Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 17, 2012

Goosebumps Create a Caption

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20logoGoosebumps Create a Caption

He’s the evil puppet everyone loves to hate! Slappy has been scaring readers since the release Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy in 1993. With his painted-on grin and beat up bow-tie, Slappy looks like an ordinary ventriloquist dummy. But looks can be very deceiving. This trouble-making block of wood is anything but dumb! He’s a walking, talking, trash-talking terror!


Leave a Comment with your caption for this menacing Slappy pic! Click here for another Goosebumps Create a Caption.

–Amabel, Scholastic Media

October 16, 2012

What Monster Are You? Personality Quiz

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HalloweenPersonality Quiz: What Kind of Monster Are You?

  1. You prefer to sleep in . . . 
    A) coffin  B) woods C) cemetery D) faraway galaxy E) underground sewer
  2. Who is your favorite TV monster? 
    A) Dracula B) Wolf Man C) The Mummy  D) Gallaxhar from Monsters vs. Aliens  E) The Blob
  3. You like your food to be . . .
    A) red  B) raw C) brainy D) metallic E) slimy
  4. People are freaked out by your obsession with . . .
    A) bats  B) transforming into a savage animal C) sucking out souls D) taking over the Earth E) disgusting slime
  5. Your teacher gets annoyed with you because . . .
    A) You never come to school on sunny days. B) You’re always itching behind your ears and howling out the window.  C) Sometimes when you raise your hand in class, your arm falls off.  D) You talk on your “communicator” to get in touch with the mother ship. E) You turn your homework in with goo all over it.
  6. Pick a place to relax and just be monstrous. . .
    A) dark, cozy room  B) enchanted forest C) cemetery D) on top of the roof of a very tall building  E) swamp
  7. If you could have dinner with anyone, whom would you choose?
    A) Count Dracula  B) shape shifter  C) dementor from Harry Potter D) Darth Maul E) The Swamp Thing
  8. What would you do on a date with your monster crush? 
    A) Go on a Haunted Hayride at Halloween. B) Stroll on the beach under the moonlight. C) Wander around aimlessly and see where you end up. D) Have a video game marathon. E) Enter a hot dog eating contest.
  9. Which best describes your personal hygiene?
    A) You don’t care about anything except brushing your teeth. B) You have long teeth and long nails. C) You always look like you just rolled out of bed. D) It is out of this world. You shower constantly. E) Hygiene? What’s hygiene?
  10. Your favorite monster book is . . .
    A) My Sister the Vampire by Sienna Mercer  B) Poison Apple: Midnight Howl by Clare Hutton  C) Goosebumps Hall of Horrors: Why I Quit Zombie School by R.L. Stine  D) I Was a Sixth Grade Alien by Bruce Coville  E) Goosebumps: The Blob that Ate Everyone by R.L. Stine

Leave your answers in the Comments and then click here to find out your results!

— Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 15, 2012

Embarrassing Writing Prompt

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Writing_prompt_bananaEmbarrassing Writing Prompt

Are you ready to bare all your secrets? Or at least your most embarrassing moment? Today’s Write On Writing Prompt comes to us from Shannon and she wants to know:

Think of the most embarrassing/silliest thing you have ever done in your lifetime. Would you change it or leave it be? Why or why not? (Make sure the event in your life is not inappropriate! Have fun writing!)

I remember once when I was in middle school, I was trying to impress my crush while dancing (what I thought was) cool at a school dance. I wiped out and fell on the floor right in front of him! I don’t think I would change it though, because I was having a great time dancing with my friends. Even though it never did work out with my crush . . .

Let us know your most embarrassing or silliest moments in the Comments below. And to read more ambrrassing stories, check out the Middle School Survival Hall of Shame. Misery loves company!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 12, 2012

J.K. Rowling Harry Potter Webcast

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Jkr_130J.K. Rowling Webcast: Beyond the Page

Thursday, October 11, 2012. It’s noon at the STACKS office. STACKS Staffer Karen is proudly wearing her Hufflepuff pin, and we have cupcakes because this is a party! Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling will be speaking live from Scotland, and I am hoping, hoping, hoping that she will talk about what book she is writing next.

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October 10, 2012

Goosebumps Most Wanted New Series

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20logoGoosebumps Most Wanted New Series

Think you’re ready for Goosebumps Most Wanted, the most recent series from fright-master R.L. Stine? Well, you’d better be because the paranormal hooligans in these books are on the loose and out to get you! The creepiest, most disgusting, evil favorites from Goosebumps are all here. And they’re up to no good. Nothing is safe!

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October 9, 2012

Your Age in Book Years

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Trivia_quiz1Your Age in Book Years

You know how dogs’ ages are different in dog years than in human years? Supposedly, 1 year of human life equals 7 years of dog life. So a 6-year-old dog is really like a 42-year-old human! Well I was wondering if that applies to other things too. . . like those of us who read a lot.

If you read a lot of books, does that make you age differently? Get a pencil and paper, and take this fun (strictly non-scientific) quiz to find out your age in book years.

