August 31, 2015

Song-Inspired Drabble Challenge

Posted by at 1:57 am in Music, Writing Prompt | Permalink

HippolyteHippolyte posted this awesome-tastic challenge for you on the Fan Fiction Message Board!

Heeeeeeeeey all!

So! This is a thing I saw in a STACKS Message Board a LONG time ago and though I’ve never participated myself, I figured it’s high time someone brings a new writing challenge. Here’s the deal:

You are to write a drabble inspired by the first song that comes up on shuffle. Grab your phones/ipods/mp3s/playlists or anything you have with music stored in it and a shuffle option, and enable said option. Your task is to write a short story (fan fiction or original) inspired by the song, for as long as the song is playing. Once the song is over, you stop writing and completely leave it be.

Rules:

  • You may skip songs in case you can’t get inspired, but don’t be too picky or you’ll just be shuffling forever.
  • You must skip any songs that are inappropriate either because of language or content. Any song that receives a rating beyond PG 13 according to your judgment should better be avoided. We trust your judgment.
  • In case you feel that a song with questionable content is still appropriate enough for this board, please mention all warnings that apply. Your story has to be 100% appropriate for all people on this boards. (As Moderator Katie says, don’t write something you wouldn’t say to a 7/8-year-old.)
  • Your drabble can be a fan fiction or an original one. No preferences, but in case of fan fiction, make sure that the fandom you’re writing for is appropriate for younger kids on STACKS (PG 13 at most).
    • “Completely leave it be” is just that. Don’t correct anything. Don’t play the song again. Don’t touch it; it’s already a masterpiece.
    • Stories are expected to be short. Just brainstorm something and leave it in its raw beauty for the world to see.
    • Of course, you’re never obliged to post what you just wrote if you don’t want to. We’re only doing this for fun.

I hope everyone has fun! I also hope you’re not weak enough to decline the challenge. Mwahaha!

So leave your song title and artist in the Comments, and then go to the Fan Fiction Message Board to share your whole story.

August 26, 2015

Bad Kitty Readalikes

Posted by at 1:45 am in Reads | Permalink

Bad Kitty Gets A BathIf you like the Bad Kitty chapter books by Nick Bruel, try these other funny books about mischief and mayhem for ages 7-9.

Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist Book #1: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Mad scientist Franny is having trouble making friends at her new school, so she begins to experiment with fitting in. The result of her experiment is not so great though. You could even call it . . . monstrous.

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Danny Dragonbreath and his iguana best friend, Wendell, attend the Herpitax-PhibbiasSchool for Reptiles and Amphibians, and deal with bullies, bad grades, nerves of steel, and of course, fire breath. See also the other books in the Dragonbreath series.

Great Critter Capers: The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davis
After years of begging their parents for pet hamsters, Anna and Tom’s beloved pets mysteriously die! Anna and Tom begin a humorous murder investigation throughout their neighborhood. See also the other books in the Great Critter Caper series.

Geronimo Stilton Book #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton
Search for buried treasure, uncover a great pyramid of cheese, and uncover haunted cats with famed mouse reporter Geronimo Stilton and his sister Thea. See also the other books in the Geronimo Stilton series.

Babymouse Book #1: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Meet the wildly imaginative Babymouse as she rocks out, camps out, and breaks hearts. See also the other books in the Babymouse series.

Stink Book #1: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald
Judy Moody’s little terror of a brother now has his own series full strange antics, from getting free candy to super stinky sneakers. See also the other books in the Stink series.

Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers
At the annual gathering of the MEOW society, cats of all kinds gather to tell cat stories. Find out the stories of Chico, the smallest cat in the world, a Pirate Cat, and Georgio the chef cat.

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society by Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey, and Laurie Myers
It is the first annual meeting of the WOOF Society, a yearly storytelling extravaganza where dogs from all over the world gather to share funny diary entries from their ancestors.

Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
In this adorable manga, Yohei and his family learn how difficult it is to keep their mischievous kitten a secret from their landlords. See also the other books in the Chi’s Sweet Home series.

Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Binky prepares for his first trip into space, but begins to worry how his humans would protect themselves if he left for good. See also the other books in the Binky Adventure series.

Golden Hamster Saga Book # 1: I Freddy by Dietlof Reiche
Intelligent golden hamster Freddy aspires to escape captivity and to become an independent and civilized creature.

Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper
After a stack of fashion magazines falls on Kiki Kitty’s head while she is blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, Kiki turns into Fashion Kitty, a feline superhero who saves other kitties from fashion disaster.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who tries to convince the farmer that Wilbur is no ordinary animal.

