Book Giveaway to Celebrate John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award

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Some of you WEbookers who have been around the block a bit will remember a fellow by the name of John Corey Whaley—the first author to find an agent using AgentInbox.


WtcbsealscopyAfter connecting with all-star literary agent Ken Wright in the fall of 2009, Corey went on to live every debut author’s dream. His novel—Where Things Come Back—was picked up by Atheneum Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in early 2010. We covered John’s path to publication over the next year  and on May 3, 2011, Where Things Come Back was published.


Since that big day, Corey and his novel have received numerous accolades, including a New Voices for Teens Selection by ABC Children’s Group, a nomination for Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and an Indigo Books and Music Best Teen Books of 2011.


 Most recently, Corey received the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature—one of the highest honors available to Young Adult authors!


Where-Things-Come-Back-1-199x300We were thrilled to hear the great news. It seems like not so long ago we were filming videos of Corey from his kitchen in Louisiana, and now he’s winning literary awards for his amazing novel. It has been a truly great journey to witness.


We touched based with Corey and asked him about the moment he heard about the award. He said:


"When I got the call that I'd won the Printz Award, I was driving down the interstate and had to pull over on the side of the road to avoid causing a massive pile-up. It was the best, most dangerous news I've ever received."


We’re so glad you survived the news. Congratulations, Corey! Can’t wait to see where you fly to next!


If you haven't read Where Things Come Back, you're in luck. To celebrate Corey's win, we're giving away a free copy of his book to a lucky reader of this blog. Simply shout out a quick congratulations to Corey in the comments section, and be entered to win a free copy of Where Things Come Back from WEbook.   


We'll pick a commenter at random and announce the winner on February 13!


UPDATE: The Deal has Sweetened!


The books given away will be signed copies from the big man himself, Corey Whaley! Thanks for doing that JCW!



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33 comments

  1. Congrats, Corey! I've heard a little about this book, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.

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  2. Annette Sternberg6 February 2012 at 14:21

    Congratulations John, may this be the first of many books that you write!

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  3. Congratulations, you are doing so well!! So proud for you....

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  4. So what you're saying then is that it's not too shabby for a debut novel, eh? Yikes, way to give the rest of us inferiority complexes! Seriously though, it shows what can be accomplished and that we're not all doomed to chasing pipe dreams. That is awesome, Corey, truly awesome. Keep up the amazing work. Happy writing!

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  5. This is so inspiring! CONGRATS, Corey! ^_^

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  6. Well Done! Best of luck with this book and the others to come...

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  7. Way to go Corey! Such an inspiration. Good luck to you with this and future books.

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  8. Benjamin Webster7 February 2012 at 00:49

    I'm excited! Congrats, Corey!

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  9. Congratulations, Corey! You are such an inspiration to all of us!

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  10. Congratulations Corey, I would love to read your book, I will put a request in at the library I work at, to buy it!

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  11. Congratulations, Corey! Your success story is an inspiration to me. Best of luck with future projects!

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  12. Congratulations Corey. That is so great! Good luck to you in the future.

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  13. Corey, You are proof that any of us can have that same wonderfully dangerous news, I wish you the best of luck, and thanks for being an Inspiration.

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  14. My goodness, congratulations! You're living the dream I think all of us desire.

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  15. Congratulations Corey. You have to have patience, time, passion, and will to complete a book such as yours. Good luck on future books, and keep on writin' bro.

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  16. Crystal Martinez9 February 2012 at 02:30

    Congrats!! That is crazily awesome! Good luck in the future and I'm sure we all can't wait to read what you write next :-D

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  17. Congrat Corey! This is one of the many dream come true. An inspiration to us,Webooker and we couldn't be so proud of you.

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  18. It's not a normal occurence that I get chills from reading a good book, especially in the YA world (not that I don't think YA books are typically good (one of my favorite genres), but I rarely come across a YA novel that handles mature themes so well). So, thanks, Mr. Whaley for this great piece of literature. I hope things continue to go well in your world. Peace.

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  19. Congratulations, Corey. A dream come true, after a tonne of hard work, eh? :) So happy for you.

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  20. How exciting! Congradulations, Corey! That's so cool. Good luck with your book and future writing! Woo!

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  21. Congratulations! How exciting :)

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  22. Congratulations—what wonderful news!

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  23. Wow! What an inspiring story. Well done that man.

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  24. Robert Hildebrant9 February 2012 at 10:50

    Congratulations. I hope this is a great start to a long and successful career!

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  25. Congrats to Corey! Sounds wonderful. Count me in.

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  26. Wow this is great! Congratulations, Corey!

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  27. Congratulations Corey! Look forward to reading your book!

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  28. Brittany LeighAnn Manning10 February 2012 at 17:56

    Congratulations on your publication Corey! I would love to read your book and wish you the best of look with your work in the future!

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  29. Way to go, Corey! I'm horribly jealous.

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  30. Congrats Corey!!

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  31. Kudos, Corey! Your story is inspiring. I just joined WEbook today and how cool is it that I might win your book :-)

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  32. A very large envious congrats to you!!!!

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