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1. 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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2. Your Adventure Personality Revealed

Adventure Books Bash

Choose Your Own Adventure Personality Quiz Results!

Hey, y’all! Have you been participating in our Choose Your Own Adventure series this month? In case you missed it, check out Part 1

Part 2 Part 3, and Part 4! At the end of each chapter, you had a few choices of what the character should do next. The answers you chose at the end of each segment were really part of a larger personality quiz. So, wanna know what your adventure hero personality is? Check out the answers below!Percy Jackson

. Even in the absolute worst scenarios, you’ve got the strength to not only keep your own chin up but also encourage everyone else on your team! You are balanced, trustworthy, and dependable. Even if you sometimes behave impulsively, you take full responsibility for your actions. You’re an excellent listener, a real people-person, and are up for almost any kind of adventure . . . even the super-bizarre!

If you picked mostly B’s: You are THE FAITHFUL SIDEKICK.
You are Fred or George Weasley from Harry Potter

. You’re a bit of a troublemaker, and you just want everyone to lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously! Even if you sometimes cause more problems than you help solve, you’re a key part of the group. Your heart is in the right place and you’re loyal to the very end, which is really all that matters!

If you picked mostly C’s: You are THE MASTERMIND.
You are Amy Cahill from The 39 Clues

. You’d like to avoid the spotlight at all costs and you’re the brain of the group. You like to look before you leap, and you are a wizard at digging up information on just about anything. You’re a bit of a bookworm and while you prefer to leave risk-taking to other people, if someone you care about is really in danger, you’re not afraid to jump to his or her defense!

If you picked mostly D’s: You are THE LIFESAVER.
You are a character from the I Survived

series. Whatever mishap comes your way, you can handle it! If you’re on a group adventure, you’re definitely the practical problem solver and can be counted on to have extra snacks and a first aid kit in your backpack. You’re also probably the only one carrying a backpack.

If you picked mostly E’s: You are THE DAREDEVIL.
You are Sadie Kane from the Kane Chronicles

. When you’ve set your mind to a task, there is absolutely no stopping you, no matter what! You’re a real risk-taker and your bravery inspires everyone around you, even if they are a little worried that you’ll end up injured. Because of your adventurous spirit, you often find yourself discovering cool new things and making friends in the strangest of places.

Well, who’d you get?? Share your result in the Comments below! And join the Readathon

tomorrow, too!

Thanks for playing, guys. Till next time,

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

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3. Mostly Ghostly R. L. Stine

R. L. Stine, Goosebumps authorMeet Goosebumps author R. L. StineGoosebumps

 series by R. L. Stine. The movie, out on Blu-ray and DVD on September 2nd, stars Bella Thorne (from Shake It Up), Calum Worthy (from Austin & Ally), Madison Pettis, Roshon Fegan, and Ryan Ochoa.  Ryan plays Max, a boy who’s finally gotten his crush Cammy (played by Bella) to go with him on a date. What could possibly go wrong? Well, when evil ghosts, ghouls, and other sinisters creatures get involved, a LOT does. It’s up to Max and his ghostly friends Tara (played by Madison) and Nicky (played by Roshon) to set things right in time for Max’s big date on Halloween!

Read what R. L. Stine has to say . . .

Q: Max loves magic. Did you like magic when you were a kid?Q: Did you believe in ghosts when you were a kid?Bella Thorn, Madison Pettis, and Roshon Fegan in Mostly Ghostly

Bella Thorn, Madison Pettis, and Roshon Fegan in Mostly Ghostly

Q: Did you discuss the movie with the cast? 

R. L. Stine: I read the script and gave the writers and producers some notes, but I never get very involved with the films and TV shows based on my books. I know that my job is to write books. I leave the movies and TV shows to the professionals. And it’s worked out pretty well.

Q: Do you have a favorite book that you wrote?

R. L. Stine: I am best known for books that are scary and funny. But what I really love most is the funny stuff. That’s why I love Mostly Ghostly: it has as many laughs as gasps. My favorite Goosebumps books are the ones with funny characters like Slappy the Dummy and Murder the Clown.

Q: What is your real-life favorite book?Q: What’s your advice to a kid who would like to become a writer?upcoming Goosebumps movie

! What do you think? Are you going to see Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? Are you a fan of the book series? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

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

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4. National Dog Day Poll

Question marks

Vote for your favorite dog in our National Dog Day poll!

August 26 is National Dog Day, and you might not know this, but we have featured quite a few dogs on the STACKS. Do you remember any of these cuties from their past blog posts?

National Dog Day photos

  1. Pinkie
  • Mikko and Maxine
  • Cero
  • Chewy
  • Toby
  • Smokey
  • Scamper and TuTu
  • Bran G
  • Luke and Laura
  • Leave a Comment telling us which dog is your favorite.

    image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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    5. Jessie Would You Rather?

    Debby Ryan in Jessie

    “It feels like a party every day. Hey, Jessie! Hey, hey, Jessie!” If you recognize this song, then you probably watch the Disney Channel show Jessie.

    Start with a small town Texas girl with dreams of the big city . . . add a wealthy, kooky family with 4 totally different kids, and you end up with Jessie. We know you guys are BIG fans and something BIG is supposed to be happening this fall. So to get you in the spirit, Jessie-style, answer the following quiz questions.

    Would you rather . . .

    1. Be a nanny to Emma, Luke, Ravi, and Zuri in New York City OR baby Prince George in England?
    2. Have all of the clothes in Jessie’s closet OR Emma’s closet?
    3. Inherit Mr. Kipling OR a giant angry tarantula as your new pet?
    4. Vacation in Texas and hang out with cowboys OR California and hang with movie stars?
    5. See Jessie fall in love with Tony the doorman OR Ross Lynch from Austin & Ally?
    6. Be babysat by Nanny McPhee OR Agatha the evil nanny?
    7. Miss a trip to outer space on your birthday OR get stranded in space forever? (like what happened to Ravi in the “Spaced Out” episode)
    8. Have Bertram cook you breakfast OR go to IHOP?






    Let us know what YOU would rather do, AND if you’ve heard the buzz of what is going to happen this fall!

    - Ratha, STACKS Writer

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    6. Choose Your Own Adventure, Part 4

    Adventure Books Bash

    Welcome back to Choose Your Own Adventure! In a choose-your-own-adventure story, you read a chapter and then you get a few choices of what the character should do next. Have you read Part 1Part 2, and Part 3 yet? Pay attention to your answer choices because when the story is done, your answers will reveal the adventure hero you are most like.

    Part 4

    The door bursts open, sending a blinding light everywhere. You skid to a stop. The rain seems to stop, too. You can’t see anything so you squint your eyes, but you still can’t make out anything.  A second later, you hear a deafening BOOM and feel a gust of wind so strong it literally sweeps you off your feet. You’re knocked backwards and land on your back in the mud, which does not feel good at all.

    You cough and blink the dirt out of your eyes, groaning and rolling over onto your stomach. You roll over onto something hard that pokes you in the rib painfully.

    “Ouch!” you holler. Sitting up, you see that you rolled onto a giant leather-bound book. On the cover, in giant letters, are the words OPEN ME. You scramble away and stand up. You look up and the sky is clear again. You look towards the spot where the door was and see nothing. The tree that you just watched explode is standing tall and whole.

    You . . .

    A) can’t deal with this situation alone. You take the book back home, planning to take it to a librarian who might know more about it.

    B) are totally excited by this new development! You hide the book in a safe spot and will come back for it tomorrow. Right now, you’re pretty hungry. Dinner first, adventure later!

    C) know that books that come out of nowhere are dangerous. You learned how to start a fire at summer camp last year, so you build one and throw the book into the flames. Good riddance!

    D) study the outside of the book before deciding what to do next. You’re so curious, but you want to play it safe. You want to do more research on the make of the book and find out who made it.

    E) open the book!

    What would YOU do? Share your answer in the Comments below! And check back for the next installment of the story.

     Are you coming to the Readathon?

    See ya next time,

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

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    7. Madison Beer Interview

    Madison Beer

    Meet Madison Beer, Internet singing star!

    15-year-old Madison Beer got her first big break when Justin Bieber tweeted one of her videos to his millions of followers, and since then she has been working on her first studio album (oh, yeah, and she also recorded “Valentine” with Cody Simpson

    . Whaaaaat?!). We chatted with Madison about singing, books, her most embarrassing moment, and more.

    Q: What advice would you give to young artists if they wanted to get into the music business?

    Madison: Well, I started on YouTube just for fun, really. It was something that I always wanted to do, so it was just me having some fun and messing around. My advice? If a teenager really enjoys singing, like me, I would just go ahead and post stuff on YouTube (only with your parents’ permission). I know that it can be really nerve-racking, especially when you start thinking, “What are my friends going to think? What are my teachers going to think?” You don’t really know how people are going to react. But if you’re confident in the video that you recorded, and if it’s going to make you happy, you should post it.

