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Join Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!
Join your fellow STACKers and take the Halloween Book Challenge. Here’s how the challenge will work. You pledge to read at least 1 new book every week based on that week’s theme. So every week, it will be a different theme and you will choose a new book to read to match the theme for that week. Tell us in the Comments what book you are reading and then go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to tell us more about your book and chat with other participants in the Halloween Book Challenge.
Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover.
Oct 8-14 Creepy Setting
Choose a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .
Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.
Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.
If you are participating in the Halloween Book Challenge, let everyone know by changing your Avatar profile into the book t-shirt, and make it orange! And leave a Comment telling us which Halloween Colors book you will read for this week.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Back-to-School Word Scramble Answers
How did you do on your first STACKS test of the new school year? No matter whether you could unscramble them all, or the letters just looked like a bunch of unreadable jibberish, you’re all superstars to me!
Here are the answers:
- Kcerlo = Locker
- Ebntooko = Notebook
- Cbapckak = Backpack
- Omhkorwe = Homework
- Ecnilps = Pencils
- Enw eaerstch = New teachers
- Lohocs = School
- Isghlen = English
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
Back-to-School Word Scramble
By now, you are certainly all settled into the new school year. You’re in the routine of waking up early, getting to school on time, and doing homework every night. Maybe you have even had your first test. So, you are totally ready to ace this back-to-school word scramble created by CatGymnastics173!
Can you unscramble these school-related words?
- Enw eaerstch
Hope you like it!
Come back later today for the answers. In the meantime, here is another back-to-school word scramble
to challenge you even more!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Create a Caption for Fozzie
How adorable is Fozzie? I think he looks like he is trying to talk his owner out of giving him a bath or a haircut.
What do YOU think he would say if he could talk? Write your own caption in the Comments!
Here’s my caption: “Anything but a bath! I promise I’m not that dirty. Honestly. I only rolled around in the backyard a little bit! Aw, anything but that! I can lick myself clean instead. Watch!”
Amanda, STACKS Intern
Jake Short Is Oliver in Mighty Med!
We’re all super-sad that A.N.T. Farm ended, but we’re really glad that the stars from the show are still doing awesome things! Jake Short, who played Fletcher on A.N.T. Farm, now stars in the show Mighty Med on Disney XD. Have you seen it? The show is about two best friends, Kaz and Oliver, who work at a special hospital called Mighty Med that treats superheroes and sci-fi and fantasy characters. Kaz is played by 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,
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
Interview by Sue Schneider
Classic is the New Black: a magazine that discusses classic actors, movies, books, musicians, and TV shows from a kid’s point of view.
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
New Book Trailer!
Have you seen STACKS Staffer En-Szu’s awesome video for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963, Elijah of Buxton, and The Mighty Miss Malone)?
Check it out and tell us what you think in the Comments!
It is officially fall!
Yesterday was the September Equinox, when day and night are almost the same length all around the world — about 12 hours. The word “equinox” actually means equal night. So in the northern hemisphere, today is officially the first day of autumn. From now until the December Solstice, the days will get shorter and colder.
Would you rather . . .
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?Rake leaves for 4 hours OR carry a 10-pound pumpkin across a pumpkin patch?Eat a summer-licious ice cream sundae OR a warm, cinnamon-y slice of autumn apple pie?
- Go apple picking OR play in a big pile of leaves?
What are your favorite autumn traditions, or your favorite things about fall? Tell us in the Comments. And take our Autumn Trivia Quiz
to test your fall season smarts.
Writing Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Ink Splotters, it’s time to channel your deep inner-selves.
Take a deep breath.
Forget all of your worries and fears.
And let your mind go free.
For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Would it be something with a future career? Sports? Talking to your crush? Fixing the world? A fear you want to conquer? A person you’d want to help? If you knew it would all work out perfectly, what would you try to do?
Let it out . . . let it all out! This is your forum, so don’t be afraid to tell us. Live without fear. There is no way you can fail! Leave your answers in the Comments below. Sometimes seeing the words written out is the first step to making it happen!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
Cameron Boyce, a.k.a. Luke from Jessie!
Okay, Jessie fans, prepare yourselves. Cameron Boyce, who plays Luke on the show, is back again with another interview! It’s been a little while since our first interview with the 15-year-old star, so we’re bringing you a much-needed update. We caught up with the actor to talk about how Luke’s growing up, what kind of silly (and sweet) stuff his fans send him, and, yes, about Frank the lizard. Check it out!
Q: This year you seem to be growing up a lot! How has that changed your character?
Cameron: I’m growing, yeah, and hopefully Luke is taking more baths this year compared to last year! (laughs) He’s not as smelly! Hopefully, we will start getting some girls for Luke besides Jessie . . . he has got to get over Jessie.
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,
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
Interview by Sue Schneider
Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends
Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!
Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!
What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
A Couple (or More) of My Favorite Things: A Highly Persuasive Article by Maggie B.
I love reading. I also love drawing. This makes graphic novels a combination of two favorites of mine. They are books, but the artwork within ensures that by reading any graphic novel, you are seeing the exact story an author imagined. Every character and event (fictional or otherwise) is portrayed in a way the graphic novelist wanted to show it to you.
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.
Most importantly, reading a graphic novel is lots of fun! I can be a reader and a viewer, given a window into someone’s mind. Graphic novels are different from any other type of book because there is a perfect graphic novel for everyone. There are graphic novel biographies, fantasies, romances, science fiction stories, and almost anything else you could think of. There may even be a graphic novel adaptation of your favorite book!
I think everyone should try reading a graphic novel;
you might fall in love with them like I did.
Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council Member
Would You Rather Be Hermione Granger?
If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you know that Hermione has been in some very scary situations. Since September 19th is Hermione’s birthday, we’re celebrating with today’s Would You Rather quiz. So raise a glass of butterbeer, and get your wands ready to answer the following questions inspired by Hermione’s
Would You Rather . . .
- Fight a mountain troll OR a Dementor?
- Go to the Yule Ball with Victor Krum OR Ron Weasley?
- Be the smartest kid in the class like Hermione OR the “chosen one” like Harry?
- Have a cat like Crookshanks OR a rat like Scabbers?
- Be in Ravenclaw OR Hufflepuff? (If you couldn’t be in Gryffindor!)
- Learn spells from Hermione OR learn practical jokes from Fred & George?
- Use a Time-Turner to take extra classes OR just take the normal amount of classes?
- Have a scar on your forehead OR crazy-frizzy hair?
- 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
Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!
Dogs can do some pretty cool tricks, but how many dogs do you know that can skateboard? Thanks to Guinness World Records 2015 —a treasure trove of weird, amazing, goofy, and straight-up bizarre photos and facts—we now know that a dog named Norman scooted 30 meters (98 feet in) only 20.77 seconds, making him the world’s fastest dog on a scooter. Bet you didn’t know there was even a record for that!
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?
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!”
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!
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
Girl Meets World Cast Interviews
Do you love Girl Meets World? We interviewed Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carter who play Riley and Maya on the show. Among their classmates is an intelligent and quirky boy named Farkle (played by 14-year-old Corey Fogelmanis) and Riley’s crush, Lucas (played by Peyton Meyer) who has relocated from Texas and is adjusting to life in the city. Read on for interviews with these two boys from the show.
Introducing COREY FOGELMANIS & PEYTON MEYER!
Peyton, tell me about your character. What do you like about him?
Peyton: My character is Lucas Friar. I am the new kid in school and I moved from Austin, Texas to New York City. So I’m a little bit out of my comfort zone, but, you know, I’m just trying to look for some friends and I find a little interest in Riley. And I love my character because, you know, he always knows the right thing to do and stays true to what he believes is right.
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?
Corey: 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?Peyton:
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]
Hmm. I don’t really have any unusual ones, but I grew up playing sports – baseball, football and basketball. So, I’m really athletic.
Interview by Marie Morreale
The BFG: The Movie!
Calling all Roald Dahl lovers! We have some fantastic news! (“Who is Roald Dahl?” you ask? You know Roald Dahl’s funny fantasy books like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, just to name a few. He is so awesome that his birthday, September 13, is now known as Roald Dahl Day.)
Dahl’s fabulous book The BFG is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg,
the super-famous guy who directed The Adventures of Tintin
(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
Personality Quiz: What Is Your Fashion Style?
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.
- 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.
If you answered mostly A’s: Fashionista
You are a head-to-toe style mogul Fashionista! You love the looks of Hollywood celebs like Suri Cruise, Debby Ryan, and Taylor Swift. You may be found reading Teen Vogue or Seventeen, and following the latest fashion trends. You like to shop and try to keep up with the fashion trends. You have your own style though, and stand out in a crowd. People might ask, “Where did you get that shirt?” and follow your style.
Your “go-to” outfit: Leggings with an oversized shirt. Boots or fancy flats.
If you answered mostly B’s: Sporty
You love sports and like to dress the part. This doesn’t mean you aren’t stylish though — far from it! You look great in a hoodie, athletic pants, and sneakers. You love to show your team spirit and you’d rather be on the field than in a mall. When you splurge it’s on something for your sport, or athletic gear. You don’t need to try to look cool because you ARE cool.
Your “go-to” outfit: Under Armour shirt or hoodie. Jeans or athletic pants with cool kicks.
If you answered mostly C’s: Preppy
You feel best when you’re neatly put together in nice clothes, and some consider your style preppy. Collared shirts, khakis, pleated skirts, cardigans, matching accessories – now these are things you can get excited about! You like to shop at the Gap, Abercrombie, American Eagle and Tommy Hilfiger. Your etiquette matches your style – you are polite, friendly, well-spoken and sincere. Style is a part of who you are. If you look good, you feel good!
Your “go-to” outfit: Collared shirt with khaki pants. Flats or loafers. Tasteful pearl earrings if you’re a girl!
If you answered mostly D’s: Artistic-Funky
Bring on the colors, the mismatched styles, the creativity – your style is Artistic-Funky. You get bored with jeans and a t-shirt so you might like to put your own twist on things. Like bedazzle, tie-dye, and rip your clothes to create your own style. Or find a vintage deal at a thrift shop! You go from black nail polish one day, to neon nails the next. You might be inspired by a song, or painting, or even someone you see on the street to create your own style. The sky’s the limit!
Your “go-to” outfit: Ripped jeans and a vintage rock t-shirt. Chuck Taylors. Or skinny jeans and a neon t-shirt – the color changes based on your mood!
If you answered mostly E’s: Comfy/Casual
You like to be comfortable and aren’t a fan of dressing up. You’ll take jeans and a t-shirt any day . . . actually, every day! You love Old Navy, Gap, Target for those everyday finds. You like to wear fun clothes like cartoon character t-shirts, and this is reflected in your personality – you’re a fun person to be around. Who needs to dress up… you’ll have the rest of your grown-up life to do that!
Your “go-to” outfit: Blue jeans and a white t-shirt. Classic and comfy.
What’s your style? Tell us in the Comments!
–Ratha, STACKS Writer
Writing Prompt: Your biggest fashion disaster . . . or worst outfit your parents made you wear?
Back-to-school means showing your fashion style. But do your parents offer a few friendly “suggestions” on what to wear? We know sometimes this can end in disaster . . . and sometimes a great story!
My mom made me wear itchy wool skirts and sweaters to school and they were SO uncomfortable! It got so bad I started wearing tights and shorts under them to relieve the itch. Let’s just say it was not a pretty sight!
What about you guys? Something mismatched? Something that ripped apart in front of your classmates (gasp!)? For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
You know where to leave the answers . . . in the Comments below. Can’t wait to read all your stories!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
Singer Mackenzie Bourg
Are you a fan of the show The Voice? If you are, you’re probably familiar with Mackenzie Bourg. Mackenzie has a very impressive story–before competing on the show, he spent two months in the hospital due to a heart condition. He went on to make it all the way to the last round of the show! Right now, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Louisiana is making waves with his catchy pop music. Have you heard his song ”Impossible 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.
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!
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
Writing Prompt: Back-to-School Must-Haves!
It’s official. We are back to school, and in order to have a good year, a kid needs new stuff! You’ve probably made trips to the usual places for the usual supplies like pencils, notebooks, a backpack . . . maybe some fancy pens or book covers. Maybe you absolutely NEED a mirror inside your locker. (We get it. How can you focus on learning if you’re afraid your hair looks bad?) We want to know what school supplies are essential for you. So for today’s Writing Prompt, in the spirit of Back-to-School, we’re asking . . .
Whether it’s the usual or the unusual, leave your must-haves in the Comments below!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
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
It’s Books of the Month Time!
At the end of July, I asked you all what books you were reading. You responded with some great recommendations! I made a word cloud to show which titles were most popular. Once again, Percy Jackson is stealing the spotlight, but the competition is definitely heating up. Heroes of Olympus and Harry Potter are putting up a valiant fight! Take a look:
I know, I know, I know–it’s back-to-school time, so that means less time for reading for fun. But I know you guys are finding time to read wherever and whenever you can, and that’s awesome! Let’s keep this going. What books are you reading now? What books do you absolutely, positively love and think everyone in the whole wide world should read? Leave the title (or titles) in the Comments below. I can’t wait to see what new books you recommend!
See ya next time,
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
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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. . .
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!!!!
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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!
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Disney Channel stars share their back-to-school tips
Starting a new school year is never easy, but fear not! Some amazing Disney Channel stars are here to share their best back-to-school advice. Read what they have to say.
Don’t be afraid to meet new people and make new friends. There is always someone at your school who’s as nervous as you are about socializing with new people. Discipline yourself when it comes to homework. Not doing it isn’t worth the stress of getting behind. China Anne McClain
(How to Build a Better Boy
Just be nice to everyone. If you are friendly to them they will be friendly to you. Tenzing Norgay Trainor (Liv 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 (Jessie
Study hard and do your homework. Education is very important. If you see someone new to the school or who doesn’t have any friends, go out of your way to be nice. Don’t ever bully someone or allow someone else to be bullied. Corey Fogelmanis (Girl 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)
Stay organized. It’s much easier to keep things neat from the beginning than it is to try and get reorganized halfway through the year. Peyton Clark (I 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
The best (and probably cheesiest) advice I could give you is to totally and completely just be yourself. If people don’t like you, that’s their loss. And if they do, boom . . . new friend. Piper Curda (I Didn’t Do It and Teen 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!
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer