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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Get Signed Books from Author Matt de la Pena and Help #KidLitForHaiti

KID LIT FOR HAITI:  Matt de la Peña is giving the winner his/her pick of two of his books ! He will sign and ship to a U.S. Mailing address. Choices include:

o    2014 Pura Belpre Honor book
o    2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
o    2014 ALSC Notable Children’s Book
o    A Junior Library Guild Selection
o    Starred review in Kirkus
o    Starred review in Shelf Awareness
o    Starred review in Voya
o    The Latinidad List: Best Young Adult Novel
o    2015 Texas Tayshas Reading List

The Living seamlessly incorporates his trademarks (racial identity, class, street slang) into a lightning-paced page-turner…De la Peña has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel. A-” — Entertainment Weekly

o    A Junior Library Guild Selection
o    ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
o    Finalist for the 2011 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
o    Named to 2012-2013 Texas High School TAYSHAS Reading Lis


o    A Junior Library Guild Selection
o    ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
o    ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
o    2011/2012 Texas TAYSHAS Reading List

A Nation’s Hope — The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis
o    New York Times top ten best illustrated 2011
o    Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Books of 2011
o    School Library Journal Best Books of 2011

Sera has a secret. She’s seen the future, and it is terrifying. Unfortunately, she can’t do anything to prevent the Cataclysm while stranded with Dak and Riq thousands of years in the past. Their only hope lies with the ancient Maya, a mysterious people who claim to know a great deal about the future. Is there more to these ancients than meets the eye? 

Each book comes packaged with a full-color, two-sided, collectible Hystorian’s Guide, a player’s strategy guide to the online adventure.

Follow the map, study the Guide, and save history!

Part of Scholastic’s new multi-media Infinity Ring series. For more information about the series and the rest of the book, please visit the Infinity Ring website: http://www.infinityring.com/

Ball Don’t Lie
o    An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
o    An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick
o    Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ludacris, Nick Cannon, Emelie de Ravin, Grayson Boucher,and Rosanna Arquette (Movie website) (BDL on IMDB)

Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.
But Sticky can ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out . . . if he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.

o    An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults (Top 10 Pick)
o    2008 Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Ribbon List    
2009 Notable Books for a Global Society
o    Texas TAYSHAS Reading list
o    A Junior Library Guild Selection

Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living. He’s also the author of the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.
Peek at my Interview: I became a Matt de la Peña fan in 2011 when I read his young adult book, WE WERE HERE. In this story three troubled teens believe their crimes and the resulting damage leave them with nothing left to lose. The boys, Miguel, Rondell and Mong, begin their relationship with spit and fists flying. But somehow this group of teens forms an unlikely alliance and escapes their group home to make a daring dash to Mexico. Along their journey of pain, humor, rejection, adventure, love and brutality they find friendship as well as some redeeming value in life.

WEWERE HERE is packed with crazy violence combined with deep and often bizarre conversations and circumstances. It reminded me of a YA version of the movie Pulp Fiction, both disturbing and hilarious. I laughed, I cried, I Googled the author. I had to know more. This book had such a hold on me after I read the last page that I was reluctant to open my next novel because I knew that would mean the experience I just invested my heart in with Miguel, Rondell, and Mong would fade.
In my 2011 interview with Matt, he expressed that WE WERE HERE was a “special” book for him. I had to know why. The answer:

Matt: First of all, thank so much for reading the book. I’m so happy you liked it. WE WERE HERE was special because the voice came so naturally. It was the first novel I wrote in first person, and I really kind of locked in with Miguel right away. I feel like I could’ve written that voice for a long time – I guess that’s why so many authors write series. Also, Miguel’s crime was something inspired by one of my basketball teammates in college. It was such an awful crime, yet the guy was a genuinely good guy. I wanted to explore that complexity, as well as the concept of survivor’s guilt. It kind of breaks my heart just thinking about it. And if something breaks my heart (I was raised as a tough, machismo dude) I know it’s a good place to start a book.

If you’d like to read the rest of the interview, click over to INTERVIEW WITH MATT DE LA PENA

This auction: is for a signed copy of two books (winner’s choice) by author Matt de la Peña; books must be mailed to a U.S.  Postal Address.

How do I bid?
Place your bid in the comment section by increasing the previous bid. Please include information about how I may contact you if you are the winning bidder; I can be reached for questions in the comment section here or at  ktomsic@gmail.com

When does this particular auction item close?
**This Auction will close on December 14**

What are other items on the Kid Lit for Hait (#KidLitForHaiti) Auction?
To Visit a full list of all the auction items featured on Kid Lit for Haiti: PLEASE CLICK HERE

What happens if I win?
I will contact the winning bidder (remember to provide your contact information!). You will make your donation at this donation link and then you will email a copy of your receipt and your full U.S. mailing address to me at ktomsic@gmail.com

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Ana Crespo said...

Now that I lost one of my bids, I can bid on a few other items. Let's start with $20. You know my email...

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Kim Tomsic said...

Hello aneducationbooks, I'm not sure how to reach you if you end up winning this item. I found your beautiful blog, but I still have no contact information. Please comment here or send me an email at ktomsic@gmail.com Good luck!

Kim Tomsic said...

Congratulations, aneducationinbooks! I received your email and will send you next steps :-) Now you need to let me know the two books you choose, and who you would like them personalized to. ktomsic@gmail.com

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