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1. Halloween Book Challenge Bonus

Happy HalloweenHave you been participating in the Halloween Book Challenge? Every week, we read a different book. Today is Halloween so we have a BONUS challenge for you! It’s a Halloween Party Spell-It-Out Challenge.

Here’s how the bonus challenge works. Think of all the books you read this month for the Halloween Book Challenge. Then think of the perfect Halloween party item (drinks, candy, decorations, etc.) and spell it out using the first letter of words in your book titles.

Example:
G - 
The Graveyard Book

U - Captain Underpants

M - Midnight Howl

Leave yours in the Comments. Have a super-fun and safe Halloween!

 

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2. Halloween Costume Writing Prompt

Dear STACKS readers,

We want to know . . .

What are you going to be for Halloween???

Warriors book costume

Leave a Comment and tell us your Halloween costume this year!

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3. Q & A with R. L. Stine

R. L. Stine, Goosebumps authorWith Halloween nigh, it’s only fitting to serve up a treat . . . a Q & A with the terrifyingly spooktacular R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series! Read to find out which Goosebumps character R. L. Stine is most like, his inspiration for Slappy, and more!

Q: How did you come up with Slappy’s character and the rhyme that brings him to life?

R.L Stine:  I’ve always been fascinated by puppets and dummies. When I was really young, maybe about three, my mother read the original Pinocchio to me, and it scared me to death. I think that’s where the idea of Slappy came from. When I write him, I want him to be so rude, he’s funny.

Q: Why did you decide on Goosebumps as the title of your book series?

R.L Stine: I liked the title Goosebumps because it is funny and scary at the same time, exactly what I try to do in the books. I’ve never been able to think of another title as perfect as that one.

Q: What would you do if you found yourself inside one of your books? Would you try to change the story or would you let it unfold?

R.L Stine: I think I would scream my head off—and run—like most of my characters. I would hate to be trapped in one of my books!

Q: Does anyone still call you “Jovial Bob?”

R.L Stine: No. Now I’m just scary. I haven’t been Jovial in years.

Q: Are any of your stories based on things that gave you nightmares as a kid?

R.L Stine: I was scared of a lot of things when I was a kid. I think that’s why I stayed in my room typing stories all the time. When I write my books now, I don’t remember specific things I was afraid of then. But I remember those feelings of fear and panic and try to bring them to my books.

Q: Do you go on book tours to other countries like Europe or Asia so that fans outside of the U.S. can meet you?

R.L Stine: I’ve been lucky to have done several wonderful book tours in other countries. I’ve done appearances and signings in London, Paris, and cities in Italy. My most memorable book tours were the ones in Australia and, most recently, China. I hope to travel to more countries soon.

Q: If you had to choose any character in any Goosebumps book to get its comeuppance from any Goosebumps monster, which character and which monster would you choose?

R.L Stine: Believe me, I don’t want to be a character in any of my books, and I don’t want to be a monster. I think I would least like to be the monster at Camp Jellyjam who was so smelly he died from his own smell!

Q: Which character from your Goosebumps books would you say is most like you and why?

R.L Stine: I guess I’m like the kid in The Blob that Ate Everything. He likes to sit at an old typewriter and write stories. And then he’s horrified when everything he writes comes true. I’d be horrified, too!

Q: What inspired you to write horror books?

R.L Stine: I’ve always enjoyed horror. When I was a kid, I read wonderful horror comics, like Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. My brother and I used to go to a horror movie every Saturday afternoon. I think I enjoy writing horror for kids because it’s a chance to give them a chill—and a laugh—at the same time.

Q: Have you ever considered taking a fan’s idea and writing a Goosebumps story about it?

R.L Stine: I’ve never used a reader’s ideas. I enjoy thinking them up too much myself!

Photo Credit: Dan Nelken

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4. Taylor Swift Would You Rather

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift ROCKS Would You Rather!

The youngest singer EVER to win a Grammy for Album of the Year.  The only female artist to chart at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. An album on Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Albums of All Time list. And . . . she writes her own music. And . . . she has a totally awesome fashion style.

