July 10, 2012
Here are the answers to last week's Personality Quiz. What type of fruit are you?
Check your answers to the questions from last week, and count how many times you picked A, how many times you picked B, how many times you picked C, and how many times you picked D. You might be evenly split between all 4. That means you are pretty balanced between all these personalities like a perfectly blended fruit salad! But if you picked one letter more than the others . . .
You are most like an orange! Bright and energetic, you are very athletic and funny! Be careful though! You don't want to cross the line between energetic and annoying!
You are most like an apple! The same flavor every time, you always fulfill everyone's needs and you are extremely friendly and loyal! Yet with your awesome personality, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself! You deserve respect!
You are most like a banana! You are the average fruit. You have your ups and downs, but overall you're a good friend. Don't be afraid to stand up for your friends!
You are most like a strawberry! You have a little orange in you, a little apple, and a little banana! You are equal of all skills. Be proud of that, and don't be afraid to show your feelings. You are a great person, and you should show that!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
July 9, 2012
Write Your Own Mystery or Fantasy
Today’s Write On Writing Prompt is a great call out to all you aspiring writers. It comes to us from Fulafuj (who has the most awesome Profile Avatar I’ve ever seen). Fulafuj prompts:
Write your own mystery. Or fantasy. It has to be adventurous.
Since we wouldn’t have room to post an entire story, we challenge you to write the first line of your epic mystery or fantasy. There are some great first lines to stories that suck you in. Like . . .
“It was a dark and stormy night.” (from A Wrinkle in Time)
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” (from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Got a great first line for a mystery or fantasy story? Or if you’d rather, post a summary paragraph for your story idea! Be as creative and crazy as you like. Thanks for the great prompt, Fulafuj!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
July 6, 2012
Katy Perry Movie
The first woman in music history to have five Number One singles from one album, Katy Perry has scaled the heights of pop music stardom few have reached before her. So when the artist invited two filmmakers to tag along on her “California Dreams Tour,” she thought it might produce something of interest to her fans.
Katy said, “I could instinctively feel that something important was about to happen that year. It felt like this big wave was coming, and it felt like it was going to be a long one. So I reached out to two filmmakers and said, ‘Hi, guys. I’d like to you come on the road and document the ride.’” That ride was a year-long world tour across the United States, Europe, South America and the Far East. Cameras caught her live concerts and also the reality of her day-to-day life away from the stage lights and candy-colored costumes.
The result is Katy Perry: Part of Me (rated PG), a backstage pass, front row seat, and intimate look at the real Katy Perry. Katy: “This movie is a journey. Last year, I had a year I’ll never be able to recreate. . . amazing highs and some big lows, but that’s life. Everyone goes through the good and the bad, but it makes you stronger. But no matter what, as with my live concerts, my ultimate goal with this movie is to make people smile.”
Are you a fan of Katy Perry’s music? Leave a Comment to let us know what you think.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Images courtesy Paramount Pictures
July 5, 2012
Girl Power Book List
Anita begged her parents to let her go to the local school as one of the only girl students. They finally agreed, but after 5 years, school fees became too expensive and they were not able to pay anymore. So at just 10 years old, Anita decided she would raise money for her own school fees by tutoring other students. A few years later, her family found themselves in debt, so Anita learned how to be a beekeeper to make more money! Now Anita is 20 years old and paying her own college tuition. She's training other girls to be beekeepers too, and now that her story has been broadcast across India, millions of girls are being inspired by Anita.
Being a girl of the world is not easy, and it's especially hard if you’re growing up in a developing nation. Girls can't give back to their communities if they can't become doctors, political leaders, business owners, artists, writers, television producers, engineers, architects, teachers, librarians, beekeepers. . . the list goes on and on. And most importantly, girls are people, too! They deserve the same opportunity for a good life as everybody else. Today's Kid Power post is about girls who overcame hardships and changed the world in their own way. Here are some books to inspire you to make a difference:
July 3, 2012
Twice Upon a Time: Beauty and the Beast, The Only One Who Didn't Run Away by Wendy Mass
If you like Wendy Mass's books, 11 Birthdays, Finally, and 13 Gifts, well, here is something a little different.
Beauty: "One of three things happens when someone hears my name for the first time. The worst is when they laugh. The second worst is when they start to laugh but quickly turn it into a cough so as not to appear rude. Lastly, if they are a halfway decent sort, they will squint at my face as though searching for some prettiness that perhaps they missed initially."
Beast: "I am about to poke the worm with my finger when BOOM! The furnace explodes with the loudest noise ever to ring through the castle, shattering most of the glass in the room and forming a furnace-shaped hole clear through the wall. Now THAT, Mother's going to notice."
So we have Beauty who isn't a beauty, and a prince-turned-beast who can't seem to do anything right. Beauty and the Beast each tell their own stories, so the audience gets a comic rendition of the classic fairy tale, and we see the times before Beauty meets the Beast.
From the very first sentence, you won't be able to put down Beauty and the Beast until you gobble up every last word! If you like your fairy tales with a twist see also the other books in the Twice Upon a Time series: Rapunzel, The One With All the Hair, and Sleeping Beauty, The One Who Took the Really Long Nap. Leave a Comment to tell us what you think!
—Elysse, STACKS Writer
July 3, 2012
What Type of Fruit Are You?
We have a new Personality Quiz today from DanielSurfing on the Reading Buzz Board. Your answers to these questions will reveal your fruit personality – because I know you have always wondered about that! Are you an apple, an orange, or maybe a kumquat? Answer these 3 questions and click here for the results.
- People would best describe you as:
a. funny, energetic, bright, zealous
b. kind, sweet, cheerer-upper, nice
c. plain, average, normal, hot-headed
d. knowledgeable, smart, sweet, energetic
- If you saw a bully picking on a smaller kid, what would you do?
a. Tell the bully to back off, or else.
b. Ask the kid if she/he is okay after the bully picks on him/her.
c. Watch. As much as you want to help, that bully will just take care of you as well.
d. Go and tell an adult and/or higher authority.
- The food you are most like is:
a. hot fudge sundae
b. vanilla cupcake
c. vanilla ice cream
d. Rocky Road ice cream
Thanks, DanielSurfing! This is an awesome quiz!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
July 2, 2012
Today’s Writing Prompt comes from DarkAngel314 on the Save the Planet Message Board.
Why do you love planet Earth?
There are some beautiful responses like this one from DolphinAqua944.
I love the earth because of all the cool and exotic animals and awesome places.
And this one from ApolloJunior2.
It gives us a place to live. It gives us all kinds of things to learn about. It gives us all kinds of beautiful things to look at. It gives us natural resources. It gives us land to build on and much more, and we never give back to the earth. That’s why I love the earth!
What about you? Why do YOU love the Earth? Tell us in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer