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May 28, 2014

Rescue Princess Basics

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Rescue Princesses book 5Ever 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

Funny Books Fiesta

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Funny Books FiestaHappy 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

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Make a difference!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. . .PhonenixSong3

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.

— PhoenixSong3

May 13, 2014

Summer Camp Personality Quiz

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GopherChess4 STACKS AvatarWhat’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 by Andy Marino

Posted by at 1:20 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

The Door by Andy Marino book coverThe 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

New Story from Rick Riordan

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Rick Riordan photo“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.”

The Staff of Serapis book coverIf 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

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book coverChronicles 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

April 9, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Little Red Riding Hood

Posted by at 1:05 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Grimmtastic Girls book coverRed Riding Hood Gets Lost

Tomorrow are the auditions for the school play at Grimm Academy, and I can’t wait to try out! I want to play the lead, Red Robin Hood. But it’s my first time auditioning and I’ve got stage fright! How grimmiserable!

It doesn’t help that my friends and I are all worried about the E.V.I.L. Society that’s making trouble at the Academy. If only I had a magical charm to help us figure out what’s going on – and maybe help me get the lead in the play!

Any suggestions to help me get over my stage fright? I’m so glad I have my grimmtastic friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel to help me out. I know I can always count on them!

Love,
Red

April 3, 2014

Stay Alive Survival Book Series

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Stay Alive: Crash book coverStay Alive

You’ve just crash landed into a life or death situation in the middle of nowhere and Siri has deserted you during your time of need. NOW WHAT?!

Stay Alive is a series that imagines a group of kids in a dilemma just like this, and what they would have to do to survive. Where do you find food and clean water? How do you find help? What if someone gets hurt? Thinking strategically is a must, but which character is actually prepared to make the hard decisions?

In Stay Alive #1: Crash, the members of the Junior Action News Team find themselves in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. They’re a smattering of geeks, know-it-alls, and adventurous acquaintances, stuck out in the elements with their lovable dog, Buford. They have to fight to stay alive.

Have you ever been asked, “If you could bring one thing with you on a deserted island, what would it be?” This has always been a really hard question for me to answer. Maybe . . . genies to grant me wishes, a constant supply of my favorite cereals, or all my best friends and lots of music to keep us busy. After reading Crash, I realized all I really need are good old survival skills, which I definitely don’t have (yet). The characters in these books come from all walks of life, so some of them are naturally more prepared than others to cope with the harsh and dangerous situations they end up in.

One of the coolest parts of the series is when the author, Joseph Monninger, includes real-life survival tips that become important to the plot of the story. That way, I can picture myself trekking through a jungle somewhere, braving the elements to survive with my smarts. Or at least, tucking the tip away in my back pocket for some fateful day when I find myself in a pickle. (Hopefully, this won’t be too soon.)

Basically, if you like extreme adventure and an awesome story, this series is for you. You can start with Book 1 like I did, but don’t forget that Stay Alive #2: Cave-In just came out, too! It’s just as intense and action-packed, so get caught up, happy reading, and STAY ALIVE!

April 2, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Sneak Peek: Cinderella

Posted by at 3:05 pm in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays Late book coverCinderella Stays Late

Tomorrow is my first day at Grimm Academy! It’s the most famous school in Grimmlandia and was founded by the brothers Grimm as safe haven for everyone “born of fairy tale, folktale, and nursery rhyme magic.” My stepsisters have been going there for years and now I finally get to go, too!

I’m so excited, but I’m also nervous! The Steps haven’t told me much about what school is like. I think they even wish I wasn’t going with them tomorrow. Guess I’ll just have to make some new friends!

Any advice for my first day at a new school? Whatever happens, I’m sure it will be grimmtastic!

Love,
Cinda