Writing Contest: Win a copy of Ten Miles Past Normal


We’re so excited for this week’s release of Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell, which is a refreshingly funny and charming contemporary YA about the ups and downs of growing up. (Read about how much we adored this book in our review here!)

The book will be in stores tomorrow, but this week you’ve got a chance to win a copy thanks to a great contest we’ve put together with the folks from Simon & Schuster:

The Contest:

In 250-500 words, tell us “how many miles past normal are you?” Be fresh, be original & be creative!

Dowell herself will be helping choose the winner, so be sure you write to impress!

Submit your entries using our Ten Miles Past Normal Contest Entry Form!

The Prize:

One winner will receive a copy of Ten Miles Past Normal, courtesy S&S!

The Rules:

  • One entry per person
  • U.S. only
  • Use proper spelling & grammar
  • 250-500 word entries
  • Use the contest entry form

The Deadline:

All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Monday, March 28th

Questions? Leave ’em in the comments & we’ll reply.

In the meantime, here’s more about Ten Miles Past Normal:

Janie Gorman is an unwilling player in her parents’ modern-hippy let’s-live-on-a-goat-farm experience (regretfully instigated by a younger, much more ehtusiastic Janie). This is making it hard for Janie to have a normal high school experience. She’s smart. She’s a little offbeat. She already has a funky vibe going — throw in a whiff of fresh goat poop and she just may be eating lunch alone in the library forever.

But if Janie is going to learn how to live large (and forget the haters), she’ll have to give up the quest for normal and make room in her life for things from the fringe — like jam band and righteous chocolate, an inspiring pair of octogenarians and a boy named Monster.

Acclaimed author Frances O’Roark Dowell’s first novel for teens is a quirky road map for life that’s full of offbeat heroes and delicious goat cheese. Maybe life’s little detours are not about missing out, but about finding a new way home.

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