We wanted to create a way where we could read a few books, learn about many titles and have fun doing it! The tournament style reading of the Mighty Smackdown means that in the first round each participant reads two books, discusses both in a blog post, selecting one book to move on to the next round. Teachers are asked to commit to one round but most, if not all, continue on. We will read to the end when we will have only one book left standing!
The Raven Boys vs My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Tough one but not so tough. Both books were good reads - lots I could talk up to kids about both. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece has humour, angst, and a little of the cray-cray family dynamic. It also tells the story of what happens when you don't let race interfere with who your friends are. Lots to like there. But almost...too much. Is the book about the family struggle to come to terms with the death of a child or is the book about an interracial relationship? Pick a lane.
Raven Boy had me from the start with the intriguing tale of the prep school boys versus the psychic, free-spirited Blue. It has the right combination of creepy, and scary without being gratuitous about it. There are real people out there seeking ley lines and hidden treasures - these people exist( albeit you usually find them in chat rooms about Dungeons and Dragons, but they exist). Whether I believe you could live with a dead guy for a year and not realize he was a ghost and not a real boy is something different but who hasn't felt that weird cold chill go through them at the same time they are thinking of a person who is "beyond the grave"? The story held me start to finish and I am anxiously awaiting part deux!Who is Blue's one true love and will she kiss and kill?
Sandra will report back on her thoughts on the books but we have decided that Raven Boys will fly onto the next round and My Sister will have to to back to the Mantelpiece.