Win a signed, hardcover copy of THE INQUISITOR’S APPRENTICE!

UPDATE: The contest has closed! Thanks for entering, and the winner will be notified shortly. Come back again!

With starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, Chris Moriarty’s debut middle-grade novel The Inquisitor’s Apprentice is one to watch.

You can win a signed hardcover of the book! It’s beautifully illustrated, and the endpapers–gorgeous:

All you have to do to enter is pick a number between 1 and 343 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 Thursday), 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 this wonderful 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 10/18/2011 09:25 am


  1. 😀

    I would like to pick 244, please!

    Thank you!!

    • Thanks for entering! Here’s a line from page 244:

      “But won’t he get into trouble?” Sacha asked, thinking about the haughty housemaid.

  2. Is it geekily gauche to pick 42? Because I just did. We all know why.

    • No, it is awesome, though my geek-buddy An O. will be along shortly and will be bummed that 42 has been taken already! 😀

      Here’s a line from page 42:

      Sacha was still asking himself that question when he stepped into the booking hall of the Inquisitors Division of the New York City Police Department.

      • Not bummed! I am proud of my lesser-known numerical geekery! Also, I have an unhealthy fascination with subverting prompts and memes. (firtysevenfortysevenfortyseven)

  3. How about 46?

    bevarcher at me dot com

  4. 47! Star Trek geekery activate!

    • *sigh* You probably don’t even know where your towel is.

      From deck 47!

      It was a small, dusty room shaped like a shoe box, and its only window looked out on a blank brick wall covered with a painted advertisment for Mazik’s Corsets and Ladies’ Foundation Garments: “It’s not Magic–it’s Mazik!”

      • Maaan, well-equipped with a tricorder, a phaser, and a communicator, you don’t *need* a towel. 😛

        Though deck 47 looks like it could use some airing out. Hopefully it’s not a holodeck. (Those things always go wrong, especially where mazik is concerned.)

  5. This book looks like fun!
    How about page 9…

    • It’s truly gorgeous. And now a line from page 9:

      But the worst was the Inquisitorial Quotient (IQ) test: a five-hour multiple-choice ordeal held in an unheated basement and proctored by a bored-looking Irish girl who made it quite clear that this wasn’t her idea of a fun way to spend the weekend.

  6. 247!

    • Yay! Thanks for stopping by, Karen. From page 247:

      Everyone else was hovering over the two of them as if Mrs. Lehrer were an unexploded bomb that no one could figure out how to defuse safely.

  7. I have heard so many fabulous things about this book! I’ll pick page 243.

    • Steph, this one seems right up your alley. From page 243:

      “Are we, um–I mean, are we going to get in trouble with the, uh–you know.”

  8. Page 66 please!

  9. avatar Laura Krentz

    Page 273, please.

    • You got it! Thanks for stopping by to enter. From page 273:

      “But then”–her voice sank to an excited whisper–“then there’s always the lone gunman who rides in over the horizon.”

  10. ive heard so many good things about this book and i actually just requested it at the library!

    page 188 please!

    • Thanks for entering, Alaina!

      From page 188:

      In fact, Sacha decided, there was something very odd in the way Rabbi Mendelsohn talked about God.

  11. I will chose a very science fictional number: 334!

  12. Hello — How exciting! Page 22, please.

  13. 51, pls?

  14. 32!

    This book sounds awesome!

  15. 183 is my number of choice!

    ~ Bethany Powell or oh_gingersnap, who is having a fouled-up time trying to log into any of the options, though she has accounts on ALL of them

    How exciting, I like the twist on this contest. 😉

    • Hi there! Thanks for stopping by here. From page 183:

      “He might come home one night and find the dybbuk sitting down at his dinner table with his family.”

  16. avatar Melinda Pegram

    68 please!

  17. I’m going to be strangely boring and pick the first page! (Does the book actually start on page 1? Don’t most novels start on 2? Either way, first page, please!)

    • Hey, I had a winner once who chose page one! So here you go:

      People said there were more human beings per square mile on New York’s Lower East Side than in the Black Hole of Calcutta, and Sacha thought it must be true.

  18. Could I please have something from p. 138?

  19. I like even numbers except for 7, 11, and 13. I’m having a difficult time choosing. Hmmmm, how about something that increases geometrically like 248.

    • Sounds logical to me! From page 248:

      “It’s all right,” she said in a dull, hollow voice that sounded like it was coming from somewhere deep underground.

  20. How about a line from page 12?

    • Definitely! From page 12:

      But Grandpa Kessler was snoring happily in the big feather bed that filled up the rest of the Kesslers’ kitchen.

  21. I choose page 1 please :-)

  22. 47

    • Hi, Rob! Thanks for entering. A line from page 47:

      Amidst the avalanche of paper stood a desk so clean that it was hard to believe its owner worked in this disaster zone of an office.

  23. avatar Andrea Chettle


    If this is international I’d like to pick page 53 If it’s not that’s okay really I don’t mind (sob!)

  24. That sounds cool. I pick 156

    • It’s a pretty cool book. From page 156!

      “How can you be such a cad?” she demanded, squaring off against Paddy with her hands on her hips.

  25. I choose… 99!

    • Thanks for entering, Eugene! From page 99:

      Going to Coney Island with Inquisitor Wolf, on the other hand, was a somewhat different experience.

  26. Page 171 please!

  27. 242, please!

  28. 137, please :)

    • Hiya Jordin! Thanks for stopping by to enter. From page 137:

      No, Sacha decided, the only way out of this mess was to keep his mouth shut, and help Wolf catch the real killer.

  29. avatar Helge Moulding

    It looks like page 167 hasn’t been picked, yet. Also does it seem as if people are picking number with 7 in them more often than not?

    • It is weird how many similar numbers are being chosen! And here is a line from page 167:

      The shopkeeper’s entire family seemed to live around the courtyard, along with a flock of unusually lively chickens.

  30. This is such a great idea! p.288. Please and thank you!

  31. avatar Dina Hussain

    Nice illustrations. It seems like an interesting book! I will pick 155. I hope no one else has already chosen this number! :)

    • Sure thing! From page 155:

      Paddy turned his bright blue gaze on Sacha, and though he was still smiling, he didn’t look nearly as friendly as he had just a moment ago.

  32. Well Hi I put the page in goodreads but I will put it in here too!

    Page: 337

  33. 33

    • I posted it on oct 24th, in goodreads, it took me a while to realized i was supposed to do it on this page, lol :)

      • Well, rats! Do come back this week–to this blog–if you’re interested in winning an ARC of Winterling. Starting on Tuesday, ending Friday. Cheers!

  34. Page #4
    We hope you pick this number. We love your books keep writing.

    • Thanks so much for entering, but this contest ended a while ago. DO come back and visit again, though, because I’ll be giving away more ARC’s and books soon.

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