What the Moon Said. I just don't know. Granted, I am biased. This has been an incredible year for books! Man, I wouldn't want to be on the Newbery committee this year.
Oh who am I kidding, OF COURSE I would want to be on the Newbery committee- any year!
And honestly, the clear standout for me is The Madman of Piney Woods. Brown Girl Dreaming is a close, close, close second. But the thing with Brown Girl Dreaming, is that it is INCREDIBLE, but not as INCREDIBLE as After Tupac and D Foster, the neo1954 situation.
There's also The Nightingale's Nest, Bird and Where I Belong, OH! And West of the Moon.
But What the Moon Said? I am not sure that this one should even get an honor. Man, I just didn't see Newbery in it at all. It was fine. I mean, it was very American Girlish and I see that the author, Gayle Rosengren, was a copy editor of AG, so maybe that is why. This is not a bad book. It's just a fine book. Maybe if it wasn't played up to Newbery material, I would be easier on it. It certainly didn't put me to sleep, like Moon Over Manifest did in book form and in audio. I am going to give Moon Over Manifest another try someday, I really am. Everyone seems to have loved it but me and so that tells me something.
Anyway...What the Moon Said just didn't do it for me as far as Newbery goes, but it was a decent book.
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.