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, 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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