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Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Let’s get right down to business, shall we?

Giveaway Winners:

We have a contests to close and winners to announce!

The winner of a copy of The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson is…

The Madness Underneath

Danielle Nguyen (entry #13)

The winner of a copy of Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs is:

Frost Burned

Erin L. (entry #17)

Congratulations! You know the drill. Send an email to us (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address and we’ll get your winnings out to you as soon as possible.

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

On Monday, Ana kicks off the week in style with a trio of middle grade reviews: Permanent Rose by Hilary Mckay, The Wolves of Wiloughby Chase by Joan Aiken, and From the Mixed-up Files of Basil E Frankeiler by EL Konigsburg.

Permanent Rose Wolves of Willoughby Cahse From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Tuesday, it is Thea’s turn with a review of YA SF dystopia Orleans by Sherri L. Smith – plus an Inspirations & Influences post from Sherri, and a giveaway of the book.

Orleans Sherri L Smith

On Wednesday, we give you our Old School Wednesday results and plans: thanks to all of the AMAZING suggestions we received last week, we have compiled a shelf at GoodReads, we’re adding a public page here to our site for others to reference, AND we have a planned monthly vote/readalong. All details to be unveiled…

Old School Wednesdays

On Thursday (Pi Day!), we are thrilled to host the cover reveal for Susan Jane Bigelow’s new book, The Daughter Star. And, later in the day, Ana reviews YA historical novel Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.

Out of the Easy

Friday, we close out the week with a joint review of Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson. And, Thea is over at Kirkus with a review of 2013 Nebula Award nominated fantasy novel Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (we’re doing our best to read ALL of the Nebula nominated best novels before the awards are presented).

Strands of Bronze and Gold Throne of the Crescent Moon

It’s a busy week! Until tomorrow, we remain…

Beetee (Catching Fire) Effie (Catching Fire)

Beetee and Effie in Catching Fire via Capitol Couture

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Ana @ things mean a lot
    March 10, 2013 at 7:27 am

    OMG Ana, you read Joan Aiken 😀 😀 😀

  • Linda W
    March 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Congrats to the winners. Looks like another great week coming up at Book Smugglers.

  • Eliza
    March 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Looks like some great book discussion coming up this week. I’m looking forward to chatting about the ones I’ve read and reading about the new ones.

    Question – should we continue to add suggestions Old School Wednesdays to Wednesday’s post? I have thought of additional ones and know that new ones will continue to pop up. Or do you have enough? I think, at last count, there were almost 300 suggested titles for you to read and that’s counting only the first book in each series. Enough to keep you reading for a while. Looking forward to hearing about your plans on Wednesday. Sounds fun.

  • Ana
    March 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Eliza – We are a bit overwhelmed at the response the OSW is getting! I don’t think there is such a thing as having enough books to read! That said, maybe hold on to the extra suggestions until we have a chance to talk thinks through with y’all on Wednesday? 🙂

  • Ashleigh Paige
    March 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Out of the Easy! I loved that book so much, though some friends of mine haven’t liked it quite like I did. I hope it is/was good to you, Ana!

    I’m also curious as to what you both will think of Strands of Bronze and Gold. The book was too slowly paced for me and the role of the slaves in the novel bothered me too. Even though it was set before the Civil War, it felt like the slaves were there more to show how compassionate the main character is or help her than anything else.

  • Shannon H
    March 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I clicked on the link for Capitol Couture to see more pictures and when I saw Gale’s I thought he was holding a marshmallow on a stick. Marshmallows catch fire too :mrgreen:

  • Eliza
    March 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Ana – totally understand. However, I’m keeping a list for when you and Thea issue a second call for recommendations 🙂

  • Morgan
    March 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I’ll be interested to hear what you both think of Strands of Bronze and Gold! I really want to read it; it sounds so intriguing and the cover is beautiful.

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