April 9, 2014

Chronicles of Narnia Readalikes

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book coverChronicles of Narnia Readalikes

You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, 4 kids discover a secret entrance (through a wardrobe) into a magical world (with a talking lion . . . and a witch)!

There are 7 books in The Chronicles of Narnia series, plus 3 movies (and rumors of a fourth!), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other exciting books for ages 8-12 about smart, brave kids going on magical adventures. Continue reading

April 9, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Little Red Riding Hood

Posted by at 1:05 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Grimmtastic Girls book coverRed Riding Hood Gets Lost

Tomorrow are the auditions for the school play at Grimm Academy, and I can’t wait to try out! I want to play the lead, Red Robin Hood. But it’s my first time auditioning and I’ve got stage fright! How grimmiserable!

It doesn’t help that my friends and I are all worried about the E.V.I.L. Society that’s making trouble at the Academy. If only I had a magical charm to help us figure out what’s going on – and maybe help me get the lead in the play!

Any suggestions to help me get over my stage fright? I’m so glad I have my grimmtastic friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel to help me out. I know I can always count on them!

Love,
Red

April 8, 2014

Sam and Cat Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:57 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam and CatSam & Cat Would You Rather

They’re unlikely BFFs. Sam is street-wise, rough, stubborn, and sarcastic. Cat is super-nice, bubbly, clumsy, and as some would say . . . not the sharpest tool in the shed! But put them together and you have not only a dynamic duo, but a hit show, Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat!  In it, the girls are roommates, and run a baby-sitting business together.

Why do we love Sam and Cat? There are too many reasons. They’re hilarious, both slightly crazy, not afraid to say inappropriate things. We loved Jennette McCurdy in iCarly, so it’s really fun to see Sam live on. And Ariana Grande, who played Cat in Victorious, has become a major breakout recording star!

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be baby-sat by Sam OR Cat?

2. Eat a giant plate of burritos like Sam OR a giant plate of marshmallows like Cat?

3. Receive for a gift (inspired by the Yay Day! episode): footwash/mouthwash OR a ratty, old pillow?

4. Have Cat read you a bedtime story in her “Cat” voice OR her real voice?

5. Be in a texting competition like Sam OR a mixed martial arts competition like Goomer?

6. Baby-sit the Brit-Brat twins (Remember the British con artist twins?) OR baby-sit Oscar-the-very-accident-prone-boy? (The name says it all!)

7. Go to a taping of Sam & Cat OR see Ariana Grande live in concert?

8. See Sam and Cat in a special movie where they become possessed Halloween demons OR fall in love on Valentine’s Day?

9. Be platinum blond like Sam OR have super-red hair like Cat (which she dyed for her favorite dessert: the red velvet cupcake)?

Let us know what you would rather, Sam & Cat style, in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

April 7, 2014

Twinkie Puppy Caption

Posted by at 1:08 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

createacaption2Create a Caption for Twinkie!

What a playful pup! Doesn’t he have such a sweet, expectant little expression on his face? I think it looks like Twinkie is anxiously waiting for a game of fetch to begin.

Twinkie puppy

Do you have your own idea? Write YOUR caption for the picture in the Comments below!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

April 4, 2014

Janelle Monae Interview

Posted by at 1:43 am in Celebrities, Music | Permalink

janellemInterview with Janelle Monae

It’s no secret that I am a very, very big Janelle Monae fan. Her music just makes me want to get up and boogie, and her style is awesome. (I wish I looked that cool in a suit.) This April, she’s making her big screen debut . . . in Rio 2! Did you see the first Rio movie? It was pretty funny, and I’m definitely glad there’s a sequel! We were super-fortunate to get this interview with the singer (and now voice actress). Check it out! Continue reading

April 3, 2014

Stay Alive Survival Book Series

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Stay Alive: Crash book coverStay Alive

You’ve just crash landed into a life or death situation in the middle of nowhere and Siri has deserted you during your time of need. NOW WHAT?!

Stay Alive is a series that imagines a group of kids in a dilemma just like this, and what they would have to do to survive. Where do you find food and clean water? How do you find help? What if someone gets hurt? Thinking strategically is a must, but which character is actually prepared to make the hard decisions?

In Stay Alive #1: Crash, the members of the Junior Action News Team find themselves in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. They’re a smattering of geeks, know-it-alls, and adventurous acquaintances, stuck out in the elements with their lovable dog, Buford. They have to fight to stay alive.

