[Update: Scroll down for the winner!]
I HAVE EXCITING NEWS.
If you’ll recall from back in March, when The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sold to my brilliant editor, Zareen Jaffery, at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, it sold as part of a two-book contract.
Cavendish is a standalone middle grade novel, so my second book for S&S will also be a standalone middle grade novel, and now — dah duh-duh DAHHH — I can finally talk about it! And this publishing stuff is all very strange to me because, you know, the FIRST book’s not even out yet, and here I am talking about the SECOND one, but NEVERTHELESS.
Are you ready? AGH, I don’t know if I’m ready! I might have to dance around a bit.
Now, about the book.
Are you ready?
The October Year
(coming August 2013!) | Goodreads
13-year-old Olivia Stellatella and her father have sold all their belongings to keep her father’s orchestra from going bankrupt. Now, they live out of suitcases in the back rooms of Emerson Hall, where the orchestra performs.
Olivia hates it there.
She hates her squeaky cot and shabby clothes. She hates her father, too, for being so obsessed with music that he drove Olivia’s mother out of the house and got them into this mess. Most of all, Olivia hates the orchestra. It’s the orchestra’s fault that her father’s the way he is. She can’t wait for it to fail.
Until the ghosts come.
They’re lonely, frightened, and stuck in our world. Only if Olivia and the 14-year-old usher, Henry, can help the ghosts solve the mysteries of their deaths — deaths that are somehow related to the Hall’s past — will they be able to move on and find peace. But time — and money — is running out. The mayor wants to bulldoze the Hall to the ground, which would put Olivia and her father out on the streets and trap the ghosts in our world permanently. And other ghosts — bad ones — will do anything to keep them here. As the “ghosts of Emerson Hall” craze sweeps the city, Olivia faces life-changing family secrets and must fight for her life when her world, and the world of Death, collide.
Inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, When You Reach Me, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, as well as my own experiences as a musician, The October Year is a middle grade ghost story about loss, magic, music, and the power of friendship.
I’m SO excited about this book. It came out of nowhere and has quickly become incredibly special to me, a precious little surprise book-baby from the bespectacled stork that flies around bringing writers their ideas. You know. BECAUSE WRITING IS EASY LIKE THAT.
In fact, I was SO very excited that I made a temporary The October Year cover for you. It is, among other things, evidence that I should never, ever design covers.
To celebrate this excitement, I’m holding an October Year-inspired GIVEAWAY!
What’s the booty? (Heh, booty.) The BOOTY is a MAGICAL PRIZE PACK containing the following:
- a hardcover copy of Rebecca Stead‘s brilliant When You Reach Me
- a paperback copy of Gaston Leroux’s gothic classic The Phantom of the Opera
- a hardcover copy of Brian Selznick’s enchanting The Invention of Hugo Cabret
- a $20 AMC gift card, so that you can go see Hugo (Martin Scorsese‘s film adaptation of Hugo Cabret) in theaters! (I guess you could see something else, but I would love you bunches if you DID go see Hugo, which everyone is raving about — including my editor! — and if you DO go see something else . . . just don’t tell me!)
These (brand new!) books would make great gifts this holiday season, or fantastic additions to your personal library! And Hugo looks beautiful, doesn’t it?
How to win:
- comment on this blog for +1 entry!
- tweet about The October Year and/or this contest and copy your tweet’s link below for +2 additional entries!
- add The October Year to your Goodreads to-read list and copy your Goodreads profile link below for +3 additional entries!
This contest begins NOW and is open until next Wednesday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m. CST!
Also, I love you, international people, but this contest is for residents of the U.S., Quebec, and Ontario only, simply because, as far as I can tell, these are the only places where AMC theaters operate. However, don’t worry — I’ll have many more October Year-themed giveaways in the coming many months!
And, most importantly of all, thanks to all of you for celebrating with me!
EDIT: and the winner is…
Congratulations, Reut! Please contact me at clairelegrandbooks[at]gmail[dot]com!
And thank you again, everyone, for your words of encouragement and excitement. I can’t wait to share The October Year with you (and host more giveaways as the pub date approaches)!