July 13, 2016

Time Travel Book Wars

Posted by at 1:40 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

The Time Patrol (for ages 12 and up) by Poul Anderson. The Time Machine (for ages 12 and up) by H. G. Wells. One is a collection of stories. The other is a short novel. Both are science fiction about time travel, but that is just about the only thing these books have in common.

Both are extremely good reads, though neither is suitable for a very young audience. The Time Machine is dense and takes a while to build up to the action. The Time Patrol deals a lot with time travel-related paradoxes, which can get confusing, and has some violence and some adult language.

The Time Machine is about a man in the late nineteenth century who builds a time machine. He travels to the year Eight Hundred and Two Thousand Seven Hundred and One A.D. (802,701). The book tells the story of his adventures with the people there, who are a greatly evolved version of the human race.

The Time Patrol is about Manse Everard, a man from the mid-twentieth century, who is recruited into the Time Patrol, an organization created to prevent anyone from changing history. The book has tales of his different missions.

If I had to pick which one I liked better, I probably would go with The Time Patrol, but I don’t want to rank them. They’re too different to pick a favorite. Both have excitement, but The Time Patrol has more. It also exercised my logic skills with time travel confusion. The Time Machine is more philosophical.

The Time Patrol and The Time Machine have a bit more in common than I said at first–they are both definitely worth reading.

Julie, Scholastic Kids Council

July 12, 2016

10 Problems Only Introverts Understand

Posted by at 12:57 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

If you are sometimes shy, enjoy quiet time to just think, and like to be by yourself a lot, you may be an introvert. Almost one half of the population is introverted but when you’re an introvert, it can feel like the whole world is a giant, non-stop noise box. Your strength is in listening and being sensitive to other people, but because you don’t blab about how great you are, people don’t always recognize your quiet awesomeness. (Personally, I think we ALL have a little bit of introvert in us!) Take a look and see if you can relate to:

10 Problems Only Introverts Understand

  • An oral presentation or even just answering a question in class is sometimes scary.
  • You would rather eat lunch in the library or in a classroom with a small group of friends than in the loud lunchroom.
  • You prefer writing or drawing to talking sometimes.
  • After spending a few hours in a noisy group of friends or family, you need to be quiet by yourself for a little while.
  • You practice conversations in your head, so the real ones aren’t so terrifying.
  • You want to do homework or read during your after-school play date – but your friend wants to talk and talk and talk. And talk.
  • Having conversations with grownups. It’s bad.
  • People keep asking you, “Are you ok?” or “Why are you so quiet?”
  • You wish you had noise-cancelling headphones when riding the school bus.
  • You are the best listener you know but people don’t always listen to you.

If you can relate to these problems, then you might be an introvert. Leave a Comment to let us know what’s going on inside your mind!

-Ratha

July 11, 2016

The Road Less Traveled Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:53 am in Kid Power, Writing Prompt | Permalink

There is a famous poem by Robert Frost called “The Road Not Taken.” Here is a quote:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,”

2 paths diverged in the woodsMany people interpret the poem to mean that if you see 2 paths, you should take the less common path because it might lead you to new adventures that you would not experience if you just follow the same road as everyone else. You know, be original and follow your own dreams, not someone else’s.

William has a different idea, though. He just wants to take the shortest road. Maybe there is some pizza waiting at the end of his road, or something.

What about you? What road will YOU take? Write your ending to this sentence :

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I . . . 

Leave your answers in the Comments!

July 6, 2016

Book Wars: The Giver and Divergent

Posted by at 1:43 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

Choose a faction that micromanages your life, or have your whole life planned ahead of you by some old people who spy on you. Which one would you choose? Have you heard of the books The Giver and Divergent (both for ages 12 and up)?  Most of you are going to have some of those lazy summer days when time feels so slow. I would totally recommend these books to anyone looking for great summer reads.

These are incredibly good books, full of plot twists and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you finish them. Both of them have been made into movies, but books are (almost) always better than the movies, so make sure you read the books first. Both of these books are first books of series, The Giver is followed by Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son, and Divergent is followed by Insurgent and Allegiant.

The setting in The Giver and in Divergent are dystopian societies where everything is bad or unpleasant and there is something huge about the characters’ lives and their societies that is being kept from them.

Jonas and Tris are the protagonists of The Giver and Divergent. A big day is upon Tris at the start of Divergent. She must take an aptitude test to see which faction she fits into. Then she must choose her faction. Jonas is turning 12, and must receive his future career chosen by the Council of Elders. When both Jonas and Tris find out their society’s secrets, their lives are changed forever and they both try to help fix the rest of their civilization.

