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

Monday, May 11, 2015

I'll Give You the Sun wins for me!
My vote for Nazi Hunters was helpful in putting it through to the final round. I do not regret this, but I am very happy to have had the opportunity to read the other two finalist. I still believe that Nazi Hunters is an important book, that will at least start our young people talking about a period in history that we should not forget. I thoroughly enjoyed the other two books though. It was great to spend a weekend losing myself in the creepy fantasy of the world created by Jonathan Auxier in The Night Gardener. However, the reality of I'll Give You the Sun did it for me.

Life can bring with it tragedy, destruction, secrets, lies, etc., but it can also bring hope, understanding, love and reconciliation. We may not want to admit it but when we often think we're in control we're not. This artistically and creatively written book by Jandy Nelson will linger with me for a long time. My final vote is for I'll Give You the Sun! DebP.

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