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An UNDERWORLD giveaway!

TextingtheUnderworld_100212This might be my last blog post for a while, unless I have some more exciting news to share (hint, hint, I do!), but I couldn’t let the official pub week of TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD by Ellen Booarem go by without celebrating! If you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr, you’ve seen some of Ellen stops on her blog tour, but here’s a little bit more about the book:

Conor O’Neill always thought spiders—and his little sister, Glennie—were the worst kind of monsters life had in store. That was before an inexperienced young banshee named Ashling showed up in his bedroom.

The arrival of a banshee, as Conor soon learns, means only one thing: Someone in his family is going to die. Not only will Ashling not tell him who it is, it turns out that she’s so fascinated by the world above that she insists on going to middle school with him.

The more Ashling gets involved in his life, the harder it becomes to keep her identity a secret from his friends and teachers—and the more Conor worries about his family. If he wants to keep them safe, he’s going to have to do the scariest thing he’s ever done: Pay a visit to the underworld.

If only there were an app for that.

We’ve already gathered some great reviews, from Kirkus, which gave it a STAR, Publishers Weekly, and The Horn Book. And now I’m giving you a chance to win a copy! I actually have FIVE prize packs — four runners-up will get a galley of the book, with a pack of “Fruity Foolers” and several bookmarks. One grand prize winner will get a finished copy of the book, a pack of “Fruity Foolers”, bookmarks, AND several temporary tattoos! It’s easy to enter — either leave a comment below, reblog this on Tumblr, +1 it on Google+, or retweet a link to this post with the hashtag #TTUcontest. I’ll randomly pick the winners on Friday, just before I go on maternity leave, so hurry and enter!

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