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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Very Coordinated

Jump rope has always been hard for me.  Probably because of my size.  And lack of coordination. And fear of falling.
But Double Dutch by Sharon M. Draper was a book I really enjoyed, as I always enjoy a Draper book.  She is one of my favorite authors.
Delia is really good at Double Dutch and her school team is headed to the championships, but they might be going without.  The state test is coming up and those who do not pass the test, fail the school year.  
This is a really good middle school story, a sad one in a lot of places, because of Delia's fear and the fact that she has made it this far in school and no one has noticed that she is unable to read.  
Her friend Randy also has a huge worry, his father, a long-distance trucker has not been home in weeks, nor has he called.  And money is running out.  Randy is home by himself and too frightened to reach out for help.  

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