Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM–but there are alsoBLUE, ORANGE, GREEN, GOLD, PINK, & PURPLE teams–each with 20 authors for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the RED TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCT 8, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting MARIEKE NIJKAMP on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Marieke Nijkamp is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends (Sourcebooks Fire) and the forthcoming Before I Let Go. She is a storyteller, dreamer, globe-trotter, geek.
Find out more information by checking out MARIEKE’s website or find more about her book here!
Description: Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.
Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…
Before I Let Go is set in Lost Creek, Alaska, an eerie town where no one is quite who they say they are. It’s set in the middle of winter, where all escape routes from the town are cut off. And it’s a story about friendship and love and being different in a place where being different is deadly dangerous.

For the playlist, it meant I needed songs that included both the coldness of winter’s chill and the loneliness of lost friendship. And, for both Corey and Kyra, a hint of the vast universe.

Remember to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, MARIEKE NIJKAMP, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 71. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the RED TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Brendan Reichs!  Please leave a comment below, too!

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