All good things must come to an end. This will be the final chapter of the STACKS Creative Writing Team’s first story “The Runaway.” A big thank you to all who contributed! Also, make sure to tune in next week, as we start a new spooky story together. It will be based on Jennifer Stone’s awesome writing prompt!
The United Nations Children’s Fund (a.k.a. UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries to improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. Their goal is for ZERO children to die from preventable causes and every child to have a safe and healthy childhood. This year, Laura Marano, star of Austin and Ally, has been named the 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador. Every year since 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has helped provide medicine, nutrition, and clean water to children around the world.
You know the STACKS is all about Kid Power so we love this story about a celebrity helping to make the world a better place. Read what Laura has to say about the experience.
Q: Why did you get involved with UNICEF?
Laura: I have always wanted to be a part of a philanthropic organization that helps people around the world, and let’s be honest, UNICEF is one of the most amazing organizations to do just that! I have heard about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF since I’ve been a little girl, and I think it’s extremely important to give back. The amazing thing about Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF is that it not only helps kids all over the world who are not as fortunate as we are here, but it also provides a fun, easy way for kids here to get involved and give back. What person wouldn’t want to be involved with such an awesome campaign? I’m so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate.
Q: Why should kids take part in the UNICEF Trick-or-Treat program?
Laura: Through Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF, kids can raise money for other children, and help them get food, clean water, education, supplies, and so much more. Plus, it’s also super fun and easy to do!
Q: Any story or experience with UNICEF that has touched your heart?
Laura: I have learned so many things from UNICEF that have truly broken my heart. I found out that in certain countries, there are children who do not have birth certificates. This fact basically means they do not exist in those countries. That hit me so hard — to not exist in your own country. Also, everything that has been happening in Syria is so upsetting. There are over 3 million children who are being affected by violence and who are not being heard. That’s where UNICEF steps in. Truthfully, that’s why I love working with UNICEF. Their whole aim is to not only make sure every child around the world is healthy, but to also give them an opportunity to have a voice.
Bullying is no laughing matter. Everyone has been bullied or teased, but bullying is wrong and does not have to happen. It hurts everyone who is involved. It is important to think about the consequences of being a bully, witness, or a victim. Together, we can take a stand to stop bullying in schools everywhere. Take this quiz and see how you would handle these different bullying scenarios! Then click here for ways to deal with bullies. Continue reading
If you’re scared of going to the doctor, then this doc will really scare you! Dr. Maniac is one doc you’ll surely never want to visit! He’s one of the Goosebumps Most Wanted—and not for his bedside manner. Dr. Maniac is an evil genius that will leave you even sicker than when you arrived. He’s positively insane and he’s on the loose. It’s time to catch him, undead or alive!
JUST FOR INK SPLOT 26 READERS! Read an exclusive preview of the new Goosebumps Most Wanted: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now. We dare you!
With Halloween creeping up around the corner, we thought we’d summon up the spirit of spookiness by turning to the master of spookiness himself, R. L. Stine. We love his sinister site on the STACKS, so all the answers to this Scavenger Hunt can be uncovered on the Goosebumps site. Ready? Dare ya!
1. Fill in the blanks: Night of the Living _______ and Say Cheese and ____ are two of R. L. Stine’s best-known titles.
2. How long does it take R. L. Stine to write a Goosebumps book? Hint: search under “Books & Audio” and “R. L. Stine.”
3. The HorrorLand series is set in a creepy _____________.
4. What does R. L. Stine give out at Halloween in addition to candy? Hint: read the R. L. Stine Q&A!
5. Play the Ghost Hotel game. How many ghosts did you get before time ran out?
6. Name your favorite episode from the Goosebumps TV show.
7. What’s the newest Goosebumps book out? Hint: There will be a Sneak Peek in Ink Splot 26 on Wednesday!
8. Watch “The Ghost Next Door” trailer clip in the TV/DVD section. (Click on the fuzzy TV screen). What happens at the very last moment?
Now scavenge through the Goosebumps site and leave your answers in the Comments below. Click here for the alarming answers!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
- She likes October because she was born in that month and she has a sweet tooth for candy, chocolates, and cookies.
- Her hobbies include acting, drawing, writing stories, riding her bike, and roller skating!
- She daydreams a lot, and hopes to one day become a teacher.
- Dreamtimepink9 loves reading adventure books, comic books, fantasy, and mysteries!
Her Book Suggestions:
Her Dream Halloween Costume: Fairy or Mermaid!
–Amanda, STACKS Intern
Ready for a fang-tastic Halloween? Whether you like to get the chills for Halloween . . . or just chill out, get in the mood by checking out this year’s wicked Halloween TV specials. Just so you know, the scarier ones are rated PG, so don’t watch those without your parents! Read on – if you dare.
Let’s start off the scary with Disney Channel’s “Monstober.” A few of the highlights:
A new series, which I am totally psyched for, Wolfblood (rated TV-PG)(every Tues/Wed/Thurs 8pm in October) about a high school teenage werewolf!
A new Jessie (October 5) has Jessie starting to see ghosts, and Emma and Luke taken over by spirits.
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (October 5) has Spidey and his friends attacked by evil vampires, led by Dracula.
Good Luck, Charlie and Liv & Maddie have new Halloween episodes (October 6). Shake It Up has CeCe and Rocky decide they’re too old for trick-or-treating, so they have a “Mature-o’ween” with more adult activities, such as knitting and watching tear-jerking movies. Let’s just say that doesn’t go so well, and they get back on track!
If you miss anything, there’s a marathon on October 31 from 4-10pm.
Looking for a nightmare on Nickelodeon? It all starts with their spooky new series Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG)(Thursdays). Based on the popular book series, a bewitching babysitter reads kids bedtime tales that take a turn for terror. One episode features an antique mirror that makes your deepest wishes become your worst nightmare. Another one tells of an overnight camping trip where all the campers start disappearing one by one.
Sam & Cat (October 19) has the girls hired to babysit a doll . . . with creepy results.
The Haunted Hathaways (October 19) have a haunted Halloween party.
On the cartoon side, there’s SpongeBob SCAREPants (October 14) where SpongeBob and Patrick go to a horror film, only to be stalked by the villain.
And top your treats with a Fairly OddParents special (October 19) and Monster High: 13 Wishes movie premiere (October 25)
Woody and Buzz are back in Toy Story of Terror! (October 25). What starts out as a fun road trip for the toys turns terrifying when the trip detours to a roadside motel. Toys start disappearing, and the gang has to figure out what’s going on before they all suffer the same fate. If you miss it, it’ll be on Disney Channel too (October 25).
Need more chills? This year The Hub once again transforms into . . . The Haunted Hub. Look for the new cartoon series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (October 12) starring Ashley Tisdale as a half witch, half human. She goes to high school by day and sorcery school by night.
R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (rated TV-PG)(October 12) also returns with episodes “Séance” bringing the dead back to life, and “Detention” where strange things happen to kids in school detention. New episodes all month!
Also Spooksville (rated TV-PG)(October 26) is a new series based on morbidly marvelous author Christopher Pike’s books. The new kid in town discovers he plays a part in the battle between good and evil, in the town’s supernatural occurrences.
AND – this is pretty cool – The Hub is having their first ever Halloween Bash Costume Contest (October 26). It’s kind of like Miss America, except with Halloween costumes!
October 19-31 is officially “The 13 Nights of Halloween” with movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG), Teen Wolf (rated PG), Beetlejuice (rated PG), Scooby Doo/Scooby Doo 2 (rated PG).
Also specials like The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hallow and Dr. Seuss’ Halloween Is Grinch Night (both October 27).
Whew! And that’s a bag full of treats. Let us know what you’ll be watching. Happy Haunting!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
Did you watch the first episode of Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) last night? What did you think? If you liked it, then you’ll like this interview with Jennifer Stone. She plays the cool, funny babysitter on the show who reads the kids those scary stories. Wouldn’t you love to have an awesome babysitter like her? Be sure to read to the end of the interview because Jennifer has a scary story starter for YOU to complete in the Comments.
Q: What is Deadtime Stories about?
Jennifer: Deadtime Stories is a show based on the tales from the book series by Annette and Gina Cascone. Each week, the babysitter invites the kids and the audience to venture into a new hair-raising tale.
Q: Which do you think is the scariest episode?
Jennifer: I don’t know about the scariest, but I love “The Beast of Baskerville.” A group of kids have a camp-out in Baskerville and discover that the legends about a half-human beast with horns and hooves may be true! [You can watch this episode on October 10.]
Q: What are your Halloween plans this year?
Jennifer: I’m not sure about plans yet, but I am thinking about being Marlene Dietrich [a glamorous film star from the 1930s and 40s].
Q: What is your best or funniest/most embarrassing Halloween memory?
Jennifer: When I was younger, I was scared out of my wits while trick-or-treating by someone I thought was a scarecrow decoration — until they moved! I’ve never looked at scarecrows the same since! [OMG! It's just like those creepy scarecrows in the "Invasion of the Appleheads" episode!]
Q: If you were going to write a scary story, what would be the first line?
Jennifer: There was a sense of unease throughout the city streets that night . . .
Oooh. . . .what is going to happen next? Write the next line of the story in the Comments. Let’s write a scary story to make Jennifer Stone proud!
Nicholas Brocklebank is a remarkable 10-year-old New Zealand boy living with muscular dystrophy. A couple of years ago, he started making his own handwritten, photocopied cookbooks, which he sold to family and friends as his own personal fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Then, after a catastrophic earthquake, he made another one which he sold to raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Fund.
It might have stopped there, but Nic is the child of a Scholastic New Zealand employee, and once Scholastic knew about his project, the company decided to create a “real” cookbook of some of his selected recipes to help to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (Both Nic and Scholastic NZ are donating 50% of royalties to the charity.) The first week after publication, it hit the #3 spot on the New Zealand Children’s Books list.
If Nic can do it, you can too. Pick something that inspires you, and use it to make a difference! Leave your ideas in the Comments for how YOU can make the world a better place. I can’t wait to hear how STACKers are going to change the world.
–Sonja, STACKS Staffer
After Morton’s mother dies, his father decides to take a job as an astronomer and make a new start in a town called Dimvale. Morton is less than excited about the move, (which includes sixteen-year-old Melissa and thirteen-year-old James), but his mood quickly turns around once he sees their new home. To Melissa’s dismay, the house is “ghastly, creepy, and almost certainly haunted. In fact, it’s like something right out of that horrid comic you read all the time.” Little did she know how right she would be.
The mansion’s previous owner mysteriously disappeared and was presumed dead. The children don’t think much of it until weird things start happening. It begins with finding a statue of a gargoyle. Then Morton’s beloved toys based on his Scare Scape comics come to life. Melissa gets a bigger and infinitely deeper closet. James undergoes a strange transformation, and no one can figure out why all of this is happening! Lastly, they discover that the former owner of the house is Scare Scape illustrator John King. After a few days living in this house, the siblings believe that maybe he wasn’t so crazy after all . . .
If you want to see how Morton and his family and friends deal with this creepy infestation, read this book! This chilling and thrilling tale is a fun read for those who love comic books and adventure! Read a sample chapter!
—Elysse, STACKS Writer