Author Archives: Sonja C.

April 17, 2015

Revolution Movie

Posted by at 1:20 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Earth from space photoJoin the Revolution to Save Planet Earth!

Revolution is a new movie that shows the devastating environmental effects of ocean acidification, tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity. Filmed over 4 years in 15 countries in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations, Revolution is an inspiring call to action about the man-made catastrophe facing our world. Uncovering the cause of the mass extinctions of the past, this film shows the revolution needed to save our planet now.

RevolutionIn the movie, you can see that the global conservation movement depends on the passion of young people. There are kids featured throughout the movie, including 13-year-old Felix Finkbeiner of Germany. In his hometown, he leads an environmental group called Plant for the Planet, which has so far planted 194 trees — one tree for every country that met at the United Nations Planet Conference. Joining a rally of protesters outside the conference, he invited all the ministers and heads of state to come outside to plant the trees of their country. His goal is to plant one million trees in each country of the world. 

So inspiring! Kids CAN make a difference, so tell us in the Comments what you will do to help save the earth!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

April 15, 2015

J. K. Rowling News

Posted by at 9:51 am in Authors, Harry Potter | Permalink

rowling130More Proof That J. K. Rowling ROCKS!

Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling appeared on the Today Show this week. There is good news and bad news. The bad news for Harry Potter fans is that she said she is definitely not working on another Harry Potter book. “Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione — I don’t think that’s going to happen.” Oh well . . .

But the good news is pretty amazing! J. K. Rowling has started a charity called Lumos. (Awesome name, right?) According to the Lumos website, the goal is to eliminate all orphanages and replace them with “community based services that provide children with access to health, education and social care tailored to their individual needs.”

As you probably know, Lumos is the spell to make light, so this name has a special meaning. This charity will help bring the problem of orphanages to light, and hopefully inspire people to change that system. And it will also be a light of hope to the children living in them and can hopefully make their lives much better.

In the Today Show interview, J. K. Rowling said, “I definitely will write for children again, ’cause I love writing for kids. So that will definitely happen, and that will sit comfortably alongside this work [Lumos]. And maybe I’ll get to read that new work to some of these children.”

Did you even need more proof that J. K. Rowling is a goddess? Well, there it is! Do you love her even more now? Leave your reactions in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

March 4, 2015

Annie DVD Giveaway

Posted by at 1:08 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Attention, all Annie fans!Annie-giveaway

We are offering you a special opportunity for a chance to enter to win a DVD copy of the Annie movie (rated PG) starring Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan.

But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter.

Quevenzhane Wallis as Annie

Quevenzhane Wallis as Annie

So right now you may be thinking. . .

YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we send you a newsletter full of polls, quizzes, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter for a chance to win that DVD now. How do I enter?

ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter. Then you must wait until March 13 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

image from kids.scholastic.com — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

March 2, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Name Generator

Posted by at 1:36 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

What’s Your Leprechaun Name?

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and we want you to be ready with your leprechaun name in case you meet a leprechaun! Here’s how it works. Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your leprechaun first name. Then look at the list of the numbers below and pick your luckiest number. That word is your leprechaun last name. For example, my name begins with an S and my lucky number is 10, so my leprechaun name would be Goldie McElfin.leprechaun200x90

  • A-Dancing
  • B-Buckles
  • C-Pixie
  • D-Misty
  • E-Jolly
  • F-Toadstool
  • G-Wee
  • H-Clover
  • I-Blarney
  • J-Emerald
  • K-Twirling
  • L-Twee
  • M-Windy
  • N-Greenie
  • O-Fiddle
  • P-Lucky
  • Q-Fortune
  • R-Blackthorn
  • S-Goldie
  • T-Peevish
  • U-Jig
  • V-Leaping
  • W-Mischief
  • X- Paddy
  • Y-Magic
  • Z-Wishes
  1. McTrickster
  2. O’Cobbler
  3. O’Rainbow
  4. McSprite
  5. McGolden
  6. McCharm
  7. O’Lucky
  8. O’Looney
  9. McShoemaker
  10. McElfin

Hope you have a fun and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 27, 2015

Austin & Ally Actress Answers Your Questions

Mimi KirklandMeet Mimi Kirkland!

Hi! I’d like to introduce you to Mimi Kirkland. She plays Lily on Austin & Ally this season. Her character is a spunky and energetic girl who begins taking music lessons from Ally so she can hang out with the star. In real life, Mimi loves to spend time with her family and enjoys participating in outdoor activities such as bike riding, swimming, and playing tag with her 2 sisters and her dog.

