Author Archives: Sonja C.

September 26, 2016

Random Weirdness Writing Prompt

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This is totally true. In my lifetime, I have swum in an underground cave. I have eaten fried crickets. I have walked through a park filled with hundreds and hundreds of stray cats. And I have watched a movie with the Queen of England. (Well, she was in the balcony and I was down below with the secret service agents, but we were in the same theater!)

Now we want to hear from you. Tell us about the weird and wonderful things you have done in your lifetime! The only rules are:

  • No inappropriate stuff.
  • No personal information about who you are or where you live.
  • Have fun!

Please leave a Comment sharing your wonderful weirdness with the world!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 7, 2016

Books Whose Titles Are Too Short

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Have you noticed a lot of book titles have the main character’s first and last names in them? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.

So I thought it would be fun to re-title some of my old favorite books whose titles are just too short:

Holes Holes becomes . . .Stanley Yelnats Breaks the Family Curse
Walktwomoons Walk Two Moons becomes . . .Salamanca Tree Hiddle Goes on a Journey to Search for Her Mother
Hoot _10552675 Hoobecomes . . .Roy Eberhardt Saves the Owls
Swindle Swindle becomes . . .Griffin Bing Pulls Off the Heist of the Century
Tangerine Tangerine becomes . . .Paul Fisher Thinks His Parents Are Lying to Him

What new titles would YOU make up for your favorite books?

— Sonja

August 30, 2016

School Supplies Poll

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What Is Your Most-Needed Back-to-School Item?

It’s a new school year and that means new school supplies. Do you need awesome pens and writing instruments, school clothes, or locker decorations?

school supplies poll

Pens Flickr photo by Ariel Grimm. Locker photo courtesy The Container Store

Vote for your favorite school supply in the comments. Happy new school year!



June 23, 2016

Adventures in Babysitting Would You Rather With Sofia Carson

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Sofia Carson Answers Our Would You Rather Questions

In the Disney TV movie Adventures in Babysitting, goody two-shoes Jenny (played by Sabrina Carpenter from Girl Meets World) and artsy rebel Lola (played by Sofia Carson from Descendants) accidentally swap phones. As a result of the swap, Lola ends up babysitting for one of Jenny’s clients and getting into BIG trouble. The night turns into a chaotic adventure as Jenny and Lola hunt for one of the kids who snuck away.

Watch my video with Sofia Carson as she answers my Would You Rather questions. Would you rather . . .

sofia carson

Be best friends with Evie from Descendants OR Lola from Adventures in Babysitting?

Be best friends with Prince Charming from Descendants OR Jenny from Adventures in Babysitting?

Be a world-famous photographer OR a straight-A student?

Babysit the worst kids in the world OR owe $1000 in parking tickets?

If you could accidentally switch phones with anyone in the world, who would you choose and why?

Do you have any babysitting rules or tips for a first-time babysitter?


Photo credit (Disney Channel/Ed Araquel)

Adventures in Babysitting airs Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. on Disney Channel. Will you be watching? Leave a Comment and answer the Would You Rather questions for yourself!


June 17, 2016

Jack Griffo Thundermans Would You Rather

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Jack Griffo (a.k.a. Max Thunderman) Would You Rather

I met 19-year-old Jack Griffo and we chatted about The Thundermans, superpowers, his best guy friend who plays Link, and his real-life girlfriend who plays Allison on the show. He was super-sweet and fun.

Watch the video!

jack griffo video

It’s your turn to answer The Thundermans questions.  Would you rather . . .

Be best friends with Henry Danger OR Link Evilman?

Be slimed OR be turned into an animal with the animalizer?

Be world famous OR have a secret superpower that no one knows about?

If you could only have 1 of Max’s superpowers, which would you choose and why?

Leave YOUR answers in the Comments and tell us what you think of The Thundermans!



June 16, 2016

Tony Awards Fashion Poll

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Which Dress Would You Wear to the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards ceremony (officially known as Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre) was on Sunday. The awards recognize actors and singers in live Broadway shows, and Hamilton fan that I am, you KNOW I was watching! Which dress would YOU wear if you were nominated for a Tony?

Tony Awards

Photos by Larry Busacca, Theo Wargo, and Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Vote for your favorite dress in the Comments.


May 31, 2016

Summer Social Goals

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Summer Social Goals

Happy summer, everyone! As far as I am concerned, the best thing about summer is all the free, unlimited READING TIME! After a long school year of assignments and homework, it is finally time to read whatever you want for as long as you want, but sometimes summer can feel a bit . . . unsocial since you don’t see always your friends every day. How can you celebrate the joys of unlimited reading time and still be social? Join the Message Boards in June for your summer social goals!

Here are a few challenges to get you started meeting new online friends, chatting, and supporting your fellow readers! Choose one or choose them all and go get social!

Tell us your June social goals in the Comments. Then sign in to the Message Boards and start being social!