Author Archives: Brian K.

December 4, 2013

Harry Potter Book Club

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StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The STACKS Book Club is back with a magical new book. This month, we’re reading J.K. Rowling’s classic tale of witchcraft and wizardry, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Whether you’re reading Harry for the first time or the hundredth time, this book about a boy who discovers he’s a wizard is one you just can’t put down!

So grab a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read the official discussion questions HP1_KKbelow, and then head to the Comments below to start chatting!

  • What would your reaction be if Hagrid arrived at your house and said that you were a wizard?
  • Would you be scared to run into the magical wall at Platform 9 ¾?
  • What house would the Sorting Hat place you in? When the Sorting Hat was on your head, what would it say to you before you were sorted?
  • If you joined your house Quidditch team, what position would you like to play?
  • What spell would you want to learn first at Hogwarts?
  • What would be your favorite class to take?

Post your answers in the Comments below and also ask your own questions to the STACKS Book Club!

–Brian, STACKS Staffer

November 20, 2013

STACKS Book Club BSC Meeting 2

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StacksBookClubThe Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey Meeting 2

Welcome back STACKS Book Club members to our second meeting devoted to the amazing Baby-sitters Club book, The Truth About Stacey. What a wild finish! Suspense, trickery, and above all, friendship! What did you think about the amazing ending? I know I loved it!

For those of you new to the STACKS Book Club, we’re always welcoming new members, so whether you joined the first BSC meeting or this is your first time, please join the conversation! Check out the discussion questions below and then head to the Comments to get talking! Continue reading

November 6, 2013

STACKS Book Club: BSC

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StacksBookClubThe Baby-sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey

The STACKS Book Club is back with a brand new book! For those of you who are new to the STACKS Book Club, each month we choose a new book to read together. Then, we talk about our favorite parts of the book right here on the Ink Splot 26 blog! We’re always welcoming new members, so whether you’ve joined previous meetings or this is your first time, please join the conversation!

This month we’re reading The Baby-sitters ClubThe Truth About Stacey in honor of National Diabetes Month. In this classic book, Stacey is diagnosed with diabetes and learns about the hardships that come with this disease. Meanwhile, Stacey and her friends face off against a rival group of baby-sitters! Continue reading

October 31, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: A Night of Fright Ch. 3

Posted by at 10:20 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

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Thank you to all the Stackers who have been submitting their chapters to the STACKS Creative Writing Team. It has been so much fun reading everyone’s submissions and receiving so much help in writing this spook-tacular Halloween story.

If you missed the beginning of this story, make sure to check out Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. And now, without further ado, here’s the big conclusion of “A Night of Fright.”


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October 31, 2013

Halloween Trivia Quiz Answers

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Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you are having an awesome day, and are getting ready for an even more awesome night of trick-or-treating. Last week’s Halloween Trivia Quiz was filled with ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. Are you an expert on Halloween spooks? Here are the answers . . .

  1. Jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland where people put candles in which hollowed-out food?  Answer: B) Turnips
  2. Which of the following is an alternate name for Halloween? Answer:  B) All Hallow’s Eve 
  3. What was the top-selling Halloween costume in 2011? Answer: A) Princess
  4. Legend says that people can become vampires by . . .  Answer: A) being bitten by a vampire.
  5. What animal do some people believe vampires can become? Answer: C) Bat
  6. What is the name of the doctor’s assistant who helped create Frankenstein’s monster? Answer: B) Igor
  7. What city is considered the most haunted in America? Answer: B) New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. According to J. K. Rowling, why do witches fly on brooms? Answer: C) They are easy to hide from Muggles.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

October 29, 2013

Trivia Tuesday: Halloween!

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Halloween Trivia Quiz

Boo! Did I scare you? It’s almost Halloween, so this week’s trivia quiz is littered with ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. But beware! This quiz is all about the spookiest parts of Halloween!