  • How many books do usually you read per week?
  • Multiply this number by 2.
  • Add 5.
  • Multiply it by 50.
  • If you have already had your birthday this year, add 1762.
    If you haven’t, add 1761.
  • Now subtract the 4-digit year that you were born.

The total number you get is your age in book years, but notice the cool part. The first digit of this number is your reading number (how many books you read per week).
The last 2 numbers are YOUR HUMAN AGE!

Cool, right? Leave a Comment telling us your age in book years!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 8, 2012

Goosebumps You Know You’re Obsessed When

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Goosebumps_tvYou know you’re obsessed with Goosebumps when. . . 

You don’t even have to open a Goosebumps book to know that it’s going to be scary. The cover of You Can’t Scare Me creeps me out so much I don’t want to read it! You can expect a twist and turn on every page of a Goosebumps book, but if you are a real Goosebumps fan, there are certain tell-tale signs that you share with other people who live and breathe the horror-filled world of Goosebumps.

You know you’re a truly obsessed fan of Goosebumps when . . .

  • you won’t buy a Halloween mask because you are afraid it won’t come off once you put it on.
  • if anything strange happens during play rehearsal, you automatically blame it on the new boy in town.
  • vacation to Egypt is totally out of the question; no way you’re going ANYWHERE near mummies!
  • on the full moon, you look for signs that your new friend might be a werewolf.
  • you won’t go near dummies or dolls because you’re afraid they’ll come to life!!!
  • it seems quite possible that your boarding school is hiding aliens.
  • you are SURE the plants in the backyard are talking to you.
  • you know better than to mess with a cuckoo clock.
  • the words “Yohhhhhhh Spirits!” send shivers up your spine.

So, are you obsessed with Goosebumps? Tell us how you recognize another Goosebumps fan in the Comments below!!!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

October 5, 2012

2012 Halloween TV Specials

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Halloween2012 Halloween TV Specials!

Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Tell me what is on TV!! Are you ready for a spooktacular Halloween? What better way to get your BOO on than some of your favorite Halloween TV specials? Whether you’re in the mood for a Disney demon, Nickelodeon nightmare, a haunted Hub, or old school Halloween fare, there’s something for everyone! Check out this list of Halloween TV shows.

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October 4, 2012

Bullying Prevention Month

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Make_a_differenceHow to Deal With Bullies

October is Bullying Prevention Month and we care a lot about preventing bullying. I know every school has its groups and some kids don't fit in. Maybe they look different or act different, but NOBODY deserves to be bullied. If bullying is a problem in your school, you can make a difference. Don't let anyone be bullied, no matter who they are or how different they are from you. 

Here are some tips for how you can prevent bullying in your school.

If you see someone being bullied . . .

  • Look the bully in eyes and say, "Stop. That's not cool."
  • Tell an adult. It is not tattling; it is protecting someone who is getting hurt. Also, kids are more likely to bully others if no one speaks out. As long as you're quiet about it, they can keep doing it. 
  • Be a good friend to the person being bullied. Go out of your way to be nice.
  • Stick together with all the different kinds of people in your school, and stand up to bullies! Make your school a place where everyone belongs.

If you are being bullied yourself. . .

  • Ignore the bully. Walk away. Don't give them the attention they want. This works for online bullies too. Avoid online drama! Walk away from the computer and don't reply.
  • Stick together with the nice people in your school. Bullies feel stronger when they find you alone.
  • Remember that you have rights. You have the right to feel safe and protected. It's the law and no one is allowed to take that away from you. If you don't feel safe at school, tell an adult.
  • Remember to be your own awesome self! Bullies want to make you feel bad about who you are, but don't let them! Be strong in your inner awesomeness.
  • Tell an adult. Even if there is nothing they can do, it helps to tell someone how you feel. You do not have to suffer alone. You might feel ashamed about being bullied or even think it's your fault somehow. Trust me – it isn't. Don't let that stop you from telling an adult. Bullies want you to keep quiet so they can keep bullying you. Don't give them that silence. Speak up for yourself.

When all else fails, read a book! Lots of book characters have faced bullies, and you can learn from their experiences.

  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick 
    All Max's life, he'd been called stupid. Slow. So Max learned how to be alone . . . at least until Freak came along. Freak was weird, too. Together Max and Freak were no longer "special ed kids." They had each other, and together they were unstoppable. Together they were Freak the Mighty.
  • Medusa Jones by Ross Collins
    In ancient Greece lived a little girl called Medusa Jones. Medusa was a Gorgon, but apart from that, pretty normal. So she has snakes for hair instead of gorgeous blond ringlets like Cassandra. Is that any reason for the popular kids to be SO mean? 
  • Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
    Entering 7th grade is no big deal for Marley Sandelski, but when he draws the attention of the biggest bully in school, his life has officially moved from boring to far too dramatic. 

If you have a problem with bullies in your school, try these tips and leave a Comment to let me know how it goes. Also if you have any others tips for how to prevent bullying, let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer