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Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop: Cancer Stories

This week, Making the Grade is participating in the Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop, which is hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. Here on the blog, we are giving away an ARC of Radiate by Marley Gibson to one lucky winner as part of the hop.

This hop ends on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at midnight.

I am so excited to be a part of this particular Hop this week, as it involves a topic dear to my heart. At only 10 years of age I lost my grandmother to breast cancer. And just this year, my husband and I found out that his mother has been diagnosed with endometrial cancer… It is because of incidents such as this that I am an active participant in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. The 3-Day is a nationwide event that strives to raise money for breast cancer research. In October 2011, I joined thousands of others here in Tampa Bay, Florida and walked 60 miles in 3 days in order to raise money for the cause. All-in-all, I managed to raise over $3,300 dollars last year for breast cancer research.

Help me reach my goal for the Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-DayThis year I am participating once again, only this time I will be participating as a crew member in both the Tampa Bay and Seattle 3-Day events. Once again I strive to raise money for breast cancer research. If you have any funds to spare, please consider donating to the cause today. You can donate as little or as much as you like, but please, I encourage you to help me in my fundraising efforts if you can.

Click here to donate to the 3-Day today

(NOTE: You are not required to make a donation in order to participate in the giveaway being held as a part of the hop, but a donation would certainly be appreciated! Thank you in advance. Your donation WILL NOT go unnoticed.)

Here are four books on the topic of cancer that I recommend you add to your reading list this year. They are each vastly different stories, with only one thing in common: the devastating diagnosis.

RadiateRadiate By Marley Gibson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 3, 2012
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Hayley Matthews is determined to be the best cheerleader she can. She works hard and pushes herself 110% all the time. Then Hayley finds a lump on her leg. The diagnosis is cancer. The prognosis is unclear. She could lose her leg. Or maybe her life. At first Haley is scared, terrified. In an instant, everything she’s worked for seems out of reach. But Haley is strong. She’s going to fight this disease. She will not let it take her life or her dreams.

Making the Grade Book Score: 4 stars

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars By John Green
Dutton Books| January 10, 2012
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Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Read Our Review | Making the Grade Book Score: 5 stars

The Probability of MiraclesThe Probability of Miracles By Wendy Wunder
Razorbill | December 8, 2011
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Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine – a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it’s undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingos in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe – in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

Making the Grade Book Score: 5 stars

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlMe and Earl and the Dying Girl By Jesse Andrews
Amulet Books | March 1, 2012
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Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are  terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel. Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl make her a movie, and Greg must abandon invisibility and make a stand.

Making the Grade Book Score: 3.5 stars

Enter for your chance to win an ARC of RADIATE!

You must fill out this form to enter.

Open to US residents aged 13 and older only.
ONE entry per person.
Giveaway ends at midnight on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

View the other blogs participating in this Hop (and enter to win even more giveaways!) by visiting the Charity Hopping Around the World Giveaway Hop page over at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

We Have a Winner!

Thank you to all who entered the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop here at Making the Grade. Keep in mind that we currently have five other giveaways being held on the blog. One of which, for the signed STARTERS ARC and swag, ends tonight. So hurry on over and enter as soon as you can! The other giveaways are listed in the side bar to the right. Also, if you have won a giveaway this month and have not yet received your prize, have patience! I will get them out soon!

LegendAnd now, without further adieu, the WINNER of the copy of LEGEND is…

Stephanie Ward

Congratulations! Please email me at imakethegrade (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address so that I may get the book to you. You have 72 hours to respond before I select a new winner.

And if you didn’t win, don’t worry! Stay tuned as we open up new giveaways every week. Fantastic prizes, games, author interviews and more are on the schedule, including one for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers! So be sure to continue following Making the Grade so you don’t miss out!

Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

This week, Making the Grade is participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, which is hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. Here on the blog, we are giving away a copy of LEGEND by Marie Lu to one lucky winner as part of the hop.

This hop ends on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at midnight.

LegendLEGEND
By Marie Lu
Putnam Juvenile
Ages 12 and up
Author Website
Hardcover | Kindle

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’ death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Marie Lu’s personal advice for aspiring authors:

  1. Be brave. Don’t be afraid to write a bad/unpublishable book, or even 4. Or 10. Have faith that you can get published someday, but be brave enough to learn how to write better each time you try. When agents and editors reject your manuscript, 98% of the time the fault can be found in your manuscript. Don’t blame the market or the publishers. Just be brave enough to write a better manuscript.
  2. Keep working on your writing and storytelling skills. Creating a good plot/premise is a lot harder than it looks. I highly recommend the following books on writing: Writing the Breakout Novel (Donald Maass), The Fire in Fiction (Donald Maass), The First Five Pages (Noah Lukeman), and The Forest for the Trees (Betsy Lerner).
  3. Read. Always. You don’t have to be capable of reading 250 novels every year like some amazing folks are. (I’ll admit that I’m a very slow reader and am probably only capable of really digesting about 25 books a year.) But you have to love to read. You have to constantly keep updated on what other authors are producing in your genre as well as outside of it. Know your industry. And most importantly, you have to read because you have a duty as a writer to support your fellow writers.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of LEGEND!

You must fill out this form to enter.

Open to US residents aged 13 and older only.
ONE entry per person.
Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

View the other blogs participating in this Hop (and enter to win even more giveaways!) by visiting the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop page over at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.