Contests and Giveaways | September 2016

Each month we feature free and enjoyable book contests and giveaways! We hope you will enjoy the following opportunities as well as the author and book resources available via

WereHyenaEnter to win a copy of The Curse of the Were-Hyena plus an advance reading copy of the next book in the Monstertown Mystery series (Elementary)

Something strange is happening to Mr. Chu, Carlos and Benny’s super cool 4th grade teacher. Can they solve the mystery before the next full moon? Kids will howl for this new series from Bruce Hale!

Disney/Hyperion is giving away 5 copies of The Curse of the Were-Hyena along with 5 advance reading copies of the next book in the series, Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies! To enter, click on this link.

Deadline: September 15, 2016 (open to U.S. addresses)

Start conversation with the questions from the Discussion Guide.


TalesOfCatsEnter to win a set of the Books of Nine Lives series (Elementary)

To celebrate back to school and diverse stories, August House is giving away one complete set of their newly released paperback series, Books of Nine Lives by award-winning author Pleasant DeSpain.

To enter to win a set of nine books, send an email to and write 2 sentences about how you plan to use these multicultural stories in your school. Please place “Nine Lives” in the Subject Line of your email.

Deadline: September 23, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Visit storyteller Pleasant DeSpain’s website.


9781629440415-Case.inddEnter to win a copy of Longing for Normal (Middle Grade)

In the tradition of Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt, this poignant middle grade novel follows two kids who search for a family and a home. The story is told in alternating voices, which Booklist describes as  “. . .voices old before their time, due to years in the system. . . .” The Bread Project gives them a way to reach into a wide variety of homes and create community. It’s a tender story of two lonely hearts looking for a place to belong. Come and cheer for Eliot and Alli as they fight for a community, a family, and a home.

To enter, send an email to with the subject Longing for Normal. Please include your mailing address.

Deadline: September 23, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Listen to author Darcy Pattison talk about her name.


AviationEnter to win copies of Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly and Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive (Elementary)

“Being a pilot means having technical expertise, persistence, and lots of courage! In Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly, readers ages 9–12 meet three women who are working in aviation and discover what it takes to fly high in this challenging field.” And “Planet Earth has more than twice as much water covering its surface than land! In Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive, readers ages 9–12 meet three women who are studying the organisms that live in oceans, wetlands, and estuaries, which offer clues to the very beginnings of life.” Nomad Press will give away 20 copies of each.

To enter, send an email to and include your name, email, the name of your institution, and mailing address.

Deadline: September 30, 2016 (open to U.S. addresses)

Find classroom ideas in this Teacher’s Guide.


ChangelingsEnter to win a copy of The Changelings (Middle Grade)

In this enchanting debut, Izzy must save her sister from a fairy land as dangerous as it is magical. Along with captivating, dynamic characters and brilliantly unexpected plot twists, Soontornvat’s spectacular world-building echoes that of timeless tales like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, while the fresh, youthful voice evokes recent classics like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted. Sourcebooks is giving away 15 copies of The Changelings.

To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line of “The Changelings Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: September 30, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Explore discussion questions and map activities in the Activity Kit.


AwayGoTheBoatsEnter to win a complete set of Easy Stories (28 books!) (Elementary)

Newly re-illustrated with a fresh and modern look to more closely resemble our diverse culture, these Beginning-to-Read books by Margaret Hillert foster independent reading and comprehension. There are 28 titles written on a variety of subjects that appeal to young readers.

To enter to win 1 of 3 complete sets, please email with your shipping address.

Deadline: September 30, 2016 (open to all addresses)

Find a useful Lesson Plan for Away Go the Boats.


SeaOtterRescueEnter to win a copy of Sea Otter Rescue (Elementary)

It’s an up-close look at life in a sea otter rescue center! Sea Otter Rescue invites readers inside the Alaska SeaLife Center. It explores how sea otters become orphaned or hurt and the process of healing and rehabilitating them. Stunning photos by award-winning wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas give readers a rare view of these endearing creatures. Owlkids Books is giving away 5 copies of Sea Otter Rescue, the third book in the Wildlife Rescue series.

To enter to win, send an email to with the subject line “Sea Otter Rescue giveaway” and make sure to include your mailing address.

Deadline: September 30, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Check out photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s website.


EurekaEnter to win a copy of EUREKA! (Middle School)

In EUREKA! John Grant offers 50 vivid portraits of groundbreaking scientists, focusing not just on the ideas and breakthroughs that made them so important but also on their lives and their various quirks. Zest Books is giving away 10 copies of EUREKA!

To enter to win, send an e-mail to with the subject line of “Eureka! Giveaway” and please include your mailing address.

Deadline: October 15, 2016 (open to U.S. and Canadian addresses)

Find discussion topics in the study guide from Zest Books for Eureka!


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