One VS Gospel Truth:
"Prose" and Cons
This is the toughest decision I've had to make in this Smackdown. I thoroughly enjoyed reading both books, and the free-verse prose format made them such quick reads that, when I got to the end, I was hoping for more.
Both books were well-written (I thought) in the first person. I really got to know the characters and fell in love with both protagonists. I found Grace (One) to be more relatable with realistic flaws.
In the end, I've got to choose One. Though Gospel Truth is a beautiful story of doing what is right and leads great into Social Studies, it's a story that's been written many times before. I've never come across a book with a premise like One. While it deals with more 'mature' subject matter (drinking, smoking) the underlying themes of courage and family is really well done. I teach Grade 5 so wouldn't use it in my class, but would definitely keep it in my classroom library in higher divisions.
One for the win!
Submitted by: Chelsea Robinson