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1. Why Graphic Novels Are Awesome

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

you might fall in love with them like I did.

Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council Member

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2. Hermione Would You Rather

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

adventures!

Would You Rather . . . 

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

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

Ratha, STACKS Writer

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3. Guinness World Records Dogs Create a Caption

guinness_world_records_2015Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!

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

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

Norman: “WHEEEEEEE!”

Dog Riding Skateboard

Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

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

Dog on Hind Legs

Kevin Scott Ramos/Guinness World Records

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

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

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4. Girl Meets World Interviews

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

photo courtesy Disney Channel

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

Corey: Well, I really love Harry Potter

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

What advice would you give to a kid who is being bullied?
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?

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

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5. BFG Movie News for Roald Dahl Day

The BFG by Roald Dahl book coverThe BFGSteven Spielberg,

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

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

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

Marisa, STACKS Intern

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6. Fashion Personality Quiz

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

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7. Fashion Disaster

Back to SchoolWhat was your worst fashion disaster?

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

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

 

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8. Disney Stars Back-to-School Tips

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

(How to Build a Better Boy)

china_anneLiv and Maddie

)

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

 (Jessie)

JessieGirl Meets World

)

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

girl_meets_worldI Didn’t Do It

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

(I Didn’t Do It)

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

(I Didn’t Do It)

i_didnt_do_itTeen Beach

2)

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

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

(Dog With A Blog)

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

(Austin & Ally)

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

See ya,

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

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9. Meet the Scholastic Kids Council

Peep says Hi.

Welcome!

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

Look for more to come from these kids this year!

Ari2

 

Beata

EmmaRose

Grace

Izzy

Kennedy

Maggie

Michael

Rowan

Sharafa

 

 

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10. Wonder Book Review

Wonder book cover

100% Kid-Approved Book Recommendations

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

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

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

Do you agree with FriendlyMonkey10

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

 

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11. September Books of the Month

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

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

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12. Open a World of Possible

Rainbow Pen

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

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

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

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

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

Watch these Open a World of Possible videos for inspiration

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

-Ratha, Stacks Writer

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13. School Supplies Writing Prompt

Back to SchoolWhat school supplies can you not live without?

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

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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    25. 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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