Category Archives: Writing Prompt

September 13, 2016

Book Characters I Want to Meet

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Here is my list of the five book characters I’d most want to meet in person:

Charlie_and_the_chocolate_factory_25. Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl)
Thanks to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, now I’d love to meet the genius behind everlasting gobstoppers, an entirely edible landscape, and all the rest of the mouthwatering wonders described by Dahl!

 

Charlottesweb4. Charlotte A. Cavatica (Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White)
I don’t think any explanation is necessary beyond what E. B. White says at the end of the book: “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

 

Secretletters3. Victoria (Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern)
You may have never heard of this book, but it’s one of my absolute favorites. It’s about a boy named Ernest who lives a dull, dreary existence until Victoria moves into the neighborhood and throws back the curtains and lets in the sunlight on his life by her sheer exuberant presence. I’d be very curious to experience whatever adventure she would bring to me.

 

Hpcos2. Dobby (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
While he’s far from the grandest character in the series, you’d be hard-pressed to
find one who is more unerringly selfless and good-hearted. He’s also hilariously funny.

 

Thebadbeginning1. Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket)
Fine, this is a bit of a cheat, but I’d argue that this elusive man in a bowler hat is as much a character in his books as he is the alleged author of them. And with all of the unresolved mysteries, Lemony Snicket is the #1 book character I’d want to meet in person. I’d love to corner him in a room and interrogate him — and by “interrogate,” I mean “ask him all my burning questions about VFD, and in the event that he refuses to answer, threaten to torture him with my own ill-conceived definitions of sophisticated vocabulary words, in the style of his writing but not nearly as clever.” Take that, Mr. Snicket! I’ll get you to talk if it’s the last thing I do!

What about you? Which book character would YOU most want to meet in person?

— Karen

September 12, 2016

10 Problems Only Vegetarians Understand

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Peep says Hi.Attention, all vegetarians! You’ve made the choice, stuck by your principles, educated your friends, and some might say saved countless animals all over the country. You are a vegetarian and you are strong. But even though you are super-proud and empowered by your choice, there are still just some problems only a vegetarian would understand, so this one’s for you!

10 Problems Only Vegetarians Understand

10. The smell of bacon. (Either it makes your mouth water, or grosses you out.)

9. You still have nightmares of chicken nuggets and their lives … before.

8. Try getting a decent meal when your family goes out to a steakhouse.

7. McDonald’s Happy Meals. So delicious, but you’re still hungry after not having a “main course.”

8. You have to explain to every new friend you eat lunch with why you are a vegetarian. Maybe you should just pass out pre-typed notes…

7. Your dad likes his steaks medium-rare. Ew.

6. Your mom’s always making you eat eggs and beans and tofu to make you get your protein.

5. Explaining to people that yes, hot dogs are, in fact, meat.

4. You end up eating a lot of “sides” at family BBQ’s.

3. Thanksgiving.

2. Your friends like to loudly announce it to everyone when you’re out to eat “Oh, she can’t eat that. She is a vegetarian!”

1. People try to trick you or tempt you into eating meat. Not cool!

Stay strong and be proud. And list your grievances below in the Comments!

-Ratha, Writer

September 10, 2016

Create a Caption: Monkey

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Create a captionSometimes I think I should work a little less and make a few more friends — because I find myself talking to my stuffed animal friend, Monkey, a lot.

I guess Monkey was thinking the same, because one day I came home and found him working on the computer! I can’t imagine what he was thinking — can you?

Monkey Thoughts
Photo Credit: Davin Cheng

Leave a comment telling me what you think Monkey was thinking — or what he said after I saw him!

— Nancy

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 22, 2016

10 Problems Only Left-Handed People Understand

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They make up less than 10% of the population. They are more prone to allergies. They are more likely to be a male than female. And their nails grow faster on their left hands than on their right! Who are they? Clap your left AND left hands together for … left-handers.

But wait, being a lefty is not all rainbows and unicorns. There are some problems righties will never know about. That’s why we’d now like to bring your attention to …

10 Problems Only Left Handed People Understand

10. You have to carefully plan which hand to extend when shaking hands.

9. Video game controllers drive you crazy.

8. It’s hard to find a left-handed baseball glove.

7. Spiral notebooks always poke you.

6. The mouse in your computer lab is always on the right.

5. You’re the only one in your family. Sniff sniff.

4. Scissors are tricky.

3. You get tired of hearing, “What? You’re a lefty?”

2. Markers and pencils smudge when you write.

1. Your left hand is covered with those smudges!

And there you have it. Are you left-handed? Share your trials and tribulations in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

August 11, 2016

SPONSORED BLOG POST Storks Movie

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StorksThis Blog Post Is Sponsored by STORKS.

One unexpected surprise. One giant adventure.

The animated adventure STORKS (rated PG) is in theatres nationwide on September 23 —fly on over and check out the movie trailer.

The STORKS Movie Baby Name Game!

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant in the movie STORKS. Junior is the company’s top delivery stork, and he’s about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

Are they up to the challenge? Are you? What name would you give the STORKS movie baby? Leave your ideas for the STORKS baby name in the Comments!

August 9, 2016

10 Problems Only Obsessed Readers Understand

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book=notalk_130Are you obsessed with the book you are reading now? Have you ever been unable put down a book because you are so totally completely lost in your book? If so, this one’s for you!

10 Problems Only Obsessed Readers Understand

10. Dripping food on your book because you MUST eat dinner and read simultaneously.

9. Staying up WAY past your bedtime to finish One. Last. Chapter.

8. That terrible feeling you get when you are on a car trip – you arrive at your destination – and you have to put your book down!

7. That sad, sad feeling when you know the end of your book is near.

6. Stressing out over lending your favorite books to your friends. What if they don’t give them back?!

5. Fan fiction. To read or not to read?

4. The pressure to like “the other” books in the series, even if you really only liked the first.

3. Are they going to make a movie of that book? Will it ever live up? Yes! No! Too stressful!

2. You started naming your pets after your favorite characters.

1. Getting in trouble for reading during class. You know it’s bad when even your teachers want you to stop reading!

Are you an obsessed reader? Let us know what problems YOU’VE run into in the Comments below!

-Ratha, Writer

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August 8, 2016

Jock Dog Create a Caption

Hey! Jock DogThis dog is rocking a fun haircut while out on the town for a walk! What would you say he is thinking?

Here’s my caption: “I wish my owner had brought more hair gel. I see some other dogs I want to impress!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!

Megan, STACKS Intern

 

 

August 1, 2016

10 Things Only Twins Understand

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Are you a twin? Sometimes you may love it, and sometimes not so much. But there are certain things in life only you and your other half can truly ever understand. Therefore the following list is devoted to you, my twin friends.

10 Things Only Twins Understand

Weasley twins

Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

  1. You know exactly what your twin is thinking you can finish your twin’s sentences.
  2. Being jealous of your twin’s other friends.
  3. Matching clothes. Rhyming names. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em.
  4. Having to share everything.
  5. You wave back to random people who think you are your twin.
  6. The Competition. In. Everything.
  7. People think you have the same personality just because you look the same.
  8. You’re going to go crazy if another person asks you, “Who’s the good twin?”
  9. Your teachers can never tell you apart.
  10. Even if you fight, you know you’ll love your twin forever.

Do you have a partner in crime – a.k.a. twin? Let us know your feelings in the comments below.

-Ratha