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Showing posts from February, 2012

It's Always Something Writing Contest

The Gilda’s Club NYC It’s Always Something Teen Essay Contest is a contest open to teens in grades 9-12, residing in New York City or Long Island. The goal of the contest is to provide a forum for teens to express their feelings about cancer and to raise awareness among the general population about the impact of cancer on teenagers.

The deadline for the contest is May 18.

Find out more information, go to The Gilda's Club Site

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recently released the honorees getting their Stars on the Walk of Fame in 2012. Some of those honored this year are:

Jennifer Aniston
Scarlett Johansson
Kate Winslet
Valerie Bertinelli
Matt Groening (creator of "The Simpsons")
Jennifer Lopez

The full list can be found at the Walk of Fame site.

There are five categories a person can get a star for: Motion Pictures, Broadcast Television, Music, Radio, and Theatre. A few excpetions have been made over the years. Neal Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins all have a moon shaped star in honor of the first Moon landing. Muhammad Ali and Magic Johnson both have stars as well. Only one person has a star in all five categories and that's Gene Autry.

In order to get a star, you must be nominated and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce picks the honorees from that list. There are two caveats: you must attend a public presentation for the unveiling of your star and there is a fee for the upkeep…

2012 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

Nominees were recently announced for the awards. The show will air on March 31 at 8pm on Nickelodeon with Will Smith hosting. Here are the nominees:


Favorite TV Show
Good Luck Charlie
Wizards of Waverly Place

Favorite Reality Show
American Idol
America’s Funniest Home Videos
America’s Got Talent

Favorite TV Actor
Tim Allen
Ty Burrell
Alex Heartman
Jake Short

Favorite TV Actress
Miranda Cosgrove
Selena Gomez
Victoria Justice
Bridgit Mendler

Funniest TV Sidekick
Nathan Kress
Jennette McCurdy
Jennifer Stone
Jerry Trainor

Favorite Cartoon
Kung Fu Panda
Phineas & Ferb
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
SpongeBob SquarePants


Favorite Male Athlete
Derek Jeter
Michael Phelps
Tim Tebow
Shaun White

Favorite Female Athlete
Kelly Clark
Danica Patrick
Serena Williams
Venus Williams


Favorite Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Muppets
The Smurfs

Favorite Movie Actor
Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper’s Penguins)
Johnny Depp…

New Angry Birds Game!

They've conquered smartphones and social networks. Next up for the Angry Birds?

The final frontier.

The fourth major release (due out March 22) in the Angry Birds series is a departure in more ways than one. The hook? You'll be lobbing birds on entirely new planets while contending with zero gravity, leading to new gameplay elements like slow-motion puzzles and "lightspeed" destruction. And just like with other Angry Birds games, expect those outer-space physics to be dead on.

Though the specifics are still under wraps, Rovio has confirmed that the game will feature some completely new birds alongside some familiar ones, now sporting new super powers. (No word if Hawkman makes a cameo.) The game's three-star level rating system will be back as well.

With Angry Birds Space, however, they're kicking it up a notch by simultaneously releasing the product in mobile gaming, retail, and animation channels, a multi-media blitz that the company believes is a first for…

School Library Journal's Battle of the Books

School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books is a competition among 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the biggest names in children's books. Here are the match-ups:

Match 1 Amelia Lost vs Anya's Ghost

Match 2  Between Shades of Gray vs Bootleg

Match 3 The Cheshire Cheese Cat vs Chime

Match 4  Daughter of Smoke and Bone vs Dead End in Norvelt

Match 5 Drawing from Memory vs The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Match 6 Heart and Soul vs Inside Out and Back Again

Match 7 Life: An Exploded Diagram vs A Monster Calls

Match 8 Okay for Now vs Wonderstruck

I'll let you know who won once the Rounds are done! If you want to follow along, go to the School Library Journal's Battle of the Books site

A Wrinkle in Time Turns 50!

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world.

To celebrate this wonderful occasion, I'll be holding a Wrinkle in Time contest. Pick up the contest beginning February 11. The winner gets a Wrinkle in Time t-shirt, tote bag, and pin!

If you want to celebrate more, "Like" the Wrinkle in Time Facebook page. Here's the link:

Wrinkle in Time

There will be a celebration on February 11 in New York City with a panel of today's celebrated children's authors including Lois L…

Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

The official trailer for the new Spider-Man movie was recently released. The movie will be in theaters on  July 3. Here's the trailer: