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

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Summary and the Semi-Finals: The Title for Your New Favourite Telenovela

People started disagreeing! Books people thought were just meh became other’s favourites. The age old battle between easy/appropriate for my kids vs. fantastic writing but not for my school's backyard reared its head.

No one could agree unless you were the team reading Only Ever Yours vs. The Family Romanov. Meanwhile The Living by the new Newbery Award Winner Matt de la Pena won handily over Art of Secrets but not everyone agreed about that. I thought The Nest would win over Crazy but was shocked when it wasn’t unanimous and Crazy found its champion in Tristin. Being shocked has tended to be the very best thing about the reading, thinking, blogging that goes on in Smackdown - but that’s just my opinion. Sadly Gabi, A Girl in Pieces bowed out to Kwame Alexander’s Crossover making it seem like the curse of the Newbery in Smackdown may be over.

Gabi was the best thing I have read in Smackdown this year but to be fair I haven’t read it all. I am hearing rumblings of The Thing About Jellyfish coming back in the zombie pick...Gabi vs. Jellyfish or maybe another secret gem missed in the smaller pool of readers in the first round? Who knows - but maybe as we head into the semi-finals you may want to consider reading books you missed out on so your zombie pick could be brainy….I know terrible!

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