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, April 28, 2016


The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict is .5 in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.  When I saw the .5 I was surprised!  It made me think about what I said about the novellas and all of the .5, and 1.5 and 2.5 and 46.4 that pop up now.  Thing is, I guess I didn't really consider this to be like those, with the "."s because it isn't a novella, it is just a prequel.
When I was just finishing up this book a tweet came in from LBKids that said that the series made this list.
I have to agree with it!  I have always loved this series.  And I wish there were more.  This book is the story of how Nicholas Benedict grew up, a little background on him.  And what I liked about it was, well, everything!  But one thing I really thought was super good was that he wasn't this totally super, goodie-goodie kind of kid.  He made bad choices and had selfish motives sometimes, but he learned from it.  A great mystery and I love the reader!  Del Roy did this one and I think all of them!

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