Author Archives: En-Szu

January 1, 2016

10 Reasons Why Going to Hogwarts Would Actually Be Terrible

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Recently, Sonja asked me to do the hardest thing I have ever done in my WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE: “Can you list ten reasons why going to Hogwarts would actually be terrible?”

Of course I could think of one very obvious reason. “Um, because eventually I would have to graduate and NOT ATTEND HOGWARTS ANYMORE!” But that was just one reason. So I racked my brains for weeks trying to think of nine more reasons why. When you think about it, though, a lot of pretty terrifying stuff happened to Harry Potter and his friends while they were at Hogwarts. So behold a list you never thought you would (or should) see: Ten Reasons Why Going to Hogwarts Would Actually Be Terrible. Continue reading

December 28, 2015

Middle School Bucket List

Middle School bucket listWhat’s on your list of 100 Things to Do Before High School?

While going to high school may seem really exciting and amazing and cool, it’s important to remember to make the most of your younger years . . . because once you get to high school, “you lose your best friends when you all discover you like different things.” That’s what CJ’s older brother says in 100 Things to Do Before High School.

We’re inspired by the brave (and goofy) antics of CJ and her BFFs, so we bring you our own bucket list . . . with a twist! Would you rather . . .

  1. Pull an all-nighter doing homework OR have a sleepover in a haunted house?
  2. Have your best friend give you a bad makeover OR go on a really weird diet for a week?
  3. Spend a day at school dressed as a turkey OR have to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of the whole school before a sports game?
  4. Say “yes” to everything for a day OR lick a toad?
  5. Get a really bad haircut OR only wear crusty old sandals every day for a month?
  6. Wear your underpants outside your pants for three classes OR eat a bug for lunch?
  7. Have your best friend use you as a guinea pig in a science fair project OR wear a super-sparkly “Mom is #1!” sweatshirt on the first day of school?
  8. Publish a book OR break a world record?
  9. Meet your favorite celebrity OR talk to your crush?
  10. Read every book in the library OR get A’s on every test?

Well, there you have it—our middle school bucket list would you rather! Share your answers in the Comments below and tell us what is on YOUR list of 100 things to do before high school!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

P.S. Don’t worry about high school. You get to keep the friends that you like, and you also get to make even more awesome friends!

December 21, 2015

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

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You Know Youre Excited for the Holidays When . . . 

The holidays are in full force right now: Salvation Army bells on every street, holiday music floating out from every store, window displays worth ooh-ing and aah-ing over . . . and chocolate, chocolate everywhere! The holiday spirit is infectious (as are the cold and flu, which are also floating around this time of year, so remember to wash your hands)! Have you caught the holiday bug? You know you’re excited for the holidays when . . .

  1. You have a holiday playlist blasting 24/7, and you’re still not sick of it.
  2. You’ve watched the movie Elf 5 times already since Halloween.
  3. You catch yourself singing along to “Winter Wonderland” at the mall.
  4. You are infected with the spirit of giving, and you can’t stop thinking of great gift ideas.
  5. You’ve broken down your wishlist into High Priority, Medium Priority, and Low Priority categories.
  6. You check your calendar every day and count down the days to Christmas (4 more days!).
  7. You drink hot chocolate with a candy cane every day after school. In fact, your diet is 5% peppermint-flavored candies, 5% real food, and 90% chocolate in any and every form.
  8. It is cookie o’clock every hour of the day.
  9. You gathered a bunch of empty boxes and old books and wrapped them in holiday paper so it looks like you have a big pile of presents in your room. You are actually drowning in wrapping paper and ribbon, and you have never been happier.
  10. You can’t stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters. You will NEVER stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters.
  11. You add cinnamon to everything. EVERYTHING!
  12. The sound of jingling bells makes you look up in the sky for reindeer.
  13. You have decorated your locker with glitter and paper cut-out snowflakes.
  14. You keep wishing for snow . . . even if it’s sunny at 75 outside.

Are you ready for the holidays? What are the things you do to get excited? Share in the Comments below!

Happy, happy, HAPPY holidays,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

December 16, 2015

Kingdom Keepers Readalikes

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Kingdom Keepers Readalikes

kingdom keepersKingdom Keepers is a book series about a group of teenagers who were chosen to be transformed into holographic guides, called Disney Hosts Interactive, at Disney World. Due to a glitch in the technology used to create their holograms, however, the teenagers find themselves transported into their hologram forms at night! They find out that the Disney Villains have formed a group called the Overtakers, and they are planning on, well . . . overtaking the world. Guess who’s the only hope of stopping them?

If you like fantastic adventure stories with a hearty dose of mystery and magic, you’re going to LOVE Kingdom Keepers. And if you’re already a fan, we’ve got some great readalike books for you. So buckle up and get ready for a wild, fantastical ride with these tales of fairytales come to life!

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November 27, 2015

Holiday Characters Who Would Win

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holiday-character-who-would-winHoliday Characters Who Would Win

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! The holidays are upon us! In case you didn’t notice, I’ve got a really, really bad case of Holiday Cheer. Gingerbread cookies for everyone! Non-stop holiday sing-a-longs! Ugly sweaters galore! Hot chocolate! Hot chocolate! HOT CHOCOLATE!

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the HOLIDAY CHARACTERS! I am so very thrilled to curl up on my sofa with some fuzzy socks (and hot chocolate) and watch my favorite movies: The Grinch, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf . . . It’s not the holidays without movie magic!

Some holiday characters have magical powers, while others just have magical hearts. I’d like to think that the holidays makes everyone a little more magical, am I right? So, if these characters had to duke it out (in the name of saving the holidays, obviously), who would win??

  1. The Grinch vs. Ebenezer Scrooge from The Night Before Christmas
  2. Buddy the Elf vs. Tiny Tim from The Night Before Christmas
  3. The Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker vs. The Little Drummer Boy
  4. Frosty the Snowman vs. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. The Abominable Snowman vs. The Ghost of Christmas Past
  6. Jack Frost vs. Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. The Nutcracker Prince vs. Cindy Lou Who from The Grinch
  8. Max from The Grinch vs. Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

Who do YOU think would win? Which holiday characters do you want to see included on the list? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Happy happy holidays,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

November 25, 2015

Best Books of Fall

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Best Books of Fall

It’s fall, and with chilly weather comes more time for reading indoors! Ah, to be snuggly and warm by an open fire with an excellent book—nothing compares. At the STACKS, we believe that sharing is caring, and we love to share our book recommendations. She here are the Best Books of Fall as voted by YOU!

fall books

The reigning book favorites Harry Potter and Percy Jackson definitely top the list this fall, but Warriors and Kingdom Keepers are gaining ground!

What books are you excited to dig into? What books do you think everyone needs to be reading RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT? Share your picks the Comments below!

Until next time,

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

November 17, 2015

Female Superhero Who Would Win

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Female Superhero Who Would Win

While all female superheroes are awesome, I am wondering . . . if some of our favorite female superheroes had to duke it out (for the greater good, obviously), who would win?

  1. Princess Leia from Star Wars vs. Wonder Woman
  2. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl vs. Lyra from The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  3. Piper McLean from the Heroes of Olympus series vs. Marcia Overstrand from the Septimus Heap series
  4. Elsa from Frozen vs. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series
  5. Batgirl vs. Amy from The 39 Clues series
  6. Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series vs. Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series
  7. Sadie Kane from the Kane Chronicles series vs. Storm from X-Men

Who do YOU think would win? Do you have any favorite female superheroes you’d like to add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

October 27, 2015

Ever After High Would You Rather

everafterhighEver After High Would You Rather

Let’s be real: who WOULDN’T want to go to Ever After High, a boarding school for fairy tale characters? Yes, please! But not everything is butterflies and rainbows at Ever After High, you know. Sometimes you’ve gotta make some very tough decisions to reach your Happily Ever After! So, we want to know . . . would you rather:

  1. Have to attend Damsel-in-distressing class for an entire year OR actually sleep through the Beauty Sleep Festival?
  2. Have snakes rained down on you OR have to spend a semester with your arch nemesis as your roommate?
  3. Need your biggest bully to rescue you OR have to harm your very best friend?
  4. Lose all your hair for five days to a Che-myth-stry class mistake OR be turned into a frog for five weeks?
  5. Find out you’re destined to marry the most arrogant prince you’ve ever met OR find out you are going to be responsible for sending one of your parents to jail?
  6. Get banished forever from Ever After High OR be locked up for an afternoon in the Uni Cairn with a very angry Jabberwock?

Whew! Being a fairy tale character might be more stressful than I thought . . . not that I still don’t want to go to Ever After High, though! What do you think? Would you YOU rather do? Are you an Ever After High fan? Share your answers in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

October 26, 2015

Book-Inspired Halloween Candy

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Book-Inspired Halloween Candy

Halloween is coming! At the STACKS, it’s a perfect opportunity to combine our two favorite things in the world into . . . book-inspired candy!

In case you missed it, this past summer we did something similar with book-inpsired ice cream flavors. You guys had some really clever ideas (Warrior Cat Mice Cream, anyone?), so now, check out our list of book-inspired candy below!

Percy’s Peppermint Pattie
The oh-so-amazing combination of yummy, yummy chocolate and minty creme gets a new twist with a bolt of unexpected flavor: ambrosia! Just be sure not to eat too many. You don’t want to be too sluggish to outrun any Minotaurs or vengeful evil demigods!

Harry Butterfinger
The crispy, peanut buttery center of this candy bar is more than just simply delicious—it contains a spell! Each bar gives you a temporary magical power . . . but you’ll never know which one until you eat it. Will you shrink to the size of an ant? Become invisible? Shape-shift into a cat? Who knows!

Kane Crunch
Delightful, fit-for-the-gods milk chocolate is packed with a blend of nuts, toffee, and crispy rice in this candy bar that is imprinted with magical hieroglyphics. If you (like me) aren’t really able to read hieroglyphics, they’re just really awesome decoration, but if you, say, happen to be descended from Egyptian gods, you’ll be able to enjoy the secret messages each bar contains.

Land of Lollies
Each of these sparkly, unusually flavored lollipops tastes like a different fairy tale. Will it taste like Goldilocks’ just-right porridge? The breadcrumb trail that Hansel and Gretel left behind? The sea in which the Little Mermaid lived? Unwrap one to find out!

The 39 Clues Candy Corn
It tastes just like regular candy corn. However, each package contains—you guessed it!—a clue that will bring you one step closer to becoming the most powerful person on earth.

What book-inspired candy do YOU want to invent? Share your ideas in the Comments below!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer