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

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Counting By 7s

A lot has been written about Counting by 7s and Aristotle and Dante. The decision was unanimous to advance 7s so team Spruce Ave thought we'd include our quick review of the winner. Enjoy!

Well, after a slow start, I found it very easy to get involved with Willow and her band of misfits.  At first I was caught off guard by the strangeness of the main character, and worried for her safety in our less than forgiving society.  I wondered how mainstream students would be able to connect to this brilliantly strange little girl.  However, her strangeness became endearing, and the group of people that eventually band around her demonstrate how everyone can find a group to which they can belong.  It became easy to relate to some aspect of each of the characters, and recognize that together they were able to grow and shine in their own way.  I like that this book can work for a wide range of students, and while it is definitely for a younger audience, it could work for many.  A nice, feel good story that shows we all have strengths and purpose, even if we don't recognize it right away.  

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