Traitor’s Game (+ Winners)

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | 72 comments

Congratulations to the winners from last week!

Kimber * * * * Emily Welte * * * * Tasneem W

Emails have been sent! If you didn’t win, no worries – your entries so far will accumulate for future entries, so continue to enter each week!

This week in Publisher’s Weekly, an announcement went out about the new series I’m working on to follow Mark of the Thief. Here it is:

Lisa Sandell at Scholastic Press has acquiredย Jennifer A. Nielsen’s new series, The Traitor’s Game, in which a privileged girl is forced by the rebellion to obtain the one item capable of bringing down her own country, but ends up discovering a secret far more dangerous. The first book in the trilogy is set for spring 2018; Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

I am ridiculously excited about this series and will tell you a lot more about it over the next year. I’ve completed the first draft already but a lot more editing is needed.

For this week’s giveaway, let’s have some fun. THE SCOURGE will release on August 30th. Instead of a comment, post an emoji that best represents what youย think THE SCOURGE will be like.



  1. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜ต ๐Ÿ˜
    The story will likely be funny, surprising, and well loved in my opinion.

  2. And I thought there was supposed to be four winners in a week?

    • There were, but I’m running out of some items faster than others and wanted to preserve some stuff for those who win nearer the end of summer, so they don’t feel that they are picking among leftovers. I’ll increase the winners again if I can get more stuff.

  3. I don’t post these often (read ever) but here goes

    I think like many of your other novels it will be like a roller coaster of ups and downs for a character we grow to like. This character will sometimes feel like they are losing their mind. Like my first roller coaster experience.

  4. ๐Ÿ”„ I think “The Scourge” will have many twists and turns, plot twists a plenty and many surprises- in both where the story is going and about the characters even when you think you know them well. You might think one way at first, but it might be ending up turned around as you continue reading. Is this okay to explain the emoji?

  5. :O

  6. :D. A BIG smile.

  7. ๐Ÿ„
    As much as a Hobbit loves mushrooms, so shall I love this book.

  8. there has to be plenty drama and sad moments. What I’m looking forward to is the adventure and exploring. The book will be even better because of the ages of the kids in the scourge.One of my fangirl buddies got the book and is going to lone it to me.Can’t wait!!

  9. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  10. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  11. ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’ฅ I think itll be a gift full of wonderous excitement and dangerius adventure!

  12. ๐Ÿ—ป I feel like your story will have many cliff hangers.

  13. *-*

  14. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜จ
    I think the scourge is going to be filled funny moments that will make you “laugh ’till you drop”, it’s going to make me really scared from all the suspense that’s building up, and i feel like there’s going to be plot twists that are unbelievably shocking, and will leave me heartbroken.
    Congratulations to all the winners last week.

  15. I’m going to say this:
    Because that will be my face the whole time reading twists and sass between characters!

  16. I’m so excited for Traitor’s Game! It looks really interesting. As for The Scourge, I think this sums up what my reactions will be while reading it:
    :'( :O โ˜บ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ll be sad in some parts, shocked in others, pleased in others, and simply thrilled in others.

    *Please forgive my primitive emoticons – I don’t really know how to format them, LOL!

    • ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿค•๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—
      This book is going to take your heart away from you. You may find yourself trying not to cry or laugh but also find yourself in love I can’t wait for the book to come out and I think that this will be one of the best books I have read yet

  17. โณ A race against time.

    • My email is Incorrect. It should be .com not .coml sorry!!

  18. ๐ŸŒช Full of unexpected events

  19. O___________O
    I don’t know what I’m gonna think. Just, BAM.

  20. ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿซ ๐Ÿช ๐ŸŽข

    I gathered all the comfort food emojis I’ll need to handle the wonderful twist and turns and roller coaster rides of emotion I’m sure to experience with this story!

  21. ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ฅ

  22. ๐Ÿ”ฅ – Full of smoke and fire (in the figurative sense).

  23. ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ฑโš”๐Ÿ˜ก๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

  24. :O Amazing, full of surprises and adventure. I can’t wait!

  25. ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ I cannot wait for it, it looks amazing!!

  26. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜

  27. I am not very adept with emojis, but here it is – :0. I think it will be full of tense moments and unexpected plot twists that will lead us readers looking like :0!

  28. I couldn’t figure out how to put an emoji on here so I will just explain what emojis I would put.

    1. A fist because Ani and Weevil are going to have to fight to save everyone and stop the Scourge.
    2. A twister because there will be a lot of unexpected twists and turns that Ani and Weevil will have to deal with.
    3. A broken heart to represent the sacrifices and hardship they might go through.

  29. W(`0`)W – because it kinda looks like “wow”, and by the end of reading your books that’s usually the first thing I say, due to the twists and turns of the plot and the intricate characters. I know it’s not really an emoji :).

    If the first entry doesn’t count, here’s a second:

    ๐Ÿ•ธ – Because of the almost web-like chain of events, intriguing characters that lure you to the centre of the web, when finally the plot sweeps you up and consumes your thoughts and actions, and when you’re released/finished the book you have no idea what hit you.

  30. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜‡:Amazing and Angelic!!! Looking forward to The Scourge!!!

  31. ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿค’๐Ÿค• I am looking forward to reading how you write the disease. You give just enough info that we can understand what you are describing and still have room to imagine things about it.

  32. If I have learned anything from Jennifer Nielsen’s books, it’s that this emoji always applies: ๐Ÿ˜

  33. ๐Ÿ™„โ›คโ›คโ›คโ›คโ›ค the smirking face because your books have the best sarcastic characters, and 5 stars I’m sure I’ll be rating this book!

    • ๐Ÿ˜ okay this actually is the one I was looking for

  34. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜„

  35. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. :/ (Nervous about something.) :1 (has to keep a big secret) ๐Ÿ™‚ (meets a friend & falls in love.) ๐Ÿ™ (something sad or extremly terrible happens.)

  37. ๐Ÿ˜ต

  38. I think it could go like this: ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I’m so excited for your news! It makes me so happy to know you’ll keep writing more awesome stories!!!

  39. :-/ (stunned speechless)

  40. ๐Ÿ˜€ So excited and happy!! I don’t really have a book I’m reading right now, just re-reading Percy Jackson and Harry Potter again,(already read your books a thousand times), so can’t wait for this one!!!

  41. ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜†

  42. ๐Ÿค•๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ˜‰ – usually apply to all jennifer nielsen’s books especially the mischievous one!

  43. (y) U+22C6 U+22C6 U+22C6 U+22C6 U+22C6

  44. ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜†

    If those don’t work, I’ll describe them. One is a totally mesmerized emoji for all the intense parts I know will be plentiful. The other is a laughing emoji for all the hilarious parts that will be equally – if not more – abundant. I can’t wait to see what sort of jokes you’ve cooked up for this one, Ms. Nielsen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  45. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Generic, I know, but I bet The Scourge is going to make me smile! (Also it’s basically the only emoji I know…)

    Also, The Traitor’s Game sounds amazing! Waiting until it comes out is going to be torture.

  46. Me: ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    The book:โš”๐Ÿค•โ›ˆ๐ŸŒคโ›ต๏ธ๐Ÿ’”โค๏ธ

  47. ๐Ÿ‘ซ I’m so excited for the best friend dynamics in the scourge!

  48. For the emojis, I’d probably choose a danger sign, because the characters in the Scourge are probably going to go on lots of perilous adventures. Also a mountain, because I bet they’ll be some terrible cliffhangers. And a big smiley face and a heart, because that’s how I’ll react when I finish The Scourge.
    I’m so excited for Traitor’s Game! A new trilogy!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    – Loreley

  49. <3 because i know i'll love this book!

  50. :{D

    Yes. This is an extremely happy person with a mustache. Why a mustache? Because people of all ages are going to be in love with The Scourge, and it’s going to be extremely exciting!

  51. ๐Ÿ˜ I will love it!

  52. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  53. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ๐Ÿค” since the MC has to take a test and go to a new world, she would be shocked at first but then she would begin thinking about what’s actually happening on the island.

  54. ๐Ÿ˜‚ because I’ll laugh!
    ๐Ÿ˜ because I’ll love the characters
    ๐Ÿ˜ because of the suspense!
    ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด because I’ll most likely be reading all night long!

  55. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†

    First,I put the happy and good/best sign because I am sure the book will be very interesting and stole the readers heart.IT has been proven in your previous books.I almost blast like a rocket to the space after reading your previous books.Then, I add ๐Ÿ˜‡ this sign become I will be pleased if I get to read that book quickly.

    • Then,I add a rainbow because it symbolies colourfulness.I mean Colourfulness because the book will be rich with twist and turn and loops plus emotions.Finally I add firecrackeswhich are blasting because the book will be a major hit and will shine like the everlasting Helios.

  56. I wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday Mrs. Nielsen! I hope it’s as magical as Nic’s Bulla and as adventurous as everything Jaron does! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  57. โ™ก because if it is like your other books, I know my wife and I will love it.

  58. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

    Astonished. Either I’m astonished at how good of a twist the book has or how boring the book is.

    • I am positive the book will be AMAZING!

  59. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ˜›

  60. Jennifer I loved rise of the wolf and am wondering what will be the next book and when will it come out!?

    • Hi Andrew – it’s called WRATH OF THE STORM and will be released on Jan 31, 2017. You can read more about it here:

  61. :-0

  62. What is the girl called?

    • Her name is Kestra Dallisor. I can’t wait to introduce you to her!

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