Author Archives: Ratha M.

November 4, 2013

School Love Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_rainbow_penWhat I Love About My School

Maybe it’s not the cafeteria food. Maybe it’s not that smell of sweaty socks that comes from the locker room after boys’ football practice. But we know there are reasons that live deep in your heart . . . why you love your school!

Every school is awesome in its own way, so tell us what’s cool about your school!

Let us know in the Comments below . . .

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—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 15, 2013

Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt Answers

Posted by at 1:41 am in Goosebumps, Trivia | Permalink

halloweenGoosebumps Scavenger Hunt Answers

Last week, in an attempt to summon the spirits of Halloween, we posted a Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt. How did you do? Did you get some answers, or run away scared out of your pants? See below for the official word.

1. Fill in the blanks: Night of the Living _______ and Say Cheese and ____ are two of R. L. Stine best known titles.
ANSWER: Night of the Living Dummy (total classic!) and Say Cheese and Die.

2. How long does it take R. L. Stine to write a Goosebumps book? Hint: search under “Books & Audio” and “R. L. Stine.”
ANSWER: 10 days! (whoa!!). He says he also spends 2-3 days first outlining each book.

3. The HorrorLand series is set in a creepy ________.
ANSWER: theme park. Where thrills turn to chills, you could say!

4. What does R. L. Stine give out at Halloween in addition to candy? Hint: read the R. L. Stine Q&A!
ANSWER: Copies of his books! Kids come to his apartment in New York City because he has a skeleton, a cupful of eyeballs, and lots of creepy stuff. He gives out candy and copies of his books. How cool is that?

5. Play the Ghost Hotel game. How many ghosts did you get before time ran out??
ANSWER: No wrong answer. . . unless you didn’t play!

6. Name you favorite episode from the Goosebumps TV show.
ANSWER: No wrong answer. You’re entitled to your own opinion!

7. What’s the newest Goosebumps book out?
ANSWER: Goosebumps Most Wanted #5: Dr. Maniac Will See You Now. (Uhh . . . I think I’ll go to my regular doctor instead!)

8. Watch “The Ghost Next Door” trailer clip in the TV/DVD section. (Click on the fuzzy TV screen.) What happens at the very last moment?
ANSWER: Something comes crashing through the window!

Look for tons of great Halloween episodes of Goosebumps and R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour on The Hub network all October long. With a bucket of popcorn and some orange soda, nothing could be creepier. Happy Halloween!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 14, 2013

October 15: National Grouch Day

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writing_prompt_genericGet in a bad mood. It’s National Grouch Day!

According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day. Finally, an excuse to be grouchy!  If you’re tired of always seeing the bright side of things, then this (kind-of-sort-of) official holiday is for you.

Legend has it that Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets) used to go to a restaurant where the waiter was so grumpy that it was almost comical. He kept going back because he was so interested in the waiter, and he eventually developed Oscar the Grouch after him. The name of the restaurant was Oscar’s Tavern! See? Grouches can be inspiring!

How does one celebrate National Grouch Day, you might ask? Well, according to Oscar the Grouch’s recent Internet posting (yes, Oscar the Grouch posts online!) you should do the following:

  • When someone says, “Good morning!” respond with, “What’s good about it?!”
  • If asked, “How are you feeling?” reply with, “None of your business.”
  • When someone inquires, “What time is it?” tell them to go buy a watch.

Wait. What? That’s kind of mean! I know most of you are not naturally grouchy so celebrating this day might be tough. But everybody, even the nicest person in the world, gets grouchy sometimes. For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know. . . .

GrouchyLet us know in the Comments below. And have a rotten day! Just kidding!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 7, 2013

Goosebumps Scavenger Hunt

Posted by at 7:16 pm in Goosebumps, Trivia | Permalink

halloweenWith Halloween creeping up around the corner, we thought we’d summon up the spirit of spookiness by turning to the master of spookiness himself, R. L. Stine. We love his sinister site on the STACKS, so all the answers to this Scavenger Hunt can be uncovered on the Goosebumps site.  Ready? Dare ya!

