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Bella the Blue Crab

(Aug. 14, 2020) Maryland native, Karen Cody, recently debuted her first children’s book, “Bella the Blue Crab,” under the pseudonym A.G. Vlahos, centered around Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay.

“Bella the Blue Crab” is about a crustacean who helps save the Chesapeake Bay through acts of kindness, with the assistance of her sea creature friends. It also aims to promote environmental awareness.

Cody hopes that children will find a positive role model in “Bella” and “learn the importance of kindness, bravery and helping others,” while also acquiring a better understanding of the beautiful natural resource that is the Chesapeake Bay.

The story highlights locations in Maryland, including Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the United States Naval Academy, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Ocean City beach.

The book received a Readers’ Favorite five-star award and has been featured on the podcast “Storytime with Mr. Read” in episode 35.

Cody was born and raised in Maryland and spends much of her time at her second home in Ocean City. She considers herself an “honorary resident” of the resort town.

Cody was inspired to write a children’s book in 2019, while reading to her young daughter, Anna Grace, each night.

She knew that she could write a children’s book like the ones her daughter adored. Cody wrote during her free time, while still working in law enforcement.

“Bella” was modeled after Anna Grace, her 4-year-old daughter, who has an adventurous spirit. But, Cody did not just base the main character on her daughter, she also involved Anna Grace throughout the whole writing process, making it a family project.

Cody and her daughter worked together to write a nursery rhyme about saving the Chesapeake Bay to be featured on one of the pages. Also, the “A.G.” of Cody’s pen name is derived from her daughter’s initials.

“Bella the Blue Crab” was illustrated by Patrick Carlson, an illustrator and cartoonist from Valdosta, Georgia, who worked with Cody to create the images of Maryland and “Bella.”

For more information and to purchase the 35-page “Bella the Blue Crab” book, visit or Amazon.

The book is also available at Tidepool Toys & Games of Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach; Kids’ Ketch of Lewes, Delaware; and Bethany Beach Books. The book costs $9.99.

Cody will host a book sale and signing on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Speedworld building on 30th Street at 10:30 a.m. The next day she will be at Fager’s Island on 60th Street, bayside, at 11 a.m.

author Karen Cody

Author Karen Cody

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