October 8, 2015

Halloween Activities

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halloweenHalloween Activities on the STACKS!

The spookiest day of the year is coming on October 31. Here are a few Halloween activities and links to get you ready. If you need costume ideas, we got ‘em; scary books, we got ‘em. We even have a Personality Quiz to find out what monster you are most like!

This just in . . . these Halloween Would You Rather questions from PurpleWizard50:

Would you rather . . . .

  1. Dress up as a pink princess OR a yellow bumblebee?
  2. Get one small yummy candy bar OR a giant bar of yucky candy?
  3. Turn into a werewolf OR a vampire?
  4. Eat 2000 candy bars in a minute OR eat 30 old pieces of licorice in one minute?
  5. Meet a mummy OR Frankenstein?

If you have ideas for blog posts, go to the STACK Back Message Board and submit them! Have a safe and fun Halloween!

October 7, 2015

Welcome to Mars Buzz Aldrin

Posted by at 1:22 am in Authors, Reads | Permalink

Earth from space photoSpace Pioneer Buzz Aldrin Shares His Vision For Exploring Mars In Welcome to Mars

Could Mars be our future home? Buzz Aldrin thinks so, and he should know! Buzz is one of the first people to walk on the moon, and was a member of the historic Apollo 11 crew. A renowned rocket scientist, he developed a futuristic space transportation system to reach Mars. He chairs his own educational organization, ShareSpace Foundation. And he also has a Toy Story character named after him! (Hint: “To infinity — and beyond!”)

Buzz Aldrin welcome to marsBuzz Aldrin lives, eats, and breathes all things Mars. Buzz has a vision for not only traveling to Mars, but inhabiting it as well. In Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, Buzz describes what it will take to build a permanent home on this far away planet.

Welcome to Mars reveals the ultimate in space transportation — the Aldrin Cycler Spacecraft – and what the space traveler will encounter upon arrival, including a detailed illustration of the Mars Lander Sequence and an ingenious method for removing the rusty dust stuck to the space suits. The reader is taken on a tour of the Spaceport, learns how dirt bikes and zip lines will be natural forms of red planet entertainment, and discovers how greenhouses will play a vital role in the colonization of Mars. Finally, after months of exploring and living in the rugged Spaceport, it’s moving day – Buzz ups the “wow” factor with high tech and forward-thinking living, eating and recreational quarters aptly named the Founders Dome.

What do you think? Will you sign up to go live on Mars? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 5, 2015

Book Quiz

Posted by at 1:55 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

the-book-quizToday’s Book Quiz comes from Moderator Katie on the Reading Buzz Board.

  1. >What’s your all-time favorite book?
  2. What’s a book you liked that turned into a movie? Which was better?
  3. What is your favorite series? What is your favorite book within the series?
  4. Who’s your favorite author?
  5. Do you happen to enjoy dark, spooky, or supernatural stories?
  6. Do you like reading manga or graphic novels?
  7. Do you like to read books about other cultures? What about other historical times?
  8. If you could go to lunch with any author, who would it be and what would you like to talk about
  9. Have you read a book in another language besides English? Did you enjoy the book or books you read
  10. What type of books (genre!) do you most like to read?
  11. What is your favorite literary element? For example, simile, metaphor, irony, foreshadowing, personification, figurative language, or even forms of poetry can count here….
  12. Are there any books you’d like to suggest?
  13. Are you in a book club? If yes, which books have you read in it?
  14. What is your favorite childhood book (picture book)?
  15. If you could turn any book into a movie, which book would it be? Which actors would play which characters?
  16. If you could change the ending of ANY book, which book would it be and what would the new ending be? Please start your answers with the book title so STACKers can decide if they want to read your answer/spoiler or not!
  17. Has any book every evoked really strong emotions in you? For example, has any book made you REALLY sad or angry, or empathetic, etc.? Which book and which emotion?
  18. Have you ever read a book that you thought you’d love but ended up not liking? What about the reverse?
  19. Estimate the number of books you’ve read in the last 12 months.
  20. You won a $500 book gift card. What are you going to buy with it?

Have fun! Thanks to these STACKers who helped me come up with the questions: GopherChess4, BreezeBrain39, DarkRising6, BastKitten37, and ChorusArtistic19.

Leave your answers to one or all of these questions on the Comments!

October 2, 2015

Yo-Kai Watch

Posted by at 1:40 am in Celebrities, Graphic Novels | Permalink


Ever have a day where nothing goes right? Was it bad luck? Nope! That was the work of the Yo-kai, beings who cause life’s daily annoyances. With the Yo-kai Watch on his wrist, Nate, an average fifth grader, along with his Yo-kai companions Jibanyan and Whisper, can now communicate with the Yo-kai. There’s just one problem – they’re everywhere, and they love to cause mischief!YoKai

The wildly popular Japanese animated comedy series Yo-kai Watch is set to make its U.S. debut on Disney XD. Viewers will be treated to a new episode each day during the premiere week, Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9, before it begins ongoing weekly debuts on Monday evenings at 5:00 p.m., ET/PT.

