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In The Classroom: Book Scavenger

Posted at 7:52 AM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 08:52:40-04

Looking for a good book?  There may be one hiding in your neighborhood!

"It's talking about a game that is actually real," said seventh grader Liam Hodges. 

Life is a game and books are the tokens.  That's the theme of "Book Scavenger."  It is a fictional story that readers can bring to life. 

Recently, some Gretna Middle School high-ability learners read the story, then participated in the book hunting game where players hide used books in public places.  Clues about the hidden books are logged online.  

"There is a website called and when you go on there you can look through and there is a map," said seventh grader Katelynn Lagar.  

Based off the clues, you can search for a hidden book in your area. 

"I thought it was a really cool idea and I thought it was really fun because it is kind of like giving books towards the community," said Hodges. 

Teacher Rhonda Sparks says to play the game her students had to learn the cipher, meaning put a message into secret writing. 

The students picked the book that wanted to hide and where they wanted to put it. 

"I wanted to hide it somewhere in nature," said Lagar.  

From a park to a Gretna Elementary School, you can find books all over town.  Sparks says the kids had to learn important communication skills.  They had to ask permission before hiding their books. 

The students are excited to share their love of reading with the community and Sparks hopes they community continues their game. 

"If they find a book, then they're going to hide a book with their child," said Sparks.