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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Who? WHO?? WHOOO??

Tell me, who designed these covers?  The whole big bunch of Paulsen book covers that kept me from reading Hatchet and The River and would have kept me from reading The Crossing and most certainly The Cookcamp.  True, you should never judge a book by its cover.  So it's my fault.  But still!  Look at these covers?!  What?!  What?!
Anyway...The Cookcamp is the first in the Alida series, but the last one I read.  It doesn't really matter in which order you read them, but just read them.  They do seem to get better as they progress in the series, but all of them are wonderful.  The Boy is just a little boy and is sent to live with his grandmother as she works in Cookcamp, feeding men who are building a road in Northern Minnesota during WW2.  They describe themselves as "too old to be soldiers, but we can build roads."  I loved the prologue.  And I love the way The Boy looks at his grandma and the way she loves him.  And I loved the chipmunk scene and the Thimble Boy scene.  Although I do wonder what happened to the thimble itself.
Great, great book and great, great series.

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