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Cher-y-lynne {sher-uhl-lin} –noun 1. One who formerly sold and recommended children’s books at a bookstore; a specialist in young adult, middle grade, and picture books. 2. A para-educator at a middle school. 3. A struggling young adult writer. 4. A lover of chocolate and popcorn. Archaic: An Audiology and Speech Language Pathology major at Brigham Young University. Questions? Suggestions? Books you'd like me to review? E-mail me at cherylynne1 (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Saturday, February 12, 2011



That's right, I said 50. I am giving away 50 books. 50 amazing young adult books.

I am also giving away SIGNED copies of the New York Times bestselling novels Matched by Ally Condie and Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Yes, SIGNED. I watched them do it. :)

Here are the ways to enter:

1. One comment will get you one entry. Yay!

2. Promoting my blog (must include http://cherylynne.blogspot.com/ )will get you one extra entry for each venue you promote it on (twitter, facebook, blog, etc.) You must include links! you can only promote it once on each venue, though.

3. Promoting the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference (a.k.a. WIFYR) will get you TWO extra entries for each venue (must include http://www.wifyr.com/ or the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kgQp9FocO4) Again, you must provide links.

4. If you have signed up for either a morning workshop or the afternoon workshop at WIFYR, you will get an extra FIVE entries!!! Please note, the fee for the conference is non-refundable.

5. If you have signed up for Claudia Mills' morning workshop (my class!) you will get an extra TEN entries. That's right. Because it's my contest, and I say so.

The contest will end at midnight on February 26th. *

EDIT: Due to some extenuating circumstances, I'm now extending the contest for two more weeks! The contest now ends March 12th at midnight. So get those entries in!

Because there are so many ways to get extra entries, however, I do need to put a limit on how many books one person can win. Each person can win up to five books.

And here's the list of books you can win! I feel obligated to say that this list is subject to change, although I doubt it. If anything, it might get longer if I find other books that I have to give away.

Good luck!

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

Love Drugged by James Klise

Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud

Losing Faith by Denise Jaden

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

After The Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

Sweet, Hereafter by Angela Johnson

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

Abe in Arms by Pegi Deitz Shea

Myself and I by Earl Sewell

Addicted to Her by Janet Nicholas Lynch

Sweet 15 by Emily Adler & Alex Echevarria

China Clipper by Jamie Dodson

Flying Feet by James McCann

Rhythm and Blues by Jill Murray

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Survivor's Leave by Robert Sutherland

The Man of Mystery Hill by Tracy L. Carbone

Compromised by Heidi Ayarbe

Joe Rat by Mark Barratt

Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw

Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

Life, After by Sarah Darer Littman

The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell

The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride

Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart

Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret

The 10 p.m. Question by Kate De Goldi

Runaway Storm by D.E. Knobbe

So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont

Beat the Band by Don Calame

Those Girls by Sarah Lawrence

Call Me Yubbie by Joe Wojcik

Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Wilhite

Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar

Stringz by Michael Wenberg

The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson

The Summer I Got A Life by Mark Fink

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Change of Heart by Shari Maurer

Something Terrible Happened on Kenmore by Marci Stillerman


  1. Awesome!!!!

    I retweeted. @lindsaycwrites


  2. This is a great list! Thanks so much! Please feel free to stop by my blog to win some awesome giveaway prizes as well! :)


  3. Commenting +1

    Promoting your blog +3
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/chersti/status/37180813283950592
    facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=17832424
    blog: http://cherstinieveen.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/writing-and-illustrating-for-young-readers-2011-conference/

    Promoting WIFYR: +6
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/chersti/status/37182526929768448
    facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=17832424
    blog: http://cherstinieveen.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/im-alive/

    Signed up for workshop (WITH MARTINE!! So excited) +5

    Total entries: 15 enteries

  4. Awesome contest, Cheryl! And I'm glad I found your blog. :) I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/ShalleeMcArthur/status/37199175439495168

    So 2 entries for me!

  5. +1 Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#!/profile.php?id=100002051407700&sk=wall
    +1 Twitter (@brykateemma)
    +1 Comment:

    This is an AWESOME giveaway! I'm glad I found your blog!

    3 entries for me

    kathrynroberts at hotmail dot com

    1. Hey, Kathryn, your email doesn't seem to be working for me...do you have another one? Thanks!

  6. I'm so excited! This is my first entry.

  7. Alright, so I'm commenting +1 :)

    I promoted your blog and WIFYR workshop on both my blogs...




    And I promoted your blog and the workshop on facebook..

    (ok...I have no idea to give you the link to my facebook page unless we're friends...)

    So, that's 9 entries. Right? I'm really excited! Thanks for doing this fun giveaway!

