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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Welcome YAmazing Racers!

NOTE: The race is officially over - winners of prize packs will be announced tomorrow on the Apocalypsies blog. Thank you to all who participated, and good luck! [And the TOKYO HEIST bonus contest is still on for a few more hours -- scroll to end of this post for details and entry form!]

Welcome to the third YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!
Starting Monday, October 22, at NOON Eastern Time, you can join this fabulous week-long blog race featuring over 50 debut young adult and middle grade authors. Learn about great new books, take fun quizzes, and get a chance to win prize packs of swag, signed books, gift certificates, and more. It's fun! If you've raced before, you can race again, and you can join us anytime this week. Race ends on October 29.

If you're just dropping in here or came by accident, you'll need to visit the Apocalypsies blog for more info and the starting line: http://apocalypsies.blogspot.com/

Racing? Great! You're on the TOKYO HEIST stop on the "TP-ing Houses" leg of the race. Here's what you need to know aboutTOKYO HEIST. Try to remember this information; you'll need it for the quiz!

When sixteen-year-old Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming artist in Seattle, she's looking forward to getting to know her dad better, hanging out in the artsy Fremont district, and working on her manga-style graphic novel: The Adventures of Kimono Girl. 

But her summer plans take a sharp turn when her father's newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are in danger--including Violet's and her father's.

Violet's search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery--before it's too late.

Now you can go take the quiz for this leg of the race! http://ginadami.co/quiz/tpingtheyard.html

BUT WAIT - before you go . . . here's a bonus contest to win a signed copy of TOKYO HEIST, plus a Japanese-design bookplate, Tokyo Heist bookmarks, and "official" Tokyo Heist crime scene tape! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

OK, now you can go! To the quiz! http://ginadami.co/quiz/tpingtheyard.html 
Happy racing, and good luck!

(What, you're still here? OK, if you insist, here's the TOKYO HEIST book trailer!)

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Blogger Kayley said...

I'd love to visit Ireland.

October 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I would love to visit Thailand because that is where my mother is from. I have seen plenty of pictures, but I have never been.

October 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

I would love to go to Europe- anywherw in Europe :D
ACTUALLY i am going to Greece this January :D

October 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'd love to visit France.

October 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger e. said...


October 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah (The Book Life) said...

I am dying to visit Australia and Ireland, I can never decide which one I want to go to more :0)

Thanks for the chance!

October 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Catie Taylor @ Movies in my Head said...

I really want to visit Poland!

October 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger lisseth Torres said...

If I had to visit any place in the world it would have to be GREECE! I love greek mythology, so going to athens would be like a DREAM! @_@ Someday...=D

Reader <3, Lizzy!

October 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger molly.frenzel said...

I'd love to visit Italy.

October 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger deasuluna said...

I would love to visit Hungry to see Budapest, I hear it's so lovely and both cites (Buda and Pest) are two entirely different styles of architecture!!

October 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger dragongirl said...

I really want to visit Ireland! I've been fascinated by it ever since I was young.

October 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to travel to Bolivia. I haven't had a chance to yet!

October 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

New Zealand! I have ALWAYS wanted to go there!

October 22, 2012 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Orchid said...

There are so many countries I'd love to visit, but if I must choose I think I would prefer to go to Germany.

October 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Tia Dalley said...


October 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger alicia marie said...

I'd love to go to just about any and every country in Europe : )

October 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Heidi Grange said...

I've long wanted to see the beautiful mountains of New Zealand.

October 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Anstice Potts said...

I love the book trailer. This sounds really edgy and totally different- there aren't many YA books featuring Japanese culture. I'd love to visit Japan one day, but the next place on my list is Italy.
Thanks for this giveaway.

October 22, 2012 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Gabbie said...

I really want to visit England, and Italy (got to meet the fam) followed by most of Europe :)

October 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Randi M said...

I'd most love to visit Greece. :)

October 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger laurajet said...

paris paris paris!

October 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger vintagevixen said...

Not including a country I've actually visited (been to England but I'd love to go again) I would like to see Japan, though I'd have to be fluent in Japanese before I'd make the trip. :)

October 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Tammy Sparks said...

I would love to visit Italy!

October 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Gaby Pendragon said...

I'd love to visit Finland.

October 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I'd have said London but since I've already been there, I'd definitely want to visit Japan! I Absolutely love everything Japanese x)

October 23, 2012 at 2:10 AM  
Blogger NyX said...

I would LOVE to Visit Europe! anywhere in Europe really I think it would just be a great experience.

October 23, 2012 at 2:33 AM  
Blogger Petra @ Safari Poet said...

I'd love to visit Brazil.

October 23, 2012 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger Malvina Beatrice said...

Korea or Japan.

October 23, 2012 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger _Sandra_ said...

Since I live in Europe and had a chance to see a lot of European countries, I would love to visit New Zealand or Japan at the moment.

October 23, 2012 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Carmen B. said...

I'd love to visit Japan, so your book is right up my alley ;) Thanks so much for the giveaway!

October 23, 2012 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Myra White said...

Je voudrais visiter la Norvège! (Started learning French this year and like to use it whenever I can ;) )
I would love to visit Norway! I've got pretty much no clue why as I no next to nothing about their culture, climate, monuments, landscape, etc... All I know is that Kaizers Orchestra is awesome!

October 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Bro oke said...

I would love to go to China!

October 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Lisa Cox said...

I've always wanted to visit Spain and Australia.

October 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger Chenise Jones said...

