Category Archives: Kid Power

August 12, 2015

Book Wars: The Maze Runner vs. The Selection

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book wars: The Maze Runner vs. The SelectionBook Wars!

Wait! Hold it right there. Have you ever read two completely different books and noticed similarities between the two? If this sounds like you, proceed to read the article below.

On the surface, the two books I’m comparing would seem to have nothing in common. In fact, just by looking at the covers, one would assume them to be polar opposites. The Maze Runner (for ages 12 and up) by James Dashner is a futuristic fantasy. The Selection (for ages 12 and up) by Kiera Cass is a romantic story about a competition for the prince’s hand in marriage. What could these two books possibly have in common?

In The Maze Runner, the main character, Thomas, is sent to the Glade, not necessarily by force but because he thinks it is for “the good of the people.” Same thing goes for America, the main character in The Selection, whose choice ensures her family’s safety. America despises the idea of going to the palace, but goes along with it for her family, just as Thomas goes into the elevator to the Maze. Both want to run away from their surroundings; one desires to leave from a death trap of monsters, the other from frilly dresses. Thomas and America both want to “escape” but not leave the friends they’ve made. Both situations require survival skills as well. Thomas must know how to fight monsters, and America must know how to curtsey in heels. These stories are different, but their underlying plots have similarities.

The Maze Runner and The Selection both have bad guys as well. All the people in the Glade are faced with WICKED, an organization dedicated to making their lives as painful as possible. Thomas’ chances of escaping are in their clenched fists. America is also confronted with challenges herself. In addition to the snooty girls and king determined to send her home, there are rebel groups storming the palace and turning it into a war zone.

Oh, and don’t forget the sidekicks! America’s new best friend is Marlee, whose enthusiasm can light up a room. Her sweetness makes her a very likable companion. This reminds me of Chuck (Thomas’ new best friend), whose personality is always fun to be around. Thomas always seems to smile with happiness when around him. Both are kind and befriend the protagonists on their first day. However, their fates are anything but happy!

As you can see, the similarities are carried throughout both stories. Next time you read two different books, see what’s hidden in the pages.

Emma Rose, Scholastic Kids Council

July 15, 2015

Book Wars: The Giver vs. The List

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Book warsBook Wars: The Giver vs. The List

My Book War is between two books that I truly enjoyed: The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The List (for ages 12 and up) by Siobhan Vivian. I would compare a book to the Harry Potter series, but I don’t think anything in this world could be as great as the Harry Potter books! So on to my Book War!

What is the main idea of each book? Continue reading

July 9, 2015

July STACKS Star

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Meet BookwormFairy31!

This month, our STACKS Star is BookwormFairy31.

This awesome star loves to bike, dance, and swim. Her favorite subject is writing and she is aspiring to become a famous author one day. (Did you know she is currently writing her own series as we read and type?) When she is not writing, you can also find her reading books or eating her favorite snacks which include chocolate, French fries, and peanut butter cookies.

Would YOU like a chance to become the next STACKS Star? All you have to do is answer the questions below and I will pick one random user to be featured in the August STACKS Blast newsletter. Don’t forget to update your profile and avatar to make it look your best!

  1. What is your STACKS screen name?
  2. What is your favorite book genre and why?
  3. If you could be any fruit in the world, what would you be and why?
  4. If there was one thing you absolutely could not live without, what would it be?
  5. If you could give one gift to every child in the world, what would it be?

To get you all inspired, here are my answers:

  1. CleverPiglet15
  2. My favorite book genre is sci-fi/fantasy because I love all unicorns, dragons, and fairy tales.
  3. If I could be any fruit in the world, I would be a durian! It’s an Asian fruit that is spiky and hard on the outside, but soft and pretty on the inside. Some people don’t like it because they say it smells but I love it anyway because I think it’s delicious and I don’t mind being different.
  4. I could absolutely not live without a pen because I always need to write things down whether it’s my thoughts, things I need to do, letters to people, and pretty much everything.
  5. I wish I could give every child in the world my/their favorite book. Growing up, I used to always read and reread my favorite childhood book. I remember flipping through the pages, reading the words, and then looking for the details in the illustration. It was my favorite thing to do and it never got old!

Leave your answers in the Comments. I can’t wait to see your answers so start typing away!

Sandy, STACKS Staffer

June 12, 2015

Introducing the June STACKS Star

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Meet MermaidAthena542!

This month, our STACKS Star is MermaidAthena542. This Star loves gymnastics, skiing, and swimming. Her hobbies include reading, acting, kicking back with friends, and surfing the net. She never leaves home without her cell phone, gum, and a favorite book. Some of the many things she can do include rubbing her belly and patting her head at the same time, eating a whole pizza by herself, twirling a baton, whistling, and winking. ;) She plans to read The Book Thief (for ages 12 and up) this summer, and she has very strong opinions about Dracmione (Draco Malfoy + Hermione Granger as a couple).

