Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Guess the cover copy - and win an ARC!!!

So I have this lovely, delicious ARC of CIRCLE OF SECRETS (October 1, 2011, Scholastic). See how pretty and spooky and intriguing? (Erin McGuire is the artist! Go to her link for *more* of the artwork of Circle of Secrets!)

The ARC has a synopsis and the Scholastic 2011 Catalog has a synopsis - can you guess which one is which???

Here they are:

#1: Shelby Jayne has just moved from the city to the Louisiana bayou to live with her mamma, who left Shelby and her dad one year ago. Harboring so much anger and hurt, Shelby is devastated when she is treated as a total outcast at school and her classmates torment her. After one especially nasty incident, she is chased to a graveyard, where she meets  strange young girl. Instantly, the two become friends. But very soon, strange thing start to happen.

Shelby Jayne begins to find mysterious blue bottles with ancient messages hidden inside--messages written in the same handwriting as her new friend's She wants to ask her mamma for help, but something is stopping her. Suddenly Shelby has to wonder if there's more to the town's secrets than she thought . . .

#2: After her mother walked out on Shelby Jayne and her dad, Shelby thought she'd never speak to her mamma again. But with her dad leaving the country for work, it turns out she doesn't have a choice: Shelby has to move back into her mamma's house, deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou.

Her new classmates tease and torment her, so Shelby's relieved to finally find a friend in Gwen, a mysterious girl who lives alone on the bayou. But Shelby can't help wondering if Gwen has something to do with the puzzling messages she finds hidden in the blue bottle tree behind her house. The only person who might be able to explain is her mamma--but Shelby's not ready to ask. Not yet. It may take a brush with something from the beyond to help Shelby see that the power to put her own ghosts to rest is within her reach.

Give me your guess in the comments AND tell me which one you like best!

Everyone will be entered to win the ARC!

Winner announced next Wednesday, July 27th! Spread the word for extra entries - blogs/facebook/twitter! This is the very first ARC giveaway for this new book!


Grace said...

ARC synopsis: #1

Scholastic 2011 Catalog synopsis: #2

I prefer the first synopsis!

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to read this!! have, too, but I cannot wait!

I will say #2 is in the catalogue and number 1 is in the ARC. And I love, love the second one...get's to all the hooks that would make me and I think kids I'd read it (the syn) to want to pick up the book and get to reading:)

Cheers and congrats!!!

Denise said...

Since I'm clueless on who would pick what for a synopsis, I'd say ARC #1 and Scholastic #2 since they'd probably want a little more info for kids.

And I liked both of them. The ending of the first had me wanting to grab the book, but I loved the detail of the second which gave me a little more insight and piqued my curiosity.

You are awesome, Kim!!

Janis said...
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Janis said...

#1 ARC
#2 Catalog

Looking forward to the read!

Busy Mama said...

I think #2 is Scholastic's - it caught me right away!! Sounds so fun!!

Anonymous said...

I think it is # 1...and #1 is my favorite.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Hmm...I liked #2 the best, but it seems to be a little longer. If these are the ones that go in the catalog (for the kids to read) perhaps the #1?

Vivien said...

I think #1 is in the ARC and #2 is in the catalog.
I love the first the best :)

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Theresa Milstein said...

! choose #2. It sounds more your style after reading your first book, though I may be wrong. Also #1 seems like it was written in a rush. Hmmm.

I'm sharing this on Facebook. I'll tag you.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I like the new set up!

Gayle said...

I think the ARC synopsis is #2 and that's the one I like the best!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Thanks for all the entries and comments, everyone! I love reading them. Tell your friends to come enter and keep 'em coming!

Just to clarify: The ARC, of course, is the Advanced Reading Copy that is being sent out to industry book reviewers and when I asked my editor about the two synopses, they told me that the ARC summary is the one that will be on the actual, finished book.

The Fall catalog is meant for reviewers, librarians, and bookstore folks to read for ordering the book for their shelves. But since the catalog gets put together months in advance - while my editor and I were still editing the book - it was done first.

So there are your clues!

I find it fascinating to hear what everybody likes - and why.
I like parts of both of them for different reasons. :-)

Kristina said...

Ooh how fun!

I would guess that #1 is the catalogue synopsis and #2 is the ARC. I think both are good but the first one leaves you with a nice sense of mystery, so I probably like it a bit more.



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