I’m turning 55 this week. That seems pretty special and spectacular. Maybe that’s surprising for some, but that’s how I roll. No black balloons for me.
I feel so blessed to be in this world, even with all of its hurts and its heartache, even with all of the bad things that happen. Because, well, good things happen every single day. I promised myself after our mother died, while I was writing The Best of It, that I would work to celebrate the small things that make our world so joyful. Being in this world is one of those things, and it’s not small to live every day and find small treasures packed within it in so many ways.
One of the treasures I celebrate every day (as you certainly ought to know by now!) is good books. I am a passionate book lover and I feel so grateful that I can share this with all of you. What better way to celebrate a birthday (my Double Nickel birthday, as my sister calls it) than to give away some of the books I love?
So, in gratitude, and in honor of my Double Nickel birthday, I’m giving away five brand new middle grade books this week. These are all books I’ve read and loved, and they are all books and authors I want to share with you!
I’ll be posting these on Twitter,Facebook, and Google+, too, and will combine all the comments made in all fourplaces. I’ll draw a winner for each book that’s commented on. You have until Saturday, January 31 to comment on the one(s) you want to be entered for.
Liar and Spy, by Rebecca Stead
The Wig in the Window, by Kristen Kittscher
It’s not only because I got to meet kind and encouraging and sweet and funny Kristen, at my very first ALA Midwinter meeting at a Nerdy Bookclub gathering that I love this book so much. This is a delightfully smart, funny mystery. I want everyone to know about this one, and to look for her next book!
Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo
Duke, by Kirby Larson
Kirby Larson is my role model when it come to writing historical fiction for kids. She writes it so beautifully, and I particularly love how accessible it is for so many grade levels, telling amazing stories without ever once talking down, enriching students’ understanding of history so gracefully.
The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu
What I hope in sharing these books is that you’ll be inspired to look for others by these authors.
Enjoy! A remember, comment here (or on Twitter or Facebook or G+) by January 31st, mentioning any of the 5 books, to be entered in the drawing(s).
*Disclaimer: Sorry no international packages. I wish I could!