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Recently I ran a very successful reading promotion based on a series that is 
popular here, Deltora
Quest by Emily Rodda. Teams of three, as in the story, signed on and had to 
complete a series of
challenges based on each book.  Each successful challenge was rewarded with a 'gem' 
of the
appropriate colour, all of which were stuck on to a belt, with the quest being 
complete when the
belt was, again, as in the story.  The quest attracted both boys and girls mostly 
in the 10-12 age

What would be a series that is popular and readily available in the US that a 
similar interactive
activity could be based on?  In fact, it doesn't need to be a series - I also had 
success with
Graeme Base's "The Eleventh Hour".  The keys are that whatever is developed 
requires the students to
read and re-read to really engage with the text; that the problem to solve demands 
thinking and that it needs more than one session to complete.

I am writing an article for Teacher Librarian and want to include this strategy but 
I need to
"Americanise" it by suggesting titles appropriate to the US and Canada particularly.


Barbara Braxton
Teacher Librarian
Palmerston District Primary School

T. 61 2 6205 6162
F. 61 2 6205 7242
"Together we learn from each other." 

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