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, November 25, 2015

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Family Romanov is a wonderful nonfiction that reads like a story. We found the writing to be extremely engaging. We all agreed that it is a well written story about the life and lifestyles of not just the Russian elite but the everyday people. The use of letters and diaries from the commoners contrasted greatly with the extravagant and ill informed outlook of the Romanovs. Having read the adult version of this book, The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, this version is a great read for young adults as an introduction to the social and political history of communist Russia. On the other hand we found that Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms was a difficult read. It was choppy, jumped all over the place and we had a hard time relating to the main character.  Visitors to Africa would be able to relate to the imagery better then those that have never been. This was a book we would not recommend to students. 

Suanne, Katrina and Judy (aka Sunita)

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