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1. Reading Bingo Book Clue 16

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 4!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a Z-shape on your Reading Bingo card

like this:Bingo Z shape

If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures

. Book clues 123456789, 10111213, 14, and 15 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 16 is . . .Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by J. K. Rowling

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26, the Message Boards, and your Profile shout-outs all day for more book clues. When you get the Z-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

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2. Reading Bingo Book Clue 14

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Today’s game of Reading Bingo continues with another book clue. Did you get the H-shape on your bingo card filled in?

Book clue 14 is . . . .
Holes book cover

Holes

by Louis Sachar

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Remember, book clues 1

23456789, 101112, and 13 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s new book clue. There will be one more book clue hidden on the Stack Back Message Board today. Go see if you can find it!

If you got it, then yell BINGO! in the Comments. If not, come back for more book clues and a new way to win tomorrow morning.

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

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3. Reading Bingo Book Clue 13

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

GOOOOO, READING BINGO!

We’re at book clue 13 already! I can’t believe it! Have you gotten the H-shape BINGO yet? Tell us what titles you used!

Here’s our 13th book clue . . .

Dork Diaries:

Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous LifeDork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square

that it fits in and write in the title.

Two more clues are left for today’s Reading Bingo. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and check the Stack Back Message Board

 to find them later today!

Remember that book clues 1-12

also count in today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s clues. Can’t wait to see what cool books you’ve been reading!

Until next time!

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

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4. Reading Bingo Book Clue 12

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3 Continues!

Day three of Reading Bingo is well underway! Y’all are doing great! Ready for book clue 12? Here we go!

Book clue 12 is . . .
The Adventures of Captain Underpants

 by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey book coverBingo square

that it fits in and write in the title.

We’ve got three more clues today. Come back to Ink Splot 26 and also check the Stack Back Message Board

throughout the day to catch them!

Today’s shape is pretty awesome. Have you gotten Bingo yet? Remember, book clues 1-11

also count towards today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clues. When you get an H-shape, yell BINGO! in the Comments. See ya later!

image from kids.scholastic.com — 

En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

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5. Reading Bingo Book Clue 11

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 3!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo Winners!

Have you been playing along with us? Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get an H-shape on your Reading Bingo card

like this:Bingo H shapeIf you need a rules refresher or a Reading Bingo card, click here. Book clues 1234, 5678, 9, and 10 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clues. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 11 is . . . .Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief book coverPercy Jackson and the Olympians

: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards all day for more book clues. When you get the H-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

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6. Reading Bingo Book Clue 9

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 2 Continued!

I hope your T-shape is almost all filled in on your Reading Bingo card because there are only a couple more book clues today!
Book clue 9 is . . . .
Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero book cover

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square

it fits in and write in the title.

Remember, book clues 1

234, 567, and 8 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s new book clue. And, there is one more secret book clue on the Save the Planet Message Board, so you have another chance for Bingo today.

Did you get the T-shape on your card filled in? If you did, then yell BINGO! in the Comments. If not, you will have another chance tomorrow, so come back for more book clues and a new way to win tomorrow morning.

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

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7. Reading Bingo Book Clue 8

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 2 Continues!

Howdy, y’all! Welcome back to Reading Bingo. We’re almost at clue number 10! Print your own Bingo Card and join us!

Here’s book clue 8 . . .

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

 by C. S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis book cover

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square

that it fits in and write in the title.

Two more clues are left today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Save the Planet Message Board

throughout the day to catch clues 9 and 10.

Remember that clues 1

23456, and 7 count for today’s game as well, so you can fill those in plus each new book clue. And, of course, let us know when you get today’s T-shape. Yell BINGO! In the Comments (and list the book titles on your card, too). Can’t wait to see who gets Bingo!

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

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8. Reading Bingo Book Clue 7

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 2 Continues!

Lucky number 7 already!

Here’s your 7th book clue . . .

Spirit Animals: Wild Born

Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull book cover

Have you read this book? If so, choose the Bingo square

Three more clues will appear on the STACKS today, so check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards often to catch them! Remember that clues 1

2, 345, and 6 also count for today’s game, so you can fill those in, too.

Let us know when you get today’s T-shape. Yell BINGO! in the Comments. See ya in a few!

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9. Reading Bingo Book Clue 6

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 2!

Congratulations to yesterday’s Reading Bingo winners!

. . . all scored Bingo yesterday!

Today is a new game of Reading Bingo with a new way to win. Today’s goal is to get a T-shape on your Reading Bingo card like this:

Bingo T shape

click here for the Rules and Procedures

. Book clues 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus today’s book clue. It’s not too late to start playing so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for today’s book clue!

Book clue 6 is . . . .
Fantastic Mr. Fox book cover

Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards all day for more book clues. When you get the T-shape on your card filled in, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

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10. Reading Bingo Book Clue 4

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 1

We are playing Reading Bingo on the STACKS all week long, and we want YOU to join! If you need a Reading Bingo card, click here for the Rules and Procedures

. Book clues 1, 2, and 3 count for today’s game, so you can fill those in plus book clue 4. It’s not too late to start playing, so get out your Reading Bingo card and get ready for a new book clue!

Book clue 4 is . . . .Time Warp Trio book cover by Jon Scieszka

The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards

all day for more book clues. When you get 5 in a row, yell BINGO! in the Comments.

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

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11. Reading Bingo Book Clue 3

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 1 Continues!

Oooh, we’re at clue 3 already!

BINGO, is just around the corner (sort of)!

Here’s clue 3 . . .
Dear Dumb Diary: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
Dear Dumb Diary book cover


Have you read this book? If so, choose the
Bingo square
that it fits in and write in the title.

Stay tuned–we’ve got two more clues coming your way today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards throughout the day for more clues. See ya in a bit!

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

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12. Reading Bingo Book Clue 2

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 1 Continues!

Woohoo, Reading Bingo!

Ready for clue 2?

Here it is . . .

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry book coverBingo square

that it fits in and write in the title.

Stay tuned–we’ve got three more clues coming your way today! Check Ink Splot 26 and the Message Boards throughout the day for more clues. See ya in a bit!

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

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13. Reading Bingo Starts Today!

Reading Bingo

Reading Bingo Day 1

Here is everything you need to get started playing STACKS Reading Bingo.

Rules and Procedures:

  1. Print your Bingo card.
You can print as many Bingo cards as you want.Reading Bingo card
  • Easy Bingo: If you have read any books that fit in any of the squares, you can write them in. For example, A1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You will have to report the titles for each square to prove that you have Bingo.  If you want an extra challenge, skip this step and go to step 3.
  • CHALLENGE Bingo: When we announce a book title on the STACKS, check your Bingo card and see if that book fits in any of the squares. Write down the book title in the proper square. This is harder because you can only use the books that we call out.
  • Each square must be a different book title. No repeating the same book!
  • You must have read the book OR are currently reading the book.
  • Every day, the way to win will be different, so you could get Bingo every day. The way to win today is to get 5 squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Tomorrow, it will be different!
  • When you get Bingo, yell it in the blog Comments and tell us which books you put in which squares. (A1: book title, A2: book title . . .)
  • The first book clue is . . . .The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm book cover

    The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

    If you have read this book, then choose the Bingo square it fits in and write in the title.

    Check Ink Splot 26 and the Harry Potter Message Board

    all day today for more book clues. When you get 5 in row, yell BINGO! in the Comments. Good luck!

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

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    14. Celebrity Earth Day!

    Earth from space photo

    How celebrities observe Earth Day

    Earth Day is on its way! Are you ready? What are YOU doing for Earth Day on April 22? We asked Disney stars like Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt, and a bunch of others what they did last Earth Day (and every day) to stay green. You might be inspired!

