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The Kiss
I always make up dares. Because I never lose them, and today was no different... at least I thought it wasn’t . I came up with the worst dare that there could possibly be ... something SO awful and SO gross – there was NO WAY it would be ME! I stood
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Time For Love
We don’t know the origin of Valentine’s Day, but we do know that there are at least three Saint Valentines that could be at its heart. One Valentine was a priest in the Roman Empire around AD 268 who continued to perform marriages after they were ban
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Madness of Love
You may have heard the expression ‘the madness of love’. Nowhere is it more evident than in humanity’s love of cats. There is no doubt that we really do love cats. They are the most popular pet on the planet, outnumbering their nearest rivals—dogs— b
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Junior Editor Robyn
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND INTERESTS? I live in Oxford with my mum and dad and my little brother, Joe. I enjoy watching animals and wildlife, such as badgers and birds. I really like drawing and crafts, such as painting stones and mak
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The Grandmother Hypothesis
To find out why grannies exist, you need to look in two places: the church records of northern Germany, and the orca pods of the north Atlantic. The reason for the existence of grannies might not be something that has overly concerned you. So long as
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Andy Warhol
Pop Art started in the 1950s and 60s. It took inspiration from popular culture and re-presented it in new art that reflected the culture of the time. Society, politics and technology were changing at a fast pace, and Warhol’s work led the way in show
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Rebel Dogs
With their puppy-dog eyes, toothy grins and hundred-mile-an-hour tail-wags, most people with pets say their dogs definitely love them. But do they really? There’s been a lot of research on that very question. We now know that dogs can recognise human
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Dear AUDREY
I am going to have a baby sister soon and I want to give her a present to welcome her to our family. What should I give her? —Carly, age 8 Hi Carly, What lovely news that you are having a baby sister. What’s your favourite animal? Maybe give her a
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Dear Scoopsters,
Greetings and love-heart emojis! How lovely to be the guest editor of this Valentinetastic love issue of Scoop. When I was younger, I loved my family, and all our pets, but imagined other references to love always required rings, romantic poetry and
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London England
Tell us about your life and interests. My name is Sholto and I am nine years old. I live in Notting Hill in London. When I grow up, I want to be a marine biologist. Do you have any pets? We’ve got mice but they’re not really pets. I would love to
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Scoop Asks What is Love?
Love is very hard to explain and there are many ways of describing it. It is a feeling of warmth, it is caring very deeply about another person or thing, it is putting other people’s needs before our own, it is being prepared to do anything to make s
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Crookham England
Tell us a bit about your life and interests. My name is Lily. I am seven years old. I live in a really old house, which was built around the same time as the Great Fire of London in 1666. I have two scars. One is on my chin from when I slipped over
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The HEART Of The MATTER
Ancient Greeks believed the heart was where a person’s spirit resided. Ancient Chinese believed the heart was the centre for happiness, and Ancient Egyptians thought the emotions and intellect arose from the heart. PLATO (FROM ANCIENT GREECE) THEN
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Betjeman Poetry Prize
Where do you like to write? I normally write upstairs in the spare room since not many people go in there, and it’s always quiet. There’s lots of trees outside and every now and then you hear the gentle roar of cars going past, which I enjoy. For y
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Universal LOVE
‘Love is begun by time,’ wrote William Shakespeare in one of his most famous plays, Hamlet. The nature and existence of love has been pondered over by writers, musicians, artists, philosophers and great thinkers throughout the centuries. What is it?
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What’s On
The nineteenth Imagine Children’s Festival takes place at Southbank Centre in February, dedicated to families enjoying all kinds of art and culture together. Authors appearing include Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq, and
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Tree Hugging
Sometimes you might hear it said in a negative way, as an insult thrown at eco-loving people by others who don’t really care about the planet. But it needn’t be negative! Surely everyone should be proud to love the environment? And we should definite
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Mindfulness
I bet you can name a million things you don’t think you’re good at. But now think of ten things about yourself that you love, without cringing, going red or feeling like a show off … it’s not so easy. It’s a terrible trait to be self-deprecating, mea
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Getting Emotional
We love people for all sorts of reasons. Parents, siblings, friends – they all fulfil different needs and help shape who we are. In the twenty-first century they’ve been joined by a new figure, one that inhabits the same personal space and takes over
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Dear DOCTOR
Chris Young works as a children’s specialist for Golden Hare Books, an independent bookshop based in Edinburgh – this involves trying out all sorts of ways to get kids into reading. She also works as a part-time librarian, doing a similar job! She ha
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When The Swallows Came
The morning the swallows returned from their winter migration, Luke ran helter-skelter into the yard, alerted by his mother’s urgent call. She pointed towards their big old barn, just as a small bird flew out and disappeared over the rooftops. ‘The s
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READER Reviews
The Gift of Evil by Frank Hinks, is a book set in England and the fantasy world of Ramion, which is magical … anything can happen. This is the twelfth book about Ramion. Griselda the witch is an important character in the series and this book explain
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Grandma’s Chocolate Cake
‘Do I have to wear this?’ I said, tugging at the bow-tie around my neck and pulling the super-tight shorts out of my bottom. ‘I look like a ventriloquist’s dummy.’ ‘You look very smart,’ said Mum. ‘Grandma bought you that outfit. She’ll be excited to
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ZANZIBAR Tanzania, Africa
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Rae and I am eight years old. My favourite colour is yellow and l love horse riding and hanging out with my friends. I also like reading chapter books and writing my diary. Where do you live? I used in l
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Gary Glitch
It stopped storming In the morning So Gary thought He’d take a walk. He put one foot Out in front, but Then felt an itch, So Gary Glitch Twitched, his hand rose, Hitched to his nose There to scratch it. Being distracted Thus from his stroll Took quit
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Guest Editor Celia Rees
What do you love about being an author? That’s a really hard question because writing is just what I do. I can’t imagine life without it, so it’s a bit like asking ‘What do you love about breathing?’ I know it has made my life far richer, not in a m
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Betjeman Poetry Prize
Where do you like to write? Anywhere outdoors. Nature is calming and peaceful so it’s easier to really concentrate, but at the same time it’s inspiring. Last year at the Betjeman Poetry Camp we spent five days living in tents in the grounds of Wadde
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Winter Solstice
The Victorians invented many of our most cherished Christmas traditions, as you’ll find when you read Charles Dickens’ famous novel A Christmas Carol. Because all the elements of Christmas are in there: the feast ... the Yule log ... the singing ...
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The Corridor
The door slides shut and I gaze, eyes wide, At the wire-crossed window, far too high. Stay there, said Granny, this will all be over soon. Hold onto Teddy, you won’t feel alone. So I stand on tip-toes, brave boy, chin up Pulling on Teddy’s ear for lu
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Flying Latkes
My twin sister Rachael definitely wasn’t human. She was a giant onion and potato-filled latke. That’s my favourite food, if you want to know. I could eat latkes morning, day and night. Latkes are one of the very best things about Hanukah. Well, that
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