June 10, 2014
Unscramble the Celebrity Names!
PurpleWizard50 has a new word scramble puzzle for you. Can you unscramble the letters to figure out the names of these celebs? You should recognize a lot of these famous people from their STACKS interviews!
- Ainll Ranho
- Jntisu Irbebe
- Jnhony Pedp
- Dama Nadsler
- Nadlie Cildfrfa
- Mame Snotwa
- Yatorl Wifts
- Lenase Mozge
- Tyak Reyrp
- Rocamne Zaid
Are you stumped? Click here for the answers.
June 3, 2014
Rate Your School Year!
I got this idea from Moderator Katie on the STACKS Buzz Board. Since it is the end of the school year for many of you, take some time now to think over the past year and answer these questions.
- Overall, from 1 (low) to 10 (high), how was your school year?
- What was the BEST thing that happened to you in this school year?
- What was the WORST thing that happened to you in this school year?
- What lessons did you learn from both or either #2 or #3?
- What is your proudest accomplishment in this school year?
- What would you have done differently in this school year?
- Any summer resolutions? What are they?
- What do you want to work on MOST in the next school year?
- What is one experience you had in this school year that you never would have BELIEVED could happen to you?
- Any other hopes, dreams, comments now that this school year is just about done?
Leave your answers in the Comments. Then go read Katie’s original quiz and say, “Hi!” on the Buzz Board!
May 29, 2014
Writing Prompt: How Harry Potter Has Changed YOU
Everyone remembers the first time he or she opened a Harry Potter book and started reading. Think back to the time before Harry Potter was in your life and tell us how reading the books has changed you as a person, changed how you look at certain things, and changed your perspective on life in general.
Firstly, Hermione became my alter-ego and I became a self-motivated, straight-A student. Now I just do my absolute best with everything because she makes it cool to be a nerd. I became more responsible because of Hermione.
Seeing how Harry suffered at the Dursleys’ house made me put my stupid, little problems in perspective.
Seeing how coolly weird Luna is made me accept myself as an individual, if you know what I mean. Like, before, I was obsessed with conforming and being popular, and Luna made me step back and realize that there’s only one of me. And my friendships have actually improved since then.
Harry showed me that you need to believe in yourself and know who your true friends are even when everyone hates you. – EarlyElf6
I must thank Luna the most. Without her, I would probably have always kept my quirky weirdness to myself. To me, HP has been a lot more than words on paper. It has been a life-changing, motivating, roller coaster ride of a story and I absolutely adore it. – Popcorn3Penguin
Leave a Comment here or on the Harry Potter Message Board and tell us: How has reading Harry Potter changed YOUR life?
May 28, 2014
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Rescue Princess? Here are the basics you need to know!
To be a Rescue Princess . . . Make a secret promise with your fellow princesses to always help animals in trouble. Animal lovers and good secret keepers are the two most important qualities in a Rescue Princess!
Necessary Bling: Heart-Shaped Rings
Invented by Princess Jaminta when the Rescue Princesses were founded, each Rescue Princess wears a sparkling jewel that enables her to call another princess for help! Jaminta shaped the jewels perfectly to bring out the magic inside them. Here’s a quick guide to who wears each stone from the start:
Now Announcing, The Mistberg Grand Ball! Continue reading
May 23, 2014
Happy summer, everyone! As far as I am concerned, the best thing about summer is all the free, unlimited READING TIME! After a long school year of assignments and homework, it is finally time to read whatever you want for as long as you want. Along with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, we will be celebrating all the joys of summer reading with different activities on the STACKS each month.
Let’s kick off June with a month-long Funny Books Fiesta celebrating the books that make us laugh! What is the funniest book you ever read? Or who is the funniest character in a book you have read? Have you ever actually rolled on the floor laughing or fallen off your chair laughing while reading a book? Then the Funny Books Fiesta is for you!
Here is the schedule of events in June:
Funny Book challenge #1: Make your own Mad Libs
Funny Book challenge #2: Silly Word Vocabulary
Funny Book challenge #3: Silly Sentence Switch-Up
Readathon June 30 Noon -4 pm E.T.
