Author Archives: Carly M.

October 27, 2016

Book Review: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Found_130 Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I just FOUND the best fantasy series! It’s called Missing, and it’s by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the author of the Shadow Children series, Running Out of Time, and one of the authors of The 39 Clues series. I don’t want to give away the entire story, but if you like time travel, history, mystery, and action, then you’ll love this book.

At the start of Found, Angela DuPre, an airline worker, finds 36 abandoned children on a plane. The weird thing is, there are no adults, no pilots, and no one knows how the plane got there in the first place. Weird . . .

Meet Jonah and Chip 13 years later — they’re two of the surviving kids from plane. Both were adopted into wonderful families, and both strangely end up in the same town. Is this a coincidence or pre-determined fate? One may think it’s just some bizarre occurrence, but when Jonah and Chip both start receiving the same strange, unmarked letters, they begin seeing things that are unexplainable to the human eye. And then both end up at an adoption convention, along with the other 34 children from the mysterious flight! At this point, questions will be raised not only by Jonah and Chip, but the readers as well.

Found will leave you asking: what would happen if I were to go back in time and change one little event, or if I were to affect the actions of a prominent figure? How would that change the future? Would how we live today be any different if one person’s life were changed in any way?

— Carly M.

October 13, 2016

Create a Caption: Oh Brother!

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For those of you who have brothers or have friends with brothers, don’t brothers act like they are invincible? I don’t know about you, but ever since I was little, growing up with my older brother, he’s always been the take-charge type. Forget about what I wanted to do because it was either his way or the highway.

Even to this day, twenty-some years later, he still thinks like he’s some sort of almighty sibling, and I have the picture below to prove it!

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Since my brother thinks he’s so superior (HAHA) standing atop those rocks, fill in what you think he’s saying.

— Carly M.

October 6, 2016

Create A Caption Panda

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Oh, New York City . . . There is always so much to see! Whether it be the New York Public Library, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, a man dressed up in a panda suit, Columbus Circle, Wall Street, or Times Square, one’s eyes could never get bored. Hold it and back up . . . a man in a panda suit? Yep, that’s right! Such is everyday life in the city that never sleeps . . .

I know that when I spotted this spectacle, I was definitely thinking, “What in the world is a man doing dressed up in a panda suit in the middle of Times Square?!” I just wonder what he was thinking.

So it’s time to participate in: “What In The World Was That Guy/Panda Thinking?”

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Leave a comment with what you think goes in the thought bubble.

— Carly M.

October 5, 2016

Book Review: Deep and Dark and Dangerous

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Deep_and_dark_and_dangerous_130To get into the Halloween mood of October, one of the books I chose to read is Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn. Hahn’s book is definitely eerie. However, did it earn five stars? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

I don’t know about any of you, but cabins and camp sites have always freaked me out a little. They’re usually in the middle of nowhere with only a small town as the nearest outlet and are often surrounded by wooded areas. Every time I’ve been to a camp site or cabin, telling ghost stories is generally on the night’s agenda. So if you like ghost stories and mysteries, then you’ll like Deep and Dark and Dangerous.

Set in a small and quaint town in the northeast United States, Ali travels with her aunt and younger cousin to their long-deserted family cabin. Ali often wonders why her mother rarely mentions the cabin and why the family has not been back in so long. But against her mother’s orders, Ali decides to go, mainly just to get away from her controlling mom.

The cabin and lake seem pleasant at first and Ali is having a great time playing with her younger cousin, until a new girl, Sissy, shows up at the beach one day and claims Ali’s cousin for herself. Despite Ali’s happiness that her cousin has a new friend, Ali finds Sissy extremely cruel and disrespectful, not to mention strange as she just seems to appear out of nowhere.

The plot takes a strange and eerie turn as we find out more about Ali, her family, and Sissy. Once you’re finished reading story, you’ll definitely want to stay away from cabins and nearby lakes for a little while.

I give it 4.2 out of 5 stars.

—Carly M.

September 30, 2016

The Best Female Superheroes

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Ever since there have been novels, movies, and comic books, there have been superheroes — from Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey to Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or the comic book character, Superman, as written by Jerry Siegel. However, what do you notice from those examples? They are all male.

Well, here are my favorite female superheroes of all time.

She Ra, The Princess of Power
She Ra makes my list at number five because she is one of the very first female superheroes I was introduced to as a child. While fighting alongside her companion, He-Man, she possessed superhuman strength, amazing speed and agility, a healing touch, the ability to speak with animals telepathically, and a super awesome outfit as well.

Susan Richards, a.k.a. the Invisible Woman
If are familiar with Marvel Comics, then you know Susan Storm Richards, a.k.a. the Invisible Woman. This superhero ranks number four on the list because who wouldn’t want the ability to become invisible every once in a while?

Matilda Wormwood
As the main character in Roald Dahl’s book, Matilda, Matilda Wormwood comes in at number two not only due to her psychokinetic powers, but also because of her extreme intelligence. This 5-year-old not only knows how to read at a college level, but her powers help those in the path of the evil Miss Trunchbull.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is one of the first female superheroes to take the comic book industry by storm. Created by DC Comics in 1944, Wonder Woman was initially depicted as fighting the Axis military forces in WWII. Wonder Woman has the following powers: super strength and hearing, lightning-fast speed, flight, superior combat skills, animal empathy, regeneration, resistance to magic, immunity to illusions, hypnosis and mind control, and the ability to discern truth. With her cunning ability to fight the forces of evil and save the world from harm, Wonder Woman has risen to take her spot as the number one greatest female superhero of all time.

Who makes your list of favorite superheroines?

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

November 26, 2014

Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

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Pie Consume, inhale, gobble, wolf, chomp, devour, gorge, dine, munch. . . the list of words to describe eating goes on and on.  Thanksgiving is here, so get ready to salivate because I’m about to reveal my favorite Thanksgiving foods.

(Warning: Do not read this on an empty stomach.)

Food #1: Honey Butter Rolls
I can just smell the aroma now; that buttery scent wafting through the kitchen initiates the urge to start the feast otherwise known as the “Yum Yum” fest at my house.

Food #2: Herb-Infused Turkey
Rather than just throwing some salt and pepper on the turkey and sticking it in the oven for four hours, my mom’s method combines innovation and culinary excellence. She infuses her own mix of juices and herbs into the turkey with this really cool turkey injector. This result is a delectable moist and juicy turkey. Plus she leaves the skin on, which is irresistible!

Food #3: Fruit Compote
My family puts our own twist on traditional cranberry sauce. In addition to fresh cranberries, ours also includes baked apricots, roasted pecans, and caramelized pears. I’m guessing one tablespoon is probably around five hundred calories, but oh well.

Food #4: Dessert!
Honestly, does it really matter what kind of dessert it is? Though my family isn’t a huge fan of pie, we certainly make up for it with chocolate chip cookies, apple crisp, boxes of chocolates, and homemade biscotti.

After all those delicious foods, I’m really surprised we can even get out of our chairs without toppling over! And what’s even more shocking is the fact that the next day, we eat leftovers!

Tell us YOUR favorite Thanksgiving foods in the Comments! Happy Thanksgiving!

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

June 8, 2011

Hauntings and Heists (The Mysterious Four)

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Book_Cover A detective, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "one who is employed or engaged in detecting (determining the facts) lawbreakers or in getting information that is not readily or publicly accessible."

So, when you think of detectives, do the names Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys come to mind? While these notable figures are certainly some of the most well known crime-solvers in literature, the characters in Hauntings and Heists, Book #1 of The Mysterious Four series by Dan Poblocki, can be called detectives in their own right.

In this book, you'll meet Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow, the members of the Mysterious Four group, as they try to solve various unknowns and mysteries in six questions or less. And if you're thinking, how are these four middle schoolers solving crimes in six questions or less? Not to worry because these "mysteries" are really stepping stones to becoming superb detectives. The characters focus on finding all of the facts, observing their surroundings, looking for minute details, and thinking outside of the box in order to come up with the final answer to the question.

I highly recommend this short yet entertaining read to anyone who's interested in coming up with the right question(s) to solve a mystery.

— Carly M., Stacks Blogger

June 6, 2011

Create a Caption: Say Cheese!

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Createacaption Ugh. . . the dreaded family portrait. The matching outfits, corny poses, fake smiles, and the ongoing phrase, "Are we done yet?" springs to mind.

Could it really be worse than school picture day? Quite possibly. . .

Though it is rare for me to enjoy taking a family photo, my dad and his sisters very much enjoy striking a pose in front of the camera to create an entertaining greeting card for their friends.

This past year was their best card yet. Being that my dad is dentist, he decided to pose as himself along with his youngest sister as the hygienist and his oldest sister as the patient.

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Now it's your turn to get creative and fill in the blanks! Write your Captions in the Comments.

NOTE: For safety purposes, all appliances are off.

- Carly M., Stacks Blogger

April 25, 2011

Create a Caption: Doggy Dog World

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Createacaption Don’t you wish you could read animals’ thoughts? Like the movie Dr. Doolittle? I certainly do! One of my favorite activities is going to the dog park and watching all the dogs running and playing around, and observing how they get along. The dogs’ behavior towards each other surprises me and leaves me wanting to know, “What are they thinking?” and “Are they actually communicating with each other?”

The same goes for my uncle’s adorable dog. . . “What is she thinking while chewing on that toy?”

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Since we can never know what is going through her doggy brain, I leave it up to you to fill in her thoughts!

— Carly M., Ink Splot 26 Blogger