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.”
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!”
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!
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!
Middle Grade & Tween Fiction
Goddess Girls: Pandora the Curious by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Secrets of a Lab Rat: Scab for Treasurer?by Trudi Trueit
A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer
Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage by Claire Rudolph Murphy
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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!