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, May 8, 2015

The Night Gardener gets my (green) thumbs up!

"I'll Give you the Sun" and "Night Gardener" - literally night and day.  Apples and oranges.  But both a battle between the 'good' and the 'evil' found in life.
Okay, so that is a little melodramatic - however, they are totally different books.  Neither would be the book I would likely choose to read on my own (without the push of the Mighty Smackdown driving my reading selection I can safely say this is the truth), but I am glad I read both.  Both were good reads. Not great, but good.

SO, with all of this being said, I am putting my final vote on "The Night Gardener".  A little Coraline-ish at times in its creepiness - sure to catch the imagination of many young teens.  "I'll Give you the Sun", although a good story, was a wee bit mature for many junior high readers (and since I often think "hmmm, would my students enjoy this?"....)

That's it.  That's all I have to say.

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