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, August 12, 2010

And it looks like another sleepless night

First, an aside....this is a great song. One of the coolest things I discovered this year was randombuzzers.com, Random House's site for teen books. You can get the news about upcoming books, join in on author chats, check out book trailers, participate in a bunch of cool activities to earn "bucks" and then spend them in the store and you can WIN stuff!
I've won my second book now! First was Gimme a Call which I LOVED!!!!! And then came Sleepless which I also LOVED!!!!
Sleepless is the story of the real Sandmen and Sandwomen who gals us fall asleep at night. You know, they even have a couple of their own songs. Enter Sandman and Mr. Sandman. And of course the comic book. The experienced Sandguy in this book is Eron. He died around 1910 and when he did, the lovely Chimere, an Original, offered him a deal. Work as a Sandman, putting folks to bed at night and watching over them while they sleep for one hundred years. Then you can be human again and finish your business. Any unfinished stuff you left on Earth. Since Eron was still a teen when he died in a factory accident, since he never had the courage to tell the woman he loved how felt about her, he jumps at the chance. He only realizes later that of course, when his hundred years of Sandmanship were up, the lady he loved wouldn't be around anymore. Unless she lived 120 years or so, which na she didn't. Anyway Eron does a great job being a Sandguy and he is about to end his century term. There's only one thing left for him to do, Chimere explains, and that's train his replacement. It should be simple. But it ain't. His replacement is also a guy who met an early death while falling asleep at wheel on his way home from his girlfriend, Julia's house. Julie also happens to be one of Eron's charges. So Eron's been watching over her since she was born. Julie's recently deceased dude is NOT having an easy time with the whole dead thing. Eron is having a hard time adjusting to the human world. And Julia thinks she's going nuts still sensing her boyfriend's presence and kinda falling for this odd dude named Eron who acts like he's stepped out of a time machine. This original book is both creepy and funny and all the way cool.

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