Are you an anime fan? Will you be watching? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 30, 2015

Book Wars: Origami Yoda vs. Jedi Academy

Posted by at 1:59 am in Reads | Permalink

jedi academy vs. origami yodaSTAR BOOK WARS: ORIGAMI YODA VS. JEDI ACADEMY

(We regret to inform you that no lightsabers will be used.)

Navigating the twists and turns of middle school is hard. You have tough classes, (Sith-like) bullies, friends, and more coming your way. It is hard to know what to do, and there seems to be a rule for almost everything. You need a Jedi Master to help you not mess up.

The Origami Yoda books take place at McQuarrie Middle School, where an oddball named Dwight shows up with an origami puppet in the form of Yoda himself! Dwight (or should I say Yoda?) gives Jedi-quality advice in all sorts of situations. His friends Tommy, Kellen, and others are making a case file to decide if Origami Yoda uses the mysterious “force,” or if Dwight is not who they thought he was. Filled with Harvey’s “scientific explanations for what happened” and Kellen’s drawings, this realistic fiction book is great for anyone who is looking for a quick laugh.

In the Jedi Academy books, however, Roan Novachez of Tatooine doesn’t need a puppet for advice. He has our little green friend (Yoda) as a teacher! Roan is rejected from pilot school, his only dream in life. Things aren’t looking too good. Then a letter arrives from the elusive Jedi Academy on Coroscant, accepting Roan into Jedi training. All the other kids have been in Jedi Academy since they were younger, so Roan gets made fun of by the class bullies. He has a hard time with classes, doesn’t really fit in at first, and is just kind of lost.

Overall . . .

Origami Yoda is easy to read, extremely funny, and talks about realistic kids. I immensely enjoy this series and read it over and over again. The plot follows the episodes of Star Wars a little more. Jedi Academy more accurately describes bullies, tough classes, and fitting in with others kids. Actually set in the Star Wars galaxy, this series depicts the creatures and customs of movies.

What do you think: Does a puppet sound good, or does having Yoda as a teacher appeal more?

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

September 29, 2015

Magic Tree House Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:01 am in Reads, Would You Rather | Permalink

magictreehouse_thanksgivingMagic Tree House Would You Rather

Ketchup and mustard. Batman and Robin. Some things just go together. Like Jack and Annie from The Magic Tree House series. With their time-travelling historical adventures, this series can get you hooked on reading for life!

Book #53 Shadow of the Shark came out this summer, and #54 Balto of the Blue Dawn (about a Siberian husky in 1925 Alaska) is coming out in Jan. 2016. So if you love this dynamic duo, let us know, Would You Rather . . .

1. Be Jack OR Annie?

2. Go to the Amazon rainforest OR ancient Egypt?

3. Be attacked by a dinosaur OR a mummy?

4. Be a passenger on board the Titanic OR a Viking ship?

5. Survive an earthquake in San Francisco OR a tidal wave in Hawaii?

6. Fight in the Revolutionary War OR the Civil War?

7. Pet-sit a cobra OR an emperor penguin?

8. Battle a ninja OR a dragon?

Let us know what YOU guys would rather in the Comments below. And tell us if you have a favorite Magic Tree House book!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 28, 2015

Movie Character Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:32 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

PopcornIf you were in a movie, which character would you be?

Every movie has a hero, right? But what about the other characters, like the hilarious sidekick, or the minion, or the person who is the voice of reason when the hero wants to do something crazy? Which one of these characters most fits YOUR personality? Take this quiz to find out!

  1. What is the most important thing do on the weekend? a) Get ready for the next week by doing all your work. b) Tell jokes with your friends. c) Go support your friends in their activities. d) Organize a big fun event for everyone you know.
  2. What would your friends describe you as? a) Prepared for anything. b) Always laughing or making others laugh. c) Easy to get along with. d) A leader.
  3. Your top pick of car to drive is . . . a) a hybrid car that’s better for the environment. b) a clown car to make everyone laugh. c) a minivan so all your friends can fit in it. d) a very cool sports car.
  4. Which power would you like to have? a) The ability to see into the future. b) The ability to make anyone laugh. c) The ability to help everyone around you. d) Super strength.
  5. What’s your favorite thing to do? a) Read a book. b) Be a goofball. c) Hang out with friends. d) Throw a party.
  6. Pick a game. a) Scrabble. b) Bop-it. c) Hide and Seek. d) Simon Says.
  7. Which type of movie is your favorite . . . a) Disney movies. b) Comedies. c) Documentaries about real life stories. d) Action movies.
  8. What do you want to be when you grow up? a) Teacher. b) Comedian. c) House elf. d) Doctor.
  9. Your parents would describe you as. . . a) responsible. b) a prankster. c) a team-player. d) confident.
  10. Which would you rather wear? a) A backpack to carry all your things. b) A funny t-shirt. c) denim overalls. d) A cape. Continue reading
September 25, 2015

Disney Monstober

Posted by at 9:53 am in Celebrities | Permalink

BUNK'D - Disney Channel's "Bunk'd" stars Karan Brar as Ravi, Skai Jackson as Zuri and Peyton List as Emma.STARS OF BUNK’D HOST DISNEY CHANNEL’S “MONSTOBER!”

