As a celebration of achieving 200 followers over at the Kidliterate Facebook page (have you liked it? it's the easiest way to keep up on when I post here, plus I post links I think are awesome and other little tidbits), I am doing some shelf-clearing and sharing the book love with all of you. This will be the first of a few posts, so check back in the coming days for more! I'll pick all the winners on January 2nd.
Over at Facebook, you enter by commenting on each entry individually. (If you entered there, you do not need to enter here as well.) Here, simply comment on this blog post and tell me which parts you are interested in winning. (If it's all of them, just say all!) I'd also love to know your favorite book or books from this year, but that's just because I'm nosy - it's not a requirement. Anyone can win anything!
How I'll pick the winners: everyone will be assigned a number, starting with the Facebook entrants and going down from there. I'll use the handy random number generator to pick the winner of each item and mail them out sometime in the New Year.
Get extra entries for your desired books by: posting a link to this post on your blog; retweeting the tweet I will send after this is posted (I'm @mposten); posting it on your FB page. If you link to this post, please let me know in a comment!
And now, the initial list, with book descriptions I took from Ingram's website (thank you, Ingram!):
1. two awesome picture books! KING HUGO'S HUGE EGO, the latest stroke of brilliance from the awesome Chris Van Dusen; plus MOUSE AND LION, and gorgeous new retelling of the Aesop fable by Rand Burkert, with art by Nancy Ekholm Burkert!
2. SHINE by Lauren Myracle, the riveting YA novel that was the centerpiece of the biggest debacle the National Book Award has ever known. "When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, 16-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small Southern town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone in the name of justice."
3. WILDWOOD, the debut middle-grade fantasy novel by Decemberists lead singer Colin Meloy, with beautiful art by his wife, Carson Ellis. "After her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants."
4. an advance copy of GRAVE MERCY, book 1 of the HIS FAIR ASSASSIN series by Robin LaFevers (4/12, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). "Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes a brutal arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of assassins--for a price. Packed with love, magic, and deadly games of courtly intrigue and treason, book one of a fast-paced trilogy set in 15th-century France combines romance with captivating action." (The ARC cover is not the pretty pretty you see here, BTW.)
5. Two terrific SIGNED middle-grade novels: LUV YA BUNCHES by Lauren Myracle ("The first book in a four-part series, "Luv Ya Bunches" is a funny, honest middle-grade novel about four friends navigating the ups and downs of fifth grade.") and Newbery Honor/National Book Award finalist/Coretta Scott King winner ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia (""One Crazy Summer" tells the story of three girls who go to Oakland, California, to meet their estranged mother and become involved in the civil rights movement in the late 1960s.").
ONE CRAZY SUMMER is actually signed "to Molly," because I accidentally got two copies for my daughter - but hey, it's signed!
6. Three YA dystopian novels!
THOSE THAT WAKE by Jesse Karp: "On the same day Mal learns his brother has disappeared, Laura discovers her parents have forgotten her. Both begin a search for their families that leads them to the same truth: someone or something has wiped the teens from the memories of every person they have ever known."
POSSESSION by Elana Johnson: "In a world where Thinkers control the population and Rules are not meant to be broken, 15-year-old Violet Schoenfeld must make a choice to control or be controlled after learning truths about her "dead" sister and "missing" father."
AWAKEN by Katie Kacvinsky: "Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it's to go to school or on a date, people don't venture out of their home. For the most part, Maddie's okay with the solitary, digital life--until she meets Justin."
Again, simply comment by saying something like "I'd love 1, 4, and 5, please! And my favorite book of the year was OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt." And may the odds be ever in your favor!