Monday, December 8, 2014

YA Book Giveaway: Jackaby

Jackaby
by William Ritter
Algonquin Young Readers
2014
299 pages
ISBN: 9781616203535

I LOVE this book, and you will, too! Jackaby is an enigmatic character who is a mash up of Sherlock, Dr. Who and "Grimm."  Imagine the skills of Sherlock Holmes and sixth sense for paranormal--that's Jackaby.

I have FIVE FREE copies of this magnificent debut up for grabs! Simply post a comment to the blog and be sure to include your first name, city, state, and email address (U.S. addresses, only). Deadline for posts is at noon MST on December 17. Winners are chosen randomly by Randomizer. Please check your email on the afternoon of December 17. Winners have 24 hours to respond to my email. Books will ship from Algonquin. Good luck and start posting!

Praise for Jackaby:

"The rich world of this debut demands sequels." --Kirkus reviews, starred review


“Smooth writing and inventive . . . background touches (like Jackaby’s tenants and pocket contents) characterize this supernatural riff on the typical Sherlockian murder mystery. For a lighter read-alike, try Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer’s Sorcery and Cecilia (2004); for a darker tone, perhaps Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart mysteries.” —Booklist

“Toss together an alternate 19th-century New England city, a strong tradition of Sherlockian pastiche, and one seriously ugly hat, and this lighthearted and assured debut emerges, all action and quirk.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Jonathan Stroud's The Screaming Staircase will appreciate Ritter's initial foray into the realm of supernatural . . . Avid lovers of fantasy will enjoy this quick read.” —School Library Journal

58 comments:

  1. Thanks - would love to win a copy!
    Jane
    Winslow, ME
    jperry@aos92.org

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  2. I read an ARC of this book and would love to win a copy for my library!
    Kelly
    Kalkaska, MI
    ksandy@kpschools.com

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  3. I heard about this book at a YL Lit conference. It sounds awesome.
    Thanks.
    Kathy
    Yorba Linda, CA 92806
    kspielman@pylusd.org

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  4. I have heard about this book and would love to have a copy for our library!
    Thank you,
    Twyla McInturff
    K-12 Library Media Specialist/7th & 8th Grade Exploratory Reading
    tmcinturf@wheaton..k12.mo.us
    Wheaton, MO 64874

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  5. Hmmmm, sounds good.
    lm
    Lynn
    mitchelll@citrus.k12.fl.us
    Crystal River, FL

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  6. I would love one.
    tburrow@ecisd.org
    El Campo, TX

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  7. Sounds magnificent!

    Brian
    bjohnson3@sdale.org
    Springdale, Arkansas

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  8. Amanda
    amanda.rayburn@gccisd.net
    Baytown, TX

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  9. This book is getting a lot of buzz. Can't wait to read it and share it with my students.
    David Bilmes
    dbilmes@sbcglobal.net
    Southbury, CT

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  10. My students love mysteries and would love to read this book!

    Dayna Durbin
    dayna.durbin@dpsnc.net
    Durham, NC

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  11. Teresa
    tholyoke@breweredu.org
    Brewer, ME

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  12. I have heard great buzz about this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    Maggie Knapp
    Fort Worth, TX
    Maggie.knapp@gmail.com

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  13. I've been hearing a lot about this book.
    Patt
    pscanlan@hopewell.k12.va.us
    Hopewell, VA

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  14. I've heard wonderful things about this book. I would love to have a copy for our library.

    Belann
    belannearley@gmail.com
    Sandy, UT

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  15. I've heard really good things about this book! I think our students would enjoy it very much.

    Kathy Starks
    starksk@oacsd.org
    Owego, NY

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  16. I am very interested in reading this. Is it appropriate for middle school?

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    1. Pam, I think 7-8 would love this book. I'm not sure if 5-6 will enjoy it as much, but there isn't much that would make it inappropriate for a middle school library, except a lot of blood.

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    2. Hi, Pam,
      Mary's right. It's okay for middle school; I've ordered it for my library. It does have gore, but a lot of books currently on our shelves have that. Pamela

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  17. This was one of my favorite books I read all year! I could not put it down!