The cast of BUNK’D will host “Monstober,” the month-long Halloween celebration on Disney Channel, beginning Thursday, October 1. Here are some of the events happening during Monstober!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 at 8:00 p.m. Jessie
“The Ghostess with the Mostest” – When Jessie makes the Ross kids bring Stuart along for trick-or-treating, he tells them a haunting story about Abigail, a ghost who is out to get them. One by one, the kids mysteriously disappear. Then, Jessie attends a masquerade party and falls for a mysterious boy. Guest starring Austin North and Sarah Gilman from I Didn’t Do It.
8:30 p.m. Girl Meets World
“Girl Meets World of Terror 2″ – Riley and Maya meet the ghost of the bay window, who happens to be a flapper girl from the 1920s. Guest starring Austin & Ally‘s Ross Lynch and Laura Marano.
9:00 p.m. I Didn’t Do It
“Bite Club” – When Logan and Delia go to NY for a Science Presentation as Marie Antoinette and Albert Einstein, they run into Trish and Dez and a crazy fortune teller at the city’s biggest Halloween party. Meanwhile, Betty enlists Garrett to take her nephew Kevin trick-or-treating, and the two turn the tradition into a major candy scam. Guest starring Austin & Ally‘s Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy.
9:25 p.m. Mickey Mouse
“Black and White” – Mickey attempts to save face in front of Minnie after he’s scared as white as a ghost.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 at 8:00 p.m. K.C. Undercover
“All Howl’s Eve” – Ernie and Judy must travel to NYC for the Central Park Spooktacular to intercept an evil wolf serum, but their mission is interrupted when they run into Emma and Zuri at the party. Meanwhile, Marisa and K.C. throw their own Halloween bash back at the house, and K.C. decides to dress up as a spy to impress the new boy in school, River. Guest starring Peyton List and Skai Jackson from Jessie and BUNK’D.
8:30 p.m. Best Friends Whenever
“Cyd and Shelby’s Haunted Escape” – Cyd and Shelby use Barry’s new invention to teleport themselves to NYC’s Central Park Spooktacular and wind up getting trapped in a haunted house with Riley and Lucas. Guest starring Rowan Blanchard and Peyton Meyer from Girl Meets World.
9:00 p.m. Austin & Ally
“Scary Spirits & Spooky Stories” – While visiting New York, the group attends the Central Park Spooktacular party, which inspires them to tell their own scary stories. Guest starring K.C. Undercovers Kamil McFadden and Trinitee Stokes.
9:30 p.m. Liv & Maddie
“Haunt-A-Rooney” – Maddie and Willow prepare for “Senior Scare,” a Ridgewood tradition where the high school seniors scare the middle schoolers. Meanwhile, when Joey and Liv are at the Central Park Spooktacular, Liv falls into a precarious predicament with a photographer. In an effort to fix the mishap and create a diversion, Liv enlists her fans, Cyd and Shelby, to help pull off a flash mob. Guest starring Best Friends Whenever‘s Landry Bender & Lauren Taylor.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 8:00 p.m. Invisible Sister
This Disney Channel Original Movie follows science prodigy Cleo, whose class experiment turns her popular sister and star athlete, Molly, invisible. With the help of Cleo’s best friend and fellow science enthusiast, George; and her crush, Carter; Molly’s boyfriend, The Coug; and her best friend and teammate, Nikki; the sisters race against the clock on Halloween to find the antidote to reverse Molly’s invisibility before it becomes permanent. Starring Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World), Paris Berelc (Mighty Med), Karan Brar (BUNK’D, Jessie), Rachel Crow (X Factor), Will Meyers (Bella and the Bulldogs) and Austin Fryberger (Kirby Buckets).

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 8:00 p.m. Monsters University

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. MAL-OWEEN marathon
Liv & Maddie episodes and encore presentations of Descendants, the Descendants: Set It Off! special and Descendants: Wicked World animated shorts.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Spooks & Chills marathon featuring encore presentations of Halloween-themed episodes.

September 22, 2015

Emma Is on the Air: Party Time

Posted by at 11:48 am in Reads | Permalink

JKT_9780545686969.pdfEmma Is on the Air: Party Time by Ida Siegal for ages 7-10

This is Emma Perez, and I’m ON THE AIR!

Today at school, Sophia, Javier, and I were working on our extra-awesome outfits for the costume party. We had the best idea ever and were going to win the contest! But now Sophia’s costume is missing. Where could it be? Did someone take it on purpose?

Emma and her friends weren’t ready for so much party drama, but if they work together to figure out what happened, they just might save the day!

It’s time for a new edition of EMMA IS ON THE AIR!