September 18, 2015

Pan Movie Preview

Posted by at 1:15 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Pan movieActor Levi Miller and Director Joe Wright Introduce the Pan Movie

Levi Miller, the actor who plays Pan and Joe Wright, the director of the new Pan movie (not yet rated) visited New York and shared a sneak peek preview with a group of lucky people, and I was one of them! The cool thing about these special movie previews is sometimes they have fun extras like ice cream sundaes and a candy bar . . . Pan Candy bar

. . . and actual sets and props from the movie, like this tent from the jungle village.Pan Tent

Q: Why did you want to make a movie about Peter Pan?
Joe Wright: The character of Peter reminds me of myself and also of my son, so I made this film for my son.

Q: How did you choose Levi Miller to play Pan?
Joe Wright: We saw thousands and thousands of auditions. Suddenly Levi’s face popped up and we said, “Oh, there he is! That’s him!” When I called him to tell him he got the part, he just started screaming and I had to put the phone down because he was screaming so much.

Pan Tiger Lily costumeQ: There is a lot of action in this movie. How did you like doing the stunts?
Levi Miller: There were a couple of stunts I hated, like falling and being kicked. But flying was fun. At first it was difficult and the wires rubbed my arms, but when I got up in the air it was fun.
Joe Wright: Tiger Lily is the best fighter in the film. The boys are a bit rubbish compared to her! She’s quite tough.

Q: What was your favorite scene to film?
Levi Miller: All the scenes in the jungle village were my favorites.

I have to say from the preview I saw, the village scenes look the coolest to me, too, and Tiger Lily is definitely fierce! This is her actual costume that I got to see up close. Isn’t it amazing?

Are you excited about the Pan movie? Tell us in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer



September 17, 2015

Shelter Pet Squad: Paloma

Posted by at 12:14 pm in Reads | Permalink

shelter pet squad: PalomaShelter Pet Squad series by Cynthia Lord for ages 7-10

There’s a big surprise for the Shelter Pet Squad: A group of sato puppies has arrived! Satos are homeless dogs — of various breeds — from Puerto Rico. The kids will help them settle in until they are ready for adoption.

Suzannah plays with a pup named Paloma until the little dog falls asleep in her lap. It’s puppy love!

That’s why it’s hard, the next week, when a line of people forms at the shelter to adopt the satos. Suzannah should be happy that Paloma will soon have a new home. The only problem is… she’s not ready to let the dog go. Is there any way for Paloma to get adopted without breaking Suzannah’s heart?

Animal lovers will adore this third book in the irresistible Shelter Pet Squad series by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord.

September 16, 2015

The Marvels

Posted by at 1:08 am in Reads | Permalink

The Marvels by Brian SelznickThe Marvelous New Book by Brian Selznick

If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, then prepare yourself for another amazing book by Brian Selznick: The Marvels. Brian Selznick visited Scholastic today to tell us about the book and I learned some interesting facts.

The Marvels includes elements of theater, London, and a real house that has been turned into a museum. He actually lived in London for a few months while he was researching this book. It took him an ENTIRE YEAR to draw all the pictures once he got home from London!

Watch the amazing stop-motion video trailer that Selznick made himself.


I don’t want to give away too much about the story, but there is a tragedy in it based on a true story, and Selznick literally, actually started to cry today when he was talking about it!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer


September 15, 2015

Weird Food Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:18 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

weird-food-would-you-ratherWeird Food Would You Rather

Did you know that in France people eat snails as an appetizer? With garlic and butter of course! In other parts of the world people eat fried chicken’s feet. Watch out for the bones though – I’ve heard they get annoying after a while.

And one of the craziest I’ve come across yet is the Japanese and Korean delicacy known as odori don. It’s a raw squid or octopus whose legs seem to come to life and move a little when salty soy sauce is dumped over them!

How far would you go? Take a bite out of our Weird Food Would You Rather, and let us know your dietary limit! Would you rather . . .

