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Nancy's Notes - March 10, 2010

Wii Bowling tournament for students on Early-out day: March 17th, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson, "Days of Gold" by Jude Deveraux, "A Rogue of My Own" by Johanna Lindsey.

Becky has planned student activities for early out days on two occasions in the past two months. It snowed both times and school was cancelled so we had to cancel also. She is going to give it a try once more on March 17. I told her I really didn't want anymore snow, but we'll see what the day brings. We will be having "Wii Wednesday". Students are invited to stop in between 2:00 and 3:30 to enjoy a Wii bowling tournament, craft project, and a snack. There is no pre-registration.

My first book, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", was on the best seller list for quite awhile. The book is a murder mystery, family saga, and love story all wrapped up into one. It revolves around the disappearance, forty years ago, of Harriet Vanger, a member of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden. Her eighty-year-old uncle is determined to find the truth of her disappearance, which he believes is a murder. The book is also about Mikael Blomkvist, the journalist who is hired to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance, and Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed hacker who assists in the investigation. They discover astonishing corruption in the Vanger family and a connection between themselves.

Jude Deveraux's "Days of Gold" takes place in 1766 Scotland where laird Angus McTern has everything he wants in life. Although his grandfather lost the family's land and castle in a card game when Angus was a boy, he takes his duties seriously and is respected by all, except Edilean Talbot. Edilean represents everything Angus despises but still he is dazzled by her beauty. When she rejects him he is deeply wounded and humiliated before his clan. When the day comes that Edilean needs Angus' help he refuses at first, then haunted by her beauty he puts his pride aside and goes to her aid. When Angus tries to intervene he's accused of kidnapping and theft. To avoid prosecution he's forced to flee to America with Edilean.

In Johanna Lindsey's, "A rogue of My Own", Lady Rebecca Marshall is forced to wed a royal spy who seduced her by mistake. Lady Rebecca's mother is delighted when she becomes a maid of honor at the court of Queen Victoria. She sees this as an opportunity for Rebecca to make a good match. At court, Rebecca innocently steps into the rivalry between the queen's spymaster when the noblewoman in charge of the maids of honor is using the maids to spy on powerful courtiers. Soon Rebecca is entangled in a web of deceit with marquis Rupert St. John. What she doesn't know is that Rupert is a secret agent of the crown who leads a double life.

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