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In my last post I promised that I would do a give-away competition for A WEB OF AIR by Philip Reeve once I figured out how to do it and what the rules would be. This is that post ...

:insert dramatic music:

A WEB OF AIR is part of a prequel series to Reeve's incredible Mortal Engines quartet and is a follow-up to FEVER CRUMB so while it will probably help to have read that book, you don't have to (and put it this way - I haven't read FEVER CRUMB and it's not going to stop me reading this).

Although A WEB OF AIR was published in the UK on 5 April, I picked up the ARC from the Scholastic Stand at the FCBG 2010 Conference, having completely forgotten I'd already bought a copy. However, my stupidity is your gain because now is your chance to win that ARC.

A WEB OF AIR by Philip Reeve - Cover Blurb:

In a ruined world where humans have lsot the skills of flight, Fever Crumb, a clever young engineer, is swept up in a race to build the first flying machine. Her mysterious companion is a boy who talks to angels. But powerful enemeies stalk them - either to possess their revolutionary invention, or to destroy the secrets of flight forever.

Sounds awesome, right?

Well all you have to do to win this ARC and a promotional postcard of the cover art is this:

Leave a comment on this LJ giving the title of your favourite MG or YA novel of all time and the reason why.


1. Leave a comment on this LJ giving the title of your favourite MG or YA novel of all time and the reason why.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address in your comment).

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind about your favourite book), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (British Summer Time) on Friday 23rd April 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Sunday 25th April by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within 72 hours, or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.


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Apr. 17th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. (this is hard to rec without spoilers but I'll give it a go)

The first book in this series was awesome, but short and more straightforward, while the second book in this series is awesome for the risks it takes, it also depressed me so much in places that I couldn't label it a favourite. But then I got to King of Attolia, which makes the brilliant decision to narrate the whole story from the pov of a king's guard who hates the new foreign king. We know the king from the earlier books, and the queen as well, but the guard (and it transpires, everyone else in the kingdom) has no idea what the two of them are capable of. The characterizations and revelations as everything unfolds are excellent (and I even like the romance). And of course, the series gets extra points for being set in a world where the Greek city states never died.
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)

:adds series to Amazon Wish List:
Apr. 17th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
My favourite YA novel of all time is Sabriel by Garth Nix.

It's mainly because it's a very well written piece of fiction written for YA, it contains necromancers and magic (which were two things that were a requirement when I was a child. Well, the magic was). And I found it sufficiently awesome that even though it took him ten years to publish book 2, I still went out and bought it having reread my sister's copy of Sabriel so many times, the glue was coming unstuck. It's a great book because even when you think you know where the story is going, suddenly you discover that in fact you don't, and you just have to hold on an see where the ride will take you. This is something that he manages to hold onto for the other books in the trilogy as well.

The fact that Garth Nix is an Australian is a bonus <3
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
I've met loads of people who've told me that Garth Nix is awesome and have recced this book. I shall definitely check it out.
Apr. 17th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Favourite BOOK of all time
Happily this is easy for me. Michael Morpurgo's book Private Peaceful. It's the most beautifully crafted book - a painfully touching story, a setting so perfect it feels like memory not story, twists and turns and characters to adore. Even thinking about it, while writing this, brings tears to my eyes. It's a must have book, an important subject, told with heartbreaking tenderness. It truly is everything a book should be.
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Favourite BOOK of all time
Yes - Morpurgo's work is incredible although I've not read this. He's got to be one of the top 3 writers in children's/YA at the moment.
Apr. 17th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, favorite children's book of all time. This is hard.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Because it showed that geek girls have great power and that girls can go off and have adventures and save everybody, and it showed that sometimes are greatest weaknesses are also our greatest strengths.
Apr. 17th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
(sorry, getting the html right this time!!)

Also Sabriel and The Thief.
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I know loads of people who've said A Wrinkle In Time is brilliant and again, it's not one I've read. However it is in my local Waterstones as a store recommendation, so I'll go and check it out.

(That sound you might be hearing is my bank manager, crying over the state of my finances) :)
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I also meant to say that your UK publisher, Quercus, was at FCBG bigging up The Magic Thief and also Lost and Found as well. Really nice bunch of people and v. enthusiastic about the book - even gave me a free copy of the first one.
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, good! The Quercuses are an extremely nice bunch of people.

RE A Wrinkle in Time. Interesting that you haven't read it. When I've toured in the UK the kids often ask what my favorite books are and I mention this one, they've never heard of it. So I guess it wasn't as big a hit over there as it was here.
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
I think A Wrinkle In Time is one of those books that suffered from not being frequently republished in the UK (and when it was, not being hugely marketed). I have seen copies in stores recently though and I know that Waterstones have got it on one display at the moment (and interestingly, are also promoting Tamora Pierce's work more - which has not been in the case in the past).

I'm inclined to think that because publishers are now taking YA/children's fiction seriously, they're looking back at the 'good' books to give them another airing and see what happens.
Apr. 18th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Hi! I somehow link-hopped over here, so I hope you don't mind me. I'm a first-time visitor.

It's hard to say what my favourite all-time YA lit is--so many to choose from!--but currently (and by that I mean within the last two months) my favourite would be The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. What a absolutely wonderful book. It's the first in a trilogy and by gosh, my heart was racing almost the entirety of the novel. The sequel is just as good, and the third is coming out in August. I highly recommend.
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Yes - The Hunger Games is a really good read and v. dark.
May. 1st, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Just to let you know, I had to redo the prize draw as the previous winner didn't contact me and the Random Generator picked you.


If you wouldn't mind emailing me at caroline_hooton AT yahoo dot com with a postal address for you, then I can bash the book off in the post to you next week.
Apr. 18th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
This is very hard, so I'm going by how many times I've reread a book. I'd have to say The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.

Very *very* close second place to King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

I think it's very kind and generous of you to do this. Thanks!
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh - I shall add both books to my Amazon list - thank you!
Apr. 18th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't have a favorite...
Right now, I'm reading Diana Wynne Jones' "Howl's Moving Castle," and I'm absolutely loving it. I like the plot, but the main pull for me is the characters- they're all amazing; eccentric and spunky. =)
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Diana Wynne Jones is amazing. I honestly don't know where she gets her ideas from but every book has an original and brilliant concept to it.
Apr. 24th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I just finished it yesterday and omg, amazing; I loved it. <3
HMC is the first I've read from her, but I'm definitely going to check out everything else. Any recs? =)
Apr. 25th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
I would definitely recommend Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant, which I read when I was a kid cough-cough years ago.

They're part of a rough series featuring charactures known as Chrestomanci and while I haven't read the other two - Conrad's Fate or The Magicians of Caprona - I do keep meaning to.

Hexwood is a complete head-bonk of a book and if you're into writing then it's one I'd recommend because the ideas are so incredibly complex and she uses a time jump narrative to go backwards and forwards in the story so while it's a complex read, it's a really rewarding one.

The Homewood Bounders is also an interesting book, although the pacing doesn't quite work (IMHO).
May. 3rd, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! =)
I'm off to the library today, so I'll be sure to try and pick some of these up.
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
This looks to be a fun contest, and I loved the first novel in this series!

My favorite YA novel of all times is the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. Okay, that's possibly cheating, because it's a trilogy, and choosing one book from the three is like a mother choosing her favorite child. I have a tattoo of a line from The Amber Spyglass, the third book in the series: "Tell them stories. They need the truth. You must tell them true stories, and everything will be well, just tell them stories."

This book is everything that I love in fiction... it's original and it makes you think and it's fantastical and whimsical while also being philisophical and mature. The main characters actually grow from children to young adults over the course of the trilogy. It's a book that adults can read to their children, and both generations can love and get different things from. It's a novel that a Christian can enjoy, but also that an athiest can, because it looks at the root of Christianity in a new way, but in a Narnia-like world where fantasy meets science and your soul is visible to anyone who cares to pay attention.
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
I loved the first two of the His Dark Materials series but the third one ... I don't know. I read it when I was really jetlagged after a long-haul flight and I don't know if it was that or the story but it just didn't grab me as much as the previous two.
Apr. 20th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
I agree with abble_girl, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is stunning. And Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy is magnificent - I keep rereading it.

But only published a couple years ago is The Traitor Game by B R Collins which is well worth reading (and rereading). There are two narratives to the book - the contemporary world set in/and around an all-boys school and an amazingly well-imagined and secret fantasy world called Arcaster. What Collins conjures in only four chapters (for the fantasy world) is mind-blowing, plus there's this amazing coming of age story about the relationship between two boys in our world (Michael and Francis - something of Brideshead revisited about them... although I couldn't say what though without rereading Waugh). Their relationship not only mirrors events in the fantasy world, but threatens to destroy it for good.

I couldn't stop myself from wishing that Collins had written it as two different books because both stories are really engaging. Like Garth Nix's Old Kingdom, I wanted to experience more of the interesting fantasy world. Arcaster deserves it's own trilogy, but even if the author never does anything else with it, Traitor Game is a strong contender for one of the best YA books out there at the moment - if only for straddling the fantasy/contemporary divide with an effortless magic.

Funnily enough, I've just realised that Suzanne Collins has the two different narratives in Skin Hunger. She does it really well too.

Surprised no-one's mentioned Scott Westerfeld.
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
OMG! I am so pleased to see someone else love The Traitor Game. I thought that was a brilliant book - really great ideas, v. dark and just so well written.

I think it got the Branford Boase award for editing and it definitely deserved it. I would definitely read more about Arcaster if she wrote it.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Hi Caroline :) I am new to your blog and want to say 'Pleased to meet you' & thank you for the chance to win such a fun book!!!

It is only in the last year that I have been introduced to the wonderful world of YA literature, and I am HOOKED!!!!

My Favorite YA novel of all time (at least so far lol) is THE FOREST OF HANDS & TEETH!!! The imagery and imaginative plot simply blew me away, I cannot recommend this one highly ENOUGH lol

And I am hoping ... with fingers crossed ... to get the sequel for Mother's Day.
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Yay for zombie love! I enjoyed The Forest of Hands of Teeth too - but the sequel's only out in hardback in the UK so I haven't bought it yet.
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