Thursday, May 6, 2010

May Book Giveaway

This cover attracted me right away, and the title page and illustrations that precede chapter 1 are no less gorgeous. Emma's River is Alison Hart's newest (March 2010) MG novel, set in 1852. Emma, age ten, her pony, and her pregnant mother travel up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers on the steamboat Sally May to join Papa in Kansas City and ultimately go to California. Nobody but Emma is glad to have Licorice Twist along, and, concerned for the pony's well-being, she sneaks to the forbidden main deck to check on him. What she finds is Patrick, a stowaway who beds with Twist, and the pair gradually become friends. When, during Mama's labor, the Sally May explodes in a fireball, Emma, Mama, Patrick, the rich, the poor, and the pony must find a way to survive the rushing waters of the Missouri.

To be entered in the drawing:
  • Comment on this post anytime on May 6, 7, or 8.
  • For an additional entry, become a follower of this blog and mention that in the comment. Ditto if you already are a follower.
  • For an additional entry, post a link to this contest and give the URL in either the same or a separate comment. In this category, you can enter as many times as you have cyber-places to post the contest.
I'll tally the number of entries per person, put 'em all in the hat, draw one, and announce the winner bright and early on Tuesday, May 11. Due to my son's college graduation on May 9 and accompanying hubbub, such as moving him, I'll need an extra day. :)

18 comments:

Karin said...

Emma's River sounds like an great, and interesting book. Congrats to your son!!! Have a nice time.

PJ Hoover said...

It looks great, and, of course, I am already a follower!

Marcia said...

Karin -- Thanks! We're looking forward to the day, but I cannot believe how fast four years have gone. You're entered in the drawing!

PJ -- Hi! You're entered x2. :)

Janet said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy, please enter me in the contest. I am already a follower. Congratulations to your son. My youngest is getting an associates degree, his graduation is on May 15th

Marcia said...

Janet -- You're entered x2. Congrats to your son as well! :)

Marcia said...

Karin -- I see you've become a follower. That's a second entry for you. :)

Laura Pauling said...

I'm already a follower and yes, count me in!

Marcia said...

Hi, Laura. You're in x2. :)

Jennie Marsland said...

Hi Marcia, this book sounds amazing and the cover is beautiful. Congtats to your son!

Jennie Marsland said...

Oh, Marcia, I'm a follower too.

Marcia said...

Hi, Jennie. Thanks! You're in x2.

Mary Witzl said...

This sounds wonderful. I love historical novels, especially MG/YA.

I'll twitter and FB about this!

Marcia said...

Mary -- You're in x2! Just give me a URL shout-out when you've posted the others, and thanks so much! :)

Nora MacFarlane said...

Aw! Just missed your deadline! I'll have to put in on my to-be-read list.

Marcia said...

Glad you came, Nora. I may lengthen the contest in the future -- mulling over exactly how to do that.:)

Sliding on the Edge said...

Thanks for writing about Emma's River and just wanted to say I love your graph on the novel progress. Great!

beth said...

Don't enter me--I've been too lucky and would rather others win--but the book sounds awesome!

Marcia said...

Lee -- Thanks! I find the public accountability of the graph to be a motivator, and I had fun creating it at the NCES Create a Graph website.

Beth -- I too seem to win things. I've heard so many say "I never win anything" that I enjoy giving others a chance. One of the coolest things I ever won was free registration at an SCBWI conference.:)