Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Haiku Review

Learn about Burma
Spin the globe, walk a mile
Learn how great here is

Bully unravels
Proving he never was one
Great twist, done subtle

My vote is for Scrawl

Monday, May 30, 2011

Scrawl vs. Bamboo People

Scrawl is not my choice
Though I really liked the voice
It just made me yawn.

Bamboo People scored
I never found myself bored
That is why it won.

Scrawl vs. Bamboo People

Scrawl starts oh so well
but then it all goes to hell
Bamboo People's in

Scrawl starts oh so well
but then it has me snoring
Bamboo People wins

Do Haikus Get Titles?

a haiku she says
I want to pick a winner
my vote goes to Scrawl

p.s. I am absolutely in for the last round. I need to borrow a copy of Nothing, please.

p.p.s. On the topic of haikus, I have to share the haiku that always inspires me:

haikus are awesome
sometimes they do not make sense

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Giving the Haiku a shot...

Ok, so I will give this haiku thing a chance. It was pretty tough to come up with just a few words to discuss each book, which I suppose is the point. I don't know if I am getting the point I want to make across regarding each one.

It may have been even harder to figure out how many syllables are in each word...

Flash Burnout

Typical teen boy,
Likeable protagonist?
A life in pictures.

When You Reach Me

The littlest things
Make the biggest difference.
Beautiful story.

Alright, looks like the Andrew Poetry Tour 2011 needs to get under way! Check the interwebs for a tour stop near you.

I'm not sure if I did that right, but I guess that is a part of going first.

Moving on to the Finals...

My choice is a fairly easy one. While Flash Burnout was a good book and an entertaining read, I
am selecting When You Reach Me to get to the final round. I think this one will be tough to beat. And Dia, I am definitely in for the last round.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Second Last Round

Deadlines, well that has been a problem. However, happy readers, we are ever closer to our completion. If everyone could comment on their semi final battles by June 1st which is the upcoming Wednesday that would be awesome!

As most of the books have been thoroughly explained in earlier blogs we would like to try something different with our final two rounds. Arlene and I like to read all sorts of blogs and reviews and we would like to emulate a blogger out there who does Haiku Reviews of YA books. (Quit smirking/whining right now Brad.) This is a short to the point effort in the traditional 5, 7, 5 way. You may do just one to sum up your opinion or a series - the choice is yours. If you need some inspiration please go here and take a peek:

Lastly, the final review will be due at the end of June…most of you will have read one or both of the final books. Which brings us to our ZOMBIE pick….it may not make you happy, but we think it is extremely interesting, and we also think some of you have a deep dark streak. We give you: Nothing by Janne Teller

The final smackdown round will be done via Twitter….with very precise instructions to be provided by our lovely tech expert Arlene. We think it is an interesting way to give Twitter a try (or a re-try in some cases) and give us succinct answers to the burning question of which book smacked the most.

Please let us know ASAP if you are in for this final round so we can get books to you by next week.

Dia and Arlene