A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic CONTEST

For the publication of Lisa Papademetriou’s upcoming novel A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC I have been invited to participate in a conversation about the book that’s meant the most to me, posting a question between October 6th and November 6th and offering a prize for one participant.  


Bestseller and author of the popular middle grade series Confectionately Yours Lisa Papademetriou is back with a magical, page-turning adventure for readers of all ages—a touching tale about destiny and the invisible threads that link us all, ultimately, to one another. Kai and Leila are both finally having an adventure. For Leila, that means a globe-crossing journey to visit family in Pakistan for the summer; for Kai, it means being stuck with her crazy great-aunt in Texas while her mom looks for a job. In each of their bedrooms, they discover a copy of a blank, old book called The Exquisite Corpse. Kai writes three words on the first page—and suddenly, they magically appear in Leila's copy on the other side of the planet. Kai's words are soon followed by line after line of the long-ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love, Edwina Pickle. As the two take turns writing, the tale unfolds, connecting both girls to each other, and to the past, in a way they never could have imagined. A heartfelt, vividly told multicultural story about fate and how our stories shape it.


To be entered for a chance to win a copy of the book just answer the following question in the comments section or on Twitter using the hashtag #MyBookFate and @GeoLibrarian so I can read your comments.

What is your book fate—what book has changed your perspective, your heart, your life?

24178I've loved reading for as long as I can remember, even before I could read myself, I enjoyed being read to, so answering this question seemed difficult at first.  After all I've read hundreds, even thousands of books over the years and many of them have left their mark.  Books of all kinds, fiction, nonfiction, picture books, middle grade, adult, religious, etc.  But I figured that since this blog focuses on children's books I would pick a couple of children's books that I still remember fondly to this day and count among my favorites of all time.

Charlotte's Web left a lasting impression on me from the first moment I heard it as a read aloud and then when I checked it out and read it myself. I fell in love with Wilbur and Fern and Charlotte.  Their friendship was a great example to me of what friendship really is and the sacrifices it sometimes entails.  Whenever I need a pick me up or to remember what a true friend is, I think of this book.  A true classic in every sense of the word it still rings as true now as it did when it was first published.  E.B. White managed to truly capture both the characters and the setting while intricately weaving an universal plot of friendship.

The other book I wanted to briefly mention is also by E.B. White but is not as well known.  The Trumpet of the Swan I also really loved as a child, and still do as an adult, but not for the same reasons.  As a child, I loved the idea of a bird being able to play an instrument.  Now as an adult I see the story differently. I see a character with a disability finding a way to live life fully within the limitations he's been given thanks to the sacrifice of his father.

I'm eager to read what you have to say, so be sure to respond in the comments or on Twitter to be entered in the contest.


  1. One summer when I was in college, I read Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I had never seen the movie. I loved that book and even made it my mission to try a mint julep (but I could never find a bar that would make one). After I finished reading it, I rented the movie and HATED it because so much was left out. That's when I knew that there was no substitute for an awesome book. To this day, I always read a book first and hate (or at least dislike) the movie.

  2. Reading On The Road by Jack Kerouac in high school made me want to travel and I still haven't lost the urge. Thanks for the chance to win A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic.

  3. Anne of Green Gables was meaningful, memorable and unforgettable. The courage, strength of character and delightful personality of this character meant the world to me and I tried to have these principles all my life. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Reading The Diary of Anne Frank which my mother gave me when I was young was a book which I treasured since Anne was brave, and realized what was happening. She continued to hope and look to the future. No matter what I have had to deal with in life I put it into context of those times and know how fortunate I am. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com


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