The Race is done! Thank you to those who raced, and good luck to all who entered!
Check the Apocalypsies Blog for the announcement of prize pack winners. Winner of the audio book will be announced here tonight!
Welcome to the Personal Effects stop on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes!
Below you will find all the information you need to answer the Personal Effects quiz question at the end of this leg of the YAmazing Race. (A hard copy of Personal Effects will be in one of the prize packs!). PLUS, you can enter a bonus contest right here for an audio book of Personal Effects!
(If you landed here by accident, go to the kickoff post at The Apocalypsies Blog, read the complete rules, and start the race from the beginning. There are four legs in the Race. You don’t need to complete all four legs to be eligible to win a prize pack, but you do need to complete all the hops in each leg to be able to enter to win the prize pack for that leg. Confused? Go to the start and read the complete instructions there.)
Now, on to the race!
After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.
Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like he’s been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dad’s lectures about following in his brother’s footsteps. T.J.’s gone, but Matt can’t shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brother’s stuff from Iraq, he’d be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.’s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.’s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brother’s memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel.
And here’s the latest review (A Star!): “In an outstanding debut, Kokie tackles the tumultuous aftermath of a soldier’s death, as seen through the eyes of a sibling left behind. . . . Through raw moments and strikingly mature characterizations, Kokie explores loss, personal relationships, and the burden of preconceptions.” - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly (Read the full review)
Got all that? Feeling lucky? Want a HINT? (Of course you do: take a second look at the cover).
Now, BEFORE YOU MOVE ON, you can enter to win an audiobook of Personal Effects right here!
It’s easy! Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win!*
(* Race Prize Pack Winners will be posted on the Apocalypsies Blog as soon as possible after the close of the Race. The winner of the Personal Effects audiobook will be announced here as soon as possible after the close of the Race. If you want to be notified by email, twitter, FaceBook, etc., leave your contact info in your comment.)
Ready to move on? Then go to Kathleen Peacock’s website, the next stop on this leg of the Race!
Good luck, and happy racing!
Note: The YAmazing Race will run from Monday, October 22nd at approximately noon EST through Monday, October 29th at noon EST.
PS: It has been a crazy, amazing time since Personal Effects launched. I hope to do a great big launch round up post soon, as soon as I catch my breath. But in the meantime, thank you to everyone who has helped make this such an amazing time. And special thanks to those who have reader Personal Effects, and especially those who have taken the time to write and post a review. I greatly appreciate all of your support.