Welcome to the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt!

I’m Sona Charaipotra, co-author of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the co-founder of CAKE Literary. 

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM — but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!


If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify. 

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I am hosting the lovely LISA AMOWITZ on my website for the 2016 FALL YA Scavenger Hunt! I’ve already met Lisa 5 times — that’s right 5 times! — and counting. 
Lisa is sharing with a super-fun shopping guide for her novel Until Beth! Check it out on Pinterest here

She’s also giving us a sneak peek at the (usually secret!) mood board for her current WIP, The AbsurdistsTake a look quick, it may go back to being hidden any second!

The awesome Lisa is also a graphic designer who’s done a lot of YA book covers (including some of her own!). You can find out more about her on her website, LisaAmowitz.com, or find her on Twitter or Facebook

Buy Until Beth here.
Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting withtalent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Lisa Amowitz, and more! To enter, you need to know that my number is 5! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the gold team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize.

Ready to move onto the next part of the scavenger hunt?
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author: Paula Stokes!

If you want ballerina swag, leave a comment to let us know your favorite ballet, and ballerina and where you’re from. We’ll randomly pick a comment and reach out to send you something awesome!

And thank you, readers, for playing! Happy hunting! 


  • Morgan says:

    My favorite ballet is the Nutcracker and my favorite ballerina is Misty Copeland. I’m from Minnesota :)

  • Brittany says:

    My favorite ballet is the Nutcracker. Its cliche to say but its always been my dream to see a live production (even though watching a video production works just as well) as well as dance in it myself. I’m from Virginia!

  • Janhvi says:

    I don’t have any favourites. I love all of them!
    p.s. I’m from India.

  • Theresa Snyder says:

    I’m not familiar with any specific ballets other than The Nutcracker.. I do really like Misty Copeland! I’ve seen a couple of shows about her, very inspiring!
    I’m from Michigan!
    thanks for doing this!

  • Stacey Kym says:

    Haha, my twin will LOVE herself some ballerina swag! 😀

  • Kim F says:

    I would have to say “The Nutcracker” just because it is such a fun holiday tradition. I love it!!! My favorite ballet dancer goes back a long way … Mikhail Baryshnikov. He was amazing in White Nights! You should watch it if you haven’t. : ) I live in Vegas baby!

  • Darla says:

    I actaullay know nothing about ballet. From new york

  • bn100 says:

    nutcracker, Misty Copeland, USA

  • Lauryn says:

    I am a huge lover of dance and I would have to say my top 3 ballets would have to be Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, and The Nutcracker with R&J just slightly in the lead because of its classical beauty. My favorite ballerina would be Julie Kent and I was truly saddened when I saw she had retired.

  • Delia Chavez says:

    I love the Nutcracker, my favorite ballerina is my little sister Kierah and I’m from Aurora Colorado. Thanks for taking part in #YASH

  • Kassie says:

    I’m from Nevada. I haven’t seen many ballets; however, one that will always hold a place in my heart is The Nutcracker. I went as a kid and was absolutely in love! I want to see it again! Thanks so much for being a part of the YA Scavenger Hunt! I love it!

  • Gurlay says:

    My favorite ballet would be the black swan. The only ballerina I know is Lisa Macua from the Philippines. I am from Cebu City.

  • Ashley says:

    I don’t have a favorite I always liked the Nutcracker

  • Martina says:

    I actually don´t know any ballet or ballerina but I´m curious about your book. Maybe you inspire me :) I´m from Slovakia :)

  • Rayna says:

    Hi! Not sure what kind of ballerina swag this is, but it sounds fun :) My favorite ballet is Giselle (it’s sad but I love the vengeful ghosts), favorite ballerina is Alina Cojocaru, and I’m from St. Louis. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Emily Mitchell says:

    I used to dance when I was younger, and to this day one of my biggest regrets in life is giving it up. We’re friends with the directors at our city ballet here in Montgomery, Alabama, and so I have to live vicariously through them. Maybe it’s because I used to dance in it, but despite every ballet I’ve seen, The Nutcracker is still my favorite!

  • Dana says:

    My favorite ballerina is Misty Copeland, Ballet is Sleeping Beauty, I’m from Wisconsin!

  • Jordan W. says:

    Sleeping Beauty. I don’t have a favorite ballerina. I am from Florida :)

  • Gabrielle says:

    My favorite ballet is the Nutcracker, and my favorite ballerina is Misty Copeland! She’s such an inspiration!

  • Irene says:

    I have yet to see a ballet irl, but I’d love to see Swan Lake some day! :) I’m from Denmark

  • My dad took me to see the Nutcracker several times when I was growing up and I have such wonderfully fond memories of it.

  • Nicole says:

    I love Swan Lake, and my favorite ballerina is Misty Copeland! I’m from New England :)

  • Kathryn says:

    My favorite ballet is Swan Lake and my favorite ballet dancer is Misty Copeland. I’m from Michigan!

  • Hannah says:

    My favorite ballet is swan lake, my favorite ballerina is Anna Pavlova, and I’m from Stanwood, Washington! Thanks! :)

  • Hannah Mac says:

    Thanks for participating in YASH! My favourate ballet is The Firebird and I don’t currently have a favourate ballerina. I live in Wales!

  • Penny Olson says:

    I love the Nutcracker. My favorite ballerina is Misty Copeland. I’m from Seattle. Thanks for participating in YASH.

  • Bethany Fetzer says:

    My favorite ballet has always been the Nutcracker. It was the ballet my school always did for Christmas. I was always a mouse.
    Write now i’m in awe of Misty Copeland.
    I’m currently from South Carolina.

  • Elizabeth Fleet says:

    My favorite ballet is the Nutcracker, and my favorite ballerina is Gabi Shull (despite her amputated leg she has continued to be a successful dancer, which I think is really amazing). I’m actually froma little island in the Carribean called Curacao, and interestingly enough, I actually saw you two at a B Fest panel in New York :)

  • Debi Tonks says:

    Unfortunately I’ve only see a few ballets. I have to say my two favorites so far are the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. But I love all types of dance. Huge fan of any dance movie and love ABDC. I don’t have a favorite ballerina, but love watching all dancers. Lastly, I’m from Puyallup, WA.

  • Melisa Kumas says:

    I love Swan Lake and Giselle. I’ve always loved ballet, it was my way of letting go of the world and just be me. And love and respect Michaela DePrince. I am originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but I am currently living in London, UK. Thank you for this chance!

  • Melisa says:

    Hi! I cant find my comment here, but I know I commented during YASH. I have loved ballet ever since I was young. My fave ballets are Giselle and Swan Lake. I greatly admire Michaela DePrince. I’m originally from Amsterdam but live in London for now.

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