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, December 18, 2013


I would like to say that the three of us at Vimy Ridge Academy probably need to be smacked, instead of smacking down others.  Between deathly illness, a mad food-raising campaign, and somebody who shall go unnamed but just does what he is told, we are now posting as some of you have already begun reading round two books. 

But like a straying lover, we promise we won't do it again.  We promise to be faithful to the Mighty Smack.  We won't find other enticements to lure us away from our first and true commitment.  Sigh.

So here is the dirt.  We chose Leonard Peacock as the book to move forward.  It was unanimous, because Amanda and I decided it was so, and Andrew does what he is told if he doesn't want to experience the wrath of two sparky women.

We both agreed that while Peacock might not be the book you bring in to teach in a grade 7 class - how many time can you say f@#k on a single page in YA Lit - but it was the book that captured our interest of the two, and would be a great addition to our school library.

Leonard's life is miserable - for crying out loud, his own mum forgets its his birthday.  But this kid, on the brink of the big abyss, finds the means through the intervention of a most awesome teacher to step back, and keep trying.  As an extended member of the "sick lit" that is rolling through young adult fiction, Leonard Peacock will appeal to kids who enjoy this genre.

I have to admit that I found the copious use of footnotes to be somewhat distracting and unnecessary, but I can set that aside.  If for no other reason that we needed to pick a book, and I need to go home and mark papers.

So with that, I end this, and wish everyone happy round two readings!

Team VRA

1 comment:

  1. I definitely am afraid of the wrath that could be brought down upon me. I will stand tall from here on out. I will fight for my choices, and be a bossypants in the process.