Saturday, June 8, 2013

79 Million Visitors Blog Celebration (1st of 4) with 18 Books To Give Away


It's absolutely amazing to me, but Adventures in YA Publishing is about to hit a major milestone: a million visitors. Yes. A million.


That's crazy-making. And jaw-dropping. And happy-dance-inspiring.

Via Rae

It delights me that so many of you have been here to share joy in young adult literature, the craft that goes into writing it, the authors who make it special, the bloggers who spread the word, and most of all, the readers who love to read it. So thank you.

THANK you!

Via Rachel K

And what better way to express my thanks than to turn the celebration into a shower of books?

Beyond toasting a happy day with prosecco, dancing around the house, and eating something with far more calories than dancing can possibly burn off, sharing a celebration with the people who made it possible is my favorite way to celebrate. Sharing a book celebration full of young adult literature is a double whammy.

Young adult literature is magical. It's full of firsts and emotion. Self-exploration. Breathless love. Heartache. Heartbreak. Heart-pounding fear. Healing. Joy. Freedom. Discovery. Possibility. Hope. The books are tightly plotted, fast paced, genre-bending, and beautifully written. They are filled with characters who reach out from the pages and become lifelong companions.

To express my gratitude to the people who, over the past three years since I began blogging, have introduced me to the books, authors, writers, and book reviewers I have come to love, I have asked a few of them to tell me their favorite book titles so that I could give away prize packs in their honor.

Their prize packs are listed below, and I'm throwing in two prize packs of my own, plus two additional bonus prize packs to sweeten the pot. Some of the gift packs include books on writing craft and are for those who both read and write YA. Other packs include only fiction. No worries. There's a spot on the form to let you tell us your preference pack type.

The giveaway will run 6/8/136/9/136/15/13 and 6/16/13. Each day is a separate entry with its own prize packs, so be sure to enter all four days. And I'll announce the winners on 6/22/13.

Happy reading, thank you, and good luck!


Prize Pack One - Jan Lewis' Prize Pack Pick 

Jan joined Adventures in YA Publishing at the end of last year after I'd been struggling to keep things afloat. She is now our scheduling guru, our spread sheet wizard, and our gatekeeper of all things contest. I can honestly say that I do not know what I would do without her.

In addition to being far more organized than I am, she is unfailingly kind, optimistic, professional, and ready to cheer for every author, every book, every blogger, and every writer out there.

In short, Jan is amazing, and I am beyond fortunate to have her with me on the blog and as a friend.

What's your favorite way to celebrate a success?
Going out with my husband to our favorite sushi restaurant. There's nothing like gyoza, edamame, and a solo boat!

What do you think makes Young Adult books unique and special for readers and/or for writers?
When I was a teenager, reading was my escape. I was so passionate about the books that I loved, and finding one that I could really connect with was magical. To write a book that a young adult might feel that way about would be an honor. I feel like my life would be complete if I was able to touch just one reader the way that so many authors touched me as a teen.

Jan's Giveaway Picks:

by Jodi Meadows
Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Purchase Incarnate at Amazon
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View Incarnate on Goodreads

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Box Set: The Giver, Messenger, The Gathering Blue
by Lois Lowry
Laurel Leaf
Released 6/8/2013

Discover the worlds of Lois Lowry in this beautiful boxed set. This perfect gift collection by New York Times bestselling author Lois Lowry, which includes the award-winning titles The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger, is available to coincide with the publication of Lowry’s newest book, Son. Lowry was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. Her powerful and provocative novels are full of suspense, drama, and heart-wrenching action.

The Giver: When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out for special training from The Giver. Now it’s time for Jonas to learn the truth. There is no turning back.
Gathering Blue: Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. When she is given a task that no other community member can carry out, Kira realizes that she is surrounded by mysteries and secrets—and finds that she possesses an extraordinary power.
Messenger: Matty has always been proud to be Village’s Messenger. But now that Village is closing its once-welcoming doors, Matty must make one last journey through the treacherous forest—and one great sacrifice to save the place he loves.
Lowry’s novels feature remarkable characters. This boxed set reveals the unexpected connections among their lives.
The Worlds of Lois Lowry boxed set is the perfect gift this holiday season.

Purchase Box Set: The Giver, Messenger, The Gathering Blue at Amazon
Purchase Box Set: The Giver, Messenger, The Gathering Blue at IndieBound
View Box Set: The Giver, Messenger, The Gathering Blue on Goodreads

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Prize Pack Two - Casey McCormick (for writers)

Casey McCormick is the founder of Literary Rambles, one of the first websites I ever visited when I started dipping a toe in the online writing community. Her Agent Spotlight series is an incredible resources to anyone querying or researching agents. If that isn't enough, she is also founding member of WriteOnCon, which offers a FREE online writer's conference every year for any writer interested in writing for children and young adults.

She is a literary agent intern, wife, and mom (x2), and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. If you're writing for young adults and you don't know Casey, you need to run to Literary Rambles and set aside a week or two for browsing.

What's your favorite way to celebrate a success?
On the blog, we love to celebrate our successes with big book giveaways. On a more personal level, there's usually something sweet and decadent involved.

What do you think makes Young Adult books unique and special for readers and/or for writers?
I think young adult books are special because they're often innovative and cover a period of life that's intense and formative. There are YA books out now that I believe could have changed the
trajectory of my life had I read them as a teen. They're that powerful, and I hope today's teens are finding the books that speak to their present and future selves.
Casey's Giveaway Picks:

The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson
Dial; 1 edition

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

Purchase The Sky Is Everywhere at Amazon
Purchase The Sky Is Everywhere at IndieBound
View The Sky Is Everywhere on Goodreads

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The First Five Pages: A Writer''s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
by Noah Lukeman
Touchstone; Original edition


Note from Casey: The section on submitting is a bit outdated. Check the individual websites for agents and publishers.

Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages.

The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as

* A weak opening hook

* Overuse of adjectives and adverbs

* Flat or forced metaphors or similes

* Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue

* Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings

* Uneven pacing and lack of progression

With exercises at the end of each chapter, this invaluable reference will allow novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters alike to improve their technique as they learn to eliminate even the most subtle mistakes that are cause for rejection. The First Five Pages will help writers at every stage take their art to a higher -- and more successful -- level.
Purchase The First Five Pages at Amazon
Purchase The First Five Pages at IndieBound
View The First Five Pages on Goodreads

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Prize Pack Three - Natalie Aguirre (for writers)

Natalie  Aguirre may well be one of the first people who commented on the blog back when we first set up shop and barely knew what a comment was. And she has continued to comment every week, if not almost every day, since. But it isn't just Adventures in YA Publishing. Natalie tirelessly supports more blogs than virtually any other writer out there. She is a constant source of inspiration and joy, and it is always a pleasure to come across Natalie's comments elsewhere in the blogosphere. 

Casey was smart to snatch Natalie up when she needed help at Literary Rambles, and Natalie jumped in with some of the best author interviews I have ever seen. If that isn't enough, she's also a writer, a mother, and a lawyer. 

What's your favorite way to celebrate a success?
We don't do anything exciting at my house so I mostly celebrate by going out to dinner. On a rare and really special day, I don't do any work and do my favorite things--reading and writing.

What do you think makes Young Adult books unique and special for readers and/or for writers?
I think YA novels are so compelling because the characters are old enough to be independent and mature enough to make adult-like decisions. YA novels tend to be well-plotted with lots of action and are fast paced and always moving the plot forward. The characters are dealing with teen issues we can all relate to and often also issues that affect their world. And there's always fantastic books in all the genres to choose from. I think that's why both teens and adults want to read these books.

Natalie's picks:

by Elizabeth Norris
Balzer + Bray

Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle's mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died...and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth's destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.

Purchase Unraveling at Amazon
Purchase Unraveling at IndieBound
View Unraveling on Goodreads

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Plot and Structure
by James Scott Bell
Writer's Digest Books; 5 edition
Released 6/8/2013

Craft an Engaging PlotHow does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course?

With "Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure," you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including: Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and endsEasy-to-understand plotting diagrams and chartsBrainstorming techniques for original plot ideasThought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapterStory structure models and methods for all genresTips and tools for correcting common plot problems

Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, "Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure" gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.

