5 Minutes for Books:
A Big Book Giveaway for Kids of All Ages

by Jennifer Donovan

One thing that I love about books is that they are so readily available. With Barnes and Noble and Amazon still offering guaranteed Christmas delivery (not to mention gift cards!), with the wide variety of books out there — instructive or enjoyable or beautiful — books are appropriate for so many on your holiday lists.

The folks at Simon and Schuster have put together a great giveaway package that will go out to one of our winners (U.S. or Canada residents). The winner will get one copy of EACH of these books.

If you are still looking for ideas to fill some stockings, consider these books for kids of all ages:


For the Family:

Fablehaven Boxed Set
By Brandon Mull

For the Little Ones:

Snow Bugs
By David A. Carter (Lauren’s review at 5 Minutes for Books)

Olivia Acts Out (Jennifer’s review at 5 Minutes for Books)
By Jodie Shepherd


For Tween Girls:

Dork Diaries (My 11-year-old daughter Amanda thought this one was pretty cute)
By Rachel Renee Russell

For Tween Boys:

Pendragon Boxed Set
By D. J. MacHale

For Teens:

Robert Pattinson Fated for Fame
By Mel Williams

Taylor Launter Overnight Sizzlin’ Sensation

By Mel Williams

The Hollow
By Jessica Verday

For Teens — and Adults who are young at heart!

Leviathan (Since we are fans of Westerfeld’s Uglies series, I’m looking forward to this one)
By Scott Westerfeld

Night World No. 1
By L. J. Smith

*Disclosure: I did not receive copies of these books to review, but Simon and Schuster is generously providing a copy of all of them to one of you.

The winner will get a copy of each book listed, but as your entry, leave a comment saying which book interests you most, and who in your life would appreciate it.

We will not run a column next week, so we will leave this open for two weeks, announcing the winner in our column on January 4.

The winner of the beautiful Andrew Zuckerman books Bird and Creature is #34 Wendy M.


Written by book blogger Jennifer Donovan, who blogs at Snapshot and manages 5 Minutes for Books.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 julie December 21, 2009 at 1:37 am

The hollow is what I’m most interested in but my kids would love snow bugs.

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2 julie December 21, 2009 at 1:37 am

I subscribe to the blog feed

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3 Michele Judd December 21, 2009 at 1:58 am

Olivia Acts Out – perfect for my daughters!

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4 susan December 21, 2009 at 2:28 am

Snow Bugs By David A. Carter sounds like fun (he always has such engaging books) and my little one would love to add it to his library!

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5 Erin Lowmaster December 21, 2009 at 2:46 am

What a wonderful selection of books! I know my daughter would really enjoy Snow Bugs!

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6 AZ December 21, 2009 at 3:02 am

Thanks for the chance to win! My son’s been eyeing the Fablehaven books…

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7 Mrs. Sharon White December 21, 2009 at 6:28 am

Thanks for this chance to win.

“Dork Diaries” sounds funny. My daughter would love to read it!

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8 Tami December 21, 2009 at 6:58 am

What an awesome giveaway!

My daughter is a tween, so she’d probably like the “Dork Diaries”.

My son is just turned into a teenager, but I’m sure he’d still enjoy the “Pendragon Boxed Set”
and would like the “Robert Pattinson Fated for Fame”.

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9 Julie P. December 21, 2009 at 8:19 am

Well they all look great, but LEVIATHAN is one that I’m interested in! I think my middle grade daughter would like to have a copy of DORK DIARIES.

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10 Annie December 21, 2009 at 8:22 am

I would love Leviathan, but my little girl is more on the Olivia level! They would all get read tho!

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11 edj December 21, 2009 at 8:40 am

Oh! oh! oh! We could use so many of those! The only ones we wouldn’t need personally are the ones for “little ones,” and it’s not like we don’t have friends that would love those!!

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12 Mom24 December 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

My little guy would love the Pendragon set.

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13 Mom24 December 21, 2009 at 8:57 am

I subscribe to your blog.

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14 Barb December 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

Robert Pattinson Fated for Fame
By Mel Williams
and
Taylor Launter Overnight Sizzlin’ Sensation
By Mel Williams.
My teen is enamored with then since Twilight came out.

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15 Katrina December 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

Fantastic giveaway!! There are 2 that jump out at me the most: the Pendragon series for my tween boy, and Snow Bugs for my 3-year-old boy.

Thanks for the chance to win!

[Pick me! Pick me!]

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16 Tammy Gordon December 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

My girls would love Olivia Acts Out because they love Olivia!!

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17 kys December 21, 2009 at 9:37 am

I think my son would enjoy the Fablehaven books.

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18 Leilani December 21, 2009 at 9:38 am

We’d love the Fablehaven set to read as a family. I’ve heard it’s a good series. Thanks!

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19 Carol Crosier December 21, 2009 at 9:40 am

My daughter would love the Dork diaries!

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20 Stacie December 21, 2009 at 9:45 am

The Pendragon boxed set for our boys! Awesome!
Staciele(at)netins(dot)net

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21 Elizabeth December 21, 2009 at 9:48 am

my family would love this set! and the few we couldn’t use would go to my nieces.

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22 Dezi Allen December 21, 2009 at 11:09 am

Snow Bugs sounds like the perfect book for my 2 year old boy.

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23 corinne December 21, 2009 at 11:39 am

My 11 year old daughter would probably really enjoy Dork Diaries. Thanks for the opportunity!

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24 K. Rock December 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I would love the snow bugs book for my daughter.

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25 K. Rock December 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I get your feed.

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26 Courtney December 21, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I subscribe to the feed.

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27 Courtney December 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I think my son would love the snow bugs book.

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28 Kristi December 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Dork Diaries for sure! My daughter is 11 and loves books like that!

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29 Carolyn December 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I think I’d like the Fablehaven set for reading aloud. Plus, our little one would love Snow bugs.

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30 Wendy December 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Snow Bugs for my kids. They’d love it.

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31 Wendy December 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I subscribe!

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32 Katy (A Few More Pages) December 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm

My kids would love Olivia Acts Out, but I would love to get Leviathan! :) And then the Dork Diaries would go to my sister-in-law for her 6th grade class library.

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33 Wani December 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

my little guys would love the kiddos books and I have a brother and sister who would be interested in the teen books!

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34 Megret December 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

My children would love the Olivia Acts Out title — we love Olivia. :)
Thanks,
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

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35 Megret December 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I subscribe!

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36 Christine Jensen December 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I have been curious about the Fablehaven series for a while now, so this would be what I am most interested in!

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37 Melissa Nunley December 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I like the two books under “little ones” – my husband and I are trying for a baby, so these would be great to put up :)

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38 Stacy Taylor December 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

We love books! We’d love to win some new ones!

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39 Janelle December 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

My daughter would love “Olivia Acts Out.” She likes the TV series and all the other Olivia books. Interested to see how the tie-in books compare to the originals.

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40 Barbara S. December 21, 2009 at 2:57 pm

I would love to get Snow Bugs for grandson,Logan. Thanks for this great opportunity.

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41 Sharon M. December 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm

My 7 yeard old would love the Fablehaven boxed set the most. She loves to read!

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42 Jo December 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Olivia Acts Out is my fave, and my daughter Emily would love it
jceko77@yahoo.com

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43 Melissa Burmester December 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I would like to read leviathan. I would love to read it

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44 Piroska December 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

My favourite is Snow Bugs.
:o)

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45 Ladytink_534 December 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Leviathan and Fablehaven interest me most. My niece and younger brother would love a few of these though.

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46 Linda Kish December 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Olivia Acts Out for my daughter in law’s niece.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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47 Lindsey December 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm

This is an awesome giveaway! I might possibly die of happiness if I won…

The Fablehaven boxed set interests me most but seriously there are so many in there I would love to read! My little one would love the books in the kid category. :-) Thanks!

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48 Carrie K. December 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm

My 11 year old son would love the Pendragon books – and my 13 year old daughter would drool over the Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner ones. :) Great giveaway – thanks!

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49 Monica December 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

My son would like the Pendragon boxed set. Thanks for hosting!

monicaalbers@yahoo.com

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50 Benita G . December 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Dork Diaries interests me the most. I’d love to gift this to my niece.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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51 Lori Taube December 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I am most interested in “Snow Bugs.” I know that my little boy would love it!

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52 Debbie Lester December 21, 2009 at 6:38 pm

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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53 Anita Yancey December 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Snow Bugs interests me most. My daughter would love it. Please enter me. Thanks!
I am a subscriber!

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54 Amy B December 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

My oldest daughter who is 11 would love the Dork Diaries but my youngest 2 (one boy and one girl), I think, would love the snow bugs. My whole family loves books and we read often.

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55 Trudy December 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I think a black lab is the dog for everyone. I have had three myself and have known probably seven or eight. They are the most intelligent and loyal dogs I have ever come across.
As for your need to discuss your children’s health issues, what about starting a new anonymous blog. Just don’t let anyone know who you are and don’t use your kids’ names. Use fictional names. Just an idea.

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56 Jen December 21, 2009 at 10:06 pm

My daughter would love snow bugs. She loves those books!

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57 Karen December 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I love books and my kids love Olivia! I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

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58 karen M December 22, 2009 at 12:01 am

Leviathan, our guy read this over the summer, he enjoys reading books numerous times. I know he would enjoy having his own copy of Leviathan

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59 Laureen December 22, 2009 at 12:50 am

All these books sound wonderful. We would probably be most interested in Snow Bugs as my children love snow. My 3.5 year-old daughter would probably be the one who would love this book the most. Thanks for the chance!

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60 Jessie December 22, 2009 at 2:18 am

Snow Bugs! We love snow, we love bugs and we definitely love pop up books in a little kid household. :) Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win

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61 judy brittle December 22, 2009 at 8:23 am

My oldest grandson would love the Pendragon boxed set. He has really started enjoying reading and has been asking to read some of my books. I think he would thoroughly enjoy this. Thank you!

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62 Becky M December 22, 2009 at 8:44 am

I think that my son would enjoy Snow Bugs the most!

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63 Sharon December 22, 2009 at 8:53 am

either of the two “little ones” would go straight to my son! he LOVES books!

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64 jerri December 22, 2009 at 9:05 am

my son would LOVE the Pendragon set!! It’s so his thing right now

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65 Suzanne (Crunchy green Mom) December 22, 2009 at 9:48 am

Olivia Acts out would be great for my toddlers. They LOVE to read and any books they can get their hands on they will run to me and ask, “Read.. Read..”

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66 Chelsea December 22, 2009 at 10:51 am

SNOW BUGS….my kids would love this one! Thanks!

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67 Tricia December 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

Snowbug for sure, this sounds like something my daughter would just LOVE. She is obsessed with books!

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68 chris December 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

I think we’d all like the Pendragon set. Thanks!

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69 Laurie Moudy December 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

My 3 yr old twins love watching Olivia! My little girl loves to have books read to her! the other night we found them sitting in our guest bedroom , aka “papa’s Bed”, reading their little Bibles. It was precious! I am grateful that they enjoy books at such a young age. What a great giveaway. Merry Christmas!

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70 Carol M December 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

LEVIATHAN is the book I’m most interested in. My teenage grandchildren would love it!

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71 RG December 22, 2009 at 11:57 am

Wow, the cousins would love the snow bugs story! Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

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72 Heather H December 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

We would love the Fablehaven books – we’ve been wanting to read them as a family this winter.

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73 Kelly Deaton December 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I like Olivia Acts Out – for my 3 year old daughter who now goes to preschool & has learned so many new & wonderful things! (good & BAD)

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74 Marj M. December 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm

The Fablehaven books would be the perfect thing to read together with my grandchildren. I will be taking an extended trip to visit and this would be wonderful. (All of them would)

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75 Joliene D December 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I like the SNOW BUGS would be a great ‘curl up on the couch & read with mommy’ one. Cute!

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76 Donna C. December 22, 2009 at 6:18 pm

The Hollow is the book I am most interested in for my Niece

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77 Staci A December 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Snow Bugs looks like a great book! My son would love it!

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78 phyllis December 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm

fablehaven – totally want to read those!!!! oh, and i might share with my 8 year old ;-)

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79 Jennifer December 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Please enter us, I have lots of kids in my life to share these with!

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80 Jennifer December 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Snow Bugs sounds the most fun – I’m a subscriber by email.

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81 Donna S December 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm

I would love The Hollow By Jessica Verday and my niece would love Night World No. 1 By L. J. Smith

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82 Krystal December 23, 2009 at 1:01 am

I love love love the Fablehaven Series. I would love to share those books with my husband and children (when they’re old enough to read!) They are fabulous!

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83 LaVonne December 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

My sister would love the Twilight themed books about Robert and Taylor. I would be happy to give my toddler the book Snow Bugs. :)

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84 Iriny Assanassios December 23, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Snow Bugs and Olivia Acts Out would be great for my son! Thanks for the chance to win and enjoy the holiday season!

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85 Marla December 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I would love to read Fablehaven with my kids!

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86 Gram December 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Olivia Acts Out for my 3-year-old twin grandaughters! One can never have too much Olivia. Moo.

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87 Amy December 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm

WOW! You and S & S ROCK!I am a middle school librarian (6TH-8TH GRADES) and love that you are promoting books! I too have Levithan on my night stand table to read SOON! I would love to share any of the books with any of my students but I am thinking that Snug Bugs would be perfect for my family! Thanks again for promoting reading!

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88 Belinda A. December 23, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Olivia Acts Out, most definitely! My daughter is an Olivia fan and we’ve yet to read this one.

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89 Shawntele December 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I think the kids and I would enjoy reading the Fablehaven series together; I have recently added it to our TBR list for 2010! :O)

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90 Jaime P December 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

What a great giveaway
I know the girls would love Olivia Acts Out, they love that show

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91 Noreen December 24, 2009 at 1:20 am

Olivia Acts Out
for my girls as they would love it

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92 Dinghy S December 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

I am interested in all of them! My entire family loves to read. The Snow Bugs will be wonderful for my twin nephews, my youngest sister would love the Hollow and the books on the Twilight characters.