    ROSS LYNCHAUSTIN & ALLYTEEN BEACH MOVIEMAIA MITCHELLBLAKE MICHAELDOG WITH A BLOGCHLOE AND HALLE BAILEYCAMERON BOYCEJESSIECALUM WORTHYKICKIN’ ITA.N.T. FARMLAB RATSGOOD LUCK CHARLIESHAKE IT UPlove our planet EVERY DAY!

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

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    15. New Story from Rick Riordan

    Rick Riordan photo

    “The Staff of Serapis”

    You might remember last year, Rick Riordan published “The Son of Sobek” as an extra crossover story in the The Serpent’s Shadow. The story featured both Percy Jackson and Carter Kane together in the same story. It’s crazy when characters jump out of their own series and into other characters’ series, right? Well, Riordan has done it again. He announced on his blog last week that the new U.S. paperback edition of The Mark of Athena in stores now features a story with Annabeth Chase and Sadie Kane! It has the awesome title “The Staff of Serapis.”

    The Staff of Serapis book cover

    If you don’t want to buy The Mark of Athena paperback, the story will be available in e-formats, with the cover above, on May 20. Or you could, you know, rush to the library and see if they have the new paperback edition with the story at the end. Tell the librarian it MUST be the 2014 paperback edition!

    What do you think? Did you like “The Son of Sobek”

    enough to want a second story? Do you think Riordan should write an entire series combining all his characters?? Leave a Comment.

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    16. Character Crossbreeds

    Character Combinations Writing Prompt

    Character Crossbreeds

    A long time ago, like, a REALLY long time ago, I posted a Character Combinations Writing Prompt asking you to create a new character by combining 2 existing characters. There were some amazing answers. Seriously, you should go read the Comments from that post

    . Today’s Writing Prompt is similar but different. Here goes. . .

    If you spliced your own DNA with the DNA of a fictional character together, which character would you create?

    For example:

    • Me + Harry Potter = Lyra Belacqua from The Golden CompassMe + the White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe = Elsa from Frozen— Sonja, STACKS Staffer Add a Comment
    17. Blobfish Caption

    createacaption2

    Blobfish Create a Caption
    Blobfish

    Image courtesy the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    You may remember this little fella from our Dog with a Blog Would You Rather post last month. Judging by your comments, you guys seemed to really like this blobby guy. And by “like,” I mean you thought it was the most disgusting thing you ever saw.

    DogBlue5029 said, “What is that?”
    BloodhoundBlue840

    said, “What the heck is that big sloppy thing that looks like it’s drooling?”
    ArtPink725
    said, “I would not kiss the blobfish.”
    CherriesHamster14
    said, “Who would want to even touch a blobfish?”
    Aqi said, “I know! Who on EARTH would kiss a blobfish?! It looks like it is DROOLING!!!!!”

    Well, you’ve had your say. Now let’s give the blobfish a chance to say what’s on its mind. Write a caption for what you think this creature is thinking. Leave your caption in the Comments, and remember to be kind! The blobfish has feelings, too, you know!

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

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    18. Disney Lunar Eclipse

    Jake Short, Bradley Steven Perry, and Paris MaryJo Berelc in Mighty Med

    Disney Lunar Eclipse: Kickin’ It, Mighty Med, and Lab Rats

    There will be a full eclipse of the moon on Monday night and into the early, early hours of Tuesday morning. Some people believe that a lunar eclipse can cause bizarre things to happen. Have you ever noticed that the word “lunatic” has the same root as “lunar?” And that Luna Lovegood is kind of, well, loony? Makes you think, doesn’t it? Anyway, on Monday, April 14th, Disney XD will air special episodes of 3 shows. We’ve got the details about those episodes plus interviews with some of the actors about the strange things they HOPE will happen on Monday night!

    Kickin’ It:

    “Invasion of the Ghost Pirates” (8:00 pm – 8:30 pm E.T./P.T.)

    With an impending lunar eclipse, an old Seaford legend surfaces about a ghost pirate returning to seek his revenge on the wharf after a lunar eclipse 300 years ago led to his ship crashing into the shore. Jack makes it clear he doesn’t believe in ghosts, but his skepticism is put to the test.

    Mighty Med: “Night of the Living Nightmare” (8:30 pm – 9:00 pm E.T./P.T.)

    Kaz and Oliver are exhausted and stuck working the overnight shift during a lunar eclipse, when it is rumored that the freakiest patients come to the hospital. When Neocortex checks in with an illness that unintentionally traps people in their worst nightmares, Kaz and Oliver desperately try to stay awake and figure out how to save everyone from their nightmares.

    Lab Rats:

    “Principal from Another Planet” (9:00 pm – 9:30 pm E.T./P.T.)

    Leo is determined to record the bizarre events he believes take place during a lunar eclipse. Davenport is skeptical until it appears that an alien life form has taken control of Principal Perry’s body.

    Q: What strange or wacky thing do you wish would happen as a result of this eclipse?

    Jake Short:

     (a.k.a. Oliver in Mighty Med) I wish it would start raining my favorite candy – Starburst.
    Paris MaryJo Berelc: (a.k.a. Skylar in Mighty MedI hope the eclipse will give me the ability to breakdance over water.
    Auggie Isaac: (a.k.a. Gus in Mighty MedI wish that just when the eclipse was happening, everyone got a superpower. That would be awesome.
    Dylan Riley Snyder:


     (a.k.a. Milton in Kickin’ It) I wish that I would gain awesome superpowers during an eclipse. I would either use them to help with my daily life, or just show off. It would be nice to be very strong, or to fly, or even to control time. I think an eclipse could be powerful enough!
    Tyrel Jackson Williams
    : (a.k.a. Leo in Lab Rats) As the moon passes in front of the sun, I gain the ability to fly. My life is complete!

    What do YOU hope will happen as a result of the lunar eclipse? Leave your wishes/predictions in the Comments!

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

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    19. Twinkie Puppy Caption

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    Create a Caption for Twinkie!

    What a playful pup! Doesn’t he have such a sweet, expectant little expression on his face? I think it looks like Twinkie is anxiously waiting for a game of fetch to begin.

    Twinkie puppy

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    20. Sam and Cat Would You Rather

    Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam and Cat

    Sam & Cat Would You Rather

    They’re unlikely BFFs. Sam is street-wise, rough, stubborn, and sarcastic. Cat is super-nice, bubbly, clumsy, and as some would say . . . not the sharpest tool in the shed! But put them together and you have not only a dynamic duo, but a hit show, Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat!  In it, the girls are roommates, and run a baby-sitting business together.

    Why do we love Sam and Cat? There are too many reasons. They’re hilarious, both slightly crazy, not afraid to say inappropriate things. We loved Jennette McCurdy in iCarly

    , so it’s really fun to see Sam live on. And Ariana Grande, who played Cat in Victorious, has become a major breakout recording star!

    Would You Rather . . .

    1. Be baby-sat by Sam OR Cat?

    2. Eat a giant plate of burritos like Sam OR a giant plate of marshmallows like Cat?

    3. Receive for a gift (inspired by the Yay Day! episode): footwash/mouthwash OR a ratty, old pillow?

    4. Have Cat read you a bedtime story in her “Cat” voice OR her real voice?

    5. Be in a texting competition like Sam OR a mixed martial arts competition like Goomer?

    6. Baby-sit the Brit-Brat twins (Remember the British con artist twins?) OR baby-sit Oscar-the-very-accident-prone-boy? (The name says it all!)

