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*Sleep tight: What’s your favorite bedtime story?
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At On Our Minds we’re a lucky bunch so we have a lot to be thankful for, and what better way to say thanks than to share it on OOM? Happy Thanksgiving to all our fans, followers and readers (who we are all thankful for)! We’ll see you on Monday.
Jen: I’m thankful for my parents who indulged my love of reading from an early age, for my husband who will listen to me recap numerous book plots (especially of the Hunger Games variety), and for Glee.
Miles (who created our super cool tabs on Scholastic’s Facebook fan page!): I’m thankful for my lovely wife and best friend. I’m thankful that it hasn’t snowed… yet. I’m thankful that we finally have a coffee maker at home (take that Starbucks!)
Morgan: Just this week, my grandmother learned that her fight against cancer has been successful, so I’m extra thankful for (and will always be in awe of) those in the medical profession who dedicate their lives to saving others’.
Sara: I am thankful for my little girl, who is celebrating her first Thanksgiving!
Sarah: I’m thankful for such a great group of people to work with…for a dog who likes to cuddle…and for pecan pie.
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Before you open that fifth can of cranberry sauce, decide that the 18-lb turkey isn’t big enough, or put on your stretchy-pants for dinner…take a look at this week’s 5 Questions interview with Scholastic’s Executive Chef, Ede Roberts. She has some very good advice about cooking that Thanksgiving dinner ahead of you!
In a time when food consciousness is at an all time high, from the First Lady demonstrating healthy food and exercise habits to the Cookie Monster telling us veggies are good any time of the day – we asked Ede what she looks for when creating these menus and what she’s going to make for her family’s big feast on Thursday evening.
To Ede: We hope your daughter has a wonderful first Thanksgiving 🙂
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Wow, you mortals are lovelorn. Last week, our resident vampire Vlad Mezrich dropped by to give us some advice on dating – and keeping – a vampire. We offered OOM readers a chance to win a copy of Vlad’s new book, The Vampire Is Just Not That Into You, and you guys poured your hearts out in the comments.
If I shove garlic in a vampire’s face and nothing happens, is he still a vampire? Or is the garlic thing all a myth? – Samus
Excellent question! The undead try to avoid garlic as it overpowers the scent of human blood, but it’s perfectly harmless. However, the “garlic test” is the most accurate way to determine whether or not the vampire is into you.
To gauge his interest, “accidentally” wave a clove of garlic in front of your vampire and then apologize for your “mishap.” If he’s into you, he’ll respond with something along the lines of: “Never fear, my lovely mortal darling. I’m sure it was an accident. I know humans have difficulty controlling those flimsy mass of ligaments you call arms. Oh, how I worship your spastic wrist movements, my adorably fragile love.”
On the other hand, if he screams “NOOOOooo!!! It’s poison. We die instantly. Um, I mean, we die soon . . . Er . . . I can never see you again. Vampire rule. No, I swear. Google it . . . see ya!” then, chances are, the vampire is just not that into you.
Why blood? Why not drink soda or something? Why does a vampire have to be so obsessed with the red stuff, huh? Thanks! – mommaruth
Soda?! Oh mommaruth, how I pity your kind’s feeble taste buds. Why would you adulterate your palate with a can of cherry flavored carcinogens when there’s a wealth of flavors to savor? Imagine the delight of a pint of full-bodied A– blood, with its subtle woodiness and surprising notes of cinnamon.
Or you might prefer a sip of B+ —delicate and lingering with notes of vanilla and jasmine. (High glucose levels really bring out the flavor, so be sure your “server” nibbles on some chocolate beforehand.)
Feeling adventurous? Grab a glass of glass O -, bold and acidic with undercurrents of licorice. Connoisseurs know that O- tastes best when the blood is slightly chilled, so embrace the local food movement and head to a nearby ice skating rink at dusk when the skaters begin to tire. Reaction times will be slower, and their scarves will have begun to loosen . . .
I’m in love with a night owl: he comes alive after the sun goes down. Me? I’m more of a day person. Do we stand a chance? – Lazygal
You’re a clever young lady, Lazygal. Most vampire groupies have unrealistic fantasies of romantic walks through moonlit forests, or midnight poetry readings by candlelight. The truth is, no matter how much you pretend to like Tennyson, by the time your vampire reaches the 93rd canto of In Memoriam, you’ll be passed out, drooling all over his exquisitely tailored shirt and muttering unintelligibly about chemistry homework. Lovely. . .
You could experiment with increasing levels of caffeine. Here are some general guidelines for the number of espresso shots needed for common nighttime activities with your vampire:
Movie night = 1 shot
Poetry reading = 3 shots
Poetry reading (pre 20th century poet) = 4 shots
Talking about how handsome he is = 4 shots
Talking about how you’re not good enough for him = 5 shots
Vampire baseball = 6 shots
Of course, you have to decide if the caffeine consumption is worth the long term health risks. After all, a vampire’s affections can be fleeting. A heart murmur is forever.
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Since then, the NCTE convention has been moved to the week before Thanksgiving, and the intimate dinner has grown into the “M.R. Robinson Reception and Dinner,” with more than 700 guests.
The event gave Robbie — and now his son and Scholastic CEO Richard Robinson — a chance to show his appreciation and yes, thanks, to teachers for the valuable work that they do. Many teachers say it’s the highlight of the annual weekend!
As part of the tradition, every teacher at the dinner gets to take home a gift bag, which includes a copy of the year’s Best Teen Writing, a collection of work by the country’s emerging teen writers. NCTE teachers look forward to the book too.
All of the pieces in the anthology received a 2009 Scholastic Art & Writing Award, and this year the foreword was written by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.
You’re of course welcome to buy the book…or you can try your luck with our Best Teen Writing giveaway! OOM is giving away copies of The Best Teen Writing of 2009 for three readers!* To enter, leave a comment below about something you’re thankful for (and don’t forget your email so we can contact you if your comment is randomly selected to win). We’ll announce the winners here on Monday, November 30th.
*Must be 18 or over to enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. View official rules here.
Let’s face it – sometimes, love bites. Especially when you’re dating a vampire. Between all the brooding, sparkly skin, and glances at your neck, these undead hotties can be tough to read. But fear not mortals, because dating expert and real-dead vampire Vlad Mezrich is here to provide you with a road map to navigating the twisty road to immortal love in his new book The Vampire Is Just Not That Into You. Through quizzes, testamonials, analysis, and advice, Vlad shows you how to snag your vampire and keep him forever.
You’ve been terribly deceived; your date wasn’t a vampire at all. We rarely laugh—the result of centuries of sleepless nights spent reading depressing poetry, contemplating the meaning of existence, and flipping through cable channels only to come across the same rerun of Two and a Half Men over and over.
If you want to find a real vampire, put away the spray tan, turn off the Miley, and get thee to a bookstore, preferably one with dark corners. Grab a copy of Keats’s collected works, slump sorrowfully against the wall, and pretend to read as you secretly scan the store for a real undead hottie. When you spot a promising prospect, lift your chin, flash some jugular, and release a mournful sigh. He’ll be putty in your world-weary hands.
My brooding Biology lab partner’s skin sparkles in the sunlight. Can you recommend a good dermatologist?
A dermatologist? Would you take a pair of artfully ripped designer jeans to a seamstress to fix the holes? Would you try to remove the bubbles from a bottle of Dom Perignon? Oh, you poor, silly, human. Your lab partner’s skin sparkles because he is a vampire—vastly superior to your kind in beauty, intelligence, grooming, musical preferences, and the ability to communicate exclusively through eyebrow movements.
Is this news making your heart flutter? Too bad, because your chance has long passed. I’m sure the other girls in your class identified the vampire right away by his disdainful sneer and perfectly tousled hair. (Did you really think a human could achieve that “I spent all night in the forest composing a sonata inspired by the beauty of the moonlight reflecting off a frozen lake” look with hair gel? What do they teach you in this school?)
You missed your chance, Ella. But fret not. Even if you had managed to catch his attention for a moment, he would’ve lost interest in you soon after. They always do . . .
I thought I was falling for a Vampire, but then I noticed the bolts in his neck. Add to that, he rarely uses his words, and I’m suspicious. How do you spot a wannabe Vampire?
Oh, Mary. How my unbeating heart aches when I receive letters like these. How can I break this to you gently? When a human boy loses interest, all he needs to do is ignore your texts, or upload photos of him making out with your best friend on Facebook. You’ll get the message. But, human girls are known to be a little . . . dense when it comes to relationships with vampires. The objects of their deluded affections are often forced to take slightly more drastic measures.
The bolts on the neck? That’s a classic trick – he’s trying to convince you that he’s not a vampire so you’ll leave him alone. Sorry, but that’s the way the castle crumbles. The vampire is just not that into you.
And why not? If Twilight can get kids to read, why can’t it help kids to understand the phases of the moon using fractions?
Lautner admitted: “Not really. The first time I really started paying attention to the moon was when I found out I’d be playing a werewolf!”