It’s Halloween and ghouls just want to have fun. SO….

….I am posting a FISH IN A TREE giveaway including a signed ARC. In case you’d like to know something about the book, here is some info including a synopsis and Chapter One.

The giveaway includes:

mega giveaway

  1. A signed ARC of FISH IN A TREE  (release date is Feb 5, 2015)
  2. A Fish in a Tree t-shirt (sizes are limited)
  3. A “Great minds don’t think alike/ Got grit?” lanyard
  4. A class set of 30 “Great minds don’t think alike/ Got grit?” bracelets.
  5. A class set of 30 “silver dollar day/wooden nickel day” wooden nickels for your students
  6. A class set of 30 FISH IN A TREE tattoos
  7. A fancy FISH IN A TREE pen – because who doesn’t love a good pen?
  8. Three signed copies of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS for your classroom library. Or I will happily personalize them if you wish.
  9. A set of 30 Murphys bookmarks for your students
  10. My undying gratitude for being the kind of teacher who would enter a giveaway for your class.

You earn entries by:

  • Tweeting this post with the hashtag #FIATbook (This way I can find your entries).
  • Retweeting or quoting tweets (with #FIATbook).
  • Sharing this to FB, but please let me know in the comments below.
  • Lastly, you can enter by commenting about anything you’d like below—feel free to just say hello, tell a story of a student (yourself or another) who has persevered despite obstacles, or a story of a wonderful, life-changing teacher—because there are SO many unsung heroes out there. I know it. In fact, this book is one big thank you note to you teachers out there who are saving kids every day.

A winner will be randomly chosen Thursday, November 6th at 11:59PM. *The winner MUST have a school mailing address.*

And, thank you for your interest in FISH IN A TREE. If you ever get around to reading it, I do hope you enjoy meeting Ally, Keisha, Albert, Suki, Mr. Daniels and the others…

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59 thoughts on “FISH IN A TREE Giveaway

  1. Helen Tighe

    Wow! This is a fantastic giveaway! You are always so generous!
    So excited to read Fish in a Tree! Have a great weekend!

  2. Rebecca Bearinger Fay

    I have loved “One For the Murphys” so much. Can’t wait to read Fish in a Tree. I can see already that I am becoming a huge fan!

  3. My class and I talk about you a lot while reading One For the Murphys. We are amazed with your play on words. We love your passion and your wit. My students keep begging me to keep reading, but I am keeping with the schedule. I am going to give you the honor to read the last chapter. I was sobbing when I read the last chapter.

  4. Ok, a heroic teacher story:

    In 5th grade I had a teacher named Mr. Villemaire.
    He was a big guy, with a deep voice, and glasses.
    Often they’d slide down from his eyes and catch on his nose and he’d just peer over at us.
    Sometimes with a look.
    Sometimes with a smile.

    He read to us all the time.
    I remember him reading THE DARK THIRTY: SOUTHERN TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL and how spooked I was. But I loved the book. I saved up my money and it was the first book I bought at the Scholastic Book Fair that came that year. I still have that copy too.

    He also loved writing.
    He’d post a Norman Rockwell painting up where we could all see it,
    and our challenge was the write a story about what was happening in the painting.
    Or what happened before or after.
    Or something from the point of view of one of the characters.

    I LOVED doing that.
    My mom taught at this same school and often she’d tell me that Mr. Villemaire said he really liked one of my stories. Later, when I’d grown up and moved away, she said she saw him, and told him that I was pursuing writing for kids now. She said he smiled and said, “She always had a way with a story.”

    I hope that when my book comes out in 2017 and I can go into classrooms, that I can get kids as excited for books and writing as Mr. Villemaire did.

    I don’t have a school address (though I work in different schools everyday) but if I win I have a friend with a terrific 4th grade classroom that I know will love all these goodies.

    Hope this comment isn’t too long for you!
    Happy Halloween!

  5. sharla schlake

    What a great give-a-way! Thanks!

  6. This is wonderful!
    I’ve been thinking a lot about heroes lately. I teach the hero’s journey to my high school students, and I’m currently working to develop a new unit to use. I may need to include One for the Murphys. And I got to read an ARC of Fish in a Tree and absolutely love it! I look forward to purchasing a copy for my classroom and to share with other teachers & classes.

  7. Whoops…forgot to tell you I will repost this on Facebook!

  8. Donna Macdonald

    My students simply love One for the Murphys. I can’t wait to read Fish in a Tree!

  9. Shared on FB.
    And might I also say: this book changed me as a teacher. My students who’ve read OFTM are CLAMMORING to get at this book!!

  10. Allison Jackson

    Happily shared this on both Facebook and Twitter. Loved One For The Murphys, and do so am eagerly awaiting Fish in a Tree. Thanks for being so generous!

