Category: Givaway!
We Have Our Winners!

Hey, Gang!  This was an exciting weekend for me.  My in-laws in Pittsburgh threw a lovely little release party for the book.  The night ended with a very late call from my Canadian family — all screaming “WALL STREET JOURNAL!”  So I went online and found this wonderful review of Peter Nimble, which includes phrases like “delightful” and “wholly captivating”! 

Even more exciting, this weekend marked the end of the most recent Peter Nimble giveaway!  Using a random number picker, I selected five winners from the hundreds of entrants.  Each person gets a signed copy of the book and an awesome hand-printed Peter Nimble T-Shirt!  Here they are:

Michael Scotto

Michael is a fellow graduate of the CMU Dramatic Writing program.  He lives in Pittsburgh and writes books for children — his upcoming novel, Latasha and the Little Red Tornado, hits stores this November. (He also wrote a pretty nice Peter Nimble review here!)

 

Rita Meade

Rita Meads runs the wonderful librarian blog Screwy Decimal.  Readers of The Scop will remember when I drew a picture based on her blog post about “The Library of the Future!” Congrats, Rita!

 

 

Nikki D Robertson

Nikki D Roberston runs the blog True Adventures of a High School Librarian.  She is also moderator for Alabama School Library Association twitter chat group.  

 

 

Mary Ann Scheuer

Mary Ann is a K-5 Librarian in Berkley, CA.  She runs the blog Great Books for Kids, where she posts reviews on new picture and chapter books!

 

 

Kristine C. Asselin

Kristine is a MG and YA author from Massachusetts who runs the blog Writing. For Real.  You can read about her nonfiction children’s books here.  Nice work, Kristine!

 

 

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Instead of a regular post today, I would kindly direct you all to Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe, where the lovely Shannon Messenger has interviewed me about writing for younger audiences.  Those burning to know more about my secret past as a professional yo-yo player are advised to check it out.  Shannon’s also giving away a copy of Peter Nimble to her readers, so if you still want a free book, here’s your chance!

Tomorrow marks the official US release of Peter Nimble — at which point I will unveil the (kinda huge) prize for my next giveaway.  See you then! 

There’s Still Time!

Just wanted to send a reminder that there’s still a bit of time to enter the latest Peter Nimble giveaway!  Five winners will be selected at midnight (PST) on Sunday, July 31st.  Winners will get a signed advanced reading copy of Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes as well as a hand-printed T-shirt.  We just picked them up yesterday and they look awesome:

To enter all you have to do is follow these three simple steps:1

1)  Like my Facebook author page or add me to your circle on Google+

2)  Follow me on Twitter

3)  Spread the word by re-tweeting this message

Seriously easy!  Three clicks of the mouse gets you in the running!  Tell your friends!


  1. A few rules: Each person will only be entered once. US and Canadian applicants only. The contest will end at Midnight PST, July 31. Winner will be selected by randomizer and notified by direct message.
GIVEAWAY PART II: Bigger, Badder, Givier!

Hello readers!  I’m excited to announce phase two of the Peter Nimble giveaway!1  This time around, I’m giving away five prizes! 

Each winner will receive a Peter Nimble galley as well as a rad Peter Nimble t-shirt!  These shirts were designed with the help of Nick Caruso from Campfire Goods and will be printed on American Apparel 50/50 tees.  While I was up in Canada, I got the neighbour kid to model a shirt for the site:

 

Nifty, right?2  To enter, just do THREE simple things:

1)  Like my Facebook author page or add me to your circle on Google+

2)  Follow me on Twitter

3)  Spread the word by re-tweeting this message

If you want to read the first chapter of the book, mosey on over here.  I’ve also listed a few reviews here.  Now get Tweeting before I sick the Beibster on you!3


  1. For the curious, there is a phase three and the prize is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
  2. The shirts are currently being printed, which is why I couldn’t show a real photo. Just to be clear: actual t-shirts will not come with Justin Beiber inside them. Sorry ladies.
  3. A few rules: Each person will only be entered once. US and Canadian applicants only. The contest will end at Midnight PST, July 31. Winner will be selected by randomizer and notified by direct message.
We Have a Winner!

