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October/November 2019


December 16, 2019

Fire Contest

Write a one-page letter to one of the people in the article, telling them what you learned about the Paradise fire and sharing your own message of hope.


A signed copy of I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871, by Lauren Tarshis.

One of a KIND

In a one-page essay, describe a time when you felt different from everyone or were an especially good friend to someone who needed one. Include details about the situation, the people involved, and how you felt.


Five winners will each receive a set of books by beloved author Gordon Korman, including Restart and Slacker. Winners will also be featured on our website! 

What Would You Ask John?

Imagine you could talk to John about his experience. What else do you want to know?

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September 2019


October 15, 2019

Lion Contest

Select one photo from the story. In a well-organized paragraph, explain what is interesting about this text feature and how it helps you understand the story. Be sure to include details from the article.


Five winners will each receive a copy of Who Would Win? Lion vs. Tiger by Jerry Pallotta.

What's Your Superpower?

Send a well-organized paragraph to “My True Story Contest.”


Tell us your superpower and you might end up in a future issue!

Titanic Contest

Imagine you're George as a grown man. Write a letter to your kids, explaining what caused the Titanic to sink and how it affected your family and friends. Be sure to include details from the play. 


Five winners will receive a copy of I Survived the Sinking ofthe Titanic—signed by Lauren Tarshis!