The YA Scavenger Hunt is back!



**The YASH has now ended! Thanks to everyone who played and who also entered my giveaway.

Stay tuned for winners announcement!**

Greetings, Scavengers!yash-logo

It’s time for the bi-annual YA Scavenger Hunt!

By now, if you’re hot on the trail for clues, you know the basic premise of the game. If you’re confused at all, visit the YASH home page for complete YASH instructions, but basically you’re searching for the secret number, oh-so-cleverly hidden within this post! Good luck!

I’m on TEAM RED!


If you’re in the right place, read on!

First: an introduction. I’m the author of the YA Sci-fi thriller, TABULA RASA,


and its just-released sequel, INCOGNITA!



You know that “three fictional characters to describe yourself” thing that’s been floating around? I never did it because I’m always Ms. Late-to-the-Meme, so I’ll do it now. Here are the three fictional characters that I think best describe me:

temperance-brennan buzz-lightyearripley


Moving right along … let’s get to the good part. For this installment of YASH, I’m playing host to the lovely, Faye Bird!

Faye writes fiction for young adults. Before becoming a writer she worked as a literary agent representing screenwriters in film and TV. She studied Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University, and lives in London. Her first novel, My Second Life, was published in 2014 and her second novel, What I Couldn’t Tell You, was published this past May. Look at this gorgeous cover!

You are now salivating to buy this book and because I’m merciful, I will provide you that information without further delay. HERE!


Faye has some bonus content and it’s my favorite kind of extra — fantasy casting her characters!

Here she is:

“I’ve had great fun indulging in some fantasy casting for My Second Life. I hope you have fun envisaging these actors in their roles. If you’ve read the book then let me know if you have any other ideas of your own. I’d love to hear them!

Ana – Ana in this life, Emma in her life before this one… For me a young Alicia Vikander encapsulates Ana perfectly.



Jamie – Ana’s lovely friend, the boy maybe she can love… Ty Simpkins is the perfect fit.



Rachel – Ana’s Mum in her second life…. Just has to be Rachel Weisz.


Amanda – Emma’s mum, the mum Ana misses so much. Helen Mirren has the gentle softness Amanda needs.


Richard – Emma’s dad, the dad who finds it so hard to believe his daughter has gone, that she’s back now as Ana… Charles Dance.


Frances – Julie Walters is the perfect Frances… Tough and unforgiving but someone for whom we might also feel real moments of empathy for given what she has been through.” julie-walters


OK, so you’ve made it this far and you’re probably wondering when am I ever gonna give you a clue about what my secret number is. Patience, my friends!



As long as I have you, would you like to enter a bonus giveaway?

TWO winners will receive a paperback copy of TABULA RASA along with the hardcover of book TWO—aka, the sequel— INCOGNITA, signed by moi!

To enter my giveaway, leave a comment below by answering this question: Have you ever broken a bone and if so, which one?

Winners will be chosen at random, and you may enter more than once if you’ve been unlucky enough to break a bone or TWO!

Thanks for playing, scavengers, and now off you go to visit Joanna Parkhurst and find your next clue!



157 comments to The YA Scavenger Hunt is back!

  • Dilrukshi Wijesinghe

    Never broken a bone in my body yet…. 😀

  • I broke my wrist during gym class (a classmate grabbed my foot and I fell). I walked around for 2 weeks with that wrist, thinking it was sprained (I was 11, never had any broken bones before). After two weeks I asked my dad if we could go to the hospital because it was still hurting. He told me that my wrist better be broken or else I wasn’t allowed to watch TV for a whole month! So we got to the hospital, the doctor looked at my wrist, told us that it was broken and asked my dad to get out of the room and I asked why. The doctor explained that in some cases the parent might have had something to do with their child breaking a bone. I looked at my dad with a wicked grin on my face and said: a whole month of no TV eh?. My dad smiled at me and said: Don’t you dare. The doctor just laughed and that is the story of my one and only broken bone :)

  • I fractured some bones in my left foot in 6th grade when I was playing forward in field hockey during gym class. I was about to pass the ball and there was another girl in my class on the opposing team trying to steal the ball from me and right after I hit the ball to pass it – a beat after when there was no ball left to hit, her hard wooden hockey stick slammed my left foot. The gym teacher thought I was being overdramatic when I asked to go to the nurses office, crying on the grass. So she made me walk down the hill and across campus by my self from the field to the nurses office. Soon after I was in a wheelchair with the nurse waiting for a shuttle to take me to the ER to get an x-ray and then a cast as the class (and the teacher) was walking back from the field to the gym to get changed back before our next class. My parents (and my lawyer father) were not too pleased with my gym teacher and the school for insinuating I was being overdramatic and forcing me to likely make my fractures worse by walking a fairly long way from our field to the nurses office.

  • Delia Chavez

    Hi Kristen, just noticed on the yash winners list it says that I won the giveaway you held on your site along with Calla. I was wondering if you are sending out emails or are we suppose to contact you on here. Thank you

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