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, April 5, 2016

The Nest vs Crossover

In truth, I also dreaded Crossover.  I hate sports stories and I usually don't enjoy novels in poetic form.  The saving grace to let me get started?  At least it'd be quick.

In fact, our team ended up agreeing that it wasn't THAT bad.  And for sure there a few kids (non-reader basketball player boys) that we expect we can get to read the book (mostly sold on the same reason I first accepted it).  And I am grateful to have a book to recommend to them.

The Nest has been in our library and used in a few lit circles since Renae and I read it earlier this year.  Kids are enjoying it.  We liked the creepiness of it ourselves.  I think I must agree with Wendy, who called it "crafted" in comparison to Crossover.  For that reason, we choose The Nest to move on.

But this seems a weak final.  Can someone please write a passionate argument about what I should pick as my zombie?  I don't have one, and I hope there's something out there that I didn't read earlier that I will really love.  Which book is that, people?

-Laura on behalf of Westmin


  1. The book you are most definitely looking to read is The Thing About Jellyfish. It is by FAR the best book in Smackdown and the fact that it got kicked out over the Art of Secrets is a LITERARY SIN!

    Start a revolution, vote for Jellyfish!

    1. I am intrigued by your passion. I'll pick it as zombie and either read it for Smackdown or put it on my summer reading list!

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