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Miscellany Monday, and ANOTHER Giveaway!

VERY exciting goings-on here lately at GBOGH HQ!  (Hi, I’m Traci, and I’m an acronym-aholic.)

First, we were delighted to be included in the Go Green Travel Green website’s list of Best Travel Writing of 2010!! Our post about the Walkway Over the Hudson,  the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, was included.  Having given new life to an unused railroad bridge, The Walkway is an inspirational example of recycling on a gargantuan scale.

Second, we’re thrilled that Alltop® has now included our blog within its Travel category. Alltop is a “start page” which categorizes feeds and filters the top news on the subjects of your choice. We’re expecting a lot more eyeballs will find their way here!

Alltop. Seriously?! I got in?

And now, for the really exciting news! We’re giving away a copy of a children’s book which is just hitting stores TODAY!

Quick back story: The Boy is a voracious reader, so I’m always on the lookout for books he may like. On Facebook, I happened upon the page for popular children’s author Dan Gutman. (The “My Weird School’ series and more).  I found out that he was releasing a book about a cross-country road trip, with kids visiting quirky roadside attractions, and I was hooked.

I contacted Dan, and asked if he would consider offering a book to our readers. He graciously said “yes,” and added that he thinks this blog is “cool!” (Wait, a few more !!!!!!!. There, that’s better.)

Here’s an intriguing video and synopsis of his new book, The Genius Files:

In eight days, Coke and Pepsi McDonald are going to turn thirteen. Before then, they’ll jump off a cliff, get trapped in the locked basement of their burning school, get chased cross-country by murderous lunatics, left for dead in the pit of a sand dune, thrown into a giant vat of Spam, and also visit the largest ball of twine in the world. Read all about it in “The Genius Files” brand new from Dan Gutman.

Did you see the world’s largest ball of twine?! You know that’s on my bucket list, right?

Want to enter to win a copy of The Genius Files? Just sign up to receive our e-mail notifications (see upper right hand corner). If you’re already a subscriber, just comment below and give me the name of your favorite book from your childhood (I call Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret).

A winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified next Tuesday (2/1/11), and will be asked to provide a mailing address.  The prize will be mailed directly to them from the author, so the winner must reside in the U.S.

Or, if you want to make sure you get a copy, get yourself to a bookstore and add this treasure to your collection!


  1. Tina said,
    January 24, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    While I was an afficionado of all the Judy Blume books, I’m going to run with Beverly Cleary and the Ramona books. I loved those. “Ramona and Beezus.” And, of course, “Cars and Trucks and Things that Go,” by Richard Scarry. I’m still reading that decades later.

  2. Fiona said,
    January 24, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    ohhh tough one. I am going to go with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. It started me on a life of mystery reading. My son is a big fan of the Percy Jackson series, The immortal nicholas flamel, and of course the Harry Potter series.

  3. Rebecca said,
    January 24, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Awesome!!! Will is a huge “My Weird School” fan. He LOVES anything by Dan Gutman. I will show him this video clip when he get home today! Cool Traci!!

  4. Rebecca said,
    January 24, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Oh, I forgot about my favorite childhood books….I loved the Nancy Drew series and the Little House on the Prairie books. Of course I loved Judy Blume books as well. I was definitely a book worm nerd 🙂

  5. January 24, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Okay, I’ll bite on this since my own family was an RV-Road-Trippin’ family- I can’t wait to read the book! Now, my favorite book? Have to say that I loved Are You there God, It’s Me Margaret? but I think The Outsiders will have to be my choice. 🙂

  6. Sharon said,
    January 24, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    It’s so great when you find an author your kids like. My son is a fan of Dan Gutman, so we are looking forward to seeing his new book (and maybe winning it!). From my childhood I remember reading Little House books and especially liking the Outsiders. I also remember reading those VC Andrews books that kinda freak me out today. 🙂

  7. Margie Lundy said,
    January 25, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Subbed! And sadly, the ones I remember being my favorite were the Sweet Valley High books. Wish I could say it was something a bit more deep!! 🙂

  8. Margot Peter said,
    January 25, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley! I must have read that series of books hundreds of times.

  9. Maura said,
    January 26, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    Yay! Anyone who has “see giant ball of twine” on her bucket list is instantly a friend of mine. I’ve very pleased to make your acquaintance, Traci, and I look forward to reading your blog. 🙂

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