Please note: This giveaway is now closed. Winners, I will contact you shortly!
Last week, I visited my home state of Texas for school visits, library visits, signings, and the Texas Book Festival. (You can read all about it HERE if you so choose, but I must tell you that I talk a lot about Tex-Mex in that post — specifically, chips and QUESO — so if after reading it you get the sudden and irresistible craving for melty cheesy goodness, don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
During this visit, I was lucky enough to meet TONS of kids. I read excerpts of my books to them, I discussed very serious topics like My Little Pony and Harry Potter with them, I told them the scary story of what inspired me to write Cavendish and watched them shiver gleefully.
My favorite question of the week came from this tiny girl whose hand shot up right as my presentation began and asked, “So what’s with all the scary books, anyway?” She wasn’t being rude or anything; in fact, she seemed genuinely concerned for my well-being.
“I love being scared,” I answered her. “Also, I’m kind of weird and twisted.”
She smiled and nodded, apparently satisfied with that answer.
Interacting with these kids was so wonderful. Answering their questions and chatting books with them energized and inspired me. But you know what else was inspiring?
Meeting their teachers and librarians.
I’m not sure exactly how many of these saintly souls I met throughout last week’s events, but they were all incredible. They were all passionate about bringing the joy of reading and storytelling to their students and patrons. I watched their faces light up as their students and I interacted. I heard the devotion in their voices as they told me stories of the kids they’d helped find just the right book.
I found myself, yet again, wanting to give back to these people.
This past May, if you’ll recall, I gave away ten copies of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls to ten schools and libraries.
Today, as a Halloween present, if you will, I’m giving away ten paperback copies of Cavendish — and ten gorgeous hardcover copies of The Year of Shadows! (As well as bookmarks, stickers, and a Cavendish study guide!)
I know that your classroom and library budgets can be strict, and you may not always be able to purchase the books you want to add to your collections. Hopefully this will help get The Year of Shadows and Cavendish into the hands of kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to read it, and add more books to collections that may need a bit of a boost.
The first ten librarians, school media specialists, or teachers who respond to this post will receive The Year of Shadows, as well as The Year of Shadows and Cavendish bookmarks, The Year of Shadows stickers, and an electronic copy of the Cavendish reading guide. Additionally, I will gladly personalize and sign both books for your classroom or school library!
If you already have a copy of Cavendish in your library — or maybe even a copy of both books! — I encourage you to participate nonetheless and help spread the word! Maybe you need additional copies. Or maybe you want to enter on behalf of a school or library you know needs the help but may not be online to enter the giveaway.
To win the above goodies all you have to do is fill out this form. Again, the first ten respondents (U.S./Canada only, please) will get a hardcover of The Year of Shadows, a paperback of Cavendish, and the swag listed above.
Once again — because it can’t be said enough — librarians and educators: You ROCK. You will change the world. Thank you for all you do, and thank you for stopping by!