Smackdown Books 2017

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The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
Ghost
The Bunker Diary
Echo
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
One
Updraft
All American Boys
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Here's the truth...

The following is a brief additional note re: The Truth About Alice and Only Ever Yours

In the The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu it was very clear that the author wrote using her background knowledge of working in a high school. It seemed authentic and suitable for grade 9 and up.The characters in the book are very well developed and the major and timeless issue of bullying was accurately portrayed. We found this book to be a quick and easy read with the creative format of hearing a particular character’s voice in each chapter. This book at least leaves the reader with some hope.

Choose a girl… Only Ever Yours… To Own Forever  by Louise O’Neil has got to be one of the most depressing books ever. As stated by our other team members it seems like a cross between The Robber Bride, The Giver and yes Uglies.  Girls have limited choices but the main character doesn't even have that in the end. There is no hope, no change and no exceptions to the rules in this story. Thank goodness this is not the world we live in for it was very disappointing to persevere through trying to understand this dysfunctional society where men rule and the psychopathic sister leader wins in the end. Couldn’t there be some small message of hope for our future? Sigh.....
Dianne and Deb

2 comments:

  1. Then don't read Beauty of the Broken because I thought that was the most depressing book ever.

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  2. Then don't read Beauty of the Broken because I thought that was the most depressing book ever.

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