February 10, 2015

Valentine Personality Quiz

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heart4Who Is Your Fictional Valentine?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I don’t know about you, but I love Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait to get together with my best friends, make pizza, eat ice cream, and watch bad movies (obviously, the greatest Valentine’s Day tradition ever)! But for those of you who are feeling romantic, we decided to give you a very special, love-themed Valentine Personality Quiz! Since, you know, regular people are just not as good as fictional characters, we’re allowing our imaginations to run free to dream up the dreamiest of Valentines: our favorite book characters.

  1. Your idea of a perfect date is: a) dinner and a movie–classic. b) ice skating followed by hot chocolate at your favorite cafe. c) theme park! d) a walk in the great outdoors. e) a concert.
  2. In your free time, you are most likely: a) playing a game of pick-up basketball with your friends. b) reading a book. c) pulling pranks on a family member. d) volunteering at the local animal shelter. e) setting things on fire.
  3. To you, the best Valentine’s Day gift would be: a) a teddy bear. b) a book thoughtfully picked out just for you. c) candy! ALL THE CANDY! d) a beautiful bouquet of flowers. e) gifts are for losers, but some cash would be really sweet.
  4. Your dream Valentine wears: a) flannel and jeans. b) something dressy and smart. c) a witty t-shirt. d) the coziest of sweaters. e) a leather jacket.
  5. At school, your favorite subject is: a) history. b) chemistry. c) lunch. d) language arts. e) playing hooky.
  6. What’s a big no-no for you? a) nail-biting. b) not reading for fun. c) being too serious. d) not liking animals. e) following the rules all the time.
  7. You and your Valentine are a) always on time. b) always swapping book or movie recommendations. c) always joking around. d) always looking for ways to be more environmentally-friendly. e) always getting into trouble together.
  8. The first thing you notice about your Valentine is his/her: a) strength. b) brains. c) sense of humor. d) kindness. e) looks.
  9. Your favorite breakfast is: a) pancakes! b) breakfast smoothie. c) PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST! d) fresh fruits and oatmeal. e) coffee.
  10. Your dream vacation would be: a) a historical tour in a European city. b) a week at a lake cabin, reading books all day by the water. c) Disney World! d) a safari trip. e) a trip to a huge, exciting city with a cool music scene.

If you picked mostly A’s, you got the all-star. Your valentine? Hermione Granger or Percy Jackson. Your dream valentine is one of those all-around good people with a heart of gold and really high standards. He/she is a real leader, and together, you’ll be unstoppable. You keep it classy. Even your parents and best friend are fans!

If you picked mostly B’s, you got the quiet genius. Your valentine is Amy Cahill or Neville Longbottom. Even though your valentine isn’t super-flashy on the outside, he/she is definitely a brainy rock star. As a team, no one can beat you guys at trivia. Your to-read list is about to get a whole lot longer, since your valentine is also really great at recommending the perfect book. And your sweetie always gets you the perfect, most thoughtful gifts. Talk about a fairy tale romance!

If you picked mostly C’s, you got the class clown. Your book valentine is Jamie Kelly or Greg Heffley. You love having a good time and your valentine knows exactly how to turn every situation into a laugh-fest! Be prepared to deal with a LOT of cleverly concealed whoopee cushions and fake bugs on your desk. But hey, life’s definitely much more interesting that way!

If you picked mostly D’s, you got the free spirit. Your ideal match is someone like Luna Lovegood or Rowley Jefferson. Smart and whimsical, your valentine is a really great listener and knows exactly how to make you feel important and cared for. You’ll be spending a lot of time outside, playing with animals, and learning how to make delicious vegan cookies together. Sounds pretty sweet!

If you picked mostly E’s, you got the baddie. You love a rebel like Mackenzie Hollister or Draco Malfoy. Do you solemnly swear that you are up to no good? So does your partner-in-crime. Though your times together can get kind of rocky, you’ll still have a total blast breaking the rules and making your (dark) mark on the world.

