Author Archives: Amanda

August 26, 2015

Bad Kitty Readalikes

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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

July 13, 2015

Quark Dog Create a Caption

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Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for Quark the Dog!

Quark sure is one excited golden retriever! I think he is in his kitchen trying to beg for some crispy bacon!

Quark Golden Retriever Dog

Here is my caption: “Bacon, bacon, I smell bacon. There’s only one thing that smells like bacon, and that’s BACON!”

What do YOU think Quark would be saying if he could talk? Write your own caption in the Comments!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

February 16, 2015

Largest Drum Set

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Create a Caption: Guinness World Record

Drum roll please! These guys are playing the world’s largest drum set! I wonder what song they are playing. If you could create a caption for the picture what do you think these drummers would be saying?

World's largest Drum set

Photo Credit: Richard Bradbury/Guinness World Records

Here’s my caption: “Can somebody please get the ladder again? My solo is coming up and I need to reach the highest symbol!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!

Amanda, STACKS Intern


January 15, 2015

Teens for Jeans

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Kids Collect Jeans for Teens!Teen for Jeans

Over 1.5 million teens and children are homeless. One of the items they need most is a pair of jeans. YOU can make a difference by helping to clothe homeless youth.

Teens for Jeans is a campaign to help get YOU involved!

  • WHAT: Jeans. Check your closet for jeans that don’t fit you anymore. Run a drive at your school, place of worship, or local community center to collect as many pairs of jeans as you can!
  • WHERE: Drop off all pairs at your local Aéropostale or P.S. from Aéropostale clothing store.
  • WHEN: January 12th through February 16th, 2015

Make a difference!  This winter YOU can help collect jeans for kids and teens who really need them!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 11, 2014

Superpower Personality Quiz

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Personality Quiz: What Superpower Would You Have?


It can be fun to envision how different life would be if we each developed our own superpowers. At one point or another, you probably wished that you had supersonic speed or the ability to fly. I know I have! Dare to take this quiz and discover what epic superpower you would have.

  1. You can be described in one word as . . .  A) quiet. B) tough. C) sneaky.
  2. When you have extra time on the weekends, you . . . A) stay home and play video games. B) play sports and exercise. C) spend hours reading books and doing puzzles.
  3. Not that this would ever happen, but if you were late to school and got locked out, you would . . .  A) sit outside the front door until a teacher found you. B) kick the door or window open. C) sneak into the janitor’s shed and find the spare key.
  4. When someone makes fun of you at school, you wish you could . . . A) disappear. B) punch a wall. C) think of something smart to say back.
  5. You enjoy listening to . . .  A) cheery pop songs. B) loud rock music to get you PUMPED! C) nothing too noisy that could break your concentration.
  6. Your favorite game to play is . . . A) hide and seek. B) football. C) Monopoly.
  7. Your favorite subject in school is . . . A) Reading. B) Physical education. C) Math.

Ready for your results? Now for the moment of truth! Which superpower would you have?

If you answered mostly A’s:  You have the power of Invisibility!
In stressful situations you tend to want to disappear. You are quiet and timid. With the power of invisibility you could vanish in the blink of an eye! You could sneak out of places without people noticing, or play hilarious pranks on friends!

If you answered mostly B’s: You have Super Strength!
Being strong and powerful definitely has its advantages! You could perform outrageous tasks from opening tight jars and bottles to lifting cars and breaking blocks of stone!

If you answered mostly C’s: You have Mind Control!
With the ability to read and control people’s minds, life would be easy but also dangerous! You could persuade a teacher to give you a good grade, make your parents raise your weekly allowance, or basically do anything you wanted!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 10, 2014

Autumn Puppy Create a Caption

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Autumn Puppy Create a Caption
Is that a stuffed animal? No, it’s fluffy, little Charlie! It looks like he is having fun playing at the park. He is all ready for fall as his red fur matches the autumn leaves on the ground!

Charlie Puppy
Here’s my caption: “Okay I’m ready! I’m ready! Throw the Frisbee please! Oh . . .oh . . . There it goes! I can see it coming towards me! Wait a second . . . No, that’s just an autumn leaf falling from the tree!

