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1. Bella and the Bulldogs

BELLA AND THE BULLDOGSAre You a Bella Fan?

Bella is a head cheerleader at her middle school until her life takes an unexpected twist. Her rifle-like throwing arm takes her from the sidelines to becoming the starting quarterback in Nickelodeon’s newest live-action comedy series, Bella and the Bulldogs. Bella Dawson (played by Brec Bassinger) is a confident, caring, and talented teenager who suddenly finds herself fulfilling a lifelong dream. But she also has to navigate the world of her teammates Troy (Coy Stewart), Sawyer (Jackie Radinsky), and Newt (Buddy Handleson), without losing her two best friends, Pepper (Haley Tju) and Sophie (Lilimar) from the cheer squad.

BELLA AND THE BULLDOGS

Photo: Jim Fiscus/ Nickelodeon

Are you a fan of the new show, Bella and the Bulldogs? Let us know in the Comments.

-Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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2. Lockwood & Co.

Recommend me!Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud (for ages 11 and up)

And now, a book recommendation from DreamtimeDetermined14!

Oh my gosh! I just finished reading Lockwood & Co. Book #2: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, and it was so amazing! Although, the cliffhanger made me really mad. I can’t wait for book #3!

The series is about a psychic investigations agency in London called Lockwood & Co. It’s managed by the very brave—and very reckless—Anthony Lockwood, who is still a teenager. Lockwood employs 2 other teenagers, Lucy Carlyle and George Cubbins, to help at the agency. The book is told from Lucy’s point of view.Lockwood and Co

Lucy and George live with Lockwood in the house he inherited from the parents he never likes to talk about. Their house is also headquarters for the agency—the smallest one in London. The city wouldn’t need these agencies if it wasn’t for the problem… Many years before Lucy was born, the problem started. Ghosts started coming back from the dead. People realized that only children could sense the ghosts, and some children better than others. That’s when large agencies started employing children to help defend the country from visitors.

Parts of the books are quite frightening, but I think most people older than 11 should be okay reading it. I enjoyed the books immensely, even though I’ve never liked very scary books or movies. The characters were wonderful and the plot was intriguing. I recommend this series to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery or just wants a good book to read. If you haven’t read this series you definitely should!

–Scotland on the Reading Buzz Board

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3. Winter vs. Summer Who Would Win

winterWho Would Win: Winter or Summer?

Here in the New York City area, we’re pretty much sick and tired of being sick and tired of winter! Freezing temperatures and mushy snow make us long for summer. But will we feel the same way in summer? Will we long for the cool, magical, coziness of winter? Well, if you can’t decide, weigh in . . .

Winter vs. summer. Who’s the winner, in your opinion?

  1. Ice cream vs. Hot chocolate
  2. Snowboarding vs. Surfing
  3. Shovel snow vs. Mow the lawn
  4. Beach house vs. Mountain ski house
  5. Snowsuit vs. Bathing suit
  6. Ice pops vs. Icicles
  7. Winter holidays vs. summer vacation
  8. Hawaii vacation vs. Iceland vacation
  9. Building a sand castle vs. Building a snowman
  10. Frozen vs. Teen Beach Movie

And if you live in a part of the world where you are enjoying beautiful weather right now, then I am officially jealous!

Let us know your winter vs. summer winners in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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4. Penguins Create a Caption

Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for these Stylish Penguins

I love penguins just in their regular tuxedos (a.k.a. their birthday suits!), but these dressed up penguins look ready for a fancy South Pole party! Don’t they look like they could dance the night away?

Stylish Penguins

‘These Penguins Have Style” Flickr photo by Michael Dorausch

What do you think these stylish penguins are saying to each other? Leave your caption in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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5. Frozen Actress Eva Bella

frozen dvdMeet Eva Bella, the fifth-grader who voiced the part of young Elsa in the movie Frozen.