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Prize Pack Four - Katie B. from Mundie Moms 

I have discovered many of my favorite books over at the Mundie Moms blog. Since founding the site in 2009 as a place to share their love of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, Katie and her minions have branched out into supporting young adult books in virtually every genre. They offer reviews, author chats, forums, news for fans, and much much more. They have even branched out into Mudie Kids, for books middle grade and below. 

Although she now has help from Sophie and Shandra, Katie runs the bulk of the blog and the other sites and oversees the forums. She does the majority of the reviews on both blogs, hosts all the Mundie Moms blog tours, runs the chats with Sophie's help, participates in the blog tours, and does her best to keep the blog up to date with YA book news.

What's your favorite way to celebrate a success?
My favorite way to celebrate a success is to: Okay this is going to sound weird, but when I accomplish a big thing I allow myself a minute, if that, to bask in the feeling of accomplishment, and then continue on with the new project I am currently on. Don't get me wrong, I feel extremely excited, and sometimes even shocked when everything comes together and I've successfully done something, but I don't ever want to feel like I get to a point where I except everything to always work out. I've had a lot of failures too, and those have helped me to realize you work hard, you take a moment to enjoy the success, and then you continue on. But if it's a big success, I do reward myself with something I've really wanted, which usually turns into buying a book, or two or three. lol

What do you think makes Young Adult books unique and special for readers and/or for writers?
I think what makes YA books unique and special for young readers is the fact that so many of us can relate to what we're reading. As adults we've either been in similar situations or felt similar emotions that the characters we're reading about have felt, or as teens, we're experiencing them now. YA books not only give us an outlet to escape the real world, they give us a connection. They make us, no matter how old we are, realize we're either not the only ones, or we weren't the only ones to experience a certain event or have certain feelings. YA books make us not feel so lonely. YA books also allow us the escape from our mundane routines. I think they in some ways help us feel more alive. For some readers they've made them realize that no matter our age we can still accomplish the dreams we had long ago. Over all YA books give us that excitement, the adventure, the heartbreak, the romance, the snark, and the incredible journey that sometimes we can only get out of a book. There's just times I need that excitement of sitting down with a great book that I know will allow me to escape into an incredible new world, meet memorable characters, and go on an unforgettable journey, whether it's in fantasy world, or a realistic fiction one.

Katie's Picks

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt and Co.

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Purchase Shadow and Bone at Amazon
Purchase Shadow and Bone at IndieBound
View Shadow and Bone on Goodreads

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Clockwork Princess 
(Infernal Devices)
by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books

Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.
Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

Purchase Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices) at Amazon
Purchase Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices) at IndieBound
View Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices) on Goodreads

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Prize Pack Five - Martina's First Prize Pack Pick

Two of my favorite pieces of fiction. 

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

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The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard,  even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

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Prize Pack Six - Martina's Seconds Prize Pack Pick (for writers)

Two of my favorite craft books.

Wired for Story
by LIsa Cron
Ten Speed Press

This guide reveals how writers can utilize cognitive storytelling strategies to craft stories that ignite readers’ brains and captivate them through each plot element.

  Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets—and it’s a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper.
     The vast majority of writing advice focuses on “writing well” as if it were the same as telling a great story. This is exactly where many aspiring writers fail—they strive for beautiful metaphors, authentic dialogue, and interesting characters, losing sight of the one thing that every engaging story must do: ignite the brain’s hardwired desire to learn what happens next. When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of story and electrify our curiosity, it triggers a delicious dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Without it, even the most perfect prose won’t hold anyone’s interest.
     Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Wired for Story offers a revolutionary look at story as the brain experiences it. Each chapter zeroes in on an aspect of the brain, its corresponding revelation about story, and the way to apply it to your storytelling right now.

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Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing
by Cheryl Klein
Asterisk Books

Whether you dream of writing a book for children or young adults, or you want to take a finished manuscript to the next level, it always helps to get a fresh point of view. Try a little Second Sight.

In this collection of talks, a professional editor offers insights from the other side of the publishing desk on a wide range of writerly topics:

* Terrific first lines and how they got that way
* What makes a strong picture book manuscript
* Why the Harry Potter series was such a tremendous success
* Finding the emotional heart of your story
* Worksheets and checklists for building characters and bolstering plot
* The Annotated Query Letter from Hell
* And an Annotated Query Letter That Does It Right

With its wit, intelligence, and practical tools for analyzing and revising your work, Second Sight will be a first resource for writers of children's and young adult fiction.

This book has not been endorsed or approved by J. K. Rowling or any of her publishers or representatives, and all thoughts expressed here on all matters, including the Harry Potter series, are solely Cheryl B. Klein's own, and should not be taken as the official opinions, intentions, or interpretations of any of the writers or publishers mentioned.

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Prize Pack Seven - Bonus Prize Pack

If You Find Me
by Emily Murdoch
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition
Released 3/26/2013

There are some things you can’t leave behind…A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Purchase If You Find Me at Amazon
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View If You Find Me on Goodreads

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Kindness for Weakness
by Shawn Goodman
Hardcover Giveaway
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released 5/14/2013

Goodman's heart wrenching account of boys trying to become men gives readers a glimpse into the darkness that takes over without the proper guidance during this critical journey. I have a fondness for books that reference other books, exposing the layers and connections a reading life can offer, and this one is filled with literary references that serve as anchors during the storm. Sadly, I see too many of my students within Goodman's characters; boys who believe in the "kindness for weakness" philosophy.

"What's real strength, Samson? " he says.

"It's when you're a balanced man. When you can think as well as you can use your body. And you have to know who you are and be OK with it. If that means that you're not ripped or tough or a badass, so be it," says Samson.

"But the most important part," he says, " is that you have to believe in something that is real and true. A lot of guys don't believe in anything. They will tell you what they're against, what they don't like, but they can't tell you what they are for. Because they don't actually believe in anything."

Purchase Kindness for Weakness at Amazon
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View Kindness for Weakness on Goodreads

Prize Pack Eight - Bonus Prize Pack

Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl
by Carolita Blythe
Hardcover Giveaway
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released 4/9/2013

Faye doesn't mean to hit the old lady she and her friends are mugging. But she does. The old lady isn't moving, but Faye has no reason to feel guilty for leaving her there. The old lady might be ancient and wrinkly now. But back in the day, she was as beautiful as they come—a famous movie star. And everyone knows that pretty and mean always go together. But Faye does feel guilty. So she comes back. Slowly, Faye and the old lady form an unlikely friendship, one that pulls Faye out of her life with her abusive mother and destructive "friends" and allows the old lady relief from her loneliness. But in an unfair world in which the pretty girls, no matter how mean, always seem to get everything, while Faye gets nothing, will Faye be able to keep from slipping back to her old ways? Will her mother ever be happy? Will her father ever come home to stay? And what if Faye goes her whole life without Michael Jackson ever loving her back? Faye is an honest, straightforward narrator who is likable even in her most flawed moments and will be cheered on by readers of every age and from every walk of life.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl?

My favorite thing about Revenge Of A Not-So-Pretty Girl? I have to cheat a little on this because I actually have two favorite things, which I rank equally. The first is Faye’s (my protagonist) voice. Although she’s only fourteen, Faye has had a pretty complicated life. She’s not had a lot of friends, or support, or kind words come her way. It would be easy for her to look at the world through jaded, pessimistic eyes. And while she doesn’t hold back from pointing out certain negatives, she does it in a dry, part-humorous way. I think the humor is what keeps her afloat and keeps her from giving up completely on the possibility of one day being happy and having a good life.

My other favorite part of the book is the idea that we all have the ability to change our lives. It’s definitely not easy to do, but it’s not impossible. We have to be able to recognize and admit that there might be something keeping us down—keeping us from being the person we should and could be. We have to be able to look into ourselves and say, “I’ve not been generous,” or “I’ve been mean to a particular person,” or “I need to exercise and get better about my health.” Once the issue is identified, we can begin working on it. Faye sees her faults, admits to them, and slowly begins to change what’s in her control—despite the cards she has been dealt. I think that’s pretty inspirational.

Purchase Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl at Amazon
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by Tim Tharp
Hardcover Giveaway
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 4/9/2013

All Dylan wants is mojo. What is mojo? It's power. The ability to command respect. It's everything Dylan doesn't have. He gets no respect at school, and when he finds the dead body of a classmate, even the police push him around. All the thanks he gets for trying to help the investigation with his crime drama skills is a new nickname at school: Body Bag. So when Dylan hears about a missing rich girl from the other side of town, he jumps at the chance to dive into this mystery. Surely if he cracks a case involving a girl this beautiful and this rich, he'll get not only a hefty cash reward, but the mojo he's looking for.

His investigation takes him into the world of an elite private high school and an underground club called Gangland. As Dylan—along with his loyal friends Audrey and Randy—falls down the rabbit hole, lured by the power of privilege, he begins to lose himself. And the stakes of the game keep getting higher.

Purchase Mojo at Amazon
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  1. Congrats on reaching a million visitors. How awesome! I love what you do here to help other writers. And thanks for including Casey and me in the people you're spotlighting. I'll mention this on our blog on Monday. Off to post on Facebook too.

  2. Congratulations! This blog has served as a great tool to me, linking me up to other readers and good writing-craft articles, as well as letting me know about all the current reads. Thank you for the blog and for the giveaway! ^.^

  3. ZOMG!! Congrats to martina and Jan and even to former moderators for putting together this fabulous resource!! LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  4. Wow! A million visitors is a HUGE milestone. Congrats, y'all.

    A Long-time Lurker

  5. Wow!!! You are soooo generous!!!
    Congrats on the million visitors - that's mind boggling - yet doesn't surprise me in the least! :)

  6. This blog is a gem for writers. Congrats on one million visitors and counting... :)

  7. Congrats on reaching a million visitors!

    May you reach 2 million visitors in no time :)

  8. Thanks for the great info and congrats on your success.

  9. Wow, Martina and Jan -- what an absolutely amazing milestone. Congrats!

  10. Thanks, ladies. Honestly, this is just as much a thank you to you all for being the readers and writers who made this possible!

  11. Congratulations on a huge milestone. I love this blog and look forward to checking it daily. And these prize packs are fantastic!

  12. Wow, a big celebration for a big milestone. Congratulations!

  13. Congrats! :D You guys deserve it.

    Those prize packs look AMAZING! I've heard such good things about "The Scorpio Races."

  14. Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  15. Congrats. And Scorpio Races is one of my fave books ever. so whoever gets that is a lucky duck!

  16. Oh wow, so many great prizes, and CONGRATS!! Such a huge milestone to accomplish! :)

  17. Congrats!!! I would love to win either prize pack four or five if I'm lucky :D Thank you!

  18. Yes, many congratulations, Martina. You've probably done more for my writing than you know. Thanks for the great blog posts and emotional support. (Oh, yes. I'll take any prize pack you'd care to send, but I'd be especially grateful if it had a writing-craft book in the mix.) :-)

  19. Uber mega congrats!! *sends owl with cupcakes*

  20. Congrats, congrats, congrats! I'm so incredibly happy for you. This blog is amazing; I'm not at all surprised that you've received a million hits. Here's to a bunch more!

  21. Super congratulations, Martina! I love this idea. :D

  22. Congrats! That's amazing

  23. Thanks everyone! I gratefully accept all owls and cupcakes, but I share the congrats with you all. You're the ones who inspire me! And I'm glad to see a bunch of Scorpio Races fans. SUCH a great book!

    Suzanne, that is delightful to hear!

    Hugs to all,


  24. Three cheers! This site has certainly made it an easy task to visit, lurk, comment and enjoy.

  25. Congratulations! Martina, you are making me want to learn RSS feeds!! But this is an amazing milestone that goes beyond RSS feeds. You have great content. I don't want to be entered in week one, but would love any of the writer packs! Thanks.

  26. CONGRATS to an awesome team, and your incredible milestone!! I'm throwing virtual confetti here. Cheering too!! :)

  27. Zounds! A million hits is like a million bits of confetti.

    And these prizes aren't too shabby, either. :-)

  28. Ya books are impossible to put down. Congrats ladies. I would love to win any of these great prizes. Thanks for your dedication.

  29. Congrats on the milestone! That is truly amazing!

  30. Wowza! Congrats, Ladies! Your five-page workshop is such a gift to new writer or an old writer beginning a new project. I know it was for me. Thanks for all the giving that you do. May it come back to you tenfold!

