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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the Summer Giveaway Hop!

Over 300 participating blogs are offering a book related giveaway and we are all linked up together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another.  The hop runs from Monday, August 1st through Sunday, August 7th. Thanks to  I am a Reader, Not a Writer and BookHounds for hosting this hop!

We have 2 prize packs to give away, one winner for each pack.

Never-Read-Before Prize Pack: Win Advance Reader copies of two 2012 Walden Pond Press titles. Only a few people have read these tiels, so you will be one of first! You will receive:

Neversink by Barry Wolverton
Along the Arctic Circle lies a small island called Neversink, whose jagged cliffs and ice-gouged rocks are home to a colony of odd-looking seabirds called auks, including one Lockley J. Puffin. With their oceanfront views and plentiful supply of fish, the auks have few concerns. But all of this is about to change. Rozbell, the newly crowned king of Owl Parliament, is dealing with a famine on the mainland of Tytonia - and he has long had his scheming eyes on the small colony to th enorth. Now Neversink's independence hangs in the balance. An insurgence of owls will inevitably distroy life as the auks know it - unless Lockley can do something about it.

The Fourth Stall, Part II  by Chris Rylander
The tween-noir saga continues. The life of crime is good. Mac has taken down legendary high school crime boss Staples, business has been booming and Mac and Vince are getting ready for middle school baseball tryouts. But this can't last. Mac has always tried to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But what happens when you can't tell the difference? A dilemma walks into the fourth stall in the form of Trixie Von Parkway - an eighth grader with a mean look and an even meaner predicament. Seems that the new science teacher is terrorizing her, and she needs Mac to get him off her back. Sounds simple enough, but as Mac starts to dig deeper, he finds even more trouble brewing at his school, including a new administrator bent on destroying his business and indicating that Trixie isn't who she claims to be. The worst that could have happened to Mac before was that he might lose a little money, maybe catch a beating. In THE FOURTH STALL PART II, though, the stakes are even higher than that.


Guys Read Prize Pack: Win a hardcover copy of Guys Read: Funny Business (with a bookplate signed by Jon Scieszka) and an Advance Reader Copy of Guys Read: Thriller, the first two titles in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library!

Guys Read: Funny Business:
If you know the Guys Read initiative, you already know what you’re in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you’re through, you’ll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son’s room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn’t turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more. And the contributor list includes bestselling author, award winners, and fresh new talent alike: Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo (writing with Jon Scieszka), Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo. Guys Read is all about turning young readers into lifelong ones—and with this book, and each subsequent installment in the series, we aim to leave no guy unturned.

Guys Read: Thriller
In this second installment in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library, you'll find a roomful of snakes, the world's worst private detective, a teenage terrorist and more, from the likes of M.T. Anderson, Patrick Carman, Gennifer Choldenko, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Bruce Hale, Anthony Horowitz, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Walter Dean Myers, and James Patterson, not to mention illustrations from Brett Helquist. If you're a young reader looking for the best writing around, look no further than Guys Read.

To enter the giveaway, please follow this blog and fill out the form below. 
Last day to enter is 8/7/11. Good luck!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Middle Grade Book Chat Comes to Twitter

Thanks to a great group of middle grade authors, Twitter now has a middle grade book chat! Every Thursday evening at 9pm EST, join fellow tweeps to talk tween books under the hashtag #mglitchat. For a list of upcoming topics and transcripts of past chats, check out the link below:

Hope to see you all this Thursday!