1. Fill in the blanks: Night of the Living _______ and Say Cheese and ____ are two of R. L. Stine’s best-known titles.

2. How long does it take R. L. Stine to write a Goosebumps book? Hint: search under “Books & Audio” and “R. L. Stine.”

3. The HorrorLand series is set in a creepy _____________.

4. What does R. L. Stine give out at Halloween in addition to candy? Hint: read the R. L. Stine Q&A!

5. Play the Ghost Hotel game. How many ghosts did you get before time ran out?

6. Name your favorite episode from the Goosebumps TV show.

7. What’s the newest Goosebumps book out? Hint: There will be a Sneak Peek in Ink Splot 26 on Wednesday!

8. Watch “The Ghost Next Door” trailer clip in the TV/DVD section. (Click on the fuzzy TV screen). What happens at the very last moment?

Now scavenge through the Goosebumps site and leave your answers in the Comments below. Click here for the alarming answers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 4, 2013

2013 Halloween TV Specials

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halloweenBOO! Halloween TV Specials to Scare Your Pants Off!

Ready for a fang-tastic Halloween? Whether you like to get the chills for Halloween . . . or just chill out, get in the mood by checking out this year’s wicked Halloween TV specials. Just so you know, the scarier ones are rated PG, so don’t watch those without your parents! Read on – if you dare.

Disney
Let’s start off the scary with Disney Channel’s “Monstober.” A few of the highlights:

A new series, which I am totally psyched for, Wolfblood (rated TV-PG)(every Tues/Wed/Thurs 8pm in October) about a high school teenage werewolf!

A.N.T. Farm, Dog with a Blog, Wander Over Yonder, and Phineas & Ferb all have Halloween episodes on Friday October 4th.

A new Jessie (October 5) has Jessie starting to see ghosts, and Emma and Luke taken over by spirits.

Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (October 5) has Spidey and his friends attacked by evil vampires, led by Dracula.

Good Luck, Charlie and Liv & Maddie have new Halloween episodes (October 6). Shake It Up has CeCe and Rocky decide they’re too old for trick-or-treating, so they have a “Mature-o’ween” with more adult activities, such as knitting and watching tear-jerking movies. Let’s just say that doesn’t go so well, and they get back on track!

If you miss anything, there’s a marathon on October 31 from 4-10pm.

Nickelodeon
Looking for a nightmare on Nickelodeon? It all starts with their spooky new series Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG)(Thursdays). Based on the popular book series, a bewitching babysitter reads kids bedtime tales that take a turn for terror. One episode features an antique mirror that makes your deepest wishes become your worst nightmare. Another one tells of an overnight camping trip where all the campers start disappearing one by one.

Sam & Cat (October 19) has the girls hired to babysit a doll . . . with creepy results.

The Haunted Hathaways (October 19) have a haunted Halloween party.

On the cartoon side, there’s SpongeBob SCAREPants (October 14) where SpongeBob and Patrick go to a horror film, only to be stalked by the villain.

And top your treats with a Fairly OddParents special (October 19) and Monster High: 13 Wishes movie premiere (October 25)

ABC
Woody and Buzz are back in Toy Story of Terror! (October 25). What starts out as a fun road trip for the toys turns terrifying when the trip detours to a roadside motel. Toys start disappearing, and the gang has to figure out what’s going on before they all suffer the same fate. If you miss it, it’ll be on Disney Channel too (October 25).

The HUB
Need more chills? This year The Hub once again transforms into . . . The Haunted Hub. Look for the new cartoon series Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (October 12) starring Ashley Tisdale as a half witch, half human. She goes to high school by day and sorcery school by night.

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (rated TV-PG)(October 12) also returns with episodes “Séance” bringing the dead back to life, and “Detention” where strange things happen to kids in school detention. New episodes all month!

Also Spooksville (rated TV-PG)(October 26) is a new series based on morbidly marvelous author Christopher Pike’s books. The new kid in town discovers he plays a part in the battle between good and evil, in the town’s supernatural occurrences.

AND – this is pretty cool – The Hub is having their first ever Halloween Bash Costume Contest (October 26). It’s kind of like Miss America, except with Halloween costumes!

ABC Family
October 19-31 is officially “The 13 Nights of Halloween” with movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG), Teen Wolf (rated PG), Beetlejuice (rated PG), Scooby Doo/Scooby Doo 2 (rated PG).

Also specials like The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hallow and Dr. Seuss’ Halloween Is Grinch Night (both October 27).

Whew! And that’s a bag full of treats. Let us know what you’ll be watching. Happy Haunting!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

October 1, 2013

Locker Personality Quiz Results

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trivia_quiz2Locker Personality Quiz Results

In last week’s Locker Personality Quiz we asked you questions to find out what kind of locker style you rock. Count up your answers and find out what your locker says about you!

Mostly A’s: Neat ‘N Tidy
You like your locker like your life – as organized as possible! You’re always on the go and you need to keep your schedule straight. If people call you a neat freak, you take it as a compliment! Your friends can always depend on you to know when homework is due, what time practice is, and what’s on the cafeteria menu. You study hard, get good grades, and are a great student. Your neat habits help you stay on top of things at school. A+!

Mostly B’s: Artistic Touch
Your locker is a work of art! You are creative and artsy, and you like to decorate it and fill it with style and memories. You might have photos of friends, magazine clippings, art you made, a magnetic Kleenex box – everything is arranged with thought. You might toss in clothes, books, and random food wrappers, but you make sure things don’t get too out of hand. You like to keep things fun at school, hang out at your locker with your friends, and your locker makes you happy. A+!

Mostly C’s: Athletic ‘N Sporty
You are a certified gym rat. You love sports and this carries over to your locker. Hanging inside might be posters of your favorite players and teams. You work hard and play hard. You balance school and sports, but being neat is not a priority for you. There are more important things in life, and sometimes the days go too fast to keep a totally neat locker! Between homework, practice, sports, friends, who has time? You still manage to get good grades and balance everything. A+!

Mostly D’s: Tech Wizard
You are a technology pro, and love your gadgets! You are obsessed with your iDevices, tablets, and computers. You may store your gadgets in your locker, but otherwise keep it neat and tidy. You might also have mini-posters of your favorite apps hung up: Angry Birds, Temple Run, Minecraft. Your friends text you (when allowed!) to meet up at your locker. You are good at figuring things out, building things, and have a mathematical mind. Your tech-savvy nature has you programmed for success. A+!

–Ratha, STACKS Staffer

September 27, 2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Posted by at 1:14 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

cloudy2_blog_130Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2!

And the forecast is . . . Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! Part Two. Many of you have read the picture book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett. Maybe you’ve seen the movie version Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (rated PG). Well, get ready to return to Chewandswallow with the sequel, Cloudy 2 (rated PG),  ordered up and being delivered to theaters this weekend.cloudy3

Sony Pictures had a screening of clips with the directors, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Between them, they’ve worked on Shrek (rated PG), Madagascar (rated PG), Surf’s Up (rated PG), and Open Season (rated PG), and they’re hoping for another big comic hit with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

In the movie, inventor Flint Lockwood has to return to Chewandswallow to stop his machine (which turns water into food) because it’s gone completely crazy-banana-pants. Bizarre “foodimals” have taken over the island, and are headed to destroy Lady Liberty (kind of like our Statue of Liberty). There are “TACO-diles,” “SHRIMP-anzees,” and “mosqui-TOAST.”

The food looks pretty entertaining. Kris Pearn talked about how he experimented with real foods while making the movie, and played around to create these creatures. The directors led a group of us in creating our own “foodimals.” I guess playing with your food can pay off, huh?cloudy1

Doesn’t it make you want to cook something? What is the most original thing you’ve ever made with your food?! Let us know in the Comments below.

Bon appetit!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

September 24, 2013

Locker Style Personality Quiz

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trivia_quiz2Locker Style Personality Quiz

The school locker. With the door closed it looks just like every other locker in school, but once you open it, your personality comes shining forth from within! What does the inside of your locker say about you? Take our Personality Quiz to find out.

  1. Hanging in your locker is: A) your class schedule so you can stay organized. B) an artsy collage right now, but you change it up based on your mood. C) everything – posters, sticky notes from friends, maybe even some old gym clothes you forgot about – pwew! D) your coat.
  2. After school, with homework you: A) do it right away in class order. B) sprawl out on the floor and do your favorite subject first. C) have to do it after soccer/lacrosse/basketball. D) type it up on your computer in between Minecraft sessions.
  3. Your backpack for the first day of school is: A) Awesome! It’s decked out with 5 compartments, water bottle holders, secret zipper areas, and is super durable. Take that – homework! B) An original. You decorated it yourself with iron-ons, bubble paint, and glitter glue! C) Doubles as a gym bag, because you have practice after school. D) Heavy. You’ve got a lot of electronic devices in there!
  4. Your favorite class is: A) Reading and Math. B) Art. C) Gym. D) Computers.
  5. Your room is decorated with: A) tasteful colors, books and toys are organized as they should be! B) styles ripped from magazines, and a mix of fun and funky colors. C) sports trophies, a basketball hoop over the door. D) Your computer, cool gadgets, and other devices.
  6. Your handwriting is: A) perfectly neat, of course. B) fun! You dot your “i’s” with hearts and make double exclamation marks into smiley faces. C) uh . . .you never really noticed. D) handwriting? You type everything on your computer.
  7. Your friends come to your locker: A) to borrow a pencil or grippie. They know you always have extra school supplies! B) to see what you’re wearing. C) to meet for sports after school. D) because you texted them!
  8. How do you pack your lunch? A) You plan a chart at the beginning of the week. B) You throw in whatever looks good. C) You usually buy it. D) Mom packs it . . . with your approval.
  9. You can’t find your field trip permission slip so you check: A) The front pocket of your binder. It should be right where you put it. B) Your art folder. It might be stuck behind your new drawing. C) Your gym bag, under your sweaty socks. D) Your phone. You scanned it in, and can print out a new one on the school’s wi-fi.
  10. Your fashion style is: A) Preppy and put-together. B) Fun & funky. C) As long as it’s comfortable, you’ll wear it! D) Fashion? You don’t care much about that, and you don’t care what people think, either!

Click here to find out your results!

–Ratha, STACKS Staffer

September 23, 2013

Best Friend Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_genericBest Friend Writing Prompt

BFF beginnings? Maybe it was on the first day of kindergarten . . . or at soccer. Maybe it was at summer camp . . . or maybe you’ve known each other since you were crawling around (pooping!) in diapers. Today’s Writing Prompt invites you to share that special moment when you first met your BFF. Do you have a funny story, or place where you first met? Maybe it seems like he or she has always been a part of your life, but you must have met somewhere!

BestFriend

Tell all in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

September 2, 2013

Book Addiction Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:44 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

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Book Addiction Writing Prompt

You can’t put it down. You know you should. Your family tells you to. Your teachers tell you to. But. You. Just. Can’t. Because you are so addicted to “the book!!!”

Today’s Writing Prompt is dedicated to all of you who’ve been there. You’ve done crazy stuff. You’ve forgotten to eat. You’ve worn your brother or sister’s clothes by accident.  You’ve snuck “the book” into the bathroom. (Shhhh!). Gross but true.  You’ve ignored a call from your BFF because you were with “the book.”

You’ve done it. We want to hear it. Today’s Writing Prompt dares you to complete the following:

BookAddiction

Come clean! Leave your confessions in the Comments below.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer