February 10, 2016
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Have you ever heard stories where mythical creatures help the hero save the day? Well, the creatures at Fablehaven aren’t that nice. Fablehaven is a preserve for magical creatures, but dangerous creatures that are on the brink of extinction. The creatures usually stay in their territories, but on the equinox and solstice, the creatures run wild through Fablehaven. The caretakers, Stan Sorenson and his wife, Ruth, can usually defend themselves, but as Midsummer’s Eve nears (a.k.a. the summer solstice), Stan and Ruth’s grandchildren stay with them. Kendra and Seth have no clue when they arrive at their grandparents’ house that it is a magical preserve. Piece by piece, as Midsummer’s Eve draws near, Seth and Kendra learn more about Fablehaven and its secrets.
On Midsummer’s Eve, Kendra and Seth are instructed by Stan to go to bed immediately at sundown, and NEVER, under ANY circumstances, open the window. But of course, that rule gets broken. And bad things happen. Very bad things happen.
I think that Fablehaven is a really good book series and all of you should read it. It is a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you want to read the other four books in the series. Happy reading!
Alex, Scholastic Kids Council
January 14, 2016
Kids Collect Jeans for Teens!
Over 1.5 million teens and children are homeless. One of the items they need most is a pair of jeans. YOU can make a difference by helping to clothe homeless youth.
Teens for Jeans is a campaign to help get YOU involved!
- WHAT: Jeans. Check your closet for jeans that don’t fit you anymore. Run a drive at your school, place of worship, or local community center to collect as many pairs of jeans as you can!
- WHERE: Drop off all pairs at your local Aéropostale or P.S. from Aéropostale clothing store.
- WHEN: Now through February 10th, 2016
Make a difference! This winter YOU can help collect jeans for kids and teens who really need them!
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
December 3, 2015
DIY Room Decor Ideas
Check out these crafty ideas from HeartRed144!
1. Jewelry Holder: Take a picture frame without the glass part and spray paint or paint it any color you want. Then take some nails and hammer them onto the frame. Make sure you have an adult supervision if you need help. Hang up your jewelry hanger and hang your necklaces and bracelets on the nails.
2. Canvas: Take a plain canvas and different colored paint to your work station. Use some masking tape to spell out your name or any word. Take a Sharpie pen and outline the letters. Next, paint the canvas however you want. It’s OK if some paint gets on the masking tape. After the paint dries, remove the masking tape, and then paint or color in the letters. Hang it up and your room is colorful!!
3. Pencil/Utensil Holder: Take a tin can and peel off the label. Next, spray paint or paint it with any color you want. After the paint dries, take an index card and write a label like “Pencils or Pens” on the blank space of the card. Tape or glue the card to the can. Glue some cute decorations (ribbon, stickers, googly eyes, etc.) to the painted can and place it on your desk. Put your writing utensils inside the tin cans!! How lovely, right?
I really hope these DIYs are very helpful because I tried all of them and they are superbly GREAT!!! Remember to decorate them however you want because it will be your very own design! Please comment down below letting me know which onw of these DIYs are your fsvorite! I personally love them ALL because I love doing arts and carfts! They are very fun to make and super easy!
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November 26, 2015
Welcome Julie to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
I’d like to introduce you to Julie who will be one of the special contributors to the STACKS this year.
Look for more to come from Julie this year!
November 26, 2015
Welcome Leah to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
My name is Leah and I am a 7th grader in New Jersey. I put my collage on a boogie board to represent how I love to go boogie boarding at the beach with my cousins. I have a basketball, a soccer ball, rollerblades, and a hockey stick on my collage because these are three of the sports I really love. I also have Stephen Curry, my favorite basketball player.
Beyond sports, I love to draw, hang out with my friends, and play with my stuffed animals. I have a Minion because when I went to Universal Studios in Florida over the summer, I got to ride the Minion ride, which was my favorite. I have pictures of Sponge Bob and Stitch because they are two of my favorite characters. Lastly, I have Snowball, my hamster, because I love to play with her, and I also love animals.
Leah, Scholastic Kids Council
November 26, 2015
Welcome Cynthia to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
I am Cynthia, a girl that has a wonderful family. The first picture I’m going to tell you about is the one of my family and me at Cape Cod, a place we spend a lot of time. There is also another picture of my brother, Bobby and me when we were on a boat heading back from Nantucket Island. The last picture at the Cape is the picture of my cousin, Rose, me, and my brother when we climbed up the lifeguard chair after they left which we do all the time. Speaking of cousins, in the next picture I’m going to talk about, there are all of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family (Rose in on my mom’s side).
But my family doesn’t just consist of people. I have four animals including three cats named KC, Lady, and Snowflake. KC is my shy, little, gray kitty that goes into hiding every time someone comes over. Then there is Lady, my snuggle buddy. Every time I wake up in the morning, she is on my bed. But don’t be too quick to judge because Lady could rip you to shreds if she wanted to. After that comes my dear little Hurricane Sandy cat, Snowflake. She lived under our house for about a week before we got her to come inside. Every chance she gets, she runs outside again so she can eat grass. And last, but not least, Sadie, the friendliest dog you will ever meet. Since she is a middle-sized, crazy, black lab, most people think she’s going to kill them but all she wants to do is drown you in kisses.
I have a picture of a violin and a bass, and I also play the piano and drums, but I also like to read. The book I’m reading right now is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (for ages 12 and up). Although I like music and reading a lot, my absolute favorite thing to do is draw. As you can see, I drew a picture of two anime characters from a show I watched called Hakouki.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me.
Cynthia, Scholastic Kids Council
November 26, 2015
Hi! My name is Alex, and I was one of the lucky ones chosen for the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council! I made a display about things that represent me and here is why I chose some of those items.
I made everything around the boogie board because every summer, my family rents a beach house. I spend a lot of time in the ocean boogie boarding and surfing. I get to spend a lot of time with my family and I really enjoy it. I am a big baseball player and fan, so I put my baseball glove, bat, and trophy in the display. I also enjoy skateboarding, and I do that a lot in my free time with my friends and my older brother.
I absolutely LOVE Star Wars and LEGOs. I think Star Wars LEGOs are amazing! This is one of my favorite ships I have built so far. I included my saxophone and my headphones because I love music. I love to play saxophone, especially jazz and pop music. I also like listening to dubstep with my headphones while I play video games. I got the red bear for being on my school’s student council as Activity Director. I named it Juan Pablo. I love to read and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is one of my favorite books! I am looking forward to writing for the 2015-16 Scholastic Kid Council. Thanks for reading this!
Alex, Scholastic Kids Council
November 26, 2015
Welcome Kayla to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
I’d like to introduce you to Kayla who will be one of the special contributors to the STACKS this year.
Look for more to come from Kayla this year!
November 5, 2015
Meet Ben, a 10-year-old magician from New Jersey. His card tricks will blow you away! I’m not kidding; you have to see this! I have seen him perform in person, and I can tell you, he is legit. Watch his card trick video.
Amazing, right? I have no idea how he does it, but if you are interested in card tricks, check out Klutz Card Trickery. Maybe you can learn Ben’s secrets!
There are lots more videos about Games and Magic on the STACKS! Go check them out!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 14, 2015
Book 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