Author Archives: Brian K.

July 10, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries Meeting 2

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Dork Diaries is really starting to heat up! There’s romance, adventure, and little sisters that are afraid of fairies. I hope you’re loving this book as much as I am, because I just can’t get enough of it. I hope all you Ink Splotters are in the mood to talk Dork Diaries because it’s time for another Book Club meeting! If you missed Meeting 1, it’s not too late to catch up.

Now, without any further ado, here are this week’s office Book Club meeting discussion questions!Dork Diaries Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life

  • What did you think about Nikki’s invention, the faux cell phone thingy?
  • Do you think Nikki should run away with Chloe and Zoey for National Library Week?
  • Would you rather have performed a ballet routine or Nikki’s dance to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson?
  • I love how Nikki describes stomach butterflies as “Roller-Coaster Syndrome.” Have you ever experienced this before?
  • I was so worried when Nikki was trapped in MacKenzie’s bathroom. Did you think she’d get caught?
  • What do you think of Brianna’s irrational fear of fairies? Do you have any irrational fears?

Feel free to answer any or all of these questions or post your own questions in the Comments below! Also be sure to finish Dork Diaries and click here for the final meeting about this awesome book!

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

July 3, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries Meeting 1

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What a fantastic start to the STACKS Book Club. I’m absolutely in love with Dork Diaries and I’m having trouble putting down the book to even write this meeting post. I completely feel like I’m in school with Nikki and I think the drawings perfectly complement the story.

So now, without further ado, I give you the official discussion questions for our first meeting!Dork Diaries Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life

  • What do you think of Nikki?
  • Do you like the style of the book, with lots of pictures to go with the stories?
  • How does MacKenzie stack up against other famous literary villains?
  • It looks like Nikki has a big crush on Brandon. Where do you see their relationship going?
  • What do you predict will happen with Nikki in the annual art show?
  • Nikki must have been so embarrassed after the incident in the lunch room. Have you ever had an embarrassing moment like that?

Feel free to answer any or all of these questions or post your own questions in the Comments below! Also be sure to read up to the September 29th entry and check back for next week’s Book Club meeting!
image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

June 27, 2013

STACKS Creative Writing Team

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novelSTACKS Creative Writing Team

Writing stories is my favorite pastime. I love building my own fictional world, filling it with characters I want to be best friends with, and then creating the most sinister villain for my hero to defeat.

But, why write a story alone, when you can write it with friends! So, I’d like to invite you to join the STACKS Creative Writing Team. This week, I’m posting the first chapter of an original story. After reading this chapter, write what you think will happen next. Include characters of your own and take the story in whatever direction you want. Then, go to The Runaway Chapter 2 thread on the Fan Fiction Message Board and submit your chapter.

Every two weeks, I’ll check the message board thread and incorporate as many of your ideas as possible into one brand new chapter and post it here! Then repeat the steps and submit your next
chapter, and by the end, we’ll have a brand new story!

Now, here’s Chapter 1!

The Runaway

Emily was always a shy girl. Her voice was easily drowned out by the grind of a pencil sharpener. When a teacher asked a question in class, Emily was lost in the sea of raised hands and rarely answered a question. But, she was comfortable not being the most noticeable girl at Beatrice
Vandersloot’s School for Girls.

After a long day at school, she would meet up with her best friend, Penny, in the schoolyard and walk home. Penny was the type of girl who could bounce from wall to wall all day long. Emily was convinced Penny’s black, curly hair matched the springs that Penny kept hidden in her shoes. Penny lived in the apartment next door to Emily and they’d walk home through the big city

Penny was perfect at picking Emily up when she had a rough day, but not even Penny could protect Emily from the school bully. Big Roscoe wore a threatening leather jacket to school each day and her favorite pastime was picking girls up by their feet and dangling them until their lunch money fell out.

Emily had dangled by her feet more times than she cared to remember. So on this day when Big Roscoe took Emily by her sneakers and began to shake her for loose change, Emily was surprised that she began to cry. She was so embarrassed and sad that she ran away. She ran past Penny, out of the school yard, and down city block after city block. She ran until her lungs burned and she felt she couldn’t run anymore.

She stopped and sat on a marble base under a massive iron horse statue. The shade felt nice after her long run and she began to wipe away tears. But then she felt something strange, like someone was watching her. She turned to her left and discovered she was now face to face with the horse statue.

“Why hello, dear,” said the statue. “What’s wrong?”

Want to find out what happens next? Read ahead to Chapter 2!

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

June 26, 2013

STACKS Book Club: Dork Diaries

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Reading is best when shared. While it might be difficult to physically share a book with your best friend, one of my favorite parts about reading is sharing my thoughts about characters with my friends. I love to debate with my friends about alternate ways a story could have ended and discuss out favorite fictional romances.

So, in the spirit of keeping these lively book debates flowing, I’m proud to introduce the STACKS Book Club! This Book Club will meet in the form of weekly posts right here on Ink Splot 26. We will choose a book to read together and then meet back here to discuss our thoughts of the chapters, our favorite characters, and what we think is in store for our heroes. Then, when we finish a book, we’ll choose another and start all over again!Dork Diaries Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life

For our inaugural meeting of the STACKS Book Club,
I’ve chosen Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell as the first book for us to collectively read
together. This novel is written in the style of a diary and follows Nikki Maxwell as she struggles to fit in at her new middle school, Westchester Country Day. Nikki isn’t the most popular girl in school and this problem is only made worse when she makes an enemy out of MacKenzie Hollister, the most popular girl in school. To make matters worse, MacKenzie is Nikki’s biggest competition in the annual school art show.

