Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Giveaway for Book Lovers in the Philippines

Calling all book lovers in the Philippines - this is for you! I am giving away five books and all you need to do for a chance to win is leave a comment for this post.

Third prize:


The third prize is a copy of Defining Twilight by Brian Leaf (Cliffs Notes, 2009), a vocabulary workbook for students that uses words from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. Now, I know what you are thinking, because I thought it too at first. "No more Twilight please!!!" And I was thinking this even though I love Twilight and am a fan of Stephenie Meyer's. We can only take so much, right? So why am I promoting this book? Because it's a pretty darn good vocabulary workbook. Words are presented (some examples are "sauntered," "chortling," "unequivocally," "furtively," and "proprietary") and the reader/student is directed to the pages where they appear in Twilight so that they can be read in context. The reader/student is encouraged to determine the definitions of the words using context clues. She can then check her guessed definitions against the definitions provided by the book. Many times the synonyms, antonyms, etymology, and morphology of words are also given. And of course there are multiple choice, matching type, and fill-in-the-blank vocabulary exercises to help the reader/student review the words and their definitions. All in all, six hundred words are discussed in Defining Twilight, and the entire workbook is in simple, accessible, and even fun and friendly writing. I honestly can't think of a better way to make vocabulary lessons enjoyable for pre-teen and teen girls.

Second prize:


Every parent's worst nightmare is up to his old tricks in the early chapter book Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse by Francesca Simon (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2009). (For more about Horrid Henry, click here to read my review of the earlier books in this series for grades 2-5 / ages 7-10.) It's actually really nice reading about, laughing at, laughing with, and rooting for a naughty little boy!

The second prize is a copy of Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse and a copy of Defining Twilight.

First prize:


The first prize is a copy of Defining Twilight and a signed copy of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (Graphia, 2007). That's right, a copy of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl signed by its awesome author Barry Lyga. Signed I tell ya, SIGNED!!!

*calms herself*

Okay, so their adventures aren't really astonishing, but Fanboy and Goth Girl are likable, very interesting, and authentically flawed teenage characters that seem so real. I am sure teenage readers (as well as the teenager in older readers) will relate to their insecurities, problems, hopes, and dreams. Plus all the comic book geekery in the novel is exciting!

(For more about the awesomeness that is Barry Lyga's writing, click here to read my review of one of his other novels, Boy Toy.)

So there we have it, folks. Those are all the prizes. If you are in the Philippines, please leave a comment below. These are all great books for yourselves or for your children, nieces/nephews, godchildren, grandchildren, or students. I will randomly choose three winners and post their names / contact them on Saturday, October 31.

Good luck and Happy Halloween! =D


[Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse was provided by its publisher. Defining Twilight and The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl were provided by their authors. Thank you!!!]

39 comments:

Marianne said...

OK, Well, I'll leave a comment because I really found this post very interesting. And I'm even way old for a workbook, TEE - HEE!!!

Julee said...

Hey Tarie,

Well, you know that I cannot participate because I am from the GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, USA. We are so thrilled to be Texans you know.

You caught my eye as I was reading my RSS feeds, so I clicked over to your site to see what you were cooking up. I recall reading Twilight and thinking "this has got to be an English teacher writing this because of the vocabulary." It reminded me of a SAT novel I purchased for my kids when they were prepping for SATs.

You have such clever ideas. I am always promoting my library books to kids through promotions. Last Friday I held a "Golly-Whopper Game" in the library to encourage kids to read the book "The Golly-Whopper Games" by Jody Feldman. It is on this year's Texas Bluebonnet Nominee Award list.

Keep up the great work. I still love your website.

austenfan said...

Oh my gosh, this is an amazing contest! Count me in!!!! :D

austenfanblogs[at]gmail[dot]com

Tarie said...

Marianne and austenfan, good luck! ;o)

Julee, thank you so much. And I wanna play the Golly-Whopper Game too!

pgenrestories said...

Haha! Okay, I'd like to join this contest, thought the two non-Twilight books are what I'm eyeing. :D

Denise Michelle L. Lim said...

Hi, Tarie!

This is an awesome treat! Its perfect for the season. Props to you! Since my last exam's in a few hours, any (or all!) of these books would be the perfect reads for me, a kid at heart as you could definitely attest to, during the brief time I get from school. And when I'm done with them, assuming I'll get picked, they'll go straight to our school's library so the kids can enjoy them, too.

Hope all's well. I miss you!

Tarie said...

Kenneth, methinks you'll get a kick out of the comic book geekery in The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Keep your fingers crossed!

Sis, keep your fingers crossed too! Horrid Henry would be nice for your school's library. Henry is really... horrid... But boy does he grow on readers.

Denise Michelle L. Lim said...

