Hi there, all my lovely Blogger Friends!
FINALLY I have my first (of several *teases mercilessly*) BEA GIVEAWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
While we were waiting in line for Rick Riordan, a couple of young girls came along handing out fliers. They invited us to come down and see the poetry books they were going to be signing later in the day. I thought it was SO amazing that middle school/high school students had poetry published so my sister and I made a point to go down and check it out.
So it turns out there's this organization called Book-in-a-Day, Inc and they work with students to put out a ... you guessed it ... book in a day.
According to the statement in the beginning of the books...
We had this brilliant idea. What if you put a group of students into a classroom for one day and taught them how to craft good poems... and just let them write about anything they wanted...Could we provide a literary experience that was fun, inspirational, and transformative.
I think the answer is a resounding YES!
Go check out their website - it's got some pretty cool stuff over there.
Well, there were 4 students signing at BEA - 2 students from Brentwood High School and 2 from Herndon Middle School - each pair signing copies of their class' Book-in-a-Day.
These kids pulled no punches. Their poems range from sweet to funny to poignant to intense. They cover topics like death and loss, dreams and aspirations, love and lust.
They really poured their hearts out onto the page and it is incredibly inspiring.
I was so impressed by it that I asked if they would be willing to do something special for me. I told them about all of you and how I have a blog and asked if they would be willing to sign an extra copy that I could give away to a couple of my lovely friends and they did!
Isn't that exciting? Don't you just want to get your hands on a copy of these wonderful books?
Well, here's your chance!
I'm going to make this simple and easy...
ALL you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment on this post.
That's it! Everyone who does will get their name put into the drawing. 1 person will get a copy of ...
And one person will get a copy of ...
Now, you don't have to blog or Tweet or do anything to enter, but if you are so inclined I would love it if you would spread the word - not for me, but for these kids who were so ready to share their lives with us!
I haven't found a way to order these books, though. I've got a contact name and I'm going to ask if there's anywhere all ya'll can go to get them. If so, I'll announce it later.
This contest is going to stay open until Midnight Thursday, June 17th and I'll announce the 2 lucky winners on Friday!
So COMMENT! ENTER! SPREAD THE WORD!