Tuesday, April 4, 2017

YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-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 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 Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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 page.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 April 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting Julie Eshbaugh on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Julie Eshbaugh now lives in Philadelphia after having called Utah, France, and New York City home. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Creating videos for teens led to writing novels for teens, and Julie has never looked back. Her debut, IVORY AND BONE, was published by HarperTeen in 2016, and the sequel, OBSIDIAN AND STARS, is due this June. Find out more information by checking out the author's website or find more about the author's book here! 

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

What's on Mya's TBR? (if she lived in a time when books--or even written language--existed...)

We met Mya in IVORY AND BONE, and in OBSIDIAN AND STARS (out in June from HarperTeen,) the story continues from her point of view.
Mya lives in a time before the advent of reading and writing, so we can only speculate which books would be on her TBR. Still, I know Mya pretty well! Here are a few books I'm certain she would want to read:

MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers
Mya cares a lot about personal responsibility, and she spends a lot of time thinking about issues of guilt vs. innocence, justice, and  identity. I think she would be pulled in by the story of Steve Harmon's arrest and trial. Plus she's never seen a movie, so the sections written in screenplay format would fascinate her.

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
Mya is intensely private, often choosing silence over participating in meaningless niceties with people she doesn't know. She even closes herself off to people she'd like to let in. Overcoming the past can be challenging, and I think Mya would find SPEAK's heroine, Melinda, very inspiring.

Mya would feel so much empathy for Young Ju, a girl who is expected to leave what she knows and loves behind. She also would love the way A STEP FROM HEAVEN immerses you in Young Ju's head, because Mya would be so happy to get out of her own head for a while! Though they are separated by time and culture, Mya would see herself in some of Young Ju's experiences.

Mya can sometimes be proud--even arrogant--and unwilling to open up to someone she feels would never understand her unique circumstances. Sound familiar? Mya is a bit of a female Mr. Darcy, and I think she'd be quite interested in his love story with Elizabeth Bennet.

I'm sure once Mya got started, there would be many more books she'd like to read, and her TBR list would grow. But these four books would definitely get her started, introducing her to the transformative magic of reading.

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Julie Eshbaugh, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 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!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author Kathleen Baldwin!

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