Contest: Autographed Set of Girls Know How Books!

Hi all…

A while back I reviewed The Girls Know How: Smart Alex by Ellen Langas Campbell, a book about Alex Martinez, a smart but troublesome 7th grader who discovers that math can be fun and that it can be fun to teach someone about it. My eldest daughter (age 9) enjoyed the book and I definitely appreciated the positive message and role models for young girls trying to find their own paths.

Well, the kind folks of Girls Know How® are giving away a complete set of the three Girls Know How® books, each signed by the author. Just in time for Christmas, this could be a great gift!

Each chapter book features a girl presented with a challenge who is encouraged by an accomplished woman at the pinnacle of her career, a character based on a real-life successful woman. A bio and exclusive Girls Want to Know interview are included at the conclusion of each book to guide readers wishing to learn more about that particular career. They are ideally suited for children in grades two through six.

The first in the series, Will Stephanie Get the Story? focuses on journalism. Raising the Roof introduces children to the world of construction. and Smart Alex explores teaching as a career. The books have been received enthusiastically by young readers, parents and teachers, and recently were named among the best in family-friendly media, receiving the Gold Award for Juvenile Level 2 Books ages 9-12 from the Mom’s Choice Awards®.

The contest is open to anyone in the United States (sorry – only those with US addresses are eligible) and will run until Sunday, December 12th.

What do you have to do?

Leave me a comment with a valid e-mail address below (so I can contact you if you win!) and explain who you think would be a good role model for the young women of today. Who should your daughters, granddaughters, and nieces aspire to be like or even better than?

Remember that the contest is only open through this coming Sunday! Good luck to all who enter!

For more about the Girls Know How® book series and fun, free activities, check out the GirlsKnowHow.com website too!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Laura DeLuca on winning the trio of books!

–Fitz

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What’s coming up (October 3, 2010)?

Hi all…

I thought I’d start a new weekly post about what I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to so you’d have an idea of what’s next on the review front…

Book-wise, I’ve been splitting my time between Eadric the Grasper – Sons of Mercia, Volume 1 by Jayden Woods and Tom Sawyer and the Undead by Mark Twain/Dan Borchert. I’m about halfway through Eadric now and finding it to be extremely well written, but dense. So I’m only able to read a chapter or two at a time before I have to set it down and ponder what I’ve read. Tom Sawyer and the Undead has been an easy read and been quite entertaining so far – I’m nearly done with it.

Music-wise, I have a few albums I’m dividing my time between. The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Paula Cole‘s Ithaca, and the upcoming releases Bring the Sea by Edie Carey and Dave KozHello Tomorrow. Each of these brings a very different style and passion to the table, but hopefully I can get a few reviews written this week.

DVD-wise, I have He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown to check out this week and just watched Iron Man 2 on Blu-ray last night. I love the Peanuts, so I’m sure that will continue to be a classic. Unfortunately, though Iron Man 2 was fun in spots, it still wasn’t as good as the first one.

So that’s where I’m at. I received a few more new books to review last week, so I’m a bit behind in my reviews and need to get cracking!

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great weekend!

–Fitz

p.s. Check out these titles and let me know what you think or if you have anything you’d like me to review!

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Book Giveaway: Serpent Moon by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp

On behalf of Tor Books, I have a copy of Serpent Moon by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp to send to one lucky winner!

Unfortunately, because of my limited shipping budget, I can only offer this to United States residents… But all you have to do is leave a comment below and I’ll contact the winner via e-mail on October 7, 2010.

Good luck!

From the press release:

Even though she’s one of them, Holly Sanchez has a complicated relationship with the shapeshifting Sazi. Recently, it’s gotten even more complicated: a vicious band of Sazi attacked her, intending to kill her. Miraculously, Holly survived – and has become one of the rare Sazi healers.

Eric Thompson is an incredibly powerful Sazi wolf. His howl can ruin electronics and bring aircraft tumbling from the sky. Too dangerous even for the knife-edge Sazi community, Eric has lived a life of isolation and distrust. But when someone starts killing shape-shifters, Eric knows he must do everything in his power to defend his people.

In Serpent Moon, Holly and Eric team up to track down a killer – even though Holly’s not convinced that saving the Sazi is something she should be doing. Then she’s offered a chance to have her old life back and faces an excruciating choice – a life with Eric, as a Sazi, or life as a “normal” human being?

C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp have been teaming up for over ten years, giving readers USA Today bestselling tales of daring shifters, evil vampires, and ruthless men and women willing to fight for their lives and the lives of those they love. Serpent Moon, the final book in Adams and Clamps’ Tales of the Sazi, is one of their best books and definitely not to be missed!

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