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November 12, 2015

5 Books To Make You Feel Thankful

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Recommend me!5 Books To Make You Feel Thankful

Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November, and it’s my favorite holiday! I tend to get sentimental and weepy thinking about how lucky I am to have my family and friends. These books might make you cry, but they will also make you feel really thankful for the good things in your life . . . which is what Thanksgiving is all about!

see you at harrysSee You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles (5-tissue rating)
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is busy being a teenager; and Holden fends off bullies at school. Fern is usually the one left to take care of three-year-old Charlie, who always gets his way. But then tragedy strikes and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. This book is DEFINITELY a tear-jerker!

walk two moonsWalk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (4-tissue rating)
This is the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her mother, who left the family. So she embarks on a cross-country road trip to see her again. The ending of this book made me cry!

becomingnaomileonSmallBecoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan (3-tissue rating)
When Naomi’s absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi doesn’t quite trust her or her mother’s new boyfriend. So, with her great grandmother and younger brother, Naomi runs away to Oaxaca, Mexico to find her missing father. The situation Naomi has to go through with her mother is truly sad, but Naomi is a strong person and love helps her come through in the end.

three times luckyThree Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (2-tissue rating)
Mo LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where she washed ashore as a tiny baby in a hurricane eleven years ago. Although Mo hopes someday to find her biological mother, she’s found a home with the Colonel and Miss Lana, who take care of her and love her. When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known. This book is an exciting mystery, but it’s also a story about sticking up for your friends and family when they are in trouble.

MatildaSmallMatilda by Roald Dahl (1-tissue rating)
At age five-and-a-half Matilda can do double-digit multiplication problems and read adult books. But her parents are horrible and don’t realize how special she is. Also, her school principal is a bully who makes the students’ lives miserable. The best part of Matilda’s life is her teacher Miss Honey, who understands her and loves her for who she is. This book is too funny to really be a tear-jerker, but it made me cry a little because someone once told me I remind him of Miss Honey (which is, like, the best compliment ever!) If you have a “Miss Honey” in your life, you should tell her how thankful you are because it will make her feel so happy!

What books make YOU feel thankful? Tell us in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 8, 2015

Thomas Edison as State Inventor?

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Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsThomas Edison as State Inventor? by Gabriel Ferris

Students Rory Danieluk, Dylan Kalina, Zoe Kitson, and Emma Smith with their teacher Sarah Lindbloom and State Senator Shirley Turner (center) at the New Jersey State House. New Jersey may soon follow Massachusetts’ lead in naming an Official State Inventor. Four students from Stony Brook Elementary School in Hopewell, New Jersey, are behind a bill that would name Thomas Alva Edison as their State Inventor.

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Smith

The odyssey started last year with a class assignment from Sarah Lindbloom, the students’ fourth-grade teacher. Lindbloom asked, “If you were to create a state symbol, what would it be?” Rory Danieluk, Dylan Kalina, Zoe Kitson, and Emma Smith chose Edison.

Emma, now a fifth-grader, said, “We all simply agreed on Thomas Edison.” Her group, she added, “really didn’t think of anyone else.” But they did have a backup plan. If their teacher denied Edison as a symbol, the girls “would have chosen a state animal.”

Dylan said that Edison deserved to be the state inventor “because he has done incredible things for our state.” Born in 1847, Edison helped change the world by developing the first electric light bulb and movie camera, among many other inventions.

KIDS CAN BE HEARD

Lindbloom thought that the girls’ proposal was so impressive, she encouraged them to send it to New Jersey State Senator Shirley Turner. Zoe, like her classmates, was thrilled when Turner responded. “It was exciting because I didn’t expect a reply,” Zoe said.

Turner, for her part, was delighted to see students get involved in government at a young age. “I believe that the students’ participation in our legislative process will have a lasting impact on them,” she said.

Rory agreed. She thinks that kids can be heard by government officials on an ongoing basis, “if they have provided a fair argument.”

Time will tell if the students’ argument was strong enough. The fate of the bill (S2771) is still pending. Hurdles include approval by both the state legislature and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Supporters of the bill are optimistic that it will pass and increase New Jersey tourism, as well as appreciation for an amazing inventor.

November 6, 2015

Peanuts Charlie Brown Would You Rather

The Peanuts MovieCharlie Bown and the Peanuts Gang Would You Rather

Earlier today, the Peanuts characters answered some of my most important questions, like “Why is Lucy so mean?” Now we will hear from the real life kids who voice characters in The Peanuts Movie (rated G): Alexander Garfin, Francesca Capaldi, Marleik Mar Mar Walker, and Noah Schnapp. I asked them these would you rather questions. Their answers are pretty hilarious and a little surprising!

FrancescaCapaldiWould you rather . . .

