February 2, 2015
2015 Newbery Medal Winner
The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (who also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux).
This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2015 Newbery Medal goes to . . .
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Have you read The Crossover yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2014? Two Honor books were also chosen this year: El Deafo by Cece Bell, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
If you were on the committee voting for the 2015 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2014 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
January 28, 2015
Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud (for ages 11 and up)
And now, a book recommendation from DreamtimeDetermined14!
Oh my gosh! I just finished reading Lockwood & Co. Book #2: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, and it was so amazing! Although, the cliffhanger made me really mad. I can’t wait for book #3!
The series is about a psychic investigations agency in London called Lockwood & Co. It’s managed by the very brave—and very reckless—Anthony Lockwood, who is still a teenager. Lockwood employs 2 other teenagers, Lucy Carlyle and George Cubbins, to help at the agency. The book is told from Lucy’s point of view.
Lucy and George live with Lockwood in the house he inherited from the parents he never likes to talk about. Their house is also headquarters for the agency—the smallest one in London. The city wouldn’t need these agencies if it wasn’t for the problem… Many years before Lucy was born, the problem started. Ghosts started coming back from the dead. People realized that only children could sense the ghosts, and some children better than others. That’s when large agencies started employing children to help defend the country from visitors.
Parts of the books are quite frightening, but I think most people older than 11 should be okay reading it. I enjoyed the books immensely, even though I’ve never liked very scary books or movies. The characters were wonderful and the plot was intriguing. I recommend this series to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery or just wants a good book to read. If you haven’t read this series you definitely should!
–Scotland on the Reading Buzz Board
January 23, 2015
Meet Eva Bella, the fifth-grader who voiced the part of young Elsa in the movie Frozen.
Q: Do you do voice-overs often or was that your first time?
Eva: It was my first. I’ve done a few small movies before, but this was my first big thing and also my first premiere. It was a pretty good first premiere and big movie to do because it has made other people so happy. It’s such a great film with the animation and everything about it.
Q: I’m sure you were very happy that it won an Oscar. Were you able to go to the Oscars?
Eva: No, but I watched every single second of it on my TV. (Laughs)
Q: What’s the best book you ever read?
Eva: Dork Diaries #6.
Q: What was your most embarrassing moment?
Eva: When I slipped in water at my school and fell flat on my face. (Laughs) A lot of my friends helped me up. No one laughed but my face was completely dirty, though.
Q: What is the most unusual talent you have that people don’t know about?
Eva: I can spin really fast without getting dizzy, and I don’t get sick on roller coasters, either.
Q: What’s your next project coming up?
Eva: I actually have a new animated TV series called Shimmering Shine. I’m Shimmer and it’s for Nickelodeon. It’s about two sisters that live in Genie World and they go to visit their friend in the human world. They help her with whatever problems she has. They make a few mistakes along the way, but it just teaches you and helps you know that it’s okay to make mistakes.
Interview by Sue Schneider
January 20, 2015
Play the truth or dare with fictional characters game from MagentaDolphin21!
Hi! This is a truth or dare game with fictional characters. I just thought this might be fun to do. You can dare ANYONE from any book, movie, TV show, etc. to do ANYTHING you want!!!! Literally, ANYTHING. The bizarre ones are actually the most fun! Please include what book, movie, TV show, etc. the character is from, in case I have to look them up. Oh, before I forget – you can also dare celebrities! Also, you can dare characters/celebrities who died. Sound weird? Well, this is a comedy thing, so we can abandon logic! Who wants to try one?
Write your character truth or dare question in the Comments.
MagentaDolphin21 on the Reading Buzz Board
January 16, 2015
Teen Superstar Zendaya Stars in K.C. Undercover, a Spy-Comedy Series
Zendaya Coleman (from Shake It Up and Zapped) stars in K.C. Undercover, a spy-comedy series premiering Sunday, January 18 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
Zendaya stars as K.C. Cooper, a high school math whiz and karate black-belt who learns that her parents are spies when they recruit her to join them in the secret government agency, The Organization. But K.C. has a lot to learn about being a spy, including keeping it a secret from her best friend Marisa. Together, K.C., her parents, and her younger siblings, Ernie and Judy (a humanoid robot pretending to be a girl), try to balance everyday family life while on undercover missions to save the world.
Photo credit DISNEY CHANNEL/ Eric McCandless
In the premiere episode, K.C. takes on her first undercover assignment — at her school dance! The mission: apprehend an enemy teen spy and recover the code for a virus designed to render every mobile device useless. (I didn’t really understand any part of that last sentence. I guess I’ll have to watch the show to find out what it means!)
Will you be watching K.C. Undercover? Let us know in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
January 15, 2015
My Day at the White House by Scholastic News Kid Reporter Ainsley Felter
I recently got the chance to cover a conference at the White House for school superintendents. The event focused on an initiative called “ConnectED to the Future,” a plan to increase access to high-speed Internet in schools around the country.
This was my first assignment as a Scholastic News Kid Reporter so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I also wasn’t sure whether or not President Barack Obama would be there. The night before the event, I prepared my questions and had everything ready to go for my trip from Virginia to Washington, D.C. Continue reading
January 13, 2015
Frozen Fever? Cure available in this Would You Rather Quiz!
We know your love for Disney’s Frozen has not melted. Your heart still warms to all things Elsa, Anna, Olaf … AND with freezing temperatures here in the New York City area and across the northern United States, we decided now is the perfect time for a Frozen Would You Rather quiz. The cold never bothered you anyway, right?
So grab your earmuffs, cozy up, and let us know Would You Rather . . .
- Be Elsa OR Anna?
- Have the power to turn things to ice OR turn things to gold?
- Have Frosty OR Olaf come to life . . . and hang with you?!
- Be raised in Arendelle castle OR be raised by trolls in the wilderness?
- Have a big sister OR little sister?
- Sing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” OR “Let it Go” in your school talent show?
- Be really frozen OR really sweaty?
- Build a snowman at the North Pole OR build a sand castle on a tropical island?
- Marry Kristoff (from Frozen) OR marry Flynn Rider (from Tangled)?
- Have eternal winter OR eternal summer?
Leave your answers in the Comments below.
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
January 12, 2015
What are your 2014 favorites? (from Hippolyte)
So, this is very simple! Fill out the thingy below with your favorite stuff from 2014! Just for fun, you know. Remember that they don’t have to be things that were created/came out in 2014 necessarily, just stuff you yourself discovered (or maybe re-discovered) during the past year.
In the Comments, tell us your favorite ___[thingy]___ of 2014.
- Book/book series:
- Comic/manga/graphic novel:
- Fictional Character:
- Artist (other forms of art but music):
- Article of clothing:
- Class you took:
Of course you can have ties between two things, or maybe give honorable mentions. Make your answers cool! Feel free to use this quiz/thingy as an excuse to start conversations with other peoples! And happy new year!
Hippolyte from the Reading Buzz Board
January 7, 2015
New Dog Adventure Series: Ranger in Time
Are you a kid who loves . . .
- Dangerous journeys?
Ranger in Time is Kate Messner’s new series that has ALL the above. The main character is Ranger, a lovable search and rescue dog, who travels back in time to join a family as they take on the Oregon Trail. Ranger saves the day, but a lot happens before he gets to return to his own time, his owner, and a nice slab of bacon.
Read the first chapter here!
And get excited for Ranger’s next trip — to ancient Rome!
December 29, 2014
Winter break is a perfect time to ponder these awesome questions from CycloneVampire7.
What would you do if . . .
- You were sitting in the rain when all of a sudden, a man appeared before you out of thin air?
- You met Justin Bieber? (You can hate or love; I don’t care.)
- You discovered that Elsa was your cousin and you had ice powers?
- Everyone around you suddenly burst into song?
- Books were BANNED?!
- You were trapped in a dream and couldn’t wake up unless you finished it?
- You could grow money trees? $
- You could fly?
- You were trapped in a tiny box about your size with no way out?
- Your brother gave you a Mohawk haircut while you were sleeping, and tomorrow was the first day of school?
Hope you enjoy!