I've been obsessed with Australia since I was little so I'd LOVE to go there!

October 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Gorelenore said...

I would like to visit Spain.

October 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Veronika said...

I'd love to visit England!

October 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Birgitte Stage said...

Thanks for the giveaway (:
There are many places I'd love to visit. Mostly, I would like to go back to Los Angeles. I went there as an exchange student, and I really miss it. Apart from that, I've dreamed about living in Tokyo since I was ten, so I would love to visit Japan too. And Singapore, China and Australia and... there are so many fantastic places in the world I would love to travel to.

October 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

ITALY. Well Europe in General, but specifically ITALY. :D

October 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger BookmarkBelles said...

i would love to visit paris

October 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Shelver506 said...

Oh gosh, Egypt or New Zealand.

(Also, I must add that I was totally psyched to learn TOKYO HEIST was part of the hop. I'm dying to read it!)

October 23, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Ariella Blake said...

This sounds so good! Even better.. set in Japan!! My fave country :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

October 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Von is Mr. Book Wonder said...

I wish I can go to Italy!

October 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Frishawn Rasheed said...


October 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I would love to visit New York and China.
Thank you for the giveaway!

October 24, 2012 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Brenna Braaten said...

Ireland. Definitely Ireland. Next, probably Italy.

October 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Ireland, yep. So many romances with women meeting handsome blokes there. Maybe I will find true love.

October 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Zoë said...

I'd really really love to visit india! :)

October 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for the chance, Tokyo Heist sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it!

I'd love to travel to England. I've got relatives over there and would especially love to see my Great Grandma who I love very much! ♥

October 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger JennH said...


October 25, 2012 at 5:07 AM  
Blogger Anme said...

I would love to visit Lithuania, my grandfather's parents were from there, but they both died while he was young, so there is really not much that I know of Lithuanian history and culture.


October 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Emz said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I really want to read Tokyo Heist right now. The book combines three of my favorite things, books, foreign countries, and art.

October 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Emz said...

I would love to go visit France.

October 25, 2012 at 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Ileana A. said...

I would like to go to Italy!

October 25, 2012 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Nobonita Chowdhury said...

I'd love to go to Switzerland.It's the only European country I haven't been to yet. :)

October 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM  
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October 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM  
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October 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM  
Blogger Jacklin updegraft said...

I'd love to visit Scotland and Ireland!

October 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger Carmel said...

New Zealand. I'm fascinated how there are more animals (sheep) in NZ than actual humans. Plus, I like places that are not so crowded.

October 26, 2012 at 4:18 AM  
Blogger Anubha said...

I'd love to visit Sri Lanka, Greece, USA and Paris

October 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Christa @ Hooked on Books said...

I would actually love to visit Japan. I've been fascinated by their culture ever since I was little

October 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Lillie Moss said...

Australia, China, Greece...there are soo many countries I've never been to and I'd luv to visit!

October 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Niahara said...

I'd love to visit Norway :D

October 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Diana Renn said...

Wow, so many great destinations mentioned here! I love scrolling through these comments! Thanks for the kind words about Tokyo Heist and thank you for entering this bonus contest on the YAmazing Race!

October 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Natalia Belikov @ Dazzling Reads said...

Seriously? Japan of course! I've been in love with Japanese culture since I watched Sailor Moon when I was little and never stopped loving it! THen I will for sure love to visit London, Germany, France, Ireland, Scotland... the whole world! =DD

The race has been amazing! thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! wohoo! ^________^

October 27, 2012 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger Jesselle said...

Thanks for this giveaway! I would love to visit England. :)

October 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger I Talk Books! said...

New York! I've seen it movies, read about it in books and I somehow already love that city. :D
I want to live there someday. :)

October 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Koll said...

USA :)

October 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Alikiya said...

I'd really love to visit Japan (for the atmosphere, the sights, the music), China (for the sights), and/or South Korea (for the music, haha). Those aren't the only places I'd love to go, but they're definitely at the top of my list ~

October 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I'd love to tour Asia in general... but probably Japan the most. >.^

October 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Lea said...

I'd love to go almost everywhere, actually. Among the countries I'd most like to visit are Russia, Chile, Morocco and India.

October 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger SarahO said...

I would love to visit Australia and Japan. I've done a lot of western/central europe so I'd love to go somewhere that's really far.

October 27, 2012 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Alaiel Kreuz said...

Kind of obvious ands not original at all but I would love to go to Japan and visit Harajuku. And Shibuya. And the Tower of Tokyo.

I also would love to go to Brasil again :D It's an amazing country!!!

Thanks for the chance and for being part of the race :]

alaiel.kreuz AT gmail.com

October 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger starryabigail said...

Hmmmm-either Greece, Rome, or some place in America where there are a lot of authors. Or I could just go to every state and get my books signed by every author there!

Thanks for the giveaway!

October 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger starryabigail said...

Hmmmm-either Greece, Rome, or some place in America where there are a lot of authors. Or I could just go to every state and get my books signed by every author there!

Thanks for the giveaway!

October 28, 2012 at 3:33 PM  
Anonymous bn100 said...


October 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

I would love to visit England :) Thank you for the bonus giveaway!

October 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I really really want to go to France.
or Japan, Russia... okay I'm dying to travel almost anywhere!

October 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I'd lovelovelove to visit Italy. And France, Czech Republic, England, Greece, Ireland, and many many more. I really just want to travel in general!! :)

October 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Sarah (Escaping Through Books) said...

New Zealand!

October 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM  

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