Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Michael Scott; Power of Children's Books & Giveaway

Today we have a author post by Michael Scott. Michael Scott had written the NECROMANCER series. His newest NECROMANCER  The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel was released May 25th.



(Picture Credit to Perry Hagopian)
The Power of Children’s Books

…is that they almost always create a new generation of writers.  Ask any writer and they will tell you they were inspired to write by something they read as a child.

I’m always asked what I read as a child so here, in no particular order is my top ten.  Trying to compile the list proved to be practically impossible and when I did winnow the list down to ten, I was surprised to find that they were books I read when I was around 12-14.  It just goes to show the power that great YA literature has on its readers.  I know I’ve cheated by including series, but a series is nothing more than one big book!  (The six Flamel books are really just one huge novel!)

The Borrowers Series by Mary Norton.  Without a doubt, the series which first encouraged me to write.  The little people who live under your house and in the walls and “borrow” everything which goes missing.

The Owl Service, by Alan Garner.  Beautiful, mysterious and haunting.  I still remember the impact it had on me: here was where I discovered that words could be terrifying.

The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper.  Forget the modern movie.  Start this incredible series with Over Sea, Under Stone. 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. Far better and much more accessible than Tolkien.

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. If I have a preference it is for Finn. Last year, when I toured for The Sorceress, it was the book which travelled across America with me.

The Witch World Series by Andre Norton. She is one of the great storytellers of the 20th Century – and shamefully out of print. She wrote over 200 novels, but my favourites are those belonging to the Witch World cycle.

A Christmas Carol. It’s a ghost story, a tale of redemption, it has time travel, pathos, humor … and most readers when they come to the book are usually astonished by how slender it is. I read it once a year. Guess when?

The Greek Myths by Robert Graves. I was probably in my early teens when I first read Graves version of the Greek Myths. It started a life long love of mythology which ultimately created the Flamel series.




You can also click the link below
to play the game and enter the sweepstakes (sweepstakes for US residents only)

http://www.questforthecodex.com/



To visit Michael and get updates you can click the link below
http://www.facebook.com/secretsofnicholasflamel


Want more??

You can watch 5 video clues of the NECROMANCER

http://www.youtube.com/randombooks




The next stop on the tour is last but not least...
Write for a Reader
Make sure you stop on by tomorrow for more of Michael Scott.


(taken from the press release)

From critically acclaimed author Michael Scott comes THE NECROMANCER (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers / on sale May 25, 2010 / $18.99), the fourth book in the six-part series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. This internationally-known series introduces readers to legendary historical and mythological figures—weaving history, mystery and magic together seamlessly. Foreign rights for the series have been licensed in 36 countries and the first three books, The Alchemyst, The Magician, and The Sorceress, were all New York Times bestsellers. The series has now sold more than 1 million copies.


What People are saying:

A New York Post Post-Potter Pick
A Parenting Magazine Parenting Pick
é “[A] riveting fantasy. . . , A fabulous read.”—School Library Journal, Starred

“Scott offers a classic fantasy . . . that will put readers on the edge of their seats as they rush to the final page. . . .

[An] exhilarating fantasy.”—Booklist

“If you thought Nicholas Flamel and the elixir of life were creations of J. K. Rowling in
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, think again.”—The Washington Post

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On to the contest
To win a Signed copy of NECROMANCER  The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and a NECROMANCER water bottle Please fill out the form. 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FORM!!


**Extra Entry for those who leave a comment!**
Contest will end June 30th.




A Huge Thank You to Michael Scott for taking the time to indulge us for a while!
A big thank you to Elizbeth Zajac @ Random House Children's Books for making this all happen!

40 comments:

Kirthi said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE THIS SERIES! I am LIVING to read this! The classics that Michael Scott read sound interesting, I read The Chronicles of Narnia and I sort of wants to read The Greek Myths by Robert Graves.

Thanks so much for this amazingly awesome opportunity! :)

Mary_not_Martha said...

He's amazing! Like Michael Scott, I loved The Borrowers so much as a kid, my parents even took buttons from my "Borrowers dish" I set out each day.They had me believing! I put a link on my blog but I linked it to your page today. I'm not sure if I should have put the link directly to the form but then the person would miss out on your great blog!

Shy said...

I *very* recently finished The Alchemyst and really enjoyed it. The storyline is somewhat unique in my opinion and am tremendously curious to see what's going to happen next. Luckily for me I've the next two in my vault and I'd be really happy to get my hands on this one as well! Thanks for the giveaway :D

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

SO true. I LOVE A Christmas Carol :) and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Giada M said...

Great post! And thank you for this awesome giveaway! :) This series is on my wishlist!*_*

Katelyn said...

Thanks for the contest, i've been dying to get into this series and a signed copy would be amazing!

Jessica said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE Michael Scott! I recently finished the Alchemyst and discovered that there were other books, now I'm even more hooked!

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Janet Johnson said...

I've been wanting to read this. I'm still influenced by children's books because that's mostly what I read. :)

Great giveaway!

throuthehaze said...

I absolutely love this series!

jpetroroy said...

I love this series!

sRy_ said...

A signed copy always is amazing!! :)

- Concursos de la Blogosfera - said...

Waaa! i love the water bottle!It´s vey nicee! Thanks for the "International ^^

Riv Re said...

Very cool contest!

*Andye* said...

Awesome! This looks really good! Loved the list of favorite books!

Kirsten said...

great giveaway :) thanks :P

Kirsten
p.kirsten.b@gmail.com

YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

I've been hearing great things about this series!

Thanks!

aik2012 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Aik said...

Wow! This book sounds really awesome!

Nayá said...

OMG, I'm in love! *--*

Michikit said...

Just finished reading "The Alchemist" for a major project about the twins. I really enjoyed it and I can't hardly wait to read the rest of the books. (^_^)

Darlyn said...

I love the chronicles of narnia and i think i'm going to love this one too!

p/s: i think i have entered it twice or more because some failure of my internet connection.sorry!

Karalina said...

I LOVE THIS BOOK SERIES!!! I COULDN'T READ THE BOOKS FAST ENOUGH, IT'S THE BEST BOOK SERIES EVER!!! I CAN'T WAIT TILL THE WARLOCK COMES OUT (AND OF COURSE THE ENCHANTRESS)!!! I HOPE I WIN I HAVE THE OTHER THREE BOOKS IN THE SERIES SIGNED AND I CAN'T WAIT TILL HE GOES ON TOUR AGAIN!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Ely Cervantes said...

LOVED IT!!

Great giveaway :P:P
Thanks :) Hope i can win :3

ferretvamp14 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds like a very good read!

Lilith said...

Genial premio

me he anotado ya!!!

Haku said...

Ohhh please please please enter me!!

Awesome giveaway, I filled out the form, thanks!!!!

atte
Simply Haku

ariyana9501 said...

This looks so great!!! Thanks for this contest!

Denise S. said...

This sounds like a really interesting book, thanks!

Kyoko said...

OMG! this book sound so fantastic! thanks for giveaway!!! Amazing! I filled the form!
Huges from Colombia

mensa63 said...

Kids books. Well I am 74 and love this series. Came to it late as I grew up in a home where any reading material not connected to te bible or christianiy was forbidden. Took awhile to catch up in college but having found this series I have no intention of giving it up because someone defines it as 'for children'. Fingers crossed here in the Poconos. Wonder where the fingers crossed myth came from. Know it was around before the dawn of Christianity.

Cakeblast said...

I've never read any of Michael Scott's books, but I love his taste in YA literature. A lot can be determined by a man's influences, and now I am really interested in reading The Necromancer.

"Lucy & Hikari " said...

Wow! This book sounds really awesome!

great giveaway :) thanks :P

angelatarantula said...

These books are sooo amazing!!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Angela Z

Henrique Vieira said...

I didnt know about this book till i visited your blog, now I really wanna read it.

huge expectations...

Thanks

Cara! said...

I've been meaning to read this series for quite a while now, but can never seem to get around to it. It sounds fantastic!

Great giveaway!

Antarinith said...

great post and amazing gireway ^^

besos desde España

Sandy! said...

Thanks for making it international!!

Melanie L said...

I haven't read anything by this author yet but now I know what to add to my TBR list!

Nathan said...

I love this contest, thaxs for made it international ^^

kerri69 said...

I would love to read this I am always looking for a good book