Beauty Queens Island Survival Giveaway

Even though we Smugglers were less than impressed with Beauty Queens (make sure to check out our review later today), that doesn’t mean that you won’t like it. Courtesy of Scholastic, This Is Teen, and Big Honcho Media, we are happy to present our official stop on the Beauty Queens giveaway bonanza.

The Book:

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and complete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eye liner.

What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Scholastic has launched a new online community called This Is Teen to connect readers with their favorite YA authors and books. Visit their page on Facebook for all the latest news on Libba Bray and her new book Beauty Queens:

This Is Teen “What Makes You A Beauty Queen” Contest:

Ladies and gentlemen, we want to know WHAT MAKES YOU A BEAUTY QUEEN? Being a Beauty Queen like the ones in Libba Bray’s new novel means being true to yourself and who you want to be. Tell us in 500 words or less what makes you a Beauty Queen, and you could win a $250 Amex Gift Card to use toward whatever makes you feel most awesome. Or you could opt for a $250 gift card to Sephora. Whatever you choose, we will also send you a signed copy of the book and your very own tiara!

To enter go to

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal US residents ages 13 to 18. Deadline to enter 5pm EST on July 1, 2011. Void where prohibited. For complete details and official rules go to


We have ONE prize pack up for grabs, including a copy of Beauty Queens, a sweet fedora, shades, and sunscreen. The contest is open to residents of the US only, and will run until Saturday, June 25 at 11:59pm (PST). To enter, simply leave a comment here letting us know what one book you’d take with you on a desert island. Only ONE entry per person, please! Multiple comments will be disqualified. Good luck!


  • Tiah
    June 16, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Just one? Okay, I would take Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Its just the perfect storytelling experience. It is one of my favorite books.

  • Jamie
    June 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Omigosh, the Talisman by Stephen King OF COURSE! It a long read and still makes me cry even after reading it four or five times. Plus it’s a stand-alone. Nothing worse than being deserted with just one book of a series.

  • Lindsay Smith
    June 16, 2011 at 5:28 am

    One…? Yeesh. Probably SHIVER. Something to make me feel nice and cold amongst all that sand!

  • Jill of The O.W.L.
    June 16, 2011 at 5:48 am

    One??? Just one?????? Goodness that’s tough. I guess I’d take something really long and that I loved so that I’d be able to read it, it would take awhile and love it. The first book that comes to mind is The Stand by Stephen King. The first loooooong book that I loved.

  • Angie
    June 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I’ll cheat and say my 7-in-1 book of The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • Ashley Hatfield
    June 16, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Does a trilogy all in one book count? If so, the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, but if not, it would have to be Dooms Day Book by Connie Willis! Love it so much, and I loved your review of it. 😀

  • Katie S.
    June 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Good Omens. If I’m going to be stuck on a desert island, at least I’ll have my favorite book with me.

  • Lori T
    June 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I would take Swan Song by Robert McCammon. I read this book forever ago and loved it…it seems like that would be the perfect time to re-read.

  • Justine
    June 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I would take the most comprehensive English-language dictionary that has been published. Besides a thesaurus, a dictionary is the one book that would probably keep me continually entertained.

  • Stephanie C
    June 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I would have to say The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Now this is mystery done right!

  • Mallorie
    June 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

    If it’s just one book, it would have to be 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I find a little something new each time I read it

  • Jeannette
    June 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Egads, that’s a tough one! I’d have to pick a stand-alone, one that ended happily so I wouldn’t mind reading it over and over again. My initial thought was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows because it’s just full of awesomeness, but it would make me want to re-read the whole series again. So, I’ll have to take Entwined by Heather Dixon. That one left me with all kinds of happy feelings at the end. 🙂

  • Laura Lanik (Booksnob)
    June 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I don’t even have to think about this one. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell would be my choice. It is just so good.

  • LeAnn
    June 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Hmmm…I’d have to say Pride and Prejudice. Yes, I’m that girl. I love that book. Having Mr. Darcy with me on a deserted island sounds just fine to me. 😀

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  • Giselle
    June 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Oh man, like everyone else I’m stumped on just one! I think I’m going to have to go with Robin McKinley’s Rose Daughter. I’ve read it at least 10 times and yet I still don’t fully grasp the intricacies of it. And it’s just long enough for long stretches of time spent reading it, but not so long it’d be boring.

