Sandra Kring's debut novel,Carry Me Home, captured the hearts and imaginations of readers coast to coast. WithThe Book of Bright Ideas,Kring brings us another storytelling triumph, transporting us to the summer of 1961, when two little girls formed one very special friendship. In small-town Wisconsin, nine-year-old Evelyn "Button" Peters makes fast friends with newcomer Winnalee Malone. Under the care of her lively older sister, Winnalee is no ordinary child. She totes around a shiny silver urn containing her mother's ashes, and her other prized possession is a tome she calls "The Book of Bright Ideas," filled with real-world wisdom she has gleaned through heart-wrenching life experiences. Yet Winnalee has much to teach Button about having fun, hunting for fairies, and outsmarting grown-ups. It's soon clear this will be a summer unlike any othera fact that dismays Button's prim mother. Before long, new questions have arisen about the Malone sisters and their previous life on the run. When the answers yield devastating revelations, children and adults alike will question the truths they held dear, and the difference between dangerous lies and comforting make-believe. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Sandra Kring'sThe Book of Bright Ideas.We hope they will enrich your experience of this unforgettable novel.Kring, Sandra is the author of 'Book of Bright Ideas', published 2006 under ISBN 9780385338141 and ISBN 0385338147.