October 22, 2014
Whatever After Book #6: Cold as Ice
The next book in the Whatever After series is almost here! Abby and Jonah are visiting another fairy tale . . . and this one’s freezing! When author Sarah Mlynowski meets her fans, they often suggest to her which fairy tale they want her to write about next. The #1 request she had been getting from readers was to put main characters Abby and Jonah in the story of “The Snow Queen.” Next month, the Snow Queen-themed Whatever After book will be available and here’s a sneak peek at the cover!
What do you think? Pretty awesome, right!?!
If you’re not familiar with Whatever After, check out the website to play the dress-up game, watch the trailer, and read a few excerpts.
For all you Whatever After fans, Cold as Ice will be available on November 25th.
And look out for Whatever After #7: Beauty Queen, coming in May!
October 21, 2014
Moderator Katie on the Reading Buzz Message Board posted a poll-type quiz with questions contributed by Go-green-or-else, DreamtimeDetermined14, BreezeBrain39, WinterWonder9300, and DarkRising6.
MU HA HA HA! Let the fun begin!
What’s your favorite type of candy?
What are you being for Halloween this year?
What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
Do you have any Halloween traditions?
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
Do you know the history of Halloween? Do you care?
- What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
There are lots more questions to answer in the Halloween Quiz post. Go check them out and tell Moderator Katie I said, “Hi!” Happy Halloween!!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 20, 2014
Which Goosebumps Monster Are YOU?
Villainy. Terror. Mischief. All words to describe the monsters that wreak havoc in the Goosebumps book series by R.L. Stine. The menacing ghouls that fill the pages of the books each have their quirks that make their “monster-nalities” absolutely wretched! Take the Goosebumps Monster Quiz to see which ghoul is your rightful alter-ego.
Are you the trash-talking Slappy with a heart of pure cold, the vengeful Mummy, the devilish Scarecrow, the dastardly Lawn Gnomes, or the beastly Abominable Snowman? Discover your innermost wicked trait and see which Goosebumps monster you truly are.
Take the quiz. Which monster are you? Post it in the Comments.
October 17, 2014
R5 Halloween Traditions
We caught up with guys and girl of R5 to talk about their favorite Halloween memories. Just imagine one-year-old Ross Lynch in a little, baby bear costume. Do you have that image in your head? OK. Now you’re ready to read on . . . Continue reading
October 16, 2014
Whenever I go to someone’s house for the first time, I always try to peek at the bookshelves to see if that person likes the same books as I do. Is that nosy of me? What? You don’t do that? Anyway . . . I knew I wanted a peek at the Scholastic Kids Council’s bookshelves so I asked them to send me their “shelfies.”
Do you see any of your favorite books?
Leave a Comment to tell us which books we would see in YOUR shelfie.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 15, 2014
Happy almost-Halloween! This month’s Books of the Month are brought to you by the Halloween Book Challenge. Every week, we are reading a different book in a different Halloween-y category. It’s not too late to join! Here are the categories:
Oct 1-7 Halloween Colors
Read a book with black or orange in the book cover.
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.
This month’s Books of the Month are all of the books people are reading for the Halloween Book Challenge. Behold the word cloud!
Are you taking the Halloween Book Challenge? This week, the book topic is Supernatural Abilities. Tell us which supernatural-type book you’re reading in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 15, 2014
Goosebumps Most Wanted: The 12 Screams of Christmas
Christmas comes early for Goosebumps books fans—and in more ways than one! We have an exclusive preview of the newly released, Goosebumps Most Wanted: The 12 Screams of Christmas. It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and for Goosebumps, that usually means something downright terrifying is brewing. In the new book, Kate Welles and her friend Courtney are taking part in the school’s production of “The 12 Screams of Christmas.” When their teacher moves rehearsals to a certain house with a lot of history, it gives a new meaning to “Christmas Spirit.” Dare to take a peek?
JUST FOR INK SPLOT 26 READERS! Read an exclusive preview of the new Goosebumps Most Wanted: The 12 Screams of Christmas.
October 14, 2014
Halloween is an important holiday in the Harry Potter books. Have you ever noticed that important events always seem to happen in October in those books? Here are some memorable events from the Harry Potter books that took place in October along with a question for you to ponder:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: On October 31, a mountain troll attacks Hermione in the girl’s bathroom at Hogwarts. After Ron and Harry help her fight it, the 3 of them become inseparable friends. Would you rather fight a troll or a Dementor? Continue reading
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!