Q: Do you do voice-overs often or was that your first time?
Eva: It was my first. I’ve done a few small movies before, but this was my first big thing and also my first premiere. It was a pretty good first premiere and big movie to do because it has made other people so happy. It’s such a great film with the animation and everything about it.

Q: I’m sure you were very happy that it won an Oscar. Were you able to go to the Oscars?Eva Bella
Eva: No, but I watched every single second of it on my TV. (Laughs)

Q: What’s the best book you ever read?
Eva: Dork Diaries #6.

Q: What was your most embarrassing moment?
Eva: When I slipped in water at my school and fell flat on my face. (Laughs) A lot of my friends helped me up. No one laughed but my face was completely dirty, though.

Q: What is the most unusual talent you have that people don’t know about?
Eva: I can spin really fast without getting dizzy, and I don’t get sick on roller coasters, either.

Q: What’s your next project coming up?
Eva: I actually have a new animated TV series called Shimmering Shine. I’m Shimmer and it’s for Nickelodeon. It’s about two sisters that live in Genie World and they go to visit their friend in the human world. They help her with whatever problems she has. They make a few mistakes along the way, but it just teaches you and helps you know that it’s okay to make mistakes.

Interview by Sue Schneider

 

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6. 13 Books to Read Before You Turn 13

Recommend me!13 Books to Read Before You Turn 13

We love, love, LOVE books here at the STACKS. But there are a TON of books out there, like, millions. Maybe billions? I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like there are too many choices. With so many options, how can we ever sift through to find the must-reads?

So, I have come up with my *opinionated* list of the 13 books you simply MUST read before you turn 13 years old. By the way, if you’re older than 13 and you somehow missed any of these books, you should totally go read them now! They are not just for kids!

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    Harry is an orphan who lives a miserable life with his wretched aunt, uncle, and cousin – until a mysterious letter arrives from a school for magical children.
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    A friendly spider named Charlotte, who lives in the beams over the pigpen, helps to save a pig named Wilbur from the usual fate of chubby little pigs.
  3. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. LewisChronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book cover
    Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy step into a magical world – Narnia – behind a magic wardrobe.
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
    Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary child with a rather unpleasant set of parents, but luckily, she has some magical pranks up her sleeve.
  5. Holes by Louis SacharHoles book cover
    Stanley Yelnats’ family has a long history of bad luck, so it’s no surprise when a deed of injustice ships him off to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Center.
  6. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon the Tuck family which has been given eternal life after drinking from a magic spring.
  7. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
    Mr. and Mrs. Brown first meet the friendly bear named Paddington on a London train platform. A sign around his neck reads: “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”
  8. Wonder by R.J. PalacioWonder book cover
    Auggie Pullman has a facial deformity that has kept him home-schooled until the fifth grade. But now he is about to go to school for the first time.
  9. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    When the Nazis take the Jews of Copenhagen to concentration camps during World War II, Annemarie’s family hides her Jewish best friend Ellen.
  10. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
     Ramona gets to start a new school and ride the bus by herself, but she also has to deal with bratty Willa Jean and her moody older sister Beezus.
  11. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
    Peter has had it up to here with his annoying little brother Fudge. When Fudge steals Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw!
  12. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    A very strange – and exciting – chain of events is set in motion when 16 unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will.
  13. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
    Maniac Magee runs away from home and becomes a legend in his own time.

Do you like our picks for the 13 books you need to read before you turn 13? Did we miss anything? What would you add to this list? Leave your opinions in the Comments below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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7. Character Truth or Dare

Hi!Play the truth or dare with fictional characters game from MagentaDolphin21!

Hi! This is a truth or dare game with fictional characters. I just thought this might be fun to do. You can dare ANYONE from any book, movie, TV show, etc. to do ANYTHING you want!!!! Literally, ANYTHING. The bizarre ones are actually the most fun! Please include what book, movie, TV show, etc. the character is from, in case I have to look them up. Oh, before I forget – you can also dare celebrities! Also, you can dare characters/celebrities who died. Sound weird? Well, this is a comedy thing, so we can abandon logic! Who wants to try one?

Write your character truth or dare question in the Comments.

MagentaDolphin21 on the Reading Buzz Board

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8. I Have a Dream Poetry Generator

Rainbow PenI Have a Dream Poetry Generator

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we have a cool writing prompt challenge. Below are 25 words from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The speech is very inspiring and describes Dr. King’s dream of a world without racism and prejudice.

Your task is to take these 25 words and generate your own “I Have a Dream” poem. You can add little words (like “a”, “the”, verbs, or anything that will help it flow) but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!

  • history Martin Luther King Poetry Generator
  • dream
  • free
  • life
  • happiness
  • fierce
  • despair
  • faith
  • rise
  • soul
  • alone
  • walk
  • believe
  • suffering
  • quest
  • equal
  • color
  • today
  • horrors
  • together
  • jail
  • transform
  • freedom
  • America
  • hundred-years

Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to be inspired . . . by you.

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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9. Zendaya Is K.C. Undercover

Zendaya in K.C. UNDERCOVERTeen Superstar Zendaya Stars in K.C. Undercover, a Spy-Comedy Series

Zendaya Coleman (from Shake It Up and Zapped) stars in K.C. Undercover, a spy-comedy series premiering Sunday, January 18 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

Zendaya stars as K.C. Cooper, a high school math whiz and karate black-belt who learns that her parents are spies when they recruit her to join them in the secret government agency, The Organization. But K.C. has a lot to learn about being a spy, including keeping it a secret from her best friend Marisa. Together, K.C., her parents, and her younger siblings, Ernie and Judy (a humanoid robot pretending to be a girl), try to balance everyday family life while on undercover missions to save the world.

ZENDAYA in K.C. Undercover

Photo credit DISNEY CHANNEL/ Eric McCandless

In the premiere episode, K.C. takes on her first undercover assignment — at her school dance! The mission: apprehend an enemy teen spy and recover the code for a virus designed to render every mobile device useless. (I didn’t really understand any part of that last sentence. I guess I’ll have to watch the show to find out what it means!)

Will you be watching K.C. Undercover? Let us know in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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10. Teens for Jeans

make_a_differenceKids Collect Jeans for Teens!

Over 1.5 million teens and children are homeless. One of the items they need most is a pair of jeans. YOU can make a difference by helping to clothe homeless youth.

Teens for Jeans is a campaign to help get YOU involved!

  • WHAT: Jeans. Check your closet for jeans that don’t fit you anymore. Run a drive at your school, place of worship, or local community center to collect as many pairs of jeans as you can!
  • WHERE: Drop off all pairs at your local Aéropostale or P.S. from Aéropostale clothing store.
  • WHEN: January 12th through February 16th, 2015

Make a difference!  This winter YOU can help collect jeans for kids and teens who really need them!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

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11. White House Interview

My Day at the White House by Scholastic News Kid Reporter Ainsley Felter

I recently got the chance to cover a conference at the White House for school superintendents. The event focused on an initiative called “ConnectED to the Future,” a plan to increase access to high-speed Internet in schools around the country.

This was my first assignment as a Scholastic News Kid Reporter so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I also wasn’t sure whether or not President Barack Obama would be there. The night before the event, I prepared my questions and had everything ready to go for my trip from Virginia to Washington, D.C.

SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM

My dad and I took the commuter metro into D.C. We arrived around 9 a.m. and met my editor. Student reporters from other news organizations were also there. After going through security, we were taken to an area of the White House where there are lots of offices. We met with Cecilia Muñoz, one of the President’s top advisers on education. She answered questions that the other students and I had about how technology would improve learning. “Computers present opportunities to interact with students around the world,” Muñoz said. “That opens your viewpoint and helps you think about what’s it like to be in someone else’s shoes.”Ainsley Felter President Obama

After our conversation, we were taken to the Red Room of the White House. There, we were surprised with the news that President Obama would meet with us before the conference. While waiting for him, we met education leaders from around the country. Then an official videographer and an assistant to the President arrived.

A DAY I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER

Finally, we got to meet President Obama. He came into the room, shook our hands, and asked each of us our name, grade, and where we had traveled from. We each got to ask him a question about the ConnectED program. It was really cool to meet him, and he was really easy to talk to.

After the interview, we went to the East Room, where President Obama addressed the superintendents. It was all so much fun, and a day that I’ll remember forever. You can read my article about ConnectED here.

 

 

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12. 2014 Books of the Year

Recommend me!What were the most recommended books of 2014?

Over the year, we asked you to add your recommended books to our Books of the Month word cloud. Well, I have tallied up the results and the following books stand out way above the others for being the books that YOU chose most often in 2014.

Behold the 2014 Books of the Year!

2014 Books of the Year

#1: The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan was the #1 most recommended book series of 2014!
#2: Harry Potter series
#3: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
#4: The Hunger Games trilogy (for ages 12 and up)
#5: Warriors, Dork Diaries, Minecraft, and Wings of Fire series tied for 5th place.

Have you read them all? Are these YOUR favorite books of 2014? What books will you be reading in 2015? Tell us in the Comments, and get ready for a new year of reading!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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13. Frozen Would You Rather

frozen dvdFrozen Fever? Cure available in this Would You Rather Quiz!

We know your love for Disney’s Frozen has not melted. Your heart still warms to all things Elsa, Anna, Olaf … AND with freezing temperatures here in the New York City area and across the northern United States, we decided now is the perfect time for a Frozen Would You Rather quiz. The cold never bothered you anyway, right?

So grab your earmuffs, cozy up, and let us know Would You Rather . . .

  1. Be Elsa OR Anna?
  2. Have the power to turn things to ice OR turn things to gold?
  3. Have Frosty OR Olaf come to life . . . and hang with you?!
  4. Be raised in Arendelle castle OR be raised by trolls in the wilderness?
  5. Have a big sister OR little sister?
  6. Sing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” OR “Let it Go” in your school talent show?
  7. Be really frozen OR really sweaty?
  8. Build a snowman at the North Pole OR build a sand castle on a tropical island?
  9. Marry Kristoff (from Frozen) OR marry Flynn Rider (from Tangled)?
  10. Have eternal winter OR eternal summer?

Leave your answers in the Comments below.

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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14. 2014 Favorites

Peep says Hi.What are your 2014 favorites? (from Hippolyte)

So, this is very simple! Fill out the thingy below with your favorite stuff from 2014! :D Just for fun, you know. Remember that they don’t have to be things that were created/came out in 2014 necessarily, just stuff you yourself discovered (or maybe re-discovered) during the past year.

In the Comments, tell us your favorite ___[thingy]___ of 2014.

  • Book/book series:
  • Comic/manga/graphic novel:
  • Movie:
  • Fictional Character:
  • Show:
  • Song:
  • Album:
  • Band/Singer:
  • Artist (other forms of art but music):
  • Game:
  • Musical/Play:
  • Food:
  • Article of clothing:
  • Class you took:

Of course you can have ties between two things, or maybe give honorable mentions. Make your answers cool! Feel free to use this quiz/thingy as an excuse to start conversations with other peoples! And happy new year!

Hippolyte from the Reading Buzz Board

 

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15. Favorite Professor Snape Quotes

hp7_130Top 10 Snape Quotes

Happy Birthday to one of the meanest professors of all time: Severus Snape. January 9 is Professor Snape’s birthday, and to celebrate, here is a list of my top 10 favorite Snape quotes (as written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling). Here they are in chronological order . .  .

