Monday, December 16, 2013

Call Me Oklahoma! and a Giveaway!

Congratulations to Donna Koppelman who won Carole Weatherford's book, Birmingham, 1963 in last week's giveaway.

As promised, I have another book to give away this week. Follow the instructions at the end of this blog and you could win an autographed copy of Call Me Oklahoma for a favorite young reader.
When Paige Turner enters fourth grade, she decides it's time to be different, like her cousin Cordelia. Her one-year-younger cousin cartwheels instead of walks, climbs doorjambs like a spider, and isn't afraid of bullies. 

On the way home from visiting Cordelia in California, Paige decides that the way to becoming more unique and gutsy will be to adopt a new name. She tells her family, friends, and even her new teacher to "Call Me, Oklahoma!" and with that, Paige's adventures begin. 

She weathers her older brother's teasing; as well as name-calling and jinxing from her arch-nemesis, Viveca. She thinks her new name gives her courage to stand up for herself. The test comes when Viveca invites her to be a part of The Milkshake Club, the new classroom club. To do that means turning her back on her best friend, Gavi. When she realizes that her friendship to Gavi matters more than being a part of the "in-group," she happily reconnects with Gavi, performs in the class variety show as Paige, and learns to value herself over being someone else's side-kick.  

Miriam Glassman told me that Call Me Oklahoma! recently made the NYPL's list of Best Children's Books for 2013. Yee Haw!
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Here's your chance to win this fun book for a second through fourth grade girl. Leave me a comment by December 19 and I'll enter your name. For two chances to win, either post this on your social media site of choice, or become a new follower of my blog. Remember, if I don't have your email address, please leave it for me in your comment. 


16 comments:

AP that's me! said...

I can't wait to read it!!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, AP. Please leave me your email address in case you win!

Carmella Van Vleet said...

I've been waiting to read this book. It sounds like a lot of fun! (My email is carvanvleet AT gmail DOT com)

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Carmella, for stopping by and leaving your address too! I'll add your name.

vezenimost said...

Thank you, Carol. I added this title to my "to read" list :)

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks! Make sure you leave me your email address in case you win!

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Looks like a fun read and I want to know how to write a fun read. Sign me up!

Rosi said...

Oh, my, this one sounds like fun and something my granddaughter should really read. Thanks for telling me about it. I just tweeted your link and info. Thanks for a chance to win.

Linda A. said...

Carol,
What a cute story to show "clubs", friendship, and bullying. I'd love to read this one. Please include me in the drawing. landersen74@yahoo.com

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks friends, you are all in!

Barbara Younger said...

Love to read it! And congrats to Miriam for making the NYPL list.

Carol Baldwin said...

You're in Barbara!

Out My Back Door said...

I'm always on the lookout for great books for my 10-year-old grandson, and I really like to find books that aren't gender specific. This sounds like a book he would read! I'd love the chance to see if I'm right. Happy Holidays!
-- Janet
backdoorwriter@yahoo.com

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks for leaving a comment, Janet. You're in!

Kim Van Sickler said...

That's quite an accomplishment, making the NYPL best children's book list. Kudos, Miriam!

And the theme of this book is one that so many kids have to face at some point in their growing-up journey.

(Love the name of the Milkshake Club.) OK, off to tweet about the giveaway...

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Kim, for stopping by and tweeting. I'll enter your name twice!