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 2, 2016

The Family Romanov vs. The Thing About Jellyfish vs. The Crossover

Our pick for this final round is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

The Crossover was an intriguing book about the story of two prodigious basketball-playing twins. It starts off rather light-hearted but becomes sadder and dark after a tragic event happens to the twins. This book was loved by both authors of this blog.

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin was also a great book. It was the story of a young protagonist whose best friend dies in a drowning accident that she believes was actually caused by a rare jellyfish sting. She then plans to prove her theory and ends up exploring life, death, and the general wonder of the universe.

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming is the story of the last ruling family of Imperial Russia. The story is very interesting, especially if you enjoy history, however it did not compare to the other two.

The reason we chose The Crossover instead of The Thing about Jellyfish is we thought The Crossover had a greater audience appeal with the story gaining momentum throughout the book.

Submitted by Maureen and Cara (teen reader)

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