Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Book Giveaway + Christmas Bonus!

Isabelle Bean doesn't fit in, at school or at home. It's not hard for many of us to relate. Isabelle, star of Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell, is an imaginative girl who just knows there's "more." So when she falls into an alternate world on the other side of the school nurse's closet door, she's not that surprised -- except the children in that world decide that her red, pointy-toed boots mean she's a witch. After she convinces them she's not, they urge her to take refuge in the children's camp in the woods so she won't get eaten by the real witch, which is just enough incentive for the unconventional girl to go off on a quest to discover if the "real witch" is any more a witch than she is. An introduction to fantasy for 8-12, with a mystery element, this story also uses a "performance" type of voice, complete with author asides. Though that's not everyone's cup of tea, the effects are interesting to study,  and the book has good potential as a fun read-aloud.

To be entered in the drawing:
  • Comment on this post anytime from now through Sunday, December 12.
  • For an additional entry, become a follower of this blog and mention that in the comment. Ditto if you already are a follower.
  • For additional entries, post links to this contest and give the URLs.
  • Special this month: Winner receives a Merry Christmas bonus book! This is another hardcover  MG novel published in 2010!
Winner will be announced Monday, December 13.

So, come one, come all--and meanwhile have a great day in the world of books.

27 comments:

Kelly said...

That sounds like a very original book!
Thanks again for your fabulous critique, Marcia!

MaDonna Maurer said...

I just read this book last week for the library. It was one of those books that I didn't like at the beginning, but ended up really liking at the end.
Please sign me up!
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MaDonna Maurer said...

I'm a follower

Vijaya said...

Please throw my name in the hat for my daughter and me. Sounds like a fun read. And who wouldn't love pointy red shoes. We're reading Desperaux again and enjoying all the author asides!

Have a great day!

Ewa said...

Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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Ewa said...

I'm a follower.

ginevra_ewka(at)tlen(dot)pl

Marcia said...

Hello, all! Thanks for stopping by and entering! :)

Llehn said...

I love the premise. Thanks for the heads up on this book.

I already follow.

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Linda Henderson said...

This sounds like an interesting book,thank you for the giveaway.

seriousreader at live dot com

Linda Henderson said...

I follow on GFC as seriousreader.

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Linda Henderson said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
http://twitter.com/BookOwner/status/10504488385249280

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Linda Henderson said...

Posted on Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=182048421810308&id=1232683984

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Kim Kasch said...

Love that cover! And I can't believe I wasn't a follower before today. . . just weird.

Katrina said...

I would love to win, it looks like a great book for me to read to my daughter.

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Mary Witzl said...

I like any book with a magic portal in it, though I'm not really a fan of author asides -- I don't like to feel as though the author knows something that she's keeping from me. But put my name in too!

Literally Lynne said...

I've been popping in now and again and am pleased to say that I'm already a follower! I'd love to be able to dive under the covers of this book as I've yet to read it. Thanks for offering it up in this contest. Have a Happy Holiday!

sablelexi said...

I've looked at this book a few times at the bookstore. I'd love to read it.

I'm a follower.

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Marcia said...

Thanks everyone for your interest and your entries! Hope you're having a great season so far.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Hi Marcia! I've been on a blogcation. My family was in from the UK. (smile) Then we went to Arkansas to visit the other side of the family. (smile)

Falling In sounds super!

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season too. :D

ndarow said...

I heard this book from a very dear friend of mine and she loooooovvvvveeees it. She talked about it yesterday and went crazy. So I Googled and found this, as what I really really need: book giveaway! Hahaha. I hope I'll get to read this book :)
And by the way, I'm a follower! ;)

Marcia said...

Sharon, it's great about all those family visits. I've been having quite a few too. ndarow, I'm so glad you Googled and found this giveaway. Thank you both for coming and entering.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I've seen this cover before. Awesome!

rubynreba said...

I'd really enjoy this book. Thanks!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

rubynreba said...

I follow
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Marcia said...

Thanks for entering, Terry and rubynreba.Such cute kitties. :)

Ruth Donnelly said...

I loved Falling In, which I checked out from the library--I'd be thrilled to win my own copy! Great review, Marcia, and I already follow your blog.

Marcia said...

Hi, Ruth. Thanks for entering! :)