1954 after all...I didn't see hardly any of the winners coming this year.
The Newbery winner was one I didn't see coming, but one that I thought was really excellent, having just finished The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Kelly Barnhill lives in Minneapolis, and so that just makes her awesome already.
This is a fairy tale, but like all fairy tales, I guess, it also has a lot of reality in it. There are governments that treat citizens like the people of the Protectorate were treated. Fear-based control is all too common. And the love in this book is so real, too. Great book and Newbery worthy for sure. I still think Towers Falling should have won, but I am happy about one. It was a tough year to choose, I bet. There were a lot of good books among those I read and I didn't even read all that many.
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.