Book Giveaway!! Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

From The Librarian who doesn't say shhhh @

From The Librarian who doesn’t say shhhh @

We’re giving away a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universewritten by Benjamin Alire Sáenz–our featured novel for February’s book group meeting!! Check out the following from L. Lee Butler at NPR:

“Two Mexican-American teens living in El Paso in the 1980s, Dante and Ari could scarcely be more different. But through their years of growing up, apart and together in the pages of this lyrical novel, they are able to become more to each other than either could have imagined. While most young adult novels are confined to a small, urgent window of time, Benjamin Alire Saenz’s book is expansive, taking in the whole of an adolescent friendship, through momentous turning points and casual disintegrations. Ari’s voice is powerful and the perspective is specifically Mexican-American without being exclusively Mexican-American. If you’re anything like me, your heart will be in your throat through the final third of the book, hoping against hope for the joy that these characters deserve with each other.”

For more on the book, read an interview with Sánez here.

I’ve been waiting all year to discuss this one with our book group!  Sánez is one of our favorite authors, and from everything I’ve read, this book will not disappoint!

To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by January 26th.  Everyone who comments between December 20th and January 26th will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Don’t forget, we also raffle off a copy of the following month’s featured novel at each book group meeting.  So if you’re an Albuquerque local, join us for a chance to win!

Good luck!


34 thoughts on “Book Giveaway!! Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  1. Wow! thats generous! I’d love to read it because the blurb seems promising!! I’ve read lots of positive reviews about it as well. It’ll be AWESOME if I win.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by our blog! We’ve got you entered. We do a book giveaway each month, so be sure to check back with us to see our new giveaway titles. It’s an amazing book. Saenz is one of my favorite authors, and this book certainly did not disappoint. All the positive reviews I’ve read have nailed it.

      • Oh yes, now I do stop by this blog occasionally and I have also followed it, because its pretty impressive! All your comments regarding this book have convinced me beyond all doubt that I want to, really really have to read this book! thanks!

      • I can’t wait to hear what you think if it once you’ve read it. You have to come back & let us know. Thank you for your kind words about the blog!

    • We’ve got you entered, Lori! Thanks for stopping by the blog. It’s such a beautiful book. It’s probably most appropriate for high school or older (maybe a really mature middle schooler), but that said, I would love to see it on more school library shelves!

  2. Hi Katrina! Happy New Year! Please put my name in. I love this writer.
    When is our next meeting? Tonight? Next week?
    Hope to see you all soon.

    • Hi Florence! Happy New Year to you as well! We’ve got you entered in the blog giveaway. We’re meeting next Monday, since everyone’s just getting back from the holiday break we pushed our meeting back one week. We’ll be talking about Colibri. It’s a great book, I really liked it. We’ll also be giving away a copy of Aristotle and Dante that night. I hope to see you there! I hope all is well, and you got to do some relaxing over winter break!

  3. Happy New Year Katrina!

    I love the fact that both Aristotle and Dante discovered the secrets of the universe in El Paso, as it is the same place I discovered them! This will be a great addition to the Washington MIddle School library.

    Thanks for moving our meeting to next week, it would have been very hard to make it this week.


    • Happy New Year Blanca! I hope the first day back to school went well! I loved that the book was set in El Paso, too. Even though I haven’t spent much time there myself, so many of our students have, and I always think it’s nice when they can connect to the book’s setting from personal experience–often it makes it more meaningful. We’ll see you next week, and we’ve got you entered in the blog giveaway!

    • It is a wonderful book. I feel that way about all of Saenz’s novels. We will ship to Brazil, so we’ve got you entered! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! Check back each month for our new giveaway.

  4. This is by far my favorite YA novel of all time! As a Mexican-American teen, I really connected with the characters. I check this book out every time I get home from college 🙂 I would LOVE to own it!

    • It really is one of those incredibly special novels, isn’t it? So glad to hear that you love the book as much as we do. We’ve got you entered! Have you read Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood? I thought it was equally amazing. Check back each month for other giveaways.

  5. I would like to enter because a friend recommended it to me and she loved this book A LOT. Is this giveaway international? Also, a happy new year to all of you!!!

  6. Thanks so much to all of you for sharing your interest in this book! Our winner for this giveaway is Aqsah! Congratulations! Check out our newest giveaway for Margarita Engle’s The Lightning Dreamer. It looks like a beautiful book!

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