Would YOU like a chance to become the next STACKS Star? All you have to do is answer the questions below and I will pick one random user to be featured in the July STACKS Blast newsletter. Don’t forget to update your profile and avatar to make it look your best!

  1. What is your STACKS screen name?
  2. What is the coolest thing you have done or will do this summer?
  3. Who is your favorite person in the world and why?
  4. Finish this sentence: The best part about summer is . . .

To get you all inspired, here are my answers:

  1. CleverPiglet15
  2. The coolest thing I have done this summer is go horseback riding through the countryside in South Carolina.
  3. My favorite person in the world is my dad. He’s an amazing cook with a kind heart and he loves me unconditionally.
  4. The best part about summer is that there’s never a bad time or place to eat ice cream!

Leave your answers in the Comments. I can’t wait to see your answers so start typing away!

Sandy, STACKS Staffer

June 11, 2015

The Awesomeness of Duct Tape

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Duct Tape by Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

My duct tape collection is one of my favorite things. Making things out of duct tape is a simple craft that doesn’t require much skill at first. You develop skills as you go. My first duct tape wallet wasn’t that good. It had a lot of wrinkles and it was sticky on top. With practice, my wallets look pretty awesome now.

Duct tape comes in a lot of interesting colors and prints. It is fun to mix and match, and it’s fun to follow the new designs that come out. My favorite duct tape is the Minions print. Some others that I like are Olaf, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Peace Love and Smiles, flying pigs, burlap, ducks, and a pretty rainbow chevron design.
duct tapeI recommend looking at The Art of Duck Tape website if you want to learn more about duct tape. Have you ever made anything out of duct tape? Tell me in the Comments.

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

 

June 8, 2015

Why a Pen Is the Most Important Thing in the World

Posted by at 4:37 pm in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

The Importance of a Pen!

I find it extremely hard to write about my favorite thing, because there are so many things in my life penthat I could choose. However, I have chosen to write about a pen.

Yes, I know that to most people a pen is extremely boring, but, to me, it symbolizes possibility. There are so many things you can do with a pen. You could write a novel or a song. Record information and data, or draw a masterpiece.

For me, a pen is like the beginning of something amazing. Every day, I write a new page with my pen, and I am slowly paving a path for my future. I could get into Stanford for Biology, or Julliard for Music. Maybe I will be a scientist and change the world with my discoveries. Maybe I’ll become a musician and touch people’s hearts with my music. Or perhaps I will be an author and move people through words. . . . or a teacher and help children grow into the people they will become.

There are so many endless possibilities as to what I will do with my life, but I know that with my pen in my hand, I will write a good future for myself. Tell me in the Comments what future YOU will write for yourself!

PS. Rowan’s favorite thing is a pencil. Read her article to find out why!

Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council

June 4, 2015

My Favorite Thing Is a Pencil

Posted by at 1:38 am in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Rowan’s Favorite Thing Pencil

My favorite thing in the entire world is, believe it or not, a pencil. Pencils allow my visions to become works of art. For instance, my pencil helped me win 2nd place out of all of 6th grade on our Sixth Grade Olympic T-Shirts. Since I got second, I get to make a mini logo for the front of the shirt in the upper right corner.

My pencil helps me think about what I will draw on a blank piece of paper because I can’t think of anything to draw without it. When I’m drawing, I visualize my picture, then pursue it. Only, it looks different than what I imagined. It’s better. I like to think of my pencil as having its own mind that wanders making my picture greater than before I put the pencil to the paper.

I had free time once, and I decided to create a quote about creativity and inspiration. It says, “It is not the artist who creates the masterpiece. It is in fact the utensil that holds the inspiration.” It doesn’t exactly make sense, but I love it anyway. Pencils help get out a message to people through many pieces of art. You just have to find it.

What is YOUR favorite thing? Tell me in the Comments.

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

May 7, 2015

End Prejudice

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end-prejudicePrejudice is judging people based on how they look, their religion, or their gender. Stereotyping is making a generalization about a group of people. For example, all blondes are dumb, or all Americans are lazy and arrogant, or all people in England have bad teeth. There are also far more offensive stereotypes than these.

Prejudice and stereotyping are caused because people are ignorant. They aren’t educated in other people’s cultures. For example, many people judge others based on the color of their skin. But if they learned a bit more about their culture and people, they would realize that they aren’t that different. Or if people from other countries learned more about Americans and their culture, they might not think that all Americans are lazy and arrogant. Prejudice and stereotyping are just two different forms of bullying.

How do we enact the solution to prejudice and stereotyping? Well, there are many ways to get people educated on other cultures. For example, schools could have classes in which students discuss other cultures and lifestyles.

See? It’s simple! You can take action today by spreading the word or talking to your principal about learning about other cultures, or simply by getting to know someone before you judge him or her. Judging people without getting to know them and acting badly about them because you are prejudiced or biased is bullying. So, be a buddy, not a bully!

Join the Message Board to talk about how prejudice affects you and how to help stop it! Join now!

Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council