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Photo by Peggy Sturdivant 
Charles Bacon makes a pick-up of books and angels. 

At Large In Ballard: Book an angel by December 11

By Peggy Sturdivant

Green paper angels are hanging in the window at Secret Garden Bookshop, and behind the counter and above the book displays. On every angel there is a name, an age and a clue. The angels are not decoration, although they are festive. The angels are like secrets passed between benevolent spies to connect a child who would not otherwise receive a book for the holidays with a stranger who wants to gift a book to that child. Book angels.

Although Secret Garden Bookshop has a long history of gift trees it had become too difficult to make connections between specific schools and specific children. Enter Michele Bacon and her family, relocated to Ballard three years ago after two years in New Zealand. Bacon, author most recently of the Young Adult novel “Life Before” had a holiday tradition of giving books thanks to Anderson’s Bookshops in Illinois.

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