THE STACKS SHOW YOUR OLYMPIC SPIRIT “GO CANADA: Youth Cheer on Canadian Athletes” will be running a photo/video blog that will be hosted on live.olympic.ca during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will go live on February 4. Not only will this blog be viewable to fans across the country, it will also be shared with our athletes competing in Sochi via social media, and will be running in Canada Olympic House in the Olympic Park for Team Canada athletes, staff and family to view throughout their time in Sochi. For more details on how you can show your support for our Canadian athletes, please visit: http://olympic.ca/education/go-canada-youthcheer-on-canadian-athletes/ Check out more Educational Olympic sources at: http://olympic.ca/education/ OLYMPIC BOOKS TO READ OLYMPIC APPS FOR KIDS ABC Play, part of the Little Explorer series. This app teaches children about all sorts of different types of sports and activities through pictures and videos. I have no idea how long it's free so download it now! Experience the thrill of victory in an electrifying Winter Sports competition. Join Playman in five exhilarating events. Choose your favorite character from 12 different sports heroes and tackle exciting competitions separately, or together to become champion! Winter Sports 2014 Memory Game THE STACKS BOOKS TO READ BEFORE THEY’RE 2014 MOVIES The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel What it's about: The book tells the story of American and British museum directors, curators, and art historians who risked their lives to find and save European art during World War II. Who's starring: George Clooney is the screenwriter, director, producer, and star of the film, playing the lead alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin What it's about: Set in the 19th century and modern Manhattan, this epic NYC fantasy goes back and forth to tell the story of the love that blossoms between a middle-aged thief and a young wealthy girl who is dying. Who's starring: Will Smith and Russell Crowe will star in Winter's Tale. Divergent by Veronica Roth What it's about: The author's debut novel is the first book in a trilogy set in a dystopian Chicago. In the postapocalyptic society, people have divided themselves into five factions, each based on one core value. When 16year-old Tris finds out she falls into more than one faction, she chooses "Dauntless" but still struggles. Who's starring: Shailene Woodley is playing Tris, and Theo James is playing Tobias. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green What it's about: A teenage girl, Hazel, fights terminal cancer and falls for Augustus, a boy who also has cancer. Who's starring: The cast includes Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the leads in the film adaptation. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais What it's about: When an Indian family moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French eatery, tension builds among families as they struggle with loyalty. Who's starring: Helen Mirren will star as chef Madame Mallory opposite Manish Dayal and Om Puri, while Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake are producing. Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow What it's about: Similar to works by Roald Dahl, the middle-grade-level book is set in Ratbridge, a place where strange, quirky creatures like boxtrolls and cabbage heads live beneath the city. When a boy named Arthur uncovers an evil plot, he enlists the help of odd allies. Who's starring: The animated adaptation, The Boxtrolls, features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, and Tracy Morgan. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn What it's about: This tightly woven novel is told from two perspectives: that of a husband whose wife suddenly goes missing and from the missing wife herself. Who's starring: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are playing Nick and Amy — see who else is in the cast. If I Stay by Gayle Forman What it's about: This novel follows a young girl who's been in a terrible accident. After the trauma, 17-year-old Mia can't remember what happened, but she slowly tries to put all the pieces together in her mind. Who's starring: Chloë Moretz will be starring as Mia in the film adaptation. Wild by Cheryl Strayed What it's about: Cheryl Strayed details her physical and emotional journey along the Pacific Coast Trail in the wake of losing her mother. Who's starring: Reese Witherspoon is playing the lead role, and Laura Dern is playing Cheryl's mother. The Maze Runner by James Dashner What it's about: The first in a young adult trilogy, the sci-fi book follows a young protagonist, Thomas, as he navigates a fantasy world called the Glade. With a group of other boys, they must solve the mystery of the maze they're in while dodging monsters and other danger. Who's starring: Dylan O'Brien is playing Thomas. THE STACKS BOOKS TO READ BEFORE THEY’RE 2014 MOVIES continued... Trash by Andy Mulligan What it's about: When three boys in a third world country discover something valuable in a trash heap, they find themselves at the heart of a major mystery. Who's starring: Rooney Mara will play an NGO worker and Martin Sheen has signed on for the role of Father Juilliard, with newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein to play the three boys. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins What it's about: In the third Hunger Games book, Katniss fights against the corrupt Capitol from within District 13. Who's starring: Jennifer Lawrence and other franchise cast members will reprise their roles in the first half of the adaptation. One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte What it's about: A boy named Bobby Marks struggles with his dysfunctional family, his absent best friend, and a local bully when he spends the summer at a lake house. Who's starring: In the film adaptation, called Measure of a Man, Christina Hendricks will star as the mother of Bobby, who will be played by Riley Griffiths. BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS TURNED INTO MOVIES The Jungle Book by Joseph Rudyard Kipling Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl The Princess Bride by William Goldman The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Check out more adaptations at http://www.buzzsugar.com/2014-MoviesBased-Books-30889382/print Check out more kids books at http://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/ books-turned-into-movies Red Velvet Cupcakes www.spoonful.com What you'll need 1-1/4 cup all purpose flour 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 egg 2 teaspoons white vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon liquid red food coloring 2 cups icing sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 tablespoons milk or cream 1 teaspoon vanilla additional candies or decorating sugar for topping How to make it Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place 10 paper liners into the cups of a muffin pan. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the oil, sugar, egg, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring until combined. Hot Pizza Dip www.spoonful.com What you'll need 1, 8 ounce package of reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 1 cup of pizza sauce Pizza toppings of your choice such as pepperoni, olives, ham, bacon, pineapple. How to make it Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch pie plate. Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and add the garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Whisk until combined. Spread the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Toss the mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese together. In a smaller bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Add to the egg mixture, in two or three additions alternately with the buttermilk, beating well after each. Spread half the mixture on top of the cream cheese. Spread the pizza sauce over the cheese, then top with the remaining cheese. Spoon the batter into the 10 paper liners, dividing the batter evenly among them. Spread the toppings you have chosen evenly over the top of the cheese, as you would a pizza. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately with bread slices or crackers. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from pan and let cool thoroughly. Meanwhile, make the icing. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the icing sugar gradually, in 3 or 4 additions, beating very well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add the milk or cream, one tablespoon at a time, beating well, until the icing is creamy and spreadable -- the more you beat this, the better it will be. Add food coloring, if using it, beating it in gradually until the icing is tinted the way you like it.
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