Wednesday, August 5, 2009
So today is a super awesome day! It's the start of my very first contest! Yay *waves her hands in the air*! This contest is in honor of my one-month blogaversary (started blog July 4th, the contest is one day late)
What & Who: Win a copy of the super-awesome book A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott!
Fifteen-year old Genna Colon believes wishes can come true. Frustrated by the drug dealers in her building, her family's cramped apartment, and her inability to compete with the cute girls at school, Genna finds comfort in her dreams of a better future. Almost every day she visits the garden and tosses coins into the fountain, wishing for a different life, a different home, and a different body. Little does she know that her wish will soon be granted: when Genna flees into the garden late one night, she makes a fateful wish and finds herself instantly transported back in time to Civil War-era Brooklyn
Zetta has generously given me a copy to give away. Thanks Zetta! You can read my review of AWAM and my interview with Zetta. I highly recommend you read both for the contest!
When: Today, Aug. 5-August 18
Where: Reading in Color!
+1 comment on any of my previous book reviews
+3 become a follower of my blog
+2 become a follower of Color Online or Taste Life Twice or Zetta's blog Fledgling! Leave me a comment on this post telling me which one(s) you became a follower of.
+3 Enter the August Color Me Brown Contest (comment with a link to a post on your blog announcing you've entered). Click on the picture on my sidebar for more details.
+2 If you're already in the Color Me Brown Challenge
+5 Comment on this post and list celebrities to play any of the characters in AWAM (even if you haven't read the book, based on my descriptions you should be able to pick at least 3 actors/actresses based on appearance or personality) that I've listed below. If there's not a lot of physical characteristics (for example there aren't many physical details about Martha) than use your imagination. Min. is 3 celebrities. Max is 8. If you use any of Zetta's suggestions, they don't count (you still need at least three characters, her suggestion is extra).
You must do at least two of the above! Be sure you leave your email address!
*Update-go to storycasting.com and leave me the link with your cast! You have to create an accout (it's free) and then cast away! If you already entered, I'll cast your people on my account so I can get a better visual. Thanks Jeff for letting me know about this website!
A Wish After Midnight Characters
2001 (present day) Characters
Genna-tall, skinny, "dark and plain" (in her own words) with "short nappy hair". However, later on Genna gets locs (dredlocks). Shy, studious, determined, an outsider. Wants to be a psychiatrist. Lives in Brooklyn. 15 years old. African American and Panamanian
Judah-A little older than 15 or 16 because he moved from Jamaica and got put in the 10th grade, but he's a little older than that. Has dreds. Wants to move to Africa. Strong, quiet, likes writing haiku, has an accent. Likes reggae.
Toshi- Genna's older sister. 17 years old. Very popular girl. Only cares about boys, clothes, hair, make-up, and the latest dance moves. Short and curvy. Long brown hair, "skin the color of butterscotch pudding". Wants to drop out of school and work at a clothing store (already works there part-time). Mean to Genna (but was nicer when they were younger).
Rico- Genna's older brother. Got held back, so in some of her classes. Always in trouble (with the police, teachers, neighbors). Dealing drugs. He's always been mean to Genna, never defends her from his creepy friends. He's loud, rude and selfish. His mother's favorite. Has already been in juvie.
Hannah-Older white lady who befriends Genna. Has a little boy. Helps Genna, gives her clothes and her old psychiatry books. Very nice, but can be overly helpful (sometimes sees Genna as a charity case).
Paul-When Genna travels back in time to 1863 Brooklyn she meets Paul. He is bi-racial. Blue eyes, light brown curly hair. Honey-colored skin. Kind, funny (always got jokes) , a listener. Genna's age, maybe a few years older.
Nannie-elderly black woman. Housekeeper to the Brants. Nice, comforts Genna.
Sam-Helps Genna out. Elderly black man (gray hairs on his head and has a beard).
Dr. Brant- White doctor who asks Genna to live with him and his wife and take care of their child. Tall, kind and has a mustache. Well-to-do.
Mrs. Brant-Dr. Brant's wife. A snob, rude to the servants and her husband. Stubborn and whiny. Short , has "cold" blue eyes and has curly hair.
Martha- Irish girl Genna befriends. Dirt poor, a scullery maid. She has an accent. Skinny.
Best of luck everyone! Can't wait to read these :)