Amanda, STACKS Writer

August 25, 2015

Epic Character Questions Quiz

Posted by at 1:00 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing PromptEpic Character Questions Quiz

PurpleFashionista86 posted these questions on the Harry Potter Message Board but they could also apply to any characters in any book series.

  1. Who is your favorite character?
  2. Which character would you go on a date with?
  3. If you were away, what character would take care of your pet for you?
  4. What character would you like to live with?
  5. What character would be your best friend?
  6. If you could take a character camping who would it be?
  7. If you had the choice to go anywhere with a character, what place would you go, and whom would you go with? 
  8. If you could be a character, which one would it be? 
  9. Which character would you want in your dorm?

Leave YOUR answers in the Comments!

August 24, 2015

Back-to-School Poetry Generator

Posted by at 1:38 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Back to SchoolWrite A Back-to-School Poem With Our Back-to-School Poetry Generator!

It’s that time again. Back. To. School. To get you in the back-to-school zone, for today’s Writing Prompt, your “homework” is to take the 25 words below and generate your own poem. The poems you guys came up with for the Spring Poetry Generator totally gave us spring fever!

You can add articles (little words like “a”, and “the”), verbs, or anything that will help it flow, but try to include as many of these 25 words as you can in your poem. Any style of poem works – rhyming, non-rhyming, couplet, haiku, free-form, or even random. It’s up to you!

  • school
  • rule
  • friends
  • books
  • looks
  • lunch
  • gross
  • desk
  • heart
  • bus
  • homework
  • homeroom
  • teacher
  • locker
  • soccer
  • race
  • leap
  • joy
  • playground
  • awaken
  • 7 am
  • weekend
  • bell
  • beautiful
  • pencil sharpener

Leave your poem in the Comments. We can’t wait to take a lesson . . . from YOU!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 21, 2015

Goosebumps Movie Preview

Goosebumps logoGoosebumps Movie Comes to Theaters October 16!

I love the Goosebumps series so much because it’s just the right amount of scary and surprising! So it was a dream-come-true when I was invited to an early screening of the Goosebumps movie (rated PG).

Let me tell you, the movie does not disappoint! It is so cool to see all the monsters from R. L. Stine’s stories come together in one action-packed movie. Jack Black does a wonderful job playing R. L. Stine, and the whole cast really brings the Goosebumps series to life on the big screen! The movie features all my favorite Goosebumps monsters and shows Stine’s huge imagination and creativity to the fullest. I was hanging on the edge of my seat and wishing it would never end!

Goosebumps Movie

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

At one point in the movie, the R. L. Stine character says, “A good story has three parts: the beginning, the middle, and the twist!” I think that quote sums up the movie for me because it includes all of my favorite classic Goosebumps moments while also ending with a shocking twist! Sorry, no spoilers! You have to wait until October 16 when the movie comes to theaters.

Goosebumps movie

photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

If you were writing your own Goosebumps story, which monsters would you include? Would you keep all the classic characters or make up your own? And what fun twist would you throw in to take readers on your exciting and spooky journey?

Let us know the details of your Goosebumps story in the Comments below, and remember not to be too graphic or scary for kids younger than you!

Megan, STACKS Intern

August 20, 2015

Back-to-School Tips

Posted by at 1:08 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Back to SchoolQuick Tips for Back-to-School

AmusedBrain4 has some back-to-school tips for freshmen on the Reading Buzz Board, but they can really help for any grade, so take a look and see what you think.

Ahhhh, so school is just around the corner. I thought I would give some quick tips for those who are starting their first year of high school . . .

  1. Don’t sign up for more than 2 Honors classes your first year. You might regret taking too many.
  2. It’s okay to make new friends.
  3. Don’t stress yourself out over school work. I know it can get overwhelming but you don’t want to look back on your first year and remember hating it.
  4. If you have been studying for hours IT’S OKAY TO TAKE A BREAK. Go out with some friends, and eat lots of ice cream. Ice cream makes everything better!
  5. If you get a bad grade on something remember that someone else probably did worse.
  6. Make sure you eat lunch! (Even if you only have 20 minutes, grab a yogurt or some fruit.)
  7. Have at least one fun class like band or art or something you love.
  8. After-school clubs are worth it. It can be scary joining stuff but trust me, you won’t regret it.
  9. Try new things. Join the school play, or marching band, or something you’ve never thought of trying. Freshman year is a year for you to figure out what you want to do.
  10. Lastly, don’t let one bad teacher ruin your year. It’s just one class, and it won’t ruin your grades.

