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

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Bomb was the Bomb...

I adored all three of these books.  The One and Only Ivan was a tear-jerker.  It was a beautiful story, with a wide appeal.  It was simple, yet elegant, and definitely memorable.  Counting by 7's was another tear-jerker.  It was also a story that has rich characters and a contemporary set of circumstances.  It was a story that was believable and realistic and so endearing.  But the Bomb was the Bomb...and that surprised me.  I was initially not excited to read it.  Once I did, maybe it is the social studies lover in me, but from the first page, I was hooked.  I love stories that are historical and that make history come alive for students.  This story was a page turner, and it was brilliantly written.  I loved that I struggled to not relate to the "bad guys", but that is realistic in history.  I think it lends itself to fabulous conversations in the classroom.  But I am casting my vote because I think it is a story that will be the most appealing to secondary students. 

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