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, May 12, 2015


Yesterday I did a quick count as I raced from interviews to visit with people at the Smackdown Book Buy.  What I learned is never try to do math fast - especially when you'd rather be reading and let's face it, I would always rather be reading.

In the sober light of the morning I carefully recorded the votes and I'll Give You the Sun is our official winner with 15 votes, The Night Gardener is in second with 12 votes and The Nazi Hunters finish with 3. Don't be sad for The Night Gardener as Holly just tweeted details that it is being made into a movie - sounds like a possible Smackdown date night in the future!

There are people who didn't vote....ahem Holly....Spruce Avenue....Ellerslie. However democracy waits for no book and as Tristin pointed out in her great post:

 I hope my pick makes it through, but I'm more excited to get my books; put them onto the shelves of my classroom library; and hear my students give their own reviews of the books we've smacked this year.

That is the very point Arlene and I are trying to make with The Smackdown. We thank everyone who participated and welcome anyone who would like to join us next year for:


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