Both Jonas and Tris stand out from the others in their societies. Tris is “divergent”, while Jonas doesn’t have the most normal job. Tris is born into the faction Abnegation, which is all about selflessness and caring about others before you think about yourself. Both societies are trying to implement selflessness, but go way too far. For example, if you are a member of Abnegation, you cannot look at yourself in the mirror. Jonas is given lots of power after receiving his job, while Tris finds herself in danger.

So, would you rather read Divergent, The Giver, or both? Leave your thoughts in the Comments!

Alex, Scholastic Kids Council

July 5, 2016

Do You Have a Magical Alias?

Posted by at 11:19 am in Personality Quiz, Reads | Permalink

magical kid quizWhich magical book character would you be: John Midas from The Chocolate Touch, Harry Potter from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneFelicity Pickle from A Snicker of Magic, or Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief? Find out by answering these questions:

1. What do you think about the most? a) The present. b) The past. c) The future. d) None.

2. What is your personality type? a) You’re an idealist. b) You’re the protector. c) You’re a thinker. d) You’re the doer.

3. If you saw a lost kitten with a collar, what would you do? a) Bring the kitten to an animal shelter. b) Feed the kitten food. c) Take the kitten home and make posters. d) Return the kitten to the address on its collar.

4. What is your favorite sweet? a) Chocolate. b) Jelly beans. c) Ice cream. d) Honey.

5. Choose your favorite board game. a) Taboo for Kids. b) Chess. c) Scrabble. d) Battleship.

6. What would you do on your last day on Earth? a) Eat your favorite ice cream. b) Hug your friends and say good bye. c) Tell your mom you love her. d) Worry about the afterlife.

7. Do you have a lot of friends? a) I’m friends with everyone. b) I have two best friends and the rest are acquaintances. c) I have one solid bestie and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. d) I’m more of a loner and I like it that way.

8. What kind of movie would you pick for a sleepover? a) A documentary. b) A fantasy movie. c) A romantic movie. d) An action movie.

9. You are about to take a test! How prepared are you? a) Not prepared at all! b) I didn’t study but I’m confident I’ll pass. c) Very prepared! I always study at night for fun. d) What subject is this again?

10. If two of your best friends got into a fight, what would you do? a) Wait for them to hash it out on their own. b) Don’t take sides but be there for both of them. c) Try to help them settle the argument. d) Tell them fighting isn’t what friends do and they need to stop it right now.

11. What is your ideal way to relax after a long day? a) Sit down with a cup of hot chocolate. b) Lounge around with friends. c) Have a spa day. d) Go for a swim at the beach.

Results: Continue reading

July 4, 2016

10 Problems Only Percy Jackson Fans Understand

Posted by at 1:31 am in Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

Everyone has problems, but if you’re obsessed with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (as we know many of you are) this list is for you! See if you can identify with . . . 

10 Problems Only Percy Jackson Fans Understand

10. You can’t decide on naming your goldfish Artemis or Poseidon.

9. You get in trouble for telling people to go to Hades.

8. You call your blanket your “Golden Fleece.”

7. You keep thinking that creepy tree in your backyard is Thalia’s tree and she’s trapped inside.

6. You tell people that you’re “half-blood” when you are half-Irish and half-Italian.

5. You imagine what it would be like to never age past 16 if you were inducted as one of Artemis’s lieutenants.

4. You are desperate to go to Camp Half-Blood. (This is actually a real camp that my friends do! We’re talking daily missions, battle training, sword fighting, and more.)

3. You keep calling your half-brother “Tyson” and pretending he is a Cyclops.

2. You can’t stop harassing your friends to read the series.

1. You wander aimlessly around your house because you finished all the books.

Are you obsessed with Percy Jackson? Tell us in how bad it is in the Comments below!

-Ratha

July 1, 2016

Bunk'd Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:15 am in Movies & TV, Would You Rather | Permalink

BUNK'D - Disney Channel's "Bunk'd" stars Karan Brar as Ravi, Skai Jackson as Zuri and Peyton List as Emma.Summer Camp Bunk’d Style!

Just in time for summer camp season, we thought it was the perfect time for some Bunk’d Would You Rather! If you went crazy over Disney Channel’s Jessie, then you’re a fan of Bunk’d which is the spinoff TV show. The cast (minus Jessie and Luke – boo hoo!) make their way to Camp Kikiwaka, the summer camp their parents met at when they were teenagers.

There are new characters like the heartthrob camp counselor Xander, and the outdoorsy farm girl Lou. Add in campers Jorge who claims he was abducted by aliens, and Tiffany who is super-smart and has over-protective parents. Throw these city kids into the wild – and it makes for some pretty funny episodes!

To get you in summer camp survival mode, tell us Would You Rather . . .

1. Sleep-away camp OR day camp?
2. Tell ghost stories OR see a bear?
3. Tug of War OR Canoe Race?
4. Get poison ivy OR be bitten by a swarm of mosquitoes?
5. Be bunkmates with Emma OR Ravi?
6. Have a cute camp counselor OR “survival-expert” camp counselor?
7. Step in bear poop OR get sprayed by a skunk?
8. Camping on the beach OR the forest?
9. Give up your phone/device all summer OR give up candy?
10. Get attacked by an angry chipmunk OR angry bald eagle?

Let us know what you’d rather . . . and what you think of Bunk’d in the Comments below. Happy Camping!

-Ratha

Photo courtesy of Disney Channel

June 30, 2016

Basketball

Posted by at 1:57 am in Games, Kid Power | Permalink

Basketball

Basketball has had a huge impact on my life since I was in kindergarten. My mother and father told me that, when I was little, I would ask to sleep with my basketball and that I went through a couple of months where I bounced my basketball everywhere I went!

I play for a summer team, a travel team, a school team, and an A.A.U. team. I love all four of them. When I am having a bad day, and I know I have basketball practice later, it makes my day so much better.

One reason why I love basketball so much is because the game never stops. The ball is always moving, and the game moves fast. I play point guard, which means I have to work on my ball handling skills a lot. I have lots of fun practicing, even when I am alone.

I love to watch basketball too. It is so entertaining to watch. My favorite team is the Golden State Warriors. I love to watch Stephen Curry play, and try to imitate his moves. So make sure that you try out basketball soon because I know you will have lots of fun.

Leah, Scholastic Kids Council

June 29, 2016

Shark Books for Kids

Posted by at 1:22 am in Reads | Permalink

If you can’t get enough of Shark Week, here are some books to fuel your obsession.

10 True Tales: Surviving Sharks By Allan Zullo for Ages 8–12

Can you imagine getting bitten by a shark? Or having an elephant try to trample you? Or running for your life from a cougar? This book contains ten true stories of real-life survivors of attacks by some of the animal kindgom’s scariest predators!

Into the Killing Seas By Michael P. Spradlin for Ages 8–12

Stranded in the war-torn Pacific, Patrick and his younger brother Teddy are finally homeward-bound. They’ve stowed away on one of the U.S. Navy’s finest ships, and now they just need to stay hidden. But Japanese torpedoes rip their dream apart. And the sinking ship isn’t the worst of it. No, the real danger circles beneath the surface. And it has teeth . . .

Deep Dive #4: Kraya the Blood Shark By Adam Blade  for Ages 7-10

Max and Lia have tracked the evil Professor to his lair in the Black Caves. Neither of them is ready for what awaits them there. Kraya the Blood Shark, with his razor sharp teeth and laser cannons, is the most vicious of all the Robobeasts. Max must survive if he wants to finally come face-to-face with the Professor to save his father and retrieve the fourth and final piece of the Skull of Thallos. But there are still some secrets Max has not uncovered, and they could lead to Max’s defeat.

Jack Gets a Clue #4: The Case of the Loose-Toothed Shark By Nancy Krulik, Illustrated by Gary Lacoste for Ages 7-10

When a giant shark tooth fossil went missing during my little sister Mia’s birthday party at the aquarium, I found myself in really deep water—the aquarium staff accused me of stealing it. No way would I steal something, even if it was a cool fossil. What I could do, though, was talk to the animals at the aquarium to find out who the real thief was. My brainiac detective partner Elizabeth and I would have to work fast to clear my name before the end of the day.

Scholastic Discover More: Sharks By Penelope Arlon  for Ages 7-10

Sharks are incredible creatures and we are just beginning to understand their complex lives. Thorough, up-to-date information is combined with cutting-edge facts about sharks’ amazing memories, shark no-go zones, and cleaners and clingers-on: fish that travel with and attend sharks. The book encourages an active response: sharks are endangered and here’s what you can do about it.

I Survived #2: I Survived the Shark Attack of 1916 By Lauren Tarshis for Ages 8-12

In the summer of 1916, ten-year-old Chet Roscow is captivated by the local news: a Great White shark has been attacking and killing people up and down the Atlantic Coast, not far from Chet’s hometown of Springfield, New Jersey. Then one day, swimming with his friends, Chet sees something in the water. . .