June 17, 2015
A special message from Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door
At first, it doesn’t look like Hannah and Emme are going to be friends. When Emme moves in next door to Hannah, there’s a big problem. Emme has moved right into the house that Hannah’s best friend just moved out of (and out of the country, too). And not only that, but the two fifth graders both have names that are spelled the same backward and forward, they have the same birthday, and they both hate pizza and love peanut butter. Hannah is not happy about this identity theft. But after a rocky start, Hannah and Emme realize that their friendship is meant to be, and they will stick together through bullying, fund-raising fiascoes, sick pets, and new babies.
I loved writing Best Friend Next Door. It made me think about my best friend growing up on Centennial Avenue. Her name was (and still is!) Stephie. She actually lived three doors down, but those two houses in between didn’t mean anything to us. We wore a path through the other backyards to each other’s homes. We swam in her pool in the summer and sledded down the roof of my sloped garage in the winter. (We got in trouble for this one.) We made a tin-can phone and tin-can stilts, and set up an obstacle course for my dog, Rascal, in my backyard. To honor Stephie’s and my friendship, I put Hannah’s and Emme’s houses on Centennial Avenue, though in a fictional town.
There is nothing like a best friend, and even better, a best friend you can visit at all hours, even in your pajamas.
Would you like to live next to your best friend? Do you know anyone who has a palindrome name?
– Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door
June 11, 2015
Duct Tape by Beata, Scholastic Kids Council
My duct tape collection is one of my favorite things. Making things out of duct tape is a simple craft that doesn’t require much skill at first. You develop skills as you go. My first duct tape wallet wasn’t that good. It had a lot of wrinkles and it was sticky on top. With practice, my wallets look pretty awesome now.
Duct tape comes in a lot of interesting colors and prints. It is fun to mix and match, and it’s fun to follow the new designs that come out. My favorite duct tape is the Minions print. Some others that I like are Olaf, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Peace Love and Smiles, flying pigs, burlap, ducks, and a pretty rainbow chevron design.
I recommend looking at The Art of Duck Tape website if you want to learn more about duct tape. Have you ever made anything out of duct tape? Tell me in the Comments.
Beata, Scholastic Kids Council
June 10, 2015
Tui Sutherland Q&A
Tui Sutherland is the author of the Wings of Fire series. In honor of the Summer Reading Challenge, she has offered to answer some questions about her books and characters!
Q: Are any of your characters based on real people? Did any of things that happen to them in your books happen to you or people you know? Continue reading
June 8, 2015
Izzy’s Favorite Thing: A Pen!
I find it extremely hard to write about my favorite thing, because there are so many things in my life that I could choose. However, I have chosen to write about a pen.
Yes, I know that to most people a pen is extremely boring, but, to me, it symbolizes possibility. There are so many things you can do with a pen. You could write a novel or a song. Record information and data, or draw a masterpiece.
For me, a pen is like the beginning of something amazing. Every day, I write a new page with my pen, and I am slowly paving a path for my future. I could get into Stanford for Biology, or Julliard for Music. Maybe I will be a scientist and change the world with my discoveries. Maybe I’ll become a musician and touch people’s hearts with my music. Or perhaps I will be an author and move people through words. . . . or a teacher and help children grow into the people they will become.
There are so many endless possibilities as to what I will do with my life, but I know that with my pen in my hand, I will write a good future for myself. Tell me in the Comments what future YOU will write for yourself!
Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council
June 5, 2015
If you were a fan of Wizards of Waverly Place, then you might remember Gregg Sulkin who played Mason Greyback on the show.
That was then, but NOW . . . Gregg is the voice of Inspector Noggin in the new DVD movie Frog Kingdom (rated PG) . . . AND he has offered to answer YOUR questions! I wonder if his character will have a British accent like he does in this video.
Leave your questions in the Comments and come back here on June 26 for Gregg’s answers!
Here is some more about his new movie:
When The Frog King announces that the winner of the Froglympics will win his daughter’s hand in marriage, Princess Froglegs (voiced by Bella Thorne) runs away instead. Disguised as a commoner, the Princess befriends street vendor Freddie, and begins training with him for the games-determined that she will win and thwart her father’s plans of marriage. Meanwhile, the villainous serpent has ideas of his own to ruin the Froglympics and take over the kingdom. With a little luck, and a little help from their trusty sidekick Captain One-Eye, Freddie and Princess Froglegs set out to save Frog Kingdom from the evil serpent.
Now, leave your questions for Gregg Sulkin in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
June 4, 2015
Rowan’s Favorite Thing
My favorite thing in the entire world is, believe it or not, a pencil. Pencils allow my visions to become works of art. For instance, my pencil helped me win 2nd place out of all of 6th grade on our Sixth Grade Olympic T-Shirts. Since I got second, I get to make a mini logo for the front of the shirt in the upper right corner.
My pencil helps me think about what I will draw on a blank piece of paper because I can’t think of anything to draw without it. When I’m drawing, I visualize my picture, then pursue it. Only, it looks different than what I imagined. It’s better. I like to think of my pencil as having its own mind that wanders making my picture greater than before I put the pencil to the paper.
I had free time once, and I decided to create a quote about creativity and inspiration. It says, “It is not the artist who creates the masterpiece. It is in fact the utensil that holds the inspiration.” It doesn’t exactly make sense, but I love it anyway. Pencils help get out a message to people through many pieces of art. You just have to find it.
What is YOUR favorite thing? Tell me in the Comments.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
June 3, 2015
Lucy Longwhiskers Gets Lost (for ages 7-10)
It’s the first day of vacation, and best friends Lily and Jess are ready for adventure! Lily’s parents run the Helping Paw Wildlife Hospital and the girls love to help take care of all the animals. However, some other animals also need their help . . .
When Goldie the golden cat invites the girls to visit magical Friendship Forest, Jess and Lily are thrilled to meet – and talk to! – their new animal friends. But greedy witch Grizelda wants the forest all for herself. When Grizelda’s helpers kidnap Lucy Longwhiskers, a baby bunny, it’s up to Lily and Jess to rescue Lucy and defend the forest!
With the help of Goldie, a clever owl, and their own wits, the girls are up for the challenge. But rescue missions aren’t easy. Sometimes, it takes more than determination to save the day. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of friendship and a big pinch of magic.
See what happens next in the Magic Animal Friends series!
June 2, 2015
CreekClimbing11′s Book List of Summer Reading
It finally feels like summer and CreekClimbing11 has created an awesome list of books for you to read. While you’re reading, don’t forget to log your minutes in the Summer Reading Challenge and enter for a chance to win prizes!
Ok, so for me, school is over. I know you probably have school books to read. I do too, but here is a list of books to read over the summer that I and my friends have enjoyed. Continue reading
June 1, 2015
How sorry do you feel for Emma Rose’s dog in this photo? Leave your caption in the Comments!
May 29, 2015
Meet EMILIA McCARTHY and SAARA CHAUDRY from Max & Shred!
Last week we introduced you to Jake and Johnny from the Nickelodeon show Max & Shred. This week, we have an interview with the girls who play Abby and Howie on the show.
Q: What is your favorite Max & Shred episode so far?
Emilia: I had to wear a Yeti suit. After watching it and all the hard work that we put into that episode and then seeing it, it definitely paid off. So it’s really funny. It was boiling, and on set it’s already really hot because of the lights and it was summertime. So, yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in my entire life. Continue reading