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, April 8, 2015

We Were Liars OR The Nazi Hunters

Not surprised there is a division in the team one camp. Both books are worthy of a vote and we are having a difficult time picking one over the other.

We Were Liars was our enthusiastic pick in an earlier round mostly for its unseen twist at the end. We have recommended the book to students and adults with both groups enjoying the tragic and haunting story. We didn't think The Nazi Hunters would even come close. Weren’t we liars! The non-fiction book reads like a spy novel making it an easy read and interesting way in which to learn new information - a definite appeal for young readers. We sobbed at the end of We Were Liars and cheered for justice (yes an audible cheer came out) at the end of The Nazi Hunters.  So how were we going to decide? We have waffled back and forth all week. When I mentioned the dilemma to my grade eight class this afternoon, one of them pointed out a quote, which we have decided to use as a guide in our decision-making process:

"If you love two people books at the same time, choose the second one. If you really loved the first one, then you wouldn't have fallen for the second."
The Nazi Hunters gets our vote.

Suanne and Katrina 

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