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  • An Equatorial Challenge

    equatorPass the Book copies of The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld now span the globe, from Kamchatka and China to Anchorage, Alaska. Here’s the thing, though. We have yet to send a book to the Southern Hemisphere.

    Do you have family in southern Africa? Is your best friend in Australia or New Zealand? Can you pass a copy of Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple to Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay or Ecuador? Do you know a research scientist working in Antarctica? Will your book be the first Pass the Book copy to cross the equator heading south? We’ll be watching!

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  • Challenge (#27)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    How many words can you make from this 39-letter phrase:  accordionists orchestrating embarrassment?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, September 13, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after September 13?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#26)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    Who is your favorite Midnighter?  Why?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, August 30, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after August 30?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#25)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    How many words can you make from this 39-letter phrase: masterminding gossipmongers eavesdropping?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, August 16, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after August 16?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#24)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    In The Secret Hour, mindcaster Melinda says she “tasted loneliness dry and powdery as chalk.”  If loneliness tastes dry and powdery like chalk, what might other emotions taste like?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, August 2, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after August 2?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#23)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    How many words can you make from this 39-letter phrase:  fortuneteller shortchanging featherbrains?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, July 19, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after July 19?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#22)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    Each Midnighter has a special skill to use each night during the secret hour:  mindcasting, acrobatics, etc.  But, during the day, their special midnight talents often become challenges, like the seer who can’t see during the day.  Would you want to be a Midnighter, have an incredible talent, and be able to occupy the secret hour, if it meant you might be miserable during the day?  Or would you rather trade your talent to live the easy life of a Daylighter?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, July 5, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after July 5?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#21)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    How many words can you make from this 39-letter phrase:  grandchildren photographing skateboarders?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, June 21, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after June 21?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#20)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    As we know, anything that uses batteries or electricity will not work in the secret hour…except under one special circumstance.  If you could take one electrical device into the secret hour and knew that it would work, what device would you take?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, June 7, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after June 7?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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  • Challenge (#19)

    We challenge you to think about our Pass the Book, Scott Westerfeld’s The Secret Hour!   Post an answer and be entered into a prize drawing.  (Remember to keep it fun and keep it clean.)

    This week’s challenge is….

    How many words can you make from this 39-letter phrase:  painstakingly recalculating incorrectness?

    Post your answers in the comments below, before midnight on Monday, May 24, 2010, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a free personal pan pizza.  (Thanks Pizza Hut!)  We contact winners using the e-mail addresses you give us, so don’t forget to check your inbox.

    Didn’t find this challenge until after May 24?  Don’t worry!  Post your answer, anyway, and we’ll put your name in another drawing at the end of Pass the Book (in October 2010.)

    Remember to read, register, and pass.  Good luck!

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