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1. Halloween Book Challenge

Happy HalloweenJoin Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!

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2. Back-to-School Word Scramble Answers

Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word Scramble AnswersCatGymnastics

for an awesome quiz! Would you like to see YOUR quiz in the Ink Splot 26 blog? You can add your ideas here!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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3. Back-to-School Word Scramble

Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word ScrambleCatGymnastics173!

Can you unscramble these school-related words?

back-to-school word scramble

to challenge you even more!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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4. Fozzie Dog Writing Prompt

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5. Jake Short in Mighty Med

jake_short_faceJake Short Is Oliver in Mighty Med!Bradley Steven Perry

(who was Gabe Duncan on Good Luck Charlie) and Jake plays Oliver.

We wanted to see what the 16-year-old actor has been up to since the last time we interviewed him

. What’s it like being in Mighty Med? What’s his most embarrassing moment? What’s his dream pet? Read on to find out!

Q: What was your favorite part about your character Fletcher on A.N.T. Farm?

Jake: He was just a good-hearted guy and really fun to play. Although dumb at times, he really was sweet and had great jokes. I really enjoyed playing him.

Q: What’s the main difference to you between the two shows? In Mighty Med you are comic book geeks, and in A.N.T. Farm you were also kind of geeky.

Jake: Yes, I was geeky on A.N.T. Farm, but I think the difference between the two shows is that on Mighty Med we have superheroes and a lot more stunts and special effects.


photo courtesy Disney XD

Q: What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Jake: One time I farted in the middle of class in 4th grade . . . and it was not fun. Everyone heard me and turned around. I tried to play it off like someone else did it, but everyone knew it was me!

Q: If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?

Jake: My favorite animal in the world is a bobcat, so I would love to have a bobcat. They’re so awesome. My house is in a canyon and there are bobcats that live in the area. Sometimes they’ll come up to the house! It’s so cool.

Bobcats are cool animals, but I don’t know how safe it would be to keep one as a pet! What do you think? Are you a Jake Short fan? Do you watch Mighty Med? Would YOU keep a pet bobcat? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Toodles for now,

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

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6. Help! Beatles!!!

Hi!Classic is the New Black:

You may see Beatles as a bug but I see them as a band. At the age of 3, my father exposed me to a whole new world of classics. This is how I came to love the Beatles. I don’t know why I like the Beatles, but there was just a spark. Maybe it was their catchy lyrics or great melodies. It was something about the realness of the group.

In the 1960s, four young men from Liverpool, England formed a band, The Beatles, a.k.a. the Fab Four. The Beatles were a revolutionary band that mixed different styles of music like country, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues. Little Richard, my distant relative, was one of their influences. Most of their early songs were “feel good” music. Although, “Help!” is my favorite song, I also like “Yellow Submarine,” ” All My Loving,” ”Can’t Buy Me Love,”  and “A Hard Day’s Night,” which is the title of their first movie.

The Beatles were unique because they wrote their own songs. The Beatles made history because they were the first band to make a music video so they wouldn’t have to do as many live performances. Although the Beatles were British, they became internationally known. No wonder it was titled the British Invasion!

The original and ultimate “boy band,” the Beatles had a unique style of dressing, in similar clothing with long mop-top hairstyles. As a marketing strategy, they wore suits to win over parents’ approval. My father sure fell for that trick.

Out of all the members of the Beatles, my favorite is Paul McCartney because . . . actually, I don’t know why but I came to have a love for him. Paul is a very talented musician who wrote songs for the Beatles. Not only was he one of the main singers, but he played guitar, drums, piano, and the bass. Later, Paul collaborated with another of my favorite musicians, Michael Jackson. Now you can see why I love the Beatles so much!

Kennedy, Scholastic Kids Council Member

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7. Bud, Not Buddy Video

Bud Not BuddyNew Book Trailer!Bud, Not Buddy video

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8. Autumn Would You Rather

Would you rather . . . It is officially fall!Go apple picking OR play in a big pile of leaves?Have longer days in summer and shorter days in winter OR have equal days and nights year-round?Have 12-hours of sunlight a day OR 20 hours of sunlight a day?Live in a place with spectacular fall foliage OR live in a place that is warm year-round?Be a cheerleader OR a football player?Spend half the year in the Underworld like Persephone OR spend all year in our world?Eat mooncakes OR caramel apples?Autumn Trivia Quiz

to test your fall season smarts.

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9. Success Writing Prompt

Writing promptWriting Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

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10. Cameron Boyce, Take Two

cameron_boyce_iconCameron Boyce, a.k.a. Luke from Jessie!KARAN BRAR, CAMERON BOYCE

photo courtesy Disney Channel

Q: So how is it working with everyone, including the lizard?

Cameron: The lizard’s name is Frank, and he is a dude. He’s pretty slow and he is not very intimidating. You think that he can run after you and eat you, but he’s really slow. He’s a big boy!

