Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Author Comment Contest Guest Post for September 19, 2017

(Read the fine print at the end of the post - you could WIN a copy of The Leveller from Ms. Durango!!!  Comment today!)

Meet Julia Durango, author of The Leveller


Hello there, Book Battle Warriors!
I’m so honored that The Leveller has been chosen as one of your titles this year. Although I’m always happy when people read my book, I’m even happier that YOU are reading it, because YOU are my people!
While I’ve lived in Illinois since my college days, I am a proud graduate of Parkway Northeast Middle School (Class of ‘82, back when it was Parkway East Junior High) and Parkway North High School (Class of ‘85). In case you don’t believe me, I’ve unearthed some embarrassing photos to prove it.
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[My basketball days for the Parkway East Eagles. I was a terrible player, but I was the tallest girl in school so they put me on the team.]
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[My cheerleading days at Parkway North, where I was always at the bottom of the pyramid. #TallGirlProblems #LookAtThoseBangs!]
If you’ve read The Leveller, you know that the main character, Nixy Bauer, is a tough, scrappy, goal-oriented gamer. She plays to win, and she doesn’t give up easily.
I wish I could say I was like Nixy when I was your age, but she is more like the gutsy girl I wanted to be. In real life, I was a bit quieter and shy and bookish. I did love spending time with my friends, though, especially on our many adventures into the city…trips to Ted Drewes, 4th of July fireworks on the riverfront, and Cardinals games, of course! (Do you guys still get free tickets for straight As?)
I probably would have loved video games back then if we’d had anything more exciting than Pong, but I got a crash course in gaming later in life from my two sons. In fact, The Leveller was inspired by many hours of Zelda gameplay with my oldest son, as well as my youngest son’s Minecraft obsession.

I used to love the Choose Your Own Adventure novels, and the best video games remind me of them. Whether you’re reading a book or playing a game, when you’re completely immersed—when you fully allow yourself to sink into that world—you become a part of the story as well.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
I hope you enjoy reading The Leveller as much I enjoyed writing it. I can’t wait to read your comments. In fact, answer one (or all!) of the following questions by September 30, 2017, and I’ll randomly select one commenter to win a personally signed copy of The Leveller.
1. What’s your all-time favorite book?
2. What’s your all-time favorite video game?
3. What’s your all-time favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Good luck and happy book battling!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Author Comment Contest post for September 12, 2017

Our first author in our Author Comment Contest this year is Ridley Pearson!  His book, Lock and Key: The Initiation, is a riveting tale about the origins of the rivalry of literature's most famous enemies - Sherlock Holmes and the evil James Moriarty!  It is told from the perspective of Moriarty's sister, Moria (yes, Moria Moriarty!).  

Holmes and Moriarty didn't start out as enemies!  After being sent to the Baskerville Academy, as generations of Moriarty's had always been, James and and his sister meet Sherlock, or LOCK, Holmes.  Moria is drawn to Holmes and tries to get James (James KEYnes Moriarty, get it?  Lock and Key?) to team up to solve the mystery of a missing heirloom Bible, in spite of the boys' initial distaste for each other.  

Moria may be the smartest of the bunch, as she observes James being drawn toward his future evil ways!  Moriarty is the spider at the center of his own web, and The Initiation is a great way to start your relationship with Lock and Key! Click on the link below to watch the book trailer! 

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome to the Pattonville Area-Wide Book Battle Author Blog for 2017-2018!  We will begin presenting Guest Author Posts in September, 2017.  

What author will you hear from first?????

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thanks to all who participated!  

Winner of the Author Comment Contest was Lift For Life!  

Winners (it was a tie) of the Question of the Week Contest were Fulton School at St. Albans and Rockwood South!  

Hope you all enjoyed the Battle, and see you next year!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Final Week for Question of the Week Contest!  Thank you to all who answered - this year's contest is very competitive!

Week 14's question is.....

In what book is a character embarrassed by a list of her accomplishments posted in the hallway of her school?  

Please be sure to include your school name in your answer!  Who will win the prize????
The answer to this week's Question of the Week is.....

Skink, No Surrender by Carl Hiassen!

Congratulations to the following schools for having the correct answer:

Parkway West
Hazelwood West
Hixson Middle
Fulton School at St. Albans
Rockwood South Middle
Ladue Middle
Oakville Middle

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Question of the Week for Week 13 - April 18 - April 25, 2017

In what book is a beard considered distinguished, like Dumbledore?  

Don't forget to include your school name with your answer!  One more week....