    Q: When did you know that you wanted to perform?
    Madison: I think when I started posting videos consistently is when I got really attached to the whole idea of doing it professionally. I’ve always wanted to be a professional singer, but the YouTube stuff made me take it more seriously. I felt, like, compelled to do YouTube videos.

    Q: Do you remember the first song you sang as a little girl?
    Madison: Yeah. I used to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” all the time. I used to sing that and “God Bless America” all the time.

    Madison Beer

    Q: What is your all-time favorite book?
    Madison: As a child, The Giving Tree was my favorite book. It showed me the importance of sharing and caring for people and, you know, giving and not always being selfish. And I also loved all the Shel Silverstein books. Everybody knows that I’m clumsy, so they all were just laughing. They were like, “Oh, Madison’s back.” — 
    En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

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    8. A Graphic Novel About Sisters

    Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

    Sisters(for ages 8-12) by Raina Telgemeier

    When she was young, Raina was so excited to become a big sister. She couldn’t wait to have a sibling to play with! She hoped it would be like having a built-in friend who would never have to go home before dinnertime. But when Amara was born, Raina found having a sibling wasn’t quite what she expected. She was a cute baby, but she cried a lot.

    Now that Raina is starting middle school, she can hardly get a minute of privacy at home, especially because she’s crammed into one bedroom with her younger sister and her younger brother Will. To keep the peace between Raina and Amara, Mom and Dad decide to do some room rearranging. Raina will get her own room, and Will and Amara will share the big bedroom. Mom and Dad will move to a sofa bed in the living room.

    Will these two sisters finally figure out how to get along?

    Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

    Check out this video preview of Sisters

    ! Doesn’t the art remind you of Raina Telgemeier’s other books Smile and Drama?

    Do you have any siblings? What do you love the most about having a brother or sister? What parts don’t you love about it? Tell us what you think in the Comments below!

    Marisa, STACKS Intern

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    9. Choose Your Own Adventure, Part 3

    Adventure Books Bash

    Welcome back to Choose Your Own Adventure! In a choose-your-own-adventure story, you read a chapter and then you get a few choices of what the character should do next. For the STACKS Adventure Books Bash, we’re celebrating adventure with a choose-your-own-adventure story written by me! Have you read Part 1 and Part 2 yet? Pay attention to your answer choices because when the story is done, your answers will reveal the adventure hero you are most like. Are you ready???

    Part 3

    You know it’s going to be dark soon, and also time for dinner, but you are mesmerized by your new discovery. Curiosity gets the best of you, and you reach out and pull on the knob.

    Nothing budges.

    You try twisting and pushing, but nothing happens. The door is totally stuck. Frustrated, you plop down on the grass and watch the last rays of the sun as it slides behind the horizon.

    After a while, you start to feel chilly and kind of hungry, so you decide to go home. As you stand up, though, the ground beneath you starts to tremble. As the trembling intensifies, you hear a loud rattling noise. You look over and see that the door is shaking and bright light is seeping out from the edges.

    Scared, you start crawling backwards. The sky, which was completely clear only a moment ago, is full of dark clouds. With a loud CRACK, rain begins pouring from the sky. The wind picks up and intensifies until you feel like you’re being battered by rain on all sides.

    You start running towards a large tree in the middle of the field, thinking you can hide in it, when suddenly a bolt of lightning slices through the air and strikes the tree, exploding it. Screaming, you start running back towards the woods and your house. The ground is getting muddy and you are slipping and sliding, so it’s taking you a long time to cover the last twenty yards. Before you can process what’s happening, another bolt of lightning strikes a small shrub only a few yards to your left.  You keep running and lightning strikes another patch of grass to your right. You’re about a foot away from the door, which is still shaking violently like someone—or something—is trying to escape.

    You . . .

    A) knock and see if anyone answers.

    B) keep running for a place to hide!

    C) try to remember everything you learned in wilderness safety class. You remember something about lying face down on the ground. That might not be the most accurate memory, but it’ll do—so you do it.

    D) know that metal conducts electricity in a thunderstorm so you do NOT touch that metal doorknob.

    E) pull on the knob! You need to get indoors and you need to get indoors NOW!

