Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are NINE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there is also a blue team, a gold team, an orange team, a green team, teal team, purple team, silver team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 3, 2016, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Now, without further ado, I’d love to introduce you to…
Today, I am hosting Rita Arens on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Rita Arens is the author of THE OBVIOUS GAME (InkSpell Publishing, 2013) and the editor of SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK (Chicago Review Press, 2008). She is the managing editor of BlogHer.com. Follow her on Twitter @ritaarens.
Find out more information by checking out her author website at www.ritaarens.com
, or find more about the Rita’s book, The Obvious Game, book here
Why I Set “The Obvious Game” in the 90s
“Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”
THE OBVIOUS GAME is a journey into anorexia. Diana starts out normal enough, but soon the spiraling reality of her mother’s health and her growing relationship with a high school wrestler cutting weight find her helpless against the new rules taking shape in her mind. Read on to finally understand the psychology of anorexia … and how Diana found her way back. An important read on a complex and confusing mental illness.
Once upon a time in the ‘90s, you lived a different kind of uncertainty as a teen than you do in 2016.
In 2016, if you text a guy and he doesn’t text you back, you wonder why.
In 1990, you wondered if he would ever call or show up at your locker.
In 2016, if you’re running late, you can show up virtually or let people know when you’ll be there.
In 1990, you might miss your friends altogether if you don’t show up when you said you would. There was no way to reach them.
In 2016, if you want to send someone a secret message, there are a thousand electronic ways to do so.
In 1990, you had to take a chance with a note or letter, which had to be physically delivered.
In 2016, people see your body through selfies and images hundreds of times a month.
In 1990, it was possible to hide from everyone.
When I set out to write THE OBVIOUS GAME, I wanted to capture the story in a time when it was easier to hide, physically at least. Diana hides her descent into anorexia from her parents, from her boyfriend, from her friends, and in some ways, from herself … until she can’t anymore.
– Rita Arens
Rita and I are so excited that you joined us today, and don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Rita Arens, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 118. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
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