I’m trying something new for my blog, which hopefully will become a regular occurance. I’m initially shooting for once a month, and building to every Friday by the end of the year. These Friday Features will include things other than book reviews, something a little extra. This might include author interviews (hint to any authors out there who want to get interviewed), bibliographies, book trailers (once I figure out how to work MovieMaker), and program ideas. While I’m not limiting myself to talk about these things just on Fridays, it will be something extra special to finish off the work week. So thanks for stopping by to what I hope is the first of many Friday Features. (And if you have any name suggestions to replace Friday Feature, let me know — the name is negotiable.)

I’ve been getting several questions regarding my 39 Clues scavenger hunt that I blogged about a few months ago, asking for question suggestions. Several of my clues referred to specific features that my library has, like computer labs, art on the walls, and statues. Those location specific clues I haven’t included here, so some groups might seem like they’re missing questions. Other clues referred to specific collections or books. Rather than post a humongous comment with some examples, I figured I’d make this a separate post. Clues referring to collections or books were taped to the bottom of the shelf that the book was located.

I am planning an encore presentation of this scavenger hunt, although as a scaled down version. My new scavenger hunt will be planned for the day before school gets out for the summer, so we’re expecting about twice as many people as we got the first time. I will be posting a summary of that program once plans have been finalized, but it will include stations that the kids will rotate through in small groups.

I separated the teams into eight groups, with each group getting their own set of questions based on one of the book. This method obviously requires some knowledge of the books, which having read all of them I had. You can get most of this plot information through simple searches on the Internet. Answers to my clues are included in parenthesis following the question. I sincerely hope this helps librarians in planning their future scavenger hunts and programs. If you do blog about this, please link back to either this or the original post. I’m flattered that so many are finding my blog useful, since I know I’m a new librarian with a *relatively* new blog and new ideas.

Book #1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

  • Where can you find other books by this author? (Young Adult under Riordan)
  • The library owns a copy of this book in the children’s section. (Children’s Large Print Riordan)
  • Who did Dan and Amy FIRST have to learn about in The Maze of Bones? The answer might be shocking, along with his experiments. Where would children go to find out information about him/her? (Biography Franklin)
  • There’s Four Centuries of Innovation in Boston. Bring it with you and turn it in when you’ve finished your clues. (Kids have to find the book titled What’s the big idea? : four centuries of innovation in Boston by Krensky, Stephen with call number 330.977 K)
  • Amy always took travel guides for the different places they were going. Where would she find one in the adult section about Boston? (Adult Nonfiction 917.446)


Book #2: One False Note by Gordon Korman

  • What kind of cat is Saladin? Where would kids go to find information about cats? (J 636.8)
  • What musician did Amy and Dan have to find out about, and where would you go to find information about this person? (Biography Mozart)
  • Where would you find a guidebook to help Dan and Amy navigate on their fast speed motorboat chase around Venice, Italy? (Adult Nonfiction 914.531)
  • Amy and Dan get to play with samurai swords towards the end of the book. Where would you find Adventures Stories from Japan by Eric Kimmel?
  • Tungsten plays a role in this book. Where would Amy and Dan look for information about this item and others like it? (encyclopedic book titled Potassium to Zirconium call number 546 E)
  • If you wanted to write a note of a different kind, this book might help any Word Snoop code and decode secret messages. Bring it back with you to the auditorium. (Kids have to find the book titled Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarsky — call number 420.9 D)


Book #3: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

  • Where would you find a giudebook about Japan, which is where Amy and Dan head in this book? (Adult Nonfiction 952)
  • There is a popular style of drawing called manga from Japan that is often used in Graphic Novels. Find the Young Adult Graphic Novel collection.
  • What goes up must come down. Find the Children’s Graphic Novel collection. (This question is worded this way because our children’s and young adult collections are on seperate floors.)
  • Where would you find movies in the Japanese language? (Adult Foreign Language DVDs)
  • Ohayou (pronounced Ohio) is a basic Japanese greeting that means “Hello”. Where would adults find books if they wanted to learn Japanese? (Adult Nonfiction 495.6)
  • Origami is another part of Japanese culture. Where would children find books with instructions on how to make origami creations? (736.982)