    What would YOU do? Share your answer in the Comments below! And check back for the next installment of the story.

     Also, please plan to come to the Readathon!

    See ya next time,

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

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    10. Loot

    Loot by Jude Watson (for ages 9-12)

    LOSERS, WEEPERS. STEALERS, KEEPERS.

    When Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says a book is “the perfect summer read,” you know it’s got to be good! He (and we!) love Loot, an action-packed heist book by The 39 Clues author Jude Watson.

    Loot starts when March McQuin’s criminal father, Alfie, falls off a high rooftop in a heist gone wrong. As Alfie speaks his last words, he manages to tell March to “find jewels.” But March soon learns that “jewels” is actually “Jules” — a twin sister he’s never heard of!

    After finding each other, March and Jules plan to follow their father’s footsteps and find a new life for themselves. With just one well-planned heist, the two could be living beyond their wildest dreams! The only question is how? It all becomes clear when March begins to discover hints his father left behind…

    Start reading the action-packed Loot here!

    Would you have the courage to pull off a heist like March and Jules? What friends would you take along the way?  Post your answers in the Comments below!

     

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    11. Ice Cream Personality Quiz

    Ice creamWhat Ice Cream Flavor Are You?

    1. You like to eat your ice cream . . . A) atop a warm piece of apple pie. B) from a waffle cone. C) in a giant sundae. D) from a cup.
    2. Your favorite topping is . . .  A) whipped cream and a cherry. You’re so classic! B) rainbow sprinkles! You love some extra color and crunch.  C) hot fudge. Extra chocolate, please! D) chocolate crunchies. Yummy and sophisticated!
    3. If an avalanche of ice cream were coming right at you, you would . . . A) drizzle chocolate sauce onto it from an airplane. B) sculpt it into beautiful shapes. C) dive right in and eat your way out of the ice cream rubble.  D) practice snowboarding tricks off the chocolate chunk cliffs!
    4. Choose a vacation destination.  A) London. B) New York. C) Florida D) California.
    5. If you drove an ice cream truck, the song it would play is . . .  A) “Classic” by MKTO. B) “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
    . C) “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. D)”“Really Don’t Care” by Demi Lovato.
  • Your favorite summer footwear is . . . A) tennis shoes. B) barefoot. C) flip-flops. D) fancy sandals.
  • Choose a dessert besides ice cream.  A) Sugar cookies. Simple but delicious! B) Cupcakes. Do we have funfetti sprinkles? C) Brownies. Bring on the chocolate! D) Thin Mints. Can I have a glass of milk, please?
  • The word that describes you best is . . . A) kind. B) curious. C) cheerful. D) edgy.
  • Ready to find out what ice cream flavor you are? Count up your answers to find out!

    If you answered mostly A’s: You are vanilla bean!
    Cool, traditional, and always one of the most popular – that’s you! There’s no drama when it comes to you, which makes you an incredible friend to have! You are a warm and comforting friend, and you get along with everyone.

    If you answered mostly B’s: You are rainbow sherbet!
    You’re adventurous and curious about everything, and you’ve got a great head on your shoulders! You’ve got an exotic flair, and people are always interested in learning more about you. You always know how to keep friends entertained, and you have a brilliant creative spark!

    If you answered mostly C’s: You are chocolate fudge brownie!
    You are totally decadent – hanging out with you is like living in the lap of luxury. You live life to the fullest, and you know that chocolate is the best way to cheer up anyone who’s down. Nobody can resist your generous and cheerful personality!

    If you answered mostly D’s: You are mint chocolate chip!
    You’re a little different, and most importantly, you are super-refreshing. You are calm, refined, and always keep your cool. Don’t forget the chocolate chips – you’ve got a bit of an edgy side as well, and it’s part of what makes you so interesting!

    —Marisa, STACKS Intern

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    12. Back-to-School Who Would Win

    Back to School

    It’s time to go back to school!

    It’s finally time to go back to school! YAYYYY!!! There are so many reasons to get excited about going back to school but for today’s Who Would Win, please choose between these 2:

    Which is better?

    Having the best school library OR having the best school supplies in your school bag?

    Back to School

    Leave your vote in the Comments. And tell us your favorite part about going back to school

    .