Do you think these tips will help you this school year? Whatever grade you are starting this year, tell us your tips in the Comments! Happy new school year!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

August 19, 2015

El Deafo

Posted by at 1:30 am in Reads | Permalink

el deafoNew El Deafo Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Writer En-Szu’s awesome video for El Deafo by Cece Bell? If you love hilarious graphic novels about unusual superheroes, watch this video!

el deafo book trailer

Tell us what you think in the Comments! Are you already a fan of El Deafo?

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 17, 2015

Fly Guy Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:22 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

Fly GuySuper Fly! Fly Guy Would You Rather . . .

In the Fly Guy series, boy meets fly, and a beautiful friendship is born. Fly Guy is extremely smart and even knows how to say the boy’s name (“Buzz”). They have hilarious (and sometimes slightly gross) adventures together in school, at restaurants, picnics, and even when Fly Guy gets married to Fly Girl, Buzz and Fly Guy are eventually reunited. So take a buzz at our Fly Guy Would You Rather below.

Would you rather . . .

1. Be a fly guy OR lightning bug?

2. Go swimming in someone’s soup OR chocolate pudding pie?

3. Be able to talk to animals OR transform into animals?

4. See Fly Guy team up with Spider-Man OR Ant-Man?

5. Have a FLY fly up your nose OR a LADYBUG?

6. Have a Fly Guy video game OR a Fly Guy movie?

7. Have the next book be American Ninja Fly Guy OR Fly Guy Dances with the Stars?

Leave your answers in the Comments below and let us know what you think of the Fly Guy books!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

August 14, 2015

Bunk'd, Jessie Spin-Off Show

Posted by at 1:27 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. Bunk’d: Disney Channel’s New Jessie Spin-Off Show

Emma, Ravi, and Zuri Ross leave their extravagant New York City penthouse and head off to Camp Kikiwaka, a rustic summer camp in Maine where their parents met as teenagers. The Ross kids are complete fish out of water in their new setting and must band together for support.

Emma and Ravi step into new roles as CIT’s (Counselor in Training), learning how to be resourceful, responsible role models to their campers. Lou, the cheerful head counselor, and Xander, the camp heartthrob, step in to show them the ropes. Meanwhile, Zuri makes new friends with her fellow campers.

MIRANDA MAY, SKAI JACKSON, PEYTON LIST in Bunk'd

Photo credit Disney Channel/Greg Gayne

Together the Ross kids and their friends must navigate the hijinks and curveballs thrown by the owner of the camp, Gladys, who with the help of her sneaky niece, Hazel, is out to get them because of her decades-old rivalry with their mom. Nevertheless, along with their new friends, Emma, Ravi, and Zuri adapt to their new “home away from home” and settle into their exciting new lives at Camp Kikiwaka.

Have you seen this show yet? Are you a fan? Is it as good as Jessie? Leave a Comment and tell us what you think.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

August 13, 2015

August STACKS Star

Posted by at 1:38 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Stacks starsMeet MerryAngel32!

August Stacks Star

Merryangel32

This month’s STACKS Star is MerryAngel32! She loves to read horror books like Goosebumps and if she could be any fruit in the world, she would be an apple because it’s crunchy, sweet, has small seeds and is so “easy-peasy” to cut. One thing she would love to give every child across the world is access to a free library so that everyone can read books! Read more about MerryAngel32 in our STACKS Blast newsletter!

Now, I have two super-serious questions to ask you:

1. Would YOU like a chance to become the next star?
2. How well do you know Harry Potter?

This month’s questions are all about Harry Potter and I want to see how many of you know, like, really, really know the books, characters, and movies. If you know all the answers to the questions, then you might become the next STACKS Star! I will be picking a random user who answers these questions correctly:

  1. When is Harry Potter’s birthday? (Hint: It just passed.)
  2. Where is Harry’s first bedroom located in the Dursley’s home?
  3. How many siblings does Ron Weasley have?
  4. What do Hermione Granger’s parents do for a living?
  5. Who is the real Half-Blood Prince?
  6. Besides English, what other language does Harry speak?
  7. Who is the youngest Quidditch player of all time at Hogwarts?
  8. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, who are the last two competitors standing inside the maze?
  9. What does Hagrid do to Dudley after he sees him eating Harry’s birthday cake on Harry’s 11th birthday?
  10. What is Voldemort’s real name?

Good luck everyone and leave your answers to these HP questions in the Comments! Don’t forget to update your profile and avatar to make it look your best in case you are the next STACKS Star!

Sandy, STACKS Staffer