October 13, 2015

Maisie Dog Create a Caption

Create a captionCreate a caption for this adorable dog, Maisie!

Hi, there! This puppy seems like she is going on her own outdoor adventure! What would you say she is thinking in that cute, furry head?

Maisie Dog

Here’s my caption: “Watch out, world! I’m off my leash and ready to take over this dog park!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!

Megan, STACKS Intern

October 12, 2015

Halloween Costume Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:41 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

halloween-costume-personality-quizWhat is your perfect Halloween costume?

Halloween is less than 4 weeks away, and to have the best costume, you need to plan way in advance! So here is a quiz to find out what Halloween costume you should choose!

  1. If you were to pick a movie to watch, you would pick . . . a) The Lion King. b) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. c) Goosebumps. d) Cinderella.
  2. You would consider yourself someone who is  . . . a) aloof or reserved. b) outgoing. c) sneaky. d) glamorous.
  3. Your favorite thing about October is . . . a) curling up with a good book on the cool nights. b) the feeling of magic in the air. c) scaring people. d) getting candy.
  4. Which superpower ability would you rather have? a) Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. b) Able to do magic. c) Able to be invisible. d) Able to turn everything you touch into gold.
  5. If you had to pick one thing to play with it would be . . . a) a ball of yarn. b) a wand. c) a sheet. d) a crown.
  6. What sport would you choose to do? a) Running. b) Quidditch. c) Professional hide and seek. d) Jousting.
  7. Which animal would you choose? a) A mouse. b) An owl. c) A cat. d) A horse.
  8. How often do you like being around friends? a) It depends on the friend. b) Frequently. c) Whenever you feel like popping in. d) All the time.
  9. Your favorite Halloween candy is . . . a) Milky Way. b) Jelly Beans. c) None of these. d) Chocolate coins.

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October 9, 2015

Invisible Sister

Posted by at 1:40 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Invisible SisterRowan Blanchard and Paris Berelc star in the Disney “Monstober” movie INVISIBLE SISTER, premiering Friday, October 9!


Photo courtesy Disney Channel/Bob D’Amico

Set in New Orleans during Halloween, Invisible Sister follows Cleo (played by Rowan Blanchard), an introverted young science prodigy whose class project accidentally turns her popular older sister and the school’s star lacrosse player, Molly (played by Paris Berelc), invisible.

Cleo, who has become accustomed to living in Molly’s shadow, is forced to step outside her comfort zone and into the shoes of her older sister to take her place on the day of an important game. As the sisters try to convince their friends, teachers, and Molly’s lacrosse team that nothing is wrong, they must rely on each other like never before. In doing so, they gain a better understanding of one another and themselves.

Meanwhile, they are up against the clock to find an antidote to reverse the effects of Cleo’s experiment before Molly’s invisibility becomes permanent.

Invisible Sister also stars Karan Brar (BUNK’DJessie) as Cleo’s quirky best buddy and fellow science enthusiast; Rachel Crow (X Factor) as Molly’s outgoing best friend and teammate; Will Meyers (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Cleo’s crush and science scholar; and Austin Fryberger (Kirby Buckets) as Molly’s goofy but affable boyfriend.

October 8, 2015

Halloween Activities

Posted by at 8:11 am in News, Would You Rather | Permalink

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