Giveaway: Signed copy of “The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders #1)”

This contest is CLOSED. Winner announcement here.
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Many younger readers (and a number of older ones, too!) know Peter Lerangis through “The 39 Clues”, for which he wrote 3 and a quarter stories. 😉 Recently, he started his own fantasy/adventure series, “The Seven Wonders”. He came to the Philippines for a book signing event last May 4th at National Book Store to promote the first book, “The Colossus Rises”.

When I interviewed him, I had an extra copy of “The Colossus Rises” signed, and that’s what I’m giving away this month!

MECHANICS:

  1. If you are a WordPress user, all you have to do is follow this blog and leave a comment on this post with the answer to the question “Which of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World would you most want to visit if you had a time machine?” If you already follow this blog, then simply comment with your answer to the contest question. Please share the link to the giveaway in any of your social networking accounts. 🙂
  2. If you are not a WordPress user, you can either subscribe to this blog by clicking on the link at the bottom of the right sidebar or you can just follow me on Twitter (@almeldiel). Leave a comment on this post with the answer to the question “Which of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World would you most want to visit if you had a time machine?” If you’re already a subscriber or if you already follow me on Twitter, then simply comment with your answer to the contest question. Please share the link to the giveaway in any of your social networking accounts. 🙂
  3. Once I have validated your entry, your comment will appear on this post.
  4. The winning entry will be chosen by a random draw and will receive a signed trade paperback copy of “The Colossus Rises” by Peter Lerangis.
     
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    ONE BOY
    Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem.
    In a few months, he’s going to die.
    ONE MISSION
    Jack needs to find seven magic Loculi that, when combined,
    have the power to cure him.
    ONE PROBLEM
    The Loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and
    haven’t been seen in thousands of years…
    SEVEN WONDERS
    …because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

  5. You have until 31 May 2013 (11:59pm) to send in your entries.
  6. Barring any unfortunate interventions by Yoda-talking, Viking-looking red bearded men, I should be able to announce the winner within the 1st week of June.
  7. This contest is open only to residents of the Philippines. (Sorry, foreign friends!) If you live outside the Philippines but you have a friend or relative with a Philippine mailing address who will be willing to receive the prize for you, then you’re welcome to join the contest.
  8. The winner must reply to the notification e-mail within 3 days from receipt of the notice, otherwise, the prize will be forfeited in favor of the second person on the random list generated to determine the winner.

Spread the word, and May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!

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Disclaimer (To satisfy the WordPress.com Terms of Service): This giveaway is not sponsored and is not being posted in lieu of paid advertising on this blog. I bought the book and paid for it out of my own pocket and had it signed at an event that I attended. ☺

“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger


Title: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Author: Tom Angleberger
Read Date: 7 January 2012
Goodreads Reading Progress Status Updates: Click here.  
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

This was such a fun book to read, and should appeal to Star Wars fans of all ages! The stories that form the case file are typical middle school tales about crushes and bullies and embarrassing situations that kids go through, but the addition of Origami Yoda’s antics and the hilarious doodles on the pages make the ordinary stories more fun.

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It fascinates me how kids will readily believe the advice of a finger puppet but will balk at following what their parents and elders tell them. Then again, there’s something compelling about a green Jedi Master who not only talks in riddles, but in riddles in jumbled-up words! And I’m sure even adults will think twice about everything that Origami Yoda says; I sure did.

Q: Origami Yoda, my hair always gets messy even if I comb it in the morning. People make fun of me and my mom rags on me about it. What should I do?

Yoda: Hairdo like Yoda you must have.

Q: You mean bald?

Yoda: Yes.

And now I shall attempt to fold some Yodas of my own based on the instructions in the book. I’m not an origami whiz, so May the Force be with me. o_O