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Scoop Issue 26 - Love

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Scoop is a magazine for 7 to 13 year olds that publishes all forms of story, told by world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Catherine Johnson, Tom Whipple, Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Priestley, Nicholas Bowling, Laura Dockrill, Emerald Fennell, Celia Rees, Joan Aiken, Tom Stoppard, MG Leonard, Michael Foreman, Piers Torday, Cathy Brett, Neil Gaiman, AF Harrold and John Agard. Each issue includes short stories, non-fiction, poetry, comics, interviews, reviews, activities and quizzes. We explore everything from punk to painting, from science to poetry, from super-natural phenomena to playwriting!

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in this issue

1 min.
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 wedding bells. It took me a while to realise – as this loved-up issue demonstrates – that, in fact, love is a deep and special affection you can have for almost anyone or anything ... and if you don’t believe me, read on to find out about loving trees or computers! I didn’t just love my family either, I loved … reading, curled up in bed under the duvet with a torch. I loved making imaginary worlds out of Lego. I loved trying to crack all the levels on a…

2 min.
guest editor piers torday

What do you love about being an author? I love the freedom of being allowed to sit at home and make up stories all day long. Do you have any rituals when you write? I always use music to help me find the mood, pace or tone of a scene, and create specific playlists on Spotify for each book. Sometimes I will listen to the same track thousands of times when writing, to get me in the right emotional state for the scene. How do you select the names of your characters? I look at what similar characters are called in other stories and analyse why those names work. I often blend names from ancient myths with modern names, but always check any invented name on Google first as I wouldn’t want to accidentally put…

1 min.
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 someone else happy. When we love someone or something like our pets we want to care for them and look after them and be kind to them so love also connects us to other people and things in a very important way and when we are loved we feel stronger and generally more positive about ourselves and the world. It is said that love makes the world go round and when we look at all the ways love makes us feel it really…

2 min.
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 ARGUED THAT WE REASON THROUGH OUR BRAINS, BUT THAT LOVE COMES FROM OUR HEART. THE HEART CAN CONTINUE BEATING EVEN WHEN IT’S DISCONNECTED FROM THE BODY, AS LONG AS IT HAS AN OXYGEN SUPPLY. A horse can mimic the heart rate of the person Scoop touching them. Hearts are actually divided into two: the left side and the right. The right side is responsible only for sending blood to the lungs. The left side sends blood to the rest of the body. Your heart sits in the middle of your chest, but the left side is…

3 min.
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? What does it mean, how does it work and where does it come from? Why does it exist at all? And what does it have to do with how we understand the universe in which we live? The answer isn’t straightforward. In purely scientific terms, we understand the universe along rational lines, based on theory, experimentation and observation. This means that scientists have an idea or a theory that they work on, sometimes for years. Then other scientists may decide to design an experiment that allows them to test that theory.…

2 min.
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 definitely be proud to love, and hug, trees. They absorb harmful carbon dioxide, release oxygen (which we need to breathe), prevent floods, and provide homes and food to so many species, including birds, bats, insects, fungi and squirrels. Weapons-grade hugging Some people have used hugging as a method to prevent trees from being chopped down. After a monsoon hit the Indian Himalayas in 1970, the floods were so devastating that lives were lost, houses destroyed, and bridges and buses washed away. Local people knew the cause – too many trees had…