    …is it cheating if I say the Yale Shakespeare? 😉

  • Jacqueline
    June 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

    One book….. *thinks* I’d have to say The First Wives Club by Oilva Goldsmith. It’s got the right mix of revenge, woman power, and humor to distract me from the fact I’m on a desert island without Captain Jack Sparrow at hand asking where the rum has gone.

  • CrystalGB
    June 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I would take Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love that book. 🙂

  • Helen
    June 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Definitely The Time Traveler’s Wife. I could read that over and over again, and often do.

  • LiLi
    June 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Libba and some other authors are coming to my city so hopefully I will already have a copy if I win this giveaway. *fingers-crossed*

  • jenmitch
    June 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    i’d bring something that could take forever, like the full edition of walt whitman’s “leaves of grass”. 🙂

  • Stephanie T.
    June 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    The one book I’d take with me is probably a child time favorite. “Goose Chase” by Patrice Kindl. For me, its a fairy tale with a twist and I’ve loved it since I was 10 🙂

  • Kaitlyn in Bookland
    June 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I would bring a bind-up of all of the Harry Potter books! What? That isn’t allowed? Then I would just bring Deathly Hallows 🙂 Thanks so much!

  • Candice J
    June 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I would take the Harry Potter series, but if only one was allowed, it would be The Order of the Phoenix.

  • Kaethe
    June 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    On the one hand Kon-Tiki might tell me enough about boat-making and sailing to be really worthwhile. On the other hand, the Complete Works of William Shakespeare would cover more reading bases than anything else. Tough call.

  • alana
    June 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Oh gosh this is hard. I’m gonna go with When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. Not only can it make me laugh out loud, but Sedaris drew a little doggie on it for me. 🙂

  • Emily's Reading Room
    June 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    The bind-up of the Harry Potters is a great idea! Actually though, I think I’d take To Kill A Mockingbird with me.

  • Lauren
    June 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    One book? ONE BOOK??? In the immortal words, err, word of Fazzini, “inconceivable!”.

    I think I would want to take Clive Barker’s “Abarat”, because not only is it a great story, it has these sumptuous paintings throughout it as well. Aaand my copy is printed on really top notch glossy paper so it’ll weather the elements pretty well.

    There are other books of higher quality, content wise, but “Abarat” is fun and colorful, and about islands; which evidently I’ll be spending lots of time on one.

    Thanks for the cool giveaway! That fedora and sunglasses has me written all over it. :mrgreen:

  • Chelsea B.
    June 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I would take Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen– my comfort read 🙂

  • Susan Laura
    June 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I think I would bring Gabaldon’s “Outlander” — action, sci-fi (ish), adventure and romance. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • heatwave16
    June 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Wow…just one. It would have to be something funny if I am going to be stuck on an island. I’d have to go with the Complete Calvin & Hobbes. I know it is a comic…but let’s say graphic novel. 🙂


  • Amy C
    June 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    The Demon’s Lexicon. Whee. 🙂

  • Shannon@BooksDevoured
    June 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Well I guess it would be sucking up to say Beauty Queens right? I would want The Stand by Stephen King with me. It is my all time favorite book!

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  • Brooke
    June 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

  • Robyn B.
    June 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons!!

  • Leanna H
    June 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I think that I would take Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson. This is such a hard question, do you want a new book that you don’t know if you will like or an old book that you really like or have read several times before.

  • Stephanie K.
    June 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I would take the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

  • Victoria Zumbrum
    June 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I would take the Twilight series. I would never get enough of reading the series.Please enter me in contest.

  • Melissa (Books and Things)
    June 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    One book? How about my kindle with a solar battery. 😀 Sorry, I couldn’t decide otherwise! 🙂

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (Dot) com

  • Alex
    June 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hm… I would have to say I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – I get something different out of it every time I read it. Also, it is set in England, the main character lives in the remains of a castle, and the characterizations are SO AWESOME. I could spend hours imagining the history behind the setting.

  • Emily Thompson
    June 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    If I could only take one book, I’d probably take Freud’s ‘Dream Psychology,’ because I’m probably never going to finish it otherwise. (: (Failing that, I’d probably take ‘The Host,’ even though I’ve already read it numerous times.)

  • Deserae McGlothen
    June 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I’d take the Collected Works of William Shakespeare. It worked for John the Savage; it’ll do for me.

  • Christina
    June 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I concur with Alex. I Capture the Castle never gets boring… and on an island I’d need an imaginary Stephen around for some imaginary eye candy.

  • Jill
    June 17, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Can’t I take my kindle? It’s about the same size as a book.

    Okay, okay. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier. I’d probably have a different answer tomorrow.

  • Julie Witt
    June 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I would take The Stand by Stephen King! That is without a doubt my all time favorite, really long book, so it would fill a lot of time! 8)

  • CG
    June 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    God it is so hard to take one book…Can I wait until The Harry Potter Books are released in one big volume because that is what I would take. If not then just the last one Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Carol Wong
    June 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I would want the Dome by Stephen King, it is 1,088 pages long. Of course, I would also want a lot of blank paper and pens so I could write my own chunster.


  • notunlikely
    June 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I’d take Good Omens. 8)

  • Emilia W
    June 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    It’s hard to say, but maybe Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

  • Throuthehaze
    June 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  • Jennifer A
    June 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Wow, that would be a really tough decision! It would need to be a long book so that I wouldn’t get too sick of it.

    Can I take a whole box set of Harry Potter or Twilight? No? If I had to choose only one out of those it would be between breaking Dawn and the Deathly Hallows.

    Maybe I would just choose a book that I really want to read, but haven’t yet. Like Outlander. Yeah, I’d take that book because I think it’s around 1000 pages and I’ve been dying to read it.

  • Katherine Ortega
    June 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I would take any of the Amelia Peabody books. Doesn’t matter which one, ’cause I love them all!

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  • Tatiana C.
    June 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I probably would take Island of the Blue Dolphins. The story would help me learn how to deal with being alone and probably give me some survival tips.

  • Ruby
    June 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Umm…probably A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole. Probably.

  • jessica edwards
    June 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

    The Other Boleyn Girl

  • Mary Ward
    June 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Is there a book on how to survive on an island? Seriously, I’d probably bring Little Women. It’s my favorite book of all time.

  • Mary Ward
    June 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Is there a book on how to survive on an island? Seriously, I’d probably bring Little Women. It’s my favorite book of all time.

  • Megan
    June 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I’d take Anne of Green Gables with me.
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  • SusieP.
    June 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Everyone is saying Harry Potter (love!), but I’ll go with The Lord of the Rings for this trip. I’ll be a Tolkien expert by the time I get rescued! 😯

  • Kimberly B.
    June 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Ooh, tough question! I’m going to choose Kushiel’s Dart, which is terrific, long, and has a long stretch set in chilly Skaldia, so it would distract me from the heat.
    Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

  • Amanda Welling
    June 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Oh my. That is a scary thought. If it had to be just one book I think I would pick JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. It is a read I can pick up time and time again without getting sick of it.

  • tracey byram
    June 21, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I would take The Grapes Of Wrath.

  • Maureen
    June 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    My book choice would be Little Women

  • Renee C.
    June 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    The Stand by Steven King…not light reading but something I could read again and again if I was “stuck” on a desert island.

  • readaholic421
    June 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta would be the perfect company on a deserted island.

  • Rena
    June 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Anne of Green Gables! it just never gets less awesome…

  • Carolyn Daley
    June 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I would take Undine by Penni Russo with me to a desert island.

  • Stacy
    June 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I would definitely take my copy of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Not only would it take me a long time to re-read it, it would transport me to Middle Earth so I wouldn’t be reminded that I was stuck on an island.

  • Anita Yancey
    June 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Since I really love to read that is a hard question to answer for only one book. But I guess I would have to choose Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich.

  • Aydrea
    June 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Oh man that is so hard! I would probably bring Divergent or The Hunger Games (maybe they have some helpful hints!)

  • Priya
    June 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I would take “What Happened to Goodbye” by Sarah Dessen. Been meaning to get that since it came out!

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