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IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD Book Club Guide

If you were a fan of The Thing About Jellyfish, here is another powerful middle-grade novel, perfect for book clubs: Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. In the wake of a destructive tornado, one girl develops feelings for another in this stunning, tender novel about emerging identity. Download the Book Club Guide below for discussion topics and questions.

Bridesmaids Behaving Badly Sweepstakes Official Rules

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Best Animal Adventure “Tails” for Kids

Happy National Puppy Day! If you don’t have a puppy, or if you just love animals, here are some adventure “tails” for you! Sasquatch even makes an appearance…

Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors

The following story is a dog story, but it is not, I repeat, NOT, a sad dog story. As promised in the author’s note in the first in the Smells Like Dog series, all three books in this series are entertaining romps featuring Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy and Dog, a droopy basset hound who can smell treasure! They set off on an adventure and find themselves in a world where treasure hunters hide around every corner. Young readers will howl with laughter at Suzanne Selfors’ hilarious capers.

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt, illustrated by Dan Santat

You’ve got to love a nanny who’s fabulously sassy, impeccably dressed, determined to show her charges a world of fun and a total pig… An ex-circus flying pig to be exact. Nanny Piggins may not be as prim and proper as Mary Poppins, but she brings a world of joy, surprises and chocolate (LOTS of chocolate) to the 3 Green children. R.A. Spratt’s madcap adventures are perfect for keeping the attention of even reluctant readers.

by Christopher Holt, illustrated by Greg Call

When all the humans in the world disappear, Max the Labrador Retriever must find his way home. Joined by Rocky, a dachshund and Gizmo, a terrier, the three canine friends find their way, battling angry wolves, subway rats and the biggest threat of all, The Corporation – a strange organization of perfect dogs where things may not be what they seem. Fans of The Incredible Journey and Homeward Bound will be gripped by this action-packed series.

The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Dan Santat

Readers who prefer animals of the more fantastical variety will fall in love with The Imaginary Veterinary series, starting with The Sasquatch Escape. When Ben Silverstein arrives in Buttonville, he’s sure he’s in for the most boring summer of his life, until he encounters a baby dragon, that is. When Ben and his new friend, Pearl Petal unwittingly let a certain hairy beast loose from the local veterinary hospital for imaginary creatures, they find themselves on a wild journey full of mythical creatures that they and young readers will never forget.

Survival Tails by Katrina Charman

When the unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt the dog must find a way to survive and reunite with his owner and best friend, Alice. Read all about the plight of the Titanic from the point-of-view of Mutt and his rag-tag group of animal cohorts. A fresh perspective and heart-stopping action will captivate dog-lovers and history buffs alike. It’s the first in an all-new series by Katrina Charman starring pets who endure treacherous real-life situations throughout history.

LBYR Book Box Official Rules

LBYR Book Box Sweepstakes
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This sweepstakes (“Promotion”) may only be entered in or from the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

1. How to Enter. To enter, visit http://littlebrownlibrary.com/category/parents (“Website”) to fill out and submit the Entry Form. All entrants must have a valid email address. Entrants must enter all items in the Entry Form.

Each entrant will get one (1) entry per person/household. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of the Sponsor and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Only fully completed Entry Forms are eligible. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor.

2. Eligibility. Participation open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, who are 13 years or older as of Promotion Start Date. Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees, officers and directors of Hachette Book Group, Inc. (“Sponsor“), Stewart Foster, Jennifer Torres, A. M. Morgen, Mark Tatulli, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Grace Lin (collectively, the “Authors”), and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, manufacturers or distributors of Promotion materials, the respective immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of any of the foregoing are also not eligible to enter. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

3. Promotion Start/End Dates. Promotion begins 12:01 AM ET on June 25, 2018 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 8, 2018.

4. Random Drawing/Odds. On or about July 11, 2018, Sponsor will select a potential winner(s) in a random drawing from all eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for the drawing.

5. Prizes. Five (5) prize boxes are available. Each prize box consists of one (1) advance reading copy of The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris (approximate retail value (“ARV”) $5.00); one (1) advance reading copy of Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (ARV $5.00); one (1) advance reading copy of Someone Like Me by Julissa Arce (ARV $5.00); one (1) advance reading copy of The Witching Hours: Vampire Knife by Jack Henseleit (ARV $5.00); one (1) paperback copy of An Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White (ARV $6.99); and mystery items selected by the Sponsor.

The total ARV for each prize box is $50.00. The ARV for all five (5) prize boxes is $250.00.

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Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions. All unspecified expenses are the responsibility of winners. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

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Any attempted form of entry other than as set forth above is prohibited; no automatic, programmed, robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. Sponsor, its affiliates, partners and promotion and advertising agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone, mail or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Promotion, including any injury or damage to any person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Promotion or downloading any materials in this Promotion.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Promotion should (in its sole discretion) virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Promotion. In such case, Sponsor will select potential winner(s) from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor.

Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or web site. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Promotion or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.

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CODE GIRLS: Stories – Evelyn Boyette (White)

CODE GIRLS
 
I want to thank you so much for your book, Code Girls. My mother, Evelyn Boyette (White), worked at Arlington Hall during World War II, and I loved the stories she had about living in Arlington (in the garden apartments at Buckingham Village) and then sharing a house in Washington on P Street. Dot’s story reminded me so much of things I had heard from Mama. Like Dot and Crow, Mama and her friends posed for all sorts of pictures that were popular in the 40s, with everyone looking like Rita Hayworth or something. She had a photograph book from those days, and my sisters & I used to tease her unmercifully about those poses, and how even the girls used to give each other pictures and sign them in the bottom right corner like movie stars. Everybody seemed to have a nickname—Mama’s friends all called her “Boy’t.”
 
When the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibit on computing opened many years back, I was very excited about having the opportunity to show off a bit by showing my mother the kind of work I’d been doing in information technology. To my absolute surprise, she pointed to a picture at the start of the exhibit that had been taken in Arlington Hall and told me that was exactly the kind of room that she worked in while she was at Arlington Hall. She looked at the picture closely to see if there was anyone she recognized, but if so, she didn’t say. From time to time, when I’d asked her about her work at Arlington Hall, she’d always say “secretarial stuff,” but I noticed that the young ladies in those pictures didn’t look like they were doing secretarial stuff.
 
She told me that before she left Arlington Hall, her supervisor took her aside and told her that “they” would like for her to continue her work, and that she would be working in a new career field involving an “amazing new machine.” She told her supervisor that as much as she enjoyed her work, she hoped to return to North Carolina and marry her 1st Lieutenant B-25 pilot when he got out of the Army-Air Force. She did exactly that. I guess that “amazing new machine” just might have been the Eniac.
 
Mama had finished two years at Atlantic Christian College in her home town of Wilson, NC, when she came to Washington. She told me that it was always hard for her to believe that my Grandparents let her go to Washington, but how much she loved those times. Her favorite spot was Garfinckel’s Department Store—also one of my favorite spots when I moved to Washington in 1970.
 
Sarah Casseday

CODE GIRLS: Stories – Angline Nanni

CODE GIRLS
 
I had to write to you since, I have a personal interest in the story you brought to life. My aunt, Angline Nanni was one of the Code Girls. She joined the Venona Project at its inception and stayed with the project as an analyst until it’s conclusion in 1980.
 
She spent her entire career with the project — and she fits, perfectly, the description of the Verona Analysts and many of the Code Girls you detail in the book. She is from a small town (population 200), never married, never owned a car, never even needed a drivers license, and totally dedicated to her work. Her colleagues were her best friends.
 
At times following her retirement, I would drive my Aunt to visit these women. I never minded doing that. I never knew what these women did, but I knew they did special stuff.
 
To this day, my Aunt holds to her vow of secrecy and says very little about her work on “The Project”. She is now the family Matriarch and remains a bright-eyed and very active 99 year old, still living in the same apartment building at 17th and Massachusetts Avenue that she moved into when she came to Washington over 70 years ago.
 
Thank you so much for bringing us the story of the Code Girls and journaling the accomplishments of these women who, just like my Aunt Angie, earned the right to be called “The Greatest Generation” — They are that for sure.
 
Jim DeLuca

CODE GIRLS: Stories – Ms. Parker

CODE GIRLS
 

Ms. Parker

 
My mother was a “Code Girl” and was stationed here in Washington, not more than a mile from my home in Northwest DC!
 
Although my mom passed away over 40 years ago, I remember trying on her WAVE uniform as a little girl while she told me about her time in DC. She never said more than she helped to break the Japanese code and never offered up any additional information to us. She did tell me about walking down Massachusetts Avenue with her friends and looking at all the beautiful clothes in Garfinkel’s and getting a sandwich at Wagshall’s.
 
Claudia Parker

CODE GIRLS: Stories – Elizabeth McClure Bennett

CODE GIRLS
 

Elizabeth McClure Bennett

 
It was wonderful to learn more about a chapter in history that has personally touched our family. My mother, Elizabeth McClure Bennett, was a junior at Wellesley when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Although she never really discussed this (with anyone, including family) until many years had passed, she was one or the original 13 students at Wellesley chosen by Mildred McAfee to take a secret code-breaking course during her senior year at Wellesley, After graduation (and a brief Naval training session at Smith College, where my mother gave the salutary address when the young women were graduated as Ensigns), she was inducted into the Navy WAVE’s and stationed at the Communications Annex at the corner of Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues (OP-20-G). She worked as a code breaker, assigned to the office headed up by Lt. Francis Raven breaking the Japanese diplomatic code….the “purple machine.”
 
George Bennett