What fun it is to announce a book deal! I’ve been keeping that good news to myself for a while and I have to say, it was just as exciting to share the news as it was to receive it.
Welcome new followers and readers! I hope this blog will prove to be entertaining and useful. I think it will today because everyone likes free stuff, and especially FREE BOOKS!
I’d like to celebrate my publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House. They have published so many wonderful books and to highlight just a few of them I’m going to give away a Knopf book everyday this week, starting today and ending Friday. Now that’s a celebrations!
Today’s book giveaway is THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall, A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. THE PENDERWICKS won the National Book Award for Young Readers in 2005 and well deserved. It is a charming book that transported me back to my childhood summer vacations. Magical.
I have some great summer vacation memories, but I think one of my very favorites was spending summers on Camano Island, just north of Seattle, Washington where I lived until I was six. We’d spend hours searching for seashells and sand dollars, digging for clams and catching crabs, and then we’d have clam bakes (I never ate those) and marshmallow roasts (I ate a lot of those) and my brother and sisters and all our friends would put on cheesy musical productions. We also occasionally caught ginormous starfish.
Check this baby out! It looks like it came out of some fantasy novel! One day I’ll write a book about it.