" In May 2005, I took a book called The Guests of War to a UK meetup. Written by Canadian author Kit Pearson. It's a children's book, (ages 9 — 14), that tells the story of 3 English siblings evacuated to Canada during WW2. The book was a Christmas gift to my son and daughter a few years back. Although they had outgrown it, I just couldn't part with it — until I got hooked on Bookcrossing.
I had no idea the impact that this book would have on UK Bookcrossers. (Thanks, Lyzzybee for putting it in a bookring.) It is truly LOVED. In emotional JE's some readers report they have wept while reading it. So far, The Guests of War, has gone from the UK, to the USA and back again, through 12 readers, and 41 Journal Entries. Last Fall, 2005 I sent Ms Pearson the JE's I had received up to that point. She sent a thank you via email. In October 2006 I sent her a 2nd batch, and was thrilled to share this postcard message with all involved: " Dear Madeleine, Heartfelt thanks for again sending me all the "bookring" messages about my books! Yes, the books are sold in separate volumes in the UK. I am so moved and astonished at the comments. Kit Pearson "
A while back, I read in Bookcrossing News that "Caroline Michel, the managing director of publisher Harper Press, said ......that (Bookcrossing) presents book publishing with "its very own potential Napster crisis".
My response to this is: Everyone in the UK knows about Margaret Atwood, but how many Bookring participants had ever heard of Kit Pearson before Lyzzybee's bookring? The Guests of War bookring has resulted in sales of this excellent trilogy — AND....who knows how many people will investigate other books by Ms. Pearson?