Friday, April 3, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Yes, with a whopping 27 votes plus three more for a review, Jay easily won the March Madness Author Shoot-out (although Neil Gaiman had a very good showing with 12 votes). Hooray, Jay! You deserve it. The Undersea Adventurews of Capt'n Eli is the most creative, fun, and exciting graphic novel series in a long time!

Wait a minute--did I say "threee more points for a review"? That's right! Just like a three-point shot just before the buzzer sounds, our new friend dragonslayer 1191812 sent us a review of Capt'n Eli. Well, he actually sent us two reviews! Let's see them:

Just finished The Underwater Adventures of Capt'n Eli The mystery of me and both parts of The Mystery of the Sargasso Sea.Both books are really great. They are about Eli. For some strange reason he doesn't know where he is from. All he has is a pod.The action in both books is cool. Illustrations are interesting because the colors make your eyes pop!Can't wait to meet Jay Piscopo!

Yes, those colors really do make your eyes pop. And Jay Piscopo really is going to be in Charlotte next week!! He'll be at Imaginon and several libraries around Charlotte next Monday and Tuesday. Read Darth Bill's post of April 1 to find out where and when.

dragonslyer also told us about The City of Ember:

I'm sorry I had to miss the book club meeting about The City of Ember because of the bad weather! The book was great. It was about two kids who try to find a way out of their city because of blackouts and food shortages.They don't know that they are living underground.The kids find out that the mayor is stuffing his face with hidden food while everyone else is going without food.I don't want to give the end away.Read the book to find out what happens to Doon and Lina.
P.S. Be glad we don't have Assignment Days.

I'm sorry you missed it too, but we'll have another one (possibly in June) and read The People of Sparks, the second book.

Hey, dragonslayer, you just gave us two reviews of March Madness Author Shoot-out authors. Do you know what that means?? You are our first place winner!!! That's right--I've been telling everyone that the guys who send the most reviews of books by the authors in this tournament will win prizes and YOU sent the most!!! That means you get to pick one of these prizes:

A signed t-shirt and signed books by Kaza Kingsley, author of the Erec Rex series
A t-shirt and a signed copy of The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones by Helen Hemphill
A Capt'n Eli graphic novel and pack of Capt'n Eli cards

Come by Imaginon and pick one. If I or Darth Bill are not here, ask any of the library staff. But tell us who you are and what you wrote about so we'll know it's really you.

And we have a three-way tie for second place. cyber kid 303, Andre the Giant from the SMS Guys Read blog, and Anonymous all wrote one review each. You are all welcome to come to Imaginon and claim a prize (Andre, I'll mail your prize) But, as I said, tell us who you are and what you wrote about so we'll know you're not an android in disguise!

Well, I need a rest after all this excitement. I'll be on vacation next week. I bet some of you will too. Enjoy and take some good reading with you!
PS--cyber kid just now sent another review. It's not by a tournament author but it still sounds interesting:
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is about Vladimir Tod, who has a secret. His secret is that he is a vampire. His dad was also a vampire, but his mom was not. I guess this makes him a half vampire. Vladimir likes the fact that he is vampire, but he does not like the fact that he is different. No one knows that he is a vampire, but his aunt and his best friend. His parents did know but they died in a fire when he was nine. In the book he learns how to use some of his powers. Some of his powers are flying and, of course, his fangs.His aunt and his friend help him throughout the book. His aunt helps him by taking packets of blood to him from the hospital. His best friend also helps him by helping keep his secret safe. I liked this book because it was a mix of horror, comedy, and action.

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