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Win 2 Of Today’s Hottest Teen Reads from Myjellybean.com!

by Crystal
Contests + YA Fiction / October 06, 2011

While I was on vacation this summer, my husband and daughter were begging me to put down my book and spend time playing on the beach with them. I had the hardest time honoring their request because the book I was reading was unputdownable (yeah I just coined a new word!) "Just one more page!" "Just one more chapter!" "Just let me finish!" were the words that they grew accustomed to hearing. I was reading an advance reading copy of Glow, the first book in Macmillan's hot new teen series by Amy Kathleen Ryan. 

You thought Hunger Games was good? Waiting for another series to wet your YA Novel appetite? Well I am very pleased to tell you that Glow is now available in stores across North America, and my good friends you could win a copy from MyJellybean.com, just follow the link and enter! I promise, you won't be disappointed with this book. 

Glow: Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager — until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage — and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth. But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside. 

While you are visiting MyJellybean enter to win a copy of Art Geeks and Prom Queens by Alyson Noel, a great teen novel about being the new girl and trying to fit in while attending a posh private school. The Art Geeks and Prom Queens contest on MyJellybean can be found here

Art Geeks & Prom Queens: Being the new girl is tough -- just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she's going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't make the first day any easier.

Then, Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach, and she isn't friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she's invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. At first, Rio is having a great time, but as she becomes more immersed in the jet set crowd, she discovers an unwritten rule that her new friends forgot to mention: don't cross Kristi...

Good luck!

Mom Minute- Read Em And Weep! Win the new card game Quallop!

by Crystal
Contests + Kids + Parenting / August 24, 2011

When I was a kid, especially during summer break, my days were filled with a lot of card playing. My mom loves cards, my grandpa loved cards and that was passed along to my sister and I. 

One of our favorite things to do, as we played our winning hand was to shout out "Read em and weep!" Is this a regular card saying? I have no idea. In my family it is. 

When my husband and I first got together we played a lot of cards as well. Whenever we took a plane or ferry, went on vacation, or had a tv-less night the decks of cards would always come out. Once we had our daughter, sadly, the card playing ended. I'm looking forward to playing cards with her as she gets a bit older. Some of my favorite memories of my Popa were of playing cards with him. 

I think the cards may be coming out again at the Allen household sooner than expected thanks to Chronicle Books new game Quallop. Created by Forrest-Pruzan Creative (the creators of the best boardgame ever- Cranium) this is the most fun, addictive, card game I've played in awhile. 

This morning my good publicist buddy Danielle and I cracked open a pack of Quallop and tried our hand at this fun new game. 

The game is a bit like Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect Four but in card version. Kids as young as the age of 6 should be able to understand the concept but adults will have equally as much fun playing. This would be the perfect game to take to the cabin, on a road trip or on an Earth Hour night by candle light. 

Here are photos of Dani and I playing Quallop. 

1. Take shrink wrap off package. Take out cards. Read instructions. Players decide if they want to be circles or squares. (I chose circle because aqua is my favorite colour.)

2. Shuffle deck. 

3. Open up game board (which also doubles as a handy package to store the cards in). Deal each player one card. Figure out who's birthday is next, that player goes first.

4. Take turns laying a card on the gameboard. Once a space is filled with a shape it can only be covered by that same shape or by a card with a blank space on it like the one that Dani is holding. The goal is to get 4 of your shape in a row either horizontal, vertical or diagonal.

5. Sometimes that happens super fast like this time when Dani won.

6. And other times it takes almost every single card in the deck like this time that I won. (Incidentally if you do play every single card it's a tie and you start over again.)

So now the really fun part! Want to win a set of Quallop of your very own? There are 3 ways to win.

1. Tweet: "@raincoastbooks and I <3 Quollop, the addictive new card game. I want to win a set! Do you? http://ow.ly/6c3Oq" Then come back here and tell us you tweeted.

2. Like Raincoast Books on Facebook and post on our page "I <3 Quallop, the addictive new card game." Then come back here and tell us you like Raincoast on Facebook.

3. Post here the phrase that you yell out when you win a hand of cards.

 Contest closes in two weeks on September 7, 2011.

Read em and weep. wink

One Million Copies of Ivy & Bean Sold!

by Crystal
Contests + Kids / April 12, 2010

It doesn't seem like too long ago that I read the first book in the Ivy and Bean series and ran around the office raving to anyone that would listen about how fantastic it was.

Ivy and Bean took me right back to being an 8 year old girl who loved reading and would hole herself up in her room for hours reading Ramona books.

I remember telling all the women that I know that if they loved Ramona books as a kid that they had to go out and pick up Ivy and Bean immediately to share with any young women in their life.

Apparently I am not the only one that loves Ivy and Bean  because... Chronicle Books has just announced that Ivy and Bean has sold 1 Million Copies!

Ivy and Bean author Annie Barrows did this special video to thank everyone who helped her meet this incredible milestone!


Check out this great video shot at an Annie Barrows event in celebration of Ivy and Bean Day!

Download your own Ivy and Bean Double-Dare Cootie Catcher like the one in the video!

I also love this book report done by 3rd grade Ivy and Bean fan Leah.


Want to win an Ivy and Bean Prize Pack including an Ivy and Bean T-shirt, an Ivy and Bean Magnetic Bookmark and an Ivy and Bean book of your choice?

Comment below and tell us what kind of adventure you would like to see Ivy and Bean get into next. We'll choose one winner on May 17.

Good Luck!

Have You Met Noonie?

by Crystal
Art & Photography + Contests + Kids / March 23, 2010

Have you been introduced to Noonie yet? If not you are in for a great treat! Noonie is the main character of Chronicle Books new kids' fiction title Noonie's Masterpiece. A 10-year-old aspiring artist stuck living with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who clearly don't recognize her genius.

Here... get to know her!

Isn't she great? Don't you just love her?

One of my favourite things about Noonie's Masterpiece is that all of those amazing illustrations that you just saw in the trailer video are in the book! Yep that's right it is filled througout with gorgeous colour illustrations!

Want to be inspired by Noonie? Why not download a free Noonie Art Sheet?

Not only that but comment below with what artist inspires you and you could win a free copy of Noonie's Masterpiece along with a Purple Pigma Micron Pen just like the one that Sarajo Frieden used to illustrate the book! Contest closes April 23rd.