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Utah Book Month: Answers to Who’s That Side Kick?

You guys did a great job on this mini-challenge. I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy not knowing if I got the right answer for a challenge so . . . here are the answers.

In case you forgot, the challenge was to identify which book the sidekick/ side character was in.

1. Minho– The Maze Runner by James Dashner

2. Warren– Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven #4)

3. Xander– Matched by Ally Condie

4. Poppy– Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

5. Razo– The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

6. Jude– The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

7. Bruke– Witch Song by Amber Argyle

8. Tasey– Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

I had fun with this challenge so thanks for joining me!

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Utah Book Month: Author Interview with Jessica Day George

As part of the Utah Book Month celebration I got to interview Jessica Day George, a Utah author!

Me: Since we are celebrating Utah Book Month, what is your favorite part about living in Utah?

Jessica: My husband and I live here by choice, because we love being in a city (Salt Lake) where everything is so conveniently laid out. There’s all the shopping, movies, restaurants your heart could desire, but they’re all less than 12 miles away. So fabulous!

Me: That would be nice to live so close to everything. What kind of books do you like to read?

Jessica: I’m not picky, I’ll read anything that’s good!

Me: I know it’s like asking you to pick a favorite child, but do you have a favorite book that you’ve written?

Jessica: SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW is my baby. I worked on it off and on for YEARS, tons of research went into it, because it’s based on my favorite fairy tale and I wanted to do justice to it.

Me: I haven’t read that one yet! I really need to. I love your Princess series (1- Princess of the Midnight Ball, 2- Princess of Glass, and the upcoming 3- Princess of the Silver Woods). What inspired you?

Jessica: As I was writing SUN AND MOON, based on my favorite fairy tale, someone said they were working on a book based on their LEAST favorite fairy tale, in order to “fix” it. I don’t hate The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but I find the story weird and a little confusing. So I decided to fix it! And then I wanted to take different princesses out of the story, and let them have other fairy tale adventures!

Me: I’m a mother of 3 young boys so I know how wild life can be with young kids. How do you find the time to write?

Jessica: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Oh, it’s horrible, isn’t it? I try to keep my story in my head every day, so if I get some time in the afternoon I can do a bit. And every Saturday my poor husband takes the kids for hours. He goes to the library, does all the grocery shopping for the week, walks the mall . . . He’s even started taking the baby, who’s only six months old!

That’s so great! Right now I get up at 5:45am to try to blog and write before my kids wake up. Too early!


Chocolate or Vanilla?
CHOCOLATE! The darker the better!

Fries or Tater Tots?
Fries! With Utah-invented fry sauce, of course!

Flip Flops or Tennis Shoes?
Tennis shoes. I can’t stand anything between my toes!

Ocean or Lake?
Ocean. More sea monsters, better beaches.

Big City or Country?
I am a city girl. (From Idaho. Don’t laugh.)

This was so much fun! Thank you Jessica for the interview. Now, here’s a little bit more about Jessica Day George and her amazing books.

About The Author:
Jessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, their young son, and a five pound Maltese named Pippin.

To learn more visit her website: http://www.jessicadaygeorge.com

Jessica Day George’s Books:

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Utah Book Month: Mini Challenge: Who’s That Sidekick?

I know I don’t actually live in Utah (I’m a Texan), but I did live there for four years while attending Brigham Young University. Plus Utah is home to many of my favorite authors. Let’s celebrate! See the Utah Book Month website for more mini challenges, author interviews, and giveaways.

MINI CHALLENGE: Who’s That Sidekick?

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE sidekicks. A great sidekick always enhances the book for me. Where would Harry Potter be without Ron or Hermione? Seriously! These books didn’t all have “sidekicks” exactly so some of these are just side characters.

Today you get to remember some great sidekicks/ side characters in books by authors living in Utah. I’ll give you the names of the 8 characters with the covers of the book options below. Try to remember which book they’re in. Click the covers to see the book info on Amazon. Maybe the book synopsis will jog your memory.

Fill out the FORM when you know which character goes with which book. Then go to the Utah Book Month Grand Giveaway page to get 5 entries for completing my mini-challenge. Good luck!! A few hints are at the end of the post. 😉

1. Minho
2. Warren
3. Xander
4. Poppy
5. Razo
6. Jude
7. Bruke
8. Tasey

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven #4) by Brandon Mull
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Matched by Ally Condie
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Hint: Two of the “sidekicks” aren’t people. One is a pink taser, and another is a dog.
If you need another hint highlight between ( ) to see who’s the main character of the book.

1. Minho and (Thomas)
2. Warren and (Kendra and Seth)
3. Xander and (Cassia)
4. Poppy and (Rose)
5. Razo and (Isi)
6. Jude and (Grace)
7. Bruke and (Brusenna)
8. Tasey and (Evie)

Have you read any of these books? Did you LOVE them?