Book #4: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson

  • Where does the book start? Find it on the globe in the Children’s department. (The clue was placed on Egypt on the globe.)
  • Find an adult guidebook to help you on your travels. (Adult Nonfiction 916.2 E)
  • Where would you find a children’s book about the style of writing used during Ancient Egyptian times? (book about heiroglyphics, 493)
  • If you’re telling a story to someone far away, you would use the phone. Find the library’s only pay phone. (clue was taped to the underside of the phone)
  • When they arrived at a hotel, Amy and Dan immediately realized that their room had been “bugged”. Lincoln also had some high-tech surveillance to win the Civil War, and we have a book about it. Find it and bring it to the auditorium with you when you’re done. (book titled Mr. Lincoln’s High Tech War by Thomas Allen call number 973.73 A)
  • Amy and Dan almost had their pack stolen in the airport. What prevents people from stealing the library’s books? (This clue was fastened to the theft prevention devices near the main doors).


Book #5: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman

  • When Amy and Dan arrive in Russia, they admire a statue twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty honoring the Battle of Stalingrad. Where are books for children on that battle? (The Battle of Stalingrad by Bob Carroll 940.54 C)
  • Anastasia was a Russian princess who disappeared. Where can you find the Disney video version of this story? (Family DVDs)
  • Dan and Amy ride in a remote controlled vehicle in this book, which Dan compares to a video game. Where would you find video games in the library? (Young Adult Video Games)
  • Do you remember what this vehicle was? It was called The Shark. Where would children find information on sharks? (597.3)
  • Rasputin is known for being murdered in an unusual manner, after which his body was recovered from the river. The library has books about bog bodies, about bodies recovered in a similar way. Bring it back with you to the auditorium. (We have two books on this topic, both in the Children’s nonfiction at 599.9)


Book #6: In Too Deep by Jude Watson

  • Amy and Dan fly “down under” for information about their parents. Where would you find out information about this continent that’s also a country? (Australia in children’s nonfiction call number 994)
  • Whose famous last flight by a female pilot were they tracing? Find a biography about her. (Children’s biography Earhart)
  • In their travels, Amy and Dan visit an island famous for an explosive volcano with a weird name. Where would you go to find information about volcanoes in the children’s section? (Children’s nonfiction 551.2)
  • A Newbery award winning book has a character who visits a secret civilization on the volcanic island. Bring that book with you to the auditorium. (book titled The Twenty-One Balloons by William Du Bois in the Newbery section)


Book #7: The Viper’s Nest by Peter Lerangis

  • Peter Lerangis, besides writing for the 39 Clues series, also wrote a book about an Eskimo boy named Minik. Find it and bring it with you to the Auditorium. (book titled Smiler’s Bones by Peter Lerangis)
  • Since the book is called The Viper’s Nest, where would you find books in the children’s section about vipers? (597)
  • Speculation is that Amy and Dan go to Madagascar in this book. Wasn’t there a movie by that same title? (Family DVDs)
  • Did you know that there are “extras” on each of the audiobooks for the 39 Clues? See if there’s a book on CD in the library. (Juvenille Audiobooks)
  • Since Amy and Dan are off to Southern Africa, they should probably read up on the Kings and Queens. Where would Amy find this book? (book titled Kings and Queens of Southern Africa by Sylviane Diouf call number 968.0099 D)


Book #8: The Emperor’s Code by Gordon Korman

  • It’s been rumored that Steven Spielberg is interested in directing a film made out of the first book. Where would you find information about him in the children’s area? (Biographies Spielberg)
  • The Name of This book is Secret. Where would you find it? (book titled The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch)
  • In World War II, Navajo Indians used their native language to help spread secret messages for U.S. forces on the ground. The code was never cracked by enemy troops. Where can adults find information on these Code Talkers (940.54)
  • There’s a guy who also created a code that people could use before telephones to communicate using dots and dashes. Find a book on him. (Biographies — Samuel Morse)
  • Secret passages play a big role in the 39 Clues series. Did you know that the New York Subway also started off as a Secret? Find the book and bring it back to the auditorium when you’re done. (book titled Secret Subway by Martin Sandler call number 388.428 S)