Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Leap into Books!

Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky is Reading for hosting the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop! Fairday's Blog! is giving away a paperback edition of The Giver by Lois Lowry, a $10 Gift Card to, plus a signed hardcover edition of the spooky, new middle grade adventure, The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow by J. Haight & S. Robinson

The Leap into Books Giveaway Hop will run from February 28th- March 7th, so, join in the fun! This is a huge hop, and there are lots of delightful blogs participating, giving away all sorts of books and other fabulous prizes. 

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What is the first thing that you can remember? 
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Can you imagine living in a world where everything is the same? Imagine a place where everyone celebrates their birthday on the same date and on that date they are given the same gift. No one gets to pick their husband or wife, because they are selected for them. Pills must be taken to suppress feelings, and everyone lives a life of sameness. Nothing bad gets in the way of the peacefulness. Even jobs are determined by the skills one has, and everyone is presented with their job on their twelfth birthday... read more.

The Begonia House keeps its secrets. Everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, except for clever eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow, whose family has just moved in. Being the Senior Investigator in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, she’s ready to uncover the mysteries hidden within the strange manor. As the investigation gears up and the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place, the DMS enters into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Follow along with Fairday and her friends, as spooky meets lovely in this twisting tale of dark secrets and hidden pasts.  Read the first seven chapters 

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Thanks for popping over! We hope that you will stay and visit with us for a while. Below, you will find an overview of the topics that we discuss on Fairday's Blog! They range from riddles, to reviews, to just things that we like to shout out about : )

What Fairday's Blog! is all about...

Fairday's Riddles are posted on Mondays- they can be written about anything and everything, all at the same time!

Lizzy's Book Reviews are posted on Wednesdays. Lizzy has read just about every middle grade novel out there, and she loves to share her thoughts and, of course, her opinions.

The Top of the Heap is a post we put up on Thursdays. We thought it would be fun once a week to put up two things that we appreciate and have been thinking about during the week.

Margo's Musings Fridays belong to Margo, Fairday's little sister. This post focuses on reviewing local children's book authors, which we follow up with an Author Interview.

The DMS Wants to Know was a post we came up with for Saturdays because when we get together to hang out on the weekend, we always chat about different situations and ideas that are floating around in our brains and we like to listen to what other people think about them- some of the comments we've gotten have been absolutely fascinating!

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  1. GFC pinkflower
    The first thing that I can remember is a dream where my family and I became small as mouses.

  2. GFC: cohlina esguerra
    The first thing that I remember is crying when my mom leaves me in school when I was in preschool. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  3. GFC Ashley Rogers
    The first things I can remember was a huge storm that shut out all the electricity and I could not watch Barney. I was so upset! LOL now I just look back and think omg BARNEY?!?!

  4. GFC DogsMom

    The first thing I remember is being picked on by brothers and sister.
    Still continues.

  5. Shannon Romein

    Getting upset since I got a C in penmanship...Things haven't changed, I have terrible handwriting

  6. My first (most vivid) memory is being dragged from my bed during a house fire. I was very young - probably only about two or three, but I can still remember the sound of the wooden beams crackling and spitting and the smell of the smoke. I’ve always been terrified of fire, and I think this memory is the reason why.

  7. follow via gfc

    and my first vivid memory is of my folks cutting down a willow tree in our back yard and me climbing thru the branches that were on the ground

  8. I can't find my copy of THe Giver, so I'm entering. I thought I'd like to share it with an avid reader in my family.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. GFC oriana
    thanks for making this international!

  10. I can remember my first suprise birthday party held at my pre-school. I had fun :)
    GFC: Na

  11. GFC wpogrant
    Thanks for participating in the hop.

  12. My earliest memory is of an evil baby sitter who used to force feed me oatmeal until I was sick..... She was horrible I follow via FCC casi usher

  13. GFC: Debbie W.

    I think the earliest memory was when I was a little kid at the park with my sister and mom.

  14. Thank you for perfect giveaway. <3 I, well, I don't really remember much about my childhood at all. My memory from that time has left me, so I'm not sure what my earliest memory is. But I do remember being at a wedding, and smelling some pretty flowers. :)
    GFC as Carina Olsen :)
    Love, Carina

  15. GFC: chip
    Thanks for the giveaway! My first memory I think is of when I fell and injured my head...

  16. GFC- BLHmistress

    Rafflecopter Name : Dawna Newman

    First thing I can remember is when I lived in Italy as a child, My babysitter taught me italian and I was translator for my mom and her.

  17. I can remember back to the age I was 2. My mom is surprised I can remember such detail things.
    GFC: Jenna

  18. GFC-Michelle Bledsoe

    The first thing I can remember is going to my grandparents home in the country and helping them in the garden. Now I am glad to have that experience.

  19. The first thing I remember is the birth of my little brother

  20. gfc Sarah Hayes
    my first memory is of being at my grandmas. the memory makes me fell happy

  21. One of my only memories of my grandmother, my dads mom, was when she visited us and she spoiled me and my two sisters. I was either in Kindergarten or 1st grade. She was THE SWEETEST grandmother anyone could ask for. Thank you for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

  22. GFC: RIN

    I really have no clue what my first memory is. Maybe when we moved houses when I was 3 and the last time I was standing in our old house.

  23. GFC: naralee94

    First memory- honestly, I have no idea. I can remember a bunch of memories from when I was young, but I can't remember which is the earliest...

  24. GFC-Ashfa Anwer
    I really can't remember the firs thing I remember. Lots of sleeping, crying and sleeping I guess.

  25. GFC: Grace T. Lindo

    I really do not have any idea on what is the first thing I've remembered. But maybe me on my stroller? haha. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. GFC- Kirsten!
    The first thing I remember is a family trip to Wyoming when I was tiny.

  27. GFC: Pauline Tolentino

    The first thing I remember is how I saw my mother giving birth to my little brother. :)

  28. Oh my. I was trying to remember the earliest memory of my childhood. That was um, some years ago. I remember dancing with my sister by the Christmas tree in our old rented apartment.

  29. I don't know... maybe hanging out at my babysitters house with my brothers friends and my brother watching them play video games. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. I follow this blog publicly GFC CindyWindy2003, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

    earliest memory is cutting my foot in a pool when I was probably about 4.

  31. gfc : mariska hadienns

    first thing i remember,hmmm.. i'm not so sure which one is the earliest .
    anyway, thanks for the giveaway, im international

  32. GFC: Diah Didi
    The very first thing I remembered was when I walked through my living room, I looked at the calender next to the dinner table, saw the number 3 as the 3rd day of the month, and then I said to my sister/mom, "Look, 3! Just like my age."

  33. The first thing I can remember is getting up for my first day of pre school and being so excited standing with my dad waiting for my lil bus to come. I still remember my teachers name Mrs. Moore and what we did that day, We introduced ourselves, played games, ate gramcrackers, jello and chocolate milk, took a nap, started to learn ABC's and then I played on the playground til my parents came. I think back now and I'm like "WOW I can remember that first day in pretty much full detail but can't really remember any of the other days there."

    Thanks for the Giveaway!

    GFC: Brittany Utley
    BrittanyUtley at Gmail dot Com

  34. gfc vicky b
    I remember looking in my siblings classrooms

  35. GFC: Leanne leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

    The first thing I remember is a family vacation when I was 1. Not many people believe me, but I clearly remember holding onto my dad's hands and trying to walk up what seemed like this huuuuuge hill. I'm sure it really wasn't that big, but to my little baby legs it was!

  36. you are welcome to participate in my international giveaway! I hope you don't mind that I posted this link here. Love your giveaway btw!!!

  37. I think the very first thing I remember is when I was about 3 I tried to cut a fruit (for some reason I always thought it was an orange, but my parents say it was an apple, and oranges were a very rare sight at our home in my childhood) and the knife slipped and I cut my finger. There wasn't much pain, but I probably remember this because it was a shock to me back then. I still can see the scar on my finger and it reminds me a lesson to use the knife with care:)

    GFC follower - Dovile

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  38. For some reason I can remember waaaay back into my childhood. I was sitting in a highchair eating breakfast and my grandmother was taking care of me and she always turned on the radio in the mornings and the announcer said that the president had been shot. That was 1963 and I was born in 1961 I remember a lot of things way back like that. Not being told about it but a real memory. I follow you in GFC name is elaineb1 Contact name is: elaineb1@ymail(dot)com

  39. GFC: paula
    My first think that I remember is way back, when I was 2 and my wardrobe fall over me. It was quite terrifying. I still have one little scar on my face.

  40. One of my first memories is that of a very young child playing in the garden with my "tigey tuck" - a stuffed animal, almost as big as me, that looked like a cross between a lion and a tiger with stripes and a mane. I loved the garden swing and that stuffed toy and kept him until I had kids of my own, until no amount of mending would keep his stuffing inside anymore.

    I am a GFC follower: Shirley


    Thanks for the contest. I've been wanting to read this book for years!

  41. I'm a GFC follower susan1215

    My first memory was the first day of school and my Mom leaving

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  42. Thanks for the giveaway! The first thing I can remember is a trip to Sea World with my family. I remember the giant wheel with swings.

    mestith at gmail dot com

  43. GFC: Lara Wingler
    The sound of my mother's voice, while in the womb. :) It's reminds me of her love for me.

  44. I remember hitting my brother over the head with a croquet mallet when I was about two years old (he was 12 yrs). He always teased me, so he probably deserved it ;)

    GFC: Darlene

  45. gfc - sweepingtheusa

    I hated math!!

  46. My first memory is already about kindergarten school. It makes me wonder why I don't remember anything older.

    (This is my GFC name too.)

  47. GFC - Vendula

    Hm, my first memory.. I was about three or four, maybe.. and my mom taught me ride a bike :)

  48. GFC : nurmawati djuhawan

    memory when my parents still together...

  49. GFC=mdh0115

    My first memory was when I was 3 years old. I got into the cabinets and dumped flour all over myself and the floor.

  50. gfc:teddy
    My first memory is me being at my grandparent's house.

  51. GFC: uilani25
    The first memory I have is being picked up by my grandma after preschool and walking home. She took me to a store and let me get a sucker.

  52. GFC: Bookish Stacy

    My first memory is when I heard my great aunt died. I didn't have any grandparents.

  53. GFC: Dana

    The first thing I remember is my mother putting me in a pumpkin at Halloween!

    djbartelt at gmail dot com

  54. GFC: Mandala
    First thing I remember is having my 3rd birthday and I got a big stuffed toy (elephant). Thanks!
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

  55. I remember how I learnt letters from toys when I was 3 years old.

    geriths (at) gmail (dot) com

  56. GFC: leah49

    I think I was 2 and I forgot how to use the toilet. I remember stepping into it and standing in the toilet.

  57. Thank you for the great giveaway! I can't think what my first memory was have no clue :)

  58. My first memory is of sitting on my Grandpa's lap on his wheelchair. I cherish it. I follow on gfc. - misusedinnocence

  59. GFC - Sarah Spicer
    First thing I remember is when I was around 2 and I was allowed to lick the bowl of chocolate cake batter clean and most of it ended up on my face and in my hair.

  60. GFC goldengirl7763
    the first thing i remember is my mum playing with a toy elephant through the sides of my crib it used to make me laugh like crazy because i would try and get away from his trunk!!

  61. gfc--cynthia clubbs

    My first memory is a lady and her daughter coming to our front door and my mom giving them a baby bottle. The girl became my best friend and her parents became my parents' best friends. They lived across the street from us for years.

    cc_clubbs [at] yahoo [dot] com

  62. GFC as Abby

    First memory is of Tokyo Disneyland when I went when I was young. I remember eating at the lovely restaurants and riding all the rides and having fun.


    raffle name: Nikki O

  63. Celina K GFC

    I have a terrible memory :) I remember my sister hiding behind my legs because she was too shy to talk, so I did all the talking for her.

  64. GFC - Megan R

    My earliest memory is when my big brothers dressed me up in their hockey equipment when I was three or four. I could not stop giggling!

  65. GFC: sYmO
    The first thing that I remember is crying when my mom leaves me in school when I was in preschool. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  66. GFC Karen.

    This will sound so funny, but I remember the TV used to do the emergency tests and say, "Please stand by" and I'd always run up and stand next to the TV :)

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

  67. My earliest memory is actually a dream I had when I was about two of my house catching on fire. I know it was a dream because I was never in a fire, but the weird thing is I wasn't scared in the dream. I actually remember more of my dreams (still do) than reality, which is probably why I love to write.

    GFC as Stacy T

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

  68. GFC: Jillyn

    The first memory I have is going on a plane to Florida when I was little. I got sick. -__-

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. gfc follwer: nicolesender
    I remember a trip to the Indiana sand dunes when I was really young!

    I remember stomping on a rainbow from an oil slick on a rainy day.

  71. Following via GFC (hotsnotty2), thanks!

  72. gfc pabkins - Geez I don't know what the first thing I can remember is! hmmm ok thinking thinking...ah yes! Probably when I'm like 5 I remember making sheet igloos with my sisters in our bedroom...I was in charge of ripping the duct tape to attach the sheet to the wall vent. (lost two teeth that way!) now i wish those types of vents still existed so I could do that with my nephews!
    Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions

  73. New follower. GFC name is what I'm commenting with. I think the first thing I can remember is when my parents were building a new deck and accidently locked all of us out of the house. I had to crawl through the window and unlock the door since I was the smallest.

  74. gfc follower my earliest memory was my dad taking me fishing when i was like 3

  75. Following as Suzie Williams. One of my earliest memories is being about 5 and my sister who was almost 4 pointed to this man in the mall and said, "Look how fat that man is!" I remember my mom freaking out and grabbing both of us by the hand and storming to the car. Then I couldn't figure out why she was angry... Now I think she could have at least explained to us why that was inappropriate!

  76. GFC follower. First thing I remember is doing some coloring with one of my aunts when my grandmother was having a visit from the nurse when she was ill.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

  77. GFC reading mind

    Mmm, first thing I remember is my baby brother being brought home

  78. GFC debby neal

    My earliest memory is probably the time my brother threw a glass bottle at me and for a few days I wasn't allowed outside while the fields were being plowed around the house, because it was too dusty and my mom didn't want dirt in the cut. Run on sentence? :) Still have the scar next to my eye.

  79. GFC Sarah perry

    ...that is a really tough question lol. first thing I can remember is my little dog Lucky :)
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  80. GFC- Caroline
    My first memory? Does a dream count? I remember dreaming of a ton of flying butterflies. Non-dream first memory? When by brother jumped off the back of the couch and hit his head on an iron pole! He was crazy! It's weird that that's my first real memory.

  81. Gfc: caitlin
    I remember falling down and skinning my knee and my dog meeting me at the door when I went inside crying

  82. GFC: Evette Torres

    My first memory is of when I was five and my family and I were pulling up to our first home. I love that memory because a lot of my best memories are at that first house. :)

  83. My first memories are playing with a little pink toy car in the dirt by the front steps of the house that we lived in when I was about 2 and when my brother was born when I was 3 and a half. I like those memories because I loved playing with that little pink car and I was so excited that I was going to get baby brother. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  84. Wishing good luck to all who entered.


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