  8. I'm commenting because I love books +1
    and I posted it on facebook +3

  9. I'd love to play please if it's international.



  10. What an excellent giveaway with so many awesome books!!! Thank you so much for doing this!

    Amy // artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

  11. I also promoted the WIFYR on Twitter::

    So that's another +2!

  12. Cherylynne, I'm so glad to have found your blog! I'd love to enter your contest.
    Comment: 1 point
    I blogged: 1 point
    I'm promoted WIFYR on the blog: 2 points
    I signed up for WIFYR: 5 points

    Thanks for the contest! Maybe I'll see you this summer at the conference.

  13. Cool contest! Okay points:


    Blogged (www.leishamaw.blogspot.com), fb (I don't know how to provide a link for this), and tweeted (@leishamaw) about WIFYR

    Fb and tweeted about the contest.

    And signed up for the conference (Martine's class, yea!).

    So, if I'm adding right, 14 points. Yipee!

  14. What a cool contest!

    Commented = +1

    Promoted your blog on:
    My blog: http://jc-martin.com/fighterwriter/blogfests/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/JCMartin_author/status/42173724073533440
    FB: http://www.facebook.com/jcmartin.fighterwriter/posts/115091541898787
    = +3

    Total = +4! :)

  15. What an awesome contest. Thanks, JC Martin for letting me know.

    I'm putting it on my sidebar http://theresamilstein.blogspot.com
    I'm linking it on Facebook. (Under Theresa Brown Milstein) https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1635203509
    And I'm now a follower!

    3 points!

  16. Hey!

    WOW! How exceedingly generous of you, thank you!

    Comment +1
    Twitter +1
    Facebook +1

    So 3 entries :-)

  17. omg this is awesome!!!!!!


  18. I tweeted about WIFYR and this contest (@jenilynt) and I'm in Louise Plummer's class.

    Commenting +1
    Mentioning blog +1
    WIFYR promotion +2
    WIFYR attendee +5
    Assuming I have those right, it's +8 total.

    Thanks for the awesome contest!

  19. This is one fo the most awesome contests I've seen!!

    +1 for commenting.

  20. Hi there, Cherylynne. I got to your blog from Throwing Up Words. Great post! Thought I'd take a stab at this contest, on account of it looks like I'm the first one to reel in that last 10-pointer! I signed up with Claudia a few weeks ago, but I'm pretty excited to count that as a few extra entries in this giveaway.

    This comment +1
    Promoting your blog on my blog +1
    Promoting your blog on twitter +1
    Promoting WIFYR on my blog +2
    Promoting WIFYR on twitter +2
    Attending WIFYR +5
    Attending Claudia Mills' session of WIFYR +10

    The grand total: 22 entries!


  21. 1 entry for commenting.
    1 entry for http://www.facebook.com/sarahkay2003
    1 entry for http://sarahkaysteele.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/giveaway-at-room-on-the-shelf/
    1 entry for http://zacandsarahsteele.blogspot.com/

    4 entries, baby!!!!

  22. I'm new to this blog, but what an awesome contest! I can't not give this a shot, as my shelves can always use more YA.

    So, commenting +1
    Blog and Conference on Twitters: http://twitter.com/CrystalSchubert +3
    Blog on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25518674 +1

    +5 entries for me! And I also get a new blog to follow--winning!

    crystal dot schubert at gmail dot com

  23. Great giveaway! I'm glad Sarah sent me your way!

    I tweeted, and promoted WIFYR and sang your praises in my sidebar. (4 entries)


  24. Yay! I love finding new blogs. Especially ones that want to give away books.

    I put a link on my twitter (@amelianmd) and on my blog.

  25. Hi Cherylynne, I tweeted about this just now after seeing a tweet from someone else about it. Word is getting around!

    ~ Joan Holub
    Goddess Girls author

  26. Hi! I saw this on Twitter! What an awesome giveaway!

    Here's my Tweet about your blog and the conference: http://twitter.com/#!/emmasabaker

    Here's the Facebook post about your blog and the conference: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=537038611

    And Here's a blog entry about both: http://ermasue.blogspot.com/2011/03/cool-new-blog.html

  27. Hi there. I got to your blog from my sister who happened to be promoting her blog on twitter. I think that's pretty great. This is such and exciting giveaway!

    This comment +1
    Promoting your blog on twitter +1
    Promoting WIFYR on twitter +2
    Promoting your blog on facebook +1
    Promoting WIFYR on facebook +2
    Promoting your blog on my blog +1
    Promoting WIFYR on my blog +2

    Grand total: 10

    Thanks for having this awesome giveaway!

  28. Wow, count me in if this is international please.

  29. Great site! Count me in the contest!
    christy at dorrity dot net

  30. I totally missed the giveaway, but just had to say thank you - it's so fun when people give away books! So now that you have room on your shelf, what are you adding to it?