Have a perfectly round head like Charlie Brown OR have red hair like the Little Red-Haired Girl?
Francesca (who plays the Little Red-Haired Girl)
: I already have red hair, so that’s easy! (If you haven’t seen Francesca on Dog with a Blog, you can see her gorgeous hair in this video.)
NoahSchnappNoah (who plays Charlie Brown): I would want a round head. That would be cool!

MarleikWalkerCarry a blanket with you everywhere like Linus OR wear Charlie Brown’s zigzag shirt every day?
Marleik (who plays Franklin): Can we change the color? I want the shirt to be red!

AlexanderGarfinHave Sally as a sister OR Lucy as a sister?
Marleik and Noah: Sally!
Francesca: Sally. Lucy is mean!
Alexander (who plays Linus): I would pick Lucy. Sally is annoying!

Have Snoopy as a pet OR have Linus as your best friend?
All 4 kids: Snoopy!
Me: Wow! No love for Linus?
Marleik: Linus is an old man and a baby.
Francesca: Yeah, he’s an old baby!

Harsh! Do you agree with the Peanuts cast’s answers? Leave YOUR answers in the Comments. Then watch this Kids Press Reporter’s interview with the stars and tell us if you are excited for The Peanuts Movie!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Peanuts Worldwide LLC

November 6, 2015

Peanuts Characters Answer Our Questions

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The Peanuts Movie The Peanuts Movie (rated G) is coming to theaters today and we are excited because the Peanuts gang visited the STACKS to answer some of our questions. Read on to find out why Lucy is so mean, why Linus always carries his blanket, and how Charlie Brown can ever be a winner!

Q: What is it like to have a dog like Snoopy?
Charlie Brown: Well, it’s not without its challenges. He requires a lot of supervision. And costume changes. But I honestly think having a dog makes the world better. And I’ll tell you this— it’s never boring.

Q: How do you keep up hope even when everything goes wrong?
Charlie Brown: I try not to focus on all that’s going wrong but on what’s going right. And if nothing is going right, I go home and pet Snoopy.

Q: Linus, when will you stop carrying around your blanket?
Linus: I suppose when I’m a little older I’ll have to stop carrying my blanket. But then I’ll have it made into a sport coat. I think the bigger question is why don’t more people carry around blankets?

Q: Sally, what is it like being Charlie Brown’s little sister?
Sally: It’s not so bad. He’s kind of embarrassing. And sometimes I pretend we’re not related. But if he weren’t here, I would have to feed the dog! He’s actually very supportive and helpful. No matter how mean I am to him. It’s so annoying!

Q: Lucy, do you feel bad about being so mean to Charlie Brown?
Lucy: I don’t think I’m being mean. As a trained psychiatrist, part of my job is to make the patient examine himself on the inside. Sometimes that requires a lot of yelling from the outside. What you call “mean,” I call “caring with crabbiness.”

Charlie Brown, Snoopy , and thePeanuts gang

Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Q: Do you have any tips for Charlie Brown about how to be a winner?
Linus: Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, strive to be the Charlie Browniest.
Sally: Yes, don’t play sports. Play checkers. Don’t start any trouble— but don’t be afraid either. Remember what Theodore Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a beagle.”
Lucy: Yes, never fall in love with a musician and never pay more than 5 cents for advice. You have to be true to yourself. Unless of course you’re Charlie Brown. Then you have to just hope for a miracle.

Check back later today for a special Charlie Brown Would You Rather with the actual cast from The Peanuts Movie!

November 2, 2015

Country Personality Quiz

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question marksWhich country should you live in?

  1. If you had to pick a favorite animal, it would be . . . a) kangaroo. b) whale. c) shrew. d) caribou.
  2. Pick which food you’d rather eat. a) Barbeque. b) Smoked salmon. c) Fish and chips. d) French fries with cheese and gravy (a.k.a. poutine).
  3. Your favorite kind of weather is. . . a) super-hot. b) sunny in summer and cold and dark in winter. c) cool all year. d) snowy.
  4. Which would you rather do? a) Go surfing. b) Go for a long bike ride. c) Visit a palace. d) Go hiking.
  5. Which sport do you enjoy watching the most? a) Rugby. b) Swimming. c) Football (a.k.a. soccer). d) Ice hockey.
  6. Which entertainment would you prefer? a) Opera. b) Antique amusement park. c) Gigantic Ferris wheel. d) Circus.
  7. Which type of music is your favorite? a) Rock. b) Pop. c) Punk. d) Hip hop.
  8. Which language would you rather learn? a) An indigenous tribal language. b) A Scandinavian language. c) Old English. d) French.
  9. What is your favorite dog breed? a) Sheepdog. b) Great Dane. c) Russell Terrier. d) Labrador Retriever.

