The 2014 Winter Olympics are on, and we are really stoked about one of this year’s sports: freeskiing (as you can probably tell from our interview with freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace). Today, we represent the ladies! We have an interview with 25-year-old female Canadian freeskier (and two-time X Games Gold Medalist) Roz Groenwoud. She talks about her training, balancing skiing and school, and the reason why she always wears red lipstick when she competes. (It’s not because it matches the logo of Target, her education sponsor). Check it out! Continue reading
There’s something spooky about Nate’s new house in Crow’s Woods. When Nate gets to pick his own room, he never expects to find a note addressed to him in the floorboards. Along with it is a series of old recordings, all made by a boy named Walter Pidgin.
Walt’s story takes place in the 1950s. Walt takes his mother’s tape recorder with him wherever he goes, documenting his life, especially when weird things start to happen. Dogs and cats start to go missing, and Walt thinks he sees crickets riding dogs and a doll that moves and speaks. And there’s a talking squirrel. He thinks he is going crazy, so he sets off to investigate.
Meanwhile, in the present, Nate starts seeing the same things Walt described on his tapes. His nosy neighbor Tabitha joins him when he decides to seek out answers. Signs are beginning to show that a dark force is about to escape, and Nate and Tabitha must save the town from the evil Vespertine before his powers completely take over Crow’s Woods.
The Lost Boy is a suspenseful mystery with a twist of fantasy. The artwork and the writing makes the characters jump off the page, sucking you right into the story. Read Chapter 1 and let us know what you think in the Comments!
–Elysse, STACKS Writer
When we read magazines or watch television, we see so many actors, musicians, and artists with different fashion styles. Sometimes they can influence us to try new looks and better express ourselves. Which famous celebrity do you usually look to for style inspiration? Who is your fashion icon? Take this quiz and find out whom you share your style with!
Your absolute favorite pair of shoes is . . . A) perfectly worn in, black combat boots. B) high-top sneakers with neon accents and funky designs. C) cute little flats with bows on the front. D) comfortable slip-on skate shoes.
Your iPod is always playing . . . A) rock music. You rock out to Maroon 5 on the daily. B) R&B and hip-hop music. You’re soulful like Bruno Mars and Usher. C) dance or electronic music. You can’t get enough of Rihanna. D) pop music. You love anything by One Direction.
Your go-to school outfit is always . . . A) a band tee and torn jeans. B) something eye-catching like pattern-printed pants and tons of bling. C) a girly dress with colorful tights. D) a classic v-neck and blue jeans.
Your favorite accessory is . . . A) checkered socks. B) a chain necklace. C) glitter nail polish. D) vintage sunglasses.
Your favorite free-time activity is . . . A) jamming with your band. B) hanging out in the park with friends. C) going to an after-school dance class. D) skating around the neighborhood.
You express yourself artistically by . . . A) playing the guitar. B) singing your heart out. C) acting or dancing on stage. D) writing song lyrics.
Ready for the results? Count up your answers and find out which celebrity’s style is most like yours!
If you answered mostly A’s: Your style is rocker chic like Demi Lovato and Adam Levine. You pledge allegiance to rock ‘n’ roll and like to be a little edgy. You wouldn’t trade your old leather boots or favorite band t-shirts for anything in the world. Deep down, you are a rock star!
If you answered mostly B’s: Your style is funky and over-the-top like Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. You are artistic and wild. You always love to try something new and different, especially in terms of your fashion style! You like being a little offbeat because that is what makes you unique as you stand out from the crowd!
If you answered mostly C’s: Your style is bold and glamorous like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande. You like to look your best, but you aren’t afraid to take a risk. You love when the spotlight is on you and performing on stage for all to see. Your great confidence is what truly makes you sparkle!
If you answered mostly D’s: Your style is cool and laid-back like Harry Styles and Bridget Mendler. You love sticking to the basics. You can do your own thing and don’t really care what others think. You like being comfortable and you don’t need to stand out in a crowd to look good. Your look will always be classic!
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
Look how precious Bran G is snuggled up in his puppy pillow! It seems as if he is about to lie down for his nap. Do you agree? What do you think he is saying? Add YOUR own caption in the Comments!
–Amanda, STACKS Intern
The LEGO Movie (rated PG), hits theaters on February 7, 2014, and we have an exclusive interview with the Emmet, the main character from the film.
Welcome, Emmet. Thanks for answering our questions!
