We're giving away a signed copy of EIGHTH GRADE SUPERZERO, due out in January 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic.
Synopsis: After the worst first day of school ever, Reggie "Pukey" McKnight wants to get through the school year out of the spotlight and on the sidelines. He wants to turn his image around, but he has other things on his mind as well: his father is out of a job; life with his best friends is getting complicated by race and romance; and his nemesis Donovan is out for blood.
The elections for school president are coming up, but Reggie wouldn't stand a chance, if he even had the courage to run. Then he gets involved with a local homeless shelter, and begins to think about making a difference, in his world and beyond. And when a pair of "Dora the Explorer" sneakers seem to have powers of transformation, Reggie begins to wonder: Pukey for President? It can happen...if he starts believing.
Activism is a major theme of SUPERZERO -- on both a small/personal and large/global scale. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Friday, December 11 at 11:59 PM (EST) telling us one way that you might be an "agent of positive change" (at home, school, work, in the larger community, among friends, or some sort of change within) in 2010.
One entry per person. If you don't have a LiveJournal or Open ID and you post anonymously, include some name or nickname in your comment so that we can identify you. You need not put your address in the comment; we’ll only ask for the winner's address.
Who's eligible: Anyone age 13 and older. Anywhere. The recipient will be chosen at random.