Book Party!

My new book is out! Mystery of the Missing Luck (Orca Book Publishers), illustrated by Leanne Franson, is a chapter book for ages 6-8 about a young girl, her relationship with her grandmother, and what happens when Maneki Neko, a lucky cat statue, goes missing from the grandmother’s Japanese bakery.

Usually, when I have a new book published, I celebrate with a launch event at a library, book store, or other physical venue. This time, I’m trying something new –a virtual book tour, online book give-a-ways, and a special Missing Luck – Lucky Cat contest. The prize is a Lucky Cat bag full of unique Maneki Neko (beckoning cat) items from Japan (including a cute plush beckoning cat, a wooden prayer plaque from Gotokuji Temple where the first Maneki Neko originated, tabi socks, hashi/chopsticks, stickers, candy, charm, etc. as well as a signed copy of my new book). Anyone can enter the Missing Luck – Lucky Cat contest here on my blog or on Facebook. All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post letting me know you’d like to enter and telling me why you’d like to win our great prize pack. Leave a comment on my Facebook page for an extra chance to win. The Missing Luck contest is being co-sponsored by the Lucky Cat – Maneki Neko blog and Lucky Cat Facebook page, so you have even more chances of winning by leaving comments there as well. Spread the word by posting a link to the contest on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter, let us know, and we’ll give you an extra draw entry. We’ll be holding the draw May 20 and announcing the winner here and on Facebook.

Follow me on my tour as I hop from blog to blog, sharing stories about how I came to write Mystery of the Missing Luck, visited the home of the first Maneki Neko in Japan, and learned about an-pan, a special Japanese bun that inspired a cartoon super hero. Leave a comment after one of my blog posts, and the host will enter your name in a draw for a copy of Mystery of the Missing Luck. There will be a book given away at each blog stop (4 separate book give-a-ways, plus a book with the Missing Luck prize pack).

Teachers, if you have a class that would like to enter any of the draws, students can enter individually, or the whole class can enter as one (if a class wins the Missing Luck prize pack, I’ll make sure there are enough Lucky Cat candies for everyone in the class to try one, and I’ll add a class set of Mystery of the Missing Luck bookmarks). A downloadable teachers’ guide to the book will be available from Orca’s website.

Mystery of the Missing Luck tour schedule (2011):

April 28 – I’ll be visiting the blog of kc dyer, author of historical and contemporary fiction for kids and teens, including A Walk Through a Window and its sequel Facing Fire

May 2 – Check out my post on the site of Orca Book Publishers

May 6 – Find me at the blog of Tanya Lloyd Kyi, author of Burn: The Life Story of Fire, Jared Lester, Fifth Grade Jester, and other fiction and non-fiction titles

May 7 – I’ll be breaking with the virtual theme by joining the Burnaby Library‘s celebration of Canadian Children’s Book Week in person (at the Metrotown library branch)

May 11 – My stop will be the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) blog

May 18 – I’ll be joining fellow Orca authors for a group book launch (yes, this one is also live and in person) at Vancouver Kidsbooks, 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, 7pm [Note: this is a change of location from the previously announced, Ardea Books]

May 19 (or shortly after) – see photos of the group launch on Orca’s blog and the CWILL BC blog

May 20 – Missing Luck – Lucky Cat prize draw! [note: contest now closed, but if you’re interested in Lucky Cats there may be a future Maneki Neko-themed contest on the Lucky Cat blog and/or Facebook site]

Please ask for Mystery of the Missing Luck at your local book store, or order it through, or Chapters/Indigo. [note: if you plan on ordering the book through Amazon, please use my links -thanks!]

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17 Responses to “Book Party!”

  1. Dana Says:

    I didn’t know the lucky cat was from Japan. Cool! I like lucky cats! Please enter me in the contest.

  2. Carol McDougall Says:

    Love this idea!

  3. Jean-Pierre Antonio Says:

    WOW! The prizes look p-u-r-r-r-r-r-fect. I’d like to enter the draw to win lots of lucky goods. Isn’t that reason enough?

    Jean-Pierre Antonio

  4. Darlene Says:

    Your book looks great! Enter me in the contest.

  5. Jacqueline Pearce Says:

    Thanks, everyone! You can also enter the book draw on kc dyer’s blog: (post a link to it, and you could win kc dyer’s new book, too)

  6. Crafty Green Poet Says:

    What a wonderful giveaway, I’d love to win the Beckoning Cat prize, because our one beckoning cat in our living room is getting a bit lonely and would like more of her kind to keep her company…

  7. Heather Says:

    Your new book sounds wonderful! My cat Angus wants me to win a prize so he can learn how to beckon more effectively.

  8. Yousei Hime Says:

    I think this give-away contest is a wonderful pairing with the release of your new book. Do NOT let me forget to get a copy. I would be honored to participate in this contest. Why I should win? In some Chinese zodiacs the rabbit is the cat. =^.^=

  9. Dhyan Says:

    I want to be IN. I have streets cats (or village cats) outside my home. I used to give them milk but was convinced last week to start give them (well, cannot give all of them) some better food. I think, perhaps, some cat stuff would be great to accompany their meal.

    • Jacqueline Pearce Says:

      Thanks for entering, Dhyan. Unfortunately, the prize wouldn’t be much help to the stray cats you’re feeding (it’s for people who like “lucky cat” statues, not for cats). Good luck with the cats, though. I’m sure they appreciate any healthy food you give them!

  10. Yolanda Ridge Says:

    A virtual book tour – what a great idea! Can’t wait to read Mystery of the Missing Luck. See you at Kidsbooks on Wednesday.

  11. Jeanna Szuch Says:

    Love this collection! Would love to win to display in my home and my desk at work! My brother in law is in japan which gives this more meaning than you know!

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