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TLT is Thankful for YOU: A Merit Press Giveaway

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so I thought I would tell you how thankful I am for YOU – our readers. We could still do this if no one was reading, and I honestly probably would because I love it, but it sure is nice to have people reading and talking with us. So thank you! As an expression of our thanks, we’re giving away 5 titles generously donated by Merit Press. Just leave a comment down below to be entered to win, being sure we have a way to get in contact with you if your name is chosen out of the hat (like a Twitter handle). We’ll be accepting entries until the end of November at Midnight. And because this is a giveaway to say thanks to our readers, it’s open to every one.

Here are the Books

merit1Unlovely by Celeste Conway

If he falls for a beautiful dancer, does he risk his heart? Or his life?

• Unlovely is narrated in dark mystery wrapped around a world teens love, that of dancers and dancing.

• Bewitching writing, an eerie story, and a here-and-now thriller, combine for a captivating read of love, loyalty, and dark revenge

• Celeste Conway’s book The Melting Season was featured by the New York Public Library as among 2006’s best teen reads. She also has written two middle-grade novels and teaches writing at Berkley College

“A perfect combination of romance and horror with (dare I say this?) some culture thrown in.” –Lois Duncan, author of Stranger with My Face and Locked in Time

Accidents happen. But they happen more often when the beautiful ballet dancers return each summer to the island. When he hears the ruthless way that the loveliest dancer talks about boys getting what they deserve when they break girls’ hearts, Harley, home for the summer after his first year of college, wonders if he’s losing his mind. He knows for sure that he’s losing his heart to this girl…But then, strange incidents start happening all over the island and Harley is caught between desire and fear: could he also be in danger of losing his life?

merit2Perdita by Faith Gardner

Granted, Arielle has a vast, excitable imagination. But she’s not imagining how strange and out of control her life becomes after the death by drowning of her older sister’s best friend, Perdita. Not only does this death echo the death of Arielle’s own older brother, ten years before, it leads to dreams and visions in which Perdita seems to be reaching out to Arielle, asking for her help. The only other explanation—that Arielle’s high-strung emotions have finally caused her to break with reality—is even more terrifying. A story that builds to greater and greater heights of suspicion and fear, Perdita is also a multi-layered literary achievement that leaves no emotion untouched.

merit3The Yearbook by Carol Masciola

WHAT’S THE YEARBOOK ABOUT?
Misfit teen Lola Lundy falls asleep in a storage room in her high school library and wakes up to find herself 80 years in the past. The Fall Frolic dance is going full blast in the gym, and there she makes an instant connection with the brainy and provocative Peter Hemmings, class of ’24. His face is familiar, and she realizes she’s seen his senior portrait in a ragged old yearbook in the storage room. By the end of the dance, Lola begins to see a way out of her disastrous Twenty First Century life: She’ll make a new future for herself in the past. But major mental illness lies in Lola’s family background. Has she slipped through a crack in time, or into an elaborate, romantic hallucination based on the contents of an old yearbook?

Infinite Number BGcvr.inddAn Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay

As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie’s trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents’ divorce, Mari’s considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante’s working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam’s clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve–or to avoid–their problems.

Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.

merit5Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross

It’s the era of peace and love in the 1960s, but nothing is peaceful in Caroline’s life. Since her beautiful older sister disappeared, fifteen-year-old Caroline might as well have disappeared too. She’s invisible to her parents, who can’t stop blaming each other. The police keep following up on leads even Caroline knows are foolish. The only one who seems to care about her is Tony, her sister’s older boyfriend, who soothes Caroline’s desperate heart every time he turns his magical blue eyes on her.

Tony is convinced that the answer to Jess’s disappearance is in California, the land of endless summer, among the runaways and flower children. Come with me, Tony says to Caroline, and we’ll find her together. Tony is so loving, and all he cares about is bringing Jess home. And so Caroline follows, and closes a door behind her that may never open again.

Inspired by the disturbing case of Charles Schmid, ‘the Pied Piper of Tucson’, Half in Love with Death is a heartfelt thriller that never lets up.

All book descriptions are the publisher’s descriptions. And a heartfelt thank you to Merit Press for these books to give away.

Comments

  1. Monica LaVold says:

    These look great. At least a few of them are going to get requested and probably purchased for my collection!

  2. Susan Fisher says:

    TLT…thank you! You constantly keep me in the “know” and informed so I can best serve my teens!

    Thanks so much!

  3. Hooray! Free books!!

  4. Thank you for this opportunity to win books. They all look good!

  5. Laura Donoway says:

    My tweens would love to read these books!

    Thank you!

  6. Thank you Merit Press, School Library Journal, readers, students, and families that support literacy. Throughout Thanksgiving and upcoming holidays I hope to see the public library full of patrons enjoying “down time” from school or work with pleasure reading whatever your weather may be. Enjoy it on a park bench or sipping cocoa cuddling a book, watching snowflakes fall.
    Season for gratitude in all things, for all people, everywhere.

  7. Thank you Merit Press, School Library Journal, readers, students, and families that support literacy. Throughout Thanksgiving and upcoming holidays I hope to see the public library full of patrons enjoying “down time” from school or work with pleasure reading whatever your weather may be. Enjoy it on a park bench or sipping cocoa cuddling a book, watching snowflakes fall.
    Season for gratitude in all things, for all people, everywhere.

  8. The Yearbook and Perdita sound right up my alley. Thanks for offering this giveaway. cesmith@cabarruscounty.us

  9. Half in Love with Death certainly caught my attention! Thanks for the giveaway, and all the great content you guys provide. Twitter: @pink_flame_87

  10. The Yearbook sounds fabulous!

  11. Unlovely would be such a great read on a dark night. I’m sharing this post to ensure more friends have a look at the site! Thank you very much!

  12. The Yearbook sounds super cool! Thanks so much for doing this!!!

  13. Tekla Slider says:

    What a great selection of interesting titles. I think authors who write for teens are awesome!
    tekla.slider@wyo.gov

  14. What an exciting giveaway! I am always thankful for the great info and advocacy on TLT <3

  15. @librarian_ellie says:

    I love that I haven’t heard anything about these titles yet! Will have to look into them more and add to my TBR list.

  16. Carolyn Sexton says:

    I would love to share these books with my students! Thanks for all you do:)

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