November 17, 2014

Bad Books and Good Books Writing Prompt

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skyelark moon STACKS avatarBooks Writing Prompt from Skyelark Moon

Hey, everyone!

I’m sure most of you have had a similar conversation where you ask someone about a book, and she replies, “Don’t read that book; it’s bad.” That lead me to the question: what makes a book *bad*? Is it the characters? The plot? The general way the story is written? Is the book *bad* because of a negative connotation that was put towards it?

What do you think makes a book *bad*?

For me, I have found a *bad* book to be one that I simply did not enjoy. In general, either the characters or the plot (or both) weren’t engaging enough for me to enjoy the story to its full potential.

That then leads to the question of: what makes a *good* book? To me, I find the characters and the plot quite important. Of course, that is not all I look for, but they are certainly a large factor. :D

What do you think makes a *good* book?

I’m very interested in hearing *cough*reading*cough* your answers! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Fly you high,
Skyelark Moon who used minimal smilies in this post. :lol:

November 15, 2014

The Marvels: New Brian Selznick Book

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Extra!The Marvels by Brian Selznick

If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, then prepare yourself for another amazing book by Brian Selznick coming out on September 15, 2015! With 440 pages of original drawings and 200 pages of text, The Marvels promises to be epic, and it will have a beautiful cover! Look! Just look at it!!The Marvels book cover

In The Marvels, Selznick weaves together two spellbinding stories—one in words, and the other in pictures. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The written story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. How the picture and word stories intersect will leave readers marveling over Selznick’s storytelling skill. Get it? Marveling! The Marvels is filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and features Selznick’s most arresting art to date.

Here’s what the author has to say about The Marvels: “I’m thrilled to finally share The Marvels with readers after three years of intense work on the book, including living briefly in London and spending an entire year drawing the pictures,” says Brian Selznick.

And here’s what I have to say about The Marvels: “I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15!!!!! And also, what are those cool serpent thingies on the cover? Oh, I can’t wait!”

Leave a Comment to tell us what you think about this news.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 14, 2014

Kira Kosarin from The Thundermans

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Max (Jack Griffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosarin) in THE THUNDERMANS Kira Kosarin Plays Phoebe on The Thundermans

Q: Tell us about your show The Thundermans.
Kira: It’s a show on Nickelodeon about a family of superheroes who move to the suburbs to try to live a normal life, but that doesn’t always work because we all have superpowers. I play Phoebe who is a really strong superhero and my twin brother [played by Jack Griffo] wants to be a super-villain, so comedy ensues.

Phoebe (Kira Kosarin) in THE THUNDERMANS

Photo by: Alice Hall/Nickelodeon

Q: What is an unusual talent that most people don’t know you have?
Kira: I can talk crazy, crazy fast and rap. No one thinks I can rap, but I can. My friends know. I don’t have many secrets. I’m kind of an open book.

Q: What was your most embarrassing moment?
Kira: I fell during a live taping of The Thundermans. I wiped out on the stage. That was pretty embarrassing.

Q: If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?
Kira: In The Thundermans we have a talking bunny and I think that would be so cool! Our bunny talks because he was a super-villain who got turned into a bunny. On the show it’s actually a puppet.

Q: Are you a city person or a country person?
Kira: City. I’ve lived in both. I’ve lived in New Jersey, Florida, and then here [Los Angeles].

Q: What’s one thing that you think could help make the world a better place?
Kira: If everyone would do something really small it would make a difference in any arena. I think people should be taking care of the environment more, throwing out your trash, and recycling, and unplugging things. I think that if everyone could be nice to each other, it would be great!

INTERVIEW BY SUE SCHNEIDER

November 13, 2014

STACKS Shows

Posted by at 1:03 am in Kid Power | Permalink

stacks showsI <3 STACKS Shows!

I have noticed a very fun trend on the STACKS Message Boards: people making their own shows. They are all super-creative and each person’s show is different. Here is a sample of some of the shows I’ve been seeing lately.

Radio Show!!! by SoftballAthena7 and WinterWonder9300

W: Hey, guys! Today is our first ever radio show on the STACKs! This show is all about having fun. Stay tuned for quizzes, interviews, STACKs news, and much, much more! The roof is about to get raised!
Before we start, let’s introduce ourselves! I’m WinterWonder9300 and I love to read! I’ve loved every second of my four years of being on this site. I can’t wait to spend many more years here.

S: And I’m SoftballAthena7. I love to read, write, play sports, and, of course, I’m all about Greek mythology.

W: Now, since this is a radio show… we have a few songs to listen to! “Amnesia” by 5 Seconds of Summer and “Believer” by American Authors
While you check out those songs, here is some STACKs news. . . (Click here to read the rest of this show.)

The Purplewizard50 Show by PurpleWizard50

So, as most of you may know, I got this idea from CatGymnastics, my Stack Pal. So thanks, Melanie! And here’s your reward! You’ll be this week’s Featured STACKer! Anyway, let’s start the show off with the newest fan fiction I’m writing. Basically, I’m going to be writing a chapter in every episode!