Have you ever been asked, “If you could bring one thing with you on a deserted island, what would it be?” This has always been a really hard question for me to answer. Maybe . . . genies to grant me wishes, a constant supply of my favorite cereals, or all my best friends and lots of music to keep us busy. After reading Crash, I realized all I really need are good old survival skills, which I definitely don’t have (yet). The characters in these books come from all walks of life, so some of them are naturally more prepared than others to cope with the harsh and dangerous situations they end up in.

One of the coolest parts of the series is when the author, Joseph Monninger, includes real-life survival tips that become important to the plot of the story. That way, I can picture myself trekking through a jungle somewhere, braving the elements to survive with my smarts. Or at least, tucking the tip away in my back pocket for some fateful day when I find myself in a pickle. (Hopefully, this won’t be too soon.)

Basically, if you like extreme adventure and an awesome story, this series is for you. You can start with Book 1 like I did, but don’t forget that Stay Alive #2: Cave-In just came out, too! It’s just as intense and action-packed, so get caught up, happy reading, and STAY ALIVE!

April 2, 2014

Grimmtastic Girls Sneak Peek: Cinderella

Posted by at 3:05 pm in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

Grimmtastic Girls Cinderella book coverCinderella Stays Late

Tomorrow is my first day at Grimm Academy! It’s the most famous school in Grimmlandia and was founded by the brothers Grimm as safe haven for everyone “born of fairy tale, folktale, and nursery rhyme magic.” My stepsisters have been going there for years and now I finally get to go, too!

I’m so excited, but I’m also nervous! The Steps haven’t told me much about what school is like. I think they even wish I wasn’t going with them tomorrow. Guess I’ll just have to make some new friends!

Any advice for my first day at a new school? Whatever happens, I’m sure it will be grimmtastic!

Love,
Cinda

April 2, 2014

The Finisher Sneak Peek

Posted by at 1:09 am in Reads, Sneak Peek | Permalink

The Finisher book coverThe Finisher (for ages 10-14) by David Baldacci

You know when you read the first sentence of a book, and you just KNOW it’s going to be good? I recently had that experience with a new book called The Finisher by David Baldacci. It’s a fantasy that takes place in a world where things are very wrong, and one girl must think fast and defy the odds to do what’s right.

Here is the first sentence that hooked me . . .

I was dozing when I heard the scream.

Don’t you want to find out what happens? You can . . . a little bit. Read a sneak peek of the first 2 chapters.

Let me know what you think in the Comments. Are you going to keep reading this book?

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

April 1, 2014

SPONSORED POST Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes

Posted by at 3:46 pm in Games, SPONSORED | Permalink

Nintendo YoshiGiant Eggs, Cool Art in Yoshi’s New Island

Everyone’s favorite egg-tossing hero is back. Find out how you can win Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS!

Six worlds full of different levels await exploration in the Yoshi’s New Island game, the third game in the beloved Yoshi’s Island series, which just launched on the Nintendo 3DS system. In the game, Yoshi must help Baby Mario reunite with his kidnapped brother, Luigi. This time around, there are giant new eggs, fun new visuals and a multiplayer mode that lets two players who each have a Nintendo 3DS system pair up for a mini-game cooperative challenge. The new character transformations are dynamite. Yoshi can turn into a hot air balloon, mine cart, and even a jackhammer! And by grabbing a special star, Yoshi can soar in the sky or run along walls and ceilings. Gravity doesn’t mean a thing to this “Super Yoshi!”

Enter the Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes (presented by Scholastic) for a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS XL system and the Yoshi’s New Island game! (Official Rules)

Are you a mega Yoshi fan? Loving the new game? Share your Comments below. Continue reading

April 1, 2014

April Word Scramble Teaser

Posted by at 2:07 pm in News, Trivia | Permalink

Coming soonApril Coming Soon

We thought we would give you a teaser quiz to see if you can guess what blog posts will be coming soon to Ink Splot 26. Can you unscramble the titles of these blog posts that you will be reading on Ink Splot 26 in the coming month?

  1. Dregain nbiog
  2. ralpi bosok fo hte mntoh
  3. cleyebrit erhat dya
  4. rrhay eottrp apyeronlits uzqi

Hope you like them!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer