Ski cross is my new favorite sport, and all because of Canadian ski crosser Chris Del Bosco. A ski prodigy from practically the time he could walk, alcohol addiction derailed his career for a while. Now, twenty-seven years old and six years sober, he was a major contender in the ski cross competition. In fact, he was in solid position to win the bronze medal until he took a huge risk and ended up crashing, costing himself a medal. His response? "I wasn't content with just ... I don't know, third, I guess, is all right for some people, but I wanted to give 100% for my sport and my country." He wouldn't settle for anything less than gold. How's that for Olympic spirit?
Today's bonus prize comes from an author who knows the hardships of highs and lows, and has been gracious enough to share her experiences through her words: a signed box set of CRANK and GLASS by Ellen Hopkins. Here are the blurbs:
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.
Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.(Please note these books are intended for readers age 14 and up.)
Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive.
Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves -- her baby.
The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.
For me, the most moving part of these stories is that they are semi-autobiographical, based on stories from Ellen Hopkins's own experience. That she has the artistic courage to share them with the world amazes me.
To enter today's contest, tell me what ill you would like to eradicate from the world? Poverty, disease, drugs, war, famine, terror, illiteracy, racism, pollution, animal cruelty... the list goes on. If you could snap your fingers and one thing that plagues us would be gone for good, what would you choose? Answer in comments for your chance to win Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp and a boxed set of CRANK and GLASS by Ellen Hopkins.
FREESTYLE SKIING CONTEST
Answer this question: Which of the world's problems would you like to eradicate?
(1) copy of Oh. My. Gods.
(1) copy of Goddess Boot Camp
(1) copy of CRANK by Ellen Hopkins
(1) copy of GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
Enter below and check back tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that) for a new contest. Winners of all contests will be posted after February 28th.
And don't forget the other contests:
Gold Medal Contest
COOP2 1 HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter
COOP2 2 MY SOUL TO TAKE and MY SOUL TO SAVE by Rachel Vincent
COOP2 3 TATTOO and FATE by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
COOP2 4 BALLADS OF SUBURBIA by Stephanie Kuehnert
COOP2 5 LOVESTRUCK SUMMER by Melissa Walker
COOP2 6 TMI by Sarah Quigley
COOP2 7 JARS OF GLASS, DREAM FACTORY, and THE CUPCAKE QUEEN by Heather Hepler
COOP2 8 HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins
COOP2 9 THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY by Kay Cassidy
COOP2 10 THE SPLENDOR FALLS by Rosemary Clement-Moore
COOP2 11 UNDONE by Brooke Taylor
COOP2 12 LYNNVISIBLE by Julia DeVillers
COOP2 13 THE FALSE PRINCESS by Eilis O'Neal