Woo Hoo–it’s time for the YA SCAVENGER HUNT!
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt, where readers hunt for
ugly sweaters locks of human hair a vial of Edward’s sparkle AUTHORS AND BOOKS AND SECRET NUMBERS, OH MY!
This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Huntpage to find out all about the hunt. There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a Blue team and a Gold team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite nbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
I’m super excited to be hosting fellow scavenger (scavengee? scavengette?) and YA author Corina Vacco for the Scavenger Hunt!
Corina Vacco trespassed on toxic land and wrote the first outline of her debut novel while parked in her car at the foot of a radioactive landfill. A city girl, fledgling guitarist, world traveler, and hopeless Chicago Cubs fan, she lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and son. MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN is Corina’s first novel. Share your pollution-inspired stories, poetry, or artwork with her when you visit www.mychemicalmountain.com
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Jason and his friends live for the rush of racing their dirt bikes on Chemical Mountain and swimming in orange, chunky Two Mile Creek. But they hate wealthy and powerful Mareno Chem, the company responsible for invading their territory, polluting their town, and killing Jason’s father. The boys want to get even. But revenge has a price—and more than one person will pay.
Um, does that sound as incredible to you as it does to me? Want. NOW.
Find out more information by checking out Corina’s website or buy MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN here!
You lucky scavenger hunters, you–YOU get to check out this never-before-seen excerpt from Corina’s new YA novel AUTUMN. (Release date TBA.)I hate my girlfriend and I don’t know how to get rid of her. The reason I hate her is she won’t shut up about how she thinks she hit someone with her car out on Black Hill Road two weeks ago and what if someone finds out?
“That’s just great, Jill. Why would you tell me something like that? What am I supposed to do with this information?” I asked her once. And believe me, I was yelling.
“Because you always know what to do,” she said, crying again.
Okay, maybe that’s not the real reason I hate her. Maybe the real reason is that I fell in love with Autumn, who’s impossible to catch, so now I just look at Jill and get irritated.
“What if there’s still blood on my car?” Jill asks.
“For the hundredth time, there was never blood on your car.”
“But I heard a thump when I was driving. It was a definite thump.”
“A raccoon probably.”
“No, something bigger.”
I take a long, deep breath, and it feels like I have bottomless lungs. “I’ve been keeping an eye on the news. Wanna guess how many hit-and-runs have been reported?”
“Zero. And you already know that.” All I can think about right now is Autumn, her long, platinum blonde hair, her perfect legs. She brushed up against me once outside study hall and my heart did this weird double-thump in my chest. From then on, the double-thump thing started happing a couple times a day, even when Autumn wasn’t even in the same room. My mom, a nurse, said, “Oh wonderful. That’s just wonderful. You’ve got atrial fibrillation. You’re going to need to be on heart meds for the rest of your life.” But my tests came up clean. They say the irregular heartbeat is all in my head except it’s not. Autumn zapped me with her beautifulness.
“Sometimes headlines get buried. We could’ve missed it,” Jill says, flopping down on her bed. The alleged hit-and-run triggered her once-dormant cupcake-eating compulsion and today, for the first time, I can see cellulite and I’m glad. Jill is turning into cottage cheese over this, and it serves her right.
“You’d never miss that kind of headline. You don’t miss anything,” I say with a yawn. And it’s the truth! She triple-checks to make sure her emergency break is up, the alarm clock is set, that her flatiron is off. And the checking has gotten worse in the last couple of weeks. She even drives out to Black Hill Road at least once a day looking for a body, or skid marks, or a dent in the road rail.
But she won’t find skid marks or a dent in the road rail, because she never tried to stop. She won’t find a headline because there were no witnesses. And she won’t find a body, because she was going fifty miles an hour at least when her car struck me.
I flew like a bird over the edge of the mountain. My body landed in a thicket of blackberries, but the thorns didn’t sting when they punctured my skin, because I died while I was flying. I died.
That’s the real reason I hate my cottage-cheese- never-shuts-up girlfriend.
How awesome was that? THANK YOU, Corina!
Want more exclusive content? Just visit the other blogs playing along with the Scavenger Hunt! And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Corina Vacco, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 9. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
WAIT–before you tromp off to the next stop, enter my YA READER’S CHOICE contest below! Just tell me which book you’d like to win the most in the comments, and VOILA! One (randomly chosen) person will get his or her wish! You get an extra entry if you LIKE my Facebook Author page!
WIN! WIN! WIN!
And now, to continue your quest, visit Gwenda Bond’s blog!
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Oh, and–IF YOU DO find a vial of Edward’s Sparkle, I totally demand first dibs.