Category Archives: Live Chats

August 11, 2009

The 39 Clues Book 5 Is Here!

Posted by at 5:35 pm in Authors, Live Chats, Reads, The 39 Clues | Permalink

39clues5_130 Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for another wild ride because The 39
Clues Book 5 is finally here! Everything about this book has been top secret, from Amy and Dan’s next destination (I’m not telling. You have to read the book!) to the book cover itself. THAT at least I can show you. In fact, here is the author Patrick Carman himself posing with his copy.

Patrick Carman reveals final cover of The 39 Clues #5_The Black Circle

And speaking of Patrick Carman, don’t miss the live chat with him here at the STACKS talking about The 39 Clues. Who knows what Clue leads will be revealed!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 5, 2009

STACKS Kids Chat about Harry Potter

HarrychatLive Chat Transcript
Saturday, June 25, 2009

4-5 P.M. (ET)

_Dewdrop208_: Hi Carly and Karen!
_Dewdrop208_: This is sooooooooooo cool! OMG!
_Karen_Stacks_Staffer_: Hi, Dewdrop208!
_75frenchvanilla_: What’s your favorite scene fom the 7th book?
_Karen_Stacks_Staffer_:
That’s a great question, 75frenchvanilla. But before we start talking
about it, let’s wait a few more minutes to let more people join. Continue reading
July 25, 2009

LIVE CHAT! Harry Potter

Harry Potter chat

This just in via Owl Post — the next live chat is all about your (and our) favorite boy wizard wonder!

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2009, 4-5 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Harry Potter!

In celebration of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in paperback on July 7th, we want to know what kids on THE STACKS think of this little* phenomenon that J. K. Rowling’s cooked up.

And if you’ve only just picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone . . . you’ve got until July 25th to catch up! Embrace your inner Hermione-esque nerd, and bring your Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin pride to the chat!

— STACKS Staffers

*When we say “little,” think along the lines of Hagrid’s “little” Norwegian Ridgeback dragon, Norbert.


UPDATE: 8/5 —Check out the transcript here, and join us for The 39 Clues chat!

May 17, 2009

Being Green Chat Recap

Posted by at 7:53 am in Kid Power, Live Chats | Permalink

Our STACKS chat last month was all about being green, in honor of Earth Day. We talked about recycling, conserving energy, being less wasteful, and most importantly, spreading the word about saving our one and only planet!

Some of my personal fave parts of the conversation were:

1) A bunch of you reported that your schools were celebrating Earth Day by turning off all electricity for an hour — or even the whole day! I suggested doing the same thing to my boss at Scholastic, but since I work on a website, that didn’t exactly fly . . .

2) Special guest Moderator_Elise brought up the question of how to tell whether something is recyclable. I always thought that any piece of plastic with a 1 or a 2 on the bottom was fine for recycling, but thanks to you guys, I learned that it depends on where you live. So after the chat, I was inspired to do a little research about NYC in particular, and it turns out I’ve been trying to recycle a lot of stuff that isn’t allowed. Whoops, guess I got a little overzealous. Sorry to the people at the processing plant who had to go through all my plastic!

3) Everyone agreed that it’s important to be green everyday, not just on April 11th. As thumbelina08 put it: “We don’t have to be green just on Earth Day, we need to be green all the time. Earth Day  is just a reminder like a giant post-it note.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

So, those were the most memorable moments of the chat for me. And you can continue the conversation on our Save the Planet message board! Or for more info on what you can do, there are tons of books to check out. Here’s three suggestions to start you off: The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Band and Penny Chisholm, and You Can Save the Planet: 50 Ways to Make a Difference by Jacquie Wines.

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

April 18, 2009

LIVE CHAT! Being Green

Greetings, Splotter Earthlings! The next STACKS live chat is all about BEING GREEN, so mark your soon-to-be-recycled-biodegradable-calendars!

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2009, 4-5 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Being green!
SPECIAL GUEST: Elise,
Save the Planet message board moderator

Earth Day is on April 22nd, and we’re super psyched to hear from you guys about how to save energy, save animals, and save our planet! (Oh. Humans too.)

Here’s your chance to talk to STACKS kids all over the world about how you can contribute to stopping global warming, preserving animal habitats, and making our one and only Earth the best place to live.

Can’t wait for the live chat? Get the conversation started on the Save the Planet message board. AND if you’re already on the board, get excited — because Elise (the Save the Planet board moderator) will be joining our chat as a very special guest. Yay for Elise!

— STACKS Staffers


UPDATE: 4/18 — Thanks for joining the chat! Here is a recap.

March 18, 2009

Book-to-Movie Chat Recap

Posted by at 7:42 am in Book to Big Screen, Live Chats | Permalink

Last Saturday, we hosted a lively chat about book-to-movie adaptations. Boy, STACKS users are way passionate about books and movies! We covered a lot in just one hour! (Okay, we ran a teensy bit longer than scheduled.)

Movies/Books Mentioned During the Chat:

  • Call of the Wild
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • City of Ember
  • Coraline
  • Ella Enchanted
  • The Golden Compass
  • Harry Potter (of course)
  • Holes
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • The Hunger Games
  • Inkheart
  • A Little Princess
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Never Ending Story
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Thief Lord
  • Twilight
  • The Wizard of Oz

Kids also thought these books should be made into movies. (Take note, Hollywood!) Which book or series do you think should be made into a movie first?

Discuss the results in the Comments!

— Nancy, STACKS Staffer

March 14, 2009

LIVE CHAT! Book-to-Movie Adaptations

STACKS Live Chat: March 14, 4-5 pm ET, Talk in real time all about Book-to-Movie Adaptations with other STACKS members!

Hey, Splotters! A STACKS live chat is coming soon to the Internet near you!

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2009, 4-5 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Which book-based movies would you give two thumbs up? Which did you like better: the book or the film? Did you miss any characters who were cut from the movie? And if YOU were in the director’s chair, which of your favorite books would you make into a movie — and who would star?

Here’s your chance to share your opinions with other kids on the STACKS — so join in, March 14th!

See you there!

— STACKS Staffers

UPDATE: 3/21 — Check out our Chat Recap!

Thanks to all of you guys who joined the chat.

February 10, 2009

Inaugural STACKS chat recap – celebrities and more

Posted by at 5:55 pm in Celebrities, Live Chats, News | Permalink

Scholastic got a chance to ask some celebrities questions about (now) President Barack Obama and his inauguration:

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Tiffany Thornton, from the new show Sonny with a ChanceAnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig, from the upcoming film Race to Witch Mountain

(We interviewed AnnaSophia, Alexander and Tiffany separately, so they weren’t actually in the room together, btw.)

Q: Did you watch the inauguration?

Alexander LudwigAlexander: I did. And it was incredible.

AnnaSophia RobbAnnaSophia: I did! I was so jealous of my mom, though, because she was there. I wanted to go so badly. I was in the school cafeteria and school library. They pulled down some screens and played it over the projectors. It was cool to be watching with my whole school.

Tiffany ThorntonTiffany: There were parts of it I missed, but I did watch part of it. I think my favorite part of it was when he wrapped it up by saying, “God bless you and God bless America.” I don’t know — it just gave me a real tingle.

Q: Would you ever like to live in the White House? Continue reading

January 22, 2009

Our Inaugural Chat — Yes, We Did!

Posted by at 7:15 pm in Live Chats, News | Permalink

Live Chat, January 22 on THE STACKS! Topic: Presidential Inauguration

Thanks for joining our chat!

On Tuesday, 1/20, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president
of the United States, and it was a historic moment for the United States! But you probably already knew that — after all, between teachers, parents, and,
like, every single news reporter in the country, it seems like everyone has been talking about the inauguration. Except you never really hear what kids have to say. What’s up with that?

Well, we gave kids their chance to talk about the inauguration. On Thursday, 1/22, we hosted a real-time online chat room on THE STACKS and invited kids to discuss the inauguration with one another.

Thanks to all of you guys who joined the chat.

EDIT: Comments for this entry are now closed.

EDIT: Check out celebrities’ reactions to the Inauguration!

December 2, 2008

The 39 CLUES: In the Webcast Control Room

Posted by at 6:08 pm in Live Chats, The 39 Clues | Permalink

If you’re a true Cahill, then I’m sure you already know that today was a big day for our family — The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note hit stores this morning! Dan and Amy are off to Austria as they continue on their dangerous quest to discover the secret behind Cahill power. Could Mozart’s sheet music hold a key? You’ll just have to read the book to find out! (If you don’t have your copy yet, download the first chapter now.)

To celebrate the release of Book 2, Scholastic hosted a  big event yesterday: an internationally-broadcast live webcast with Gordon Korman, the author of One False Note. And he was interrogated — er, I mean, interviewed — by none other than actress Whoopi Goldberg! Turns out she’s a big fan of The 39 Clues series! If you missed the webcast, you can get the highlights from Carly H.

And while Carly was sitting in the audience, I was up in the control room. That’s right — I was manipulating the whole thing. Mwahahaha!

No, not really. Seriously, you think I have the technical know-how to run a webcast? Um, no.

There was one person manning the lights, one person controlling the audio, one person operating three different cameras and simultaneously editing together a live video, one person cueing up the video and the slides that were projected during the webcast, and one person monitoring the live online feed. And then there was little old me. What was I doing, you ask? Well, you know those polls that launched every once in a while during the webcast? Yeah, I was in charge of those.

Anyway, it was my first time in the Scholastic Auditorium’s control room, and I was totally psyched to be there — right in the thick of the action. To give you an idea of how fast-paced it was: before the webcast began, Colin, the head AV guy was like, “Karen, when the webcast starts, I’ll need you to be sitting down because I’ll be running around back here.” In other words: stay out of my way! And I was like, “Yes, sir!”

— Karen, STACKS Staffer