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YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Winter 2012 YA Scavenger Hunt!

(Nov 29-Dec 2nd, noon PST)

For all you newcomers: the YA Scavenger Hunt is an online blog hop created by Colleen Houck. It’s a chance for you to see bonus material by your favorite YA authors as well as to win some great prizes. If you came here looking for my bonus material—an alternate ending to The Ruining—you’ll have to keep hunting! At each stop on the hunt, you not only get to meet a YA author and access his/her bonus material, but you get a clue to enter for a grand prize—one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours (until noon PST on Sunday, December 2nd). You can start right here or you can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously. I am a member of the BLUE TEAM—but there is also a red team. You can enter both contests!

(If you get stuck as you are moving through the hunt, click through to this page.)

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: I’ve hidden my favorite number somewhere below. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up.
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by December 2 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

READY? Here we go…

Hi!

I’m Anna Collomore.

I’m the author of The Ruining, the tale of a girl from Detroit who moves to San Francisco to start a shiny new life as a nanny for a seemingly “perfect” family. (What she doesn’t know, of course, is that something about her new family is amiss.)

Like my protagonist, I am an au pair (a nanny). However, my tale is not autobiographical! It is purely coincidental that I started nannying in Paris shortly after writing a novel about a nanny. But I guess you could say I’ve always been fascinated by the lives of au pairs, so it all ties together somehow. 

Enough about me. Meet the author I’m hosting today: the lovely Lissa Price!

LISSA PRICE’s debut novel, STARTERS, is an international bestseller published in over thirty countries. Dean Koontz called this YA futuristic thriller “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” The LA Times said it is “Dystopian science fiction at its best.” STARTERS is on the YALSA list for Best Fiction, Barnes & Noble picked it as one of four debuts on their Best Books of the Year for Teens 2012, and it is also one of the Best Teen Books of 2012 from Chapters Indigo. It recently won the Netherland’s Crimezone Best YA Thriller Award.

To find out more about Lissa and her book, visit her website at www.lissaprice.comYou can also contact her on Twitter and Facebook.

Off the record, this is one of my favorite covers I’ve seen all year!! Check out the creepy blue eye! It’s beautiful AND terrifying all at once. 

About STARTERS:

In a future Los Angeles, becoming someone else is now possible. Sixteen-year-old Callie discovers the Body Bank where teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. But when her neurochip malfunctions, she wakes up in the mansion of her rich renter and finds she is going out with a senator’s grandson. It’s a fairy-tale new life, until she discovers her renter’s deadly plan.
Sold! Adding it to my Xmas wish list! If you are so inclined, you can purchase STARTERS here:

Scroll down for exclusive content from Lissa Price, author of STARTERS. She has located a zipmail from Callie Woodland, the 16-year-old protagonist of STARTERS: 

Dear readers, this zipmail was intercepted on The Pages yesterday, before it was deleted.

To the Old Man, 

I hate you. I hate you more than I have ever hated anyone in my sixteen years on earth. I hate you more than all of the horrible people I learned about in my history classes, back when there was school. Those leaders did awful things but you, in my mind, are worse. You tried to murder thousands of Starters. Why? Just so you could make more money selling their bodies to greedy Enders?  Enders who should have been satisfied that they lived 100 plus years already and survived the Spore Wars because they got the precious vaccine?  Why didn’t our government think that maybe they should have given the vaccine to Middles like my parents who had many more years ahead of them?  Or should have. 

You’ve made me hate Enders, well, most Enders. Because when I see them, I think about how they took the vaccine my parents should have had. They are walking on the sidewalk that my mother and father should be walking on, taking up breathing space that should be theirs. 

I miss them. 

But you…  you are breathing in precious air that should be going to anyone else on the planet other than you. Because you are horrible. You are scum. You are the worst thing that humanity has birthed. I feel sorry for your parents.

Why don’t you act like a man and tear off that mask and show us who you really are?

Or are you too scared?

I’m going to find you, soon, and then you won’t be hiding any more.

Callie Woodland

Keep on reading! There are TWO contests in total that you can enter!

#1: YA Scavenger Hunt Contest:

Enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lissa Price, and more! To enter, you need to know something important about me: My lucky number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

#2: THE RUINING Contest:

Enter to win a prize pack that includes a postcard from Paris, an ARC of THE RUINING, a signed bookplate, and a Scrabble tile keychain with your initial. <—This will make sense when you read the book! Maybe I’ll throw in some other small items from Paris, too. (International.)

How to get your points:

  1. follow me on Twitter @AnnaCollomore (1 point)
  2. get friends to follow me on Twitter (1 point per friend)
  3. friend me on Facebook (1 point)
  4. get friends to follow me on Facebook (1 point per friend)
  5. Leave a comment under this blog post telling me how many points to give you. Just leaving a comment counts as 1 point. (And if you have done 1-4, give me your user names and your friends’ user names so I can credit your points.) Please leave all of your information inside one comment. The drawing will be random, but the number of points you get determines how many times your name will be put into the hat.

Note: To be eligible to win you also need to submit a valid entry for the YA Scavenger Hunt grand prize. Ready to go to the next website on the Scavenger Hunt? CLICK HERE.