March 30, 2015
What Are Your favorites from A-Z?
CatEyes484 created this ABC quiz for you. Go to the Message Board to leave your answers and see what everyone else wrote. Some of these questions are kind of hard! Favorite yo-yo brand??? My favorite yogurt is blueberry. Does that count?
- Favorite animal?
- Favorite brand?
- Favorite color?
- Favorite drink?
- Favorite emotion?
- Favorite food?
- Favorite gummy candy?
- Favorite horse?
- Favorite ice cream?
- Favorite joke?
- Favorite kin?
- Favorite lollipop?
- Favorite month?
- Favorite nighttime memory?
- Favorite origami?
- Favorite pizza?
- Favorite quality?
- Favorite record?
- Favorite Skittles flavor?
- Favorite treat?
- Favorite Under Armour item?
- Favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
- Favorite warrior?
- Favorite XOXO note?
- Favorite yo-yo brand?
- Favorite zoo?
Do you have your own ABC quiz questions? Leave them in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
March 27, 2015
Special STACKS Cover Reveal
See the cover and read an excerpt from the new Whatever After book: Beauty Queen! We are so excited to introduce the enchanting new book in The New York Times bestselling Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. Are you ready to see the cover of Beauty Queen? Royal drum roll, please . . .
What do you think? Rather beautiful, right?! Tell us in the Comments below, and for more Whatever After fun, help Abby play dress up as she falls into a fairy tale.
Whatever After follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah, whose magic mirror leads them into different fairy tales, where hijinks and hilarity ensue! This time, the magic mirror sucks Abby and Jonah into the story of Beauty and the Beast. When Jonah picks a rose from the Beast’s garden, he messes up the story. Abby and Jonah better get creative and save this fairy tale, before things get pretty ugly.
Read a sample excerpt here!
Beauty Queen is available wherever books are sold April 28, 2015.
March 25, 2015
Zayn Is Leaving One Direction!
It’s true. THIS IS NOT A JOKE! After five years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece group in the forthcoming concerts of their world tour, and will record their fifth album, due to be released later this year, without Zayn.
On the official One Direction Family website, Zayn says:
“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.”
One Direction says:
“We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”
You know you’re a Directioner when . . . you wish this was just a bad dream. I remember when I was first introduced to Zayn (not in real life, but you know what I mean!) when I read this crazy, hilarious interview. And remember this One Direction trivia quiz? And who could forget when Sam abducted him on iCarly? Oh, the memories!
What are your best Zayn memories? Leave your tributes in the Comments. We will miss you, Zayn! *sniff*
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Zayn Malik photo courtesy of Sony Pictures, iCarly photo courtesy of Nickelodeon
March 25, 2015
The Most Popular Books of the Month
This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:
Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?
There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.
Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!
See ya next month!
En-Szu, STACKS Writer
March 24, 2015
Spring vs. Fall Would You Rather
With the snow finally melting, the sound of birds chirping in the air, it can only mean one thing. Spring is here. Finally! It’s been a tough winter, and I’m totally ready. What about you guys?
But some people, as much as they like spring, like fall even better. They’re both such awesome seasons, it’s hard to decide. Which is your favorite?
Would You Rather . . .
1. Pick flowers in spring OR rake leaves in fall?
2. Have a spring picnic OR a fall campfire marshmallow roast?
3. Eat jellybeans OR candy corns?
4. Be forced to dress up as the Easter Bunny OR a Thanksgiving turkey?
5. Plant a garden OR pick a pumpkin?
6. Drink pink lemonade OR apple cider?
7. Go to an NFL football game in the fall or MLB Opening Day baseball game in the spring?
8. Shop for back-to-school clothes in the fall OR shorts & t-shirts for the spring?
Let us know which season you “spring” for in the Comments below!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
March 23, 2015
Spring Poetry Generator
Spring is here… or so I’m told! It’s hard to imagine wearing t-shirts and sandals, when only last week, I was digging out the 5 feet of snow surrounding my driveway. But I’m optimistic, so I like to think it will be here sooner rather than later!
