October 3, 2014

Star Wars Rebels

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Star Wars RebelsStar 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

Halloween Book Challenge

Posted by at 1:01 am in Games, Reads | Permalink

Happy HalloweenJoin 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.

Weekly themes:

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!)

Black and orange book covers for Halloween Book Challenge

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 . . .

Halloween Book Challenge: creepy settings

Oct 15-21 Supernatural Abilities
Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.

Supernatural book covers

Oct 22-31 Trick or Treat
This week’s book can be anything related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.

Trick or treat book covers

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

September 30, 2014

Back-to-School Word Scramble Answers

Posted by at 1:26 pm in Trivia | Permalink

Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word Scramble Answers

How did you do on your first STACKS test of the new school year? No matter whether you could unscramble them all, or the letters just looked like a bunch of unreadable jibberish, you’re all superstars to me!

Here are the answers:

  1. Kcerlo = Locker
  2. Ebntooko = Notebook
  3. Cbapckak = Backpack
  4. Omhkorwe = Homework
  5. Ecnilps = Pencils
  6. Enw eaerstch = New teachers
  7. Lohocs = School
  8. Isghlen = English

Thanks, CatGymnastics for an awesome quiz! Would you like to see YOUR quiz in the Ink Splot 26 blog? You can add your ideas here!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 30, 2014

Back-to-School Word Scramble

Posted by at 1:56 am in Trivia | Permalink

Back to SchoolBack-to-School Word Scramble

By now, you are certainly all settled into the new school year. You’re in the routine of waking up early, getting to school on time, and doing homework every night. Maybe you have even had your first test. So, you are totally ready to ace this back-to-school word scramble created by CatGymnastics173!

Can you unscramble these school-related words? Continue reading

September 29, 2014

Fozzie Dog Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:46 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

Create a CaptionCreate a Caption for Fozzie Dog

How adorable is Fozzie? I think he looks like he is trying to talk his owner out of giving him a bath or a haircut.

What do YOU think he would say if he could talk? Write your own caption in the Comments!

Here’s my caption: Anything but a bath! I promise I’m not that dirty. Honestly. I only rolled around in the backyard a little bit! Aw, anything but that! I can lick myself clean instead. Watch!

Amanda, STACKS Intern

Fozzie Dog

 

September 26, 2014

Jake Short in Mighty Med

Posted by at 1:56 am in Celebrities | Permalink

jake_short_faceJake Short Is Oliver in Mighty Med!

We’re all super-sad that A.N.T. Farm ended, but we’re really glad that the stars from the show are still doing awesome things! Jake Short, who played Fletcher on A.N.T. Farm, now stars in the show Mighty Med on Disney XD. Have you seen it? The show is about two best friends, Kaz and Oliver, who work at a special hospital called Mighty Med that treats superheroes and sci-fi and fantasy characters. Kaz is played by Bradley Steven Perry (who was Gabe Duncan on Good Luck Charlie) and Jake plays Oliver.

We wanted to see what the 16-year-old actor has been up to since the last time we interviewed him. What’s it like being in Mighty Med? What’s his most embarrassing moment? What’s his dream pet? Read on to find out! Continue reading

September 25, 2014

Help! Beatles!!!

Posted by at 1:34 am in Kid Power, Music | Permalink

Hi!Classic is the New Black: a magazine that discusses classic actors, movies, books, musicians, and TV shows from a kid’s point of view.

You may see Beatles as a bug but I see them as a band. At the age of 3, my father exposed me to a whole new world of classics. This is how I came to love the Beatles. I don’t know why I like the Beatles, but there was just a spark. Maybe it was their catchy lyrics or great melodies. It was something about the realness of the group. Continue reading

September 24, 2014

Bud, Not Buddy Video

Posted by at 1:19 am in Reads | Permalink

Bud Not BuddyNew Book Trailer!

Have you seen STACKS Staffer En-Szu’s awesome video for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963, Elijah of Buxton, and The Mighty Miss Malone)?

Check it out and tell us what you think in the Comments!

Bud, Not Buddy video

September 23, 2014

Autumn Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:59 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

Would you rather . . . It is officially fall!

Yesterday was the September Equinox, when day and night are almost the same length all around the world — about 12 hours. The word “equinox” actually means equal night. So in the Northern Hemisphere, today is officially the first day of autumn. From now until the December Solstice, the days will get shorter and colder.

Would you rather . . .

  1. Go apple picking OR play in a big pile of leaves?
  2. Have longer days in summer and shorter days in winter OR have equal days and nights year-round?
  3. Have 12 hours of sunlight a day OR 20 hours of sunlight a day?
  4. Live in a place with spectacular fall foliage OR live in a place that is warm year-round?
  5. Be a cheerleader OR a football player?
  6. Spend half the year in the Underworld like Persephone OR spend all year in our world?
  7. Eat mooncakes OR caramel apples?
  8. Rake leaves for 4 hours OR carry a 10-pound pumpkin across a pumpkin patch?
  9. Eat a summer-licious ice cream sundae OR a warm, cinnamon-y slice of autumn apple pie?

What are your favorite autumn traditions, or your favorite things about fall? Tell us in the Comments. And take our Autumn Trivia Quiz to test your fall season smarts.

September 22, 2014

Success Writing Prompt

Posted by at 2:58 pm in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Writing promptWriting Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Ink Splotters, it’s time to channel your deep inner-selves.

Take a deep breath.

Forget all of your worries and fears.

And let your mind go free.

For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Would it be something with a future career? Sports? Talking to your crush? Fixing the world? A fear you want to conquer? A person you’d want to help? If you knew it would all work out perfectly, what would you try to do?

Let it out . . . let it all out! This is your forum, so don’t be afraid to tell us. Live without fear. There is no way you can fail! Leave your answers in the Comments below. Sometimes seeing the words written out is the first step toward making it happen!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer