The Unwanteds Tour: Lisa McMann Interview & Giveaway

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm thrilled to welcome the lovely Lisa McMann to i swim for oceans today to talk about her brand new MG dystopian novel, The Unwanteds. Today she's talking to us about the all-too-awesome cover art for The Unwanteds and what she thinks it lends to the novel...take a look!

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret—behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.

But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.


And now....the giveaway! Thanks to the amazing generosity of Lisa and Kismet Book Touring, you guys have the chance to win a full-sized class pack of copies of The Unwanteds (and yes, that's up to 20 books!)

Contest Info: Are you Unwanted? Gather entries to be entered to win the grand prize book club class pack (up to 20 books!) by explaining which camp you’d be in: Wanted or Unwanted:

• leave a comment +1 entries
• provide a picture of you that shows what you'd be (be creative) +2 entries
• provide a video and tell us what you would be! +5 entries

Link can be provided in the comments of this post, on the Kismet Book Touring Facebook page or on Lisa's Facebook page. Open US/Canada. Contestants under 18 years of age must have parental consent to enter.

Find Lisa on: Twitter - Facebook - Website

Find The Unwanteds on: Goodreads - Amazon - Indiebound - Barnes & Noble - Books-a-Million - Powells

Also, be sure to check out the entire lineup for this awesome tour for The Unwanteds!

Monday August 29th - Danny and Pushy, Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, August 30th (The Unwanted's Book Birthday!) - Katie, The Mundie Moms
Wednesday, August 31st - Alyssa, Teens Read and Write
Thursday, September 1st - Heidi, YA Bibliophile
Friday, September 2nd - Becky, Stories & Sweeties

Monday September 5th - Jill, The O.W.L
Tuesday, September 6th - Mary, Book Swarm
Wednesday, September 7th - Reading Teen
Thursday, September 8th - Melissa, I Swim For Oceans
Friday, September 9th - Sab, YA Bliss

Monday September 12th - Cynthia, A Blog About Nothing
Tuesday, September 13th - Nancy, Amusing Reviews
Wednesday, September 14th - Michelle and Leslie, Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks
Thursday, September 15th - Darkfallen and Greta, Paranormal Wastelands
Friday, September 16th - Alice, Alice Marvels

Tuesday, September 20th - Grand prize announcement on Lisa McMann's blog!


  1. I'd be unwanted....

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  2. The Unwanted camp would have to make room for one more new recruit because that's where I would be headed. Thanks for the giveaway!

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  3. I have no artistic talent whatsoever- I am relatively smart, not genius material but I can get by. I don't think I'd go to the Unwanted camp.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Ooh, sounds like a really cool new read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I think I'd be Unwanted - heavens know that I never excelled at anything practical - all my interests were in writing and theater!

    Great giveaway - thanks!

    -Linds, bibliophile[dot]brouhaha[at]gmail[dot]com

  6. Lisa is so darn cute, I'm loving watching her videos! She's so excited about shiny the cover is, it just made me smile:) So excited to read this book, thanks for the giveaway!


  7. I love this author! I got hooked with her first series and could not stop reading her books ever since!

    bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Sounds epic! Sign me up!

  9. Amazing! This is a fantastic giveaway and I've been dying to read this. I would most definitely be in the Unwanted camp... I even got my degree in Fine Arts! lol


  10. I know a library that would love to have that many copies of the Unwanteds!

    As competitive as I am, I think I would be dubbed a Wanted. Secretly though, I would want to go to the Unwanted camp.

  11. Such a great book! (I'm not entering -- just stopping by to tout the awesomeness of The Unwanteds!)
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  12. I'd totally be Unwanted. Wow...that sounds so harsh to say.

    tjorg86 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. I really want to read this book! Although I think I would be Unwanted. :(



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