OK, first of all, I am not Dav! I am sure he is a very nice fellow, never mind he can't spell his own first name. But I am not him. Next, it is true I cannot read or comment on unpublished manuscripts for several good reasons. Because I do the occasional book-talk on NPR, and have a column about books in Wonder Time magazine, I receive a couple thousand published books to look at every year. I go through all these looking for distinguished ones for the radio program and the column. If I were to start telling individual authors what I thought of their individual books, well you see how that would be. So let me make an all-purpose statement: Writing a book is a good thing. And if it finds a publisher, that is very good, and hard to bring off. If you wrote it, it's safe to assume you like it, and if you like it it's safe to assume that some other(s) will like it too. So congratulations, Julie Jacobs. I hope many people like your book, and that you write many more. (Besides, my opinion is no better than anyone else's--I just happen to be mildly famous).