Awesome, sis! Will definitely keep my fingers crossed. The kid in me can't help but crave for reads like these. Miss you so much. Hope we can hang soon! *hugs*

bb said...

Hi Tarie!

Carlo here! This caught my attention. Hwoooow! OH My, Free books?! I'm definitely going to promote this post to my friends =P I hope your giving away "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Sophie's World." =P I have a sudden interest on those books 'coz I haven't read them. Ho-hum..

I bid good luck to the winner of yer contest!

Cheers!

Tarie said...

Carlo, read my post. :P I'm giving away Defining Twilight, Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse, and The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. :P

Avril said...

Those look like really fun books, Tarie! Miss you and all our stolen chats in the office. Let's have coffee or lunch sometime...maybe one of these Saturdays?

Tarie said...

Aves, the English teacher in you needs a copy of Defining Twilight! And yesss, let's do lunch or coffee! =D

Issa Ragay said...

(hungover while typing this comment)

I'd usually say that luck has nothing to do with it... but hey, I'm willing to bend my principles for free books - especially if it's a signed Barry Lyga.

aaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!

Zarah Grace C. Gagatiga said...

Defining Twilight. Hmm... an attempt to squeeze out substance from Meyer's bubble gum saga. That's interesting.

Tarie said...

Issa, wow, I love how you are always so... honest. :P

Zarah, it's a good vocabulary workbook! :o)

petrufied said...

Yay! i'm in! :D free books are love :D

Bendrix said...

Hi Tarie! What a fun treat for your readers! :D The books all seem fun! I'd love to get any of the three :D Good luck to all of us who are joining! More fab power to your blog!!! :D

Zarah Grace C. Gagatiga said...

well then, might as well use it to teach my high school students as they're twilight crazy (like their teacher :-P)

Laya said...

Oooh, free books. Lovely. Comment drop!

BTW I got your blog on RSS and love reading it, though this is my first time to comment here.

Renee said...

The contest better not be over, Tar! I'm still hoping I get the Barry Lyga one, but I'd be contented with whichever, as long as it's an addition to my rapidly expanding bookshelf! Woo!

~heart&soul

mumblingmaya said...

Hi Tarie :)
Yay for free books to spread the joy! Count me in. I'll even sing you a cyber song. plathgirl2002[at]yahoo[dot]com

Carlo Angelo said...

Dear Tarie,

I smell another contest and I would like to join.

That Barry Lyga book looks good and I think it would look better when I'm holding it...

Sincerely,

1st Prize Winner

Celestine said...

This is my first time to comment, but I've been reading your blog for a long time now. :) I really love YA fiction, and the books look interesting (even the first one--and I don't even like Twilight haha). Anyway, thanks for doing this, and hope to read more from you!

Tarie said...

petrufied, Bendrix, Carlo Angelo, goooooood luck.

Laya and Celestine, thank you so much and it's nice to meet you!!!

Renee, love how you signed "heart&soul." :o) :o) :o)

mumblingmaya, you can start singing any time now. ;o)

mumblingmaya said...

Tarie, I am singing now. You just can't hear it :P

Angelica Louise said...

Ms. Tarie! :) Awesome! more free books! hahaha! Me likey all of them. Keep up with the great and entertaining and (insert more positive adjectives) blog! I make sure to check in almost every day for new posts :D God Bless!

xo, Angel

P.S. Have a fun All Hallows' Eve! MWAHAHA! >:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ate Tarie,

Please count me in too. :)Coz i want to learn new words like "chortling," "unequivocally," "furtively," and "proprietary". Hihi. Btw, your blog is really cool. :) God bless always.:)

♥Regina Kim Apostol:)

Jonette said...

Hello hello!

count me in. :)

Audrey Go said...

Hello there Ate Tarie! hmmm..I'm not really a Twilight fan. But I could use a copy of this book. I might need this for my SAT. :)

Tarie said...

Angel, Regina, Jonette, Audrey: Thanks for joining the giveaway! :o)

yanka said...

I think "Defining Twilight" will be useful for me in my job as a ... a... a ... hmmmm

gracie said...

Pwede pa ba sumali? :) This is so cool!

joseph valena said...

astig astig astig astig astig! :D Cool! ^_^

Tarie said...

Yanka . . . O_O

Gracie, of courssse.

Joseph, good luck!

I won't draw the winners until, like, Saturday evening. :o)

laurice said...

count me in? :) this looks like fun!

cool blog btw!! :D

Tarie said...

Hi, Laurice! You just missed it! I announced the winners last night. Watch out for more giveaways though!

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Bianca Torres said...

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Monique said...

Hello :)) wow amazing treat :)) I love it. I love reading because it teaches me things I can't learn from school :))) please pick me :)) Take care always. here's my email: monica_loves21@yahoo.com