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

Posted by at 1:40 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

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!

Male Celebs:PurpleWizard50 STACKS Profile

  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

June 7, 2014

Ernest & Celestine DVD

Posted by at 1:01 pm in Book to Big Screen | Permalink

Ernest & Celestine DVDCelebrate National Best Friends Day with a heartwarming movie.

The world is full of stories about best friends whom everyone else thinks should be enemies: Romeo and Juliet, Lady and the Tramp, and now . . . Ernest and Celestine. Since National Best Friends Day is June 8, we would like to introduce you to the unlikely friendship depicted in the French movie Ernest & Celestine (rated PG).

Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is about a society of mice that live underground in constant fear of the bears that dwell in the city above. In this world, bears eat mice. But when the mouse, Celestine, comes face to face with one of those bears, an unlikely, but beautiful friendship begins.

What do you think? Who are YOUR favorite fictional or famous BFFs? Leave a comment!Ernest & Celestine art

Ernest & Celestine won France’s César Award for Best Animated Feature and a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards®, and it will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 17.

June 6, 2014

Dog With a Blog Interviews

Posted by at 1:49 am in Celebrities | Permalink

G Hannelius photo

Meet G Hannelius and Blake Michael

Calling all Dog with a Blog fans! We’ve already been lucky enough to interview the stars of the show starring a talking dog, but we happily caught up with G Hannelius and Blake Michael to see what they’ve been up to since we spoke with them last. On the show, G and Blake play siblings Avery and Tyler. In real life, they’re also good friends. Read on to see what it’s like working with a real dog, their most embarrassing moments (well, Blake’s most embarrassing moment), and more. Check it out! Continue reading

June 4, 2014

The Great Greene Heist

Posted by at 1:55 am in Reads | Permalink

The Great Greene Heist book coverThe Great Greene Heist (for ages 10-14) by Varian Johnson

“I know exactly who you are,” the boy said as he clamped onto Jackson’s hand. “There are whole websites dedicated to the Infamous Jackson Greene.”

Hacking the computer system and scheduling a four-hour lunch period. Stealing the goat mascot and selling it on eBay. The “Mid-Day PDA “and the “Blitz at the Fitz.” Jackson Greene is known around the school for being able to get into and out of sticky situations, but he is also the kind of cool, funny kid that you would want to hang out with.

Jackson’s ex-best friend/ former almost-girlfriend, Gaby is running for class president. She wants new computers for classrooms and organic options in the cafeteria, among other things. But Jackson’s sworn enemy, Keith Sinclair is Gaby’s political opponent. Keith wants to cut funding for clubs so that he can get more money for the Gamer Club. Unfortunately for Maplewood Middle School, Keith might just get his way because of his insider connection to Principal Kelsey.

It’s time for Jackson to pull out his bag of tricks so he can outsmart Keith and Dr. Kelsey, secure Gaby’s presidency. . . and possibly change his personal status with Gaby.

Can he do it? OK. Disclaimer: There is no way any student in a real school could pull off half the things Jackson does in this book, so don’t even think about trying them yourself! But, if you like fast-paced books that are full of laughs, twists, and turns, books like Swindle and The Fourth Stall, then you will definitely want to read The Great Greene Heist to find out if he manages to succeed in his insane caper.

 

June 4, 2014

Funny Books Fiesta Challenge #1

Posted by at 1:19 am in Reads, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Funny Books FiestaMake your own Mad Libs!

Welcome to the Funny Books Fiesta! To keep you reading (and giggling) all month long, we’ve got some seriously silly games going on. You ready to get your giggle on? Check out today’s activity!

Everyone loves Mad Libs. So why not make your own? The more original, the better! Here’s how this game works: substitute random nouns on the page you are reading with another, super-random noun.

For example, I’m currently reading Goosebumps Horrorland: Welcome to Camp Slither. I’m on page 73. My super-random word? Tofu. Check out my new first paragraphs:

Sid grabbed the tofu and studied it. “The head tofu is someone named Uncle Jerry? Why haven’t we seen him?”

“Don’t you get it? This means Dr. Crawler isn’t the real head tofu,” I said, my heart suddenly pounding. “Dr. Crawler is some kind of fake.”

The tofu all started talking at once…

To inspire you, here’s a list of great, goofy words for you to use:

  • PANTS
  • TEAKETTLE
  • BEANS
  • BLANKIE
  • CHAPSTICK
  • FOOTBALL
  • CROUTON

Of course, you can always pick your own word!

Share your new favorite, silliest sentence (or sentences) in the Comments below. The sillier and more random, the better!

Come back next week for another Funny Books Fiesta book challenge. And it’s not too early to start getting ready for the LIVE Readathon on June 30! Till next time,

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

June 3, 2014

End-of-the-Year Quiz

Posted by at 1:49 am in Summer, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing PromptRate Your School Year!

I got this idea from Moderator Katie on the STACKS Buzz Board. Since it is the end of the school year for many of you, take some time now to think over the past year and answer these questions.

  1. Overall, from 1 (low) to 10 (high), how was your school year?
  2. What was the BEST thing that happened to you in this school year?
  3. What was the WORST thing that happened to you in this school year?
  4. What lessons did you learn from both or either #2 or #3?
  5. What is your proudest accomplishment in this school year?
  6. What would you have done differently in this school year?
  7. Any summer resolutions? What are they?
  8. What do you want to work on MOST in the next school year?
  9. What is one experience you had in this school year that you never would have BELIEVED could happen to you?
  10. Any other hopes, dreams, comments now that this school year is just about done?

Leave your answers in the Comments. Then go read Katie’s original quiz and say, “Hi!” on the Buzz Board!

June 2, 2014

Liv & Maddie Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:36 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

Dove Cameron as Liv and Maddie

Liv & Maddie Would You Rather?

We know you guys are huge Liv & Maddie fans. Our Dove Cameron interview got 295 Comments! Not only is Dove such a sweet, fun, down-to-earth girl in real life (as you can see in this video), but she also starred as the uber-cool snowboarder in Disney movie Cloud 9, and plays identical twins Liv and Maddie on the TV show by the same name: Liv & Maddie. If you’re a big fan, you’re gonna want to answer . . .

Would you rather . . . 

  1. Be a Hollywood star like Liv OR a sports pro like Maddie?
  2. Babysit their prankster little brother Parker OR do homework with super-smart big brother Joey?
  3. Be a triplet of Liv and Maddie OR a triplet of Benji and Joel Madden?
  4. Play basketball with Liv OR go shopping with Maddie?
  5. Wear high tops OR high heels?
  6. Find out you have a long lost twin OR be an only child?
  7. Have your parents work at your school (like Liv and Maddie’s parents) OR be homeschooled by your parents?
  8. See a crossover episode Liv & Maddie Meet the Haunted Hathaways OR Liv & Maddie Meet Lab Rats?

Let us know what YOU would rather, Liv & Maddie style in the Comments below! And as Maddie would say, “Bam! What?”

—Ratha, Stacks Writer