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April 10, 2012

Titanic Trivia Quiz

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The RMS Titanic, the unsinkable ship. April 15 will mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage. The largest ship to sail the seas at that time, the cruise liner's first ever trip across the Atlantic Ocean was met with tragedy when the boat struck an iceberg, and sank. To commemorate the anniversary of that tragic night, we bring you a Titanic-themed quiz on this Trivia Tuesday.  The Titanic facts here will give you some of the answers, but that's your only hint!

  1. What was the starting price for a first-class ticket on the Titanic?
    A) $3,550
    B) $4,350
    C) $5,250
  2. What was the starting price for a third-class ticket on the Titanic?
    A) $35
    B) $40
    C) $45
  3. How many lifeboats did the Titanic have?
    A) 10
    B) 15
    C) 20
  4. What was the temperature of the water when the Titanic sank?
    A) 28°F
    B) 30°F
    C) 32°F
  5. How long was the Titanic?
    A) 800 feet
    B) 882.5 feet
    C) 950 feet
  6. Who was the captain of the Titanic?
    A) Edward Smith
    B) Brendon Brown
    C) Seymour Carroll
  7. How many passengers could the Titanic accommodate?
    A) 1,998
    B) 2,107
    C) 2,566
  8. What day did the Titanic leave on its maiden voyage?
    A) April 9
    B) April 10
    C) April 11
  9. How long did it take the Titanic to sink?
    A) 2 hours, 40 minutes
    B) 3 hours, 5 minutes
    C) 4 hours, 10 minutes

Post your answers in the Comments below and then check your answers!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

March 21, 2012

One Dog and His Boy Book Review

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New Dog Story by Eva Ibbotson

There is nothing more special than the bond between a boy and his dog. I got my dog when he was only a puppy. I took him on walks every day, fed him twice a day, and even taught him some cool tricks. My dog wasn't only my pet, but my best friend. It's this special bond between a boy and his four-legged friend that is wonderfully captured in Eva Ibbotson's novel One Dog and His Boy.

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March 20, 2012

March Madness Trivia Answers

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March Madness NCAA College Basketball Tournament!

Last week, I posted a quiz about the annual March Madness basketball tournament, and now it's time to get some answers! The tournament has only just begun but I'm so excited. Last minute three pointers and thrilling drunks have me glued to my seat, just waiting to see what happens next. But before the next game starts, check below to see the answers to last week's quiz. How did you do?

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March 13, 2012

Trivia Tuesday: March Madness

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March Madness NCAA College Basketball Tournament!

It's time for the big dance! No, I'm not talking about Prom or the Sadie Hawkins Dance. I'm talking about the annual March Madness college basketball tournament. This tournament decides which college basketball team will be crowned the National Champion. I'm so excited to watch my favorite teams and root for the underdogs. But, since it's Trivia Tuesday, I thought I'd make a special March Madness Trivia Quiz just for you. Below are all questions about the March Madness tournament! On your mark. Get set. Start solving!

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February 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ron Weasley!

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Happy Birthday, Ronald Weasley! On March 1, the best friend of Harry Potter and boyfriend of Hermione Granger turns another year older. So we are celebrating with a very special Trivia Quiz. To commemorate my favorite redhead from the Harry Potter series (and there are a lot to choose from), this week’s trivia quiz is all about Ron Weasley. Below are some of my favorite Ron Weasley quotes. It’s your job to figure out which book each is from! Feel free to take out your copy of A History of Hogwarts or your wand for help. Start solving!

  1. “Because I want to fix that in my memory for ever. Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret. . .”
    A) The Sorcerer’s Stone
    B) The Prisoner of Azkaban
    C) The Goblet of Fire
  2. “Accio Brain!”
    A) The Order of the Phoenix
    B) The Deathly Hallows
    C) The Half-Blood Prince
  3. “Yeah, I’ve seen those things they think are gnomes, like fat little Santa Clauses with fishing rods . . .”
    A) The Goblet of Fire
    B) The Chamber of Secrets
    C) The Order of the Phoenix
  4. “I can make that old bloke down there pick his nose again . . .and again . . . and again . . .”
    A) The Goblet of Fire
    B) The Sorcerer’s Stone
    C) The Deathly Hallows
  5. “Sure, we’ll call you if we ever need someone mental!”
    A) The Prisoner of Azkaban
    B) The Half-Blood Prince
    C) The Chamber of Secrets
  6. “I forgot we’ll be hunting down Voldemort in a mobile library.”
    A) The Order of the Phoenix
    B)The Deathly Hallows
    C) The Half-Blood Prince
  7. “From now on, I don’t care if my tea leaves spell ‘Die, Ron, Die,’ I’m chucking them in the bin where they belong.”
    A) The Sorcerer’s Stone
    B) The Chamber of Secrets
    C) The Order of the Phoenix

Bonus Question: J.K. Rowling said she created Ron’s character during what part of her writing process
A) The very first day of writing
B) The first month of writing
C) He was a last minute addition to the story

Post your answers in the Comments below, and click here for the answers!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)

February 22, 2012

The Chronicles of Avantia: First Hero

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New from the author of Beast Quest. . . The Chronicles of Avantia: First Hero

Have you ever wondered what it's like to fly, to soar over the clouds and into the wild blue yonder? Have you ever imagined the wind in your face as you cut through the sky at record speeds, or wished to be as free as a bird? Tanner doesn't have to imagine these feelings. No, he isn't a bird, but he has the next best thing: his best friend Firepos.

Firepos is a great bird of prey who soars over the kingdom of Avantia, and chooses to take Tanner under her wing. Tanner learns how to survive in the wild, how to hunt, and above all, how to ride his winged friend.

But now Tanner is thrust into the role of hero when a great army approaches his small town and threatens to destroy all of Avantia. Tanner learns that a long lost family secret is the reason for the army’s attack, and he and Firepos may be the only ones able to stop the invaders.

Can Tanner muster the courage to save not only his family, but all of Avantia? Find out in book #1 of Adam Blade's new series, The Chronicles of Avantia. If you love adventure and suspense, or the bond between beast and boy, you surely won't want to put this book down!

image from kids.scholastic.comBrian, STACKS Writer (a.k.a. BlackBird268)