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
March
Unbecoming
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
OCDaniel
Girl in the Blue Coat
Refugee
Defy the Stars

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Never A Fan of the Close Call

Ask anyone who knows me, if I'm cheering for a team I like a rout, I like my team to win by thousands, and my opposition flailing to complete a play. I know that makes me a poor sport but I am a loyal fan. As I write this, we still have no clear winner and it would usually be at this point that my stomach would be roiling and I'd be screaming at the screen as the blogs went for and against "my" pick. Not today, though, because all of these are my pick. I love all of these books - I even loved Forgive Me Leonard Peacock that seems to be getting post zombie love. I would pitch all of these books to readers and use all of them in the classroom for various purposes.

 I do want to say, however, that Leonard Peacock and Counting by 7s are two sides of a coin. They both follow the trope of kid lit and YA. I find it surprising, then, that there are groups who love LP and fail to love Counting by 7s. Both books start where we've been before, manage, at times, to rise above and both give us an ultimately satisfying read. Team Sweet? Team Angsty? Maybe we need t-shirts.

Now to my vote. Since it is so close, since I loved them all, since Arlene threatened me and I love to scrap with her - I'm crossing the ABM floor and voting for Bomb.


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