January 5, 2016

Animal Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:47 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

Question marksWhat Is Your Animal Personality?

Which climate would you rather live in? a) Hot and humid. b) Hot and dry. c) Wet and warm. d) Cold and snowy.

What would you rather eat? a) Bamboo. b) Leaves and grass. c) Fruit. d) Fish.

Pick which one you would rather have: a) thick fur coat. b) tusks. c) a big mouth to suck food in. d) wings.

Which unique trait would you rather have? a) The ability to climb great heights. b) Amazing hearing.  c) Webbed toes. d) Slick feathers for swimming.

What kind of family life would you prefer? a) Solitary, or all by yourself. b) Close, life-long relationships.  c) A small family. d) A huge family.

Pick a place you would love to visit. a) China. b) West Africa. c) East Africa. d) The Arctic.

Which type of animal would be your enemy? a) Snow leopard. b) Lion. c) Crocodile. d) Leopard seal.

What size animal would you rather be? a) Medium. b) Extremely large. c) Large. d) Small.

How fast would you like to be able to run or swim? a) 1-2 miles per hour. b) 10 miles per hour. c) 20 miles per hour. d) 7-9 miles per hour.

Which would you rather look like? a) A raccoon. b) A dinosaur. c) A rhino. d) A bird. Continue reading

January 4, 2016

Make It Pop Season 2

Posted by at 1:12 am in Movies & TV, Music | Permalink

MAKE IT POP : "The Gift"Make It Pop Returns for Season 2

Nickelodeon’s music-infused series, Make It Pop, returns for a 20-episode second season starting Monday, January 4, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). With all new songs and performances, heightened drama, and lots of laughs, season two will continue to follow social-media maven Sun Hi (Megan Lee), bookish Corki (Erika Tham), fashion-forward Jodi (Louriza Tronco), and DJ Caleb (Dale Whibley) at Mackendrick Prep, who, out of their love of music, formed the band XO-IQ.

MAKE IT POP SEASON 2 Faced with bigger challenges and higher stakes in season two, XO-IQ has yet to reunite after a number of setbacks. Corki is in danger of being removed from Mackendrick Prep by her father, Jodi is deciding if she should pursue her love of fashion, and now that Sun Hi is clashing with hotshot guitarist Linc, it looks like XO-IQ might be over, until a new band competition and rival boy band emerge and change everything.

Will you be watching? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

 

January 1, 2016

10 Reasons Why Going to Hogwarts Would Actually Be Terrible

Posted by at 1:37 am in Harry Potter | Permalink

Hogwarts by Kazu Kibuishi10 Reasons Why Going to Hogwarts Would Actually Be Terrible

Recently, Sonja (the Headmistress of The STACKS) asked me to do the hardest thing I have ever done in my WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE: “Can you list ten reasons why going to Hogwarts would actually be terrible?”

Of course I could think of one very obvious reason. “Um, because eventually I would have to graduate and NOT ATTEND HOGWARTS ANYMORE!” But that was just one reason. So I racked my brains for weeks trying to think of nine more reasons why. When you think about it, though, a lot of pretty terrifying stuff happened to Harry Potter and his friends while they were at Hogwarts. So behold a list you never thought you would (or should) see: Ten Reasons Why Going to Hogwarts Would Actually Be Terrible. Continue reading

December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:12 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

new year's resolutionsNew Year’s Eve Would You Rather

Today is New Year’s Eve, and we want to know how you guys are celebrating! Usually I just hunker down with family, make some yummy dips and desserts to eat, and watch the ball drop on TV. What about you guys? Let’s start the countdown to the new year with some Would You Rather New Year’s Eve questions!

Would You Rather . . .

  1. Stay up until midnight OR be cozy and asleep in your bed by 10?
  2. Celebrate in Sydney, Australia OR Los Angeles, California? (Sydney is one of the first cities to get to midnight, and Los Angeles is one of the last!)
  3. Blow party horns OR bang pots and pans?
  4. At midnight, have to kiss a slimy octopus OR a crazy squirrel?
  5. Be at the New York City ball drop in person OR watch it on TV?
  6. Have a snowy, blizzardy New Year’s OR tropical island New Year’s?
  7. Make a New Year’s Resolution to clean your room every day OR eat broccoli every day?

