Author Archives: Sonja C.

November 24, 2015

10 Problems Only Harry Potter Fans Understand

Posted by at 1:24 am in Harry Potter, Writing Prompt | Permalink

harry potter irl 110 Problems Only Harry Potter Fans Understand

You know who you are. You fell in love at the first page of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and you never looked back. But there are some things that people who have not read Harry Potter just don’t understand about you . . .

  1. You wish Hogwarts were real and you desperately want to get your Hogwarts letter.
  2. You try seriously hard to do magic and are frustrated when your “wand” (a.k.a. stick) does not work.
  3. Dobby, Fred Weasley, Professor Lupin, Snape, and Tonks.
  4. Trying to explain Quidditch to your non-Harry Potter friends so you can play it at recess.
  5. The movie did not include your favorite line or scene from the book.
  6. You scream while watching the movies, “That didn’t happen in the book!”
  7. When someone says, “JK” (for just kidding), you think, “Rowling.”
  8. You are desperately waiting for J.K. Rowling to write another children’s book.
  9. If it’s not Harry-related, you kind of don’t want to talk about it.
  10. Nothing else you read is ever as good as Harry Potter.

Can YOU relate to any of these? Leave a Comment to tell us your problems that only other Harry Potter fans understand!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 13, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Characters

Posted by at 1:54 am in Celebrities | Permalink

Meet the Characters in the New Star Wars Movie!

Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi (rated PG), episode VII The Force Awakens will also feature Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, but of course they are much older now.

star wars Luke, Leia, and Han

Photo courtesy of LucasFilm


There are also 3 important new characters. Here is what little I know about them so far. . .

Finn is a runaway stormtrooper whose TIE Fighter crashes on Jakku, a remote desert planet in the Outer Rim Territories. He also has a lightsaber in this picture. Where did that come from? Has he been trained as a Sith or a Jedi?Finn

Rey is a scavenger living on Jakku. She was abandoned there by her parents when she was 5 years old, so she’s, you know, pretty tough and independent. It looks like she and Finn become friends somehow.Rey

And Kylo Ren is the dark knight who wants to continue the evil reign of terror that Darth Vader left. He looks really mean, guys, and his lightsaber is homemade. How evil do you have to be to make your own lightsaber? He doesn’t look as scary as freaky, red-eyed Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace, but he does look like a pretty evil villain.


Strangely, we don’t have a picture of how Luke Skywalker will look in the new movie. Why? What are they hiding from us? Did he become a hermit like Ben Kenobi? Or has he gone to the dark side?? (That sound you hear is me screaming, “NOOOOO!!!!”)

We won’t know for sure until December 18 when the movie comes out.

Are you a Star Wars fan? What do you think of the new movie posters? Let us know in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Photos courtesy of LucasFilm

November 11, 2015


Posted by at 11:11 am in About Us | Permalink

Hey, I just noticed . . .

It's 11-11 o'clock on 11-11!

“Der Kitten office assistant” Flickr photo by snaxor

Hope you’re having a great day!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 5, 2015

Magic Card Tricks

Posted by at 1:44 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Hi!Meet Ben, a 10-year-old magician from New Jersey. His card tricks will blow you away! I’m not kidding; you have to see this! I have seen him perform in person, and I can tell you, he is legit. Watch his card trick video.


Amazing, right? I have no idea how he does it, but if you are interested in card tricks, check out Klutz Card Trickery. Maybe you can learn Ben’s secrets!

There are lots more videos about Games and Magic on the STACKS! Go check them out!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 29, 2015

Peanuts Movie

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The Peanuts MovieIt’s a New Peanuts Movie, Charlie Brown!

Remember Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang? If you are like me, you watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown every year at Halloween, and A Charlie Brown Christmas every year in December. Well, they are back in a brand-new movie coming to theaters on November 6, 2015!

Peanuts Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Image courtesy 20th Century Fox

In The Peanuts Movie (rated G), Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest to befriend the new girl next door, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. Will they succeed, or will they go down in flames?

Also, if you are in New York City next week, you are invited to some cool events! Check it out and ask your parents if you can come celebrate with the Peanuts gang in NYC.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 29, 2015

R. L. Stine Web Chat

Posted by at 1:00 am in Authors, Goosebumps, Live Chats | Permalink


R. L. Stine Web Chat!

R. L. Stine is hosting a web chat on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 2-3 p.m. ET.

I will be posting live updates from the chat on the Reading Buzz Board so you can join us there for our live Goosebumps Halloween R. L. Stine celebration! Hop over to the Buzz Board now! What are you waiting for? Click on the blue link!

If you miss it, you can go to the Reading Buzz Board any time to read the transcript.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 19, 2015

Oliver, the Halloween Cat

Posted by at 1:34 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a CaptionOliver, the Halloween Cat

Is this cat wearing a Halloween costume or is he a witch cat all year long? What spells and potions do you think he is imagining under that sparkly witch’s hat?

Halloween Cat

Flickr photo courtesy of Natalle Barletta

Here is my caption:

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. . . or maybe I’ll just take a nap.”

Leave your caption for Oliver the Halloween cat in the Comments!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 16, 2015

Beetlejuice 2

Posted by at 1:42 am in Celebrities | Permalink

beetlejuiceBeetlejuice Sequel In the Works?

Made in 1988, the movie Beetlejuice (rated PG) is a Halloween classic now. It’s about a couple named Adam and Barbara Maitland who are ghosts trapped in their own house. When a new family moves in, the ghosts decide they want them out, but then they become friends with the depressed teen daughter Lydia (played by Winona Ryder). Trying to help the Maitlands, she summons Beetlejuice (played by Michael Keaton), “the afterlife’s leading bio-exorcist,” to help them. But it doesn’t take her long to regret the decision because this guy is a creepy, bug-eating ghoul and he is NUTSO!

So if you liked Beetlejuice, you’ll be excited to know that a spin-off movie is expected to begin production by the end of this year. The upcoming film will be called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, which I can only imagine which be equally as wacky and bizarre as the first movie. It is possible that Michael Keaton will again play his role as Beetlejuice, and Winona Ryder may be in the movie too.

Are you a Beetlejuice fan? What do you think about a new Beetlejuice movie? leave a Comment! And if you are looking for a Halloween movie to go see right now, the Goosebumps movie (rated PG) hits theaters today!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer