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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

One VS Gospel Truth "Prose" and Cons

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!

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Submitted by: Chelsea Robinson

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