Let us know YOUR answers (and your New Year’s plans!) in the Comments below!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

December 30, 2015

Book Title Mashup

Posted by at 11:59 am in Reads, Trivia | Permalink

Guess the bookBook Title Mashup

PurpleFairy challenges you to a Book Title Mashup Quiz. Can you name the 2 books mashed up together in the following titles? If you need a hint, then click on the links.

  1. The 39 Rules for Girls
  2. The Hunger Amulet
  3. The Deathly Bone
  4. Captain Dumb Diary
  5. Grimmtastic Potter
  6. Geronimo Wonderstruck
  7. Wings of Whatever After
  8. How I Survived Mean Janine
  9. Charlotte’s Keepers
  10. Diary of Sisters

Leave your answers in the Comments and then go chat on the STACK Back Board!

December 29, 2015

Fun Questions for When You're Bored

boredom buster questionsWinter Break Boredom Buster Quiz

Hippolyte from the Reading Buzz Board has some questions for you in case you’re bored over winter break.

Hey you guys! I hope everyone’s doing great! :D  :D I’ve been kinda bored so here’s a little quiz/survey thingy! It’s mostly just questions I thought were fun and I’d like to answer, but hopefully you guys will like them too!

So, here it goes.

  1. First off, what do you like people to call you on the STACKS?
  2. Which fictional character are you most like?
  3. What was the latest song you listened to?
  4. Latest movie you watched?
  5. Hmm, who is your celebrity crush at the moment? (Be honest; I can see right through you!)
  6. If you were the protagonist of a new story, which already existing fictional villain would you like to fight against as your antagonist?
  7. What are you listening to right now?
  8. What’s your favorite scent?
  9. If you absolutely HAD to change your hairstyle to something you’ve never done before, what style would you choose?
  10. What are some very popular and well-liked things that you dislike? (Feel free to vent, but I’d be disappointed if the majority of answers are just “One Direction“.)
  11. What is your reputation in your circle of friends/family? (e.g. Are you the “comic relief” friend, the “team mom”, the “family disappointment”, etc?)
  12. If you were president for a day, what 3 things would you change?
  13. If you HAD to travel back in time and live in a specific time and place in history, what would you choose?
  14. Tell us about the AWESOMEST dream you’ve had.
  15. Have you thought of baby names (or just some names you like anyway)?
  16. What cartoons and movies did you grow up watching?
  17. How would you describe your sense of humor?
  18. Which song has been stuck in your head lately?
  19. What’s your favorite article of clothing that you own? Give it a little description.
  20. If you had $500 to spend, but only for yourself, what would you buy?
  21. In which fictional world would you like to live?
  22. What language that you don’t already speak would you be interested in studying?
  23. What would you rather be, a superhero or wizard? (Try to think outside of particular works of fiction: e.g. not just a Harry Potter wizard, or a Marvel superhero.)
  24. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
  25. Prince?
  26. Villain?
  27. Animal companion?
  28. What’s your favorite snack?

Aaaaaaand it’s over! Have fun you guys! Leave your answers in the Comments and then hop over to the Reading Buzz Board and say, “Hi!”

Hippolyte

December 28, 2015

Middle School Bucket List

Posted by at 1:49 am in Movies & TV, Personality Quiz | Permalink

Middle School bucket-listWhat’s on your list of 100 Things to Do Before High School?

While going to high school may seem really exciting and amazing and cool, it’s important to remember to make the most of your younger years . . . because once you get to high school, “you lose your best friends when you all discover you like different things.” That’s what CJ’s older brother says in 100 Things to Do Before High School.

We’re inspired by the brave (and goofy) antics of CJ and her BFFs, so we bring you our own bucket list . . . with a twist! Would you rather . . .

  1. Pull an all-nighter doing homework OR have a sleepover in a haunted house?
  2. Have your best friend give you a bad makeover OR go on a really weird diet for a week?
  3. Spend a day at school dressed as a turkey OR have to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of the whole school before a sports game?
  4. Say “yes” to everything for a day OR lick a toad?
  5. Get a really bad haircut OR only wear crusty old sandals every day for a month?
  6. Wear your underpants outside your pants for three classes OR eat a bug for lunch?
  7. Have your best friend use you as a guinea pig in a science fair project OR wear a super-sparkly “Mom is #1!” sweatshirt on the first day of school?
  8. Publish a book OR break a world record?
  9. Meet your favorite celebrity OR talk to your crush?
  10. Read every book in the library OR get A’s on every test?

Well, there you have it—our 100 Things to Do Before High School Would You Rather bucket list! Share your answers in the Comments below and tell us what is on YOUR list of 100 things to do before high school!

En-Szu, STACKS Writer

P.S. Don’t worry about high school. You get to keep the friends that you like, and you also get to make even more awesome friends!

December 27, 2015

A Roller Coaster Ride

Posted by at 1:55 am in News | Permalink
Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsA Roller Coaster Ride by Bobby Sena

What thrills do you seek when you visit an amusement park? “People come into the parks, and they want something different and unique,” says Joel Kornbluth, Vice President of Totally Bananas, a Florida-based company that manufactures treats made from frozen bananas.

Kuka Coaster roller coaster

This year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) trade show began on November 16 in Orlando, Florida. More than 1,000 exhibitors took advantage of the “nine miles of aisles” to showcase everything from “Ninjago,” an interactive 3-D ride that lets visitors throw snowballs at a digital screen, to “Honolulu Hot Dogs,” which are topped with tropical fruit.

“New technology and new innovations always fill the trade show floor,” said Colleen Mangone, Director of Media Relations for IAAPA. “That makes the show exciting and fresh each year.”

“X-TREME” FUN

Throughout the week, industry representatives from 120 countries toured the show. Some people even brought their kids to try out the rides and sample the food. For this reporter, the ultimate thrill came on the “Kuka Coaster,” a robot-based ride that had me swiveling in wild rotations, wondering what would happen next as I hung upside down. The coaster, which seats two people, lets passengers customize their experience from “gentle” to “x-treme.” I chose the latter. Watch the video here, and tell us in the Comments: Would YOU ride this roller coaster??).

Other highlights included testing my sports skills with interactive games and simulating the experience of falling 500 stories on the “Finger Coaster” designed by SMAAASH Entertainment, a company based in India. The coaster lets you make your own ride by drawing it out with your finger, which is how it gets its name. A virtual-reality headset allows you to choose the setting for the experience, like a beach or a lake.

This year’s show, Mangone said, “was all about how rides are incorporating new technology, specifically virtual reality, to add a new dimension to the visitor experience.” Whether you were twisting and turning or getting frozen treats, there was something for everyone!

December 25, 2015

Most Popular Names 2015

Posted by at 1:05 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

most-popular-names 2015Most Popular Names 2015

Your name is one of the things that says who you are. It can show your personality or uniqueness. It is such a part of you, it’s hard to imagine yourself with a different name, but today’s Would You Rather quiz does just that. The top 100 girls’ and boys’ baby names of 2015 have been announced, so now is your chance to imagine a different name for yourself.

Girls, would you rather have the name . . .

  1. Sophia (#1 most popular name in 2015) OR Kinsley (#90)?
  2. Emma (#2) OR Mila (#37)?
  3. Olivia (#3) OR Jordyn (#96)?
  4. Ava (#4) OR Isla (#94)?
  5. Mia (#5) OR Emery (#99)?
  6. Isabella (#6) OR Eleanor (#80)
  7. Zoe (#7) OR Jocelyn (#77)
  8. Lily (#8) OR Hazel (#89)?
  9. Emily (#9) OR Camilla (#65)?
  10. Madison (#10) OR Makayla (#48)?
  11. Riley (#12) OR Juliana (#86)?
  12. Maria (#54) OR Violet (#59)?
  13. Eliana (#62) OR Paisley (#64)?
  14. Stella (#68) OR Alice (#70)?

Boys, would you rather have the name . . . Continue reading