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, January 28, 2014

Tie Breaker

I will keep this short and sweet. In the history of Smackdown, I have never had to break a tie. I have read both Code Name Verity and Counting by 7s. I enjoyed them both, although I was reminded that it took me a while to get into Code Name Verity. I have used beautiful sentences from both as a place for my students to start writing.

My tie breaking vote has to go to Counting by 7s. Why you ask? It is a book that does not require much, if any, of a sell. Code Name Verity was not a book that my students were interested to read at all, not even my very best readers.


  1. You could be my most favourite person right now... I was starting to think I was insane.

  2. Arlene for mayor! Or Queen of The Universe!

  3. Huzzah! I'm extremely happy with this outcome!

    (Now, Arlene, I have a list here of other important life decisions I could really use some help with...)

  4. Bollocks. We have students reading Verity as we speak. Granted, they are excellent readers, but it proves the point that it can be accessible to grade 9 and up.