Q: What kind of stuff do you get from the fans?

Cameron: I get a lot of funny letters. The cutest ones I get are from really little girls, because they are full of misspelled words and words are backwards. They all pretty much say, “You’re cute . . . I like you a lot!” I also get a lot of things in the mail . . . like bracelets. I get a lot of bracelets. I got a stuffed Koala from Georgia.

Did you read our earlier interview with Cameron

? Be sure to check that out, and also don’t miss our interview with his castmate Karan Brar (and take our Jessie Would You Rather quiz)! Are you excited to see what happens with Luke next? Are you a Jessie fan? What kind of fan mail would YOU send Cameron? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

See y’all around,

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

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11. Hello Kitty Crochet

Hello Kitty CrochetHello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends

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12. Why Graphic Novels Are Awesome

Hi!A Couple (or More) of My Favorite Things: A Highly Persuasive Article by Maggie B.Furthermore, art and words cannot always represent everything their creator wants them to. As a duo, however, they are unstoppable! One can give the general idea while the other elaborates, or both words and pictures can work together to become something they couldn’t be on their own, working in tandem to give an idea as well as the meaning behind it.graphic novel;

you might fall in love with them like I did.

Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council Member

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13. Hermione Would You Rather

Hermione illustration by Mary GrandPreWould You Rather Be Hermione Granger?Hermione’s


Would You Rather . . . 

  1. Fight a mountain troll OR a Dementor?
  2. Go to the Yule Ball with Victor Krum OR Ron Weasley?
  3. Be the smartest kid in the class like Hermione OR the “chosen one” like Harry?
  4. Have a cat like Crookshanks OR a rat like Scabbers?
  5. Be in Ravenclaw OR Hufflepuff? (If you couldn’t be in Gryffindor!)
  6. Learn spells from Hermione OR learn practical jokes from Fred & George?
  7. Use a Time-Turner to take extra classes OR just take the normal amount of classes?
  8. Have a scar on your forehead OR crazy-frizzy hair?
  9. See Hermione marry Ron OR see Hermione marry Harry? (even J. K. Rowling has mixed feelings on this one!)

Leave your answers (and birthday wishes to Hermione!) in the Comments below!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

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14. Guinness World Records Dogs Create a Caption

guinness_world_records_2015Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!

Also amazing? The world record, at 6.56 seconds, for the fastest 10 meters (32 feet) walked on hind legs by a dog. It’s currently held by rising celebrity dog Jiff, who apparently has appeared in a Katy Perry music video. Jiff also holds the world record for fastest 5 meters (16 feet) walked on front legs by a dog, clocking in at 7.76 seconds.

Obviously, you guys need to see photos of these awesome dogs in action. What do you think Jiff and Norman would be saying in these photos?

Norman: “WHEEEEEEE!”

Dog Riding Skateboard

Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

Jiff: “Seriously? I’m famous now. You couldn’t find me an outfit with more pizzazz? Also–someone fetch me a Diet Coke, stat!”

Dog on Hind Legs

Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

We wanna hear what wacky, hilarious, clever, and interesting captions you’d give these talented pups. Share in the Comments below!

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

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15. Girl Meets World Interviews

Rowan Blanchard in Girl Meets WorldGirl Meets World Cast InterviewsIntroducing COREY FOGELMANIS & PEYTON MEYER!Girl Meets World

photo courtesy Disney Channel

Is there a book that you would recommend to a middle school kid?

Corey: Well, I really love Harry Potter

. Harry Potter is, like, literally my favorite.
Peyton: When I was in middle school, I read A Series of Unfortunate Events
. I loved those ones. I loved those, so I think that’s one of my favorite book series.

What advice would you give to a kid who is being bullied?
 Tell someone right away.
Peyton: Yeah. Same. Don’t let it affect you, and go straight to an adult.

Who’s a dream co-star from any past Disney show that you guys would want to work with?Peyton: Selena Gomez.
Corey: Ok. I think I want to work with Demi Lovato. I love Demi Lovato.

Corey, do you think kids have the power to change what’s going on in the world?

Corey: Oh, I definitely think that kids can do that because kids are our future generations and if we start young, we get into the habit. Everybody has the power to change the environment, but I think it’s really important that kids start young so they can build that habit up and then teach their kids.

Do you have an unusual talent that would surprise people?

Corey: Well, it’s not really unusual but I do sing and I tap dance. I’ve been tapping for about three years. I can also do this. [moves his eyebrows up and down one at a time]

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16. BFG Movie News for Roald Dahl Day

The BFG by Roald Dahl book coverThe BFGSteven Spielberg,

the super-famous guy who directed The Adventures of Tintin and E.T. (rated PG). The BFG movie is scheduled to be in theaters in 2016. If it’s anything like the book, it will be funny, fantastical, and phenomenal!