    7. Go to a taping of Sam & Cat OR see Ariana Grande live in concert?

    8. See Sam and Cat in a special movie where they become possessed Halloween demons OR fall in love on Valentine’s Day?

    9. Be platinum blond like Sam OR have super-red hair like Cat (which she dyed for her favorite dessert: the red velvet cupcake)?

    Let us know what you would rather, Sam & Cat style, in the Comments below!

    —Ratha, STACKS Writer

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    21. Grimmtastic Girls Little Red Riding Hood

    Grimmtastic Girls book cover

    Red Riding Hood Gets Lost

    Tomorrow are the auditions for the school play at Grimm Academy, and I can’t wait to try out! I want to play the lead, Red Robin Hood. But it’s my first time auditioning and I’ve got stage fright! How grimmiserable!

    It doesn’t help that my friends and I are all worried about the E.V.I.L. Society that’s making trouble at the Academy. If only I had a magical charm to help us figure out what’s going on – and maybe help me get the lead in the play!

    Any suggestions to help me get over my stage fright? I’m so glad I have my grimmtastic friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel to help me out. I know I can always count on them!

    Love,
    Red

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    22. Chronicles of Narnia Readalikes

    Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book cover

    Chronicles of Narnia Readalikes

    You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

    In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, 4 kids discover a secret entrance (through a wardrobe) into a magical world (with a talking lion . . . and a witch)!

    There are 7 books in The Chronicles of Narnia series

    , plus 3 movies (and rumors of a fourth!), but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other exciting books for ages 8-12 about smart, brave kids going on magical adventures.

    The Search for WondLa

    by Tony DiTerlizzi
    The only home Eva Nine has ever known is an underground Sanctuary, cared for by a robot. Her search for another human being brings her into a strange above-ground world.

    Dragon Rider

    by Cornelia Funke
    With a lonely boy named Ben on board, the brave, young dragon Firedrake sets out on a journey to find the mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace forever. They encounter fantastic creatures, and cross the path of a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who’s determined to end their quest. Will Ben and Firedrake be able to find the Rim of Heaven so all dragons can finally live in peace?

     The Underland Chronicles:

    Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
    In the first book of the Underland Chronicles, Gregor loses his little sister as she tumbles down the laundry chute into an underground world where spiders, bats, cockroaches, and rats are about to make war.

    Chronicles of Pyrdain Book #1: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
    A strong-willed princess, a talkative bard, and an assistant pig-keeper with dreams of becoming a hero all join forces in this funny and epic adventure. See also the other books in the Chronicles of Prydain series.

    Half Magic by Edward Eager
    Four kids discover a magic coin so old that only half of its magic works, wreaking unexpected havoc on all their wishes.

    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
    A village girl named Minli goes on a journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and meets a dragon along the way.

    Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder
    Henry, Emma, Roy, and Susan find a magic wall that will take them any place and any time they’d like to go.

    Chrestomanci: Charmed Life by Dianne Wynne Jones
    Cat and his older sister Gwendolyn, a young but powerful witch, attract the attention of The Chrestomanci, the most powerful enchanter in the world. See also the other books in the Chrestomanci series.

    Winterling by Sarah Prineas
    Fer has never quite felt like she belongs in this world, so she’s eager to follow Puck into a faery kingdom, even though it’s a dangerous world of winter.

    Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
    Peter and his fellow orphans set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship secretly carrying a precious and mysterious cargo, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, mysterious sea creatures, and angry natives race the story along to finally reveal how Peter becomes the infamous Peter Pan. See also the other books in the Starcatchers series.

    The Books of Beginning Book #1: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
    Kate, Michael, and Emma have been tossed from one orphanage to another for the last ten years. Yet, these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil they know nothing about. . .Until now. See also the other books in The Books of Beginning series.

    His Dark Materials Book #1: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    11-year-old Lyra is a precocious orphan growing up within Jordan College in Oxford, England, but Lyra’s world is not precisely like our own. In Lyra’s world, everyone has a personal dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar that represents her soul. Lyra and her daemon are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. See also the other books His Dark Materials Trilogy.

