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June 11, 2013

Ancient Egypt Trivia Quiz

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Trivia_quiz2Ancient Egypt Trivia Quiz

When you think of Ancient Egypt, you may think of pyramids and mummies. But did you also know a lot of today’s modern-day conveniences were invented in Ancient Egypt? For instance, Ancient Egyptians invented the first toothbrushes (fine twigs tied together into soft brushes) and toothpastes (the powder of ox hooves, ashes, and pumice)! From mummies to makeup and more, see how much you know – or can guess! – about Ancient Egypt. Let Trivia Tuesday begin!

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June 4, 2013

British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz Answers

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Trivia_quiz1British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz Answers

Last week, we had a British Invasion with our British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz! How many authors and books did you know? Check out the answers below.

  1. Name the author and book this quote is from:
    “The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.”
    ANSWER: J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  2. Name the author and book that features a golden ticket, some Oompa Loompas, and lots of chocolate.
    ANSWER: Roald Dahl and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  3. Name the author and book series that takes place in Narnia.
    ANSWER: C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia
  4. Name the author who wrote this line:
    “Edward Bear, known to his friends as Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh for short, was walking through the forest one day humming proudly to himself.”
    ANSWER: A.A. Milne.
  5. This famous author lived from 1858-1924 and wrote several classics including The Enchanted Castle, The Railway Children, and The House of Arden. Her first name was Edith but she went by the initial “E” when publishing her first name.
    ANSWER: E. Nesbit.
  6. Dick King-Smith is the British author known for his book about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. It was made into a movie. Name the book AND the movie if you can.
    ANSWER: The book was Babe the Gallant Pig, and the movie was shortened to Babe.
  7. Some say this British author paved the way for J.K. Rowling with her exotic worlds of ghosts, wizards, and mermaids in books like Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform 13. Her most recent page-turner was One Dog and His Boy – a must read for dog lovers!
    ANSWER: Eva Ibbotson. 
  8. This author is best known for her books featuring those mischievous bunnies Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
    ANSWER: Beatrix Potter. 
  9. Name the book series and the author that features Lyra and her daemon, an armored bear, and “dust” sucked out of the sky.
    ANSWER: His Dark Materials and Philip Pullman. (One of my fave series!) 
  10. Writer of the Alex Rider series, name this author AND another one of his famous series.
    ANSWER: Anthony Horowitz. The Power of 5 series, The Diamond Brother series, The Gatekeepers

I could go on and on – those Brits are brilliant! See you next week for more Trivia Tuesday!
Cheers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

May 29, 2013

British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz

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British Children’s Author Trivia Quiz

Did you ever realize how many of your favorite authors were British? Not only did England give us One Direction and Prince George. . . but also awesome literature. Shakespeare, anyone?
So in today’s Tuesday Trivia we’re testing your smarts on how many British authors and books you know. Ready, mate? GO!

  1. Name the author and book this quote is from:
    “The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.”
  2. Name the author and book that features a golden ticket, some Oompa Loompas, and lots of chocolate.
  3. Name the author and book series that takes place in Narnia. Hint: Lucy, Edward, Susan and Peter befriend a great lion, and battle the White Witch in one of the books.
  4. Name the author who wrote this line:
    “Edward Bear, known to his friends as Winnie the Pooh, or Pooh for short, was walking through the forest one day humming proudly to himself.”
  5. This famous author lived from 1858-1924 and wrote several classics including The Enchanted Castle, The Railway Children, and The House of Arden. Her first name was Edith but she went by the initial “E” when publishing her first name.
  6. Dick King-Smith is the British author known for his book about a pig (who wants to be a sheepdog). It was made into a movie. Name the book AND the movie if you can. Hint: The movie is one word abbreviated from the title of the book!
  7. Some say this British author paved the way for J.K. Rowling with her exotic worlds of ghosts, wizards, and mermaids in books like Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform 13. Her most recent page-turner was One Dog and His Boy – a must read for dog lovers!
  8. This author is best known for her books featuring those mischievous bunnies Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
  9. Name the book series and the author that features Lyra and her daemon, an armored bear, and “dust” sucked out of the sky.
  10. Writer of the Alex Rider series, name this author AND another one of his famous series.

Leave your answers below, and check here to see if you’re right!
Cheers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

May 21, 2013

Leaning Tower of Pisa Fun Facts

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The Scholastic Summer Challenge continues. Have you logged your minutes for this week yet? You could have a chance to win prizes!

Every Tuesday, we give give you some Trivia on the STACKS. Did you know these true facts about this tilty tower in the city of Pisa, Italy?
Leaning Tower of Pisa

  • The tower was completed in about 1350. During construction, the ground under the building settled unevenly and caused the building to lean toward the south. Oops!
  • There are other towers in Pisa with the same tilting problem, but not as noticeable.
  • Throughout its history, the tilt of the tower has gradually gotten worse, about 0.25 inch (0.1 cm) every year.
  • It was closed to the public in January 1990, because the structure was dangerously close to collapse.
  • For much of the 1990s the tower was wrapped in steel and anchored by steel suspenders holding it in place. Soil was carefully removed under the tower to even the land underneath.
  • In June 2001, engineers announced that the Leaning Tower was “secure,” and although the lean is still apparent, it is 17 inches (44 cm) less than it has been for 150 years.

Do you trust that the tower is now secure? Would you dare to climb up to the top? Let us know in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

“Leaning Tower of Pisa.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 1 May. 2013.

May 13, 2013

Niagara Falls Fun Facts and Anagram

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Ssc130Niagara Falls Fun Facts and Anagram

The Scholastic Summer Challenge continues. Have you logged your minutes for this week yet?

This week's reading milestone is Niagara Falls! Did you know these true facts about Niagara Falls?

  • More than 10 million people visit the falls every year.
  • Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls—the Horseshoe (or Canadian) Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil (or Luna) Falls.
  • Niagara's waters are one of the world's greatest sources of hydroelectric power. Power plants on both sides of the falls harness the falls' power to produce nearly 4.5 million kilowatts of electricity.
  • 41 million gallons of water flows over the Horseshoe Falls every minute. These falls are about 175 feet (53 meters) high and about 2,500 feet (762 meters) wide.
  • You can spell the words flan, grain, and Niall from the letters in N I A G A R A  F A L L S

What other words can you find? Leave them in the Comments!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Matthai, James P. "Niagara Falls." Reviewed by Paul Gromosiak. The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 29 Apr. 2013.

April 30, 2013

The 39 Clues Guess the Book Trivia Quiz Answers

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Questionmark_130The 39 Clues Guess the Book Trivia Quiz Answers

Last week, I challenged you to figure out the book titles from just the itty-bitty pieces of these 39 Clues covers. Did you get them all? Read on for the answers.

39 clues

  1. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book #5: Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
    Read Chapter 1.
  2. The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book #1: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson
    OK, this was kind of a trick because the book is not out yet, but it is the first book in the brand new 39 Clues series Unstoppable! Look for it to come out in October, 2013.
  3. The 39 Clues Book #1: The Maze of Bones
    The book that started it all, written by Percy Jackson author, Rick Riordan. . . 
  4. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs.Vespers Book #6: Day of Doom by David Baldacci
    This is the 6th and final book in the Cahills vs. Vespers series. Read Chapter 1.
  5. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book #2: A King's Ransom by Jude Watson
    Read Chapter 1.

Did you get them all? If you did, including Unstoppable, then you are a 39 Clues superfan and legend!

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April 23, 2013

The 39 Clues Guess the Book Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:10 am in Reads, The 39 Clues, Trivia | Permalink

Questionmark_130The 39 Clues Guess the Book Trivia Quiz

For today’s Tuesday Trivia Quiz, your challenge is to figure out the book titles from just the itty-bitty pieces of their covers shown below.

Here’s a hint: Fans of The 39 Clues should have no trouble recognizing most of these book covers.

39 clues
Leave your answers in the Comments, and then check your answers.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer