Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen


by Lesley Kagen

Young Adult: General

New American Library/Penguin/Random House

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, October 18, 2013.

About the book:

The cicadas are humming the summer the summer that Gibby McGraw catches her big break. Brain damaged after a tragic car accident that killed both of her parents, Gibby is now NQR (Not Quite Right) a real challenge for a fledgling newspaper reporter–especially when she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky.

Armed with her trusty blue spiral notebook, Gibby figures that solving the murder might be her best chance to prove to everyone–most of all her dearly departed Mama and overprotective grandfather—that she can get Quite Right again. But she gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a world of corruption, racism, family secrets, and abuse in her small town. Lucky for her, she’s also about to discover that some things are far more important than all the brains in the world…and that miracles and love occur in the most unexpected moments.

Exclusive interview with the author:

1) The heroine of the story, Gibby McGraw, has suffered a traumatic brain injury and as a result her perception of life is both hilarious and sad. Why did you chose to write from the perspective of a young woman whole life is so different than the norm?

I’ve become increasingly suspicious about his word “normal.” Who really is Quite Right? I know I’m not. Let’s all agree to be who we are and from now on that will be called the “normal.”

2) Describe LAND OF A HUNDRED WONDERS in one sentence.

A love story. I’m a fool for love in all it’s manifestations. The love between parents and children. The love between a girl and a boy. Best friend love. Dog love.

3) How would you describe the underlying theme of the book?

Good versus evil.

4) The story is kind of quirky. What scenes did you most enjoy writing?

I loved the sassy dialogue between Gibby and her best friend, Clever. When the Brandish boys hunt them down, I found that very exciting. Also the romance between Gibby and Billy…the mystery of it all got to me.

5) Who are your favorite and least favorite characters in the book?

Gibby’s courage and heart of gold inspires me. And I despise Sneaky Tim Ray Holloway. Can there be anything more despicable than the theft of innocence?

About the author:

Lesley Kagen is an award winning, New York Times bestselling author, actress,and voice-over talent. Visit Lesley online at

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5 Responses to Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen

  1. Donna Willis October 14, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    hope to win

  2. Judi Burns October 14, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Lesley is a a great author. If you haven’t read her works, come check them out. They are stories that will being you back to your childhood days with both tears and joy. I have enjoyed all of her books and look forward to many more to come. Thank you Lesley for always awakening my heart with your books.

  3. Virginia H October 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    This sounds like an interesting book!

  4. Blyskalp October 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Keep up the good work.

  5. Nancy Reynolds October 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Your book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the chance to win. Even if I’m not a winner, I’m going to get your book to read because it has me totally intrigued. Best of luck with it.