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

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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