October 8, 2014
New Goosebumps Fan Forum
The haunting season is officially here. Get ready for thrills, chills, and spooktacular fun all month long with Goosebumps! We’re kicking it off this week with some frightfully fantastic news . . . Goosebumps has an all-new, eerily captivating website! Slappy beckons you to enter . . . if you dare! He’s got some monstrous friends joining him and ready to welcome you into the spine-tingling world of Goosebumps!
The site’s not just about Slappy and his ghoulish crew. Visit the site to:
And last yet most exciting of all . . . the Goosebumps community is back with forums on the new site where you can discuss anything and everything Goosebumps with other fans just like you. Share your thoughts on the books, TV show, and even post your results from the Monster Quiz or about your perils evading Monster Blood in the new game!
Be sure to visit Ink Splot 26 all October long for exciting Goosebumps features!
October 7, 2014
Goosebumps Guess the Books: Answers Revealed!
Your challenge today was to name the book titles just by looking at these little pieces of the book covers. Did you guess them all?
Here are the answers:
- Goosebumps: One Day at HorrorLand
- Goosebumps Most wanted: Son of Slappy
- Goosebumps: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
- Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy
- Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask
How did you do? Have you read all these books? Then you should totally join us for the rest of the Halloween Book Challenge going on all month long!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 7, 2014
Goosebumps Guess the Books
We are celebrating Goosebumps books this October. Can you guess the book titles from this tiny sliver of each cover? I’ll give you an obvious hint: They are all in the Goosebumps series.
Leave your guesses in the Comments and come back later today for the answers.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
September 25, 2014
Classic is the New Black: a magazine that discusses classic actors, movies, books, musicians, and TV shows from a kid’s point of view.
You may see Beatles as a bug but I see them as a band. At the age of 3, my father exposed me to a whole new world of classics. This is how I came to love the Beatles. I don’t know why I like the Beatles, but there was just a spark. Maybe it was their catchy lyrics or great melodies. It was something about the realness of the group. Continue reading
September 24, 2014
New Book Trailer!
Have you seen STACKS Staffer En-Szu’s awesome video for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963, Elijah of Buxton, and The Mighty Miss Malone)?
Check it out and tell us what you think in the Comments!
September 23, 2014
It is officially fall!
Yesterday was the September Equinox, when day and night are almost the same length all around the world — about 12 hours. The word “equinox” actually means equal night. So in the Northern Hemisphere, today is officially the first day of autumn. From now until the December Solstice, the days will get shorter and colder.
Would you rather . . .
- Go apple picking OR play in a big pile of leaves?
- Have longer days in summer and shorter days in winter OR have equal days and nights year-round?
- Have 12 hours of sunlight a day OR 20 hours of sunlight a day?
- Live in a place with spectacular fall foliage OR live in a place that is warm year-round?
- Be a cheerleader OR a football player?
- Spend half the year in the Underworld like Persephone OR spend all year in our world?
- Eat mooncakes OR caramel apples?
- Rake leaves for 4 hours OR carry a 10-pound pumpkin across a pumpkin patch?
- Eat a summer-licious ice cream sundae OR a warm, cinnamon-y slice of autumn apple pie?
What are your favorite autumn traditions, or your favorite things about fall? Tell us in the Comments. And take our Autumn Trivia Quiz to test your fall season smarts.
September 17, 2014
A Couple (or More) of My Favorite Things: A Highly Persuasive Article by Maggie B.
I love reading. I also love drawing. This makes graphic novels a combination of two favorites of mine. They are books, but the artwork within ensures that by reading any graphic novel, you are seeing the exact story an author imagined. Every character and event (fictional or otherwise) is portrayed in a way the graphic novelist wanted to show it to you.
Furthermore, art and words cannot always represent everything their creator wants them to. As a duo, however, they are unstoppable! One can give the general idea while the other elaborates, or both words and pictures can work together to become something they couldn’t be on their own, working in tandem to give an idea as well as the meaning behind it.
Most importantly, reading a graphic novel is lots of fun! I can be a reader and a viewer, given a window into someone’s mind. Graphic novels are different from any other type of book because there is a perfect graphic novel for everyone. There are graphic novel biographies, fantasies, romances, science fiction stories, and almost anything else you could think of. There may even be a graphic novel adaptation of your favorite book!
I think everyone should try reading a graphic novel; you might fall in love with them like I did.
Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council
September 4, 2014
I’d like to introduce you to 10 kids who will be special contributors to the STACKS this year. Please welcome the 2014-15 Scholastic Kids Council!
Look for more to come from these kids this year!
September 3, 2014
100% Kid-Approved Book Recommendations
As you probably know, STACKers love to read, so today we are featuring a book recommended by one of YOU! FriendlyMonkey10 recommends “a book that you have to read!!!” It’s Wonder by R.J. Palacio (for ages 8-12). Have you read this book? What did you think?
Read on for FriendlyMonkey’s review. . .
Read Wonder by R.J. Palacio!!!!!!!!!! If you have not read this book, pick it up at the library and read it now!!! It’s a touching story about a boy named Auggie Pullman that was born with a facial deformity. Due to his frequent surgeries, he is homeschooled. For fifth grade though, he won’t be attending homeschool anymore. Because of his face, Auggie faces rudeness, mean comments, etc. . . Can Auggie convince everyone that he is just like them even with his appearance and how will he do that? To figure out the answers, read the book!!!!
Do you agree with FriendlyMonkey10? Leave a Comment or go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to join the discussion about this book.
August 20, 2014
Loot by Jude Watson (for ages 9-12)
LOSERS, WEEPERS. STEALERS, KEEPERS.
When Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says a book is “the perfect summer read,” you know it’s got to be good! He loves Loot, an action-packed heist book by The 39 Clues author Jude Watson.
Loot starts when March McQuin’s criminal father, Alfie, falls off a high rooftop in a heist gone wrong. As Alfie speaks his last words, he manages to tell March to “find jewels.” But March soon learns that “jewels” is actually “Jules” — a twin sister he’s never heard of!
After finding each other, March and Jules plan to follow their father’s footsteps and find a new life for themselves. With just one well-planned heist, the two could be living beyond their wildest dreams! The only question is how? It all becomes clear when March begins to discover hints his father left behind…
Watch the video preview.
Would you have the courage to pull off a heist like March and Jules? What friends would you take along the way? Post your answers in the Comments below!