Thursday, August 5, 2010

Game Show to Watch

Curtis knew the answer to a question about Scieszka's 'The Stinky Cheese Man.'

I've been sick but I'm back again and here is the latest literary news you might or might not know...

Do you know what object Laura treasures most in Little House in the Big Woods? The name of Phileas Fogg’s French valet in Around the World in 80 Days? Or who Mary Anne’s boyfriend was in the Baby-sitters Club series?* Well, the ecstatic New York City fourth- and fifth-graders who packed Scholastic’s auditorium certainly did, when the publisher hosted its second annual Ultimate Author Showdown. Luckily, the authors competing on stage did, too—mostly.

The game show, which was broadcast live to thousands of registered classrooms nationwide, kicked off the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a summerlong reading program held in association with Reading Is Fundamental and the National Summer Learning Association, with the goal of attempting to set a new world record for time spent reading during the summer.

“Today we have brought together four fierce contestants, all bestselling authors—and wrestlers,” said Jon Scieszka, in the role of Alex Trebek, “to test their knowledge of children’s books and sleeper holds.” (To be fair, the multiple choice questions never dipped into wrestling territory.) Contestants Christopher Paul Curtis, Gordon Korman, R.L. Stine, and Lisa Yee were competing for a chance to pick (at random) a classroom that would receive $3,500 in books. More than 4,000 classrooms signed up to watch the game show live online, with the first 2,650 eligible to win the prize (the entire game show can be viewed on the Scholastic Summer Challenge Web site). 

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