Mary Downing Hahn is someone I would love to meet. I JUST missed her at the Gaithersburg Book Festival. I am so mad. I totally would have gone. Not that I could have "met" her but just to hear her speak. Oh man! Why didn't I look this time LAST week! I TOTALLY could have gone down there. The cover of Took is so creepy! And then when I saw it was MDH, I couldn't believe it!
This has to be one of her best books. But then I think about all of the others and think, "is there a best MDH book?!" They are all fantastic! From the scary like Deep, Dark and Dangerous to the mysterious like Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls to the made-me-think-so-much Stepping on the Cracks, she has to be one of the best authors ever.
Took takes place in West Virginia where Daniel and his family: mom, dad and little sister, have just moved. They think they have moved into their house because they chose it, but a witchy woman has chosen it for them. This book is just....oh...so SCARY! Just so good. Just so so so so so so good!
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.