December always sneaks up on me: suddenly, I’m inundated with Black Friday sales emails, and I realize I have a full list of Hanukah and Christmas gifts to shop for and not a lot of time to do it in.
In case you’re in the same boat: here’s our top 5 best gift bets from our last 12 months of new releases. We’ve also added a few related non-book gift options to round out each suggestion—just in case you really like the person (or your Secret Santa lower limit is higher than a list price of $16.95).
For the Mad Men fan, the foodie, or the history buff:
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook
You’re especially in luck if your giftee is all three. Every …
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. . . we’d like to announce—very, very early—the future publication of The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays.
The Panem Companion, to be released December 2012, is written by V. Arrow, better known to a lot of Hunger Games fandom as aimmyarrowshigh, the creator of this brilliant unofficial map of Panem—which was my first introduction to her, actually, long before there was any talk of books. (And I have to give a quick shoutout here to the always fantastic Adam and Savanna at Hunger Games Fireside Chat, for introducing us to V. a few months back!)
We’re so excited about this book, from the updated (and gorgeously illustrated) version of that original …
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If you didn’t win a copy of The Girl Who Was on Fire during the 13 District reaping on the Smart Pop blog, then don’t miss your chance to grab one of two copies we’re giving away on Goodreads.com right now! Just click here, scroll down, and click on the “enter to win” button before May 24 and you could be snuggling up with your very own copy of The Girl Who Was on Fire.
May the odds ever be in your favor!…
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One of the rebellion’s most important weapons was, well, advertising. Propoganda. Propos. Those videos of Katniss mid-battle in District 8, of the tributes who died in the Hunger Games, of Finnick being interviewed about the Capitol’s secrets. They’re yet another extension of the way what we see on television, like the Hunger Games themselves, has power.
We’re not trying to stage a rebellion, but we’ve still put together our own take on propos, for The Girl Who Was on Fire. These aren’t the slickly produced work of folks like Plutarch Heavensbee and Cressida (except, maybe, for Adrienne Kress’—she’s clearly a professional). They’re just a couple of our authors, reading excerpts from their essays, to give you an extra taste of the anthology. (And, …
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Thank you to everyone for commenting for a chance to win a copy of The Girl Who Was on Fire from one of the participating districts during The Reaping. Here’s a full list of winners. If you see your name on this list, you should be getting an email from me or the district leader (a.k.a. blog owner) shortly for your address.
Enjoy the book!
The Cribbs Family
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As if Lili Wilkinson’s newest release wasn’t giveaway enough, we’re also giving away two copies of our upcoming Smart Pop YA title The Girl Who Was on Fire today on the main Smart Pop blog—the first of 13 giveaways over the next 13 days (excluding weekends!) at 13 different “districts” around the web to celebrate the book’s upcoming April 5 release.
We’re calling it The Girl Who Was on Fire: The Reaping. You can read all about it (and get updates on the daily giveaways), and enter to win one of today’s giveaway copies, here.
As they say in Panem: May the odds be ever in your favor!…
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We’re counting down the days to the upcoming release of The Girl Who Was on Fire, our Hunger Games anthology. We’re not only proud of this book, we’re also fans of it, and so we’ve lined up something pretty cool to give you all a chance to count down with us.
Every day for the next thirteen days (excluding weekends) there will be two copies of The Girl Who Was on Fire up for grabs at various places around the web. You can find out where daily at this post, or make sure you’re following us on Twitter or have liked our Facebook page; we’ll keep you updated!
The reaping begins right here, today, and will end right here, too, on April 5—the …
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If reading this week’s interview with Lili Wilkinson made you want to pick up a copy of her new book Pink, you’re in luck! We’re giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter to win, just comment on this post before midnight on Thursday, March 24, EST; we’ll announce the winner the next day. Through next Wednesday, you can also read her essay from the Smart Pop anthology on Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, Mind-Rain, for free here.
Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She’s ready to try something new—she’s even ready to be someone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous …
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April 5 is the official release of The Girl Who Was on Fire, and we’re celebrating by holding our own version of the Hunger Games’ reaping—one with much less threat of death and way less perilous prizes.
For the 13 days (excluding weekends) leading up to the release, we’ve arranged to give away 2 copies of The Girl Who Was on Fire at 13 different “districts” around the web.
Yes, we know, technically there are only 12 districts in which reapings took place in the Hunger Games trilogy. But we wanted an excuse to give away two extra books. (Also, just to be clear, we aren’t going to teach you to shoot a bow and arrow or give you a makeover if you win, …
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Today we’re excited to share an interview with you from one of our upcoming Hunger Games anthology authors, Lili Wilkinson.
Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of Scatterheart, Angel Fish and The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend. When she’s not reading, writing, or working on her PhD, she can usually be found watching something awesome on DVD, riding her bicycle or making monsters out of wool. Pink is her first US release. You can find her at http://liliwilkinson.com.au or @twitofalili.
Q. In your latest American release, Pink, teen Ava trades in her super-cool persona, girlfriend, and black clothes for conformity, a boyfriend, and a pink sweater—the typical high school experience at a private school. What do you hope teen …
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