    Mary Zdrojewski
    Scio, NY
    mzdrojewski@scio.wnyric.org

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  18. I am looking forward to reading this. I have heard good things. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Heidi Lewis
    Guinyard-Butler Middle School
    779 Allen Street
    Barnwell, SC 29819

    hlewis@barnwell45.k12.sc.us

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  19. I can't wait to read Jackaby! Fingers crossed!
    Sindy
    scunningham@normanhoward.org

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  20. You had me at Doctor Who!
    Sandi
    Arapahoe, NC
    sandi.prescott@arapahoecharter.org

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  21. I am hearing great things about this book. I think Adrian students would really like it.
    Elma
    wittylibrarylady@gmail.com
    Adrian, OR
    wittylibrarylady@gmail.com

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  22. I would love it for my library!
    Denise, Whiteland Community High School media specialist
    Whiteland, Indiana

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    1. forgot to add my email: dsnyder@cpcsc.k12.in.us

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  23. Would love to be in this drawing!

    Joleen
    Aberdeen, ID
    waltmaj@aberdeen58.org

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  24. Thanks for the chance to win!
    simonet
    Milwaukee, WI
    simonethodges@yahoo.com

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  25. A Doctor Who mashup? Sounds great!

    Barb Gogan
    Sudbury, MA
    barbara_gogan @ sudbury .k12 .ma .us

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  26. I'm so excited to read this book!

    Gina Batie
    Muskogee, OK
    Gina.Batie@mpsi20.org

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  27. I've read more than 1 good review of this book. A must-have!
    Sandra
    sandracarswell@hotmail.com
    Copperas Cove, TX

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  28. I haven't won yet, but maybe this time is the charm! Can't wait to read this one...
    Michelle
    michellecbing@gmail.com
    Charleston, SC

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  29. Thanks again for another terrific giveaway!

    Susan Light
    books4susie@aol.com
    Christiansburg VA

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  30. This book is on my must read for 2015 list. Can't wait!

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  31. This is a wonderful book and I know many folks who would love to receive a copy at Christmas. ;-)

    Suzanne
    suzannercostner@gmail.com
    Alcoa, TN

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  32. This looks fantastic--thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    Susanne
    pegisuss4@live.com
    Astoria, NY

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  33. Looks exciting!
    Claudia Palframan
    Cchpalframan@gmail.com

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  34. This one sounds so good!
    P Najar
    pnajar@llanoisd.org

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  35. kids will love this
    Lynne McHale
    Ann Arbor, MI
    lynnemchale@gmail.com

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  36. Thanks!
    Joel
    Peoria, IL
    joel.shoemaker@psd150.org

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  37. I look forward to reading this:) blovitt@sampson.k12.nc.us; Clinton, NC

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  38. A combination of Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, and Grimm? This sounds awesome - hope to win a copy for my library!

    Carin Galatner
    El Paso, TX
    cgalanter@yahoo.com

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  39. This sounds gooood!

    Cassie
    Houston, TX
    cassiehileman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. Going on my TBR list!
    Lana
    Indpls, IN
    lanadmr5@yahoo.com

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  41. This book seems so interesting and i would love to be able to read it hopefully! I would definitely love this book!
    Julianna Murrieta
    Selma, CA
    808058@selmausd.org

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  42. I hope I am picked as the lucky winner!

    Brenda Lemon
    brlemon@yahoo.com

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  43. Reading this now. Awesome book. I would love to win a copy for my school library! :)

    Leighanne Young
    Rockwall, Texas
    leighanne.young@rockwallisd.org

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  44. I would love to read this over break.

    Marianne Kerrigan
    Brick, NJ
    mkerrigan@brickschools.org

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  45. hmmm...don't think my original comment showed up. :(
    Sonja from Nacogdoches, TX
    sonja1of3@gmail.com

    would LOVE to win this book! thank you for the contest giveaway!

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  46. Sounds like a great read for me and my students
    Kari from North Mankato, MN
    khealy1@isd77.k12.mn.us

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  47. Sounds interesting.
    Peggy
    New Palestine, IN
    pfuller@newpal.k12.in.us

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  48. It sounds like something my students would love to read!
    Julie from Brownsville, TN
    juldahl@gmail.com

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  49. Sounds like a book my students would enjoy!

    Maureen S
    msquier@newlebanoncsd.org

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  50. This is at the top of my wish list. I've been really good, Santa. :)

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  51. Can't wait to read this book, it is second in line.

    Barbara
    Independence, MO
    mccready95@gmail.com

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  52. Just what my students are looking for!
    Sandra
    Copperas Cove, TX
    sandracarswell@hotmail.com

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  53. Sounds like a wonderful book - thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy!
    Anne
    Auburn, NY
    summer_reading@mac.com

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