Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
have been chosen!
Due to the overwhelming response, we’ve decided to give away a lot more books. Instead of just giving away one book to one winner—that’s no fun—we’ve decided to give away FIVE books!
AND the FIVE WINNERS ARE…
RACHEL PETERSON - QUINCY, ILLINOIS
SHEILA TRUE - ANTIOCH, TENNESSEE
KATIE KORTE - KANSAS CITY, KANSAS
NOREEN STONE - MEDINA, OHIO
PENNY TUTTLE - KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON
They’ll each receive one author-autographed hardback copy of “RuneWarriors: Sword of Doom” (Book 2 in the RuneWarriors Series). If your name is listed above, congratulations! You’ll be getting your books soon. Thanks to all the teachers, librarians and other book lovers who entered the RuneWarriors contest by emailing us at our website. We wish we had free books for everyone who wanted them, but keep trying. We’ll be holding more contests from time to time so keep checking our blog for news and reviews on RuneWarriors and other fun freebies. Most of all, keep reading! Because as all young Vikings know, reading can help you conquer the world!
Jim Jennewein & Tom S. Parker
Ferdinand Magellan (1480 – 1521) wasn't a Viking. He was a Portuguese explorer who later obtained Spanish nationality in order to serve king Charles I of Spain in search of a westward route to the “Spice Islands.” Magellan's expedition of 1519–1522 became the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean (then named "peaceful sea" by Magellan; the passage being made via the Straight of Magellan), and the first to cross the Pacific. It also completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Magellan himself did not complete the entire voyage, being killed during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines. Of the 237 men who set out on five ships, only 18 completed the circumnavigation and managed to return to Spain in 1522, led by the Basque navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano, who took over command of the expedition after Magellan's death. Magellan also gives his name to the Magellanic Penguin, which he was the first European to note, and the Magellanic clouds, now known to be nearby dwarf galaxies.
"The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore. Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over these things that seem impossible. It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors -- to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown."