Author Archives: Marisa D.

April 6, 2015

Book Genre Personality Quiz

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book genre personlaity quizPersonality Quiz: Which Book Genre Are You?

There are many different types of readers. With so many books to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what’s out there. Searching for books by genre is a great way to narrow down your options. Are you curious to know which book genre matches your personality? Are just looking to read something new and different? Take this quiz to find out which genre fits you best!

When you grow up, you want to be . . . A) a writer. B) an actor. C) an artist. D) a teacher.

Your favorite after-school activity is . . .  A) the Quidditch team. B) the drama club. C) the art club. D) the yearbook committee.

On a movie night, you’re most likely watching . . . A) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. B) Despicable Me. C) The Lego Movie. D) Frozen.

When eating out at a restaurant, you . . .  A) always try something new. You like to experiment with dishes you’ve never had before. B) tell the waiter a joke. What did bacon say to the tomato? Lettuce get together! C) draw an elaborate scene on your placemat. Extra crayons, please! D) order the same thing you always get. You can’t beat a side of French fries!

The cover of the last book you read . . . A) looks dark and mysterious. B) makes you giggle. It reminds you of the most hilarious part of the story. C) features a really cool illustration. D) shows a picture of a kid just like you!

Tonight you are most likely to have a dream about . . .  A) going on an adventure in an alternate universe. B) playing a funny prank on a sibling or friend. C) becoming a famous artist one day. D) hanging out with your friends at school.

You are most afraid of . . . A) nothing! You are a fearless explorer! B) anyone without a sense of humor. You can’t imagine a life without laughter! C) your baby sister spilling something on your favorite book. The pictures would get ruined! D) arguing with your best friend. No one likes a disagreement!

Ready to find out which book genre you are? Count up your answers to find out!

If you answered mostly A’s: Your book genre is adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy. You are an explorer and an adventurer at heart. You wish you could attend Hogwarts or visit the Underland. You’re still not convinced that demi-gods don’t exist, and when it comes to reading, you’re ready to enter into a whole new world!

If you answered mostly B’s: Your book genre is humor and comedy. The sweet sound of laughter is like music to your ears, and you’re great at cheering up your friends or siblings with quotes from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. One year, you dressed up as Captain Underpants for Halloween. Hey, maybe someday you will become a comedian!

If you answered mostly C’s: Your book genre is graphic novels. You are an artist; you believe that no book is complete without images. You even create your own comics when you are bored. You are Wonderstruck when awesome drawings are an essential part of the story; it just makes you Smile. (Haha! Did you see what I did there? Wonderstruck and Smile are both book titles! Pretty clever, right?)

If you answered mostly D’s: Your book genre is realistic fiction. You love to read books that guide you on surviving school, dealing with friendship drama, or embracing your dorky side. You know there’s nothing better than reading about scenarios that could happen to you. Your favorite part of any story is feeling like the main characters become your friends!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

January 6, 2015

Mythical Creature Personality Quiz

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Mythical creature personality quizPersonality Quiz: What Magical Creature Are You?

One of the best parts of reading fantasy books is escaping to an entirely different world for a while. Do you ever wish you could bring a piece of those magical universes back into your own life?  Who wouldn’t want Dobby the house-elf or Mr. Tumnus the faun for a friend? Take this quiz to find out what mythical creature you would be! Continue reading

January 2, 2015

London Book Benches

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Extra!Next Stop: London’s Book Benches!

A cool thing happened in London last summer. An organization called the National Literacy Trust hired artists to create book-based sculptures called BookBenches. 50 books from Peter Pan to A Bear Called Paddington were painted onto benches all across London. They called it the “Books About Town.”

The BookBench sculptures were on display on the streets of London this summer, and then sold at a public auction. They raised over £250,000. (That’s about $390,000 in U.S. dollars.) All of that money will go to the National Literacy Trust, a charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

As you can see, these BookBenches are pretty amazing – they look like they belong in an art museum!
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe book bench

Dr. Seuss book bench

Dragon book benchIf you could see one of your favorite books depicted on a bench in your town, what book would it be? Leave your ideas in the Comments below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

December 31, 2014

A Million Ways Home

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millionwayshome130A Million Ways Home (for ages 8 and up) by Dianna Dorisi Winget

When Grandma Beth has a stroke that puts her in the hospital, Poppy Parker has to live in a temporary home for foster kids. Poppy is so unhappy about being unable to see her grandmother each day that she decides to walk to the hospital herself.A Million Ways Home

But when she stops to buy a snack for Grandma, Poppy accidentally becomes a witness to an armed robbery. To keep Poppy safe, Detective Brannigan sends Poppy to stay with his mother so they can look out for Poppy until the suspect is caught.

Poppy begins volunteering at an animal shelter and makes two unexpected friends – Lizzie, the “bad kid,” and Gunner, the German shepherd. No one wants to adopt Gunner because he once bit a little boy. Poppy feels unwanted too, so she decides to try to save Gunner and find him a home.

But what if Grandma Beth never gets better? And what if the police can’t find the robber? Will Poppy ever be able to go home? Will she be able to save Gunner from a terrible fate? You’ll have to read the book to find out how Poppy’s story ends. Then leave your Comments in the section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

December 17, 2014

The Badger Knight

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The badger knightThe Badger Knight (for ages 8 and up) by Kathryn Erskine

The year is 1346. Adrian is almost 13 years old but he isn’t like most other boys his age. He has Albinism, which means he has very pale skin and light hair and eyes. He has almost always been a small, sickly kid. The bullies in his English village call him “badger” because of the dirt he rubs under his eyes to stop the glare from his paper-white skin.

Adrian has a sharp mind, and all he wants to do is go to war as an archer. This is not his father’s plan. Adrian can write, and Adrian’s father wants him to become a scribe. To Adrian, this sounds like the worst job in the world.The badger knight

The Scottish invade near their home in England, and Adrian’s best friend Hugh joins his father on the battlefield. Adrian follows Hugh, determined to find his friend and participate in his glorious vision of warfare. As Adrian ventures through war-ridden England and Scotland, his voyage becomes a true knight’s tale.

But will Adrian even be able to find Hugh? The perils of war don’t exactly resemble what Adrian had pictured in his head. Will he make it home safely? Read the book to find out how this young knight’s adventure ends. Have you already read The Badger Knight? Leave your Comments in the section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

December 3, 2014

The Madman of Piney Woods

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The Madman of Piney Woods (for ages 8 and up) by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Madman of Piney Woods book coverAt first glance, Benji and Red couldn’t seem more different. It’s 1901, and Benji is a descendent of African-American slaves who escaped to freedom in Canada by way of the Underground Railroad. He is 12 years old, works for the local newspaper, and hopes to be a journalist. Red, on the other hand, is a fiery-haired Irish boy who is interested in science.

Benji and Red have both heard stories of a madman who lives in the woods, but those were just that – stories. But they have actually noticed a strange presence in the woods. It seems like someone is always watching them, tracking their every move. When they realize they’ve both experienced the same funny feeling, the boys decide to take a closer look at what’s going on under the cover of the woods.

There’s no way the Madman of Piney Woods could be real . . . is there?

You’ll have to read to find out whether the madman is fact or fiction!

Did you read Elijah of Buxton? Several of the characters make cameo appearances in The Madman of Piney Woods. Let us know what you think in the Comments section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

September 10, 2014

BFG Movie News for Roald Dahl Day

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The BFG by Roald Dahl book coverThe BFG: The Movie!

Calling all Roald Dahl lovers! We have some fantastic news! (“Who is Roald Dahl?” you ask? You know Roald Dahl’s funny fantasy books like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, just to name a few. He is so awesome that his birthday, September 13, is now known as Roald Dahl Day.)

Dahl’s fabulous book The BFG is being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg, the super-famous guy who directed The Adventures of Tintin and E.T. (rated PG). The BFG movie is scheduled to be in theaters in 2016. If it’s anything like the book, it will be funny, fantastical, and phenomenal!

The BFG goes like this: In Sophie’s world, most of the giants who come around only want to find children to eat for breakfast. But the Big, Friendly Giant is different. He would never eat “uckyslush human beans.” He only eats “snozzcumbers.” When he carries Sophie off one night, she becomes his friend, not his next meal. Sophie is a tough cookie, so she decides to stop the other kid-munching giants, and the BFG is going to help her.

Let’s hear your casting ideas. Which young actress do you think should play Sophie? What about the BFG? Which actors do you think would fit the roles of the other giants in the story? Post your predictions in the Comments below. I can’t wait to see if the on-screen BFG looks anything like the giants I imagined from the book.

Marisa, STACKS Intern

August 21, 2014

A Graphic Novel About Sisters

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Sisters by Raina TelgemeierSisters (for ages 8-12): a new graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier

When she was young, Raina was so excited to become a big sister. She couldn’t wait to have a sibling to play with! She hoped it would be like having a built-in friend who would never have to go home before dinnertime. But when Amara was born, Raina found having a sibling wasn’t quite what she expected. She was a cute baby, but she cried a lot.

Now that Raina is starting middle school, she can hardly get a minute of privacy at home, especially because she’s crammed into one bedroom with her younger sister and her younger brother Will. To keep the peace between Raina and Amara, Mom and Dad decide to do some room rearranging. Raina will get her own room, and Will and Amara will share the big bedroom. Mom and Dad will move to a sofa bed in the living room.

Will these two sisters finally figure out how to get along?

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Check out this video preview of Sisters! Doesn’t the art remind you of Raina Telgemeier’s other books Smile and Drama?

Do you have any siblings? What do you love the most about having a brother or sister? What parts don’t you love about it? Tell us what you think in the Comments below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

August 19, 2014

Ice Cream Personality Quiz

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Ice creamWhat Ice Cream Flavor Are You?

Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day? It’s no wonder why the ice cream truck always stops at the beach or why your local ice cream parlor is always open late during the summer months. I know I sure crave a cool, sweet treat when the sun is blazing! July is National Ice Cream Month but it’s always a good time to find out what ice cream flavor YOU are! Continue reading

July 31, 2014

Harry Potter Birthday Cake Bake-Off

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Vote for your favorite Harry Potter birthday cake.

It’s Harry Potter’s birthday today! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear Harry! Potter fans across the globe have baked and decorated some pretty amazing Harry Potter-themed cakes throughout the years. I don’t know about you, but my baking skills don’t even have a broom to fly on against these delicious-looking Potter cakes.

Harry Potter Birthday Cake

Which birthday cake do you vote for as the best fan-made Harry Potter birthday cake?! Leave your vote in the Comments.

Marisa, STACKS Intern

Birthday cake image credits: Daniel Drexler, woodleywonderworks, Two Kings Confections, TipsyCake Chicago