Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Short Stuff: News for Kids

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Short Stuff: News for Kids

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Harry who?

It's been 10 years since readers met the boy wizard Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." The Potter series, which includes six books to date, has sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

On Saturday, July 21, the series will come to an end with the release of a seventh adventure, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

While the plot has been closely guarded, the author has revealed one secret on a British TV show: "Two [characters] die that I didn't intend to die."

Who do you think they will be?

Kids strike it rich

It pays to be a kid - well, at least when it comes to allowance money. Some kids get more than $40 a week! But before you ask Mom or Dad for a pay raise, consider this: Most teens get less than $20 weekly allowance, according to a Junior Achievement Worldwide survey.

The percentage of teens who say they receive the following weekly allowance:

$10 or less: 33

$11 to $20: 31

$21 to $30: 16

$31 to $40: 6

$40 and up: 14

New heights

It's not easy making Eagle, the highest honor in Boy Scouts. You need to earn at least 21 merit badges. Only 2 percent of Scouts get that far. A remarkable achievement. So what adjective should be used for James Calderwood, who has attained 122?

James, a teen in Chevy Chase, Md., has every badge available - from business to woodwork. He even has one they don't give out anymore - atomic energy.

In fact, James has so many badges, he couldn't wear them the normal way. "I actually had to make my own sash, where I took three sashes and sewed them together," he says.

The Boy Scouts of America doesn't keep records of Scouts who have earned every badge. But not many have done it, says Deborah Dean of the Scouts' National Capital Area Council. Ms. Dean confirmed James's achievement, calling it "extremely rare. …

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