October 13, 2014
Create a Caption for Halloween Kitty!
This cutie kitten is so excited for Halloween! Can’t you tell? I just want to give her a million treats! What do you think she is thinking under her witch’s hat?
Leave your caption in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Kitten image credit SuperStock
October 11, 2014
2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners
The Nobel Peace prize is a very important award given to particular people anywhere in the world who have worked to promote peace and understanding among nations. The prize is a HUGE honor and it is worth over $1 million! In the past, the prize has gone to famous presidents like Americans Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and South Africans F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. Organizations can win the award, too. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won for its work to help the environment. And Doctors Without Borders won for its work to take care of sick people around the world.
The 2014 award was announced this week. It is being given to two people and one is a 17-year-old girl! She is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever. Talk about Kid Power! Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the winners this year for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights activist. He campaigns to help poor children who are forced to work as slaves in factories, to get them out of the factories and into school. Believe it or not, there are children who have to leave their parents to go work all day long in faraway factories. They never even have the chance to learn how to read much less borrow a book from a beautiful library. According to the Bachpan Bachao Andolan website (“Save the Childhood Movement” in English), Satyarthi has set up schools and rescued thousands of children out of this slavery.
Malala has also campaigned to help all children go to school. You may have heard of her since she was in the news a lot a couple of years ago. She was writing a blog about living under the Taliban in Pakistan, especially how they didn’t want girls to go to school. Malala went to school anyway and continued speaking out against the Taliban. The Taliban actually tried to kill her, but she survived and continues to speak out for girls’ right to go to school and get an education. How brave!
So you see it doesn’t matter how young you are. YOU can change the world! Leave a Comment and let us know how you’re inspired to make a difference!
October 10, 2014
Sabrina Carpenter singer/songwriter and co-star on Girl Meets World
Judging by your comments, you guys love Girl Meets World. In honor of your fandom, we have a new interview with 15-year-old Sabrina Carpenter who plays Maya on the show, and also sings the song, “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying.”
Tell me about Riley (Rowan’s character).
Sabrina: Riley is very different from my character. She’s very sweet, very caring, and she loves school. She’s a very optimistic, curious girl. I’m friends with a lot of people like that in real life. I think it’s important to have those mentally stimulating friends around you like that, and she’s a really great character. Continue reading
October 8, 2014
Book Reviews by Kids, for Kids
Are you looking for 100% kid-approved book recommendations? The STACKS has them. This week, CheeryJade2 recommends the Confectionately Yours series by Lisa Papademetriou (for ages 9-12). Have you read this series? What did you think? Read on for CheeryJade’s review. . .
Well, hello out there! I started my weekly book blog which features 1 book per post. And today’s post is starring the Confectionately Yours series by Lisa Papademetriou. The series consists of 4 books.
Now, the series is basically about a girl called Hayley who is an amazing cupcake baker and her family (consisting of her mom, lil’ sis’ Chloe, her grandmother, and various other people). Hayley has been through a lot: her parents’ divorce, a fall-out with her best friend, etc. But she manages a happy and sweet ending always. No, things don’t always go back to the way they were, and that’s what I like about the book! It has a touch of bittersweet reality. The book also contains some amazing gluten-free cupcake recipes, which are super-yummy to eat and super-easy to make. So, if you’re into baking and reading, this is the series for you!
PS. You can check out the Confectionately Yours series on the Stacks itself! So, get clicking!
If you are interested in this book, check it out and join the conversation about it on the Message Boards.
October 8, 2014
New Goosebumps Fan Forum
The haunting season is officially here. Get ready for thrills, chills, and spooktacular fun all month long with Goosebumps! We’re kicking it off this week with some frightfully fantastic news . . . Goosebumps has an all-new, eerily captivating website! Slappy beckons you to enter . . . if you dare! He’s got some monstrous friends joining him and ready to welcome you into the spine-tingling world of Goosebumps!
The site’s not just about Slappy and his ghoulish crew. Visit the site to:
And last yet most exciting of all . . . the Goosebumps community is back with forums on the new site where you can discuss anything and everything Goosebumps with other fans just like you. Share your thoughts on the books, TV show, and even post your results from the Monster Quiz or about your perils evading Monster Blood in the new game!
Be sure to visit Ink Splot 26 all October long for exciting Goosebumps features!
October 7, 2014
Goosebumps Guess the Books: Answers Revealed!
Your challenge today was to name the book titles just by looking at these little pieces of the book covers. Did you guess them all?
Here are the answers:
- Goosebumps: One Day at HorrorLand
- Goosebumps Most wanted: Son of Slappy
- Goosebumps: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
- Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy
- Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask
How did you do? Have you read all these books? Then you should totally join us for the rest of the Halloween Book Challenge going on all month long!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 7, 2014
Goosebumps Guess the Books
We are celebrating Goosebumps books this October. Can you guess the book titles from this tiny sliver of each cover? I’ll give you an obvious hint: They are all in the Goosebumps series.
Leave your guesses in the Comments and come back later today for the answers.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 6, 2014
Writing Prompt: What’s Your Best Good Deed?
Recently, I came across these awesome quotes that really made me think:
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
“We ARE what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” (Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher)
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you do not know when it will be too late.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous American author)
“One person can make a difference. And everyone should try.” (President John F. Kennedy)
Heavy stuff, huh?
How have YOU made a difference? Maybe you’ve stuck up for someone getting bullied, or helped an injured animal, or done something kind that no one will ever even know about. We want to know for today’s Writing Prompt:
What is your best good deed?
Reveal yours in the Comments below!
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
October 3, 2014
Star Wars Rebels: Invading Disney XD in October!
Star Wars fans, this one’s for YOU. Did you ever wonder what happened after Anakin turned into Darth Vader . . .but before Luke grew up and became a Jedi and battled him? Well, wonder no more because the new Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels, is about to answer some questions!
Set 14 years after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (when Anakin becomes Darth Vader) and 5 years before Episode IV: A New Hope (when Luke becomes a Jedi), the new series tells the story of the rebellion’s beginnings. A mismatched group of rebels band together aboard a ship called “Ghost” and try to fight the evil Empire which is rising to power. Continue reading
October 1, 2014
Join Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!
Join your fellow STACKers and take the Halloween Book Challenge. Here’s how the challenge will work. You pledge to read at least 1 new book every week until Halloween. Every week, it will be a different theme and you will choose a new book to read to match the theme for that week. Tell us in the Comments what book you are reading and then go to the Reading Buzz Message Board to tell us more about your book and chat with other participants in the Halloween Book Challenge.
Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover. (OK. I know The Long Haul won’t be out until November but it has such a great orange cover, I couldn’t resist!)
Oct 8-14 Creepy Setting
Choose a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .
Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.
Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.
If you are participating in the Halloween Book Challenge, let everyone know by changing your Avatar profile into the book t-shirt, and make it orange! And leave a Comment telling us which book you will read for this week.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer