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Catching Fire Donation

Catching FireNo, not my donation of Catching Fire. Yours.

As in, would anyone be willing to donate their copy of Catching Fire to the 48 Hour Book Challenge so one could be given out to the winner AND one could be given as a random prize to one of the participants? A long shot for me to ask this question? Probably. But think of all I do for you. (I wouldn’t be a Mother if I couldn’t play with guilt.)

I’ll be back after a trip to the DMV (horrors) with a repeat of the 48HBC rules (pretty much the same), a list of participants (long), and — at midnight — the Official Sign-In, brought to you by Mr. Linky (assuming I can figure it out in time).

Oh, today at BookLights, I’m talking about the three hottest items in kidlit/YA at BEA. I think you can guess at least one.

Edited to add text from Booklights:

Last weekend I attended Book Expo America (BEA) and had a blast. I met some wonderful authors, got tons of signed books, and shipped home a forty-pound box of goodies. For today's Thursday Three, I'm covering the hottest titles in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Books.

Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
Catching FirePeople lined up in the early hours of the morning to get a ticket to Suzanne Collins' book signing. Others scouted out the 10:00 a.m. Scholastic distribution of the Advance Reader Copy (ARC), not wanting to wait until the September release to read the sequel to Hunger Games. But I didn't realize how hot this title was until I came home and saw bids on ebay reaching over $100. (ARC's specifically say that they are Not For Sale, often on the cover.) A few book blogs offered their copies to readers in random drawings and pulled in over two hundred comments. This book is Twilight-hot. And I picked up an abandoned copy off a lunch table at the convention. Crazy.

Meet Rebecca
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
American Girl released a new historical character, Rebecca Rubin, a Jewish-American immigrant living in New York City in 1914. Contrary to the Catching Fire fever, this new series by American Girl slipped under the radar for most people I talked to, but it was an entirely pleasant surprise. At the book signing on Sunday morning I was very excited to meet the author and express my delight at a series chronicling the Jewish immigrant experience. I brought the book home and can't wait to read it. The doll is super-cute too. Forget my kids, I want her myself. Seriously.

Big Frog Can't Fit In
by Mo Willems
Another hot ticket was for the new Mo Willems' title, even though it's not available yet. Folks stood in long lines to get Mr. Willems signature on the promo piece for the new pop-up book. I can appreciate the excitement as I'd buy it if Mo illustrated the AIG collapse. (Actually, that might help me understand it.) So not seeing the book yet, all I can say is that the frog is apparently large and doesn't "fit in," one may guess both figuratively and literally. Hence, the pop-up.

I hadn't made it to New York in time for Mo's signing, but as chance would have it, I ran into him on Saturday on the exhibit floor. We talked a bit, and I got my signature and he said the first frog doodle. Or maybe he meant the first frog on a T-shirt. Either way, I'm happy.


Liyana said...

I'm so excited! It was midnight and I'm like "YES!" and then I read teh rules properly and realised that my time zone is probably 12 hours in front of the US people. xD

Terry Doherty said...

Shoot, Pam! Had I known I would have tried to get one for you. I didn't pick it up 'cuz I figured so many other people would. Have you tweeted it yet? If not, I'm happy to.

MotherReader said...

Terry, I didn't think about needed another copy. I just can't decide who to give it to.

Liyana, okay it never even crossed my mind that someone would be participating in a time zone 12 hours before the US. You know what, start whenever it's Friday, and just make sure to come back here to check in when it's Friday here.

Colleen said...

You can have mine Pam. I didn't read the first book and won't get to this for ages - plus I've got no room in my columns for it for months. (And since everyone else is reviewing it I think the world will survive without my review! ha!)

Email me your address and I'll get it right out to you tomorrow (or I can hold on to it and mail it direct to the winner).

Liyana said...

Thanks! It's okay, I started at 7pm, so I'm on par with those starting at 7am. (:

Franki said...

So sorry-we have a lineup of Central Ohio bloggers who are waiting anxiously for our copy to make its rounds.