  1. Eat fried crickets (like in Thailand!) OR French fried caterpillars (in Mexico)?
  2. Eat a raw chili pepper OR drink a raw egg?
  3. Eat a fried spider (Cambodia) OR a boiled stinkbug (Africa)? Apparently stinkbug tastes a bit like a crunchy apple!
  4. Eat fried rattlesnake (Southwestern United States) OR a cobra heart (Vietnam)?
  5. Eat potato chips dipped in cottage cheese OR chocolate?
  6. Eat eels (I had them in China, and they taste like mushroom spaghetti!) OR jellyfish? Some people say jellyfish tastes like munching on rubber bands!

Hopefully you haven’t lost your appetite, and you can let us know what you’d rather in the Comments below!

Dig in!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 11, 2015

The BFG Movie Cast

Posted by at 1:12 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

The BFG by Roald Dahl book coverRuby Barnhill Will Be Sophie in The BFG Movie

Roald Dahl was born on September 13 (now known as Roald Dahl Day), and The BFG was actually his favorite story that he wrote. Last year, we announced that Steven Spielberg will be directing the movie version coming out in 2016. Now we can announce that Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie. 

The BFG will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role. She has been acting for two years and lives in Cheshire, England with her parents, younger sister, and Tom the cat, and is a member of her local youth theatre.

Ruby Barnhill

Ruby Barnhill

“I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” she said. “Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”

Steven Spielberg said, “After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do. We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

Roald Dahl’s grandson said, “The character of Sophie is one of the most endearing young heroes in Roald Dahl’s stories. She is as brave as she is curious and has an innate sense of wonder. Many congratulations to Ruby on landing the role. We hope that making The BFG proves an utterly magical adventure for her.”

Well, how could it NOT be a magical experience? I am totally jealous of her! What do you think? Does she look like Sophie to you? Leave your thoughts in the Comments.

–Sonja, STACKS Staffer


September 10, 2015

Will You Be the Next Star?

Posted by at 1:50 pm in Kid Power | Permalink

Stacks starsMeet 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!

stacks star bluecat2757The 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

September 9, 2015

2015 Books of the Summer

Posted by at 1:12 am in Books of the Month, Reads | Permalink

Recommend me!What were the top books of summer 2015?

You super-awesome STACKS readers worked your way through some pretty impressive summer reading lists! I asked you all to share what books you were reading (and loving) and I put the results into a word cloud. There were SO many books — you guys ROCK! Check it out:

2015 Books of the Summer

2015 Books of the Summer

It looks like Percy Jackson is still way, way ahead of the competition, but Harry Potter is putting up a valiant fight. You HP fans are seriously dedicated! And it was really cool seeing so many of you having conversations based on other people’s recommendations. Book lovers, unite!

What books are you reading now for the new school year? Share in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

September 8, 2015

Pet Name Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:09 am in Trivia | Permalink

question marksA-meow-zing Pet Name Trivia Quiz

What does a pet’s name say about it (or the human that loves it)? We investigated deep into the data of and discovered that just like baby names, each year new pet names pop up in popularity. How sharp is your doggie sense? Take a nibble of some kibble, and check out our Pet Name Trivia Quiz!

  1. What was the #1 male dog name of 2014? A) Boo-Boo. B) Max. C) Spider-Man. D) Rocky.
  2. What was the #1 female cat name of 2014? A) Kitty. B) Miss Fluffy. C) Lily. D) Ursula.
  3. People are naming their dogs and cats after Star Wars characters! The following names are the most popular EXCEPT for: A) Chewbacca. B) Vader. C) Yoda. D) Darth Maul.
  4. Is it more likely for a DOG or CAT to have a “human” name (like Jack, Cooper, Callie, etc.)?
  5. TRUE or FALSE. Ariana Grande just named her new pup after Sirius Black from Harry Potter.
  6. For both cats and dogs the top “animal” name is: A) Bear. B) Snake. C) Moose. D) Alligator.

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