    –Sonja, STACKS Staffer

    The librarian photo credit aussiegal; My schoool bag photo credit anasararojas

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    13. The Secret Kingdom Series

    The Secret Kingdom

    The Lowdown on the Secret Kingdom Series (for ages 7-10)

    Have you read the Secret Kingdom series? If you haven’t heard about these magical books, here’s everything you need to know to get started:

    The girls in charge: Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine! These three best friends find an enchanted box that whisks them away to a place called the Secret Kingdom, where they go on amazing adventures and have to save the day from . . .

    the villain, better known as Queen Malice. She lives on a grey thundercloud, so you can imagine how mean she is! She is constantly trying to take over the Secret Kingdom and she makes everyone who lives there simply miserable, especially her brother . . .

    the good guy. King Merry is just a happy royal with a knack for inventing magical things. He wants the best for all his loving citizens, but unfortunately, he’s often forgetful and gets confused easily.

    Luckily, Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine don’t have to save the Secret Kingdom alone – they have Trixi the Pixie to cast spells and help them defeat Queen Malice!

    To read an exclusive excerpt from their first adventure in the Secret Kingdom, click here

    .

    If you love it as much as we think you will, you’ll be happy to know there are LOTS more books in the series! Look for Book 2: Unicorn Valley, and help Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine save the Secret Kingdom yet again!

     

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    14. Choose Your Own Adventure, Part 2

    Adventure Books Bash

    Welcome back to Choose Your Own Adventure! In a choose-your-own-adventure story, you read a chapter and then you get a few choices of what the character should do next. For the STACKS Adventure Books Bash, we’re celebrating adventure with a choose-your-own-adventure story written by me! Have you read Part 1 yet? Pay attention to your answer choices because when the story is done, your answers will reveal the adventure hero you are most like. Are you ready???

    Part 2

    “Alfie!” you say. You don’t want to be left alone, and he’s acting weird. “Come back!” He looks back a few times and barks, but soon his fluffy, yellow tail is out of sight. You sigh and think, “So much for loyalty.”

    You start walking deeper into the field. You’re still mad at Kyle and don’t want to go home just yet. You’re distractedly wondering why Alfie was behaving so strangely when you trip and nearly fall on your face.

    At first you think you tripped over a large rock or piece of garbage. After all, the grass is pretty unruly and tall, and sometimes rowdy teenagers leave trash here. But when you look back, you see something glinting in the light of the setting sun — a shiny, metal doorknob covered in strange symbols.

    Curious, you lean in closer and can see that it is attached to a wooden door in the ground. The door isn’t very big and it looks old, but the knob looks very new.

    You . . .

    a) call a friend and tell him/her to come take a look before deciding what to do next.b) think it looks pretty cool and you want to look at it later, but for now it’s more important to find gross bugs to stick in your brother’s bed.d) take a picture of the doorknob with your phone. Then go home to do some research on the meaning of the symbols.new installments of the story.

    See ya next time,

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

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    15. Kelli Berglund in How to Build a Better Boy

    Kelli Berglund in How to Build a Better BoyAshley Argota)

    teases Mae about not having a date to the Homecoming Dance, the friends use a computer to program the perfect boy. What could possibly go wrong? Umm. . . lots.

    First let’s meet the boy, played by Marshall Williams.

    Check out this video.

    Now, let’s hear from Kelli.

    Q: What’s the most embarrassing that’s happened to you?

    Kelli: One time I was filming a scene, and I slipped and I fell right on my face. Billy [who plays her brother Chase on Lab Rats] and I tripped over each other and we just landed face-down in opposite directions. It was really funny! It was on camera, but we just got up and laughed it off.

    Q: Can you tell me one thing that you think would help to make the world a better place?Kelli: I think everyone should stop being so judgmental of everybody. I think if we started loving more–I honestly think that would definitely help make the world a better place.

    Q: What’s the best book you ever read (besides this one)

    ?

    Kelli: The Maze Runner (for ages 12 and up) and they are actually turning it into a movie, which I am really excited about. It was so good. It’s kind of similar to The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up) but the storyline is completely different. It involves a lot of action and character development. I actually auditioned to be in the movie! And I was like, “I read the book and I’m prepared,” but I ended up not booking it. But it was cool just to audition for it.this brand new video.

    Are you excited for Kelli’s new movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below! And don’t forget to read our earlier interview with Kelli and her Lab Rats castmates

    , as well as our interview with Kelli’s new costar China Anne McClain!

