Today is the Book Birthday of Mitali Perkins latest teen novel, Bamboo People, which I reviewed earlier this week. Feel free to check out the review if you missed it. However, there is also something else that I want to mention I think will have at least one person from either the United States or Canada celebrating (I know that I am).
You see, a few weeks ago, I announced a contest on my site. The lucky winner gets to have a brand new hardcover copy of BambooPeople for their personal reading collection and hopefully, we’ll see an additional review of Mitali’s latest book on the ‘Net sometime soon. Before I announce the winner, I’d like to thank everyone who entered and remind you that if you didn’t win, there are a couple other contests currently on my site with which you might have better luck. You should also take the time to go to your local bookstore and buy this book or request that they carry it if they aren’t already.
Now, without further ado, I’d like to congratulate the winner: jpetroroy is going to receive Mitali’s latest release on it’s book birthday! YAY! You have 48 hours to respond with your address, so the book can be sent to you before I have to select another winner.
Of course, the winner was selected from Random.org’s random number generator, but she was also one of the entrants who left a comment on the post concerning what she’d do if she was forced into the army and couldn’t say goodbye to her family. Her response was: “God, I don’t even know what I would do. Letters, phone calls if I could, just some way to try to stay/get in contact.” Many people had a similar response to the question, either that or they said that they would cry, so I think that it’s safe to say that people want to ensure that their families still have hope that they’re alive and safe. Sometimes we might not even know that our messages have actually been received, but the fact that we try (or that we think we would) suggests good things about the human spirit. And I think this spirit and the fact that a great book with two teen boys as the main characters has just been released are too great things to celebrate!