Textastrophe, Bullied Kids, & More: Spring Book and DVD Giveaway for Teens!

Now that winter is past in most of the country, it is time to celebrate one of our favorite seasons – spring!

And what better way to do that than with a giveaway?

Here we have several titles that we are going to give away to one lucky winner; let’s take a look at what’s in the prize pack (some of the links below are affiliate links):

Warning: some of these prizes contain MATURE LANGUAGE (profanity), so don’t enter to win unless you talk to your parents or guardians and they are okay with this sort of material in your home.

Textastrophe by Matt Andrews

Imagine what its like for those poor souls that have to sit in those fancy mall kiosks all day just to try and sell people that walk by a cell phone. Its boring work, and a lot of the time there is nothing to do when the mall is slow.

Matt Andrews was one of these employees, and he came up with a rather epic way to keep himself entertained. He started responding to Craiglist ads for all sorts of things in hilarious ways, using the many phones he had at his disposal in order to remain anonymous. Needless to say his trolling generated plenty of funny exchanges between him and the people who thought they had a serious buyer or seller on the other end of the line.

Some of the conversations include:

  • Offering to barter two sub-sandwiches for a used motorcycle
  • Texting a mysterious man off Craigslist to build a man cave in the basement
  • Telling the manager of a chain restaurant about his dissatisfaction with actually having to pay for a meal

Bullied Kids Speak Out – We Survived — How You Can Too by Jodee Blanco

Bullied Kids Speak Out features 17 stories from real teenagers who each tells the story of how he/she was bullied and finally handled the situation.

The stories contained within this book are heartbreaking, and anyone who has been bullied or otherwise victimized by classmates and so-called friends can relate. But each also offers hope, and since it is real teens talking here, also connect better with teen readers who might be having troubles of their own.

The book also drives home that there is no single cause for bullying, as the teens in the book are all from different circumstances. One had her BFF turn her friends against her. A boy was humiliated by fellow online gamers. A teen with Asperger’s was taunted by cruel jokes. Another girl was tricked into going to a home where a few schoolmates punched and stomped on her, recording it and putting it on Youtube for all to see.

For any teens who are experiencing bullying (and we know there are quite a few of you out there), this book will let you know you are not alone — and to have hope.

Elements for Girls: a Fun & Engaging Self-Discovery Project by Sandra McDonnell

This one is intended more for tween and early teen girls, so if you are a guy and you win the prize pack you can give it to a sister or friend (or go ahead and fill it out yourself for that matter!)

Its a self-discovery book which comes with a charm bracelet and features lots of activities which explore subjects such as self-acceptance, body image, stress management, goals, and problem-solving.

What’s good about the book is that the activities are fun and simple, and encourage girls to think positively rather than let themselves be dragged down into sadness or depression when they experiences challenges with themselves or other people.

All Lovely Things: A Field Journal for the Objects That Define Us by Lea Redmond

From the book’s publicist:

“Spring cleaning is right around the corner. This is the time of year we start being bombarded with messages to discard what’s weighing us down, to move forward, to be out with the old, in with the new. But what if we took a moment before throwing out those objects for spring cleaning to think about what they have done for us? What if the “stuff” in our lives could help us better understand ourselves – and the people we love? What if our clutter could help lead us to higher creativity?”

The book is perfect for young people who like to illustrate, and is labeled as a “Pinterest for the inner soul.” Readers are asked to fill in the spaces of the book by examining what the items in our lives say about who we are: from old clothing attached to early memories, to favorite kitchen utensils, to old toys. Great for spending some quality time with yourself!

Skating to New York DVD

If you are into skating or ice hockey, you are probably going to enjoy this movie.

Five teenage boys leave their small Canadian town behind and risk skating across Lake Ontario to New York on the coldest day of the year.  The story of home and friendship, leadership and facing up to danger, about growing up and never giving up stars Connor Jessup (“Falling Skies”), Gage Munroe (Immortals), Wesley Morgan (Kick Ass 2), Matthew Knight (The Grudge 2), Dylan Everett (“Degrassi”), Michelle Nolden (“Nikita”) and Jason Gedrick (The Heavenly Kid) under direction from veteran cinematographer and first time director Charles Minsky.

Rated PG-13

WIN ALL THE ABOVE IN OUR GIVEAWAY! (Scroll down for entry form). 



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