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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Prepare for Your Smacking

We are ready to launch Smackdown Goes Fourth! We have a record number of Smackers and are pleased that all of them are coming from word of mouth - the mouth of Smackers! This would seem to suggest that misery loves company and everyone loves a good book.

The rules are the same; 32 books step into the arena and by the Spring only one will stand. All of these books have been praised by award panels, librarians, editors, teachers and, dare we say it, Arlene and I.

Will the book In Darkness, which pushed last year's winner out of the Printz competition, beat everything this year? Will a Newbery Award Winner make it past the first round for the first time ever? Will a Canadian book move farther because it hails from the world of all weather tires? Will the first husband and wife blogger team ever on the Smackdown bring the battle home? Will Arlene let me claim her choice as my choice too? Will I start a sentence without will?  Only reading will reveal these answers.

Thank you again to all our worthy bloggers, we look forward to your decisions and our indignant, happy, volatile remarks about them. Let the games begin!