Category Archives: Authors

May 29, 2013

British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz

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British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz

Did you ever realize how many of your favorite authors were British? Not only did England give us One Direction and Prince George. . . but also awesome literature. Shakespeare, anyone?
So in today’s Tuesday Trivia we’re testing your smarts on how many British authors and books you know. Ready, mate? GO!

  1. Name the author and book this quote is from:
    “The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.”
  2. Name the author and book that features a golden ticket, some Oompa Loompas, and lots of chocolate.
  3. Name the author and book series that takes place in Narnia. Hint: Lucy, Edward, Susan and Peter befriend a great lion, and battle the White Witch in one of the books.
  4. Name the author who wrote this line:
    “Edward Bear, known to his friends as Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh for short, was walking through the forest one day humming proudly to himself.”
  5. This famous author lived from 1858-1924 and wrote several classics including The Enchanted Castle, The Railway Children, and The House of Arden. Her first name was Edith but she went by the initial “E” when publishing her first name.
  6. Dick King-Smith is the British author known for his book about a pig (who wants to be a sheepdog). It was made into a movie. Name the book AND the movie if you can. Hint: The movie is one word abbreviated from the title of the book!
  7. Some say this British author paved the way for J.K. Rowling with her exotic worlds of ghosts, wizards, and mermaids in books like Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform 13. Her most recent page-turner was One Dog and His Boy – a must read for dog lovers!
  8. This author is best known for her books featuring those mischievous bunnies Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
  9. Name the book series and the author that features Lyra and her daemon, an armored bear, and “dust” sucked out of the sky.
  10. Writer of the Alex Rider series, name this author AND another one of his famous series.

Leave your answers below, and check here to see if you’re right!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

February 28, 2013

NEW Harry Potter Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi

SneakPeekNEW Harry Potter Illustrator Kazu Kibuishi

Meet Kazu Kibuishi, the illustrator of the new Harry Potter book covers coming out in September 2013. If you have read his Amulet series, then you know he is an awesome artist. If you have never heard of him before, you might be worried about his credentials. Is he worthy of the epic task of illustrating the book covers to the ultimate series of all time??

Click here to see the first new Harry Potter cover.

I had the chance to interview him a few years ago and he is so, so nice! For those Harry Potter fans who are worried about the new Harry Potter covers, I can assure you we are in good hands with this illustrator!

Watch my interview with him where he talks about being an artist.

And this interview where he shows us his real live, actual sketchbook!

He seems super-cool, right?  Leave a Comment to tell us what you think of the new Harry Potter covers!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

February 19, 2013

Author Trivia Quiz Answers

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Trivia Tuesday:

Beyond the Book Author Trivia Quiz Answers!

Last week we posted a super-exclusive Author Trivia Quiz with . . .

From their biggest phobias to favorite books – we got the scoop. How many did you guess correctly? Answers are below!

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February 12, 2013

Author Trivia Quiz

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Trivia Tuesday:

Beyond the Book Author Trivia Quiz!

We nabbed some amazing authors for this week's Trivia Tuesday. We're talking . . .

How well do you know these authors? Can you guess the answers to this Author Trivia Quiz? All the answers will be one of the authors above. Ready? GO!

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November 27, 2012

Who Said It? Author Trivia Quiz

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Trivia_quiz2Who Said It? Author Trivia Quiz

I know you guys love your authors, and many of you will probably grow up to be authors. But when they are not writing books, what do authors say in real life? You know your favorite books inside out and backwards, but can you guess which authors said these quotes?

Answer choices are E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, and Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Match each author with the correct quote below.

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October 12, 2012

J.K. Rowling Harry Potter Webcast

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Jkr_130J.K. Rowling Webcast: Beyond the Page

Thursday, October 11, 2012. It’s noon at the STACKS office. STACKS Staffer Karen is proudly wearing her Hufflepuff pin, and we have cupcakes because this is a party! Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling will be speaking live from Scotland, and I am hoping, hoping, hoping that she will talk about what book she is writing next.

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October 10, 2012

R.L. Stine Halloween Web Chat!


R.L. Stine Halloween Web Chat!

UPDATE 10/31: Boo! Due to the severity of hurricane Sandy and the power outages affecting millions of people along the East Coast, we’ve decided to cancel the chat with R.L. Stine. Our STACKS team and R.L. Stine are disappointed. We were truly looking forward to this event! Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this storm. You can still go to the Goosebumps website and play spooky games, read about the newest Goosebumps books, and watch Goosebumps videos. Stay safe and have a happy Halloween!

Goosebumps fans, I have good news, bad news, and more good news.

First the good news. It’s almost Halloween! To celebrate, Goosebumps author R.L. Stine will be hosting a Scholastic web chat on October 31, 2012 from 1-3 PM EST.

Now the bad news. You will probably be in school at that time, and it’s on Facebook and Twitter which do not allow kids under 13.

But there’s more good news! You can still participate! If you leave a Comment with your questions for R.L. Stine, I will send him your questions. He won’t be able to answer them all, but you never know – he may pick YOUR question to answer during the chat.

ALSO, if you happen to be free at that time on Halloween from 1-3 PM Eastern Time, I will be posting live updates from the chat on the Reading Buzz Board so you can join us there for our live Goosebumps Halloween R.L. Stine celebration!

Leave your questions for R.L. Stine in the Comments, and I’ll see you on Halloween! (Virtually, of course. I can’t actually “see” you from my computer. That would be really freaky!)

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

September 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Clifford!

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Clifford50Snipe_130x130Happy Birthday, Clifford!

He’s big, he’s red, and he’s oh, so loveable! It’s Clifford, of course. Clifford the Big Red Dog is just as much a part of our childhoods as balloons and ice cream sundaes. Whether you grew up reading the books or watching the TV show, it’s hard not to smile when you think about Clifford. This year, Clifford’s celebrating a very BIG milestone, his 50th birthday! 50 years ago Norman Bridwell painted a picture of a little girl and her big red dog. Little did he know at the time that it would spawn one of the most beloved children’s literary characters of all time!

While Clifford’s birthday is in February, he’s kicking off a birthday party this week that lasts all school-year long! And you know what Clifford wants more than anything for his birthday? A birthday card from YOU! Send Clifford a birthday card and share your personal birthday greetings!

Kids Card

We want to hear from you! Tell us your fondest memories of Clifford in the Comments below!

—Amabel, Scholastic Media

July 29, 2012

U.S.A. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team

London2012Today's post is written by Donna Freitas, author of Gold Medal Summer.

 In Gold Medal Summer, Joey Jordan's best events are Beam and Floor. In order to fulfill her dream of winning gold, Joey has to find routines on both events that play to her strengths, not just what her coach values, and that means valuing artistry over tumbling, at times. 

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