAR WARS REBELSStar Wars Rebels on Disney XD takes place 14 years after the movie Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (where Anakin becomes Darth Vader) and 5 years before Episode IV: A New Hope (where we meet Luke). So basically, in between the old movies and the new movies.

It introduces a whole new cast of characters, plus we get to see some old favorites. The main character is Ezra, a 14-year old orphan/con-artist/pickpocket with surprising abilities to use the Force. He becomes an unlikely member of the Ghost ship crew where he is trained by Jedi Kanan, and helps in missions against the Empire. Along the way we get to see Yoda, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, C3-PO, Ashoka, and more of our old faves in action.

Use the Force for good rather than evil to complete our Star Wars Rebels Would You Rather.

Would you rather:

1. Go undercover as an Imperial cadet (and pretend to be evil) OR train as Darth Vader’s apprentice (and truly be evil)?

2. Blaster OR lightsaber?

3. Lose your droid OR your ship to Lando Calrissian?

4. Make your own lightsaber (like Ezra’s out of Kyber crystal) OR inherit Yoda’s?

5. C1-10P OR R2-D2?

6. Battle Ashoka Tano OR the Seventh Sister?

7. Mind Control skills OR lightsaber skills?

8. Always be a bad guy OR be a once-good-guy-turned-into-a-bad-guy? (like The Grand Inquisitor)

9. In Season 3 see a young Han Solo and Chewy on a mission OR see Ezra join the Dark Side?

Season 3 starts September 24th, so you won’t have to wait long to get your fix, but in the meantime, let us know your answers in he Comments below. And may The Force be with you.

-Ratha

Image courtesy Disney Channel

September 21, 2016

Wings of Fire Readalikes

Posted by at 1:56 am in Reads | Permalink

WingsofFireIf you fell in love with the wonderful world of Wings of Fire, you’re probably looking for other great fantasy titles full of magic, adventure, and—yes—dragons. Fear not! We’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the best Wings of Fire readalikes that will transport you to exciting new worlds (some of which may be in your very own back yard).

Warriors
Rusty is a housecat who yearns for adventure, and he’s in luck. Right beyond the backyard of his home lies the world of the feral cats, who are divided into different gangs in the midst of an epic battle for power. Apprenticed by the ThunderClan, Rusty is given the new name Firepaw and trains to become a warrior . . . and he may just be the one to save the clans from destruction from the evil ShadowClan.

Foxcraft
Young fox Isla lives outside the land of humans—known to foxes as “the furless”—with her fox family. One day she returns to her den to find it on fire, surrounded by foxes she’s never seen before and with her family nowhere to be found. On the run, she must enter the world of the furless to survive . . . and learn the ancient magic of Foxcraft.

Dragon Rider
With his colony under threat by humans, young dragon Firedrake flees and embarks on a journey to find the Rim of Heaven in the Himalayas, a mythical place where dragons are safe and can live in peace. Along with his dragon rider, an orphan boy named Ben, Firedrake sets off on the dangerous quest full of fantastic creatures— one very evil one intent on ending Firedrake’s journey for good!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Minli lives in the valley of Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents must work hard all day just to barely survive. It’s a difficult life, but Minli’s father tells her many magical stories to make their days less miserable. It is through his stories that Minli learns about the Old Man on the Moon, who has the power to tell her how they can change their fortune—and with encouragement from a talking goldfish, she sets off on a journey to find the Old Man. Along the way she meets and befriends many magical characters, including a dragon who can’t fly . . . and learns a thing or two about bravery and the true meaning of fortune.

Magesterium: The Iron Trial
Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has been warned by his father to stay away from magic and the Magesterium, a school for magically inclined children. The problem is, Callum is descended from mages: he’s got magical abilities whether he likes it or not. When he tries to fail the Iron Trial, the entrance exam to the Magesterium, he fails at failing and is admitted. Now forced to attend the mysterious and frightening school, he is apprenticed under the great mage Master Rufus. He’s in for one wild ride of friendships, foes, and, yes—lots of magic.

Fablehaven
When Kendra and her brother Seth are sent to stay with their grandparents at the Fablehaven estate while their parents are on a vacation. Little do they know, Fablehaven is actually a protected home for magical creatures—and their grandfather is the caretaker. There are many fascinating creatures to meet and adventures to be had, but there are also very strict rules to follow. And when Kendra and Seth break one, they are in a world of trouble unlike anything they could ever expect!

The Menagerie
The author of Wings of Fire, Tui T. Sutherland, joined forces with her sister Kari Sutherland to write this incredible series. Logan, new in the town of Xanadu, Wyoming, is shocked to find a baby griffin under his bed one night—and even more surprised to learn that the baby griffin actually escaped from the top-secret Menagerie, a special zoo for magical creatures. The Menagerie is run by his classmate Zoe and her family, and with Logan’s help, they start tracking down other escaped griffins. But the Menagerie is due for an inspection soon, and if anything is amiss it will be shut down for good. Will Logan and Zoe find the remaining griffins in time?

Are you a Wings of Fire fan? Have you read any of these books? What other books would you recommend for fans of the series? Sound off in the Comments below!

En-Szu

September 8, 2016

Eric Luper Reading Superhero

Posted by at 1:46 am in Authors | Permalink

EricLuperEric Luper is the author of the Key Hunters series. He loves excitement and is always looking for his next adventure. Eric has been on a tour of the ultra-secret PEZ® headquarters, rebuilt a castle in France, explored the tunnels under Paris and Istanbul, escaped hungry crocodiles in Costa Rica, and rafted down the Colorado River. He lives with his family in Albany, New York.

And . . . he is a reading superhero! Read his story to find out how he became a reading superhero, and how YOU can too!

Read Eric Luper Reading Superhero!

August 31, 2016

Scholastic Kids Press Corps Needs YOU

Posted by at 1:53 am in Kid Power, News | Permalink

Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsAre you a kid with a nose for news? Kids between the ages of 10 and 14 can apply NOW to be a part of the 2016-2017 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, the country’s oldest and largest student reporting program.

About the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is a group of talented young reporters from across the country. For more than 14 years, Scholastic News Kid Reporters have covered “news for kids, by kids.” Their stories appear online at the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website and in select issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which reach more than 25 million students in classrooms nationwide. The Kid Reporters have made news by interviewing journalists, politicians, entertainers, authors, and sports stars.

The annual selection of Kid Reporters is based on writing ability, interviewing skills, and attention to detail.The application can be downloaded here.

Completed applications must be postmarked by September 23, 2016.