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April 29, 2015

Books of the Month April 2015

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Recommend me!Now that it’s finally spring, I’m so excited to sit outside in the park and read books all day. . . and of course, I have my handy-dandy Books of the Month post to help me plan out my reading list!

Last month I asked you to share what books you were reading (and loving) and I’ve put the results into a word cloud. Check it out . . .
april 2015 books of the month

Percy Jackson is obviously the runaway star of this month. More of you voted for PJ this time around than ever before! So I guess I’ll finally be finishing the series this May, and wishing and hoping for a third movie!

What books are you reading now? What books do you think everyone MUST MUST MUST put at the very tippy-top of their summer reading list? Share in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

April 14, 2015

Music Personality Quiz

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question marksWhat’s your Music Personality Style?

Are you a rebellious rocker? A classy classical kid? A peppy popster? Take the quiz to find out what type of music best fits your unique personality.

  1. It’s Spirit Week at school! You’re most looking forward to . . . A) Professional Day. You love wearing your fanciest clothes to school once in a while. B) Pajama Day. Chillin’ in your pjs all day sounds pretty awesome! C) Crazy Day. It’s finally a day when you can go wild with your own style! D) School Colors Day. You’ve got the PERFECT pair of sneakers to match your letter jacket. E) Superhero Day. It took you forever to decide between Thor and Spider-Man, but it looks like you’ve finally made the best choice! Continue reading
March 25, 2015

March Books of the Month

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Recommend me!The Most Popular Books of the Month

This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:

march books of the month

Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?

There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.

Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!

See ya next month!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

March 17, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure Part 3

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shamrocksChoose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story Part 3

We posted Part 1 and Part 2 of this epic St. Patrick’s Day story. Get ready for the conclusion!

You follow Niamh through a wooded glen. You are greeted at every step by all sorts of bizarre and unusual creatures and people. Fairies! Warriors in fur pelts! Talking animals! This is getting way crazy. Enbarr trots behind you, neighing and occasionally butting you with his nose.

“Tír na nÓg is what you mortals call the Otherworld,” says Niamh.

“Otherworld?” you ask. “What’s that?”

Niamh looks very disappointed, and sighs loudly. “What are they teaching you on Earth nowadays? The Otherworld. It’s where the immortals and spirits live.” Continue reading

March 10, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure Part 2

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shamrocksChoose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Story Part 2

Last week, I gave you Part 1 of this 3-part story. Get ready for Part 2 . . .

You’re too curious, so you approach the horse. It takes a few steps towards you, and then circles around and starts to trot out over the water! This glowing horse is walking on water. You’re way fascinated now, so you walk out after it, but you definitely don’t have the ability to walk on the lake. Pretty soon, you’re up to your knees in water. And it’s pretty cold.

“Wait!” you shout.

The horse stops and turns back to look at you. It comes back, hooves dancing delicately above the surface of the lake. When it reaches you, it kneels and nudges you with its nose. As if by instinct, you climb onto the horse’s back. It rises again and begins to walk out onto the lake. Continue reading

March 2, 2015

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Story

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shamrocksChoose Your Own Adventure: A St. Patrick’s Day Story

This morning, you found out your two so-called best friends, Megan and Kelly, are going to be co-leading the presentation in the school St. Patrick’s Day festival . . . and you’ve been assigned to dress up as a bearded leprechaun. Ugh!

You were hoping that you could be a part of the Irish Step Dancing troupe, but when assignments were announced today, you found out that Megan and Kelly would be dancing with Tommy instead. And you three were supposed to be best friends! So you’ll be leading the “folklore” segment of the presentation, whatever that means, and you are definitely NOT a happy camper. The costume alone makes you want to hide under a million blankets until March 18th. Continue reading

February 18, 2015

February Books of the Month

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Recommend me!It’s Books of the Month Time!

I know I always get WAY too excited whenever this post comes around, but hey–it’s been a long winter and I’ve had a lot of free time, so I’m running out of books to read. I need your recommendations now more than ever!

Last month, we asked you what books you were reading and loving. I’ve put the results in a word cloud so we can see which titles reign supreme. Check it out:

Best books for kids

Well, now! Harry Potter is experiencing a bit of a comeback! It looks like Dork Diaries is moving up in popularity, too! Let’s keep this going. What other books are you reading this winter? What books do you think everyone else absolutely, totally, MUST read, like, RIGHT AWAY? Share your picks in the Comments below!

I’m off to re-read Harry Potter now. See you around.

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

February 10, 2015

Valentine Personality Quiz

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heart4Who Is Your Fictional Valentine?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I don’t know about you, but I love Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait to get together with my best friends, make pizza, eat ice cream, and watch bad movies (obviously, the greatest Valentine’s Day tradition ever)! But for those of you who are feeling romantic, we decided to give you a very special, love-themed Valentine Personality Quiz! Since, you know, regular people are just not as good as fictional characters, we’re allowing our imaginations to run free to dream up the dreamiest of Valentines: our favorite book characters.

  1. Your idea of a perfect date is: a) dinner and a movie–classic. b) ice skating followed by hot chocolate at your favorite cafe. c) theme park! d) a walk in the great outdoors. e) a concert.
  2. In your free time, you are most likely: a) playing a game of pick-up basketball with your friends. b) reading a book. c) pulling pranks on a family member. d) volunteering at the local animal shelter. e) setting things on fire.
  3. To you, the best Valentine’s Day gift would be: a) a teddy bear. b) a book thoughtfully picked out just for you. c) candy! ALL THE CANDY! d) a beautiful bouquet of flowers. e) gifts are for losers, but some cash would be really sweet.
  4. Your dream Valentine wears: a) flannel and jeans. b) something dressy and smart. c) a witty t-shirt. d) the coziest of sweaters. e) a leather jacket.
  5. At school, your favorite subject is: a) history. b) chemistry. c) lunch. d) language arts. e) playing hooky.
  6. What’s a big no-no for you? a) nail-biting. b) not reading for fun. c) being too serious. d) not liking animals. e) following the rules all the time.
  7. You and your Valentine are a) always on time. b) always swapping book or movie recommendations. c) always joking around. d) always looking for ways to be more environmentally-friendly. e) always getting into trouble together.
  8. The first thing you notice about your Valentine is his/her: a) strength. b) brains. c) sense of humor. d) kindness. e) looks.
  9. Your favorite breakfast is: a) pancakes! b) breakfast smoothie. c) PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST! d) fresh fruits and oatmeal. e) coffee.
  10. Your dream vacation would be: a) a historical tour in a European city. b) a week at a lake cabin, reading books all day by the water. c) Disney World! d) a safari trip. e) a trip to a huge, exciting city with a cool music scene.

If you picked mostly A’s, you got the all-star. Your valentine? Hermione Granger or Percy Jackson. Your dream valentine is one of those all-around good people with a heart of gold and really high standards. He/she is a real leader, and together, you’ll be unstoppable. You keep it classy. Even your parents and best friend are fans!

If you picked mostly B’s, you got the quiet genius. Your valentine is Amy Cahill or Neville Longbottom. Even though your valentine isn’t super-flashy on the outside, he/she is definitely a brainy rock star. As a team, no one can beat you guys at trivia. Your to-read list is about to get a whole lot longer, since your valentine is also really great at recommending the perfect book. And your sweetie always gets you the perfect, most thoughtful gifts. Talk about a fairy tale romance!

If you picked mostly C’s, you got the class clown. Your book valentine is Jamie Kelly or Greg Heffley. You love having a good time and your valentine knows exactly how to turn every situation into a laugh-fest! Be prepared to deal with a LOT of cleverly concealed whoopee cushions and fake bugs on your desk. But hey, life’s definitely much more interesting that way!

If you picked mostly D’s, you got the free spirit. Your ideal match is someone like Luna Lovegood or Rowley Jefferson. Smart and whimsical, your valentine is a really great listener and knows exactly how to make you feel important and cared for. You’ll be spending a lot of time outside, playing with animals, and learning how to make delicious vegan cookies together. Sounds pretty sweet!

If you picked mostly E’s, you got the baddie. You love a rebel like Mackenzie Hollister or Draco Malfoy. Do you solemnly swear that you are up to no good? So does your partner-in-crime. Though your times together can get kind of rocky, you’ll still have a total blast breaking the rules and making your (dark) mark on the world.

Which book valentine did YOU get? Share in the Comments below!

See ya next time,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

December 23, 2014

Winter Name Generator

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winter_130What’s Your Winter Name?

It’s officially wintertime! Yay! Now that we’re all getting used to the cold. You may already know your Christmas Elf Name, but we have a new winter name generator today.

Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your winter first name. Then look at the list of the months below and find the month of your birthday. That word is your winter last name. For example, my name begins with an E and my birthday is in March, so my new winter name would be Snowflake Skates.

So grab a hot chocolate and find out what your very own winter name is!

  • A – Snowy
  • B – Frosty
  • C – Gingerbread
  • D – Icy
  • E – Snowflake
  • F – Frozen
  • G – Peppermint
  • H – Cozy
  • I – Twinkling
  • J – Sparkling
  • K – Cider
  • L – Toasty
  • M – Cocoa
  • N – Pinecone
  • O – Evergreen
  • P – Windy
  • Q – Chilly
  • R – Polar
  • S – Flurry
  • T – Crystal
  • U – Glacial
  • V – Icicle
  • W – Snuggle
  • X – Arctic
  • Y – Blizzard
  • Z – Winter
  • January – Cookie
  • February – Chocolate
  • March – Skates
  • April – Cabin
  • May – Fireplace
  • June – Mittens
  • July – Sled
  • August – Sweater
  • September – Boots
  • October – Ski slope
  • November – Cloud
  • December – Long-Johns

Happy winter, everyone!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. Snowflake Skates)