  11. franciscanmom

    I am a substitute teacher. This would be cool to win as a surprise for the regular teacher upon her return!

  12. What a wonderful give away! Can’t wait until release. Such an important book! Will post on FB too!

  13. Thanks for the opportunity to give my students the total FIAT experience with the classroom give away!

    One shout out to an extraordinary kid named Cassie. Cassie was in my 6th grade class last year. On Tuesday, I received this email from her:

    Hi Mrs Clark
    I dont know if you know this but I have gotten surgery on my back from L4 to T5 I would love to visit you after I am out of the hospital, or you could come visit me I in here to at least friday and the latest would be next monday, thank you so much, also I am on level 5 in the Helen demos children’s hospital I am in the room #503.

    Last year Cassie would stay in everyday at recess to do her physical therapy exercises. She worked so hard trying to avoid surgery on her spine, but early this fall, she got word that her back had increased to a 66% curvature and she had to have surgery. I went to see her last night. she was sleeping when I entered the room, but when her mom greeted me, she work up and struggled to pull up into a sitting position to give me a hug. Her smile shined right through to the heart of me.

    She explained that she is now at 2%. She has a month of being at home with a homeschool tutor and then 5 more months of therapy and healing.

    After we talked about how she felt, we began to talk books. She listed several she’d read since last year and many she wants to read in the future. This amazed me. This was a kid who truly struggled with reading last year. She avoided it the first trimester. But, as we found books that she loved and could handle, she slowly began to open up. What a gift she gave me talking books for over a half an hour! This is a kid who has grit!

  14. Cheryl King

    All of my students are survivors. At my Title I school, the kids have gone through things that most of us can’t even fathom. Yet they come to school every day and they smile and they learn. I love them for that.

  15. Vanessa Jerez

    How wonderful!!! Would love it for the class holiday Pollyanna. Thank you!

  16. Lynda, you are awesome for putting this together!! I’m always so impressed with how much you support us teachers! Thank you!

  17. Kristine Kliewer

    What a wonderful opportunity! Thank you!

  18. Justin Greene

    I am excited beyond belief to read this book. Such a a generous giveaway! I became a teacher because of my 8th grade English teacher. She made class fun and inspired me to write creatively. I have been in education for 18 years now all because of her.

  19. Nathalie

    I keep hearing great things about FIAT, I can’t wait to get my hands on it and share with my kids. Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Megan

    Shared it on facebook! So excited for this book!

  21. Eileen Simon

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! I have a waiting list for my copy of One for the Murphys. Looking forward to reading Fish in a Tree.

  22. Ryley Z.

    My students have so enjoyed One for the Murphy’s. Such a meaningful book for some of them. Looking forward to Fish in a Tree! Thanks.

  23. I still don’t have a FB account – and some teachers call me the “techie” one – HAH! I truly enjoyed being able to Skype you in for our lunch bunch who read One for the Muphys two years ago (two?), and am excited at a chance to win this fabulous giveaway! I’d share it with other teachers in 7th and 6th grades, for sure. Thanks for writing more – please keep it up!

  24. Gerilyn Lessing

    I’m a 7th grade ELA teacher in Bay Shore, ny and am very excited for this book to come out!!

  25. I can’t wait for #FIATbook! I love One for the Murphy’s and plan on reading it as my last read aloud of the year to my 4th graders.

  26. I already know a little something about this book — like the fact that it is WONDERFUL! What a fantastic give-away for some lucky teacher or librarian.

  27. Rachel Henry

    My students LOVED meeting you last year!! One of my students has now read One For the Murphys five times!! They still talk about our visit to see you and always cite your book as their favorite. We can’t wait to read more of your work!

  28. I’ve recommended One for the Murphy’s to many students and teachers, and we all love it! Can’t wait for FIAT to be released! What a great giveaway! I still wear my Be Someone’s Hero lanyard everyday from a you!! Thanks for your inspiring novels!?!

  29. I am excited for more people to read this great book. I am sure many kids will recognize themselves and hope teachers will see themselves in the pages too. There are all kinds of diversity and kids with learning difficulties need to see themselves in books too. Thanks for the awesome book and the amazing giveaway.

  30. I also posted to Facebook!

  31. Lindsey

    Winning this giveaway would be fantastic! I have been encouraging all my students who ask for a great read to pick up One for the Murphy’s, and so far not one has abandoned it or been disappointed. Thanks for sharing your talents with us all! 🙂

  32. Sharon

    I love recommending One for the Murphys to my students. Looking forward to recommending FIAT.

  33. Judy Morrell

    I have been sharing One For The Murphy’s as a read aloud every day with my groups of 6th graders as part of the GRA. They all struggle with reading and writing, so it is such a joy to watch them develop a love of story telling as they enthusiastically look forward to listening to the book in class each day! I would love to share FIsh in a Tree with them as well!

  34. Krista Schmidt

    This is an amazing giveaway! My students are LOVING One for the Murphys right now…I cannot wait to read Fish in a Tree!

  35. Robin Greenwald

    A student very near and dear to my heart shows perseverance every day. She works long hours to finish homework that others might do with little thought, she completes lengthy math assignments, even when given the option to do only half, and has persevered in improving her handwriting, making it legible to herself and others. This girl’s got grit, for sure!

  36. I can’t wait to read Fish in a Tree!! I loved One for the Murphys!! What a great giveaway!!

  37. @KincerLisa

    What a fun and generous giveaway! OFTM was such a treat, I can’t wait for FIAT! Thanks, Lynda!

  38. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book! When I read your novel to my students, they get very excited. This is by far one of the highlights of their day. And as a result, it is mine too. Looking forward to reading your new book! 🙂

  39. Diane

    I told my students that you were coming out with a new book in February. They are so pumped! The LOVE One for the Murphys

  40. Jennifer OKeefe

    Hi Lynda,

    This is a wonderful giveaway. If there was one teacher that really stood out as a mentor for shy little me–it was my 11th grade American Literature english teacher: Mrs. O’Reilly. She assigned weekly writing assignments and was a tough grader. Two points off for every spelling error, two points off for every grammar usage error. I was the only kid in the class that got an A that didn’t have a computer with spell check. (Back then, there was only one kid that had parents who could afford a personal computer at home.) But as much as all the other kids strongly disliked the workload and the standards to which she held them to, I thrived. Really truly for the first time began to see how much I loved writing.

  41. We are absolutely loving One for the Murphys during the Global Read Aloud project. Our discussions are rich and my students are engaged and attached to these characters. I wonder what the FIAT has in store?

  42. Tweeting, posting on Facebook and hoping to get to read FISH IN A TREE soon! Loved ONE FOR THE MURPHYS! Can’t wait to share FISH IN A TREE with my students!

  43. Everyone – THANK YOU so much for your interest in this giveaway. Winner will be chosen tomorrow night 🙂

  44. So excited! I hope we win!! We love OFTM and are enjoying the GRA! Thanks for posting videos; we enjoy hearing about your creativity!!

  45. Nancy Benton

    Lynda, We have conversed many times on Twitter. I think I am your biggest fan:) I’d love to win your giveaway for your NEW book Fish in a Tree!! I can’t wait. Thank you for all you’ve done for the Global Read Aloud. Your generosity is uplifting!

  46. Vickie Tevis

    I am reposting this on Facebook in the hopes that I win the contest for my students. I teach a diverse group–those economically disadvantaged (who would love to have a home w/ the Murphy’s), children of military members, students from other countries, and those who are born and raised Marylander’s. These students are MY heroes, as they face the challenges presented them each day in school and out as they attempt to adapt to difficulties that 13 and 14 year old children should not have to face.
    Thank you!!

  47. Posted to the Global Read Aloud’s Facebook page and also to my own – I cannot wait to get a hold of this. Those who have read it say it should be a contender for the 2015 GRA – that would be a first!

    • Absolutely! Should definitely be a choice for GRA15! Will resonate with so many students, teachers, and parents. Loved it!

  48. Emily Hill

    I am a fifth grade teacher in Bettendorf, IA, and we are currently reading One for the Murphys – and we CAN’T GET ENOUGH! My kids beg and beg every single day for “just one more chapter!” It makes my heart smile to see them get so into a book – especially one I know will have a lasting effect on them, like this one. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and your work with us! You are an amazing author!

    PS – sharing this on Facebook too. 🙂

  49. Leah & Abby Whitford

    We cannot WAIT to read Fish in a Tree! One For the Murphy’s was and STILL is one of our all time favorite books! You know you’re on to something special when both mother and daughter love the same book this much!!!

  50. We absolutely cannot wait to read a Fish In A Tree! You know you are on to something special when both mother & daughter love a book as much as we ❤️ One For the Murphy’s! Abby has shared that book with almost everyone she’s met! It’s always our top recommendation. Also sharing this on our FB page! Thank you for sharing your gift of storytelling with us all!

  51. Maridee Ryan

    We are currently reading and loving OFTM! Look forward to your other books!

  52. Lynda, thank you so much for writing One for the Murphys and especially thank you for all the amazing work you’ve done as part of the Global Read Aloud. One of my teaching partners of 11+ years expressed to me that receiving feedback from you on our students GRA14 projects was the best day in her teaching career, “hands down”. Thanks again for being an amazing author and a fabulous person!

  53. WOW! There were a lot of entries for this giveaway–thanks TONS to you all. The GRAND PRIZE winner is: NANCY BENTON!!! Congratulations 🙂 Please send me your mailing address through Twitter. If I get it by later today, I will mail it out tomorrow morning 🙂 AGAIN–thanks to everyone!!

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