The BFG goes like this: In Sophie’s world, most of the giants who come around only want to find children to eat for breakfast. But the Big, Friendly Giant is different. He would never eat “uckyslush human beans.” He only eats “snozzcumbers.” When he carries Sophie off one night, she becomes his friend, not his next meal. Sophie is a tough cookie, so she decides to stop the other kid-munching giants, and the BFG is going to help her.

Let’s hear your casting ideas. Which young actress do you think should play Sophie? What about the BFG? Which actors do you think would fit the roles of the other giants in the story? Post your predictions in the Comments below. I can’t wait to see if the on-screen BFG looks anything like the giants I imagined from the book.

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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17. Fashion Personality Quiz

trivia_quiz2Personality Quiz: What Is Your Fashion Style?What would you wear to a birthday party? A) The outfit you saw Selena Gomez wear to the Kids Choice Awards. B) A cool Under Armour shirt. C) A collared shirt and khakis. D) A glittery shirt you embellished yourself. E) A t-shirt and jeans.Your favorite colors include . . .  A) black and white. B) your team’s colors. C) pink and mint green. D) turquoise and purple. E) red and blue.You find the best clothes at . . . A) Justice. B) Sports Authority. C) Abercrombie. D) thrift shops. E) Old Navy.If the paparazzi caught you first thing in the morning, you would be wearing . . . A) the latest fashions. You just went shopping at the mall yesterday. B) T-shirt, shorts, and adidas flip flops. C) a polo shirt and matching pants. D) a tie-dyed shirt, ripped jeans, and Chuck Taylors. E) sweats. C’mon! You just woke up! Your restaurant style is . . . A) Planet Hollywood. Maybe you’ll spot some celebs!  B) Outback Steakhouse. You have a big appetite! C) Cheesecake Factory. A little fancy, a lot fun. D) Medieval Times – knights jousting and eating meat with your hands. Now that’s a meal! E) McDonald’s. They don’t call them Happy Meals for nothin’. Your favorite birthday party theme is . . . A) spa. B) sports. C) everything coordinated in your favorite color. D) art and crafts. E) Frozen movie.Your favorite article of clothing . . . A) skinny jeans B) an athlete’s jersey C) a 3-piece suit D) glitter-painted sneakers you made yourself. E) a white t-shirt.Your worst nightmare before picture day would be. . . A) you try on a million outfits and still can’t decide what to wear. B) Dude, it’s only a picture. Who cares? C) your outfit doesn’t match perfectly. D) your mom makes you wear something “normal.” E) the sweater your mom made you wear is super-itchy. You keep your homework in . . . A) a cute and trendy tote bag that goes with your outfit. B) your gym bag. C) a sensible, plain backpack with your initials monogrammed on it. D) a cool bag you made yourself. E) your favorite cartoon character backpack.Your favorite fashion season is . . . A) You love every fashion season! B) summer — relaxed and casual in shorts and a tank top. C) fall — awesome back-to-school clothes! D) spring – you love the fresh energy of bright spring colors. E) winter — cozy in turtlenecks and oversize sweaters.

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18. Fashion Disaster

Back to SchoolWhat was your worst fashion disaster?

You know where to leave the answers . . . in the Comments below. Can’t wait to read all your stories!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer


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19. Mackenzie Bourg Interview

Mackenzie_BourgSinger Mackenzie BourgImpossible Things

?” Click on the title to take a listen!

We were able to ask the rising star some questions about what he does, and more. Check it out!

Q: What did you like best about your experience on The Voice?

Mackenzie: What I liked best about being on The Voice was getting to perform on the unique stages and set-ups. From the crowd pits to the huge platforms, it was awesome seeing the different stages each round. What surprised me the most was how much CeeLo [Green, a judge on the show] showed love for me. Going into the show, I would have never thought that over a year later, I’d still be keeping in touch with my coach!

Q: What is the best part of being a performer?

Mackenzie: The best part about being a performer is getting to put your entire heart and soul into something for people that genuinely love. The feeling I get when the audience is into what I’m doing up there is really special.

Mackenzie Bourg

Mackenzie Bourg

Q: Who was your first celebrity crush?

Mackenzie: My first celebrity crush was on two people, actually: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. As a kid, we had all of their VHS tapes, and something about solving any crime by dinner time really tugged at my heart strings even at such a young age.

Q: Funniest or most embarrassing that’s happened to you recently?

Mackenzie: Last week I was headed to the studio and had to stop at a music shop quickly to get a new set of guitar strings. As I got out of the car, I pressed “lock” on my door and closed it, not realizing I had left the keys on the seat. Needless to say I was a little late!

5. What’s the strangest fan encounter you’ve ever had?

Mackenzie: I haven’t had any really strange fan encounters, but I did tweet something randomly about Skittles and someone had about 100 bags sent to me! It was the first time anything like that had happened to me, so I guess it was strange and really cool all at the same time!

Q: What are you most excited for in the future?

Mackenzie: The thing I’m looking forward to most about the future is the future. Seeing where this journey takes me, if the hard work pays off, and if my music makes a connection with people as I hope it does. Everything truly happens for a reason, and when it does finally happen, I’ll be ready to take it in stride.

Awesome! Can’t wait to see what Mackenzie does next. He has an EP coming out soon, and I’m really excited to hear it when it’s released! What about you? Do you want to hear his new music, too? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

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

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20. School Supplies Writing Prompt

Back to SchoolWhat school supplies can you not live without?

Whether it’s the usual or the unusual, leave your must-haves in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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21. Open a World of Possible

Rainbow Pen

Writing Prompt: How does reading open your world and make new things possible?

Scholastic has a new mission about the power of books and reading called Open a World of Possible. Did you ever feel pulled into the pages of a book you were reading? Like that book . . . or a combination of all the books you read . . . turned you into a different person?

Reading can change our lives. It can be magical. We can get lost in the pages of a good book. It can open our eyes to people and situations we never knew. It can make us laugh. Pass hours of boredom away. Make us want to right the wrongs in the world. Make us want to create our own adventures. Help us to grow up. Or help us be a kid just a little longer.

So for today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know:

How does reading open your world and make new things possible?

Watch these Open a World of Possible videos for inspiration

and let us know how reading has shaped your life. Can’t wait to see your responses in the Comments below.

-Ratha, Stacks Writer

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22. September Books of the Month

Recommend me!It’s Books of the Month Time! — En-Szu, STACKS StafferOpen a World of Possible

, Scholastic’s new mission about the power of books and reading.

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23. Wonder Book Review

Wonder book cover

100% Kid-Approved Book Recommendations

As you probably know, STACKers love to read, so today we are featuring a book recommended by one of YOU! FriendlyMonkey10 recommends “a book that you have to read!!!” It’s Wonder by R.J. Palacio (for ages 8-12). Have you read this book? What did you think?

Read on for FriendlyMonkey’s review. . .Wonder book cover

Read Wonder by R.J. Palacio!!!!!!!!!! If you have not read this book, pick it up at the library and read it now!!! It’s a touching story about a boy named Auggie Pullman that was born with a facial deformity. Due to his frequent surgeries, he is homeschooled. For fifth grade though, he won’t be attending homeschool anymore. Because of his face, Auggie faces rudeness, mean comments, etc. . .  Can Auggie convince everyone that he is just like them even with his appearance and how will he do that? To figure out the answers, read the book!!!!

Do you agree with FriendlyMonkey10

? Leave a Comment or go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to join the discussion about this book.


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24. Meet the Scholastic Kids Council

Peep says Hi.


I’d like to introduce you to 10 kids who will be special contributors to the STACKS this year. Please welcome the 2014-15 Scholastic Kids Council!

Look for more to come from these kids this year!














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25. Disney Stars Back-to-School Tips

back_to_school_with_disneyDisney Channel stars share their back-to-school tipsChina Anne McClain

(How to Build a Better Boy)

china_anneLiv and Maddie


Volunteer your time after school by joining clubs that interest you. Not only can you make new friends this way, you can learn a lot about yourself. Peyton List


JessieGirl Meets World


Make it a point to sit by someone you don’t know. That way you start off the year making a new friend. Peyton Meyer (Girl Meets World)

girl_meets_worldI Didn’t Do It


Get your homework done before you start playing or hanging out with friends. It’s always a good feeling to have your homework out of the way. Austin North

(I Didn’t Do It)

I know this is the cheesiest thing to say, but just let loose and have fun, be friendly and take in as much as you can. Olivia Holt

(I Didn’t Do It)

i_didnt_do_itTeen Beach


Put yourself out there and try new things. You’ll never know if you like something unless you do it. I played eight sports in high school — half of which I had no prior experience — and I loved them all! I performed in plays and worked on the tech-crew. Don’t be afraid to meet new people. Oh, and if you are trying to make a food trade at lunch, NEVER let the other person know how much you want their food. Play it cool. Sarah Gilman (I Didn’t Do It)

As far as making friends, I just really try to be nice to everyone. If a new student comes in, I try really hard to make him or her feel comfortable because I know how hard it must be to come into a school where almost everyone already knows each other. Francesca Capaldi

(Dog With A Blog)

For homework, the most important thing to do is to not procrastinate. And the best way to make friends is to get involved! Join as many clubs as you can. Laura Marano

(Austin & Ally)

Whew! With all that great advice, it’s hard to NOT be excited about the new school year. Get out there and make it the best year EVER!

See ya,

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

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