Mimi Kirkland and Laura Marano

Photo courtesy Disney Channel

AND . . . she has offered to answer YOUR questions! Do you want to know what it is like to be on a Disney TV show with Laura Marano and Ross Lynch? Now is your chance to ask.

Leave your questions in the Comments and come back here on March 13 for Mimi’s answers!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 13, 2015

Bad Hair Day

Posted by at 1:08 am in Celebrities | Permalink

BAD HAIR DAY - Laura MaranoNew Disney Movie: Bad Hair Day

Laura Marano (from Austin & Ally) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (from Good Luck Charlie), star in Bad Hair Day, a comedy about a high school tech-whiz whose prom day abruptly shifts into a wild ride across town, thanks to a down-on-her-luck cop and a jewel thief. This Disney Channel original movie premieres Friday, February 13 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).

Watch my video interview with Laura where she talks about that crazy hair!

BAD HAIR DAY - Leigh-Allyn Baker and Laura Marano

Photo courtesy Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico

The story unfolds with Monica on the morning of her senior prom. She’s eager to get ready . . . until she can’t get her hair to cooperate. On top of that, she’s mistakenly enlisted by Liz, a police officer hot on the trail of missing jewels. Her prom day goes from bad to mad as a dogged jewel thief tries to outwit the pair.

Will you be watching this movie? Leave a Comment!

PS. I love Laura Marano but her hair does look kind of crazy under her hat. Still cute, though! Do you think she will wear that hat to the prom?

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 6, 2015

Disney New TV Movie Descendants

Posted by at 1:45 am in Celebrities | Permalink

PopcornNew Television Movie Coming This Summer: Disney’s Descendants

Disney’s princes and princesses are living out their happy endings in Auradon, a present day idyllic kingdom. All the defeated villains have been sent away to the Isle of the Lost, isolated from Auradon’s modern-day luxuries.

After many years, the teenage son of King Beast and Queen Belle is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation is to offer a second chance to the teenage kids of the trouble-making villains stuck on the Isle of the Lost. The children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella de Vil are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the other children in Auradon.

DOVE CAMERON, BOOBOO STEWART, SOFIA CARSON, CAMERON BOYCE in Descendants

Photo courtesy DISNEY CHANNEL/Bob D’Amico

The villainous parents see this as an opportunity to use their children to carry out an evil plan that will finally free them from the Isle of the Lost. Will these teens follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents when they go abroad?

THE VILLAIN KIDS
Mal:
Played by Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie, Cloud 9)
Daughter of Maleficent
Evie:
Played by newcomer Sofia Carson
Daughter of the Evil Queen
Jay:
Played by Booboo Stewart
Son of Jafar
Carlos:
Played by Cameron Boyce (Jessie)
Son of Cruella de Vil

We have to wait until the summer for this movie to come to the Disney Channel, but I must say it looks AWESOME! Are you excited? Leave a Comment and tell us what you think.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 3, 2015

New Harry Potter Illustrations

Posted by at 1:06 am in Harry Potter, Reads | Permalink

Preview a New Illustration and Play Harry Potter I Spy

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will get a deluxe new edition with all new illustrations later this year, and we have a preview of Hermione!

The illustrator Jim Kay says on his website that this illustration of Hermione is based on his niece Milly, and the door is from All Saints Church in Thornham, but he added all the Hogwarts graffiti himself. The graffiti is actually really cool! If you look closely you can see lots of Hogwarts students’ signatures, like Tom Riddle, Lupin, and even J. K. Rowling (who, I guess, is an honorary Hogwarts student)!

Hermione Granger by Jim Kay

Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

hpcloseFor a REALLY good look at all the graffiti, click on the picture and you’ll get an enlarged version. Tell us in the Comments what other Hogwarts names you recognize in this illustration.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

January 30, 2015

Bella and the Bulldogs

Posted by at 1:30 am in Celebrities | Permalink

BELLA AND THE BULLDOGSAre You a Bella Fan?

Bella is a head cheerleader at her middle school until her life takes an unexpected twist. Her rifle-like throwing arm takes her from the sidelines to becoming the starting quarterback in Nickelodeon’s newest live-action comedy series, Bella and the Bulldogs. Bella Dawson (played by Brec Bassinger) is a confident, caring, and talented teenager who suddenly finds herself fulfilling a lifelong dream. But she also has to navigate the world of her teammates Troy (Coy Stewart), Sawyer (Jackie Radinsky), and Newt (Buddy Handleson), without losing her two best friends, Pepper (Haley Tju) and Sophie (Lilimar) from the cheer squad.

BELLA AND THE BULLDOGS

Photo: Jim Fiscus/ Nickelodeon

Are you a fan of the new show, Bella and the Bulldogs? Let us know in the Comments.

-Sonja, STACKS Staffer