World Book Day: 6th March 2014


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?


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