To get into the spirit, your job for today’s Writing Prompt is to take the 25 words below, and generate your own spring-themed poem. (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “I Have a Dream” poems you guys wrote were A-mazing.)
You can add articles (little words like “a” and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!
Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be infected . . . with Spring Fever!!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
March 19, 2015
A Plea to End Terrorism
Every day when you wake up there is another frightening story on the news about an atrocious terrorist attack on the lives of many innocent men, women, and children. I think the most important issue in the world is stopping terrorism. I want the world to find a way to beat terrorists, so their threats and actions don’t make us question our freedom, but how?
First of all, the government needs to make stopping terrorism its top priority. It needs to focus less on Common Core, immigration, and school lunches, and more on the real problem of terrorism. We should NOT release convicted terrorists from prison. Letting them go only hurts us. We don’t know what they’ll do next and who they could be working with.
Also, the government needs to give more money to the military instead of constantly taking it away. I feel that our military is the best way to stop terrorists. Everyone can help by supporting the military in their efforts to stop terrorism. We can make a difference. Watch my video about how to support our troops overseas, and send your own care packages to this address:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Angel Cuevas/Receiving
The world would be such a better place without terrorists. We could all go to sleep feeling safer knowing terrorism has ended. It would be so awesome if there were no terrorists. Terrorism is a major world issue that must be stopped. This could be the change that could make the world a better place.
If you agree, please leave a post on the Save the Planet Message Board! Let’s keep this conversation going!
Emma Rose, Scholastic Kids Council
March 18, 2015
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (for ages 6-9) by Claudia Mills
Todays book review comes from MidsummerBook13 on the Reading Buzz Board.
Do you like to read? Then this book is perfect for you! Kelsey Green, Reading Queen has many outstanding characters and a cool plot. I also think it has awesome illustrations. Kelsey loves reading the way her friend Izzy Barr loves running and her friend Annika Riz loves math. She is the best reader in her class, tied with Simon Ellis. Plus, she has a really, really mean teacher, Mrs. Molina. She has the best principal ever, Mr. Boone. She also has a bad reader in her class, Cody Harmon.
When Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, Kelsey Green is totally in. She thinks Simon is cheating, so she and her 2 best friends Annika and Izzy try to spy on him to figure out if he really is reading all those books he says he is. Kelsey is also kind of sneaky because she reads at her brother Dylan’s band concert, and in math.
Finally, Rob Shepperson is the best illustrator I’ve seen since Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One‘s illustrator. He draws with great detail and awesome shadow techniques. On the cover, I highly adore the technique he used of drawing a line underneath Kelsey to make it seem as if Kelsey is standing on a solid surface, even though she is really just floating in the pale green and white striped background.
In conclusion, I’ve read a lot of books, so trust me when I say Kelsey Green, Reading Queen is the best one I’ve read in years. It’s great for bookworms ages 6-9, and I would totally give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
March 17, 2015
Choose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story Part 3
We posted Part 1 and Part 2 of this epic St. Patrick’s Day story. Get ready for the conclusion!
You follow Niamh through a wooded glen. You are greeted at every step by all sorts of bizarre and unusual creatures and people. Fairies! Warriors in fur pelts! Talking animals! This is getting way crazy. Enbarr trots behind you, neighing and occasionally butting you with his nose.
“Tír na nÓg is what you mortals call the Otherworld,” says Niamh.
“Otherworld?” you ask. “What’s that?”
Niamh looks very disappointed, and sighs loudly. “What are they teaching you on Earth nowadays? The Otherworld. It’s where the immortals and spirits live.” Continue reading
March 16, 2015
Create a Caption for this St. Patrick’s Pug!
Funny Pug St. Patrick’s Day Flickr photo by DaPuglet
This festive, Irish dog is ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style!
Write what you think he is saying in the Comments. I think he’s saying, “My leprechaun name is Lucky O’Looney! What’s yours?”
Sonja, STACKS Staffer