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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One vs. The Gospel Truth


Hands down, the TD Baker crew chooses One over The Gospel Truth. There were many positive aspects to Caroline Pignat's The Gospel Truth. We liked the intelligent and courageous Phoebe and reading about Virginia during a dark time in American history was fascinating. However, the story was just a little to pat and the ending doesn't ring true to the lived experience of millions of slaves.

We ended up choosing One by Sarah Crossan because the main characters, Tippy and Grace were original and charming. Their story, as conjoined twins, was captivating and the supporting characters brought an unexpected depth to the story. As we were reading the story we wondered how Crossan was going to handle the ending, and she did not disappoint. The conclusion was handled tastefully and brought the novel to an end in a poignant manner.

Submitted by: Shelley Kunicki, Stephen Ekstrom, and Amanda Barrett

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