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Guitars Are Won and Money Is Donated

The Scar Boys “Win an Electric Guitar Contest” is a wrap. For those of you who entered but did not receive an email from me saying that you won, well, thank you for taking the time to enter, but sorry, you didn’t win. For the two of you who did receive that email from me, congrats! (More on our winners below.)

I was thrilled that dozens of you knew the mystery song was actually the tune from the classic movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Close Encounter Notes 

That tune has been stuck in my head for decades.

Two winners were chosen at random from among all the correct entries. I’m thrilled to introduce you to:

 

Ben from San Lorenzo Valley High School in Northern California.

"People always say that working hard for something makes it more dear, and it’s probably true, but so does serendipity. The electric guitar is gorgeous. As soon as I got home I took the case onto my bed, unzipped it from neck to base, and lay the guitar on my lap. Sixty years of design has made the shape of an electric guitar not only practical and comfortable, but remarkably sensual."

Ben’s guitar came from Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz, California, and he picked it up at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

 

Jessica wins a guitar.

Jessica from North Kitsap High School in Washington state picked up her guitar at Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, and the guitar was provided by Kennelly Keys Music in Seattle.

I’m so excited for Ben and Jessica, and am happy that The Scar Boys gave me an opportunity to help spread the gift of music a little further. (Farther? I’m a writer, I should probably know that. I also probably shouldn’t end my sentences with the word "that." But I digress.)

The contest also helped raise $400 for Library for All, a wonderful nonprofit building digital libraries in communities where people have no access to books. It’s not a huge sum of money, but every little bit helps. This is me delivering the check to Nicole, Isabel and Jessica at LFA.

Donation to Library for All

I encourage you to get involved. Visit their website to find out how.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and congrats again Ben and Jessica!

The Book Tour in Still and Moving Images

They say a picture is worth a thousand words (as an author, I might actually dispute that), so below are a selection of images and videos from the West Coast swing of The Scar Boys’ book tour. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed living them.

You can see more videos on The Scar Boys YouTube channel, and see my photos on the Flickr photostream. If you missed the live event, it’s not too late.There are still tour dates left.

And finally, if you were at one of the events and haven’t yet entered the contest, it’s not too late!

Kate with The Scar Boys shirt
Kate of Hicklebee’s Teen Advisory Board with a homemade Scar Boys shirt. My favorite part of the whole tour.
Hicklebee's Teen Advisory Board
Select members of the Hicklebee’s Teen Advisory Board, and me sporting my new TAB shirt.


Friday Jams was the band of 9th and 10th graders that opened for me at Vroman’s in Pasadena. More poise and talent than I EVER had playing in a band.

Lincoln Hoppe
Jamming with Lincoln Hoppe, narrator of The Scar Boys’ audiobook.
Eliza Untucked
Teen Eliza Bigelow sharing her awesome new lit magazine Untucked.


A passionate, energetic performance of a Cake song by Ben at San Lorenzo Valley High School in Northern California. Awesome.

Guitar pick
Krissy getting creative with The Scar Boys schwag.
Andrea Vuleta
The extraordinary Andrea Vuleta of SCIBA.


This is one of my favorite student performances. The audio is bad because the iPhone was too far away. Listen with the volume up or with headphones to appreciate this beautiful original song.

Signing books
Signing at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, CA.
Students at Thurgood Marshall High
Students at Thurgood Marshall High.


Beautiful original song by Emma (high school senior) at The King’s English in Salt Lake City.

Welcome to MCHS
Welcome to Mira Costa High School.
Students at MCHS
Awesome students at Mira Costa High School.


These were two of half a dozen students at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach that were brave enough to come on up and perform. The level of talent at this school was off the charts.

Ruby at Vroman's
The adorable Ruby at Vroman’s.
Mary Amato
The super talented Mary Amato, author of Guitar Notes, performing at our joint event in Huntington Beach
Playing guitar
Still my favorite thing to do…playing guitar.