Thursday, November 03, 2011

Giveaway: The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson, illustrated by John Rocco

Enter to win The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson, illustrated by John Rocco (Candlewick, 2011)! From the promotional copy:

An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. 

Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. 

Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? 

This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.

A robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts’s 1910 fantasy and wryly retold by Katherine and John Paterson.

Read a sample chapter (PDF) and A Conversation with the Creators of The Flint Heart (PDF), both from Candlewick. Listen to an audio of Katherine Paterson discussing the book.

To enter, comment on this post and include an email address (formatted like: cynthia at cynthialeitichsmith dot com) or a link to an email address. Or email Cynthia directly with "The Flint Heart" in the subject line. Publisher-sponsored. Eligibility: U.S. Deadline: midnight CST Nov. 14.

The Flint Heart Book Trailer from Candlewick Press on Vimeo.

Cynsational Notes

A feature film adaptation of The Flint Heart was optioned ahead of publication and is already in development with Bedrock Studios and Arcady Bay Entertainment.

Katherine Paterson is the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. She is a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, and she has received many other accolades for her works, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. Katherine Paterson was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. She lives in Barre, Vermont, with her husband, John Paterson.

John Paterson Sr. has collaborated with his wife, Katherine, on Consider the Lilies: Plants of the Bible (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998), Images of God (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998), and Blueberries for the Queen (HarperCollins, 2004). He lives with his wife in Barre, Vermont.

John Rocco collaborated with Whoopie Goldberg on the picture book Alice (Random House, 1992) and was Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering and served as pre-production art director at Dreamworks Moonpowder, and his illustrations are also featured on the jackets of Rick Riordan’s best-selling YA series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. John Rocco lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Anonymous said...

Love Paterson. Great post. Off to read the sample chapter. karma AT karmawilson DOT com

Jess said...

The Flint Heart sounds amazing! I adore fairy tales and Katherine Paterson is such an incredible writer. The trailer gave me chills :)

I would love to win this! My email is aycockj at gmail dot com

Thanks to Cynthia and the publisher for this giveaway!

Laurisa White Reyes said...

Beautiful illustrations! Hope I win! laurisawhitereyes at yahoo dot com

Clarbojahn said...

Sounds lovely. Will blog about it if I win. Cbowmanjahn at yahoo dot com.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

I must admit - I'm drawn in by the wonderful cover. Would love to read! :) e elizabeth at dulemba dot com

Kristin Lenz said...

The Flint Heart sounds wonderful! My daughter is just discovering Katherine Paterson - A Bridge to Terabithia is assigned reading in her 4th grade class. Thanks for the opportunity!
kristinbartleylenz at gmail dot com

Natalie Aguirre said...

I love the cover. I'd love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

Julie Hedlund said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Being a huge Katherine Paterson fan, I would love to win this book.

Halli Gomez said...

This sounds like an incredible story. One I know both my boys (and myself) will love!
The trailer is spellbinding. I can't wait to read the book.
hbgomez701 at gmail dot com

Taffy said...

Wow! Flint Heart sounds great! THANKS for the chance to win and read it.


Beth said...

This book sounds wonderful If I lived in the U.S. I'd love to enter! Good luck to all the rest.

Akoss said...

I would love to win The Flint Heart.
my email: ank272 (at) live (dot) com

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. :)

nayjf said...


Thanks for the giveaway!