Friday, November 11, 2011

Win an Autographed Copy of Enemy Pie!

I have a new favorite kids' book, and it's called Enemy Pie. It's not a new book, but somehow it didn't appear on my radar until recently. The story begins when the main character's worst nightmare comes true - a new kid moves onto the block and steals away his best friend. After declaring the new kid enemy #1, the boy learns that his father has a secret recipe for enemy pie that will take care of his problem. The catch is in order for the enemy pie to work, the boy must spend one whole day with the new kid! Need I say more? Adults can guess where this story is going, but kids learn a powerful lesson when the boys become friends after spending a day together.

Enemy Pie is also available on StorylineOnline.net. To hear it read aloud by Camryn Manheim, go to StorylineOnline, click the All Stories - Index link, and find Enemy Pie there. You are in for a treat!

I love Enemy Pie so much that I included it as a recommended read aloud in my book, Laura Candler's Power Reading Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide. Last month I discovered the official Enemy Pie website and found it to be loaded with great teaching ideas for the book. I emailed the author, Derek Munson, and shared how much I enjoyed his book and the fact that I was planning to use it in an upcoming workshop. One email led to another, and soon we were discussing the idea of giving away a copy of his book on my Facebook page or blog. But Derek's such a generous soul that he offered to give away not one but three autographed copies of Enemy Pie!

Derek's also got a great sense of humor because he came up with a fun question for the giveaway. Enemy Pie sounds like it must taste horrible, right? So the question you'll have to answer is, "What is the grossest thing you have ever eaten?" Okay, you didn't have to eat the whole thing, you just have to have tasted it! The contest starts Saturday morning, November 12th and ends Monday evening, November 14th. I'll post the question on my Facebook Wall when the contest begins and you can respond there or as a comment on this blog. We'll choose 3 winners sometime Tuesday. I can't wait to read your responses!






P.S. If you have never eaten anything gross that you want to share with the world, you can just tell us why you love Enemy Pie or why you would love to win a copy. By the way, the book will be sent free of charge to any winner in the United States or Canada. If someone enters from another location, you can either pay for shipping if you win or choose a free digital item from Teaching Resources instead. I hope you understand!

26 comments:

  1. I love how Camryn Manheim reads this book! Thank you for sharing Laura:)

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  2. This is one of my favorites to share with the kids! I teach it every year as an example of realistic fiction, and the kids (and I) LOVE it! They enjoy predicting what is going to be in Enemy Pie, as well as talking about why the pie worked in the end. A great books for all kids!! Having an autographed copy to use would be amazing! Authors are like celebraties to the kids, and they delight in learning about "someone famous"!

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  3. I can't wait to share it with my kids! They LOVE to be read to.

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  4. Well, I have eaten "special berries" in a sugared-type juice last summer as a missionary in Nicaragua.

    We were told to just "love the people" beforehand by our leaders.

    As a gesture of their friendship and thanks to us for coming to them, the povery-stricken girls we ministered to offered us the raunchiest, rotten-looking berries I have ever seen in my life. I think the berries were supposed to be green, but the white fuzz on top had me befuddled.They were presented to us in an old, used plastic baggy.

    The girls were eating their berries by sucking the juice from the bottom of the bag. Then, they inserted dirty hands with dirty fingernails to get any remaining berry-meat.

    Knowing I would rather die than offend the sweetest-spirited girls I have ever met in my life, I graciously took the baggie, and plunked in my mouth.

    And here I am to relive the tale. Thank you for recalling to my mind the memory!

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  5. As a middle school Family and Consumer Science Teacher (home ec. for the older generation) I have eaten my fair share of yucky stuff. From food labs gone wrong with the mix up of sugar and salt, to the home experiments the kids are dying for me to taste...it's a wonder I am still alive!

    I would love to have a copy of this book to use in my classroom as an introduction to our All About Me/Family/Friendship unit.

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  6. I personally have never eaten anything too gross, as I am the world's pickiest eater. However, on a teacher trip to China 2 years ago, I photographed my fellow traveler's eating scorpions, beetles and various other things to gross to mention!! It was definitely an eye-opening experience!! :)

    Would love to use this book when teaching character ed. and friendshop...

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  7. Oooops!! That would be friendship above!!

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  8. It was a regular, burning-hot summer day in Las Vegas and I stopped at a gas station to grab a drink for the way home. I usually get soda, and for some reason the milk looked like a better choice. I purchased the milk and walked outside to open it. I was super hot and thirsty so I leaned back to chug it down... and a thick, creamy, cottage-cheese consistency plopped into my mouth. I swallowed part of it before reacting and finally spitting it out in a trashcan nearby. I looked at the expiration date and it was four months past the date! I have never bought milk from a convenience store since then!

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  9. I am like the commenter above, I am very picky so I have not eaten much that would be considered gross. Sure, I have eaten bread and then realized that the rest of the loaf where I had procured the bread was already moldy. I would say that the grossest thing I have witnessed being eaten was probably when my cousin ate a piece of macaroni that had fallen in the sand. I can still remember it to this day. YUCK!!. I know kids get a kick out of seeing or hearing about people eating weird stuff and some are adventurous enough to do it as well. I think my kids would really love hearing this book read aloud. Just not sure I could stomach it while reading it though. :)

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  10. I would have to say that eating alligator meat was the grossest thing I've ever tried.

    I would love to win a copy to use with my class!

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  11. While I was in Japan a friend made me some Tako Yaki. Tako Yaki is a small ball of chewy dough with a piece of octopus tentacle inside covered in a thick brown sauce, mayonaise, and dried fish flakes.
    My advice? Stick to Curry, Ramen, or Shabu Shabu.
    Life with Mrs. L

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  12. I love reading all the great comments! Just to be clear, Enemy Pie isn't about eating something gross. It's a great book and the Enemy Pie actually turns out to be very tasty! Listen to the story on StorylineOnline if you haven't read it!

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  13. I love this book.
    I've eaten bulls you-know-whats. Really gross Spanish speciality. I'm now a strict vegetarian.

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  14. I would have to say the grossest thing I have every eaten was at a Chinese restaurant when I was little. It was so delicious until I asked what it was...Fish Brains!

    Mindy
    http://wells4thgrade.blogspot.com/

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  15. Raw octopus! Yuck! I love this book, it would be great for early primary students who are having problems with friends.

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  16. Enemy Pie is also a great book for upper-grades. I love using it when discussing Idea Development for personal narratives. Many students can relate to this book and use it as a springboard for their own stories.

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  17. I remember eating breakfast in London. It looked good on the plate but didn't taste nearly as good as it looked. I think they are called blood sausage (?) UGH. I quickly learned what to put on my plate so I didn't offend anyone and throw away "good" food. I read Enemy Pie to my class earlier this year - They LOVED it. I had them all the way through. Some of my third graders are very literal and it took a few minutes to figure out what was going on. :)

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  18. I love this book. I work at a school that is in an impoverished area of Caliornia. Fighting is prevalent at our school and students at a very young age are accustomed to seeing fights in their daily life outside of school. I love the underlying message behind this book. We have a lot more in common than we realize. My students always enjoy this book and I always pray they take the lesson away and keep it for a lifetime. I would love to win a copy. The worst thing I ever ate was a fly. It flew into my open mouth during PE while I was doing jumping jacks. I swallowed it before I quite knew what was going on. Actually, in reality all I know for certain was that it was a flying bug. I always assumed it was a fly. I learned to exercise with my mouth closed and breathe through my nose.

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  19. The grossest thing I have ever eaten was this weekend!!!! We went to a sushi restaurant and fully knowing I do not like sushi I ordered something else from the menu. I went with my husband's family and the men ate sushi and the women ordered something else. My mother-in-law ordered a dish and it came with a seaweed side order. I have had seaweed before but this particular type tasted just like I was licking the bottom of a boat. We enjoyed ourselves and had a great laugh thinking about the group going out and licking a boat!!!! Lol.

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  20. I'm a pretty picky eater and not willing to just "try" anything! So, I can't really answer your question. However, I would still LOVE to win this book for my classroom library! I'll be checking it out!

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  21. Lamb's eyeball and it was cooked thank goodness! It was squishy and a little stringy. This book looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. I ate sheep brain in Spain. Ick! I love the book!! :)

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  23. The grossest thing I've ever eaten is probably more gross to other people than it is for me. My dad would fix my favorite dish around this time of year. It was fried squirrel dumplings. Growing up near the Appalachian Mountains, we had all kinds of non-traditional dishes that turn out to be quite yummy. But whenever I tell anyone about eating squirrel, their noses curl up at the idea. :) Thanks for the chance to win this book...my son would definitely love it!

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  24. The grossest thing I have ever eaten, well, drank is one of my students water bottle. I decided to eat lunch with a coworker in my room one day. We sat at two student desks. While we are talking I picked up the students water bottle (thinking it was my diet coke) and took a sip. I must add that this student wasn't the cleanest kid and she also had issue scratching her private parts....ewwww, it grosses me out every time I think of it!

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  25. I really don't eat gross things. Just the thought makes me gag. I think toothpaste is gross. But my roommate in college ate a spider. Just picked it up and stuck it in her mouth and swallowed.
    I DO love Enemy Pie! I share it with my students every year.

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  26. My older brother says that he fed me mustard greens and cornbread that he "pre-chewed" for me. I throw up a little every time I think about it. Good thing I was too young to have a memory of that!

    I can't wait to share Enemy Pie with my students, my own kiddos loved it.

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