Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Criff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg

So, I just finished my first Smackdown book. I must admit, it took me a little while to get into. Does anyone know of any school in Edmonton that has a Hallway Patrol? I didn't think so. Given that it doesn't happen in our neck-of-the-woods, it didn't seem very realistic. On top of that, I couldn't get Mall Cop out of my head, where the main character thinks he's all that and he's going to save the world with his less than important job. However, this morning I got up and found I had to know what was going to happen to poor Griff Carver, a 7th grader, who was kicked out of his last school after alleged Hallway Patrol misconduct. Knowing that, Principal Sprangue was out to get Carver from the beginning and took away his badge after Carver called Sprangue on his littering! There is an accompanying Griff Carver website> complete with a hallway patrol game and you can even sign up to receive nice and juicy insider information from Griff and the gang via email.

Griff Carver: Hallway Patrol reminded me of a few books and TV shows. I know that there are many boys who enjoy bathroom humor such as that found in Lois Sachar's There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom>. In addition, there are many upper elementary and junior high students who enjoy a little mystery and intrigue a la Andrew Clements' Landry News>. If they watch any of the Law and Order, CSI or NCIS, there are some crime lab scenes as well that are appropriate for all audiences.

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