Read on to find out which country you live in! Continue reading

October 28, 2015

Battle Bugs Books

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battle bugsBattle Bugs Book Series for Ages 7-10

Have no fear! The Battle Bugs are here! This new series has action-packed adventure, a hilarious friendship between boy and bug, and the most dangerous of villains—a lizard army!

In the newest book, an eerie glow from his insect encyclopedia alerts Max Darwin that the Battle Bugs desperately need his help again. Once Max is transported to Bug Island, he finds himself in immediate peril. He’s dropped into the ocean and lizard forces are headed right for him! Fortunately, Commander Barton and the Battle Bugs are also on the scene.

Once Max is rescued and back on dry land, the Battle Bugs explain their latest problem. As Max experienced, the lizards are now attacking from the sea. The bug forces need some way to spot the enemy before they crawl up on the sand. Max has a fantastic idea: the bugs need to build a giant watchtower so they can survey the entire beach! But can they finish it before the lizards attack again?

Find out how Max and the Battle Bugs fight their way through the attacking lizard forces in the newest BATTLE BUGS book! Start reading Chapter 1: Battle Bugs: The Chameleon Attack!

Can’t get enough Battle Bugs? The first three books in this exciting series are out now!

October 22, 2015

Midnight Gulch Halloween

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snickerofmagic130Hello, STACKS readers!

We have a special Halloween treat for you. And no, it’s not a trick! Natalie Lloyd, the author of A Snicker of Magic, has a brand-new story set in Midnight Gulch—a magical town full of mystery, enchanted ice cream . . . and a few ghosts.

If you liked A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll love this “spindiddly” story featuring Felicity Pickle, Jonah Pickett, and many more. If you haven’t read A Snicker of Magic, then you’ll still love this funny, magical, slightly spooky Halloween adventure.

Start reading “When the Ghosts Come Out to Dance!”

Happy reading!

October 21, 2015

The Yeti Files

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Yeti Files 2The Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry

Have you ever had a dream where you met someone – or something – that you didn’t even know existed? Did they take you on an adventure around the world and through time in search of other mystical, magical creatures? If you haven’t (or even if you have, because let’s be honest, that dream was awesome and you want to have it again), then you should definitely check out the latest addition to The Yeti Files series, Monsters on the Run, by Kevin Sherry.

Blizz Richards, a yeti living in the snowy mountains of Nepal, is just hanging out with his friends Alexander and Gunthar, when they receive a letter from Vanessa (a.k.a. the Loch Ness monster) saying how lonely she is and how much she needs a friend, someone who understands her. Being the generous, adventurous guy that he is, Blizz decides to set out to find other creatures just like her. With the help of a time-traveling leprechaun, they manage to go 65 million years into the past to find other Nessies, but between dinosaurs and other predators, they may have found more than they expected.yeti files

This book is more than just a fun story, though. The wild illustrations create a whole universe of things you’ve never seen before. A leprechaun workshop, a nation of unicorns, a prehistoric forest. Get a look inside all of these things and more in The Yeti Files: Monsters on the Run.

What would you want to see if you could time travel? What mystical creature have you always wanted to meet? Leave a Comment and let us know!

October 14, 2015

Book Wars: Ever After High vs. Whatever After

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Book warsBook Wars: Ever After High vs. Whatever After

I will be doing a comparison between the magical series of Ever After High and the mysterious series of Whatever After. Both series are amazing and involve fantasy, but they are different in many ways.

To start the war off, I will introduce to you the main characters of each book, Raven and Abby. In Ever After High, Raven is daughter of the evil queen from Snow White, and faces the challenge of whether to sign the Storybook of Legends which will seal her fate as the next evil ruler. In Whatever After, Abby is shut out at school most of the time which causes her to be very lonely. One night, she is intrigued by the basement, and she and her brother Jonah get sucked through a magic mirror that came with the house, and transported into the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Both characters are shut out at school and are involved in the tale Snow White.

Surprisingly, the two main characters have traits in common, such as a “don’t think, just do” kind of thing. Don’t get them mad because if you do, you had better watch out! They also both have great kindness in their hearts. Finally, Raven and Abby are “chosen” for something of great importance in the world.

What do you think? Similar or not at all? Are you a fan of EAH or WA? Put your opinion in the Comments below.

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

October 13, 2015

Maisie Dog Create a Caption

Create a captionCreate a caption for this adorable dog, Maisie!

Hi, there! This puppy seems like she is going on her own outdoor adventure! What would you say she is thinking in that cute, furry head?

Maisie Dog

Here’s my caption: “Watch out, world! I’m off my leash and ready to take over this dog park!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!

Megan, STACKS Intern