Which book valentine did YOU get? Share in the Comments below!

See ya next time,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

February 9, 2015

Writing Prompt: Irritating Questions

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Writing Prompt: Shout-outI get so irritated when people ask me…

I’m sure you’ve all had it happen to you. Someone asks you an irritating question and you say in your head, “Did she really just ask me that?!” Maybe the first time someone asks you a question, it’s not that bad. The second time they ask you, it gets a little annoying. But by the third time, you are full-blown, all-out irritated! Or maybe it’s a question that just shows how misunderstood you are. My worst example of this is, “You know it’s just a book, right?” Ooh, I hate that question!

Which leads me to today’s Writing Prompt . . .

What are the most irritating questions people ask you?

And we promise not to ever ask you any of those questions! Let us know in the Comments below!

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

February 6, 2015

Disney New TV Movie Descendants

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PopcornNew Television Movie Coming This Summer: Disney’s Descendants

Disney’s princes and princesses are living out their happy endings in Auradon, a present day idyllic kingdom. All the defeated villains have been sent away to the Isle of the Lost, isolated from Auradon’s modern-day luxuries.

After many years, the teenage son of King Beast and Queen Belle is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation is to offer a second chance to the teenage kids of the trouble-making villains stuck on the Isle of the Lost. The children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella de Vil are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the other children in Auradon.

DOVE CAMERON, BOOBOO STEWART, SOFIA CARSON, CAMERON BOYCE in Descendants

Photo courtesy DISNEY CHANNEL/Bob D’Amico

The villainous parents see this as an opportunity to use their children to carry out an evil plan that will finally free them from the Isle of the Lost. Will these teens follow in the footsteps of their wicked parents when they go abroad?

THE VILLAIN KIDS
Mal:
Played by Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie, Cloud 9)
Daughter of Maleficent
Evie:
Played by newcomer Sofia Carson
Daughter of the Evil Queen
Jay:
Played by Booboo Stewart
Son of Jafar
Carlos:
Played by Cameron Boyce (Jessie)
Son of Cruella de Vil

We have to wait until the summer for this movie to come to the Disney Channel, but I must say it looks AWESOME! Are you excited? Leave a Comment and tell us what you think.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 5, 2015

Help Save Manatees!

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

Make a difference!Save the Manatees!

One of the most important issues today is the state of the environment. There are many ways to help fix all the problems humans have caused, and one of them is saving wildlife, more specifically: manatees and other creatures that live in the ocean. Manatees are gentle, calm animals, and I think they are adorable!Help save manatees

There are too many people, however, who don’t pay enough attention to manatees. Some manatees are killed by negligent motorboats, and others are put at risk by pollution in our oceans. Adults can help save manatees by driving boats more responsibly, or enforcing motorboat laws more forcefully. People need to pick up litter and keep the oceans clean. If you can’t take action directly, there are many charities through which you can make donations to save manatees and other sea creatures.

Leave a Comment if you agree that saving the manatees is an important topic, and join the Save the Planet Message Board to spread the word!

Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council

February 4, 2015

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

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Recommend me!Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (for ages 10 and up)

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people — her teachers and doctors included — don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently, her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool level alphabet lessons again and again and again.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. DraperIf only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can’t because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind . . . until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last, Melody has a voice, but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

GerbilGeneral10 on the Reading Buzz Board

February 3, 2015

New Harry Potter Illustrations

Posted by at 1:06 am in Harry Potter, Reads | Permalink

Extra!Preview a New Illustration and Play Harry Potter I Spy

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will get a deluxe new edition with all new illustrations later this year, and we have a preview of Hermione!

The illustrator Jim Kay says on his website that this illustration of Hermione is based on his niece Milly, and the door is from All Saints Church in Thornham, but he added all the Hogwarts graffiti himself. The graffiti is actually really cool! If you look closely you can see lots of Hogwarts students’ signatures, like Tom Riddle, Lupin, and even J. K. Rowling (who, I guess, is an honorary Hogwarts student)!

