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I know we just did this, but given the scale of the events in Japan (and wherever else the tsunami affects), it seemed worth doing it again today.

To recap: Shelterbox is an organization that goes into areas of the world affected by disaster with large green boxes that contain shelters and the materials needed for people to restart their lives on some level. The boxes always include a top-quality tent, and they usually include stoves, blankets, water purification systems, and tools. This is true, life-saving stuff, hand-delivered by volunteers trained in survival techniques.

The other week, I had a drive for Shelterbox on Twitter to raise money in the aftermath of the New Zealand earthquake. Loads of authors donated amazing prizes, and in the end we raised over $15,000, enough for 16 boxes.

Today, I want to see if we can do it again. If not that much . . . something. My prize this time is literally MY ONE AND ONLY COPY of The Name of the Star, which will be coming out in September. I’m not kidding. This was my first copy, specially shipped to me here in the UK. Once I give this away, I have to wait for the delivery of my MAIN SUPPLY. YOU CAN HAVE IT.


By donating to Shelterbox. A winner will be picked AT RANDOM. Here’s where you donate:

In the UK, donate here.

EVERYWHERE ELSE (United States, Canada, Europe . . . you know what “everywhere else” means) donate here.

In the line where it asks you if you are donating in the name of some organization or person, you can put my name. This is merely an internal sorting mechanism so they know that’s our money and it goes in our money pile–it’s not an offering to ME.

Remember to Tweet when you donate so I KNOW. The tag is #thelastlittleshelterbox or #nameoftheshelterbox.

Because I have to put a limit on these things so I know when to give out the prizes, it’s 10:00AM SUNDAY MORNING GMT, or 5:00 AM on the east coast of the United States. This is when I will be BACK and in front of my computer, so you have LOTS OF TIME to donate.

And already I have offers for more prizes. I’ll just keep retweeting them all day long as they come in. Within 30 seconds of announcing this, Stephaine Perkins offered a signed copy of Anna and the French Kiss. I’ll be on the move today, but as prizes come up, I’ll put them up on Twitter (I probably won’t be able to update this blog all day). So follow there for updates.

If you are not on Twitter, get there and follow me FOR PETE’S SAKE. How are we supposed to talk otherwise?

Remember: each box costs £590 (about $1000) and literally puts a roof over someone’s head. Also, we can’t ensure that OUR boxes go to a specific place. But Shelterbox is IN these places. And IN EVERY CASE, we are providing shelter.


As of this moment, we have raised over $6000. That’s SIX SHELTERS in less than one day. That’s AMAZING.

Meanwhile, the prizes POURED IN THROUGH THE WINDOWS. The amazing @katelinnea, who has been tracking everything, nonstop, has been collecting up all the offers. Here are just SOME of them. (I saw SOME because I’m finding messages all over the places–in my various email accounts, in private messages, on my phone, and in dozens of tweets.)

SIX signed first editions of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, donated by HarperCollins
A signed PRIZE PACK of White Cat/Red Glove by Holly Black, plus a signed copy of Tithe
A signed copy of the entire Skinned trilogy by Robin Wasserman
A signed copy of L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
A signed copy of Paranormalcy and a signed ARC of Supernaturally by Kiersten White
A signed copy of Fallout and a signed cover of Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
A signed copy of Sisters Red and a signed ARC of Sweetly by Jackson Pierce
A signed copy of The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
A signed copy of Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart
A signed copy of Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem
A signed ARC of The Shattering by Karen Healey
A signed ARC of Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
A signed copy of Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson
A signed copy of XVI by Julia Karr
A signed copy of The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
A signed copy of Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner
A signed ARC of Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
A signed copy of Rhymes with Stupid and a signed ARC of Mission (Un)Popular by Anna Humphrey
A signed copy of The Ghost and the Goth and a signed ARC of Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
A signed copy of The Ship of Lost Souls and The Lost Souls of Island X by Rachelle Delaney
A signed copy of Faithful and a signed ARC of Forgiven by Janet Fox

And from before, a signed copy of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and MY ONLY COPY of The Name of the Star. Plus, my agent Daphne Unfeasible is donating ANOTHER copy of The Name of the Star from her personal stash.

(There are even more prizes than that–I’m still sorting through the notes, as I said. Basically, DONATE because LOOK AT THESE!)

There are going to be a lot of people to thank after this is over . . . not the least of which, HarperCollins. They’ve donated a lot of books and the editors are donating a lot of money. Everybody is amazing, and that is all. Well, until I come back with EVEN MORE amazing news.


More prizes to add . . .

A signed BOX SET of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Claire
A signed Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale
A signed Clarity by Kim Harrington
A signed Teen Genreflecting 3 by Diana Tixier Herald
A signed copy of Pink and an ARC of a new book by Lili Wilkinson
A signed copy of Jumping Off Swings and Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
Signed copies of Cycler, (Re)Cycler Lauren and an ARC of Scored  by Lauren McLaughlin
Signed copies of Shadow and Taking Off by Jenny Moss
A signed copy of The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
A signed copy of The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson
Signed copies of Sucks to Be Me and Still Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
An ARC of Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott

And ANOTHER ARC of The Last Little Blue Envelope. Not from me. I have no more. But from agent Jennifer Laughran, who appears to have stolen one from somewhere.


Katie Walsh asked me if I took into account the fact that the US is going to move the clocks forward tomorrow, while the UK does it on the 27th.

*looks around nervously* OF COURSE I PLANNED FOR THIS. Errr. Yes. Of course. Not that it matters, REALLY. Because 10am UK time is now 6AM on the east coast and 3AM on the west (is that right? I think that’s right.). You have until then.

sirifiel asks: is there a minimum we can donate? I don’t have much to spare.

No. There is no minimum.

jparish3 asks: How do you pick the winners?

At random. No matter what you donate, you’re in.

Barry Pierce asks: is there anything people can do if they have absolutely no money?

Spread the word! My tweet about stealing was a joke OF COURSE.

A signed copy of Split by Swati Avasthi

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Posted: Friday, March 11th, 2011 @ 10:39 am
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30 Responses to “SHELTERBOX IN JAPAN”

  1. Angela Kubo Says:

    Thank you so much for holding this.

    I live on the Western part of Tokyo, and the earthquake has been very stressful for my family. My mother is currently stranded in downtown Tokyo and will not be able to come home anytime soon. Many of my other friends are also worried.

    News about some of the casualties are starting to come in, and it`s heart-wrenching to hear about bodies washing up on the coast of Sendai.

    Thank you so much!

  2. yi shun Says:

    Thanks, MJ, for everything.
    What a fabulous effort.

  3. Amanda Salisbury Says:

    Thank you for being willing to share opportunities for all of us to be involved without excuse. I appreciate your humor, and I respect your heart.

  4. Margaret Says:

    Maureen Johnson’s readers, Maureen Johnson, and the YA community continue to help offset the amount of suck in the world. Thank you. <3

  5. Chersti Says:

    Maureen, that is so awesome! Thank you for posting about this and hosting the contest. I love how much the writing community helps when disasters like this comes up.

  6. Heather Mitchell Says:

    How are those of us who have no interest in Twitter supposed to contact you.

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  8. Maria Jose Says:

    how would you know if the winner really had donated?

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  10. Ella Says:

    I love that you are doing this, and I’ve donated. Have you considered spreading it out over more than just the weekend though? So many prizes, maybe you could give out a few each day over a week or something?

  11. Mundie Moms Says:

    Thank you so much for posting about this Shelter Box! I just posted about it and your awesome cause on MM’s.

  12. Rachel Says:

    Hi, I donated, but am not on Twitter. Hopefully this comment will be Ok for entering my name in the draw, but if not, the money still went to a good cause.

  13. Christy Dorrity Says:

    Maureen, Thanks so much for getting this together! It’s so generous of everyone to help out. I hope many people will benefit from it.

  14. Nikki Says:

    I’m so happy you are doing this again because it is such an incredible cause. I’m heading over to donate right now :D

  15. Tracey Says:

    Wish I could have donated more but my bank wouldn’t have let me :)

    Great work and generosity from all involved. Thank you

  16. Patti Colella Says:

    I am happy to see all the support for Japan, we live in Hawaii so we had pretty rough night as well waiting to see what was coming. As well has all the Japanese people that live here with family back home it was and has been a crazy few day. Glad to see this and glad to be able to donate wish I had more to send!!

  17. Heather Arnould Says:

    Maureen, I just sent a link to Shelter Box to everyone on my e-mail Contact list. This is a wonderful thing you are doing. Thank you.

  18. brandileigh2003 Says:

    Awesome! I just donated-

  19. Hope Says:

    I was just wondering if there would be a way to search for the boxes we have donated on ShelterBox’s web site so we can see where they are going. I looked for your name on the site, but couldn’t find anything.

  20. Corinne OFlynn Says:

    Thank you for hosting this again. What a wonderful thing the Shelterbox folks are doing. *prayers for japan*

  21. Debra Schubert Says:

    I linked you on my blog as a place to donate for relief disaster in Japan.

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