Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Librarians & teachers, this is for YOU!

The 2012 Great Scavenger Hunt is on! What is the Great Scavenger Hunt?  Well, here's the low down from author Kay Cassidy's website:

The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest™ is a brand-new, super easy, totally FREE reading program for teen and youth librarians. This year-round program is open to librarians in the U.S. and Canada, in public libraries and school libraries alike. It offers fun, fast, cool programming that’ll keep your kids and teens coming back to the library for more.

Over 200 YA and middle grades authors have created a 10-question trivia challenge for one or more of their books. Trivia challenges include fun questions like “What was the color of Moe’s hideous car?” or “What is Gemma’s favorite comfort food?” (Check out the book lists in the left hand nav bar to see all of the participating titles.) Every trivia challenge also has a special note from the author to give it a personal touch. And administering the program couldn’t be easier!

If you’ve been looking for a way to get kids reading a variety of books, look no further. You’ll find nearly every kind of book you can imagine: fantasies, historicals, mysteries, romantic comedies, sweeping literary novels… you name it. The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest™ authors include many New York Times bestselling authors and winners or finalists of the Newbery Medal, Printz Award, National Book Award and Edgar Award. There truly is something for every reader.
To participate, readers (called hunters) simply read a participating book, complete the author trivia challenge, and turn it in to you. If they get 8 out of 10 answers correct, you get to enter them in the monthly contest. Easy, right?

Every month, I’ll choose one lucky hunter as the winner. Winning hunters will receive a $50 gift card to the bookstore of their choice to use for whatever their heart desires. Even better, when they win, YOU win too… a library prize tote filled with more terrific Great Scavenger Hunt Contest™ books for your library collection. Fun, fast, simple plus free prizes. It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

Since launching in April 2009, more than 800 libraries have already enrolled with more joining every week. The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest™ has been featured in VOYA, School Library Journal Teen, and Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf. The program has also been highlighted on readergirlz, promoted by librarians at library conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, and endorsed by several state library associations via statewide announcements to all teen and youth librarians.

For more information or to join in the hunt, stop by Kay's website:


  1. Sounds amazing! It would be great to set up something similar over here in the UK.

  2. What a terrific idea. I'm going to zing this over to my school's librarian.