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SCBWI BOOKS GIVEAWAY! (plus conference photos)


the giveaway is over!!

As you might know, YA Highway has been around more than a year, and many of us were chatting even longer. That's quite a while to be close with a group of people you've never met. Oh, some of us have met -- recently Kody tore up NYC with Emilia; Michelle and Kristin Miller hang out all the time in Seattle; and I met Amanda in Germany last year and Kody and Kaitlin at the winter SCBWI conference. But seven of us together -- along with numerous other writer pals from the YA online community -- was a first.

Here are a few photos from SCBWI, and our time frolicking through Westwood, West Hollywood, regular Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Venice Beach.


at barney's beanery in westwood. from left: kaitlin ward, kirsten hubbard, veronica roth, debra driza, kate hart, cory jackson, emilia plater, kristin miller & michelle schusterman.

SLUMBER PARTY! from left (sort of): michelle, emilia, kristin otts, kaitlin, kate, kirsten, kristin miller.

kate, kirsten, emilia and kristin otts conferencing.



kirsten, veronica, emilia, kristin otts, michelle, kaitlin and kate in a cement cube which was probably an art piece since it was near the LA Country Museum of Art.



emilia and kristin otts in a tree outside the la brea tar pits


kristin otts, emilia, veronica, kaitlin, kate and michelle riding the bus in LA, because nobody walks in LA. except actually we probably averaged around 7 miles a day. sometimes in heels.


kaitlin, emilia, kate, kristin otts & kirsten at the very end of the santa monica pier.

The biggest event at LA SCBWI is the poolside costume gala, held on Saturday night. This year, the theme was Heart & Soul. We spent months scratching our brains for a group costume idea. Considered: the band Heart, different types of shoes (get it? "sole"?). Then we thought of Dia de los Muertos -- the Mexican Day of the Dead -- which, when paired with sacred heart tattoos, really embodies the gala's theme.

michelle, kaitlin, kate, kristin miller, kristin otts, emilia, kirsten
kate, michelle, kristin otts, emilia, kirsten, kaitlin & kristin miller. I'm holding up a photo of amanda hannah, who was supposed to come but couldn't make it. too late we realized it looks like we were in mourning for her. I mean, we were mourning for her, but she's alive and well in germany!




clockwise from upper left: kaitlin, michelle, kristin miller, kirsten

michelle and kristin miller with jay asher, who out-costumed us in a trio with rachel vail and carolyn mackler

So after getting down in a dance circle in front of the entire conference, YA Highway was awarded an honorable mention: $50 for the SCBWI bookstore.
Not the easiest prize to split among seven, so we decided to share it with YOU!



the giveaway is over!
thanks for entering!
Here are the books we picked out from the SCBWI bookstore with our prize...

We want to give them to you! Or at least, two of you.

Impulse
Ellen Hopkins
*
Love and Other Four-Letter Words
Carolyn Mackler
*
Ella Enchanted (middle grade)
Gail Carson Levine
*
The Juvie Three
Gordon Korman
*
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (picture book)
Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
*
Guyaholic
Carolyn Mackler


Winner #1 will get to choose four books
~and~
Winner #2 will get the two remaining books.


  • To enter, you must be a follower of YA Highway, and you must comment in this post (with your name & number of entries).
  • You can land a second entry for blogging or tweeting about this giveaway.
  • Contest closes at midnight PST on Tuesday the 10th, and winners will be announced before Road Trip Wednesday on the 11th.
  • Contest is only open to the US & Canada.

Good luck!
And we hope to see you at the conference next year :)


Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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73 comments:

  1. Yay! Lisa Gibson with two entries. Tweet @lgibsonwriting
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  2. Oh, how I wish I could have made it to SCBWI! Luckily, RWA was in my backyard this year so that helped to dull the pain :-)

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  3. I didn't realize you all were friends with Alanis Morissette. (Just kidding, Kirsten)

    I already a follower and I retweeted about the contest. Don't make me do the math. Please.

    @lydia_sharp

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  4. I think I have one entry. I RT'd.

    And can I just say how cool (and appreciated) it is that you open your contests up to Canada, too.

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  5. SCBWI looks like the JAM! I wanna go!

    Lauren Elizabeth Morrill
    (1!)

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  6. Looks like a great time...I'm sorry I missed it (I was in another part of California, so close in spirit)! Great contest!

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  7. MEEROAR (meeroar.blogspot.com/meeroar.is.da.bomb@gmail.com)
    TWO ENTRIES
    tweet @meeroarbomb

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  8. Here I am with two entries.

    Becca
    and my blog post http://writer-renegade.blogspot.com/2010/08/scbwi-book-giveaway.html

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  9. I hope I can go one day! I need a license, lol
    2 entries, tweet: http://twitter.com/bkobsessed17/status/20321857616

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  10. Loved the post! You guys look like you had a blast!
    I'm here with two entries!
    @mehenninger

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  11. Congrats on the one year mark, and thanks for the contest!
    Email address:
    thebooksophisticate@hotmail.com

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  12. Great giveaway! Love all the pics! Please enter me.
    1 entry

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  13. You girls look AMAZING in those pics!! Loved the makeup and outfits.

    This contest is also amazing, so of course I wanted two entries.

    Teh Tweet: http://twitter.com/amylukavics/status/20322954485

    Can't wait to see some of you in NYC in September for THE DUFF party!

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  14. welcome home! Blogged about it http://somethingelsetodistractme.blogspot.com/2010/08/um-yeah.html
    https://twitter.com/fussymonkey2

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  15. Thanks for hosting - I wish I could have gone too. Please enter me. I am an old follower. bevsharp@desch.org

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  16. You ladies are an inspiration! We've got a group of four YA writers, met at Big Sur in December and hit LA together this year. Writer friends ROCK!

    Ooh, and I tweeted @arcatakaty so two entries?

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  17. Thanks for sharing those terrific photos! Looks like you guys had so much fun. :D

    And thanks for the giveaway! Pls enter me. Tweeted http://twitter.com/sharigreen/status/20324751448

    sharigreen.ya AT gmail DOT com

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  18. http://twitter.com/thejaimie/statuses/20325861364

    2 entries for me. Thanks guys!

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  19. Love contests! I tweeted, blogged (http://bit.ly/cPXnGy), and stuck you in my sidebar.

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  20. Looks like you had so much fun. Great giveaway! One entry for now.

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  21. Nice that you're sharing the wealth.

    Already a follower+ blogged about it = 2 Entries

    Great costumes-- safe travels home!

    http://katharineowens.blogspot.com/2010/08/environmental-public-service.html

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  22. Looks like you all had a blast--great pics! And great goodies. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/marybrebner/status/20327600023

    Wish I could have been there!

    msbrebner@gmail.com

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  23. Those pictures are so cute!

    And a giveaway--sweet! One entry for Kari from Under the Fairy Dust, please ; ) Thanks!!

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! My name's Ekta Patel and I have 1 entry.

    ekta.p7 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  25. Looks like everyone had a grand time!

    1 entry.
    Laurie

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  26. Looks like a blast!

    Rachael K and one entry, I think :)

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  27. Not sure how we are counting, but:
    -I am a Follower
    -I tweeted (http://twitter.com/thetabbycatt/status/20329507140)
    -I posted the contest on my sidebar (abbystevens.com)

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  28. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower with 1 entry

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  29. Looks like ya'll had too much fun!

    Great giveaway!

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

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  30. Looks like you all had an awesome time! I'm a follower and tweeted your contest.

    @joanna_haugen

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  31. Looks like fun! I am a follower

    One entry for me :)

    Raelena
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  32. I'm a follower, count me in. Will tweet and post on sidebar of my blog http://kathrynpackerroberts.blogspot.com/

    (tweet name brykateemma)

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  33. such a great giveaway. one entry since I am a follower :)

    strandedhero@ gmail.com

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  34. Im a follower!
    Ashley @ Ashley's Bookshelf

    ashleysbookshelf@gmail.com

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  35. Excellent! I'm a follower, and I tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/heymckate/status/20334380355

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  36. I HEART these books! Enter me plz!

    kemendraugh at gmail dot com

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  37. I'm a follower! It looks like a blast!

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  38. i'm in for one entry.

    looks like y'all had fun!

    ...

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  39. !!!! Excellent giveaway! Put me down for one entry, please. :)

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway!!! Nice conference!!! XD

    One entry..

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  41. Hey, I got two entries. I blogged it. :)

    http://addktd2books.blogspot.com/2010/08/pulling-weeds.html

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  42. Sounds awesome! I hope to make it next year.

    One entry.

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  43. It looks like you had an awesome time!!

    :) Erica

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  44. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

    Tweeted : http://twitter.com/Lena1xoxo/status/20352378054

    2 entries :)

    addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. What a great giveaway! Love these photos! Very unique costume!

    Follower

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Looks like you all had a lot of fun. Please enter me as I am a follower.

    yo teach 24 at comcast dot net

    1 entry

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  47. Deborah Lin with just one entry!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! :D

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  48. Woohoo! Looks like you guys had SO much fun! Those costumes are amazing :)

    Enter me please, with 2 fab entries

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/SonshineMusic/status/20357618057

    Random Sonshine Thoughts :D

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  49. Oh my gosh, I love all those pictures! My favorite is the slumber party, haha :)

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  50. Aww, you guys look like you had so much fun! XD

    I have one entry :)

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  51. This is an awesome contest! :D

    I'm a follower.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/thebookpixie/statuses/20368809902

    2 entries

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  52. Looks like you had a lot of fun.

    I'm already a follower

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  53. Awwwww How Fun to finally meet girls!! :)

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  54. Yay! Giveaway! I love giveaways!

    I'm an old follower, and I have one entry.

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  55. Woohoo! Even more to take away from LA10SCBWI without actually being there! So grateful to people that went and tweeted & blogged.

    One entry. Thanks ladies.

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  56. I'm a follower.
    Meredith
    One entry
    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  57. Oooh, it looked like a lot of fun! I follow through GCF!

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/KailiaSage/status/20418706231

    twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

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  58. Looks like you guys had a great time.

    I'm a follower and tweeted about contest. http://twitter.com/alterlisa/status/20445037631
    2 entries

    (\___/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  59. New follower - 1 entry

    misaacmom at gmail dot com

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  60. Looks like you all had a lot of fun!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Those are some hot books! :D

    Old follower

    cc932005[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  61. You guys looked like you really enjoyed yourselves! :)
    I only have one entry. :)
    jo.tee35[at]gmail[dot]com

    -Jo T.

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  62. Thanks for hosting this contest. The books look amazing.

    I'm a follower in the U.S.

    I tweeted this.
    http://twitter.com/sharifwrites/status/20586664888

    2 entries

    sharif(at)sharifwrites(dot)com

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  63. Great photos and a super contest!!

    I am a follower and I tweeted the contest: http://twitter.com/paulgreci/status/20587309196

    I think that's two:-)

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  64. I am a follower and tweeted @AndreaCoventry

    Looks like a good time! Looking forward to the festival in Rochester this fall!

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  65. I'm a follower and huge fan and LOVE the picts of you guys all dressed up. You are all STUNNING! Wow, what a group.
    I'd love to enter your contest, awesome books!
    tweet @terrylynnj

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  66. It looks like you all had a ton of fun!! You all are so adorable; I wish I were there with you when you went! :P

    I'm a follower and I blogged about the contest:
    http://juniper-breeze.blogspot.com/2010/08/five-fantastic-facts.html

    I'd love to be entered!

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  67. Yay:)
    thiacole@gmail.com
    I'm a follower

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  68. Yummy books. I'll enter. Have been following your site for a while.

    alohajeanne at yahoo dot com

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  69. Wish I could have gone. Thanks for sharing! RT'd @veertothewrite

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  70. Hooray, I'm a follower. I had so much fun meeting you guys. Congrats on all your success, now and in the future.

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  71. This is me entering =) I follow you guys on twitter, too, so I'm going to tweet about it.
    @Jasmineldenton

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  72. +1 follower
    +1 tweeted :lyanm

    qbanchic@hotmail.com

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