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"The Book I Want To Read": A Northern California High School Essay Contest
"The Book I Want To Read" contest flyer

If you know a teen who enjoys reading and writing (or you are one yourself), I'd be so happy if you  spread the word about my contest:


Is there a book you wish someone would write that you've never been able to find in the library or on a bookstore shelf--one you wish you could have written for you?

In the novel How To Buy a Love of Reading, Carley Wells's fabulously rich parents decide to cure her hatred for books by commissioning an author to write a book just for her--one tailored to Carley's interests and in which she gets to decide what happens.

Write an essay describing the book you wish existed, why you wish someone would write it, and what this reflects about you--and you could win a $100 gift certificate to Book Passage (www.bookpassage.com), a signed copy of How To Buy a Love of Reading, and a permanent place for your essay on the "bookshelf" of the HTBALOR website (www.howtobuyaloveofreading.com), where it will be posted as a virtual "book."

Send entries and questions to tanya@tanyaegangibson.com.  Essays should be under 1,000 words.  Contest open to students in grades 9 through 12.  Deadline: December 1, 2010.