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Today I’m excited to offer a giveaway of SHIP OUT OF LUCK by Neal Shusterman, which was released June 13, 2013. When I heard Neal Shsterman wrote it, I immediately thought of your middle grade kids. My daughter and her friends loved Neal Shusterman’s EVERLOST and other books in that series. That’s how I learned of Neal as an author.

People reviewing SHIP OUT OF LUCK on Goodreads really liked it and said it was funny. I’m hoping you or one of your middle grade kids would like it.

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

In honor of Old Man Crawley’s eightieth birthday, the Bonano family has been invited to celebrate with a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean aboard the world’s largest, grandest ship. But whether on land or at sea, Antsy can’t manage to stay out of trouble: He quickly finds himself the accomplice of stowaway and thief Tilde, whose self-made mission it is to smuggle onto the ship and across the U.S. border illegal immigrants from her native Mexico. When Antsy steps in to take the fall for Tilde, he becomes the focus of a major international incident and the poster child for questionable decisions.

Equal parts clever and riotous, Ship Out of Luck brings back the beloved cast of characters from Neal Shusterman’s acclaimed The Schwa Was Here and Antsy Does Time.

I have one copy of SHIP OUT OF LUCK for a giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment by midnight on August 10th. I’ll announce the winner on August 12th.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. You must be 13 or older to enter. This is for U.S. residents only so please let me know in the comments if you’re not from the U.S.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Next Monday, I have an interview with debut author Corina Vacco and an ARC giveaway of MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN, a YA story about living in a small town that’s a toxic waste grounds. I found it fascinating contemplating what it would be like living somewhere like that where swimming in a really toxic stream is no big deal and I enjoyed that the story was told from a male POV.

Next Wednesday, I’m interviewing debut author Lisa Amowitz and giving away an ARC of BREAKING GLASS, a mystery about a guy who is receiving messages from the dead. It got great reviews on Goodreads so I’m excited to share it with you. And Lisa is also a talented cover designer who designed Lisa Gail Green’s gorgeous cover for DJINN: THE BINDING STONE. We’ll be talking about cover designs as well.

The following Monday I’ll be interviewing debut author Cristin Terrell and giving away an ARC of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. It’s a time travel/dystopian story that I loved. I can’t wait to share it with you.

And don't forget our Tuesday Tips and Casey's Thursday agent spotlights.

Hope to see you on Monday!


  1. I haven't read Neal Shusterman. Sounds like an action-packed story. Sign me up!

  2. I don't live in the US, but it looks so good I'll have to look it up myself!

  3. Awwww poor Ansty - looks like he's totally enthralled by the adventurous Tilde!!! Yay!

    Good luck to all entering this fab giveaway!! Take care

  4. Sounds like a good story, I will look it up on Amazon.

  5. I've enjoyed several of Neal Shusterman's books. Sign me up for the contest.

  6. NEAL SHUSTERMAN!!! Can't get enough of his work. He's a master. I love the whole Antsy Bonnano series, and I'm on pins and needles to see a copy of UNSOULED. He's also the single best guest author we've ever had at our middle school. We've brought him twice because he's such a great storyteller and engages so many of the kids completely.

    Here's a link to my tweet! https://twitter.com/mojofingers/status/360026705362038784

  7. This book sounds like so much fun! I haven't read any of Neal's books yet, but now he's going on my must-read list :)

  8. What a fabulous lineup coming down the pike!

    Neal Shusterman's book sounds fantastic for middle graders. I am a HUGE fan of his UNWIND series and his writing in general.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sounds awesome. I haven't read any of Neal Shusterman's MG stuff, but I loved Everlost.

  10. Aaaa! Everyone in my family loves Antsy. We've been waiting for this book for quite some time. So glad it's out now!

  11. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Just looking at the cover made me laugh. I'd love to win this one. Thanks.

  13. Hm. Not my usual genre, but the cover has me intrigued. Anything that makes me laugh is a winner.

  14. My students love Everlost - haven't read it myself yet. This one sounds great too.
    (I'm not US, so don't enter me :))

  15. Neal Shusterman has spoken at my daughter's school. His writing is awesome. Please sign me up for the giveaway. Thank you!

  16. I LOVE the cover of this book and it sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for running the giveaway.

  17. I love the title - it's clever and eye-catching, which is the very best kind of title.

  18. I didn't know Neal Shusterman was an MG writer. Thanks for all the info. His book sounds funny and timely. You sure are doing a lot in the next week. Have a great weekend! :-)

  19. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com