Win an ARC–An Advanced Copy!

CONTEST HAS ENDED. Thanks for stopping by, and please come again.

So here’s the deal. You–yes, you!–can win an ARC of this novel, Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder, which comes out from Random House on September 27th.

– Dave Shallenberger, a co-owner of the Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia, talks about the book here:

Rebecca’s mother uproots her away from father, friends, Baltimore, and everything she knows and transplants her in Atlanta. At twelve years of age and living at her grandmother’s house, Rebecca tries to cope with the help of a magical bread box which produces anything she wishes — as long as it fits inside….[It is] an oftentimes achingly sad coming of age story in which Rebecca has to come to terms with the limits and consequences of her wishes, and with life’s circumstances beyond her control. This is balanced by the great sensitivity Laurel has for the protagonist and a wonderfully written sense of place. Bigger Than A Bread Box is a superb book that has continued to resonate long after the last page was read.

All you have to do to enter is pick a number between 1 and 223 and post it in the comments. I’ll respond with a line from that page in the book. When we’re all done (12:00 midnight on Wednesday), I’ll do a random number generator thingy and that person will be the winner. Be sure to include your email when you leave your comment so I can contact you if you win.

Come back and read all the comments, and you’ll get some awesome sneak peeks of the book!

Oh, and if two (or more!) people pick the same page, that’s fine–if that page number is the winner, I’ll just do another random generator thingie for that page.

Good luck!

Posted in Contests on 07/26/2011 08:24 am


  1. My guess is 117. Chelle Leary

    • 117, you got it. Here’s a line from that page:

      Instead I decided to just write down everything that had happened, as best I could, because it was something to do and because I thought it might be a little like talking to someone–even if I was only talking to myself and a piece of paper.

  2. This sounds like a great book. I pick number 88.

  3. I pick 145. What a fun contest.

    Beverly aka Booklady

    bevarcher (at) me (dot) com

    • Here’s a line from page 145. Thanks for entering!

      I was still sleeping when this all happened, but Mom came in and wrenched me out of bed.

  4. 27

    • 27 it is! (two sentences, just for luck):

      We didn’t have an attic in Baltimore. When things took up too much space, we had a yard sale.

  5. Ooh, I’ve heard so many great things about this book! My number is: 150.

  6. 8!

  7. I pick 22. Thanks for doing this! I can’t wait to read this book!
    Stacey Brown

  8. 73.

  9. What a fun idea! I’ll pick page 117. Thanks!

  10. 20

  11. Oooh. Creepy!

  12. 222!

    • Virginia, I have no idea why your comment didn’t come up earlier for moderation. At last I can see it here! And here’s a line from page 222:

      When I opened the door, there was a seagull!

  13. 67! brainlair at gmail dot com

  14. avatar Linda Skeers

    Page 50 — I’m thinking something fantastic happens on that page!

    • Hi Linda! Page 50 has chemistry experiments on it, with the potential for disaster!

      And this:

      Nobody at home in my grade had a Mohawk.

  15. This book sounds great! My number is 190.

  16. Hi all. First of all from what I do know about Laurel’s story, it will be a hit! Wish her best of luck on the book. My guess is 33. Everyone, have fun!

    • Best of luck to you, too! Thanks for entering. Here’s a line from page 33:

      I wasn’t sure why I wanted the box, but suddenly I did.

  17. Fun! Page 7, please!

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  18. 222, thanks! what fun! — katrina

  19. My number is 26! Thank you, Maryl

  20. avatar Kathleen Armstrong

    My guess is page 76

    • Great! Here’s a line from page 76:

      She read a lot, mostly books with women on the covers, but I couldn’t exactly walk in and say “I need a book with a woman on the cover” any more than I could say “I need a book for a mom.”

  21. page 100

  22. avatar Tracy Haynes


  23. Looking forward to reading this book! I choose 57.

  24. Sounds lovely so far. 62?

    • It does, doesn’t it? Here’s p 62:

      Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowin’,
      I took a wrong turn and I just kept goin’…

  25. 22! My lucky number. =) Thanks for doing this!

    • Yay! You’re very welcome. From page 22:

      Too bad for him, because bacon is delicious, especially when it just happens to bump into some pancake syrup.

  26. 113 for me please! .

  27. Thank you so much to everyone for entering, and especially to Sarah P! Reading these lines, individually, removed from the book, is so fun and surprising to me. It’s funny.


    • Laurel, when I did this for my book I kept going “ugh, why didn’t I write that line better”! It is fun to see them out of context, too.

  28. 28, please.

    (and yes, you can go into a library and ask for a book that way. Librarians may gape at you, but then help you.) “A book for a mom.”

    • 😀 I love the idea of asking a librarian for a “mom book.”

      And here’s a line from page 28:

      It seemed strange that with all the other junk in the attic, there weren’t any books, or even a stack of old National Geographics.

  29. 23 for me.

  30. Page 135

  31. 49. Fun twist for a contest.

  32. Page 77. What a great way to get a glimpse of the book. Can’t wait for the whole thing!

    Thank you!

  33. I choose p. 144.

  34. My guess is 27.

    • Here’s a line from page 27:

      I could tell they were bread boxes because most of them were painted or stamped with the word “Bread.”

  35. Page 31, please!

    • You got it!

      She finished by saying, “Heck, you can start a family feud if you like, but I don’t want you ruining your eyesight under my roof.”

  36. So excited for this book! Page #121

  37. Hey Sarah,

    Oh, that’s nice 😀

    I pick… 216!

    Thanks for the contest!!
    my addy is sylia at gmx . net

    • 😀 Thanks for entering! Here’s a line from page 216:

      “But it wasn’t fair to force you to be without him, and him to be without you.”

  38. 143

  39. What a cool contest! I pick page 168!

  40. avatar Tammy Delaney

    My guess is 7. My email is
    Thanks for the fun!

  41. What a fun tease for this title! My number: 47

  42. 175

  43. Do you have any ongoing contests?

    • Thanks for asking! I don’t have any contests going right now, but I’ll for sure be doing some more of them. Do check back again.

  44. Great idea for a contest! Page 198 :-)

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