June 19, 2014

Interview with Karan Brar from Jessie

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Karan BrarDon’t you love Ravi?

I mean, who doesn’t? On the show, Jessie, Karan plays Ravi, one of Jessie’s four charges. In real life, Karan is super-sweet and cool. Last year, he even came by to answer fans’ questions. We caught up with him again to see what he’s been up to since our last interview, what he likes about Ravi, what kind of pet he wants to have, and more. Check it out!

Q: What do you like about your character Ravi?
Karan: I love that he is really bright-eyed. He’s so new to the country. Well, I shouldn’t say new, since it’s been 3 years. But he is so bright-eyed and he looks at the world so hopefully, which is so cool.

Q: How do you like acting with Mrs. Kipling (a 7-foot Asian water monitor)?
Karan: It’s really cool. I love it. Having an animal on set is pretty awesome.

Q: Was it strange in the beginning working with such a big lizard? Was it scary?
Karan: Yes, definitely. I was really creeped out! It was really weird.

Q: Water monitors are not really man-eating, are they?
Karan: I think they eat meat!

Q: What is the best book you ever read?
Karan: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I acted in those films and love the books even more. They mean so much to me and I love them.

Q: So what is the most unusual talent you have that most people don’t know about?
Karan: I can do this weird thing with my thumb. It’s, like, double-jointed. It’s really weird that I can do this weird motion with it.

Q: If you could have any one pet in the world, what would it be?
Karan:  A zebra. Zebras are awesome.

Q: What was your favorite TV show growing up?
Karan: SpongeBob SquarePants! I love it still.

Isn’t Karan the nicest guy? We certainly think so! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below. Be sure to check out our earlier interview with Karan, and don’t forget to read our other interviews with Karan’s cast members Debby Ryan, Cameron Boyce, and Peyton List!

See ya next time,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Sue Schneider
Images courtesy of Disney Channel

June 18, 2014

The Doll Graveyard

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TThe Doll Graveyard book coverhe Doll Graveyard (for ages 8-12) by Lois Ruby

“Chester sniffs at the ground and whimpers. It’s a graveyard, a miniature cemetery with five tiny wooden markers close together in a horseshoe shape, and one larger one set apart, as if someone didn’t want that body buried with the rest.”

When Shelby’s parents divorce, she isn’t happy that it means she has to move 200 miles away from where she grew up. Her great-aunt Amelia has died, leaving a house at Cinder Creek to Shelby, her brother Brian, her mom, and her dog Chester. It’s a beautiful house, but old and kind of creepy at night. And oh yeah, there is also a weird miniature graveyard in the backyard.

Brian and Shelby dig up the miniature graves and find dolls. They take them inside and put them in a doll house that is an exact replica of their house. When the dolls start moving around the house and talking, Shelby and Brian try reburying them, but they won’t stay buried!

Shelby finds a journal written by the dolls’ first owner, Sadie. Shelby is horrified to hear that Sadie went through the same things Shelby is going through. The same things happened to Emily, the next girl to find the dolls. Emily ends up in a psychiatric ward because her parents and doctors think she is crazy.

Are Shelby and Brian going crazy? Or can they figure out a way to make the dolls quiet at last? Read and find out! Then comment in the section below!

June 18, 2014

Fantasy Books Festival

Fantasy Books FestivalAfter the fun of last month’s Funny Books Fiesta, we are enjoying a new  STACKS summer reading celebration: the Fantasy Books Festival! Have you ever wished for a Hogwarts letter to come to your house? Have you ever looked inside a wardrobe to see if it’s really a door into another world? Have you ever wondered if your real father is a god from Greek mythology? If so, then you should join us for the Fantasy Books Festival in July. We know just how you feel!

Here is the schedule of events:

Favorite Fantasy Books             July 2

Fantasy Guess the Book            July 9

Fantasy Who Would Win            July 16

Harry Potter Week                     July 28- 31

Readathon/Harry Potter birthday celebration! July 31 Noon -4 pm E.T. RSVP here!

To get started, tell us your favorite fantasy book in the Comments.

June 18, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #3

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Funny Books FiestaSilly Sentence Switch-Up!

Hey y’all! Our Funny Books Fiesta is in full swing now. How’s the reading coming along? I love seeing all the fun—and funny—responses you had to our Silly Word Vocabulary and Make Your Own Mad Libs challenges. You guys are really hysterical! So it is with great excitement that I introduce today’s Funny Books Fiesta challenge: Silly Sentence Switch-Up!

