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

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)

No comments:

Post a Comment