Best I've Read 2012: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

The sixth book we are featuring this year is Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt.

Paula had the opportunity to interview Gyver, a character from Send Me a Sign, for the event and we are also offering our readers a chance to win a copy of Send Me a Sign. Check out the synopsis of Send Me a Sign and the giveaway details at the end of this post. The Larks would like to thank Tiffany Schmidt for her time and Bloomsbury for providing the giveaway.

Paula @ Reading Lark: Since this book is primarily about Mia, why don't you explain how you two know each other.

Gyver: My dad works with her mom. They bought neighboring lots in our development when it was still being built. I was just a baby and Mia was a couple weeks from being born when our families moved in. There are pictures of me and her all the way back to the day she came home from the hospital. I really can’t tell you my first memory of Mi, because I don’t remember my life without her.

Paula @ Reading Lark: Gyver is an unusual name. Is there a story behind it?

Gyver: Yeah, there’s a lot of teasing behind it too. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Basically, when my parents were first dating they used to love to watch MacGyver together. They’d get take out and have duct-tape, dorky date nights.

 I’m mostly just grateful it wasn’t The A-Team… I could’ve been Hannibal or Templeton.

Paula @ Reading Lark: When you were little, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

Gyver: Well, first it was the Green Power Ranger (Mi wanted to be Pink). Then we went through a phase where we were going to be both explorers and pirates—I guess we’d explore islands and then know the best places to bury our treasure? All I remember is that it involved lots of map-making and wearing eye patches. And Mia claims she almost got her mom to agree to get her a parrot. I call bull on that. There’s no way Mrs. Moore would ever let a bird in her house.

I was about six when I first started piano. Mia was my first audience since she usually got stuck listening to me practice—and she was the first person to say “You should be a rockstar!” And I know better than to argue with her—in this case I don’t even want to.

Paula @ Reading Lark: Tell us something about Mia that she might be embarrassed for us to know.

Gyver: Like how my mom made her a cake the first time she got her period? And made our whole family walk over to deliver it? And I thought it would be hilarious to pull out my guitar and play Urge Overkill’s version of “Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon”? Something like that?

I should probably start running now, because if she sees this, she’ll kill me.

Paula @ Reading Lark: I hear you're kind of a musician. Who are a couple of your favorite bands?

Gyver: Favorite band is not like favorite color or favorite food. It’s much more complicated than that. It depends on how I’m feeling, what’s going on in my life, what season it is, what else I’m doing at the time, whether I’m looking to relax, get inspired, get motivated, calm down, energize…

Um, yeah. I could write you a novel-length answer but it wouldn’t be interesting to anyone but me. Maybe I’ll just skip this question. Or I can tell you the last three songs I listened to and you can interpret them however you want.

1) Bell X1 – “Velcro”
2) Death Cab for Cutie – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
3) Lumineers – “Ho Hey”

About the Novel

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?” It’s a question her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl’s search for signs of life in the face of death.

Purchase Your Copy

Want a copy of Send Me a Sign? Bloomsbury has graciously provided ONE copy to give away to our readers.

To win:
* You must be 13+ years old.
* You must be a US resident. No PO Boxes!
* You must fill out the Rafflecopter form.

The giveaway runs from December 12-21. The winner will be notified via email on December 22.


  1. I'm very lucky to have talked to Tiffany and have her donate some amazing books to my charity drive to get books to impoverished children, so I'd really love to read her book! <3

  2. I've heard so much about this book, I would love to read it!

  3. The book sounds like a really great read. And a really sad one at that. It might be kinda of hard to read since my dad has cancer to. But it sounds good and I would love to know what all happens in it.

  4. I've heard so many amazing things about this book. I don't normally read cancer books, but I'll definitely have to make an exception for this one.

  5. I'd like to read more about what the signs are.

  6. I'm so excited to see so many visit this post! This was a really great read, and definitely deserves the attention.


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