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93 Renita December 24, 2009 at 10:54 am

We love, love, love the Fablehaven series and are planning to read it aloud to the family. We would also be interested in the Pendragon series (even though we only have girls!) Thanks for entering us!

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94 Cheryl Bradley December 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I’m most interested in The Hollow but my daughter would most like Olivia Acts Out.

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95 mischlle December 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm

any of them would be nice my husband loves to read

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96 lace December 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Pendragon looks like it would be great. I’ve read a few fantasy books before but would like to read more.

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97 Terra Heck December 25, 2009 at 6:51 am

All the books would be read by someone in my family. My 9 yoa girl would really like Dork Diaries. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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98 katklaw777 December 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

My niece would love Snow Bugs!
Great giveaway, thanks!
Happy Holiday!

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99 Wehaf December 26, 2009 at 11:22 am

I think the Pendragon series would be loads of fun for me to read over the holiday – light, easy, and engaging.

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100 Steph December 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm

My kids would enjoy Snow Bugs. Looks like a cute book.

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101 Kim Holsapple December 26, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Definitely the Taylor Launter Overnight Sizzlin’ Sensation book – my 13 year old will love this.

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102 Roseanna Cannaday December 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm

My daughters’ birthday is coming up and she willbe turning three. She would love the Olivia Acts Out Book the most!

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103 Adele December 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Tons of booklovers in my family. We would love to read all these books.

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104 jennym December 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Olivia acts out- My dd loves these books

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105 Amanda Starr December 28, 2009 at 8:53 am

I think my whole family would enjoy the Fablehaven Boxed Set

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106 Amity December 29, 2009 at 12:49 am

My son would especially like the Fablehaven set!

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107 Jen Unsell December 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I would love to win The Dork Diaries for my 10 year old daughter.

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108 Winning Readings December 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

Olivia Acts Out for my daughter – Loved the review!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/12/various-family-friendly-titles.html

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109 Martha C December 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

I would love to win this set!!!

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110 Vanessa December 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

My step sisters would love the Dork Diaries!

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111 rita December 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I would love to give my grandson either Snow Bugs for his January birthday, or Olivia Acts Out.
Thank you for this opportunity!

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112 Nicola December 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm

The Fablehaven books would be enjoyed the most by myself and my niece!

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113 Wendy December 30, 2009 at 5:37 pm

My son would love Snow Bugs. The title alone has two of his favorite things!

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114 Wendy December 30, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I follow on Google Reader.

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115 Sal Williams December 30, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Olivia sounds like the perfect book for our littlest angel. Thank you for a fine giveaway.

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116 virginia low December 30, 2009 at 11:00 pm

My three granddaughters, ages 2, 5, and 8, would love Olivia Acts Out. We already have Olivia books and love them all.

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117 Jen W. December 30, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Olivia rules! And, I love to read to my kids constantly so this set would be a great addition.

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118 Thien-Kim December 31, 2009 at 12:22 am

My daughter loves Oliva and playing pretend, so Olivia Acts Out would be perfect for her.

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119 Ticia December 31, 2009 at 11:53 am

I’d love the Fablehaven book set, I’ve got the first two, and would love the chance to get a set and pass on my first two books.
And my kids would love Olivia

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120 Julie Smith January 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

This is a difficult choice for me, as I am quick to read my ‘children’s’ books as well as they are! :) I bought the first 3 books of the “Warriors” series for my 9-year-old for Christmas (as well as the classic “Tom Sawyer”) and he is eagerly gulping them down while my teen is busy with Brsinger and looking forward to reading the “Graceling” book she received. The book(s) that I am most interested in (because I think we ALL will enjoy them) are the “Fablehaven” and “Pendragon” sets. :)

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121 Brenda January 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm

My daughter would especially like the Olivia book, and she would no doubt grow into the others (and I would enjoy reading a lot of the books on this list!).

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122 Raelena January 2, 2010 at 1:21 am

I would especially love the Fablehaven box set. It is one of my favorite series.

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123 Kerrie Mayans January 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm

The Pendragon box set interestes me the most becuase i think my son would really like it.

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124 Chelsea S. January 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm

The Snow Bugs book interests me the most because I have been a big fan of the “bugs” books for years.

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125 Nicole January 3, 2010 at 10:37 am

I think my nephew would love the Pendragon set!

Thanks
Nicole
Coleeol42784@aol.com

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126 Kathleen Gereg January 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

My niece would like the Dork Diaries, as ‘dork’ seems to be a large part of her vocabulary these days!

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127 CherylS22 January 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm

The books that interest me the most are the Pendragon set because I think I’d really enjoy them. Thanks!

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128 CherylS22 January 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I subscribe via Google Reader

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129 Jennifer Barr January 4, 2010 at 11:49 am

I think the Pendragon set would be most appreciated by my son. I think the dork diaries my daughter would love.
Looks like all good books!

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