Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Mystery Author Contest: The FINAL Clue!

Have You Guessed the Identity of the Team Corpse MYSTERY AUTHOR Yet?

Is your class playing Twenty Questions with other Exquisite Corpse Adventure readers around the country to help identify The Mystery Author?

Don't miss out! It's not too late! The Final Clue is posted below.

Every class that solves the mystery and emails in the correct guess will be entered into a drawing to win a collection of books valued at over $600 for their classroom or library, plus a phone conversation with The Mystery Author! One classroom winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries received.  Just send in your classroom's guess to no later than this Friday, April 23. The winner will be announced Monday, May 3.

The Final Clue:
Which of the following characters has the Mystery Author written a series of books about?
A.) A princess with a talent for detecting vegetables under layers and layers of mattresses, blankets, and bedding.
B.) A hyperactive kid whose spring is wound so tight that he feels like a rat in a maze and has a friend who brags that she is "blind as a bat."
C.) An oversized puppy with a sense of adventure and a penchant for getting into trouble.
Find the answer this Friday on!

Answers to Clues #17, 18, and 19:
Answer to Clue #17: The Mystery Author’s favorite teacher was Mr. Adolino, her or his Latin teacher, about whom he or she has stated, “[He] decided that teaching us about great books, great art, great films and great music was more important than the Latin curriculum. We went on fantastic field trips, read tons of classics, and overall were infused with a tremendous love for the arts. Mr. Adolino was a saint to me.”
Answer to Clue #18: The Mystery Author read his or her sister's diary when he or she was in the sixth grade and decided "...[he or she] could write better than she could."
Answer to Clue #19:  A rotten cat--Rotten Ralph!--stars in a popular series of books written by the Mystery Author!

REMINDER: The last day to enter is this Friday, April 23.

Send your guess to, but remember you can only guess once!  Be sure to check this Friday for the answer to Clue 20. For more information and complete rules, please visit

Read The Exquisite Corpse Adventure on Read.Gov!

Be sure to read The Exquisite Corpse Adventure on Read.Gov! The most recent episode--Episode 15--was penned by National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson  and sumptuously illustrated by Calef Brown. Coming this Friday on Read.Gov is Episode 16 written by Kate DiCamillo and fantastically illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering!

More Corpse Fun: Educational Materials and Writing Contest

Be sure to check out the following extensive educational materials for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure:
Online education resource center  created by the NCBLA and the Butler Center for Children's Literature at Dominican University. Discover reading lists thematically linked to each episode, classroom activities, discussion questions, art appreciation essays and activities, and MORE! 

The Exquisite Prompt Challenge Writing Contest sponsored by ReadingRockets and! This month's prompts are inspired by author Megan McDonald and illustrator Timothy Basil Ering!