"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, February 28, 2011


I was working at the library one day last month, shelving books after books after books (some days they never seem to end), and anyway, I started to shelve this one, but...

I'd always loved the title.
It was science fiction.
The cover drew me in.
It was MG, and I don't read enough MG.

by Adam Rex (Hyperion, October 2007)

So I checked it out and started reading it about a week later (I think at this point, it is overdue so I have to return it). And really, from the time I picked it up, I was hooked on the voice of the main character, Gratuity. She told the story through a series of essays which was brilliant, and best of all, everyone is happy in the end (for the most part). I loved the clever use of DisneyWorld, which I've mentioned is the best place on Earth and where I'd want to spend time if an alien invasion came. But what really made the book stand above and beyond a standard science fiction fast-paced novel was the relationship between Gratuity and the alien JLo. It was actually beautiful.

I'd recommend this for anyone who loves science fiction, boys and girl definitely, fourth grade and up.

For your enjoyment, totally check out the Smekday website! It's filled with gems.

From Amazon:

It all starts with a school essay.

When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule contest, she’s not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens – called Boov – abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it “Smekland” (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod?

In any case, Gratuity’s story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity’s mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.

Fully illustrated with “photos,” drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this is a hilarious, perceptive, genre-bending novel by a remarkable new talent.


And yeah, because I checked it out from the library, I can't give it away. So instead, because it's all about an alien invasion, up for giveaway is a signed ARC of

ALIEN INVASION AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Brian Yansky (Candlewick, October 2010)

Fans of science fiction or not are going to love this book. It's smart and serious and funny in all the right places. And it also has a fantastic book trailer to really get you in the mood!

From Amazon:

A polite race of telepathic killer aliens, a ten-second world conquest, and one teenage boy collide in this wry, gutsy adventure.

Jesse is in history class when a formidable, efficient race of aliens quietly takes over the earth in less time than it takes him to brush his teeth. Most humans simply fall asleep and never wake up. In moments, everyone Jesse knows and loves is gone, and he finds that he is now a slave to an inept alien leader. On the bright side, Jesse discovers he’s developing telepathic powers, and he’s not the only one. Soon he’s forging new friendships and feeling unexpectedly hopeful. When a mysterious girl appears in his dreams, talking about escaping, Jesse begins to think the aliens may not be invincible after all. But if Jesse and his friends succeed, is there anywhere left to go? Brian Yansky offers a funny, grim novel packed with everything boys and sci-fi fans love: aliens, humor, action, and a healthy dose of triumph.

Source of ARC: From publisher at TLA

For your chance to win this ARC, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me

3) Also, if you've never won one of my contests, please tell me in the comments, and you'll get an extra entry!

And make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, March 11, 2011!


And don't forget I'm also giving away

ENTWINED by Heather Dixon (Greenwillow, March 29, 2011)

YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE by Sean Beaudoin (Little, Brown, February 1, 2011)


Birgit said...

Oh I love science fiction too! Too many paranormal books out now anyway, so this is a nice for a change :-) !

Following on GFC!

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Scoot said...
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Scoot said...

oops! forgot my email on that one...

Thanks for the chance to win! I am a GFC Follower. :)



LindsayWrites said...

follower on GFC! would love to win, never have before!


Kelly said...

I loved Smekday. I adore Adam Rex and every book he has written. I hear it is in talks with Dreamworks to be made into a film!

Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting!
Please enter me! I have never won one of your giveaways!

Happy Reading!

Damla (Sweepstake Lover) said...

I follow your blog.
I've never won any book from you yet. Thanks:)

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Damla (Sweepstake Lover) said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/sweepstakelover/status/42290163841380353

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Blogged: http://sweepstakelover.blogspot.com/2011/02/alien-invasion-arc-giveaway.html

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JerseyGirl22 said...

Please count me in!
I've never won one of your contests.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I picked up Smekday during a rough time last fall and absolutely fell in love. It was exactly what i needed to read.

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Vivien said...

+1 comment
+1 follow

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Library Lady said...

I follow on GFC. I would love to win! I have never won anything from your blog before. Alien invasion books are great!
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Miriam S. Forster said...

I love the word Smekday. It just sounds...awesome.

winnie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Please count me in!

+1 I've never won any of your contests


Beth S. said...

I just reviewed the audiobook of this one on my blog. If you loved the actual book, believe it or not, the audiobook is even better. Bahni Turpin is the narrator and her voice for J.Lo was laugh-out-loud hilarious! Like, I laughed so hard I spit out my iced-tea at one point. I highly recommend checking out the audiobook version.

Kulsuma said...

Would love to read this!

GFC follower

+1 have never won before

TheGirlOnFire said...

Very cool!

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buddyt said...

My first impression is that the book does sound a bit young for an adult reader, but that danged curiosity bump of mine will probably lead to me looking for the book after reading what you had to say !

The giveaway book also sounds good so please enter me.

I am a Follower via GFC

I have never won before as far as I can remember.


Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com


alice priday said...

please enter me. i have never won on your blog. i love science fiction books

Aleetha said...

Please count me in

I am GFC follower.
I never win any giveway in your blog

I link the giveaway on my sidebar

aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

raven said...

Thank you for the books review and giveway! They sound fascinating :D

A follower + comment + tweet
and I haven't win before :)


Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book! I follow via gfc!

+1 I`ve never won one of your contest!

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Carina Olsen said...

Oh, this book looks really interesting. I want it! :)
I follow via GFC and I have never won any of your contests before :)
~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

smileforidk:) said...

Count me iiin!

I'm a GFC Follower
ad I've never won any of you contests.


Diana said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
I am a follower as Diana
I have never won one of your giveaways.

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AEKZ2 said...

I'd love to read this. Google follower.


+1 Never won one of your giveaways.

Brooke said...

I'm a follower. Thanks so much!

+1 I've never won one of your contests before.


Vidisha said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!!
GFC follower

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

I am a GFC follower (new)

Have never won here.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Natasha Areena said...

WHOA! I need to try this!This sounds like a book I’d love to read.

Never won before!

GFC follower

Sophia the Writer said...


Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/sophthewriter/status/44268060802158592

And never won!

mary ann said...

hope to win this one;))
I have not won yet
a follower

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mary ann said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Run0nce828/status/44725184179089408

blog post:http://optimisticasme.blogspot.com/2011/03/smekday-review-and-alien-invasion-arc.html

The Itzel Library said...

This book sounds great, thanks for the giveaway :)

Follow both blogs


Tim said...

There is nothing better than a great science fiction book!

Thank you for offering this giveaway.


I have not won!


Tim said...

There is nothing better than a great science fiction book.

Thank you for offering this giveaway.



Tim said...

There is nothing better than a great science fiction book.

Thank you for the giveaway.


I haven't won.


tearyeyedstars said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :D
I'm a follower via GFC (tearyeyedstars)
ejhtan at gmail dot com

tearyeyedstars said...

ejhtan at gmail dot com

tearyeyedstars said...

ejhtan at gmail dot com

tearyeyedstars said...

And I've never won one of your contests ):
Hopefully I'm more lucky this time! :P
ejhtan at gmail dot com

JessS said...

Never won before, thanks.


Silvy said...

Hi! I've never won one of my contests.



SweetShenanigans said...

GFC follower
I love sci fi!
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Alliegal101/status/46432120641552384
I blogged: http://sweetsugaryshenanigans.blogspot.com/2011/03/win-copy-of-alien-invasion-and-other.html
I've never won a giveaway from you before!
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