Friday, March 13, 2009

Book Giveaway: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (5 copies)

To celebrate the release of Wintergirls next week, I am giving away 5 copies! Read my review and watch the following the trailer (if you haven't already) to get in the mood...



This contest is US only and will run until Friday, March 20th at midnight CST. For one entry, please tell me your one or more of your favorite "issue" novels or tell me an issue you'd like to see covered in a novel (i.e. euthanasia, shoplifting, whatever...). For a second entry, link back to this contest from your blog and tell me in a separate comment.

The first person to comment wins one copy instantly!

PS - If you are for some reason having trouble seeing the comment form, send me an e-mail at lenoreva AT hotmail DOT com with your answer to the question and I'll enter you!

106 comments:

Anna Claire said...

I know it's been done, but I think it's so interesting to read books on race. There are so many different angles to be covered. I'm racing to be first so can't think of one this instant!

Indigo said...

An issue that few talk about is deafness. I'm not exactly talking about being born deaf as much as finding yourself late deafened. I seem to have first hand knowledge of that, as I went Deaf 4 years ago this past January. The struggle of learning to live without sound is difficult to say the least. I wish they had more books written for people like me. Thanks for this opportunity! Indigo

ravensquietscreams@gmail.com

Reverie said...

Violence.... I 'm sure ti been done. But there's many forms of it. More subtle, heartbreaking, painful, quiet ones.

That or self inflicting pain...cutting and sorts.

vandsmedia@gmail.com

Lenore said...

Hi AC! I can confirm you as the instant winner - congrats! Send me your address and you might even get the book before it's out ;)

MssJos said...

I know this may not sound like the biggest issue ever but I think custody battles told from a child's perspective would be a helpful topic for kids to be able to read about. My neices are currently going through this and the 12-year old recently had to testify against her mom in open court, I know how hard that was for her and I wish there had been a character she could have read about and related to in order to get through this difficult time.

mssjos(at)gmail[dot]com

MssJos said...

Also, I have linked this contest to my blog! Great giveaway!

http://www.mssjossreadlinglist.blogspot.com

Anna Claire said...

I'm not reposting to get another entry; just wanted to recommend a race "issue" book that really spoke to me: Ernest J. Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying." It's not necessarily a YA book, but it was assigned reading in high school and it made a profound impression on me. I live in the South, but I don't think that, until I read it, I had any kind of real understanding of the kind of ugly, insidious racism blacks dealt with (and in many ways continue to deal with) prior to the Civil Rights movement. The book hits race from all sides, also addressing the conflicting struggles within the black community. It's beautifully written, appropriate for teens and highly recommended.

Emily Ruth said...

I hope this isn't cheating... but I agree with indigo about deafness; it's always interested me quite a bit.
Can't wait till wintergirls is released!
emilyruth@gmx.com

p.s. I'm having a giveaway of Bonechiller (mcnamee) and Ice (myers) if you want to look :)

Carrie said...

I really liked Crank a lot. I think it's moving and insightful and I still think it's Ellen Hopkin's best book.

One issue that I'm interesting in reading about is I think being covered in a book that's coming out Fairest of Them All. It's about alopecia, which afflicts many people. It looks like a great book.

Thanks for the contest!!
poptart675@att.net

Carrie said...

I posted a link to your contest in my sidebar. Thanks!!
http://carriesyabookshelf.blogspot.com

robin_titan said...

The issue I would like to read about is about beauty. I know it's been done but what I mean is a protagonist who is not necessarily beautiful, I always come across girl/guy protagonists that are "great" looking. It's nice to read something different and real.

Megan said...

the issue is cancer and what's is actually like to have cancer or have some diesese.

Megan (the book geek)
bookworm8675309@yahoo.com

MJ said...

I just lost my Mom to cancer. I'd love to see more about how it touches extended family as well.

bermudaonion said...

Okay, let me think of an issue I'd like to see addressed in a novel. This is a tough one - how about environmental issues - not sure how it could be done to make an interesting novel, but it's an issue that's near and dear to me. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Shelley said...

I like the Uglies series and the issue of beauty that it deals with. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win!

saz AT chainreader DOT com

cindy said...

biracial dating?

TERI REES WANG said...

'Love Addiction' has been a topic of conversation lately. With hearts sinking into the lower region, we need to hoist the back up into our bony chest, where they will benefit us the most. Making us buoyant!

BN Book Blog said...

I think that books about medical ethics are remarkably interesting. A really great, classic, issue book is The Giver.

bnbookblog@gmail.com
Beth (& Nathan)

Nora said...

I think teen pregnancy is one of the biggest "issue" topics that comes up with relation to teenagers, and the topic was beautifully covered in CK Kelly Martin's I Know it's Over.

I'd also like to see more books with hazing between girls. I can only think of books that have boys taking the hazing too far, but I'd love to read some from the female end of things.

wishonstars13@hotmail.com

Steph Su said...

I'm in the middle of reading Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber for my Counseling class, and it is an incredible account of multiple personality disorder as a result of childhood abuse that's based on a true story. I think it would be wonderful if there were more books about mental diseases out there. These are touchy subjects that I would love to introduce more to teens.

Steph Su said...

Oh, and I've linked to this contest in my sidebar!

Chris said...

I work with kids with depression, anxiety, etc. and always love to see books that cover those issues. Like Looking for Alaska! I think that one was perfect! I'd love to see more books cover those issues. Wintergirls is one on the top of my wishlist actually because of the Anorexia issues! Thanks for the chance to win it :D

Mishel said...

I just added a book to my TBR list entitled Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and I'm really looking forward to reading about amnesia and how it can affect not only the victim but everyone around them. I'd definitely be interested in finding more fiction books based on the topic.

And I'm also really looking forward to Wintergirls coming out (=

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Mishel said...

I also posted a link to this giveaway on my sidebar (=

micaela6955/Michele P. said...

I think a book about self injury, such as cutting would be good. I have done it before, and know how easy it is to get caught up in the cycle. Luckily, that was long ago and it is past me now but I sure can relate to reading something like that-and perhaps this book would bring more awareness to this problem because it is not something everyone talks about-or wants to hear.

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

One issue that I think can always be talked about is tolerance for those who are different from you, be it race, sexuality, whatever.

Thanks for the giveaway!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I really liked Burned by Ellen Hopkins. It had so much in it and it was heartbreakingly beautiful. Several of my teens recommended it to me and I really liked it better than Crank. I would like to see more books on sheltered teens and religion. I know there are lots of books about Morman families, but I'd like to see stuff about teens that are in ultra-conservative families.
-Sarah
greenbeanteenqueen (at) gmail (dot) com

bridget3420 said...

I would like to read about eating disorders and depression.

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

I'd love to see more books about teenagers with anxiety disorders. I felt like I was the only teen who struggled with anxiety, and now I realize that I was one of many.

Thanks so much for the great giveaway, Lenore! Wintergirls looks amazing.

ruth at bookishruth dot com

Amee said...

I don't know if it's considered an issue book but I loved loved Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott. Sarah Dessen is also great with issues. Just Listen is probably my favorite the more serious issues she's covered.

Michelle Kuo said...

I've heard amazing things about the book Uglies, and I am dying to read it. It deals with beauty issues, which I think is a great topic for a book to be on since so many people in the world today strive to become "beautiful".

Michelle Kuo said...

I posted a link to your contest here:

http://flyingsolooooo.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-giveaway-links-for-march.html

Valorie said...

I would like to see more books dealing with the issues of gay teens.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

Blogged your contest:
http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/03/10/book-giveaways-0309-0315/

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

cuileann said...

An issue novel I really like is Dia Calhoun's The Phoenix Dance. It's about bipolar disorder, but it's set in a fantasy world against a fairy tale retelling.

wie.ein.lied[AT]gmail[DOT]com

The Voter said...

I really like Speak.

Sara
babyprincess716@yahoo.com

AmandaSue said...

I'd love to see more books focused on panic and anxiety disorders. Thanks for entering me.

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway. I am reading a great book right now Beyond My control by Stuart Ross Mccallum. It is about Struggles with Epilepsy and Seizures. I has really made me aware of this mans issues.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

Staci said...

My favorite book was actually Speak. Anderson does a good job of taking on different topics, such as rape, eating disorders, bullying, slavery..can't think of an issue that hasn't been talked about!!

Staci said...

Posted your giveaway on my sidebar!!

http://lifeinthethumb.blogspot.com/

Donna said...

I think any book about a teen adjusting to life is a good "issue" book. Going through life as a teenager is hard enough without some kind of mental or physical disorder stacked on top of it.

Donna said...

I've also linked to you in my sidebar.

Elizabeth said...

I hate to think of it as an "issue" book since it's first and foremost a great story -- but then, so is Wintergirls, which I'm partway through -- anyway, I'll pick Elizabeth Laird's A Little Piece of Ground, which is set in Palestine.

*Samantha* said...

I loved Nineteen Minutes (school shooting)and My Sister's Keeper (cancer), both by Jodi Picoult (they're not really YA, but they deal with YA issues) and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

*Samantha* said...

I linked back to the contest on my blog!

Jen said...

Nice trailer! It's really effective.

I'm not American so don't put me in the draw ^_^ I just wanted to comment.

kalea_kane said...

An issue I would like to see covered is parents raising their children's children. I hear about it all the time, and I have seen it often, but I have not seen a book involving this issue. Thank you for the great giveaway!

Kelly :)

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

Erika Lynn said...

I thought North of Beautiful was really interesting because it discussed the issue of emotional abuse without it being the main focus of the book

sports dot erikalynn at gmail dot com

Erika Lynn said...

i blogged about it here
http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/02/contests-galore.html

katie said...

There aren't many issues that haven't been done so I'm gonna say one of the issues that I love reading about is reasons for suicide like in Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I had never read anything like that before I read that book and it really shows that one little thing can cause a great deal of pain to someone. Also, I am a follower already. Thanks for the contest!

katieb206@gmail.com

The Social Frog said...

I would have to say on Infertility. I don't think it is touched upon by to many books at all really.

Insert Book Title Here said...

I would love to read this book. Speak was excellent.

Wrighty said...

I love Jodi Picoult's books and how they are on very important current issues. She covers a variety too from cancer to school shootings, bullies, eating disorders and more. She covers it all eventually and I think she does it well.

5wrights1[at]verizon[dot]net

Wrighty said...

I've added this to my blog.
www.wrightysreads.blogspot.com

Ali said...

I think my favorite would have to be Trigger by Susan Vaught. The protagonist is recovering from a brain injury after having shot himself in the head, so the book deals with both suicide and brain injuries. And it's fabulous.

Meg89 said...

I've actually never read a novel that deals with assisted suicide--I think I'd like to read a well-formed novel that dealt with both sides of that issue.

Thanks for the giveaway!

meh471 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

susan said...

Indigo, have your read Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson? I just got a copy this week.

susan said...

Anna Claire, you might enjoy Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin , Kindred by Octavia E. Butler and A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot. All are appropriate for high school.

susan said...

domestic violence between teen couples.

Amy said...

my fave issues book is impulse by ellen hopkins. slow at first, but then it's really good.
-amy
addictedtobooks1993@yahoo.com

Bingo said...

Lately I have been reading a lot about autism and asperger syndrome. With one out of 150 children being diagnosed with some form or autism now, AND finding I am teaching identified children the past few years, it is fascinating to understand and work with these children. MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD is a review on my blog if you wanted to read about one of the books. http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/2009_01_01_archive.html

GirlwiththeBraids said...

I would like to read a novel about a girl who is the only one around her that doesn't believe in evolution and declares her faith in Jesus Christ for all the world to hear. :)

-ReadingToMyself(at)yahoo(dot)com

Genevieve said...

My favorite "issue" to read about probably is eating disorders. I don't know why but I find it interesting. I've had a lot of friends over the years that have had eating disorders.

caprubia(at)gmail(dot)com

Genevieve said...

I put a link of this contest in my blog's sidebar:
http://caprubia.blogspot.com/

caprubia(at)gmail(dot)com

Bridget said...

I've posted this on Win a Book. Don't enter me though

scottsgal said...

Issues on losing a parent would be interesting.

msboatgal at aol dot com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I'd like to see more books on mixed race families.

Thanks!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

purplg8r said...

I think it would be interesting/beneficial for there to be books about teens with OCD

purplg8r said...
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purplg8r said...

oops...wrong link...I blogged about the contest here.

Lalaland said...

What I like to see is a book about abuse, that's not really abuse. Especially from a child perspective. There are books out there that shows abuse as hitting people, but what I want to read is more like mental abuse that still affects the body.

Just.Me said...

Having a teenage daughter, topics I would suggest are bullying, jealousy, dating violence, self-harming and eating disorders.

olympianlady said...

My favorite 'issue' novel so far is Speak. It's so powerful and real. Thanks for doing a giveaway. Please enter me.

tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com

olympianlady said...

I also blogged this at: http://olympianlady.livejournal.com/5256.html

tiffanyak1986(at)hotmail(dot)com

Pandragon said...

I would love to see a good book on how teens deal with suicide. I mean, there are so many books about suicide but not a lot about how other teens deal with a classmate's suicide. I think it would really make for an interesting book.

Pandragon said...

I also linked back to this on my blog:

http://thelibraryofadragon.blogspot.com/

Alyce said...

I liked the way that I, Lorelei by Yeardley Smith dealt with the issue of divorce.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Alyce said...

I posted a link to the contest here:

http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2009/03/weekly-giveaway-roundup.html

Wendy said...

I'd like to see a good book deal with the issue of mixed race relationships and how it affects their children.

Sadako said...

I also really enjoy reading eating disorder issue books--Fat Chance about a girl who tries to lose weight and goes too far, was one of my faves.

I also loved Speak which addresses the issue of rape.

tsslug said...

depression, alcoholism would be my choices 4 reads or writing

tsslug7@yahoo.com

Readingjunky said...

My favorite issue novel is SIDE EFFECTS by Amy Koss Goldman. Dealing with serious illness but keeping a positive outlook is amazing to me.

Amber said...

I would love to read a great book addressing the issue of sexism.

Thanks for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Madeleine said...

I know this might sound odd however it is an issue not often addressed. Mental Health workers are becoming more aware of the fact that Psycopathy can not be cured and how dangerous those individuals really are that they are male or female.
This issue is present in my life at the present due to an ex-husband who has been diagnosed as such yet is able to seduce people into believing anything.
One very good book has addressed this THE PSYCOPATH NEXT DOOR yet there needs to be more awarness so women aspecially do not get battered and worse killed at the present rate.

Thank-you for the give away

madeleine444[at]gmail[dot]com

kalea_kane said...

I posted a link to your giveaway here:

http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/03/giveaway-getaway.html

Thank you again.

Kelly

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

Sadako said...

Linked back to it in my blog: http://dibblyfresh1.blogspot.com/

darbyscloset said...

Oh I so want to read this book! I would like the issue of rape and self deception to be explored.
Thanks so much,
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Mrs. Magoo said...

Eeeek I'd love to win!!!! I'd like to see domestic violence discussed in a novel (I think the Chris Brown/Rihanna thing now has everybody interested.)

Thanks so much!!
~Mrs. Magoo
mrsmagooreads@gmail.com

Mrs. Magoo said...

I linked to it from Twitter!

Sue W. said...

I would like to see a book on bipolar people. My grandson is bipolar and there are often times I just don't understand why he does what he does.

Marie said...

Since I have a son with sensory issues I would love to read a book or books that deal with those kinds of developmental delays.

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

writemeg said...

I've really enjoyed books I've read on struggling with eating disorders... most notably Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Very awesome, powerful book!

Thanks for the chance!

Megan -- writing.meg [at] gmail.com

S. Krishna said...

I think blindness/deafness would be interesting to read about.

bestbookihavenotread said...

I think chronic pain and the impact on family members would be interesting. I am "cringingly"looking forward to reading Laurie Halse Anderson's newest book (and Mary Pearson's)!

Anita Yancey said...

I would like to see the issue of starving children in America covered in a novel. More of it is going on than we realize. Thanks for having this giveaway.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

I would like to see the issue of depression in a book!

behapppppppy(at)hotmail(dot)com

darbyscloset said...

Okay, I am not linking from my blog yet from another's blog who is asking for contests/giveaways to be listed....I sure hope this counts for I so want a copy of this book!
Thanks
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

darbyscloset said...

http://www.melissacwalker.com/blog/2009/03/winit_wednesday_three_amazing.html

Okay above is the link...so sorry I left it off earlier post!
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

blackroze37yahoo.com said...

would love to win this

towerofbooks said...

I would like to see the issue of school shootings in a novel

towerofbooks(at)gmail.com

towerofbooks said...

I linked this contest on my sidebar. :)

http://towerofbooks.wordpress.com

Paradox said...

I think there should be more novels that have cruelty and discrimination in schools as the issue. Yes, I'm talking about cliques and the idea that some people are inferior or unworthy of popularity because of who they are.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Paradox said...

I posted about the giveaway on my blog: http://paradoxrevealed.blogspot.com/2008/12/official-contest-list.html

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Lenore said...

This contest in NOW CLOSED! Thanks for entering. Winners will be chosen shortly.

Jenna said...

We need to have an "issue" teen novel about racial tensions. Most teens don't know about what's going on in the Gaza Strip. Most people never even heard of the Rwandan Genocide. I think we need to start informing people more about cultural aspects that teens today seem to be lacking information on.

Contact: jennapomme@yahoo.com

debblou said...

I would love to read a book about office harrassment and bullying... it's an issue that needs to be addressed.... thanks