Monthly ARC Giveaway Time
As with every month I like to offer a couple ARCs to those who want them. And with the new year right around the corner, why not get in on a little 2009 action? So I’ll do something a little different today. Here are the three books you could win in the giveaway. I get a lot of duplicates, and these all fell into my lap more than once. Let me know which of these three you would like to win if lady luck is on your side. You can do that by emailing me (and my email is found by clicking on my name at the beginning of this post). You have until the end of today (Monday) to email me your choice. Otherwise, no booksy book for you. And I’ve written the blurbs that come with each of these books since I assume that most of you have not heard of them. The first two are middle grade. The third is YA.
Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez – Back of the Book Description: "Apolonia ‘Lina’ Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who’s looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books (her dad’s a bibliophile), she’s having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care more about books than about her, why her best friend’s divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in a cascarone, Lina’s life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes"
Author Diana Lopez has been described as "the Hispanic Judy Blume" though I’m sure there’s a lot more to her than that. I accidentally ended up with two ARCs at the last Little, Brown preview. This isn’t out until June 2009.
Lifting the Sky by Mackie D’Arge – Back of the Book Description: "Blue’s wandering mother has always told her, ‘Just bloom where you’re planted.’ And it’s been a pretty good motto, considering how her Mam never stays put in one place for very long. Then Mam gets hired as a hand at a tumble-down ranch, and for the first time, Blue sees a place she longs to call home. There she makes a friend in a Shoshone boy whose search for an ancient petroglyph intrigues her. And it’s there that the faint lights Blue has always been able to see around animals and people begin to shine with new energy. But Mam soon shows signs of getting restless once again, and when the father who abandoned Blue years ago suddenly shows up, the family she always thought she wanted may not be the same one her heart is craving after all."
It comes out in March 2009.
Heartsinger by Karlijn Stoeffels – Book Description:
"This is a book about love’s music.
Mee was born with a great gift:
to sing others’ stories and heal their pain.
As he travels the countryside,
he eases many sorrows,
but he remains always alone.
This is a book about love’s delay
But Mitou knows she belongs with him,
even though they’ve never met.
As they travels from opposite ends of
the country to the court of the
Princess Esperanza, she carries her
accordion, and hopes.
This is a book about love’s many faces
A princess who meets a prince.
A soldier who saves his regiment.
A sailor and his enduring wife.
This is a book about love
And it will change the way you
think about it forever."
In spite of the description this is not a verse novel, but it is for young adults. A January 2009 release.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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