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

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Beauty Queens V.S. A Monster Calls

      Hey there, Misses Jasper Place! Miss Allendale here for the vote! I’m with you, girlfriends! Although I originally giggled out loud with the satirical comedy of Beauty Queens, I got bogged down after a while and threw it into my makeup bag to stagnate while I went on to A Monster Calls. 
     Wow! This one is a  quick read, but lots of depth - a cunning fusion of fairytale, horror, and realistic fiction that draws the reader in with a mixture of suspense and empathy (not to mention nightmarish illustrations). The novel was written posthumously by Patrick Ness, friend and colleague of the late Siobhan Dowd, who passed away at age 47 from breast cancer. Unfortunately, I have just the student who may some support in the reading of this text and will be keeping my copy to pass along (Is that okay, Dia?). 
    I’m voting for A Monster Calls to move on to the next round... and it looks like young readers would agree. On February 23rd, A Monster Calls won the Red House Book Award for Older Readers and best overall book of 2012 – based on the votes of 83,000 young readers. It has also been shortlisted for LA Times Book Award and Bram Stoker Award (horror) and has been nominated for the Carnegie as well.  Siobhan Dowd created a legacy for sharing literature with disadvantaged children and youth in the UK (see  Siobhan Dowd Trust). I’m REALLY hoping to find the time to read some of Siobhan Dowd’s  and Patrick Ness's other works. 
     BTW, I have a feeling the next round will be a tough one...

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