June 25, 2014
Grimmtastic Girls Series
In faraway Grimmlandia, there’s one place you have to visit: Grimm Academy. All the coolest fairy tale characters go to school there, from Cinda (a.k.a. Cinderella) and Red (Red Riding Hood, of course!) to Rapunzel and Snow White (but you can call her Snow). The Grimm brothers founded the realm of Grimmlandia and built Grimm Academy long ago to help protect all fairy tale and storybook characters from the wicked E.V.I.L. Society.
Cinda and her friends go to classes (like Bespellings) and to the library (to check out magical objects), but when they hear the E.V.I.L. Society is back in business and making trouble for Grimm Academy, they’ll have to stick together to save their school, even if it means entering Neverwood Forest where even the bravest of fairy tale characters never would go. Want to learn more?
Check out this exclusive excerpt from Chapter 1 of Book 1: Cinderella Stays Late and catch up on all the adventures at Grimm Academy!
June 18, 2014
After the fun of last month’s Funny Books Fiesta, we are enjoying a new STACKS summer reading celebration: the Fantasy Books Festival! Have you ever wished for a Hogwarts letter to come to your house? Have you ever looked inside a wardrobe to see if it’s really a door into another world? Have you ever wondered if your real father is a god from Greek mythology? If so, then you should join us for the Fantasy Books Festival in July. We know just how you feel!
Here is the schedule of events:
Favorite Fantasy Books July 2
Fantasy Guess the Books July 9
Fantasy Who Would Win July 16
Fantasy Book Previews July 23
Harry Potter Week July 28- 31
Readathon/Harry Potter birthday celebration! July 31 Noon -4 pm E.T.
To get started, tell us your favorite fantasy book in the Comments.
June 13, 2014
“Help Not Wanted” Exclusive Jessie Preview
Jessie is in need of some extra money to buy a special gift for her dad’s birthday. She accepts a job at Empire Skate Building only to find out that Emma is her boss, in a new episode of Jessie premiering tonight, Friday June 13 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
Image credit DISNEY CHANNEL/Eric McCandless
The STACKS got our hands on this EXCLUSIVE photo from tonight’s episode, AND this exclusive Q&A with a few of the stars!
Q: If you weren’t an actor and could be anything in the world, what would you be?
Peyton List: I would be a set designer. I’m adventurous, inquisitive, and curious. I have a very creative and imaginative mind. I love to conceptualize a certain theme in my head and work towards bringing that idea to life.
Skai Jackson: I would be a fashion designer because I love creating new looks and also making clothes. It’s my passion.
Karan Brar: If I wasn’t an actor and I could be anything in the world I would probably be a baker! I know it sounds kind of odd but I have a big sweet tooth and I love cake!
Cameron Boyce: If I could be anything, I’d be a Los Angeles Laker. I’ve loved basketball and especially the Lakers my whole life. I’ve actually played on the floor at Staples Center for a charity celebrity game. I couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards. I’m 15 years old and I still play in my driveway and shoot before the clock in my head runs out.
Will you be watching the new episode of Jessie tonight? Leave a comment!
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