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

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pointe vs. The Nest

Laura and I are voting to send The Nest through to the next round. It was suspenseful and creepy. It was fun to figure out what the main character was just imagining in his mind, and what was actually happening in reality. We both agree it could fit nicely into a grade 7 lit circle. 

It seems we were given Pointe to read as a punishment for not voting through When I Was the Greatest. While this book wasn't as terrible as I was imagining, it tried to do a little too much all at once. I think the story of the kidnapping/trial should've taken more of a central role, rather than focusing so much on the other side issues with Theo's friends, drugs, eating disorder, dating a guy that's seeing someone else, etc. Even the dancing part didn't seem to fit very well. I often wondered how her parents didn't pick up on ANYTHING she was doing, like throwing away most of her food every day when they were sitting right there in the kitchen with her. I can't see any of my students reading this book all the way through, and I wouldn't recommend it to any of them. We'll try and end the punishment here and hopefully vote it out! We look forward to finding out what the rest of our contingent thought about these books. 

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