If you’ve been following our Books of the Month posts for the past few months, you know that one of the most highly recommended series by the people of the STACKS is Wings of Fire. So I’ve started reading Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy and I gotta say, it is totally worth the hype! Anyway, I picked the paragraph I’m reading on page 215 to use for my silly sentence switch-up.

How does it work?

Take the sentence you’re reading and pick a few random words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc.). Do the same for the following sentence, and the one after. Make sure that you have the same number of each kind of word from each sentence. Now, shuffle them all around!

Here’s the original paragraph:

The roaring of dragons woke them the next morning. The three dragonets barely had time to scramble to their feet before guards began pouring into their cave. The black rocks had burned down to embers, which the SkyWing soldiers swept into the pool easily with their tails.

Remixed sentences? Check it out:

The roaring of embers scrambled them the next cave. The three tails barely had time to burn to their feet before guards began pouring into their dragons. The black rocks had woken down to dragonets, which the SkyWing soldiers swept into the pool easily with their morning.

Pretty wacky, right? Try your own silly sentence switch-up! Share your  new sentences in the Comments below. The weirder the better!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And don’t forget the LIVE Readathon on June 30! Can’t wait! It’s gonna be amazing.

See ya next time,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

June 17, 2014

World Cup Soccer Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:22 am in News, Summer, Trivia | Permalink

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014!

What’s the most popular sport in the world? Coming in as the most-watched, most-played in over 200 countries by over 3 billion people . . . soccer! In the streets, in backyards, schools and stadiums, all you need is a ball to get this game going.

As you may know, the World Cup is taking place now through July 13. Out of 209 countries with national teams, the top 32 teams qualified to compete for the title of World Cup champion. All month long, these 32 teams will play matches against each other until there is only 1 victorious team left. Who will it be in 2014?FIFA World Cup 2014 groups

The first World Cup was in 1930, and is held every 4 years. Like the Olympics, it alternates host countries and this year it is in Brazil. How much do you know about soccer and the World Cup? Compete in our Tuesday Trivia Quiz below:

  1. Which country is the reigning World Cup champion from 2010?
  2. Which country has won the most World Cups?
  3. In every country in the world except for the United States, what is the sport of “soccer” called?
  4. Name the Brazilian player who was named World Player of the Century and is considered to be the greatest player of all time. He won 3 World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
  5. TRUE or FALSE. If you win the World Cup, you have to give it back at the end of your country’s reign.
  6. TRUE or FALSE. Most American soccer players stay in the U.S.A. instead of going abroad to play pro soccer.
  7. Lionel Messi is currently considered to be the best soccer player in the world, challenging even the great Pele. What country is he from?
  8. Where will the next World Cup be held in 2018?

So kick off this quiz, and write down your best answers in the Comments below. Click here to check the score  . . . or to see how many you got right, that is!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 16, 2014

Writing Prompt: I Am an Expert at . . .

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Rainbow PenWhat’s your expertise?

Maybe you are a computer coding genius. Maybe you paint the best fingernail designs in your school. Maybe you make better cupcakes than Martha Stewart, can play Minecraft in your sleep, write poetry like nobody’s business . . . or have a talent no one would have ever expected. Or maybe you do something pretty ordinary … with a totally extraordinary twist!

For today’s Writing Prompt, we’ve gotta know:What are you an expert at?

Let’s see how many cool, crazy, funny, interesting answers we get. Leave your “expertise” in the Comments below!

— Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 13, 2014

Exclusive Jessie Preview

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Debby Ryan in Jessie“Help Not Wanted” Exclusive Jessie Preview

Jessie is in need of some extra money to buy a special gift for her dad’s birthday. She accepts a job at Empire Skate Building only to find out that Emma is her boss, in a new episode of Jessie premiering tonight, Friday June 13 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Debby Ryan and  Peyton List in Jessie

Image credit DISNEY CHANNEL/Eric McCandless

The STACKS got our hands on this EXCLUSIVE photo from tonight’s episode, AND this exclusive Q&A with a few of the stars!

Q: If you weren’t an actor and could be anything in the world, what would you be?
Peyton List: 
I would be a set designer. I’m adventurous, inquisitive, and curious. I have a very creative and imaginative mind. I love to conceptualize a certain theme in my head and work towards bringing that idea to life.
Skai Jackson: I would be a fashion designer because I love creating new looks and also making clothes. It’s my passion.
Karan Brar: If I wasn’t an actor and I could be anything in the world I would probably be a baker! I know it sounds kind of odd but I have a big sweet tooth and I love cake!
Cameron Boyce: If I could be anything, I’d be a Los Angeles Laker. I’ve loved basketball and especially the Lakers my whole life. I’ve actually played on the floor at Staples Center for a charity celebrity game. I couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards. I’m 15 years old and I still play in my driveway and shoot before the clock in my head runs out.

Will you be watching the new episode of Jessie tonight? Leave a comment!

June 11, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #2

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Funny Books FiestaSilly Word Vocabulary

Have you ever wondered what a really crazy-looking word meant? I sure have! In fact, I do all the time. Of course, the right thing to do when you encounter a word you don’t know is to whip out the dictionary, but before you get the good ol’ standard definition of that difficult word, why not have a little fun first?

Today’s Funny Books Fiesta challenge is Silly Word Vocabulary! When you read a word you don’t know in your book . . . make up a definition. That’s right! Just make one up, the weirder the better. How does it change the sentence you’re reading?

I’m reading The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (If you haven’t read it yet, you totally should!)–and I see a few words that I used to struggle with all the time. For example, brashness. Here is the original sentence that Gordon Korman wrote:

The door of the lounge was flung open, and Wilson burst into the room with his customary brashness.

Brashness really means energetic-ness or boldness, but if I were to make up my own silly definition, I’d say it means “having an extremely long, bushy tail.” Here is my new, silly sentence:

The door of the lounge was flung open, and Wilson burst into the room with his customary extremely long, bushy tail. 

This definition of brashness gives the sentence a seriously silly new meaning!

Are you that super-smart kid that knows all the words in the book you’re reading? Fear not, you can still have fun. Simply give a word you already know a new meaning. Example? Coincidence. My new definition? “A statue made of old coins, made in an ancient mine by elves who only wear the color blue.”

Pick a word, any word! Be bold. Share your new, silly definition in the Comments below. Can’t wait to see how creative and gloriously goofy we can get!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And don’t forget the LIVE Readathon on June 30! You’re coming, right? See ya later,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

June 10, 2014

Celebrity Names Word Scramble

Posted by at 1:45 am in Celebrities, Trivia | Permalink

PopcornUnscramble the Celebrity Names!

PurpleWizard50 has a new word scramble puzzle for you. Can you unscramble the letters to figure out the names of these celebs? You should recognize a lot of these famous people from their STACKS interviews!

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PurpleWizard50

  1. Ainll Ranho
  2. Jntisu Irbebe
  3. Jnhony Pedp
  4. Dama Nadsler
  5. Nadlie Cildfrfa

Female Celebs:

  1. Mame Snotwa
  2. Yatorl Wifts
  3. Lenase Mozge
  4. Tyak Reyrp
  5. Rocamne Zaid

Are you stumped? Click here for the answers.

June 9, 2014

What Would You Do If?

Posted by at 1:46 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Question marksRandom STACKS Randomness

AquaLadybug7 has a random quiz for you, and I have to say these questions really made me think! Libraries closed for 28 years???!!!! What kind of sick person would do that???

Anyway, here is the quiz. I need to go lie down after the shock of question #3.

Hey, everyone. I’m going to give you a bunch of wacky situations and you’re going to reply saying what you would do. So . . . WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF . . .AquaLadybug Avatar

  1. You got sucked into an annoying commercial that kept on playing the same corny song over and over and over again?
  2. You went outside in June in your favorite new outfit and then it started to rain and it was RUINED!?
  3. All libraries closed their doors for the next 28 years?
  4. You bought something online for $500,000 and it turned out to be a scam?
  5. You could have 3 wishes?
  6. You could actually TASTE a cloud and it tasted NOTHING EVEN CLOSE TO COTTON CANDY?
  7. You jumped on a giant trampoline and you ended up on the moon?

Leave your answers in the Comments.Then visit AquaLadybug7 on the STACKS Buzz Board to say, “Hi!” Also, check out AquaLadybug’s latest What Would You Do If Quiz!
image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer