Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Lucky 13s Six Month Until 2013 Contest!

Happy July 1st!

Do you know why today is so great!?

It marks six more months until the Lucky 13s' books debut!

Hot diggity dog!

And to mark this special day, we're running a contest over at our blog with a prize package of 20 books!  Check it out here!

But before you run over there to enter, let me tell you a little bit more about it.

We've each picked a book to give away that has inspired us and our writing.

My book?

Stolen by Lucy Christopher!

Told in a letter to her captor by 16-year-old Gemma, Stolen explores the influence that a really wild and remote space can have on the inner development of a young woman.

Gemma, a British city-living teenager, is kidnapped while on holiday with her parents. Her kidnapper, Ty, takes her to the wild land of outback Australia. To Gemma’s city-eyes, the landscape is harsh and unforgiving and there are no other signs of human life for hundreds of kilometres in every direction. Here, there is no escape. Gemma must learn to deal with her predicament, or die trying to fight it.

Ty, a young man, has other ideas for her. His childhood experience of living in outback Australia has forever changed the way he sees things. But he too has been living in the city; Gemma’s city. Unlike Gemma, however, he has had enough. In outback Australia he sees an opportunity for a new kind of life; a life more connected to the earth. He has been watching and learning about Gemma for many years; when he kidnaps her, his plan finally begins to take shape.

But Ty is not a stereotypical kidnapper and, over time, Gemma comes to see Ty in a new light, a light in which he is something more sensitive. The mysteries of Ty, and the mystery of her new life, start to take hold. She begins to feel something for her kidnapper when he wakes screaming in the night. Over the time spent with her captor, Gemma’s appreciation of him develops …but is this real love, or Stockholm Syndrome?

There are a bunch of books that I've loved as a writer, but this one really stayed with me after I read it.  I was drawn to the lyricism of the book and the gorgeous writing. It's a powerful book about a subject that isn't easy and Lucy Christopher doesn't shy away from anything.  There is such an amazing juxtaposition in the book between this horrible situation that the main character Gemma is in and the beauty that is around her.

I fought hard to get this book into my high school classroom and now have a class.  When I introduce the book to my students, I tell them that Christopher is going to make them think in a very different way.  She turns you upside down with the words of her main character to her captor and many of my students find they feel a connection to the kidnapper that they didn't want to feel.  It is a bit unnerving to the reader, and that's what I love so much about this book, Lucy Christopher's ability to make us feel this way.

Good luck to winning our prize pack, and if you don't, I suggest you go out and buy this great book yourself!


Dani said...

I just filled out the info to win your contest... unfortunately, I had to check no about the following of that particular blog!

Kristan Hoffman said...

Haven't read STOLEN yet, but thanks for the "review" (comments) on it here at the end. Makes me think I should give it a try.

VikLit said...

Sounds great, will definitely go enter!

AnAlaskanGirl said...

I felt the same way about this book. It was beautiful and has stayed with me long, long after I read it.