Chapter 1
Everything in this story is true. Trust me. Or don’t. Most people don’t trust me because I’m totally unreliable. Others don’t trust me because my father is a jewel thief and my mother is a murderer. My name is Scarlett Moon. (Click here to read the rest of this show.)

If you are not on the boards, you should go visit and join the fun. Maybe you can write your own show!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

November 12, 2014

Fly by Night Book Review

Posted by at 1:56 am in Reads | Permalink

Fly by Night book coverBook Reviews by Kids, for Kids

Are you looking for 100% kid-approved book recommendations? The STACKS has them. This week, CycloneVampire7 recommends Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (for ages 9-12). Have you read this book? What did you think? Read on for CycloneVampire’s 4-star-review.

Fly by Night book coverFly by Night is a beautiful book about a girl named Mosca Mye. In Mosca’s world, books are dangerous and outlawed, and supposedly fill your mind with lies and poisonous ideas. But Mosca can read. Her father taught her to. He is dead now, so when Mosca meets Mr. Eponymous Clent, a dangerous man with a poet’s way with words, she decides to help him. As things slowly start to unravel, Mosca realizes that things aren’t always as they have been, and Comfort isn’t always the good guy. It’s a little hard to understand at times, but all-in-all, a wonderful book. I would probably say it’s for ages 10+ because it’s hard to follow, or age 9 if you’re a good reader.

November 11, 2014

Superpower Personality Quiz

Posted by at 1:13 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

Question marksPersonality Quiz: What Superpower Would You Have?

It can be fun to envision how different life would be if we each developed our own superpowers. At one point or another, you probably wished that you had supersonic speed or the ability to fly. I know I have! Dare to take this quiz and discover what epic superpower you would have.

  1. You can be described in one word as . . .  A) quiet. B) tough. C) sneaky.
  2. When you have extra time on the weekends, you . . . A) stay home and play video games. B) play sports and exercise. C) spend hours reading books and doing puzzles.
  3. Not that this would ever happen, but if you were late to school and got locked out, you would . . .  A) sit outside the front door until a teacher found you. B) kick the door or window open. C) sneak into the janitor’s shed and find the spare key.
  4. When someone makes fun of you at school, you wish you could . . . A) disappear. B) punch a wall. C) think of something smart to say back.
  5. You enjoy listening to . . .  A) cheery pop songs. B) loud rock music to get you PUMPED! C) nothing too noisy that could break your concentration.
  6. Your favorite game to play is . . . A) hide and seek. B) football. C) Monopoly.
  7. Your favorite subject in school is . . . A) Reading. B) Physical education. C) Math.

Ready for your results? Now for the moment of truth! Which superpower would you have?

If you answered mostly A’s:  You have the power of Invisibility!
In stressful situations you tend to want to disappear. You are quiet and timid. With the power of invisibility you could vanish in the blink of an eye! You could sneak out of places without people noticing, or play hilarious pranks on friends!

If you answered mostly B’s: You have Super Strength!
Being strong and powerful definitely has its advantages! You could perform outrageous tasks from opening tight jars and bottles to lifting cars and breaking blocks of stone!

If you answered mostly C’s: You have Mind Control!
With the ability to read and control people’s minds, life would be easy but also dangerous! You could persuade a teacher to give you a good grade, make your parents raise your weekly allowance, or basically do anything you wanted!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 10, 2014

Autumn Puppy Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:10 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a CaptionAutumn Puppy Create a Caption
Is that a stuffed animal? No, it’s fluffy, little Charlie! It looks like he is having fun playing at the park. He is all ready for fall as his red fur matches the autumn leaves on the ground!

Charlie Puppy
Here’s my caption: “Okay I’m ready! I’m ready! Throw the Frisbee please! Oh . . .oh . . . There it goes! I can see it coming towards me! Wait a second . . . No, that’s just an autumn leaf falling from the tree!

Write YOUR own caption for this picture in the Comments!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 5, 2014

The Sisters Grimm Review

Posted by at 1:03 am in Kid Power, Reads | Permalink

The Sisters Grimm book coverThe Sisters Grimm

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to exist in a place where fairy tales are real? Wondered what it would be like to live in a town where the three little pigs are sheriffs, Snow White is a teacher, and Prince Charming is the mayor? Well, for two girls living in Ferryport Landing, this is their reality. Join Sabrina Grimm; her sister, Daphne; and a cheeky boy fairy called Puck on a whirlwind adventure in The Sisters Grimm book series by Michael Buckley. Continue reading

November 4, 2014

Girl Meets World Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:56 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

Girl Meets WorldGirl Meets World Would You Rather

We recently interviewed Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter from the Disney Channel show Girl Meets World, and judging from your Comments, we know you can’t get enough!

I used to love the show Boy Meets World  which featured Riley’s parents Corey and Topanga as kids, and now I love Girl Meets World just as much. It follows Corey and Topanga’s daughter, Riley who is in 7th grade, and her best friend Maya. Riley is funky and artistic, but also very academic. Maya is more street-smart, pretty, and popular. Like Boy Meets World, it has a good story with a bit of a lesson at the end. Are you guys hooked? Then get ready to meet . . .Girl Meets World Would You Rather!

Inspired by the show, would you rather . . . Continue reading