Hello!  The contest has ended–thanks so much for stopping by to enter!  I’ll be running more contests soon, so do stop by again.  Cheers!


This is not a nice cat.   She doesn’t like me; she detests my dog.  She has shredded the couch and the comfy chair in the living room.  She turns up her whiskered nose at cat treats.  She hates everything.

Well, almost everything.

Because she looooooves this:

It’s Above World, a fabulous middle grade adventure by debut author Jenn Reese, and it’s coming out from Candlewick on February 14th.  YOU can join my evil cat in her love of this wonderful book, because I’m giving away an ARC, along with sneak peeks.

All you have to do to enter is pick a number between 1 and 356 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!

[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 01/11/2012 02:27 pm


  1. 277. :-)

    • You got it! Thanks for stopping by to enter, Anne. From page 277:

      “I catch either of you following me, and … you know what I can do.”

  2. I’m pretty sure I have somehow ended up with two copies on order, so you don’t need to enter me, but I want a page!


    • Sure thing!

      The most harmless-looking creatures had an irritating tendency to be poisonous.

  3. Oh, for the page number I pick 271!

    And my email is jasmine dot medusa at gmail dot com.

    • Thanks for entering, Jasmine! Here’s a line from page 271:

      When Hoku got back to the command center, he ignored Aluna and Dash and even Zorro and headed straight for the water safe.

  4. avatar Sarah Cannon

    Ooh, fun contest idea! I’ll go with


    • Sure thing! From page 256:

      Despite the fact that he was a mortal enemy of her people, he looked noble.

  5. 45.

    (In an off-topic comment, did you get my email replying to your email?)

    • Hello, Jon M! Yup, I got your email–thanks very much! Am formulating further questions…

      And a line from page 45 (Aluna, being awesome):

      “If you won’t find HydroTek and ask for help, then I’ll go to the Above World and do it myself.”

  6. If the cat likes it, you know it’s good.


    • Exactly! Cat approval is hard to come by.

      Here’s a line from page 23:

      “We were all Humans once.”

  7. 14

    • Hiya Dori! Here’s a line from page 14:

      “Of course they took the necklace,” Aluna stormed.

  8. 17!

    • Thanks for entering, Adam! A line from page 17:

      Who would listen to a lowly sand-sider, anyway?

  9. Cool, I’m in! 122, please, and thanks!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Mike! A line from page 122:

      “They looked at the places that couldn’t support Humans, and they made themselves fit anyway.”

  10. Page…21, please!

    Also, as I’m in the UK, don’t worry about entering me in the comp but am keen to see more random passages!

    L (@LizUK on twitter)

    • UK is eligible, too! Here’s a line from page 21:

      And see how much trouble we can find.

  11. lets go with.. 218!!

    tthis looks great!

  12. 12

    • Hi Lisa! From page 12:

      Aluna stared at the breathing shell attached to Makina’s neck, suddenly suspicious.

  13. 8

  14. I love doing this! How about page 214. Thanks!!

    • It’s fun for me, too! I love so many of these lines. From page 214:

      Their lives were her responsibility, and she couldn’t afford weakness.

  15. 44

    Very happy for Jenn and think this is a very fun idea.

    • Thanks for playing, Bill! From page 44:

      The wave inside her chest grew like a tsunami, pulling thoughts and energy from every part of her and growing bigger and bigger.

  16. has nobody picked 42 yet?

    • Somebody always does! (geeks!) But not yet. From page 42:

      “We of the sea, of the coral, of water … we remain strong and unwavering.”

  17. I’m not usually a skip-to-the-end kind of reader, but…. 356!

    • Okay, you got it! From the LAST PAGE:

      “You make me stronger than I am by myself.”

  18. 222

    • Hi Adam! Thanks for entering. From page 222:

      They crawled the rest of the way silent as sharks.

  19. 356

    I mean, who DOESN’T want to know how it ends??

    • From the last page! (The mighty Aluna talking):

      “The world needs us, and we need each other.”

  20. i choose page 83

    • Great! Thanks for playing. From page 83:

      Her face started to turn an unhealthy shade of purple.

  21. I won’t need an ARC, but I wanna play: 99

    • Howdy do! You can play, too.

      Aluna’s prison cell had walls of stone and a door of metal bars.

  22. This is such a good idea!
    I choose page 214.

    christianchick52 at gmail dot com

    • Thanks for entering! Here’s a line from page 214:

      (a badguy talking)

      “I say we go for the harpy witches after this.”

  23. 147!!! (I almost added a FOURTH exclamation point)

    • Let me add it for you! !

      From page 147:

      “Wow,” Calli said. “That was fast.”

  24. Page 86. I love these peeks!

    faughnanc at yahoo dot com

  25. How fun! I pick page 279 :) I cannot wait for Above World!

    • Yay! It’s a very very fun book–I think you’ll love it! In the meantime, a line from page 279:

      Panic was making her stupid.

  26. I love these :)

    Page 14, please (beginnings are important!).

    • Hello, you! From the beginning:

      “I wish they hadn’t taken the necklace,” Hoku said.

  27. 13

  28. avatar Dave Thompson

    Page 257!

  29. 172, please.

  30. Love these sneak peeks!

    How about 331? Thanks!!

  31. avatar Laura Krentz

    Page 73, please!

    • Sure thing! From page 73:

      Except for being too skinny and not wearing enough clothes.

  32. LOVE this game. 298! (No need to enter me in the contest, I’ll pre-order my own.)

    • And I LOVE this book. So much good stuff. From page 298:



      Before she could finish speaking, Dash slid his good arm behind her back, looked into her eyes for several long moments, and then kissed her.

  33. how about page… 123!!!!!

    • Thanks for playing, Anna! Here’s a line from page 123:

      “We earned our freedom on that day.”

  34. Hello Sarah! Can no believe someone else has the same exact name as me who already entered the contest! Anyway, I will pick 25 as it is the day I was born on! :)

    • Thanks for entering, Dina! From page 25:

      “Heed my words: this is not the last death our people will suffer.”

  35. What a unique idea. Love it.

    113 please.

    • Dan, I took your email off your comment–no worries.

      From page 113:

      “So tell me…exactly who and what are you?”

  36. avatar kemendraugh

    Oooh, fun game! I choose…. 3. Something from the beginning :)

    • It’s even more fun for me!

      From page 3:

      Aluna unfastened the knife she had strapped to her thigh and swam closer.

  37. avatar Marty Gruber (Jenn's Mom)

    I will choose page #29….the day Jenn was born!

    Thanks for doing this wonderful gesture for her!!!! Hugs to you!

    • Hi Marty! I’m so thrilled that you stopped by for a sneak peek from Jenn’s wonderful book!!

      Here’s a line from page 29:

      She loved fighting–the emotional rush, the way her mind and body worked together, the rare feeling of power and control, even if was just over herself.

  38. Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I want to hear what’s on page 1!

    • Page one, huh? Well, okay!

      With a tail, she could speed through the water, fast as a dolphin.

  39. 100

    • Whoops! The entry came in just a little late. Do enter a contest soon, though!

  40. Hi there,

    Just a bit late, but I wanted to say what an awesome idea this was. I am reviewing Above World on Jan. 16th @ I’m excited to follow your blog!

  41. Okey-dokey … lets see, hmmm, hows ’bout pg 106? [the combined ages of me, my husband & our fabulous son!] ☺

  42. avatar Paula & the Cox boys

    We’ll try page- 215.
    Thanks Sarah- we missed the readings in IC. But we are excited to start reading the “Winterling”.

    • Hello! Thanks for entering to win this terrific book, but unfortunately the contest ended last week. Do stop by again sometime!

      Hope W’LING works for you!

  43. pg. 76.

    All cats are great!! Some just love furniture more than others. LOL.

    I won an ARC of Winterling and it was wonderful! Maybe I’ll be lucky on this one, too!

    • Hello! Thanks for entering to win this terrific book, but unfortunately the contest ended last week. Do stop by again sometime!

      And I’m so glad you enjoyed W’LING! 😀

  44. This is cool – definitely getting this book :)

    How about page 8?

    • Hello! Thanks for entering to win this terrific book, but unfortunately the contest ended last week. Do stop by again sometime!

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