    Interview by Sue Schneider
    Images courtesy of Disney XD

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    16. SPONSORED POST The Art of Duck Tape

    The Art of Duck Tapethese crafts

    ! for a necklace or bracelet.
  • Or cover your textbooks
  •  with amazing Duck Tape®patterns!
  • Then take the personality quiz
  • and find out what kind of Duck Tape® crafter you are.

    Do you have your own idea for a Duck Tape® craft? Share it in the Comments below!

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    17. August Readathon

    Extra!You’re invited to a live readathon!Reading Buzz Message Board

  • How: Sign in to the Message Board at noon with your STACKS screen name. If you don’t have a screen name, it’s easy to get one – and free! Sign up now.
  • Hope to see you at the readathon! If you have school, you can still come join us after school! We will understand if you’re late!

    Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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    18. The World According to Humphrey Book Review

    Humphrey the hamster100% Kid-Approved Book RecommendationsHi. I am writing to tell you about the book The World According to Humphrey. The book is about a hamster that a teacher adopted. The hamster is very smart and he talks, but not to the characters that are in the story. When he talks, they just hear squeak-squeak-squeak, or something like that. The book is really cool because the hamster talks about his life. There is a lock on his cage, but what the other characters don’t know is that it really doesn’t lock. He meets a lot of friends on the way and some of them are pretty funny. I think you should read this book because it is really funny, and it’s just a really good book.DolphinRed228

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

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    19. Authors Talk Summer Reading

    Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

    What’s the Big Deal About Summer Reading?

    You have probably heard over and over again how important it is to keep reading during the summer while you’re not in school. If you haven’t heard this before, well then let me be the first person to tell you summer reading is important, people! You SHOULD read over the summer while you’re not in school!

    We asked 2 very special Scholastic authors why this is true. Gordon Korman is the author of the Swindle series

    , a few books in The 39 Clues series, and, like, a million other books. He published his first book when he was 14 years old! David Shannon is the author of picture books such as Alice the Fairy, A Bad Case of Stripes, and No, David!

    Q: What is the top reason kids should read over the summer?

    Gordon Korman: I think reading is kind of a self-feeding cycle — the more you read, the more you WANT to read. But when I write, my goal is primarily to entertain my readers. So my top reason kids should read over the summer is for fun.

    David Shannon: To keep from becoming a slug! Reading keeps your imagination running in a way that TV and video games can’t. It works out your brain but relaxes your body, and those are both good things. There’s more down time in the summer, too, and you can read whatever you want.

    So there you have it. Have fun and don’t be a slug! READ! When you do, you can log your minutes and be eligible for prizes in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

     Leave a Comment to tell us why YOU love summer reading, and whether or not you agree with these authors’ advice.

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    20. Craft Books Giveaway

    Extra!

    Attention, all crafty people!

    We are offering you a special opportunity for a chance to enter to win 2 free craft books: Felted Friends and Tissue Paper Crafts. 

    Tissue Paper Crafts and Felted Friends book covers

    So cute, right? But, here’s the thing. You can ONLY enter if you subscribe to the STACKS Blast Newsletter

    .

    So right now you may be thinking. . .

    YOU: Oh no! I’m not a STACKS Blast subscriber and I don’t even know what the STACKS Blast is!

    ME: The STACKS Blast is our free monthly e-mail newsletter. You give us your e-mail address and an e-mail address for one of your parents, and once a month (usually around the 15th), we send you a newsletter full of games, quizzes, books, and a sweepstakes you can enter.

    YOU: Cool! I want to get that newsletter! But wait, I want to enter to win those craft books now. How do I enter?

    ME: Patience, grasshopper! First, you sign up for the newsletter

    . Then you must wait until August 15 when Hooray! the STACKS Blast will arrive in your e-mail inbox. Hurry up and open it! Inside, you’ll see a special section for the STACKS Giveaway. That’s where you enter. OK?

    Don’t forget to sign up for the STACKS Blast Newsletter

     and enter the sweepstakes. Good luck!

    image from kids.scholastic.com — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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    21. Austin North Interview

    Austin NorthInterview with Austin North from I Didn’t Do It!Austin North

    Image credit Disney Channel

    Q: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

    A: SpongeBob SquarePants.

    Q: Are you a city or country person?

    A: A city person. I love traveling to different cities and experiencing different cultures. I’m originally from Ohio. It was kind of the country. I rode ATVs outside of my house and in the woods.

    Q: What was the hardest word for you pronounce when you were a kid?

