Free Book Friday!

Congratulations to Cathy Potter (@cppotter)! You’ve won When Lunch Fights BackPlease send us a DM on Twitter or an email to with the subject line “Free Book Friday” and tell us your mailing address so we can get your book in the mail.

This week, enter to win Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey, a story of a lost childhood with two stars from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

When he was seven, Charlie Porter never intended to become the world’s youngest published author. He just wanted his father to stop crying. So he told him a story about a talking beetle—a dumb little story his mother made up to make him feel better. (That was before she left and feeling “better” became impossible.)

But Charlie’s story not only made his father stop crying. It made him start planning.

The story became a book, and then it became school events and book festivals, and a beetle costume, and a catchphrase—”I was born to write!”

Because of the story, Charlie stayed seven until he was ten.

And then it all ended. Or it should have.

Now Charlie is eighteen, and the beetles still haunt his dreams. The childhood he never really had is about to end . . . but there’s still a chance to have a story of his own.

Beetle Boy is a novel of a broken family, the long shadow of neglect, and the light of small kindnesses.

If you’d like to win Beetle Boy, please leave a comment on this post (including your name), or tweet this line: Free Book Friday! RT to win BEETLE BOY from @LernerBooks.

We’ll announce the winner on Friday, August 15, so check the blog then to see if you’ve won!

Good luck!

One thought on “Free Book Friday!

  1. 90lblapdog

    Heard about this book during the YA Announcements: Fresh for Fall Webinar. It sounds like a good addition to anyone's library – personal or public.
    Bree Dumont

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