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, May 9, 2016

Once Upon a Time...

43 educators/book lovers/people bullied into this started a Smackdown adventure. Let's say they had a sixth sense about it. It seemed completely do-able in October but those of us who have battled five times previously - we knew this wasn't a commitment to take lightly. Now it is all over but the book buying and only 35 of us remain. Members have had babies, dropped out along the way, become principals, passed the role onto their kids or secretary but still the majority  have moved on relentlessly. The search for books that will resonate with students is at the core of this whole thing. What has been learned? That tastes are individual, that teachers know their students better than someone on an award committee, that finding a book that a student in your class is going to love keeps you going. Congratulations to all the readers who put time into this and crossed the voting line.

You all have been a part of Smackdown history as a 1st round book - THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH has come back as a zombie pick and won the whole thing matching all the votes for the other two choices with a vote of 15 - 8(CROSSOVER) - 7(FAMILY ROMANOV).  In this voters mind all three finalists were worth reading and will have a place in our classroom libraries.

Hope to see you all next year at.....Smackdown The Seventh Son.

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