Write YOUR own caption for this picture in the Comments!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

September 29, 2014

Fozzie Dog Writing Prompt

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Create a Caption for Fozzie Dog

How adorable is Fozzie? I think he looks like he is trying to talk his owner out of giving him a bath or a haircut.

What do YOU think he would say if he could talk? Write your own caption in the Comments!

Here’s my caption: Anything but a bath! I promise I’m not that dirty. Honestly. I only rolled around in the backyard a little bit! Aw, anything but that! I can lick myself clean instead. Watch!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

Fozzie Dog


August 4, 2014

Doggie Create a Caption

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Create a Caption for Fatboy

It looks like this is one doggie who really knows how to use his puppy dog eyes to his advantage! Who could say no to that face? I would just be giving him treat after treat after treat!

What do YOU think he is begging for? Write your own caption for Fatboy in the Comments!

Fatboy dog

Here’s my caption: “Oh! Oh! Can I pleeeasse sit on the couch? Billy is reading his Clifford books and I reaalllly want to look at the pictures!”

Amanda, STACKS Intern

July 29, 2014

Harry Potter Personality Quiz

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Harry Potter illustration  by Mary GrandPrePersonality Quiz: Which Harry Potter character are you?

Have you ever wished you could go to Hogwarts after reading one of J. K. Rowling’s books?! OK. Stupid question. OF COURSE YOU HAVE! Whether you’ve read the series or watched the movies, all the characters are so relatable that there always seems to be that one character you have a lot in common with.

Which Harry Potter character are you most like? Take this quiz and find out!

  1. While working on a group project you . . .  A) tend to get wrapped up in your own work and are quick to correct others. B) are very well organized and take your responsibilities very seriously. C) are the natural leader but take everyone’s thoughts and ideas into consideration. D) hate doing the work if it doesn’t involve you totally being in charge.
  2. Your favorite subject at school is . . .  A) Arithmancy (Mathematics). B) History of Magic (History). C) Defense Against the Dark Arts (English). D) Charms and Potions (Science).
  3. You notice that someone has left a bag in the corridor so you . . . A) give it to a professor. B) bring it to the main office hoping the person who lost it will look there first. C) try to figure out whose bag it is and return it. D) take it back to your room and rummage through it.
  4. You spend your time after school . . . A) reading and studying in the library. B) supervising  a group activity or club. C) playing on your school’s Quidditch (sports) team. D) challenging your friends to duels in the schoolyard.
  5. You usually come across to others as . . . A) intelligent and goal-oriented. B) responsible and reliable. C) brave and loyal. D) overly confident.
  6. Your tragic flaw is . . . A) sometimes acting like a know-it-all. B) judging others too harshly. C) getting too absorbed in your own personal pursuits. D) being conceited.

Ready for the moment of truth? Count up your answers and find out which Harry Potter character you are!

If you answered mostly A’s:  You are Hermione Granger!
Like Hermione, you are a smart, natural born thinker. You love problem solving and learning, and you tend to get caught up in your own studies.

If you answered mostly B’s: You are Minerva McGonagall!
Like Professor McGonagall, you are very well organized and always get the job done. People come to you to help solve their problems or give them advice. You have a very strong set of morals and always try to do the right thing.

If you answered mostly C’s: You are Harry Potter!
Like Harry, you are very easy to get along with. You are a loyal friend and are very independent. People look up to you and trust you to lead the way. You learn best by doing and taking things apart to figure them out.

If you answered mostly D’s: You are Draco Malfoy!
Like Malfoy, you are quick-thinking and adaptable. You are sometimes pessimistic, but you are also strategic and usually predict how things will play out. You are intuitive and very confident in yourself and your abilities.

PS. You are invited to celebrate Harry’s birthday with us at a live readathon on July 31. Happy birthday, Harry!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

Harry Potter illustration by Mary GrandPré

June 23, 2014

Dutchie the Puppy Create a Caption

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Create a Caption for Dutchie the Puppy!

Dutchie may look like a lovable, innocent little pup but don’t let that fool you! He may be adorable but he has a bad side too! Would you just look at those blankets? How can a doggy so small make such a huge mess?


What do you think Dutchie is saying? Write YOUR own caption in the Comments!

Amanda, STACKS Intern