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, April 7, 2015

Nazi Hunters vs. We Were Liars

Much has already been said about both of these books, so I will keep it brief. I found The Nazi Hunters engaging, well-paced, and informative. I had previously read Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil so was not unfamiliar with him. Still, Bascomb managed to bring some interesting new details to light and I was captivated enough to read the book through in two sittings. Students are generally fascinated with Nazis and WWII history, and this book would be a nice introduction to reading research-based texts. I would recommend this to students across division 3 and 4 and be confident that most would like it.

By contrast, We Were Liars is pure, escapist fluff. It was a quick, disposable read that won't have a lot of lasting power for me and that would appeal to a much narrower set of students. Nazi Hunters has my choice.

My zombie pick is I'll Give You the Sun. It remains my favorite book of this Smackdown series and never should have been eliminated in the first place. Anyone who has not yet read it should do so ASAP!

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