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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This One Summer We Were Liars

Can't say there were any epic battles over library tables at our school when discussing the two books were just read. Although we enjoyed both books, it was easy for us to pick. We love a good twist.

We did agree that we often recommend graphic novels to students but we don't always read them ourselves. Both of us were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed both the story and the graphics of This One Summer. While reading the story it evoked long lost memories of being a young girl on the verge of becoming a teenager - having our first crush (sigh), watching older teens grapple with issues that were beyond our world at the time, and not having the maturity to understand or deal with parental issues. The graphics interplayed beautifully with the story. However, a quick read, memorable message and great graphics weren't enough to stand up against our other book.

We Were Liars was a suspenseful read and one that could be recommended to our students and other adults as well. We, and our students, love a book with a good twist at the end. Neither one of us saw the ending coming but when it did, we wanted to go back and read parts again. Don’t want to say too much about the twist that catches you off guard. You need to read it for yourself.

We enthusiastically vote for We Were Liars to move onto the next round.

Suanne and Katrina

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