Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Blog Tour Finale and Giveaway!

If you’ve been following along on blog tour and this is your first visit to this site, thanks for dropping by! This site is more eclectic than the others on tour, as I’m not a book reviewer. If you explore past postings, you’ll see that I update every Sunday, and that I muse about life, share my writing process, give updates on book and movie projects, and promote Exercise the Right to Read –a free program designed to help schools pursue youth fitness and literacy. You’ll also see that I have a loyal following of readers we call Sammiacs or Cammiacs, depending on their particular passion for the Sammy Keyes series. (I think it’s fair to say that all Cammiacs—those who want to see Casey and Sammy get together—a re also Sammiacs—those who love Sammy Keyes.) These Sammy/Cammiacs that have been chomping at the bit for Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher, which will be released in October. Because this is the final stop in the Sammy Keyes blog tour, I have been authorized by Random House to give away three bound galleys of Wedding Crasher. Know that this is not the final version—there are mistakes, and there have been little threads added in the final rewrite—but the story is pretty solidly the same, and only someone who compares the bound galley to the final version with real scrutiny will notice the differences. After considering how to determine which three people would receive these bound galleys, here’s what we’ve decided: I will pose a set of questions—one from each Sammy Keyes book, presented in order of publication. They won’t be hard, just representative of each title. If you would like to be considered for a bound galley, do the following: 1) Copy and paste the questions (and then answer them) to this e-mail address: mail@exercisetherighttoread.org Put “Wedding Crasher please!” in the subject line. (Do NOT put your answers in the comment section of this blog because you need to…) 2) Include your NAME and MAILING ADDRESS (this offer is only good for people with a mailing address in the USA). This is not a race. You have until Saturday night (6/12) to submit your application. You also don’t have to know all the answers—the top ten submissions will be put into “the hat” from which we’ll draw three names. Winners will be notified on Sunday. So are you ready? Here we go! 1) (Hotel Thief): After Sammy spotted the thief in the Heavenly Hotel, what action of hers started the turmoil? 2) (Skeleton Man): Why did Sammy go into the Bush House on Halloween? 3) (Sisters of Mercy): What clue did Gregory give Sammy? 4) (Runaway Elf): Where did Elyssa keep ‘disappearing’ to? 5) (Curse of Moustache Mary): What was Lucinda Huntley’s pet? 6) (Hollywood Mummy): Name as many “mummies” as you can! 7) (Search for Snake Eyes): What is the William Rose Junior High mascot? 8) (Art of Deception): What kind of fair do Sammy and friends meet up at? 9) (Psycho Kitty Queen): Who has the same birthday as Sammy? 10) (Dead Giveaway): Sammy and friends go to the end of the year dance dressed as what? 11) (Wild Things): In the beginning of the book, Sammy has no idea why anyone would bother to save this animal from extinction 12) (Cold Hard Cash): At the pool party, who has the same swim suit as Marissa? BONUS: 13) (Wedding Crasher): What color are the bridesmaid dresses? (Mentioned on this blog tour.) 14) Sammy Keyes Song: “Officer Borsch acts like his squad car’s a _________ and thinks that all kids are _______________ ________________...” That’s it! Hope you thought it was easy (and fun). And remember—even if you don’t know all the answers, send in what you’ve got. Good luck ! Sunday we’re back to regular updates and musings—I hope you’ll come back then!

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure what question 6 is suppose to mean.

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Let's see...how about 'Who could possibly be considered to be a Hollywood Mummy?'?

Millers said...

Aw man! Participants have to live in the USA?

Millers said...

It's kinda sad that the blog tour is over... I sorta got used to seeing a post every day. But I still injoyed this past week!

Anonymous said...

So the possible culprits Sammy assumed it was?

xxCammyLoverxx said...

I dont really understand the Hollywood Mummy question, but I know the rest. :D And what does "turmoil" mean? Never mind. I'll go search it. I haven't read Hotel Thief in a while, but I remember anyway.
Also, how do the "top ten" get selected? And when you pick the top ten, will you tell us here?
I'm going to go dooooooo it now! :D

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Uh, no. Any character who could be considered a "mummy" . This is sort of a playful question. Just give it your best shot :-)

FadedxRainbow said...

Awwwwww! My parents said that I couldn't enter the contest! What a cruel and unfair world this is. On top of that, Ms. Fee said that in a matter of months, the oil spill will ruin City Island! I get my food from there and I go fishing and I want shrimp and soup now!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so excited! I just entered :) I second Steph's question though: how are the top ten selected? just curious. Thanks for doing this WVD and Random House! The blog tour was great and this is a wonderful finale :) (humming Sammy Keyes song...)

Jinnyd said...

I really hope my parents let me enter this contest! This contest should have a privacy policy of some sorts, right? Something that will promise people that their addresses and stuff won't be exploited?

But otherwise I will start answering the questions! Even if my parents don't let me enter.

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! :-D

Jinnyd said...

Also--does it need to be full name?

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

The only reason I need a mailing address & name is to send the book. If your parents are wary, ask them to read the blog -- I'm no cyber creep!

"Millers" what country are you in? Canada may be okay. It's the cost of shipping out of the country that's the issue...

Caradith Craven said...

Wendelin can be trusted with your name and address. I tell my students to be extremely cautious with personal information online, and so am I. Don't ever give out full name, age, and address online, and she also cautioned through one of her comments not to do that. The only blog I would even show during I-safe lessons was WVD's. I not only trust her with my name and address (through e-mail)--she's one of the very few I would trust with anything I told her privately.

Caroline said...

I could only think of 2 "mummies" for question 6 but I think I got the others :) I am dyinggg for a copy of Wedding Crashers! Your blog tour was great, Wendelin. I especially loved the post where Sammy took over for you hahaha

PS. I forgot to comment on the other blog post, but the trailer for "Flipped" is adorable. I can't wait to see it. I mentioned it in my school newspaper's movie column so other people know about it!

xxCammyLoverxx said...

I just did it and saved it as a draft. I'll send it whenever. :)

Jinnyd said...

One final question--and then I'll send in my answers sometime this week (around finals...meh)!

Is it okay if I give my parent's address instead of mine? They're allowing me to do the contest, but only if I can put their name and address instead of mine. Safety is the most important thing and all...

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

jinnyd: sure, that's absolutely fine :-) Good luck on your finals--my sons are sweating theirs out this week, too...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments! I thought the blog tour was fun, too. I really appreciate everyone who followed along!

Jinnyd said...

Thanks! Good luck to your kids, too! Now I will go study.....

Millers said...

Nah I don't live in Canada...
I'm in Switzerland...

FadedxRainbow said...

Oh my gosh, I HATE finals! I just hate them! Except for Literature and Social Studies. I get good grades on those and they're actually fun to do. But everything else is terrible. Especially...DUN DUN DUUUUUN...math! Ms. Fee loves to torture me.

Jinnyd said...

I also wanted to add--in my entry, I signed it "a Sammy fan", capitalized exactly like that. Just so you know which one is mine!

xxCammyLoverxx said...

Okay. So I had this strange dream about winning. :/ I woke up this morning and realized I hadnt sent the email in so I was like, "Crap!" out loud and I quickly used my phone to send it. Well then. I'm sleepy. :P

I think that was officially the ninth dream I've had about reading a SK book that isnt even out? I swear to whatever, I've actually READ full Sammy Keyes books in my dreams... funny thing is, their not even real. Like before CHC came out I read it in my dream. It wasnt anything like the real one. And I got a WC dream before too. :P And I keep having these dreams, theyre all different, but in each of them I have this huge book with all these random mini SK stories...? Anyone here think these are signs of insanity..? :P

Elizabeth said...

xxCLxx: Should've sworn to howdy... :) lol

xxCammyLoverxx said...

Haha. :P

xxCammyLoverxx said...

123 days until Wedding Crasher! (says the countdown...(I didnt make it, though))

stuckinmexicogirl said...
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stuckinmexicogirl said...

May the best Sammiacs win!!!! :D

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Amen to that! Answers have been great! Ya'll are such fun, thanks for participating. I promise to post early as possible on Sunday...

xxCammyLoverxx said...

I seriously hope I got them right. I may have gotten the Skeleton Man one wrong, because I forgot if the question was why she went IN the house or just why she went TO the house, because those could be different. I checked though. Still nervous. I might cry if I lose. No not really, I'm a good sport. I was just thinking today, So what if I lose? I can wait til October. Besides, October 12th. Five days after October 7th, which is my birthday...:)

Millers said...

Oh well my mom changed her mind and I can't participate anymore...
But the book comes out on october 12th, so hopefully it'll get shipped in time for my bithday 3 days later!
(the 12th also happens to be my friend Samantha's birthday!)

Pooja Dimba said...

Ah, I'm gonna loose. I've been so busy all week. I totally forgot about this. :(

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

You still have time :-)

Elizabeth said...

So excited to see who wins tomorrow!!! (And a little nervous...? lol) XD

stuckinmexicogirl said...

I want to win sooooooo bad!!!(I know we all do) I cannot wait til tomorrow!!!!!!