Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Giveaway: Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson


Today I have a really fun giveaway to share with you all! Hugely prolific and many-times-over bestselling author James Patterson, along with Lisa Papademetriou, is releasing a new book for teens called Homeroom Diaries on July 21st, so be sure and mark your calendars. Thanks to the amazingly generous team at Little, Brown I have a fantastic book bundle to give away to one lucky winner, but before I get to that, here's a bit about Homeroom Diaries!

In James Patterson's first highly illustrated "diary fiction" story for teens, the mega-bestselling author's most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she's turning over a new leaf with her "Happiness Project". She's determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

Cuckoo's also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves "the Freakshow") decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and "bring the Nations together". Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling...until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.



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JAMES PATTERSON

photo courtesy of David Burnett

In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing." Time magazine named him "The Man Who Can't Miss," and he is a two-time Children's Choice Book Award "Author of the Year" nominee, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers.

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James's books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he's accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds The New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on The New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made ninety-four cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop The New York Times bestsellers list.

Patterson is the creator of the top-selling new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls," starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.

He is the author of novels — from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005) — that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. And, he has won a Children's Choice Book Council's Children's Choice Awards "Author of the Year" award (2010).

One of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show "The Simpsons" in March, 2007.


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GIVEAWAY


THE HAPPINESS PROJECT prize pack

Let great reads make you smile! Enter for your chance to win a James Patterson collection including copies of Homeroom Diaries, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and First Love. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US addresses only.

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22 comments:

  1. What a fun sounding book. I read some of the Maximum Ride series with my son when he was younger and enjoyed them. So I'm sure this will be good too.

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  2. I didn't know this one but it's a really funny cover.

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  3. Sounds cute (but I'm trying to hold back on my JP rant. Anyone can write a story outline then hand it off to someone else to actually write...nope. Stopping now. Still, his stories are highly appealing to the MG set because they're fast and fun reads.).

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  4. This sounds like a fun read, Jenny. Unfortunately, I'm currently out of the US, so I can't enter! Thanks for sharing though! :)

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  5. My girls love all his YA books that he has written so far and this sounds like another fun one. Even though I like mysteries, I love his romance books the best. They always make me cry!

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  6. Jenny, I so want to dig into this book for the illustrations and for it's endearing sounding heroine Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke! I think my daughter would love this. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

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  7. Heheee. That cover looks so awesome! Yes, Margaret! You show 'em bad vibes who's the boss! I love that teaser poster even though it's sad-ish. I haven't read anything by James before, but this needs to be fixed someday :) Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

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  8. I had no idea that James Patterson wrote either YA or MG, but the way it's put I'm not sure if he writes them? Oh well, whatever the way it's done, it sounds like an interesting book indeed!

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  9. I'm curious to see the illustrations in this one. I loved Confessions of a Murder Suspect books a LOT. Thanks for featuring this one!

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  10. LOL I guess I'm not the only one wondering who is writing this story. Still, the beginning books often have promise. This looks like a cute book.

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  11. Cuckoo sounds like such a fun character Jenny, I adore books which are written in diary sort of entries! So thanks for putting this one on my radar!

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  12. I have read many James Patterson books, mostly adult mystery. It I have also enjoyed his YA series as well. This one looks like fun

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  13. I used to adore James Patterson. I read quite a few of his books. For a while he was all I would read. (Back when I was reading adult books). I think my favorite is Honeymoon... probably because I read it on my honeymoon. :D Yes, I thought it was so fun that I was on my honeymoon reading that book... so I even had to take a picture. LOL Too bad I flew through it in the first day, so I didn't have it with me for long... but boy, it was still fun! :D

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  14. haven't read or seen one

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  15. I love the Michael Bennett series! Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. I'm a big fan of Patterson's lately with his initiative to help independent bookstores with financial grants. Great idea. I also enjoyed his appearance on The Simpsons where he asked Marge to help him come up with nursery rhyme-themed titles for his mystery novels. Funny.

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  17. This is a lovely prize but bouuu US only. :P Never read a book by James Patterson though I remember borrowing 2 books of his TWICE from my library and never reading them.

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

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  18. I love the Maximum series. This is the first series I started with from James Patterson.

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  19. Maximum Ride is definitely my favorite!

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  20. I haven't read any of his books or seen his movies but I've heard awesome things about him :)

    Thank you :)

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  21. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    Haven't read anything by James Patterson but everyone loves him!!

    Thank you :)

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