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Greenwillow Contest #3: This…Is…Jeopardy!

A message from Michelle:
I’m a big nerd, so naturally I love Jeopardy! There’s no better pick-me-up at the end of a hard day than guessing a Final Jeopardy question correctly, or blazing through an entire category that leaves even the contestants with their buzzers unbuzzed. Of course, there are those other times (for me, anything having to do with sports, military history, or *gasp* math) when I am completely and utterly useless…but we’re not going to talk about that.

My favorite category of them all is a Jeopardy! classic—Before and After. In this category, the clue consists of two disparate things that share a joining word. Here’s an example:

Q: Ancient Greek King of Macedonia; and an 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel
A: Alexander the Great Gatsby

Isn’t that fun? So, this month’s contest is a Greenwillow-inspired round of Before and After! The first half of each clue is the title of a Greenwillow book; the second half could be anything—a movie, a TV show, a phrase, etc. Send your answers to gwbooks@harpercollins.com. The first person to get all ten questions right (or whoever gets the most correct answers) wins the prize!

And what is this month’s prize, you ask?

A fabulous Greenwillow Grab Bag! Posters, stickers, swag of all kinds—and yes, books! You will love it, believe me. The contest ends on Monday, July 26, at 9 AM. The winners will be posted that morning!

Grab your e-buzzers, everyone…here come the questions! Good luck!

Before and After—Greenwillow Style

1. A Pat Hutchins mama makes some cookies, but too many people show up; and a deep-fried Chinese crab dumpling.

2.  Katherine Hannigan’s precocious apple lover; and Chuck Berry’s rock ‘n roll jam.

3. Aliki’s young horticulturist has a peaceful picnic with some animals; and a Southern Gothic bestseller cum Clint Eastwood flick. 

4. Naomi Shihab Nye’s haunting 1999 poetry anthology; and “Danger, Will Robinson!”

5. Lynne Rae Perkins wishes something would happen; and John Edward talks to dead people.

6. Twelve-year-old Martha puts the sea in a jar; and George Clooney and Matt Damon make bank robbery look cool.

7. The first of Joseph Delaney’s Tom Ward books; and the time between midnight and 3 A.M. (The best time to cast a wicked spell!)

8. A Wild West biography of Mark Twain; and a 2002 movie starring rapper Eminem.

9. Tana Hoban’s 1999 picture book about 1–10; and the world’s most famous vampire (No, not Edward Cullen!)

10. Jack Prelutsky and Garth Williams riff about cities and funny colored animals; and Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington riff about murderous oil tycoons and endangered birds.


  1. Martha Mihalick says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure #9 involves Count Chocula.

  2. I’m not banned from this contest, too? Bwahahahaha!

  3. Kim says:

    Thanks for doing this. It was fun!

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