Greenglass House and Bluecrowne Book Giveaway

December 8th, 2014 by

Greenglass-House_Kate-MilfordBack when we started Kidsmomo, our very first book giveaway was for The Boneshaker, the chilling tale of a girl who suspects there’s something amiss with a traveling medicine show that arrives in her town. (If you haven’t read it yet and you like a good creepy story, definitely check it out.)

Well, now we’re partnering with the same author for another sweepstakes. This time, author Kate Milford is offering signed copies of her two latest books: Greenglass House and Bluecrowne!

(Scroll down for the handy-dandy entry form!)

Greenglass House is a perfect read for the holiday season because it takes place in the days leading up to Christmas. Lots of wonderful descriptions of hot chocolate and baked treats. But also, it’s a quiet but gripping mystery — think The Westing Game set in a snow-nestled inn. Usually the hotel is empty around Christmas, but this year a bunch of brand new guests all arrive on the same night. When people’s belongings start to go missing, it’s up to to Milo (whose parents own Greenglass House) and Meddy (the cook’s daughter) to get to the bottom of the peculiar connections that bring these strangers to the inn.

Bluecrowne is set in a totally different time and place than Greenglass House, but it’s kind of related. But we’ll let Kate Milford herself explain! As part of our giveaway, she agreed to answer some of our questions:

Some readers may be new to the stories that connect Greenglass House with Bluecrowne and your other books. What would you say to those new readers?

Kate: That’s a great question. Let me first explain the connection between Greenglass House and Bluecrowne, because they have a special relationship. Greenglass House is set in an inn in the city of Nagspeake that’s described as looking as though it had been cobbled together from pieces of a dozen different houses in a dozen different cities. Later in the book, Milo is told that the original family for whom the house was built never lived in it. Bluecrowne is the story of that family, and why they didn’t stay. It’s also the big connector between Greenglass House and the rest of my books — primarily to The Broken Lands and The Left-Handed Fate, which comes out in 2016. But I think it’s entirely possible for someone to read The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands and not have a clue how Greenglass House is connected to them — but that wouldn’t disrupt their reading at all, because each book was written to stand alone. There’s no “right” order to read them in, either. I look at those little connections as Easter eggs — they’re there if you look for them, but you don’t have to. (For the nerds who love to find connections, though, there are lots to find!)

Greenglass House is a delightful book to read at any time of year, but it’s a special joy to read it now, during the winter holiday season. But the Christmas timing doesn’t seem completely pivotal to the plot of the book. What made you decide to set the book around the holidays?

Kate: Well, you’re right in that I didn’t set out to exactly write a “Christmas book,” but I definitely did want to write a winter book. I love winter, always have, and Christmas was and remains a big deal in my family — a lot of the traditions of Milo’s family are lifted from my own. When I made the decision to set this book in winter, it just made sense to me to set Greenglass House in the days leading up to Christmas, particularly since it goes a long way toward making things as completely inconvenient for Milo as possible.

In Greenglass House, Milo and Meddy play a role-playing game called Odd Trails. If you were playing, what kind of character would you be?

Kate: Oh, man. So I have limited RPG experience, but I like to play rogues, which in Odd Trails would translate to blackjacks. I like tricksters, which is maybe something you can tell if you’ve read The Boneshaker or The Broken Lands. Right now I’m in the middle of a D&D game with my husband and some friends, and I’m playing a rogue, but she’s a really bad rogue. Like, really ineffectual, I mean, and not because I decided to make her that way. I just have really bad luck with this character. In tabletop games, you decide what your’e going to do and then you roll dice to determine how successful you are. I just consistently roll so poorly. There was a memorable instance a couple weeks ago when my poor rogue walked into a rake, Wyle E. Coyote style. On the other hand, in real life I actually can pick locks, sort of, and while I am clumsy as all get-out, I have never actually walked into a rake.

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN:

  • A signed copy of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • A signed copy of Bluecrowne by Kate Milford
  • A set of Kidsmomo bookmarks

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This sweepstakes has ended.

Enter before December 31st, 2014. See official rules.

Kidsmomo Podcast #37: “The Horror, The Horror!”

November 9th, 2010 by

It seems like we always have to mention food and bad puns — even when we’re talking about scary stories! But there’s also plenty of spine-tingling terror in our latest podcast, all about spooky stuff. Are you frightened by the idea of a duel with the devil, an evil plot to turn children into rodents, and ghosts who move among mortals? Then beware our new podcast!

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  • Which witch is the worst? You’ll meet her when we reveal our mystery book!
  • Our dream Halloween costume ideas
  • Our spooky book picks (The Boneshaker, Dying to Meet You)
  • Horror recs from two of YOU (The Haunting of Derek Stone and Deep and Dark and Dangerous)

Also, don’t forget: next up, we’re celebrating the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 with a special month-long theme dedicated to books for Potterphiles! So send us a review of a book that you would recommend to a Harry Potter fan, check out our “Beyond Hogwarts” booklist, and watch our review of the new movie. Cheers, mate!

— Karen and Nancy

Copy of The Boneshaker provided to Kidsmomo by the author.

Reminder: Boneshaker Book Giveaway!

May 27th, 2010 by

Look to the left. Check out that fiery red hair bursting into flames. And the overall-wearing girl riding the clickety-clackety bicycle, fearlessly pedaling forward on the ominous path. Don’t you want to read this book? DON’TCHA?

Well, if your answer is a resounding yes (and it totally should be), here’s a reminder that there are only a few more days left to enter our first-ever-and-don’t-make-it-our-last-Kidsmomo Book Giveaway. Learn more here, including how to enter the sweepstakes.

Have I mentioned that there are amazing illustrations inside the book, also? We’ll leave those for you to peruse when you get — or maybe even win? — a copy. Meanwhile, check out this awesome excerpt from The Boneshaker by Kate Milford:

The people who lived in Arcane were just like anyone else. They went to work, kept kitchen gardens and cats and dogs, and had jobs and children and houses with broken screen doors or squeaky porch steps. The children waited all year for summer holidays, then for winter holidays and presents, then for summer gain. There were bullies and victims, rich kids and poor ones, like there are anywhere.

But strange things can happen at the crossroads, and even if you were a perfectly normal child in a crossroads town you’d grow up hearing stories, maybe even see one of those odd happenings yourself. For instance, by the time she was thirteen years old Natalie Minks knew all those strange stories by heart. She knew the one about how the Old Village became an abandoned shell, and all the tales of that ancient forest to the southwest of Arcane, in which strange things had  walked long ago. She even knew why Mrs. Corusk, who kept a little farm at the north edge of town, insisted on living by candlelight when most everybody else had had electricity since before Natalie was born.

It was hard sometimes to tell which stories were true and which ones weren’t, but if Natalie was sure of anything, it was that in Arcane, you couldn’t be sure of anything at all.

Remember, the giveaway is open only until June 1st, so download an entry form and mail it in!

(No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.)

Signed Book + Poster Giveaway: The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

May 13th, 2010 by

Announcing our first ever Kidsmomo sweepstakes! [Cue wild applause. Careful, don’t hurt yourself in your excitement.]

For our very first giveaway, author Kate Milford was generous enough to supply us with signed copies of her new book The Boneshaker (coming out May 24th).

The book is the deliciously creepy story of 13-year-old Natalie Minks, who must save her town when Jake Limberleg and his traveling medicine show arrive and she’s the only one who detects that evil is at work. For more deets about the book, visit the author’s website. (NOTE: This book is recommended for ages 10 and up.)

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Boneshaker and a poster about the book — both signed by the author! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before June 1, 2010. So… what are you waiting for?!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 05/31/2010. See official rules.

Educators (teachers, school librarians, and media specialists):

Enter for a chance to win a classroom set of The Boneshaker (up to 30 copies) and a poster about the book — all signed by the author! (Yeah, you heard us right — a classroom set!) Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. We must receive your entry before June 1, 2010.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. U.S. educators who are legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) age 18 and older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 05/31/2010. See official rules.


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