Auction #5 – KidLit Cares: Skype Visit, Signed Books, Named Character from Barry Lyga

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. KidLit Cares was started by the very awesome Kate Messner, but I’m taking over Round 2. Agents, editors, authors, illustrators and other generous people have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here.

Now, on to the auction!

Barry Lyga is the author of many critically acclaimed novels for young adults and middle-grade readers, including his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl. His latest series is I Hunt Killers. Visit him online at

You are bidding on a package containing three segments: First of all, you’ll win an hour-long Skype visit for your school/classroom, library, local bookstore, or other organization of your choice. Second, you’ll get a box of at least five signed books (signed to whomever you choose, in case you want to give them away to people). Third, you will get to have either a victim or a cop (your option) named after you in the third book in the I HUNT KILLERS series!

Opening Bid: $30

*Note: Due to Thanksgiving, we have added an extra day to this auction. This auction closes at 10pm Eastern Standard Time on November 23. Any bids placed after that time will be void.

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck and thanks for your help!

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13 responses

  1. $100 What an amazing prize package to offer!

    November 12, 2012 at 10:57 am

  2. $105 ❤

    This is a wonderful way to help those in the wake of Sandy

    November 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

  3. $125
    zarins at symbol csus dot com (or contact me through FB)

    November 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  4. $130 Bidding on the skype visit and character naming rights. Loved all you shared this morning at ALAN.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

  5. $150. Loved I Hate Killers and have a kid who loved Boy Toy so much. (Sorry, Lee Ann)

    November 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

  6. $150

    November 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

  7. Okay, make it $175.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

  8. spillarke

    $180 Character naming would make a great present for Christmas…(sorry Teri)

    November 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

  9. I don’t need a character named after me or someone I care about (that actually sounds terrifying), but I’d love to have Barry visit my class via Skype!

    November 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  10. Amy Golemme

    $200 is the bid and I want the whole package! I enjoyed hearing you speak at the ALAN conference!

    November 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  11. $210. Fingers crossed.

    November 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  12. Teri Lesesne

    For good cause so I bid $250

    November 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

  13. This auction is now closed. The winner is the highest bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice (any bids that are posted after this notice are void). If you’re the winner, please make sure your contact information is correct, so I can get a hold of you to let you know you’ve won. Once I confirm to you in an e-mail that you are the high bidder, please make your donation in the amount of your bid to the Red Cross at the link below. Please don’t make your donation until after I confirm to you that you’ve won, just in case.

    Once you have made your donation, please e-mail a copy of your receipt and the name/number of your auction to me at Once I’ve received that, I will get in touch with the donor so you can connect and work out the finer details of your auction.

    If you were not the winner, please consider still making a donation to the Red Cross—every little bit helps!

    Thank you for your donations, efforts and for spreading the word about this important cause.


    November 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm