Bamboo People Giveaway!

4702231664 551433b1e8 m Bamboo People Giveaway!Most of the coming of age novels I’ve reviewed so far feature young women, but today, I have the pleasure of announcing that I’ve starting reading and will soon be reviewing Mitali Perkins new novel, Bamboo People. This novel tells the story of two 15-year-old boys. I’m really excited about the prospect of checking out this book because Publisher’s Weekly recently gave it a starred review. In this novel, the two main characters, Chiko and Tu Reh, are about as opposite as two boys can be. Chiko is a Burmese boy, who is anything but a freedom fighter; Tu Reh, on the other hand, is part of the Karenni minority and wants to join in on the fight for freedom after seeing his family’s home and bamboo fields get destroyed by the Burmese army.

With the upcoming release day on July 1, 2010, now is definitely a great time to read and review BambooPeople. If you haven’t already had the opportunity to read it, then you should run out and buy it in a couple of weeks or pre-order this novel right now! If you do, you may very well find it in your hands on or before the official book birthday.

Of course, there is another option that runs between today and Wednesday June 30th at 8pm EST if you live in either the US or Canada. What is it? Well, if you take the time to enter my Bamboo People contest, then you may just find yourself winning a brand new hardcover edition of this novel. As usual, you will also have the option of getting additional entries, but see the form for further details about what they entail.

One of the extra entries will be from answering this question in the comments below: What would you do if you were forced into the army and you couldn’t say goodbye to your family? Or what would you think/do if you son/daughter didn’t come home and you knew that the government must have taken them into prison, the army or worse? The winner will be announced on my blog on July 1, 2010. Best of luck to everyone who enters!

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  18 comments for “Bamboo People Giveaway!

  1. Kim
    June 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

    In either situation, I’m sure that I would curse and cry very much at first, then I would find a way to act so that I didn’t go crazy, especially in the second situation. Eventually, I would probably resign myself to carrying on the best I could.

  2. June 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    This book sounds really interesting. Even though it’s fiction, these things are still happening throughout the world. I couldn’t even imagine – as a parent my instinct is to protect my teens – I think I’d go to the ends of the earth if I had to… and I pray that would never happen – it should never happen…
    Thanks for the great contest, Melissa!

  3. Jeremy West
    June 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Awesome contest! Can’t wait for this one!

  4. June 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    It’s true Liza – this type of thing does happen all over the world. While I wish it didn’t happen, the fact that it does continue helps to make the particular story told in Bamboo People something that I think is universally recognizable, if not understandable.

  5. June 19, 2010 at 6:29 am

    thanks for the great giveaway; i’d love to win

    bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

  6. Aths
    June 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for this chance to win!

    That’s definitely a thought-provoking question. What would I do if I were forced into the army without being able to say goodbye to my family? I’m not sure that’s something I can handle with ease. I assume my parents will always be there with me. So if this happens to me, I will try my level best to sneak out and see my family one way or the other, and if not, I will do my level best to stay alive so that I can see them after the war’s over.

  7. June 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I agree with you Aths – it isn’t something I could handle with ease either (besides I really don’t think I’m cut out for the army anyway). I think your answer is exactly what I’d try and do as well in that situation.

  8. Chas @ LLL in the 808
    June 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I would fight! If I was placed in the Army I would fight hard so that I and those I fight with can return to our families!

    If I found out that my child was ripped from me- stolen, taken, imprisoned, shipped off… well you know what they say about getting between a mother and their child. I would push and do all I can to get my child back.
    I am a firm believer that it is not natural to out live your child so i would do all I can to make sure they are safe even if i have to sacrifice myself in the process.

    *sigh* now I am getting all ramped up! Hugs and kisses for my babies now! I am blessed to live in a country where I do not have to worry about my childrens safety in regard to the above question!

    Thx for the heads up on the contest!!

  9. June 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for your comment Chas! You really do seem to be getting all wound up, but that’s okay — I think topics like this evoke these type of responses from people, especially your thoughts about people not wanting their children to die before they do. Good luck for the contest!

  10. Gaby @ Starting Fresh
    June 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve been so interested in Bamboo People — thank you so much for holding this giveaway.

    If I was forced into an army without being able to say goodbye to my family? It would be incredibly difficult. Knowing that they’d be worried and might end up putting themselves in danger and going into debt to find out where I went, what happened to me — that would be the toughest part. I would try to find a way to send some sort of message, whether in code, by mail or through some sort of signal. But you’d never know if they received it and I don’t want the Army to start looking into my family!

    gaby317nyc at

  11. June 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    You’re quite welcome – I’ve been really happy to be able to read Bamboo People and to host this giveaway. Thanks for entering. I haven’t had the chance to post my review yet, but I can tell you Mitali Perkins did a great job with it. :)

    You’re right — it would definitely be a tough situation. I think that sending a message would be what I’d try to do as well, and though it would be impossible to know if they got it for sure, I’d try to stay positive about it.

  12. Beth G.
    June 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Very cool book. Ms. Perkins is a fabulous writer, and VERY interesting person. I’d love to win her latest! Thanks for the opportunity, and for the chance to start reading your blog too!

  13. June 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    You’re welcome Beth – it’s my pleasure. I’m glad that you thinks she’s great because after reading this book, I tend to think so too. :)

  14. Meredith Miller
    June 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Either way, I would be desparate for news. Either to send news to my family, or to get news of where my missing child has gone to or for news from them.

  15. June 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I know what you mean – just knowing that the missing child is safe would be better for all involved, whether you’re the child or the parent.

  16. jpetroroy
    June 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    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.

  17. Reading Vacation
    June 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I would love to read Mitali’s book. I have an easy answer for what I would do if I could not say goodbye. I would cry. Yep, that’s what I would do.

  18. June 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I think I’d some other things, like try to make contact, but first, I’d probably cry too. :)

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