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, 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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