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Contest: Caption This! with YA Authors Chris Crutcher and Charlie Price

Long before Chris Crutcher or Charlie Price were award winning, YA novelists, they were hippie teachers, wrangling kids at a “last chance” alternative school in Oakland, California. 

Caption this picture in the comments!
To celebrate their shady history and their new book releases, Chris and Charlie are asking three bloggers to help them give away a few books — and inspire a few laughs at their expense. Visit:

Teen Librarian Toolbox (March 12)
Reading Junky (March 19)
Cynsations (March 26)

Use the comment function to post a caption for one or all of three vintage 70s photos and you’ll be entered to win a free signed copy of Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price and a free signed copy of Period 8 by Chris Crutcher.

You can either register your contact information at Rafflecopter below or send it to Kelly. (The Rafflecopter randomizer feature won’t be used to pick a winner, as it’s a contest. She just needs some way to let you know if you’ve won and obtain your shipping information.)
Chris and Charlie will hand pick the winners, so let yourself go crazy. Funny is our mission. And with these classic images, how could you go wrong?

Must be 16 or older to enter. Deadline: April 1. Prizes will be distributed by April 15.

Three runner-up entries will win signed advanced reader copies of Period 8, so if you’re a collector of signed ARCs, try not to be too funny.  If you have trouble posting your captions, send them to Kelly Milner Halls at and she’ll be sure you’re safely entered.

May the grooviest entries win!

About the Books

Period.8 by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow, 2013)

Period 8. An hour a day. You can hang out. You can eat your lunch. You can talk. Or listen. Or neither. Or both.

Nothing is off-limits. The only rule is that you keep it real; that you tell the truth.

Heller High senior Paul Baum–aka Paulie Bomb–tells the truth. Not the “Wow, that’s an ugly sweater” variety of truth, but the other kind. The truth that matters. It might be hard. It often hurts. But Paulie doesn’t know how not to tell it. When he tells his girlfriend Hannah the life-altering, messed-up, awful truth, his life falls apart. The truth can get complicated, fast.

But someone in Period 8 is lying. And Paulie, Hannah, and just about everyone else who stops by the safe haven of the P-8 room daily are deceived. And when a classmate goes missing and the mystery of her disappearance seeps beyond P-8 and into every hour of the day, all hell breaks loose. Click for more about Period 8 by Chris Crutcher at

Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price

As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder investigation threatening their freedom—and maybe their lives. Click for more about Dead Girl Moon at


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  2. Sean Rapacki says:

    Back in the '70s, there were only two members to the Zach Galifianakis Fan Club, but both were destined for greatness….

  3. I don't know why people keep getting us confused, I totally have a better beard than you…

  4. If only we had a little bit of chocolate lava cake, this could be a great meal.
    There you go, I think we are on to something! Might put that in the next book…..

  5. Look what I found in my salad, Jack!!!

    I found this green bean in my beard from the last time we ate here!!

    Still playing with his food after all these years…

    Jim just picked his nose!!!

  6. I guess I should've used THEIR names:

    Look what I found in my salad, Charlie!!!

    I found this green bean in my beard from the last time we ate here!!

    Still playing with his food after all these years…

    Chris just picked his nose!!!

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  8. You only have to grow your beard out THIS much more to join our hairy men club!

  9. I'm the winner! I found the golden ticket…er…golden…chickpea?

  10. “Excuse me, waiter? I think there's a soup in my hair.”

  11. I'm just gonna shave off a teensy-weensy smidgin of my beard. And only if Charlie shaves his head first.

  12. Two words: Magic. Bean.

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