  1. Jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland where people put candles in which hollowed-out food? A) Apples B) Turnips C) Oranges
  2. Which of the following is an alternate name for Halloween? A) Night of the Walking Zombies B) All Hallow’s Eve C) Snap-Apple Night
  3. What was the top-selling Halloween costume in 2011? A) Princess B) Spiderman C) Witch
  4. Legend says that people can become vampires by . . . A) being bitten by a vampire. B) practicing sorcery. C) grave digging.
  5. What animal do some people believe vampires can become? A) Cat B) Owl C) Bat
  6. What is the name of the doctor’s assistant who helped create Frankenstein’s monster? A) Frank B) Igor C) Harry
  7. What city is considered the most haunted in America? A) San Francisco, California  B) New Orleans, Louisiana C) New York, New York
  8. According to J. K. Rowling, why do witches fly on brooms? A) They are easy to hide from Muggles. B) They are most comfortable to ride. C) They are the fastest to ride.

Post your answers in the Comments below and click here for the answers!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

October 24, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: A Night of Fright Ch.2

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A big thank you to all those who contributed to our latest story! Also, a special shout out to koalabearwhite16, aquahorse581, and dolphinadorable67, who all had parts of their submissions used in today’s post. Chapter 3 will be the final installment of our spooky story, so if you’d like to contribute to the ending, make sure to post your chapter on the Night of Fright: Chapter 2 thread.

If you missed the beginning, you can go read Chapter 1! And now, here’s Chapter 2!


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October 17, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: A Night of Fright

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Welcome to another meeting of the STACKS Creative Writing Team! For those Stackers who may be joining us for the first time, the STACKS Creative Writing Team collaborates to write original short stories right here on Ink Splot 26! I begin by posting the first chapter of a story here on the blog. Then, you head over to the Fan Fiction Message Board to submit your own version of where you think the story should go. Finally, check back next week to see if we used part of your story!

Our next story is a Halloween themed tale, inspired by Jennifer Stone’s Story Starter! Some Stackers have already submitted their stories in the Comments of that post, including some incredibly spooky tales from Olivia, Chloee, Jennifer, and Elle. They were so good, I decided to create my own story as well! Go grab a candy apple or a black cat and enjoy the beginning of our latest story, “A Night of Fright.” Then, submit your chapter on the Night of Fright message board thread. Enjoy!

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October 13, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team: The Runaway Chapter 6

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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!

If you missed any part of the story, check out Chapter 1Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, and Chapter 5. Then, when you’re all caught up, make sure to check out Chapter 6 below. Enjoy!

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September 25, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Meeting 2

Posted by at 12:00 pm in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Reads | Permalink

StacksBookClubSTACKS Book Club: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

So many laughs! So many doodles! What a great ending to Jeff Kinney’s hilarious book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. Did you enjoy the ending as much as I did? The second half of this book was filled with so much excitement, I can’t wait to discuss it with all of you.

If you missed the first discussion, you can see what we discussed in Meeting 1. And now, here are the official discussion questions for this week’s STACKS Book Club meeting.diarywk7_thirdwheel

  • What do you think of Greg’s crazy attempts at finding a date to the dance? My favorite was wearing his dad’s leather jacket to school. Which was your favorite?
  • How funny was Greg’s failed attempt at babysitting? Would you trust Greg to watch your little brother or sister?
  • What did you think when Abigail agreed to go to the dance with both Greg and Rowley?
  • Remember when Rowley thought he had chickenpox? What an awful way to start a night! Have you had a funnier story from a school dance?
  • What did you think of the gang’s wacky dinner at Corney’s?
  • Wasn’t the school dance such a bizarre time? What was your favorite part of the Valentine’s Day dance?

Feel free to answer any or all the questions in the Comments below, or pose your own questions to the STACKS Book Club. Also, if you love Diary of a Wimpy Kid, check out this amazing video with the author, Jeff Kinney! And if you are looking for more books like this, try our Wimpy Kid Readalikes.

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)