History: The YASH is the brain child of author Colleen Houck, who wanted to give her readers a chance to discover new authors. She came up with the idea of the YA Scavenger Hunt--a blog hop where authors host other authors so that readers can find new, fun YA books to read.
How it works: The hunt happens three times a year. The Summer 2012 hunt starts on August 1st. Here's what will happen:
At noon on August 1st, fifty-four authors will post information from a different author on their website. For example, Author A will host Author B's information. Author B will have info about her book, plus a little something exclusive just for this hunt, such as a character interview, a cover reveal, or something secret that no one else knows. At the end of the post, there's a link to the next author's website, so readers can continue on the hunt directly.
Readers can start with any author--or you can even start here! Over on the STUCK page, we have a full list of every author participating this hunt--start with any author you like!
Each author post has a link to the next author in the hunt--and a clue for you to win the grand prize--a SIGNED copy of each participating author's book!
Hidden somewhere in every post is a number. The puzzle for this year simple: add up all the numbers in the posts. So, if Author A has the number 1, and Author B has the number 2, and Author C has the number 3, then the solution would be 1+2+3 = 6. Keep track of all the numbers you find--because when you add up the numbers, you'll know the code to enter for the grand prize.
You can see a list of all the books you can win by checking out the PRIZES page!
This time, the hunt's split into two teams: a red team and a blue team. You can participate in one or both hunts, and the contest is open internationally. Of all the people who enter with the correct code, one person will be awarded all the books from the red team, and one will win all the books from the blue team.
THE HUNT OPENS AUGUST 1 at NOON!
We hope to see you there!