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

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Guantanamo Boy Vs Revolution


If only we could ditch both books but Dia (the bully) won't let us.

We could find students to recommend both of these books to but we wouldn't want to see either of them win.

Guantanamo Boy was predictable right from the beginning. When the family decides to go to Pakistan you know that Khalid will be arrested. He is interrogated and tortured (surprise, surprise) in Pakistan and then again in Guantanamo Bay. It seems like the author wanted to make the book longer so she repeated the exact same torture scenes in a different location (although we did learn a lot about water-boarding).

Though it is a work of fiction Guantanamo Boy is based on  fact and some students (especially boys) would be interested in reading it.

Revolution is a story of teen angst, family problems, time travel, redemption, music, and the French Revolution. We both enjoyed the premise and the story line but it went on a bit too long. If you are a history buff or have an obsession with the French Revolution this is the book for you. If you don't, and have insomnia this is also the book for you.

And so, Revolution moves on only because it's the book we disliked the least.

Mona & Barb

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