TAYLOR SWIFT!!!

Check Ink Splot 26 very soon to watch an exclusive, up-close and personal chat with Taylor. She’ll share books that have inspired her, how writing has opened her world (a.k.a. becoming a rock star songwriter), and an exclusive never-before-seen video clip!

And enter the This Is How I Shake It Off Writing Contest. Taylor uses music to shake off tough moments in her life. You can share your story for a chance to win some amazing prizes. (Read the contest details here.)

So with all the Taylor Swift excitement around the STACKS this week, we want to know . . .

Would You Rather…

  1. Win a trip to see her concert OR win a guitar signed by Taylor Swift?
  2. Be in the room when Taylor was writing a new song OR when she is making a music video?
  3. Have Taylor’s long hair OR short bob haircut?
  4. Have front row seats in a giant concert stadium OR be one of 10 people hearing her play in a private coffee house?
  5. Have Taylor as your songwriting coach OR your fashion stylist?
  6. Have Taylor Swift as your BFF OR Ariana Grande? (too hard to choose?!)
  7. See Taylor guest star on Austin & Ally OR The Thundermans?
  8. Sing a duet with Taylor in front of your whole school to “Shake It Off” OR “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”?

We can’t wait to hear what you guys say in the Comments below! Rock on.

Ratha, STACKS Writer

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5. Taylor Swift Shake It Off Contest

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift Shake It Off Contest

Taylor Swift uses music to shake off the things people do or say that could have the power to hurt her. We want to hear how you shake off the things that get you down in your life. Enter the Taylor Swift This Is How I Shake It Off Writing Contest for a chance to win these prizes . . .

  • Grand Prize: A trip for 2 people to Taylor’s concert including a meet & greet with Taylor Swift!
  • 2nd place winner: A signed guitar & 1989 CD
  • 5 Runners-up: A signed 1989 CD

Taylor Swift Shake It Off Writing Contest

Here’s how to enter!

  • The contest is open to students attending U.S. schools in grades 3 through 6 who are legal residents of the United States.
  • Students must write an essay or poem, no more than one page, which explores the question “How do you shake it off when someone says or does something that has the power to hurt you?”
  • Each entry must include student’s name and grade, teacher’s name, school name, address, and phone number.
  • Entries must be mailed to: This Is How I Shake It Off! Writing Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY 10013-0714.
  • Entries must be received by December 11, 2014. No other means of entry accepted.

Leave a Comment telling us how YOU shake it off, and then send in your contest entry! Good luck!

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6. My Neighbor Totoro Movie Review

My Neighbor TortoroMy Neighbor Totoro (rated G): An Extremely Awesome Movie

A movie I would definitely recommend is My Neighbor Totoro by Studio Ghibli. I have dressed up as Totoro for Halloween, and introduced the movie to anyone who would watch it. In this animated film directed by Hiyao Miyazaki, two sisters adjusting to their move from the city meet a forest spirit called Totoro. He helps the girls and they become friends. The movie is super-cute, and the expansive forest backdrops are stunning. My Neighbor Totoro is definitely my all-time favorite movie and is great for everyone.

Tell us YOUR opinion in the Comments.

Maggie, Scholastic Kids Council

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7. Book Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

Book warsBook Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

Attention all fantasy readers! You’ll want to get in on this week’s book war, because I will be comparing two of the most popular fantasy series there are: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson & The Olympians.

People have been saying for years that the two series are similar in character and plot, but I’m about to take a deeper look to find out. So, are you a Potterhead or are you a Demigod? Can you be both?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief book coverTo begin the comparison, let’s start with the two main protagonists. Harry and Percy are both unlikely heroes with difficult backgrounds. Harry’s parents were killed when he was just a baby, and he was forced to live with his horrible Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and his vile cousin, Dudley. Percy was raised by his mother and his awful step-father, Gabe Ugliano. Both children were bullied because they were weak and scrawny and no one really cared about them.

