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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

World Book Night - April 23, 2014

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

This basket of books will be distributed on April 23, 2014 in honor of World Book Night -- 

Q. What is World Book Night?
A. World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23 –Shakespeare’s birthday tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.

I am one of those ten of thousands of people who will go forth on April 23, 2014 and distribute 20 of the half-a-million books.  My chosen title is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Hyperion, 2012).  Elizabeth Wein is an author who writes a WWII tale of a secret agent “Verity” who is arrested by the Gestapo. She thinks she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.  They'll get the truth out of her.  But it won’t be what they expect.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from a merciless and ruthless enemy? 
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  1. Hi
    I will be distributing "The Ruins of Gorlan" the first book of the Ranger's Apprentice series to 20 middle school boys in Floral Park, New York.

  2. I've been giving out 100 Best Loved Poems to students (I'm calling them poetry ambassadors) at our High School in West Seneca, NY.

  3. I am a second year giver and will be headed to our local sportsplex to give Bridge to Terabithia to some of the ball players and swim team members.

    Here is a list of my book recipients tonight:

    Bridge to Terabithia......6 copies to Boys and Girls Club students, 6 copies to afterschool program at Sportsplex, 1 copy to a soccer player, 1 copy to a dancer, 4 copies to the swim team members, 1 copy to the daughter of the owner of the Chinese Restaurant, 1 copy to the Pastor's daughter.

    Wonderful Night! So glad to be a Giver!

    Last year it was Fahrenheit 451 to local firemen.