What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wondering Where the Lions Are

Yeah this was a song.  Not even one I liked, but it is stuck in my head.  The Lions of Little Rock is an amazing book.  Man.  I wish I had read it closer to the time I read Wonder.  Now I don't know which one really deserves the Newbery.  I need to read Wonder again to give it a fair shot, because now, I am all about Lions.
This was a painful book to read because again, it is just so unreal- the evils of racism and hatred.  It is so painful and horrific.  The book is based on the true events that took place in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958, the lost school year of 1958-59.  It's the story of Liz and Marlee, two really bright 12/13 year olds and their friendship in the face of evil.
It was easy to hate so many characters in the book.  Even Marlee, at times, but man, this is just such a great, great book and Marlee is a lovely character and so is Liz and wow.  Just read this.  For sure.

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