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

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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