There were so many entries. 91 official entries!
I had hoped to make this all interesting and post evidence for your viewing pleasure, so I took pictures. But, I haven't had a chance to download them. In the interest of announcing the winners, I thought it best to report on the details, otherwise, you may all be waiting awhile.
I printed out all the comments, cut them into strips, folded them, and tossed them into my red mixing bowl. Spy Girl and Ninja Girl hovered around the bowl and mixed the papers around, each picking out five names.
Before I announce all the winners, I have to mention two interesting facts. And you can be the judge whether it's Fate?? Luck?? or just plain Freaky???
Stephanie Burgis - I know you mentioned you live overseas -- Spy Girl and Ninja Girl picked your name out three times--even after mixing the entries around really well--so if you have a U.S. address, please e-mail me.
[EDITED TO ADD: Stephanie won't be back to the U.S. for awhile, so she gracefully bowed out so another person could receive Jo's books. Thank you so much, Stephanie. I'm sorry we couldn't make this work. I waited until the girls got home from school so they could choose another name from the mixing bowl. After much discussion, Spy Girl won the honor of choosing the name ... Becky Levine! ... come on down!]
Suzanne Casamento - Your entry printed out on two different pieces of paper, and each girl picked out part of your comment. I had to check all the other entries to see if there were other "partial-entries" and yours was the only one.
Crazy, isn't it?
Here are the ten winners...Congratulations!
All winners have been contacted. Please e-mail your U.S. snail mail address to me by 5pm, Wednesday, June 3rd with the subject header: Book Giveaway - Jo Knowles. Otherwise, your e-mail may be eaten. My e-mail address is hipwritermama @ comcast.net (take out the spaces). If I don't hear from you by June 3rd, we will draw another name out of the bowl. Addresses will be forwarded to Candlewick Press and they will mail you the books. Thank you, Candlewick Press, for your generosity!
If your name wasn't selected in the drawing, please don't be sad. There's another Book Giveway--a chance to win 1 of 10 copies of GRACELING by Kristin Cashore -- deadline is Wednesday, June 3rd.
If you'd like to read Jo's interview and find out more about her books, go here.
Thank you for your interest in Jo's books!