Ho, Ho, Ho! ‘Tis the Season to Win Books For You and Your Favorite School Library!

It’s been a tremendous year for us at OAV! We’ve gotten the chance to visit with some incredible students, classes, and book clubs via cyberspace. Plus, we’re closing in on our goal of raising $3,000 for our chosen charity, Orphans Africa! (OAV authors donate 25% of all Skype fees to charity). So what better way to celebrate a BIG year than with a BIG book giveaway? Before we get to the juicy details, here’s a recap of some of our favorite virtual visit moments from 2013:

ForDevine Intervention author Martha Brockenbrough a devine moment came while she was giving feedback to the six winners of a fiction-writing contest held by a fifth-grade teacher in Virgina. “The kids read their stories, I talked about what was working wonderfully, and their classmates applauded,” recalls Martha. “Later, I found out that one of the boys—whose mother worked at the school—had had a really rough year. His mom heard him reading through the open library door and cried to hear him as he experienced a moment of excitement and joy. It reminded me that we can all be transformed by stories: by reading them, by writing them, by sharing them. It’s a memory I’ll carry in my heart for as long as it’s beating.”

Author Lisa L. Owens was doing a Q&A portion of a virtual talk on the process of creating her graphic novel adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, when a boy approached the mic to show Lisa a sheet of paper with a short illustrated retelling (six frames total) of Louis Sachar’s Holes. “He’d made it for his little sister, who’d wanted to know about the book he was reading,” says Lisa. “His work was amazing, and it was also a perfect illustration of the reasoning behind the creation of the graphic novel series I was discussing — which was to introduce timeless stories to a younger or reluctant-reader audience and, hopefully, inspire them to read the full-length original works (and any/all other books that interest them) as their reading skills grow. Somehow, the kids always manage to add that perfect extra touch to whatever I’m sharing!”

Children’s fiction and nonfiction writer Trudi Trueit now finds herself quite at home with the young writers of rural Juda, Wisconsin. “After my first Skype visit during a district-wide arts week back in 2012, eight of the students were inspired to form a writing group,” she says. “They called themselves The Octagon. Last May, we set up another Skype visit just with The Octagon for an intensive workshop on the challenges of novel writing. They picked my brain on everything from outlining to pacing to plotting. They had a passion for writing unlike any group of students I’ve ever worked with and I can’t wait to see what they do with all of that energy. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one, or all, of these incredible writers on the NYT bestseller list one day soon!”

It’s easy to host an OAV author at your school or library. Simply select an author from our Author Info Page and jet her an email to schedule your visit.
And now on to our ‘Tis the Season Giveaway! 

This contest is now closed. See below for information on winners and be sure to check back for more chances to win books, swag, and other great prizes!

Here’s how it works: Two lucky winners will each get to choose 2 books from among works by our multi-talented pool of OAV authors, which includes Janet Lee Carey, Dia Calhoun, Deb Lund, Martha Brockenbrough, Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams, Lisa L. Owens, Lorie Ann Grover, Claire Rudolph Murphy, Amber Kizer, and Trudi Trueit. In addition, a U.S. school or public library of each winner’s choice will receive a collection of 5 books(the collection will be selected by OAV and sent directly to the winning library). 

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. U.S. residents only, please. The contest runs from Friday, November 29th, 2013,through midnight (PST) Thursday, December 12, 2013. Winners will be selected at random through Rafflecopter and notified via email shortly after the contest closes. The first name and last initial of each winner and the names of the winning libraries will be posted here following completion of the contest. Good Luck!

Titles to be given away include:
Picture Books
Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name by Suzanne Williams
Library Lilby Suzanne Williams
All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund
Dinosaurs by Deb Lund

Middle Grade & Tween Fiction
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (a graphic novel adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel) by Lisa L. Owens
Black Beauty: A Graphic Novel by Lisa L. Owens
Heroes in Training: Poseidon and the Sea of Fury by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Goddess Girls: Pandora the Curious by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Secrets of a Lab Rat: Scab for Treasurer?by Trudi Trueit
Stealing Popular by Trudi Trueit
A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

The Boston Tea Party by Trudi Trueit
Space Neighbors: The Sun by Lisa L. Owens
Surviving Divorce: Kids Talk About What Hurts and What Helps by Trudi Trueit
Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage by Claire Rudolph Murphy

~ ~ ~  ‘Tis the Season Contest Winners  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Congratulations to our winners and the library each chose to receive a collection of books from our member authors:

Stuart L.,  and the Wood Middle School Library in Wilsonville, OR

Rhonda D., and the Jefferson Elementary School Library in Richland, WA

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway and Happy Holidays!