Hermione Granger by Jim Kay

Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

hpcloseFor a REALLY good look at all the graffiti, click on the picture and you’ll get an enlarged version. Tell us in the Comments what other Hogwarts names you recognize in this illustration.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

February 2, 2015

2015 Newbery Winner

Posted by at 10:03 am in News, Reads | Permalink

Newbery2015 Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (who also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux).

This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2015 Newbery Medal goes to . . .The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Have you read The Crossover yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2014? Two Honor books were also chosen this year: El Deafo by Cece Bell, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

If you were on the committee voting for the 2015 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2014 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

January 30, 2015

Bella and the Bulldogs

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BELLA AND THE BULLDOGSAre You a Bella Fan?

Bella is a head cheerleader at her middle school until her life takes an unexpected twist. Her rifle-like throwing arm takes her from the sidelines to becoming the starting quarterback in Nickelodeon’s newest live-action comedy series, Bella and the Bulldogs. Bella Dawson (played by Brec Bassinger) is a confident, caring, and talented teenager who suddenly finds herself fulfilling a lifelong dream. But she also has to navigate the world of her teammates Troy (Coy Stewart), Sawyer (Jackie Radinsky), and Newt (Buddy Handleson), without losing her two best friends, Pepper (Haley Tju) and Sophie (Lilimar) from the cheer squad.

BELLA AND THE BULLDOGS

Photo: Jim Fiscus/ Nickelodeon

Are you a fan of the new show, Bella and the Bulldogs? Let us know in the Comments.

-Sonja, STACKS Staffer

January 28, 2015

Lockwood & Co.

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Recommend me!Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud (for ages 11 and up)

And now, a book recommendation from DreamtimeDetermined14!

Oh my gosh! I just finished reading Lockwood & Co. Book #2: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, and it was so amazing! Although, the cliffhanger made me really mad. I can’t wait for book #3!

The series is about a psychic investigations agency in London called Lockwood & Co. It’s managed by the very brave—and very reckless—Anthony Lockwood, who is still a teenager. Lockwood employs 2 other teenagers, Lucy Carlyle and George Cubbins, to help at the agency. The book is told from Lucy’s point of view.Lockwood and Co

Lucy and George live with Lockwood in the house he inherited from the parents he never likes to talk about. Their house is also headquarters for the agency—the smallest one in London. The city wouldn’t need these agencies if it wasn’t for the problem… Many years before Lucy was born, the problem started. Ghosts started coming back from the dead. People realized that only children could sense the ghosts, and some children better than others. That’s when large agencies started employing children to help defend the country from visitors.

Parts of the books are quite frightening, but I think most people older than 11 should be okay reading it. I enjoyed the books immensely, even though I’ve never liked very scary books or movies. The characters were wonderful and the plot was intriguing. I recommend this series to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery or just wants a good book to read. If you haven’t read this series you definitely should!

–Scotland on the Reading Buzz Board

January 27, 2015

Winter vs. Summer Who Would Win

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winterWho Would Win: Winter or Summer?

Here in the New York City area, we’re pretty much sick and tired of being sick and tired of winter! Freezing temperatures and mushy snow make us long for summer. But will we feel the same way in summer? Will we long for the cool, magical, coziness of winter? Well, if you can’t decide, weigh in . . .

Winter vs. summer. Who’s the winner, in your opinion?

  1. Ice cream vs. Hot chocolate
  2. Snowboarding vs. Surfing
  3. Shovel snow vs. Mow the lawn
  4. Beach house vs. Mountain ski house
  5. Snowsuit vs. Bathing suit
  6. Ice pops vs. Icicles
  7. Winter holidays vs. summer vacation
  8. Hawaii vacation vs. Iceland vacation
  9. Building a sand castle vs. Building a snowman
  10. Frozen vs. Teen Beach Movie

And if you live in a part of the world where you are enjoying beautiful weather right now, then I am officially jealous!

Let us know your winter vs. summer winners in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer