Sunday, August 09, 2009
Giveaway: Blue Star
From Publishers Weekly
The small dramas of teenage love get caught in the crosswinds of a war in this sequel to the 2001 bestseller Jim the Boy. It's late summer 1941, and Jim Glass, now a high school senior, has an earnest, unshakable passion for classmate Chrissie Steppe. But as straightforward as his feelings are, the circumstances of his nascent romance are complex: Chrissie's family is indebted to their landlord, whose sailor son Bucky claimed Chrissie as his girl before shipping out to serve on the USS California at Pearl Harbor. Throughout Jim's fraught final year at school, he relies on the advice of his uncles, but after Pearl Harbor is bombed, they can't protect him from the war's toll. Questions of patriotism, sexuality and poverty weave their way into a narrative that's deceptive in its simplicity: the growing pains that Jim and his friends experience pack a startling emotional punch.
Hatchette is allowing me to give away five copies of this book. I'll use Random.org to draw winners August 30. For your first entry, leave a comment with an email address. For a second entry, blog about this contest. For a third entry, have a friend leave a comment here, with your name and email address in it (you can even trade favors with folks, but what I'd really like is for you to send someone here who hasn't been here before). That person is free to enter too. For a fourth and fifth entry, leave a comment on one or two of my book reviews saying why you would or wouldn't like to read that book, and then leave comment(s) here saying which book you commented on. No double dipping with this contest and others I'm running right now.
The giveaway is open the US and Canada only, no PO boxes. Winner to be drawn August 30.