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

Friday, April 10, 2015

Night Gardener Vs. Glory O'Brien

Having read through the last few rounds on the other side of the bracket, Team Spruce Avenue was largely unaware of the what was progressing through the Smackdown this year. The last time we were on this side of the tournament, Noggin was moved forward and quickly smacked. 

This round we had the opportunity to read Glory O'Brien and Night Gardener. Neither novels has moved this far without having its merits and in the end we decided that Night Gardener was the novel to move on the the finals. 

A lot has been said about the two novels and I doubt we'll add anything new or groundbreaking on them. We enjoyed the writing style of Night Gardener and believe that it is the more well written and could have the greater 'teachability' in the classroom. Glory O'Brien was a fine read but we felt that there was nothing spectacular about it. We felt as though it was too close to Ask the Passengers and did not progress as we would have liked.

Having Night Gardener up against Nazi Hunters in the final is an interesting choice but the real wildcard is I'll Give You the Sun - this is our pick to reanimate and run amok as the Zombie Novel! 

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