Author Archives: Sonja C.

January 17, 2014

Dove Cameron in Cloud 9

Posted by at 12:00 pm in Celebrities | Permalink

Dove Cameron in Cloud 9The Disney Channel Original Movie Cloud 9 premieres Friday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

The story of Cloud 9 follows Kayla (played by Dove Cameron), a prima donna snowboarder who was just unceremoniously dropped from her team and forced to train with Will (played by Luke Benward), LUKE BENWARD in Cloud 9a former snowboarding champion who’s struggling after a career-ending wipe-out. A video capturing it went viral, branding him an “epic fail” on the Internet.

Now, as Kayla trains with Will to redeem her stature, he creates a regimen that will test her commitment to continue in the snowboarding competition circuit. Meanwhile, Kayla must somehow inspire Will to overcome his biggest obstacle — self-doubt. Together, the two learn that nothing is impossible.

You may recognize Luke Benward (a. k. a. Will) because he played Teddy’s boyfriend, Beau, on Good Luck Charlie. And you know Dove Cameron (Kayla) from Liv & Maddie.

I got the chance to meet Dove when she stopped by Scholastic this week to talk about her favorite books. She is super-sweet and so pretty! Watch the video.

What do you think? Will you be watching Cloud 9? Leave a Comment. And to read about a real-live Winter Olympian, meet 18-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace.

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Photos courtesy DISNEY CHANNEL/Fred Hayes

January 16, 2014

Reading Resolutions

Posted by at 1:18 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

writing_prompt_bookHappy New Year to all my fellow reading-obsessed STACKers!

At the beginning of a new year, everyone talks about making resolutions. I love making resolutions and I love reading books, so this poster of reading resolutions just represents me perfectly.

How about you? Do you have any reading resolutions for 2014? Leave them in the Comments!

BookishResolutionsPS. In case you don’t know, “TBR” stands for To Be Read — you know, that pile of books you are waiting to read next. I have a very, very large TBR pile!

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January 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Professor Snape

Posted by at 1:10 am in Harry Potter | Permalink

hp7_130January 9 is Severus Snape’s birthday!

While I am very happy I never actually had a teacher as mean as Professor Snape, I am a HUGE Snape fan. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t finished the Harry Potter series yet, but Snape’s story is so tragic and heroic. I just love him! Happy Birthday, Professor! SnapeQuoteAre you a fan of Professor Snape? Leave your birthday wishes in the Comments.

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Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

January 6, 2014

Captain Underpants Meets Wimpy Kid Webcast!

extraJeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey Create a “Story Smashup” Live On Stage in an Exclusive Scholastic Webcast

Jeff Kinney, creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series joined forces for a “Story CU_attackoftalkingtoiletsSmashup” webcast event at Scholastic.

Superstar artist-authors Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey worked together to create an original story with art and pictures based on suggestions from an audience of kids. In the webcast, you can also watch Kinney and Pilkey’s hilarious attempts to draw each other’s characters and to see if they can draw their own characters, Greg Heffley and Captain Underpants, blindfolded! Watch the webcast video.

And . . . There’s more! You can enter a contest based on Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey’s story starter. Download the contest entry form and create your own brilliant, one-of-a-kind, three-panel ending to Kinney and Pilkey’s original story! One Grand Prize Winner will have his or her entry framed alongside Kinney and Pilkey’s first six panels, autographed by each author. Ten Runners-Up will receive their very own illustrated storytelling extravaganza book collection. So, yeah, you will want to enter that!

Mail your entry by February 14 to:
The Mini-Story Cliff-Hanger Contest
P.O. Box 714
New York, NY, 10013-0714

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. All students in grades 2 through 8 in a U.S. school who are legal U.S. residents are eligible to enter, except those who have family members employed by Scholastic Inc. Every entry MUST include student name, teacher name, grade/age, school name, address and phone number and mailed to: Mash-Up Mini-Story Cliffhanger Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY, 10013-0714. One (1) Grand Prize Winner (approx. retail value: $300) and ten (10) Runners Up (approximate retail value: $75) will be selected based on clarity of thought, execution and creativity. Winners will be notified on or about March 13, 2014. Void where prohibited.

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December 30, 2013

2013 Word of the Year

Posted by at 1:22 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing_prompt_rainbow_penWriting Prompt: Word of the Year 2013

Have you ever noticed that the way people talk changes over time? Words that used to be popular start to sound annoying after a while, and new words that you never heard of before start to sound cool and fun. So today’s Writing Prompt is a question for you. What was the most popular new word of 2013? Continue reading

December 26, 2013

Donate Coats This Winter

Posted by at 1:50 am in Kid Power | Permalink

MakeadifferenceKid Power! Kids can make a difference! Every Thursday on Ink Splot 26, we’ll show you a new idea for how YOU can make the world a better place.

Do you have a winter coat that doesn’t fit you anymore? Don’t throw it away! Donate it to the Warm Coats Warm Hearts Drive, a campaign that is giving away free coats to families who need them. Here is a great way to bring some warmth into someone’s life AND recycle at the same time, making the world a better place in 2 ways!

  • What
    New or gently used coats (must have working closures, and no rips or stains)
  • When
    Now through January 20, 2014
  • Where
    The Customer Service Desk at any Burlington Coat Factory store will take your donations, but other organizations in your community may also be collecting coats. Ask your parents, teachers, or youth group leaders if they know.

Go check the back of your closet to see if you have coats that you won’t be wearing this winter. Or you could go one step further — organize a coat drive and get everyone in your school to donate their coats. Someone can definitely use them this winter!

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December 24, 2013

Most Popular Names of 2013

Posted by at 1:01 pm in Trivia | Permalink

trivia_quiz1Top 10 Baby Names of 2013

BabyCenter announced the top 10 most popular baby names of 2013 for boys and girls. Sophia is number 1 for the girls, and Jackson is number 1 for the boys. Look at the lists below and see if YOUR name is among the most popular of 2013. And click here to find out the meanings of the most popular names.

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Leave a Comment and tell us YOUR favorite baby name for girls or boys.

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December 24, 2013

Food Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:27 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

pieFood, glorious food!

I love food so much! Seriously, books and food are the best things in life. That’s why I hate when I have to choose between 2 delicious foods. How do you decide? Take this Would You Rather Quiz and let us know your food faves.

  1. Cake OR ice cream?
  2. Chocolate OR vanilla?
  3. Potato chips OR popcorn?
  4. Bring your lunch OR eat cafeteria food?
  5. Waffles OR pancakes?
  6. Muffins OR cinnamon rolls?
  7. Do you sit down for breakfast OR grab something and run out the door?
  8. Eat in a restaurant OR take out?
  9. Fast food OR fancy restaurant?
  10. Pizza OR mac and cheese?
  11. Baked from scratch OR bought from a bakery?
  12. Milkshake OR smoothie?
  13. Wings OR nachos?
  14. 50 lbs of french fries OR 50 lbs of potato chips?

Leave your answers in the Comments, and I hope you all get to eat loads of your favorite foods!
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December 12, 2013

Harry Potter Postage Stamps

Posted by at 12:04 pm in Harry Potter | Permalink

harry-potter-stamps130This makes me want to send a Hogwarts letter to everyone I know!

A set of 20 Harry Potter stamps is now available at post offices all across the U.S. Think of all the things you could do with them!

  • Decorate your locker or notebooks.
  • Paste them onto wooden sticks and make Harry Potter paper dolls. Then reenact all your favorite scenes.
  • Add them to the Harry Potter shrine currently set up in your room.
  • Send Hogwarts letters to your friends! (“We are pleased to inform you that you have a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”)
  • Send YOURSELF a Hogwarts letter (because you know you want one, and wouldn’t it be a secret thrill to actually get one via Muggle post with a Harry Potter stamp on it??)
  • Or you could just send, you know, holiday cards.

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Tell us in the Comments which one is your favorite, if it’s even possible to have a favorite, and what you would do with your Harry Potter postage stamps.
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December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela

Posted by at 11:00 am in About Us, News | Permalink

mandela130“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Nelson Mandela

If you don’t know about the great South African president Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95, you should read about him. He is my personal hero and a hero to many people around the world. Even President Obama loved him. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” President Obama said on Thursday. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”

In 1964, when Mandela complained publicly about the system of racial prejudice (called apartheid) in South Africa, he was accused of trying to overthrow the government. He spent the next 27 years in prison. In 1990, he was released from prison, and in 1994, he became the country’s first black president ending apartheid forever.

Thank you, Nelson Mandela, for helping South Africa to rise, and for inspiring every person in the world to rise with you.

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Image credit Kadir Nelson from the book Nelson Mandela