To get started, tell us your June reading goals in the Comments. It could be to start a new book you’ve been wanting to read. It could be to finish a book that you started. It could be to discover some new funny books you haven’t read yet. It could be to read for a certain amount of time every day. Anything you want. Let us know YOUR reading goal for June, and then come back on June 4 for the first Funny Books Fiesta challenge!
May 15, 2014
Gossip Can Hurt People!
Before you speak, ask yourself: Is what you are about to say True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then it’s gossip and you should think twice about saying it! We all know that gossip can hurt, but one STACKer decided to take a stand against it and I applaud her Kid Power! Read PhoenixSong’s message board post about gossip and then tell us your thoughts about gossip in the Comments.
I know everyone doesn’t like to hear it, but I just felt the need to address this real quick . . . so here goes. . .
Just for second, think about how much time you spend a day gossiping. And don’t start saying, “Oh, I never gossip,” because that’s most likely not true. Okay, now take that rough estimate, and split into two: the good gossip (saying good things about someone) and the bad gossip (saying mean things about someone). The good gossip number is probably way lower than the bad gossip.
Okay, so I’ll admit, I do gossip a lot too, and it’s not always good. Although, I do sometimes try to stay out of it and not get involved. For example, yesterday I was at the mall with a bunch of friends. We went to the food court, and they all started talking bad about another girl that wasn’t there. I asked them to stop, but they just started talking about someone else. So I just sorta stayed out of it, and that was that.
As we all know, gossip usually is not right. A lot of the time if the people find out, you’ll have really hurt them. Also, sometimes gossip can get exaggerated, which can lead to rumors, which don’t turn out good.
So next time you talk to your friends or really anyone, just watch what you say and who’s around to hear it. Thanks to anyone who actually took the time to read this.
May 13, 2014
What’s Your Dream Camp?
If you could create the perfect summer camp for yourself, what would it include? Would it be hiking and fishing all day? Would it be playing sports, or learning photography, or learning to be a fashion designer?
GopherChess4 has done some thinking about this on the Message Boards and came up with this Summer Camp Personality Quiz for you. Answer the questions below and find out where you belong this summer! Continue reading
May 7, 2014
The Door (for ages 8-12)
For all you fantasy fans, The Door is an intriguing new book that you have to check out!
Have you ever seen a mysterious door and wondered where it leads? When Hannah’s mom is killed, Hannah starts to explore the lighthouse where they live . . . and one door leads to unexpected places. Hannah finds herself in an alternate world, but before she can get out, she has to find her family, too.
Sound like a door you want to open? Click here to read Chapter 1.
Let us know in the Comments what some of your other favorite fantasy books are.
April 16, 2014
“The Staff of Serapis”
You might remember last year, Rick Riordan published “The Son of Sobek” as an extra crossover story in the The Serpent’s Shadow. The story featured both Percy Jackson and Carter Kane together in the same story. It’s crazy when characters jump out of their own series and into other characters’ series, right? Well, Riordan has done it again. He announced on his blog last week that the new U.S. paperback edition of The Mark of Athena in stores now features a story with Annabeth Chase and Sadie Kane! It has the awesome title “The Staff of Serapis.”
If you don’t want to buy The Mark of Athena paperback, the story will be available in e-formats, with the cover above, on May 20. Or you could, you know, rush to the library and see if they have the new paperback edition with the story at the end. Tell the librarian it MUST be the 2014 paperback edition!
What do you think? Did you like “The Son of Sobek” enough to want a second story? Do you think Riordan should write an entire series combining all his characters?? Leave a Comment.
April 9, 2014
Chronicles of Narnia 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.
In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, 4 kids discover a secret entrance (through a wardrobe) into a magical world (with a talking lion . . . and a witch)!
There are 7 books in The Chronicles of Narnia series, plus 3 movies (and rumors of a fourth!), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other exciting books for ages 8-12 about smart, brave kids going on magical adventures. Continue reading