Harry and Percy also share some similar traits. Harry and Percy both have a “saving people thing” because they always want to help someone in danger. They are also known to be witty and sarcastic, but incredibly loyal to their friends.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book cover illustrated by Kazu KibuishiFinally, Harry and Percy are the “Chosen One” and the “Child of the Prophecy” meaning that they are the only people who can save the world because of a prophecy written about them.

Now let’s compare some of the other characters.

The main female protagonists, Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase, are both the most intelligent characters in each series. They always know the answer for everything and always have a plan, but Annabeth is more of a warrior than Hermione.

And let’s not forget about the lovable best friends. Ron Weasley and Grover Underwood are the two main characters’ best friends. They are similar in that they are both easily scared, funny, and have a love of food. The only difference would be the fact that Grover has goat legs . . .

And, of course, we have the villains. There are the main bad guys, Lord Voldemort and Kronos, and also the conflicted henchmen, Draco Malfoy and Luke Castellan.

Another similarity in the series would be the plot. Both books are about two children who become heroes and have to save the world. They both involve a prophecy, magic, and myth.

So what do you think? How similar are these two series? And are you a fan of HP or PJO? Leave your opinion in the Comments.

Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council

PS. Emma Rose weighs in on the debate in her video. Ari is also a PJO fan. He says, “The books are exciting. It is fun to see Greek Mythology come alive in the present day. Percy, the son of Poseidon, must learn to survive and protect both the mortal and the immortal worlds.”

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8. Whatever After: Cold as Ice

Whatever After booksWhatever 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!Whatever After #6: Cold as Ice

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!

Happy reading!

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9. Halloween Poll

Happy HalloweenHalloween Poll

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!

  1. What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
  2. What’s your favorite type of candy?
  3. What are you being for Halloween this year?
  4. What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
  5. What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
  6. What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
  7. Do you have any Halloween traditions?
  8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
  9. Do you know the history of Halloween? Do you care?

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!!

image from kids.scholastic.com — Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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10. Goosebumps Monster Personality Quiz

Goosebumps SlappyWhich 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.

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11. R5 Halloween Traditions

r5R5 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 . . .

Q: Do you guys have any cool Halloween costumes or traditions?Ross: When we were little, our mom used to match us because she wanted us to feel like a team. That was her idea behind it. And we all dressed up as Zorro, all together.
Rydel: I was the girl.
Ross: Oh, you were the girl. But we all had our hats and our swords and were all, like, sword fighting and all of that stuff. That was a good October.
Rocky: We kept that trend going. Actually just two years ago, we were all the Avengers.
Rocky: Except he wasn’t.
Ratliff: I wasn’t.
Rocky: But he [referring to his brothers] was Captain America. He was Iron Man. I was Thor.
Rydel: I was Black Widow and our little brother was the Hulk.
Rocky: Yeah. So, we kept it going. It was pretty fun.

R5

Image courtesy of Disney Channel

Rydel: Oh, my grandma also hand-sewed all these bear costumes. So there was one year . . . actually a few years in a row we were all bears.
Rydel: We were really little.
Rocky: I was probably, like, two years old.
Rydel: Ross was, like, one maybe, and I had a light fur and they all had dark fur.
Ratliff: Oh, that’s cute.
Rydel: I think even mom had one too. It was just a family of bears.

Ross: You know what I’ve realized about Halloween though? I’ve never been something scary.
Ratliff: I was something scary once. One time I didn’t know what to get so I got a big whoopie cushion.
Ross: That’s scary?
Ratliff: No, I’m getting to it. It was a big whoopee cushion and I filled it with something and then I put a mask on, and I would just act like I was asleep on my front lawn. And then people would come and I would be like, “Rahhhhh,” and I’d scare them. And they were like, “Ahh!” That was scary.
Ross: With a whoopie cushion?
Ratliff: It was a whoopie cushion but I had, like, one of those hockey masks on.
Rydel: They didn’t know he was in it.
Ratliff: Yeah. And then I acted like…I was just like a . . . a prop.
Ross: Dude, there’s better ones where people act like a scarecrow.
Ratliff: Oh yeah.
Riker: I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays.

Interview by Marie Morreale

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12. Scholastic Kids Council Shelfies

Peep says Hi.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?

Ari shelfie

Beata shelfie

Emma Rose shelfie

Grace shelfie

Izzy shelfie

Kennedy shelfie

Maggie shelfie

Michael shelfie

Rowan shelfie

Leave a Comment to tell us which books we would see in YOUR shelfie.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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13. October Books of the Month

Happy HalloweenHappy 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.

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.

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!

October books of the month

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

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14. Goosebumps Books: Most Wanted

Goosebumps Most Wanted: 12 Screams of ChristmasGoosebumps 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.

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15. Harry Potter Halloween

Happy HalloweenHalloween 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:

  1. 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?
  2. October 4 is Professor McGonagall’s birthday. Would you rather have Professor McGonagall as your head of house, or Professor Snape?
  3. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets: October 31 is Nearly Headless Nick’s 500th Deathday party. Also, the basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets petrifies Mrs. Norris. Would you rather have as your house mascot Nearly Headless Nick or the Bloody Baron?
  4. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban: On October 31, Sirius Black attacks the Fat Lady. Would you rather be a ghost flying around Hogwarts, or a person in a Hogwarts portrait?
  5. October 17 is Professor Flitwick’s birthday. Would you rather take Charms or Transfiguration?
  6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: The Goblet of Fire chooses Harry as one of the Tri-Wizard champions on October 31. Would you rather be a participant in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, or just a spectator?
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit Hogsmeade on October 5, and Dumbledore’s Army is formed. Would you rather go to Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley?
  8. October 30 is Molly Weasley’s birthday. Would you rather be in the Weasley family or be in the Black family?
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry has his second lesson with Professor Dumbledore sometime in October when he sees Dumbledore’s memory of going to meet Tom Riddle for the first time at the orphanage. Would you rather take Occlumency lessons with Professor Snape or Defense Against the Dark Arts lessons with Professor Quirrell?
  10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Lily and James Potter are killed on Halloween, but Voldemort lost most of his powers and there was much rejoicing in the wizarding world. There is no would you rather question for this. It’s too awful and I need to go have a little cry. Please excuse me. *sniff*

Here are some more Would You rather questions from EnergeticGriffin20 while I’m gone. Would you rather . . .

  1. Be a Slytherin or Gryffindor
  2. Be a Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw
  3. Get stuck in the Chamber of Secrets for 10 minutes or get stuck in a closed room with Dementors for 10 minutes
  4. Be Professor Dumbledore or Professor McGonagal
  5. Be a Quidditch player or not
  6. Study Charms or Potions
  7. Have a detention with Professor Snape or Professor Umbridge
  8. Live with Harry Potter your whole life or live with Hermione your whole life
  9. Be a professor at Hogwarts or a student at Hogwarts

Leave your answers in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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16. Halloween Cat Writing Prompt

Create a CaptionCreate 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!

Halloween Kitten

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Kitten image credit SuperStock

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17. Nobel Peace Prize

Make a difference!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!

 

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18. Sabrina Carpenter

Girl Meets WorldSabrina Carpenter from 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.

Tell me about Maya.
Sabrina: Rowan is the really happy character, and I am more of the troubled character. I guess you could say I like to get into trouble, but it makes it really fun for me to play. That kind of balance between the two is so great because if I try to get her into trouble, she’ll try to keep me out of it.

Would you be friends with Maya in real life?
Sabrina: That’s a good question. I think I would. I mean, I wouldn’t go to the limit if somebody was being a very bad influence on me, but I think Maya’s character is harmless. She just is a girl looking for an adventure, and she doesn’t really know what’s right or wrong since she’s never had that total parental guidance, as Riley has with her wonderful parents.

Sabrina Carpenter in Girl Meets World

Photo courtesy Disney

You sing with Rowan on the theme song of Girl Meets World. Will there be any more singing in the show?
Sabrina: Obviously, it’s not a singing show. Besides the theme song, we’ve only done one thing. It’s not where my character becomes a singer or anything like that. It’s a totally different situation that I can’t spoil because it’s later in the season. It’s definitely not a singing show but there are some musical parts in it.

Were you ready for the fan reaction to Girl Meets World?
Sabrina: Honestly it’s overwhelming in an amazing way. I never experienced anything like this in my life. It’s really good that kids are finding it relatable. That’s more important than anything because there are stories that we do want the world to hear. All of our episodes obviously have a very important message that we want to teach the kids, so I think it’s good that they like it because they’ll definitely learn from the first season. We’re very, very proud of what we’ve done and just glad that kids are liking it.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Sabrina: I was kind of a joker in class, so I remember raising my hand a lot and instead of giving serious answers, I would make a joke and my teachers would get mad at me. But I was always just trying to lighten up the group. I guess I don’t really get embarrassed because when I’m around such a familiar group of people that I’m so comfortable with, I just laugh everything off. And even if it is embarrassing, you just forget about it and have fun.

What type of music do you sing?
Sabrina: The music I’m making now is kind of a style of all my favorite artists and my sound combined. I always loved Christina Aguilera and Adele and I always loved Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and then I always loved the older singers like Judy Garland and Etta James. It’s a really weird combination, but I’ve decided to make music that is really heartwarming and has a little bit of soul to it, as well as R&B, and just kind of all those sounds mixed together. So I’m really excited to see what people think about it.

What music do you listen to?
Sabrina: When I was in middle school, I listened to Taylor Swift. I can remember listening to “Our Song” for the first time on the school bus. I always listened to Christina Aguilera because I was doing lots of numbers in dance school that were Christina, and obviously, Britney, so I listened to a lot of them in middle school. I would say Adele. Her songs are so classic. I love The Black Keys and I love Vampire Weekend and Queen and Lorde. There are a lot of really cool artists now. I’ve branched out in.

When did you start singing?
Sabrina: I started singing when I was two years old, but I first got singing lessons when I was about six years old. I’m pretty sure the first song I sang was “God Bless America” when I was two.
I started writing songs much more recently. When I was about 10 years old, I would write stuff in my notebook, but it’s nothing that I’d ever want anybody in the world to hear. I really started writing when I was 13.

Do you like to read?
Sabrina: I’ve been reading this whole entire morning before you called. I just started The Fault in Our Stars (for ages 12 and up) last night. My sister told me to start reading it, and I’m really excited because I love it so far. And I do like to read for pleasure. When I was in second grade my favorite all-time books were the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar. I just love those books. They were so fun and quirky.

If you could make your own flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
Sabrina: I’m obsessed with mint, so I think anything mint-flavored and maybe some cookie dough and dark chocolate because I love dark chocolate. Is it weird if I add lemon? Just because I love lemon. So that would probably be my creation. And I’d call it “Sabtastic?” [Laughter] That’s off the top of my head, by the way. I don’t know what I just said.

I might not be first in line if Sabrina Carpenter opens an ice cream shop, but she sounds awesome just the same. Leave a Comment and let us know what you think.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Marie Morreale
Photos courtesy Disney Channel

 

 

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19. Halloween Book Challenge

Happy HalloweenJoin Us for a Month-Long Reading Challenge!

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20. Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars RebelsStar Wars Rebels: Invading Disney XD in October! 

STAR WARS REBELSWatch the trailer,

and let us know your thoughts in the Comments below. And as always . . . may the Force be with you.

Ratha, Stacks Writer

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21. Good Deed Writing Prompt

Make a difference!Writing Prompt: What’s Your Best Good Deed?What is your best good deed?

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22. Goosebumps Guess the Books

Guess the book

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.Goosebumps Guess the Books

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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23. Goosebumps Guess the Books Answers

Guess the book

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:

  1. Goosebumps: One Day at HorrorLand
  2. Goosebumps Most wanted: Son of Slappy
  3. Goosebumps: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
  4. Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy
  5. 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!

image from kids.scholastic.com— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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24. Confectionately Yours Kid Review

Confectionately Yours book coverBook 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!

CheeryJade2

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. 

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25. New Goosebumps Fan Forum

Goosebumps logoNew 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!

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