Q: What is the best part about people thinking you are a “Special?”
Emmet: First off, how cool is it that you’re asking ME a question?! Before, I don’t think anyone ever even thought about me, let alone wanted to ask me a question. Second off, what was the question? I kind of forgot after being so excited that I get to answer a question.
Q: What is the worst part?
Emmet: The worst part. Geesh. The worst part? Um . . . What. Is. The. Worst. Part. Let’s pretend I didn’t hear the question. Can we do that?
Q: What does it feel like to save the world from the evil Lord Business?
Emmet: That’s easy: Awesome. Totally awesome! I still can’t believe I did that.
Q: Did you ever have any doubts about being able to save the world?
Emmet: Me? No. Never . . . Maybe a few. Yes . . .Lots!
Q: What was it like working with Wyldstyle and all the Master Builders?
Emmet: Hard at first. Then harder after that. Then it got a tad bit easier. But then it got a whole lot harder. Maybe even hardest at the end. But now, we just look back and laugh.
Q: Metalbeard looks INSANELY awesome! What was it like to work with him?
Emmet: Whenever you get a chance to work with someone with a shark on his arm, you TAKE it!
Q: Did you ever feel out of your depth?
Emmet: I still don’t know what it feels like to be IN my depth. Oh no. Does that make me shallow?
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?|
Emmet: The usual stuff: Watch TV. Grab a coffee. Save the world.
Q: What is your favorite color?
Emmet: Hmm . . . Green . . . no . . . Yellow . . . no wait . . . it’s back to green again. Definitely green. Wait, can I choose chartreuse?
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: Has your life changed now that you are the Master Builder AND the star of your own movie? Do people recognize you on the street?
Emmet: Totally. People recognize me all the time now. They say, “Hey, watch out for that car!” Or “Hey, is that for here or to go?” So, I guess my life has changed a lot now that I’m a Master Builder.
That and I’ve got the most amazing friends in the whole entire world. Life’s pretty good.
Q: How did you like making the movie?
Emmet: Are you kidding me? It was the best!!! On a scale from one to ten, I’d give it a solid thirteen and a half.
Q: Would you like to make another movie?
Emmet: Um, yeah! But next time, maybe Batman can be a little nicer to me. That guy can be really dark sometimes.
Watch the movie trailer, and tell us what you think in the Comments!
This post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.
We’ve linked up with our friends at Pottermore and can give you a sneak peek (or would it be sneak listen?) at 3 brand new clips of J. K. Rowling talking about one of her most colorful characters from the Harry Potter series.
In honor of his birthday on January 26, we bring you 3 exclusive audio clips about Professor Gilderoy Lockhart!
- Listen to J. K. Rowling talk about which house Gilderoy Lockhart was sorted into. Play
- Listen to J. K. Rowling discuss Gilderoy Lockhart’s ambitious mother. Play
- Listen to J. K. Rowling reveal the secret behind Gilderoy Lockhart’s hair-care range. Play
I bet this doggy would be great at yoga. Look at that balance! His name is Ozzy, and he holds the World Record for the fastest crossing of a tightrope by any dog! (I didn’t even know that was a category!)
What do you think this pup is saying? Create a caption for this picture!
I think he is saying, “Check me out on this rope! I’m bad to the bone! B-B-B-B-Bad. Bad to the bone!”
Write YOUR caption in the Comments!
–Amanda, STACKS Intern
Photo Credit: Paul Michael Hughes/Guinness World Records
At the end of December, I asked you all to tell me what books you were reading so we could see which books were most popular. After I made a word cloud, I think it was pretty clear that Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson were in the lead! This month, however, some new titles are in the running for most popular.
Let’s keep this going! What books are you reading right now? Tell me in the Comments, and I’ll add them to a word cloud at the end of next month. Can’t wait to see which title reigns supreme!
Everyone has a favorite character in a favorite book or series. I really, really love Stacey McGill from The Baby-sitters Club. She’s from New York City, like me, and she’s sophisticated, cool, and really smart! But Stacey, while my character of choice, is not my favorite Baby-sitters Club dresser. Not that what someone wears is what defines her coolness—like I said, I love Stacey for her fun attitude and cleverness! But over the course of 131 book covers, these girls showed some serious style and it’s totally worth another look at what our other favorite girls from Stoneybrook were wearing. Here are my five favorite Baby-sitters Club book cover outfit moments: Continue reading