Want to know what you’re playing for? Well, the person who spends the most time reading and blogging will win a trophy in the form of a Jefferson Cup donated by Reading Is Fundamental. The winner will also receive an original sketch from Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame.
The grand prize winner will also receive an assortment of signed books, MotherReader-crafted jewelry, T-shirts from Threadless, a flower doll donated from Alkelda’s Etsy Store and a few little surprises. Retired champion Midwestern Lodestar donated $10 Barnes and Noble gift cards for first, second and third place winners who will also receive T-shirts, an assortment of signed books, jewelry, and extra fun stuff. Some prize winners will be drawn at random from among all the participants to win personalized, signed books, including Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin; The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han; Wolverine: Worst Day Ever by Barry Lyga; and a kid’s package with a T-shirt donated by Terry of Reading Tub and a signed book of poems from Bruce Lansky.
The donated prize books include Trading Faces, by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy; Cold Hands, Warm Heart, by Jill Wolfson; Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass, by Erica Kirov; The Art of Reading, by RIF; Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, by Eric Wight; Abigail Spells, by Anna Alter; 1000 Times No, by Mr. Warburton; and Moonpowder, by John Rocco.
At BEA I collected these signed books: On the Brink of Bliss and Insanity, by Lisa Cerasoli; Unreasonable Men, by Paul David Pope; Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad; Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, by Brandon Mull; Swim the Fly, by Don Calame; and The Dragon of Trelian, by Michelle Knudsen. I also have these signed ARCs: Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Stage Fright, by Meg Cabot; Invisible Lines, by Mary Amato; Black is for Beginnings, by Laurie Faria Stolarz; Once Was Lost, by Sara Zarr; Forest Born, by Shannon Hale; Timelock, by David Klass; Riot, by Walter Dean Myers; Eli the Good, by Silas House; and The Doom Machine, by Mark Teague.
The unsigned ARC I found on a table, Catching Fire, has generated the most interest, and I didn’t know how to award this prize. After questioning my readers and searching my soul, it ended up being TeenReader who made the decision with this comment, “Hey, if I don’t get to keep Catching Fire then I want it to go to the person who worked the hardest to get it.” So, unless another copy comes through for a random prize, the Holy Grail of ARCs will go to the winner of the 48 Hour Book Challenge.
Edited to add: W00T! Colleen has donated her copy! So one will be given to the winner AND one will go out in a random drawing for 48HBC finishers!