2018 MG Scavenger Hunt

Stories! Games! And PRIZES!

Enter this Middle-Grade Scavenger Hunt in the form at the bottom of this page!

Join 12 middle-grade authors on a book-themed scavenger hunt, and you could win prizes for yourself AND your library! Here’s how it works…

  1. Read the books listed below.
  2. Find the answer for each book’s question.
  3. Submit your correct answers in the form at the bottom of this page by March 31, 2019!
  4. You’ll get 1 entry for every correct answer.
  5. Keep reading and submit the form again with additional answers for more entries.

The giveaway will end on March 31.

The reader with the most entries will win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of their choice AND a $100 gift card for the library of their choice! If there’s a tie, the winner will be chosen randomly. The top 30 — yes THIRTY — readers will receive a special gift pack from the authors, including magnets, letters, bookmarks, and more.

Get a look at the contents of the gift pack, as featured in Publishers Weekly!

Here are the 2018 MG Scavenger Hunt books and questions, in order of the book release date (also download a PDF here):

The Mad Wolf's Daughter by Diane MagrasTHE MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER (KD Books/Penguin Young Readers) by Diane Magras

Description: When 12-year-old Drest loses her war-band family to invading knights, she sets off on a dangerous journey through an unfamiliar landscape to rescue them, with the unlikely help of an injured enemy knight. This fast-paced adventure takes readers into medieval Scotland and the life of an unusual lass. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What’s the war-band name that Drest finally receives?

Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie MorrisonEVERY SHINY THING (Abrams/Amulet Books) by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

Description: Told half in prose and half in verse, EVERY SHINY THING is the story of two seventh grade girls—Lauren, who comes from a wealthy family, and her new neighbor Sierra, who is in foster care—who team up to enact a Robin Hood scheme to right some societal wrongs and learn lessons about family, friendship, and justice in the process. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What item does Lauren take from the bathroom at Mariah’s house?

Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue by Jeff SeymourNADYA SKYLUNG AND THE CLOUDSHIP RESCUE (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) by Jeff Seymour

Description: 12-year-old girl Nadya Skylung and a crew of orphans with special powers must rescue the adults on their flying ship after the adults are captured by pirates. A daring adventure about bravery, friendship, loss, and what it means to lead. Illustrated by Brett Helquist (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events). Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What’s the most important reminder Nadya has of her parents?

The Boy, The Boat, and The BeastTHE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster) by Samantha M Clark

Description: When a boy wakes up on a mysterious beach with no memory of who he is or how he got there, he goes on a journey of survival to find out the answers. But when he finally discovers the terrifying truth, he must face his greatest fear—going home. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What did the Boy make out of the desk?

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy BaldwinWHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW (HarperCollins) by Cindy Baldwin

Description: 12-year-old Della Kelly would do anything to heal her mama’s schizophrenia, but the town’s magic bees have other plans—healing Della’s heart. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What special flower did the bees visit to make the magical honey at the end?


The Land of Yesterday by K.A. ReynoldsTHE LAND OF YESTERDAY (HarperCollins) by K. A. Reynolds

Description: Still grieving her little brother’s death, 11-year-old Cecilia Dahl must commandeer an intersteller hot-air balloon and journey into the deadly Land of Yesterday to hunt down the haunted house that has kidnapped her family. A darkly whimsical adventure about navigating grief and remembering how to be brave. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What does Cecilia give the Caterwaul as a gift to enter the Land of Yesterday?

The Cryptid Catcher by Lija FisherTHE CRYPTID CATCHER (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Lija Fisher

Description: The Cryptid Catcher is the first book in a monstrously fun middle-grade duology about a boy who inherits a job hunting legendary creatures. His goal: discover the one monster whose blood grants immortality—before the knowledge falls into the wrong hands. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What is the first legendary creature that Clivo finds?

The Benefits of Being an OctopusTHE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS (Sky Pony Press) by Ann Braden

Description: Trapped in the realities of poverty in a trailer park, 12-year-old Zoey is forced to find her voice and discovers that what others think of you has nothing to do with how strong you actually are. This moving debut novel explores the cultural divides around class and the gun debate through the eyes of one girl, living on the edges of society, trying to find her way forward. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What is the name of Fuchsia’s cat?

The Splintered Light by Ginger JohnsonTHE SPLINTERED LIGHT (Bloomsbury) by Ginger Johnson

Description: After his brother’s disappearance and his father’s tragic death, eleven-year-old Ishmael lives a monotonous and grief-filled existence on his family’s meager and colorless farm. The only break in his grief is a strange light that pierces a pane of glass in the barn and splinters Ishmael’s world into a spectrum of color he never knew existed. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What tool does Ishmael use to color the dawn?

The Hotel Between by Sean EasleyTHE HOTEL BETWEEN (Simon & Schuster) by Sean Easley

Description: Twelve-year-old Cam enters a magic hotel and uses its enchanted doors to travel the world in search of his missing father. But every new journey has its risks, and the Hotel Between is full of secrets. Cam must learn who to trust as he braves the world in search of his father and finds his own destination. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What is the name of the Hotel tree?

The Three Rules of Everyday Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill

THE THREE RULES OF EVERYDAY MAGIC (Boyds Mills Press) by Amanda Rawson Hill

Description: Magic doesn’t work the way you think it will, but it’s what Kate needs as she confronts friendship trouble, her parents’ divorce, and Grammy’s dementia in this lyrical middle-grade coming-of-age novel for fans of Half a Chance and The Same Stuff as Stars. Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: What does Kate make for Sofia?

The Prophet Calls by Melanie SumrowTHE PROPHET CALLS (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books) by Melanie Sumrow

Description: Gentry lives inside a polygamous community confined by a wall that keeps the rest of the world outside. She and the other members must follow the rules the Prophet imposes from prison but soon his orders start verging on the extreme. Can Gentry find a way to protect herself and her family from the Prophet? Get the Book

Scavenger Hunt Question: Where does Gentry hide her violin once she arrives in Waiting, Canada?

Download a PDF flyer with all the titles and questions so you can keep track as you read.

The submission form for the Scavenger Hunt is below. Answers will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2019. Please note: This Scavenger Hunt is only open to U.S. residents and libraries.