So, grab your copy of Dork Diaries and start reading! Since this book is broken up into diary entries rather than chapters, our first meeting will discuss all entries up to September 19th! Happy reading!

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

June 5, 2012

Would You Rather: Summer Vacation

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Summer Vacation Would You Rather Game

There’s nothing I love more than summer vacation! The beautiful weather is the perfect excuse to spend days at the beach and nights sitting around a campfire. There are so many ways to spend a summer’s day, sometimes I don’t know what to do with my time. In case you’re having trouble with ideas for how to spend your summer, I posted some suggestions below in the form of my favorite game. So here’s the question you’ve all been waiting for.

This summer, would you rather . . .

  1. Learn to ride a unicycle OR ride a dolphin?
  2. Travel in Ron’s flying car OR travel on the Hogwarts Express?
  3. Spend a week camping in the woods OR spend a week at the beach?
  4. Invent a board game OR invent a new sport?
  5. Adopt a pet from an animal shelter OR discover a new species?
  6. Adventure in the Amazon jungle OR travel across the Sahara Desert?
  7. Build a space robot OR construct a rocket ship?
  8. Become a Hollywood actor OR become a star on Broadway?
  9. Become a super hero and save a city OR become an evil villain and conquer the world?
  10. Write an epic novel OR have an epic novel written about you?

Post your answers in the Comments below and have a happy end to your school year!

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

May 1, 2012

Would You Rather Quiz

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WouldYouRatherLife is full of important questions. Like why is the sky blue? What came first, the chicken or the egg? Where’s Waldo? But now it’s time for the most important question of them all: Would You Rather? Yes, it’s that time again when Ink Splot 26 pushes you to your creative limits and forces you to make some tough decisions. So without further ado, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for!

Would you rather . . .

  1. Fly on the back of a griffin OR swim in the ocean with a sea monster?
  2. Learn how to cast spells OR learn how to brew potions?
  3. Travel around the world in a hot air balloon OR sail the seven seas in a boat?
  4. Star on a TV show OR become a pop star?
  5. Go hiking in the Amazon jungle OR spend the day on the beach in the Caribbean?
  6. Fight a hoard of pirates OR battle a band of ninjas?
  7. Travel to the moon OR journey to the center of Earth?
  8. Travel across America on a bike OR ride across the 50 states on horseback?
  9. Play in a rock band OR perform a symphony in an orchestra?
  10. Read a new book every day for a year OR write a new book every day for a year?

Post your answers in the Comments below. Good luck making these tough decisions!

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

April 17, 2012

Titanic Trivia Quiz Answered!

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TitanicTitanic Trivia Quiz Answered!

Last Tuesday, I brought you a Titanic Quiz, and now here are the answers! If you're interested in learning more about the Titanic, check out Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson, the ultimate guide to one of the world's greatest sea vessels and its tragic sinking. If that's still not enough, check out this collection of Titanic books for more reading. But for now, read on for the answers to last week's quiz!

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April 17, 2012

Book Title Mashup

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Trivia_quiz2I have so many favorite books, sometimes it's hard to choose which one to read! I wish I could throw my favorite stories into a blender, and mix them into one amazing, new tale. Well, for this week's trivia quiz, I did just that.

Here's how we play. Below are the names of 10 books. However, these aren't titles you are used to seeing. Instead, I combined two book titles together, and it's your job to determine the two book titles!

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April 10, 2012

Titanic Trivia Quiz

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TitanicTitanic Trivia Quiz

The RMS Titanic, the unsinkable ship. April 15 will mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage. The largest ship to sail the seas at that time, the cruise liner's first ever trip across the Atlantic Ocean was met with tragedy when the boat struck an iceberg, and sank. To commemorate the anniversary of that tragic night, we bring you a Titanic-themed quiz on this Trivia Tuesday.  The Titanic facts here will give you some of the answers, but that's your only hint!

  1. What was the starting price for a first-class ticket on the Titanic?
    A) $3,550
    B) $4,350
    C) $5,250
  2. What was the starting price for a third-class ticket on the Titanic?
    A) $35
    B) $40
    C) $45
  3. How many lifeboats did the Titanic have?
    A) 10
    B) 15
    C) 20
  4. What was the temperature of the water when the Titanic sank?
    A) 28°F
    B) 30°F
    C) 32°F
  5. How long was the Titanic?
    A) 800 feet
    B) 882.5 feet
    C) 950 feet
  6. Who was the captain of the Titanic?
    A) Edward Smith
    B) Brendon Brown
    C) Seymour Carroll
  7. How many passengers could the Titanic accommodate?
    A) 1,998
    B) 2,107
    C) 2,566
  8. What day did the Titanic leave on its maiden voyage?
    A) April 9
    B) April 10
    C) April 11
  9. How long did it take the Titanic to sink?
    A) 2 hours, 40 minutes
    B) 3 hours, 5 minutes
    C) 4 hours, 10 minutes

Post your answers in the Comments below and then check your answers!

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