    A: Gator-watermelon. It’s a tongue twister. (Laughs)

    Austin seems really great. Are you a fan of I Didn’t Do It? Be sure to check out our interview with his co-star Olivia Holt

     and share your thoughts in the Comments below!

    See ya around,

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

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    22. Reader's Bill of Rights

    Writing Prompt: Shout-outWriting Prompt: Fight for Your Reader Rights!Article 1: Quiet timeArticle 2: Free access to any library in the worldArticle 3: Libraries open on Sundays

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    23. Shark Week Who Would Win

    Shark WeekWho would win this Shark Week match-up?Who Would Win? Shark vs. baby hedgehog

    Shark photo courtesy Brook Ward. Hedgehog photo courtesy Tiffany Bailey

    Are you loving Shark Week this year, or are you like me, hiding under your covers and thinking about baby hedgehogs? Leave your answer in the Comments!

    image from kids.scholastic.com Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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    24. Surrounded by Sharks

    Surrounded by Sharks

    Top 5 things I learned while writing Surrounded by Sharks (for ages 12 and up)

    By Michael Northrop

    I’ve always been fascinated by sharks and have been a devoted viewer of Shark Week

    since it first aired in 1987, but even I was surprised by some of the things I discovered when I waded into the research for my latest book.
    1. Sharks are nature’s true smelling machines. Unlike bloodhounds and the owners of the world’s other notable noses, sharks don’t breathe through their nostrils. They use them for only one thing: finding food (and, okay, the occasional mate).
    2. Sharks’ senses are all sharp, but the one they use up close is a sort of underwater spider-sense. They can detect even the tiniest electrical charges in the water, as small as five one-billionths of a volt. If a fish swims by, the shark can sense its bioelectric field, each flick of its tail and beat of its heart.
    3. In the book, Davey stays afloat with the help of a discarded water cooler bottle. About ten million tons of plastic make their way into the ocean each year. And, fictional flotation devices aside, they serve absolutely no purpose other than pollution.
    4. The cool stripes that give tiger sharks their name fade out as they reach adulthood. As with humans, it’s the young ones that have all the style!
    5. While sharks get all the attention, riptides are the real killers at the beach. Over the past ten years, rip currents have killed an estimated one hundred people annually in the US alone. That’s more than floods, tornadoes, lightning, or hurricanes. Sharks are responsible for about one fatality every two years, fewer than fireworks, roller coasters, or falling vending machines.

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    25. Choose Your Own Adventure, Part I

    Adventure Books Bash

    In a choose-your-own-adventure story, you read a chapter and then you get a few choices of what the character should do next. For the STACKS Adventure Books Bash, let’s celebrate adventure with a choose-your-own-adventure story written by me! Pay attention to your answer choices because when the story is done, your answers will reveal the adventure hero you are most like. WHAAAAT?

    Part 1

    Your brother Kyle is driving you nuts. He tapes cling wrap to your toilet seat in the morning, hides the television remote, and cries so much when he sees you on your skateboard that Mom makes you let him try it—and he breaks it. You storm out the back door with your golden retriever, Alfie, hot on your heels. You head into the woods that border your back yard. It is a pretty warm evening, and Alfie is panting so loudly you’re sure he can be heard from the house. He looks happy to be out exploring instead of lying around, though, so you don’t send him back home. Besides, you’re happy to have a companion. Even though you’re mad, you don’t really feel like being alone. You make your way further into the woods until you reach the field on the other side.

    It’s a great place to blow off steam. The world seems to stretch on forever from here, and the sunset casts everything in a brilliant orange glow.

    Suddenly, Alfie stops at the edge of the trees.

    “C’mon, boy!” you say. Alfie looks torn. He takes a few tentative steps forward before retreating and barking a few times.

    “Shh!” you say. “C’mon, Alfie!” But Alfie just barks again and walks in circles a few times before barking some more. He looks nervous. He stares at you quizzically, tongue hanging out and slobbering everywhere. After a few moments, he turns around and starts trotting back towards the house.

    You . . .

    A) pull a treat out of your pocket to persuade Alfie to stay.

    B) are spooked, so you just start running home.

    C) realize that Aflie’s usually a pretty reasonable dog. If he’s acting up, there’s something wrong. You follow him back into the woods. You can hang out there instead.

    D) decide to search for whatever it is that’s making him behave strangely. Is there a wild animal nearby?

    E) continue on without Alfie. Whatever! 

    What would YOU do? Vote for your answer choice in the Comments below!

    See ya around,

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

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