Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Announcing the lucky winner of The Best and Hardest Thing


Before announcing  the name of the lucky of the Comment Contest for Pat Brisson's new book, The Best and Hardest Thing I'm thrilled to share this wonderful FIVE *****starred review from the highly regarded and well-known reviewer (I'm sure you'll all recognize his name from, Richie Partington a.k.a Richie's Picks. Here's a clip from his review:

". . .No matter whose statistics and trends you examine, there is no question that there are still far too many adolescents who lack accurate information, who engage in sex, and who engage in unprotected sex. THE BEST AND HARDEST THING is one of those high-interest books of great value that you want to get in the hands of lots of eighth and ninth graders in the hope that some of them will later recognize and respond responsibly to the developing signs of temporary hormonal insanity in their own minds." 

And NOW the winner from Amy!  Amy, please e-mail me by June 2nd with your full name and address to receive your autographed book. After that date the names will go back in for a new drawing. claragillowclark (@)

So what's coming in the months ahead? 

June and July, I'll be posting a summer workshop with a few surprises for writers!

Novelist Claudia Mills has agreed to talk about her forthcoming book, and also Lindsay Barrett George, author/illustrator will be sharing her new book along with a very special giveaway from both of us. Teachers/librarians won't want to miss that one!

Later on in the fall, I'll be hosting a Writing Contest with prizes, including K.L.Going's book, Writing & Selling the YA Novel.

Thanks, Pat, for sharing an inside look at the writing of The Best and Hardest Thing, and thank you, dear readers, for stopping by to comment! See you in a week.


  1. Congrats to Pat for an outstanding review!! That's really great.

    And also, congrats to Amy for winning a copy.

    Clara, can't wait to see what you have in store for summer and fall. It looks just wonderful! Keep up the great work :)

  2. Thanks, Jen! I'm really excited about what's coming. I'm trying hard not to give away all my secrets. It feels like Christmas!

  3. Congratulations to Amy--although I am a little jealous. LOL! I'll have to put this one on my reading list.

    Thanks, Clara!

  4. Hi Margo, Sorry that there could only be one winner, and I know you'll be happy to learn that the wheel of fortune stopped on a great winner. Amy is a librarian with a fifteen year old daughter. How cool is that?

  5. Hi Clara,
    Sounds you have a busy summer ahead of you. I'll stop back to check out your events.

  6. Thanks, Donna! It does promise to be fun! I look forward to seeing what you're up to, too!

  7. Congratulations to the winner. It's really generous of bloggers to give away such great books.

  8. Terrific review and congratulations to the winner!