  31. Congratulations! That is some great milestone. I am in awe.

  32. Ooh The First Five Pages is an amazing book! Congrats on one million!

  33. Congratulations. I would love to win Prize Pack 5.

  34. Wow, congrats on such a major milestone!

  35. Congrats!! You guys totally deserve it! Your blog provides information for all of us, writers and readers and those of us who are both!! :)

    Thank you so very much:)

  36. Such awesome prizes! Thanks for being so generous!!

  37. Wow! Congrats on reaching a million - that is one heck of a milestone :)

  38. I thought I commented yesterday, but I don't see it so I'll do again. Thank you for this blog and the information you provide. This is a resource I check daily. And the books in giveaway are terrific. So many in my TBR list!

  39. Congratulations, thanks for the generous prizes and wow -- you're providing my summer reading list!

  40. Congratulations on such a wonderful milestone!

  41. Love your blog! Congratulations and what a lovely way to celebrate!

  42. Congrats on a million. I hope that one day my own blog will have so many followers. :)

  43. If any blog deserves to hit the million mark, it's this one. Your tireless generosity to share golden nuggets with the world of children's lit. is in a league of its own. Congrats and hugs.

  44. Holy moly! Thanks, everyone. You are all amazing, and I'm so glad you stopped by to celebrate with us! (((((Hugs)))))

  45. Congratulations on the 1 million mark. I just started following your blog after reading about it in Literary Rambles' blog.

  46. Congratulations! One Million - wowza!!! That's awesome.

  47. Congratulations! I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner - this is such a great blog, I thought more people would have found it by now :)

  48. Congratulations! A million visitors is such an amazing accomplishment! :)

  49. Congratulations. One Million is definitely something to celebrate!

  50. Happy Millionth Visitor Event! Thanks for the goodies.

  51. Congratulations! Here's looking forward to the next million. ;-)

  52. Congrats! And thank you for all the great information you send out.
    I'm a reader and a writer. :)

  53. Congratulations!!!!! ONE MILLION VISITS.... That is SOOO AWESOME!!!!

    You guys are the greatest! Thanks for hosting this amazing giveaway! Books are the best prizes to give out! Some of those titles are just incredible looking and the helpful books for writers are so perfect.

    Thanks again and CONGRATS on your successes.

  54. Congrats!!! That is amazing! Well deserved :)

  55. Wow! Congrats! I'm dreaming of the day my baby blog grows even close to this!

  56. Wow, congratulations, that's amazing! And I'm not even the least bit green with envy (totally lying!). And what amazing books you're giving away - just looking at all those titles reminds me that I need to get moving on my TBR pile.

  57. Congrats on your HUGE milestone. Thank you so much for having MM's be apart of your celebrations.

  58. Congratulation!!So many amazing prices! Wow...

  59. I want to say congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment!

  60. Congratulations on reaching a million!! what a great way to celebrate :)

  61. Congratulations. A tremendous accomplishment. Your blog is one of my favorites in the world of YA and I'm currently participating in the first 5 pages workshop. You are providing so much support and information for writers. Many thanks!

  62. WOW CONGRATS, this blpg deserved :)

  63. Woot, woot! What an amazing giveaway, and what a great thing to celebrate. =)

  64. Congrats on reaching one million visitors. You run an awesome blog! Here's to many more :)

  65. Such a great assortment! Hooray for your blog!

  66. I really hope there are shelves of books in heaven because I don't think one lifetime is enough to read all recommendations.

  67. That's so awesome. You have such a great blog!

  68. Hmmmmm...I thought I already made a comment congratulating you. Maybe I did it on facebook???? Well...congratulations on your million visits!

  69. One million?! That is insane! Very exciting. I've found the blog helpful and it always stays on my feed through any periodic purgings.

  70. Congrats again on your amazing accomplishment, you totally deserve it!

  71. Congrats on 1 million visitors!! That is incredible! And thank you so much for the incredible giveaway to go along with that huge accomplishment!

  72. Wow, Congrats on 1 million visitors! You guys rock! And these are some amazing books. My booksniffer senses are tingling. Thanks!

  73. I love reading books on craft! There are some here I have and some I've never heard of before. So much great fiction too.

  74. Incredible giveaways! And congrats on the milestone! Thank you!!!

  75. Congrats on the amazing numbers! What an awesome giveaway!


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