Next Thursday, March 6th 2014, is World Book Day.
As I work in a library and run a Chatterbooks group for 8-12 year olds I thought I would do something to mark the occasion when we met today.
I decided the most appropriate activity was to go ‘Around the World in Eighty Books’ so
I made a list of 80 book titles that have place names in them.
I got a huge World Map poster which I put out on the desk.
I also put out a map of the United Kingdom. [Since several of the place names were towns in the UK to make it easier for the more geographically-challenged pupils]
Then I challenged the children to find the locations on the maps and see who could get them all in the shortest time. They had a maximum of fifteen minutes.
There was a clear winner, who got 75 of them in short order, and the others with a few clues.
I’ll admit I deliberately put in a few tough ones, such as countries that have changed their names.
I also put in a title that had two locations, one old and one current.
One lad struggled a bit, but got most of them in the end.
They all enjoyed the exercise.
When I started I was afraid I’d struggle to find 80, but in fact I ended up with 20 or so to spare, with lots of repeated locations to choose from.
What titles can you come up with?
Below is the list of the book titles I used.
They are a mixture of adult of children’s fiction, but all are fiction titles. I didn’t cheat and use travel guides.
1. Passage to India by E. M. Forster
2. Our Man in Havanna by Graham Greene
3. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
4. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
5. Little Coffee Shop in Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
6. Out Of Africa by Isak Dinesen
7. Liverpool Vampire by Michael Pugh
8. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
9. Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
10. I Heart London by Lyndsey Kelk
11. Fairytale of New York by Miranda Dickinson
12. It Happened in Paris by Molly Hopkins
13. A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian by Monica Lewycka
14. Dublin People by Maeve Binchy
15. Asterix in Spain by Goscinny
16. Ireland: Awakening by Edward Rutherfurd
17. Out of Egypt by Anne Rice
18. Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
19. Italian Outsiders Stories by various
20. Yvonne goes to York by M C Beaton
21. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
22. Belinda goes to Bath by M C Beaton
23. Penelope goes to Portsmouth by M C Beaton
24. Manuscript found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
25. Deborah goes to Dover by M C Beaton
26. Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M C Beaton
27. A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
28. China Lake by Meg Gardiner
29. Wales by Terry Deary (Horrible Histories Special)
30. From Scotland with Love by Katie Fforde
31. A Burial in Portugal by Robert MacLeod
32. Mythic Greece by Aaron Allston
33. Digging to Australia by Lesley Glaister
34. A Death in Valencia by Jason Webster
35. Leaving Sardinia by Hans-Ulrich Treichel
36. Gold from Crete by C S Forester
37. A Surgeon in New Zealand by George Sava
38. 1, 2, 3, Suddenly in Mexico by Cristina Falcon Maldonado
39. Winter Tales from Poland by Maia Wojciechowska
40. Oklahoma Wedding Bells by Carol Finch
41. Christmas in Seattle by Debbie Macomber
42. Elissa or the Doom of Zimbabwe by H Rider Haggard
43. Thorkill of Iceland by Isabel Wyatt
44. Station Six Sahara by Michael Avallone
45. Meet Me in Mozambique by E A Markham
46. No-one Thinks of Greenland by John Griesemer
47. Gerda Lives in Norway by Astrid Lindgren
48. Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
49. Moonlight Over Denmark by J H Schryer
50. Three Go to Switzerland by Mabel Esther Allan
51. Mr Monk Goes to Germany by Lee Goldberg
52. Asterix in Belgium by Goscinny
53. Asterix in Corsica by Goscinny
54. Asterix Conquers America by Goscinny
55. Rendezvous in Russia by Lauren St John
56. Looking for Alaska by John Green
57. Washington Weirdos by Gayle Wigglesworth
58. Doctor in New Guinea by Dana James
59. Kidnap in the Caribbean by Lauren St John
60. Trouble in Tahiti (Nancy Drew Files) Author unknown
61. High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
62. Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu
63. Siam Miami by Morris Renek
64. Secret Mission to Bangkok
65. Biggles in the Gobi by Captain W E Johns
66. Tintin in the Congo by Herge
67. A Chalet Girl from Kenya by Elinor M Brent-Dyer
68. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa by J E Bright
69. Sweets from Morocco by Jo Verity
70. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
71. Togo Command by Harry Arvay
72. A Castle in Canada by Caroline Farr
73. Matti Lives in Finland by Astrid Lindgren
74. Nurse in Nepal by Irene Roberts
75.Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
76. The Hermit of Turkey Hollow by Arthur Train
77. Israel Potter by Herman Melville
78. Marching Through Georgia by S M Stirling
79. Vietnam: Ground Zero by Eric Helm
80. Knife Song Korea by Richard Selzer
How many could you find?