The tweets are in from the first Peter Nimble giveway! I used a random number picker to determine the winner … Zoe Rain Dasher Benji!

Congrats! Judging from the name, I’m pretty sure Zoe is a Jedi knight. You can learn more about her at her website, where she posts reviews and runs giveaways of upcoming YA books! Enjoy your copy of Peter Nimble, Zoe … and thank you to everyone for participating!

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Right now, the awesome folks at Penguin Canada have me hanging out with booksellers in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.1

Speaking of spreading the word, everyone should check out what Librarians Mr. Schu and Donna are up to on their annual road trip across the country. They stop along the way reading books at various attractions.2 Here’s John Schu reading Peter Nimble at what seems to be a restaurant run by a serial killer –>

Later in the week, I’ll announce another (EVEN BIGGER) giveaway! Stay tuned!


  1. I even got to meet the folks from Canadian trade publication Quill & Quire who gave Peter Nimble a wonderful writeup last week!
  2. I think the official selections are Frankie Pickle and Owly … I can hardly imagine better traveling companions!
Advance Reviews and–OMG FREE BOOK!!!

When I was at ALA, I spoke with a number of different writers about what I should expect as I approach publication.  Invariably, the conversation would turn to one dreaded question: “Have you seen any reviews yet?”  This was always asked gently, in the same tone one might use to inquire whether a friend has any living grandparents.  

Every time, I gave people the same reply:  “Ask Mary.” 

The thing you should know is that writers are famously sensitive to reviews.  Even a rave review with a single itty-bitty criticism lodged in the middle can feel like a crushing blow.  Most every author I know has a few “funny” stories about when they went over the edge, obsessing over stupid Amazon/Goodreads/Bookscan rankings until they had a nervous breakdown.1

For that reason, Mary and I decided a few months back that I wouldn’t read reviews.  Not a single one.  Instead she would read them and then tell me what they said.  She doesn’t omit the bad stuff, but she does make a point of framing the criticisms (of which there have been mercifully few) in terms of things I might want to remember when a embark on a new project.  Because the fact is, Peter Nimble has already been written, and there’s no real use in obsessing over a manuscript that I can’t change.

That said, Peter Nimble reviews do exist — and, frankly, they are pretty freaking awesome!  Here are a few highlights:

“What begins Dickensian turns Tolkien-esque in this quest replete with magic and mystery…. Auxier has a juggler’s dexterity with prose that makes this fantastical tale quicken the senses” – Kirkus Reviews

Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes is both a pull-no-punches adventure with the darkness of the most authentic fairy tales, and a whimsical romp in a fictional world where anything is possible … The book’s quirky nature, distinctive plot, and fresh themes will draw young readers in and spark their imaginations, earning it a place on the shelf for re-readings.” – Quill & Quire Magazine

“the fast-paced, episodic story, accompanied by Auxier’s occasional pen-and-ink drawings, is inventive, unpredictable, and — like its hero — nimble.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“When the book ended, I was not only left with the satisfaction a great story brings, but with the idea that each one of us is important and can make a difference in the world…. Indeed, this is a book that could quite possibly steal The Newbery right out from under all of the other books I have read so far this year.” – The Lemme Library

“What is the most telling difference between works of children’s literature written long ago and those written today? I’ll answer for myself: Tone. The tone of a book like Wind in the Willows or The Secret Garden is difficult to replicate. What Peter Nimble manages to do is create a tone akin to those books of yore…. Kids will stay with Peter every step of the way. It’s like something you’ve seen before and nothing you’ve ever read.” – School Library Journal (Fuse #8)

Now doesn’t that sound like a book you want to read? 

Here’s the good news: even if you missed ALA, there’s still a chance to win a copy of the book before it hits shelves!  I’m giving away a copy of Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes right here!  To enter, follow these two easy steps:

1) Follow me on Twitter!

2) Retweet this link!

That’s it!2  You really have no excuse not to enter!  And plus, don’t you remember all the great things those reviewer people said about the book?!  Now get Tweeting!


  1. You doubt me? I dare you to google “author meltdown.” Prepare to cringe.
  2. A few rules: Each person will only be entered once. The contest will end at 12pm EST on Monday, July 11. Winner will be selected by a randomizer and notified by Direct Message.
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