Welcome Kayla to the 2015-16 Scholastic Kids Council!
Look for more to come from Kayla this year!
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
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
(We regret to inform you that no lightsabers will be used.)
Navigating the twists and turns of middle school is hard. You have tough classes, (Sith-like) bullies, friends, and more coming your way. It is hard to know what to do, and there seems to be a rule for almost everything. You need a Jedi Master to help you not mess up.
The Origami Yoda books take place at McQuarrie Middle School, where an oddball named Dwight shows up with an origami puppet in the form of Yoda himself! Dwight (or should I say Yoda?) gives Jedi-quality advice in all sorts of situations. His friends Tommy, Kellen, and others are making a case file to decide if Origami Yoda uses the mysterious “force,” or if Dwight is not who they thought he was. Filled with Harvey’s “scientific explanations for what happened” and Kellen’s drawings, this realistic fiction book is great for anyone who is looking for a quick laugh.
In the Jedi Academy books, however, Roan Novachez of Tatooine doesn’t need a puppet for advice. He has our little green friend (Yoda) as a teacher! Roan is rejected from pilot school, his only dream in life. Things aren’t looking too good. Then a letter arrives from the elusive Jedi Academy on Coroscant, accepting Roan into Jedi training. All the other kids have been in Jedi Academy since they were younger, so Roan gets made fun of by the class bullies. He has a hard time with classes, doesn’t really fit in at first, and is just kind of lost.
Overall . . .
Origami Yoda is easy to read, extremely funny, and talks about realistic kids. I immensely enjoy this series and read it over and over again. The plot follows the episodes of Star Wars a little more. Jedi Academy more accurately describes bullies, tough classes, and fitting in with others kids. Actually set in the Star Wars galaxy, this series depicts the creatures and customs of movies.
What do you think: Does a puppet sound good, or does having Yoda as a teacher appeal more?
Beata, Scholastic Kids Council
Meet the September STACKS Star!
Do you want to be the next STACKS Star? It’s pretty easy! All you have to do is answer a few fun questions (below) and I’ll pick one random person to be the AWESOME star of the month. After the selection, that person gets to be featured in the next STACKS Blast newsletter!
The September Star is BlueCat2757.
BlueCat2757 is a HUGE Harry Potter fan who loves to listen to classical, blues, jazz and country music. Some things she is proud to say she can do include: writing cursive, writing with both hands, standing on one foot for a really, really long time, and naming all the state capitals. If you want to learn more about BlueCat2757, check out her awesome feature here in the Blast newsletter.
Since we are all in back-to-school mode, this month’s questions are going to be about . . . you guessed it! School!
1. What’s your favorite thing about school?
2. What’s your least favorite thing about school?
3. If you could have any kind of classroom pet, what would it be and why?
4. Which subject do you look forward to most in school?
5. What advice would you give to all back-to-schoolers?
To get you inspired, here are my answers:
1. My favorite thing about school is being able to see and hang out with my friends every day.
2. My least favorite thing about school is waking up so early.
3. If I could have a classroom pet, it would be a bunny rabbit. They’re easy to take care of, friendly, and most of all, they are super cute and cuddly!
4. I look forward to science the most because it explains why and how certain things happen in the world.
5. My advice for all back-to-schoolers is to be nice to everyone even if you don’t know them and you should smile every day
OK, squad! Tell me your answers and don’t forget to update your profile and avatar to make it look your best!
- Sandy, STACKS Staffer
Quick Tips for Back-to-School
Ahhhh, so school is just around the corner. I thought I would give some quick tips for those who are starting their first year of high school . . .
Do you think these tips will help you this school year? Whatever grade you are starting this year, tell us your tips in the Comments! Happy new school year!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
This month’s STACKS Star is MerryAngel32! She loves to read horror books like Goosebumps and if she could be any fruit in the world, she would be an apple because it’s crunchy, sweet, has small seeds and is so “easy-peasy” to cut. One thing she would love to give every child across the world is access to a free library so that everyone can read books! Read more about MerryAngel32 in our STACKS Blast newsletter!
Now, I have two super-serious questions to ask you:
1. Would YOU like a chance to become the next star?
2. How well do you know Harry Potter?
This month’s questions are all about Harry Potter and I want to see how many of you know, like, really, really know the books, characters, and movies. If you know all the answers to the questions, then you might become the next STACKS Star! I will be picking a random user who answers these questions correctly:
Good luck everyone and leave your answers to these HP questions in the Comments! Don’t forget to update your profile and avatar to make it look your best in case you are the next STACKS Star!
Sandy, STACKS Staffer
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
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
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!
To get you all inspired, here are my answers:
Leave your answers in the Comments. I can’t wait to see your answers so start typing away!
Sandy, STACKS Staffer