Sunday, June 12, 2011
The Clearing Giveaway Week!
This week on BooksBoysBuzz, we're celebrating the nomination with stories about special elder people in our lives. In The Clearing, Amy has moved in with her Aunt Mae in the country. Aunt Mae's home is anything but glamorous -- it's a double-wide trailer. The special part of Amy living there is the kindness that Aunt Mae shows her. She tells Amy that she doesn't need a boy to tell her how special she is, that she should know that she is special already. And then, of course, Amy meets Henry Briggs, the one boy who realizes how beautiful and amazing Amy really is. The only problem is, of course, that he's living in the endless summer of 1944.
For those of you who haven't seen the field that inspired The Clearing, here it is in this photo from my old hometown in the North Cascades. That's Rinker Ridge in the background, and the red barn belongs to my old neighbors, The Dellingers. When the bad weather would come in, the barn would disappear in a curtain of mist. One day I began to wonder if it was still there, if it really still existed when I couldn't see it, and what might be in its place if it didn't. Pretty deep thoughts for me, right? I imagined a family, trapped in the 1940's living behind that curtain of mist -- and Henry Briggs was born. The Clearing ended up being the book of my heart. It's so gratifying to get letters from readers who connected with Amy and her journey and wished for a Henry Briggs of their own.
So, how about the giveaway?
Comment each day to be entered to win The Clearing Farmhouse Prize Pack:
Signed Copy of The Clearing
Assorted Fine Teas
Briggs Family Biscuit Recipe
Cool Fortune-Tellers Tea Cup
We'll draw a winner on Sunday, June 19th from all the daily comments. US and Canada winners only. No purchase necessary to win, of course!
Who has been the most influential older person in your life so far?
The Clearing - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Wherever You Go - Harcourt (Nov. 2011)
Sometimes by Moonlight: A Novella - eBook
Never Cry Werewolf - HarperTeen