  1. “I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death — if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
  2.  “Tut,tut . . . Fame clearly isn’t everything.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
  3. “That is the second time you have spoken out of turn, Miss Granger,” said Snape coolly. “Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) 
  4. Well, I think I had better separate the three of you, so you can keep your minds on your potions rather than on your tangled love lives.” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
  5. “Potter, when I want nonsense shouted at me I shall give you a Babbling Beverage. And Crabbe, loosen your hold a little, if Longbottom suffocates it will mean a lot of tedious paperwork, and I am afraid I shall have to mention it on your reference if ever you apply for a job.” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
  6. Umbridge: You applied first for the Defense Against the Dark Arts post. Is that correct?
    Snape: Yes.
    Umbridge: But you were unsuccessful?
    Snape: Obviously. (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
  7. “You and Black, you’re two of a kind, sentimental children forever whining about how bitterly unfair your lives have been. Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair.” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
  8. “You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them!” (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
  9. SnapeQuote

    Warner Bros. Pictures

  10. “Mr. Potter…” (pretty much all of the books!!!)

Gotta love his sarcasm. Do you see any of your favorites on the list? Or let us know your own in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

 

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16. Ranger in Time

Ranger in TimeNew Dog Adventure Series: Ranger in Time

Are you a kid who loves . . .

  • Dogs?
  • Action/adventure?
  • Time-travel?
  • Dangerous journeys?

Ranger in Time is Kate Messner’s new series that has ALL the above. The main character is Ranger, a lovable search and rescue dog, who travels back in time to join a family as they take on the Oregon Trail. Ranger saves the day, but a lot happens before he gets to return to his own time, his owner, and a nice slab of bacon.

Read the first chapter here!

And get excited for Ranger’s next trip — to ancient Rome!

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17. Mythical Creature Personality Quiz

trivia_quiz1Personality Quiz: What Magical Creature Are You?

One of the best parts of reading fantasy books is escaping to an entirely different world for a while. Do you ever wish you could bring a piece of those magical universes back into your own life?  Who wouldn’t want Dobby the house-elf or Mr. Tumnus the faun for a friend? Take this quiz to find out what mythical creature you would be!

If you could choose anywhere to go on your own adventure, you would pick . . .  A) a country where you could go and help the sick. B) a dark forest with lots of unknown creatures. C) a cave far beneath the surface of the earth. D) a crowded city square where you could snoop around and people-watch.

You prefer when the weather is . . .  A) hot, hot, hot! B) humid and cloudy. C) warm with a slight breeze. D) cool and foggy.

Select your favorite book series: A) Harry Potter. B) The Chronicles of Narnia. C) The Hobbit. D) Artemis Fowl.

Your worst quality is . . . A) strictness. B) boisterousness. C) laziness. D) silliness.

If you could have a superpower, it would be . . .A) flying. B) unparalleled speed. C) breathing fire. D) magical abilities that no one else has.

You’ve never really liked . . .  A) people who are unkind to others. B) losing races. C) being bossed around by anyone. D) the top shelf in the pantry.

Sometimes you worry about . . .  A) failing a test. B) remembering someone’s name after you meet him or her. C) losing your temper. D) being too funny for your own good.

Every once in a while, you like to . . . A) get some quality exercise. B) go outside and get some fresh air. C) have a dance party by yourself. D) spend a whole day in your pajamas.

Your bad habit is . . . A) you’re too serious sometimes. B) you occasionally forget to follow the rules. C) sometimes you lose your temper. D) you love to prank your friends.

If you answered mostly A’s: You are a Phoenix!
The phoenix bursts into flames when it dies and is then reborn from its ashes. As a phoenix, you are extremely focused and driven to accomplish your goals. Your tears also have healing powers, so by nature, you like to help others. You are very loyal to all of your friends and loved ones.

If you answered mostly B’s: You are a Centaur!
Centaurs have the body and legs of a horse, with the torso, arms, and head of a human. You are both untamed and logical. You feel at home with nature. Sometimes, you might get a little bit loud, but you also form unbreakable bonds with your friends – after all you have a lot of them, and they are your pack!

If you answered mostly C’s: You are a Dragon!
Dragons are serpent-like, flying reptiles. You are fierce – a force to be reckoned with! You are usually the leader of any activity, but you also aren’t afraid to go it alone if you have to. Your friends would say you have a bold, bright personality, and that you always dream big.

If you answered mostly D’s: You are a Goblin. Goblins are dwarf-like creatures that can be mischievous. You might be small in size, but you can do anything you set your mind to. You are very good at math, and can count money like it’s nobody’s business. You’re also very clever, and your friends say you come up with the best jokes and pranks.

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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18. Snow Monkey Create a Caption

Create a captionCreate Your Caption!

This snow monkey is really enjoying the winter weather at the Cincinnati Zoo! What do you think it is saying as it catches snowflakes on its tongue?

Snow Monkey

“Snow Monkey Catching Snowflakes” Flickr photo by Mark Dumont

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19. Season’s Readings!

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Season's Readings!

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20. What Would You Do If You Could Fly?

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Happy HalloweenWinter break is a perfect time to ponder these awesome questions from CycloneVampire7.

What would you do if . . .

  1. You were sitting in the rain when all of a sudden, a man appeared before you out of thin air?
  2. You met Justin Bieber? (You can hate or love; I don’t care.)
  3. You discovered that Elsa was your cousin and you had ice powers?
  4. Everyone around you suddenly burst into song?
  5. Books were BANNED?!
  6. You were trapped in a dream and couldn’t wake up unless you finished it?
  7. You could grow money trees? $
  8. You could fly?
  9. You were trapped in a tiny box about your size with no way out?
  10. Your brother gave you a Mohawk haircut while you were sleeping, and tomorrow was the first day of school?

Hope you enjoy!

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21. What Would You Do If You Could Fly?

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Happy HalloweenWinter break is a perfect time to ponder these awesome questions from CycloneVampire7.

What would you do if . . .

  1. You were sitting in the rain when all of a sudden, a man appeared before you out of thin air?
  2. You met Justin Bieber? (You can hate or love; I don’t care.)
  3. You discovered that Elsa was your cousin and you had ice powers?
  4. Everyone around you suddenly burst into song?
  5. Books were BANNED?!
  6. You were trapped in a dream and couldn’t wake up unless you finished it?
  7. You could grow money trees? $
  8. You could fly?
  9. You were trapped in a tiny box about your size with no way out?
  10. Your brother gave you a Mohawk haircut while you were sleeping, and tomorrow was the first day of school?

Hope you enjoy!

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22. Baby Names of 2014

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question marksBaby Names: What’s Hot and What’s Not in 2014!

Now that the year is winding down, the polls are closing on the most popular baby names from 2014. Not too much has changed since last year’s Top Baby Names. For example the girls’ #1 name is still Sophia, and boys’ #1 is Jackson. But there are some new entries into the top 100 list . . . and there are some names that didn’t make the list this year! How name savvy are you? Check out our Baby Names Trivia below . . .

  1. Which Frozen character’s name shot up 29% this year? A) Olaf. B) Bulda. C) Elsa. D) Kristoff.
  2. Which is NOT one of the top 3 girls’ names of 2014? A) Olivia. B) Sophia. C) Josephine. D) Emma.
  3. Which city or borough would you rather be named after – Denver OR Bronx? Both were popular names in 2014!
  4. Which name was NOT new to the top 100 girls’ names list this year? A) Cora. B) Piper. C) Paisley. D) Clara. E) Ava. F) Cadence.
  5. The names Easton, Xander, and Ryder are all new to the top 100 boys’ names this year. TRUE or FALSE?
  6. These boys’ names fell in popularity this year, and may soon be making their exit from the top 100 – boo. Which would YOU pick to be named before they fall of the list? (Personally, I love them all!) Brayden (down 19 spots to #45) Chase (down 17 to #86) Colin (down 11 to #89) Zachary (down 9 to #67)
  7. Which “Fancy” Australian rapper’s real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly? Her names shot up on the popularity charts in 2014!
  8. These names all fell OUT of the top 100 baby names this year: Bentley, Riley, Mateo, Jake, Ruby, Taylor. TRUE or FALSE?

NAME your answers in the Comments below, and check back on New Year’s Day for the answers!

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

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23. A Million Ways Home

millionwayshome130A Million Ways Home (for ages 8 and up) by Dianna Dorisi Winget

When Grandma Beth has a stroke that puts her in the hospital, Poppy Parker has to live in a temporary home for foster kids. Poppy is so unhappy about being unable to see her grandmother each day that she decides to walk to the hospital herself.A Million Ways Home

But when she stops to buy a snack for Grandma, Poppy accidentally becomes a witness to an armed robbery. To keep Poppy safe, Detective Brannigan sends Poppy to stay with his mother so they can look out for Poppy until the suspect is caught.

Poppy begins volunteering at an animal shelter and makes two unexpected friends – Lizzie, the “bad kid,” and Gunner, the German shepherd. No one wants to adopt Gunner because he once bit a little boy. Poppy feels unwanted too, so she decides to try to save Gunner and find him a home.

But what if Grandma Beth never gets better? And what if the police can’t find the robber? Will Poppy ever be able to go home? Will she be able to save Gunner from a terrible fate? You’ll have to read the book to find out how Poppy’s story ends. Then leave your Comments in the section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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24. Baby Names Trivia Quiz Answers

question marksBaby Names ANSWERS: What’s Hot and What’s Not in 2014!

Last week we posted 2014 Baby Names Trivia. How did you do? Check out the answers below!

  1. Which Frozen character name shot up 29% this year? A) Olaf. B) Bulda. C) Elsa. D) Kristoff. ANSWER: Elsa . . . of course! Hans also was up 19%, but Elsa still beat him out.
  2. Which is NOT one of the top 3 girls’ names of 2014? A) Olivia. B) Sophia. C) Josephine. D) Emma. ANSWER: Josephine.
  3. Which city or borough would you rather be named after – Denver OR Bronx? Both were popular names in 2014! ANSWER: It’s up to you!
  4. Which name was NOT new to the girls top 100 list this year? A) Cora. B) Piper. C) Paisley. D) Clara. E) Ava. F) Cadence. ANSWER: Ava was not new. (It’s #4.) However, check out these new additions: Cora is #92. Piper is #94. Paisley is #96. Clara is #99. Cadence is #100.
  5. The names Easton, Xander, and Ryder are all new to the top 100 boys’ names this year. TRUE or FALSE? ANSWER: TRUE. Welcome aboard, guys!
  6. These boys’ names fell in popularity this year, and may soon be making their exit from the top 100. Which would YOU pick to be named before they fall of the list? Brayden (down 19 spots to #45) Chase (down 17 to #86) Colin (down 11 to #89) Zachary (down 9 to #67) ANSWER: Up to you! Personally, I love them all!
  7. Which “Fancy” Australian rapper’s real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly? Her names shot up on the popularity charts in 2014! ANSWER: Iggy Azalea. Iggy gained 75% in boys’ names, and Amethyst was up 55%!
  8. These names all fell OUT of the top 100 names this year: Bentley, Riley, Mateo, Jake, Ruby, Taylor. TRUE or FALSE? ANSWER: TRUE! Hard to believe, right? Maybe they’ll make a comeback.

- Ratha, STACKS Writer

 

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25. London Book Benches

Extra!Next Stop: London’s Book Benches!

A cool thing happened in London last summer. An organization called the National Literacy Trust hired artists to create book-based sculptures called BookBenches. 50 books from Peter Pan to A Bear Called Paddington were painted onto benches all across London. They called it the “Books About Town.”

The BookBench sculptures were on display on the streets of London this summer, and then sold at a public auction. They raised over £250,000. (That’s about $390,000 in U.S. dollars.) All of that money will go to the National Literacy Trust, a charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

As you can see, these BookBenches are pretty amazing – they look like they belong in an art museum!
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe book bench

Dr. Seuss book bench

Dragon book benchIf you could see one of your favorite books depicted on a bench in your town, what book would it be? Leave your ideas in the Comments below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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