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

    by J. K. Rowling
    Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his mean aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. See also the other books in the Harry Potter series.

    Hope you like our Readalikes!

    –Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

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    23. Recycle Your Old Clothes

    Make a difference!

    Fashionistas can help save the planet.

    Last year for Earth Day, I gave you some tips for how to reduce, reuse, and recycle

     the everyday stuff you would normally throw away. This year, the clothing store H&M is joining in to make a difference by giving your old clothes a new life. You can bring unwanted clothes of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores, and they will recycle them.

    According to the H&M website, “Every year tons of textiles are thrown out and end up in landfills. As much as 95% of these clothes could be used again — re-worn, reused, or recycled depending on the state of the garment.”

    The clothes will be separated in three groups:H&M Clothes Recycle Box

    How can you help?

    Go through your clothes and pick out the ones that don’t fit you anymore, or have huge stains or holes in the knees, and ask your parent if you can bring them to your local H&M store. You’ll see a big drop-off box like this one. Pop your old clothes in and be very proud of yourself for helping to save the planet!

    image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

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    24. Jack Griffo Answers Your Questions

    Jack Griffo

    Jack Griffo of The Thundermans answers YOUR questions!

    In case you missed it, Jack Griffo (of The Thundermans), Kids’ Choice Awards nominee, offered to answer your questions about being an actor, getting slimed, and superpowers. Check out his answers below!

    Dasha: Would you like to be a superhero? If so, what powers would you want to have?

    Jack: Who wouldn’t?!  I’d like to have either invisibility or super strength.

    Christina: How does it feel to have so many fans? Do you get bothered of people asking for pictures?

    Jack: Not at all. I really enjoy meeting people and talking about the show. It feels great to know that so many people out there are watching.

    Mae: How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an actor?

    Jack: I was 13.

    Danielle: How long does it usually take for you to learn your lines?

    Jack: We get 3 days. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we rehearse and learn our lines, and then we shoot Thursday and Friday.

    Nicki: Most people who work for Nickelodeon eventually get slimed. Have you been slimed?

    Jack: I have gotten slimed!

    Megan: What do you like most about being an actor?

    Jack: I love being able to tell stories and be a part of them.

    A: What’s it like working with the other people on set?

    Jack: It feels like a big family! We all have a fun time working together!

    Brianna:  What show would you like to guest star in?

    Jack: Teen Wolf. I think it would be so awesome to be on that show.

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    If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?

    Jack: I wanted to be a police officer for a while when I was a kid!

    Pratham: What do you like to do for fun?

    Jack: My favorite thing to do when I have free time is to just chill. I love sitting by the pool with my shades and playing guitar.

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     Do you like to read?

    Jack: Yes!

    Hirona: What is your favorite sport?

    Jack: My favorite sport is basketball.

    E.T: What is your favorite color?

    Jack: Blue!

    It was so nice of Jack to take the time answer questions on the STACKS! Was your question

    answered? Leave a Comment to let us know how much you LOVE Jack Griffo and The Thundermans!

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

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    . In fact, well over 200 stunt performers punched the clock during shooting, says the movie’s stunt coordinator James Armstrong.

    “The actors rehearse in a huge empty parking lot and we put marks down on the ground to replicate where curbs, or buildings or different things are,” explains Armstrong, whose father was also a stunt coordinator on the film. “Then, they have to try and take that and remember it for the actual shoot.”

    Armstrong worked closely with all of the stars in the movie, and says that it’s the goal to have the actors do their own stunts whenever feasible. The trick is keeping someone like The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ star Andrew Garfield in check, who plays Spider-Man and was eager to get his hands dirty on the set as often as possible. “Andrew does a lot of stunts and sometimes we actually have to rein him in more than he’d like just to keep him safe,” says Armstrong. Yikes! Take it easy there, Spidey – you’ve got a whole city to protect!

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