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.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


I don't know why, but I don't like the word masquerade.  I did like the book Bronx Masquerade very much though.  I love Nikki Grimes and so I am always opening one of her books with the expectation that I will love it.  And I always do.  This book is another multi-POV story.  Eighteen students in an urban school, a class in which the teacher has started a poetry unit.  On Fridays the students are invited to share their original work with the class.
Each chapter is first a student sharing their thoughts and that is followed by their poem.  Excellent and realistic.  As always.  

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