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, May 20, 2014


By far, this book of our remaining three is the one I plump for as the winner of this year's Smackdown.

I cannot endorse any book that celebrates the anthropomorphism of animals.  I read about five pages of these books and I want to stab my eyes out.  So Bye Bye Ivan.  A gorilla.  Not THE gorilla.

I read Counting By Sevens earlier in the season and it is so memorable I forgot about it about two days after reading it. Eleanor and Park and definitely Leonard Peacock were much more interesting, entertaining and thoughtful.  And having given my previous allegiance to Leonard Peacock, I cannot betray his story for a ho-hum read.

That leaves Bomb.  While not the favourite for me of the season, what I really appreciate is that it is a non-fiction book, and it is a book I think kids will enjoy reading.  Too often the humble little non-fic gets over-looked in my world, as I prefer to view those stories on screen rather than read them.  I am hard-wired for fiction.  Bomb told a great story; it was interesting meeting all the players who I have only heard about, and getting to know them beyond being simple players in a game that was played out long before I was a thought in someonès head.

Tracy, Vimy Ridge

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