Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
March
Unbecoming
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
OCDaniel
Girl in the Blue Coat
Refugee
Defy the Stars

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Two girls take on a magical harmonica


Echo is an enchanting book - it intertwines three stories with a harmonica.  Hmm...you might think "not opening the cover" but reconsider that thought.  This book draws the reader into the characters and their stories.  Not all teen readers will like the appreciate the format of the three distinct stories (initially the reader is left to wonder will there ever be a happy ending); however if the reader persists hope will be found.

One is a story of conjoined twins.  Again the reader might question whether this is a worthy read: is this a reality TV show in book form? Written in prose this story allows the reader to connect with both sisters through the voice of one. The bond felt between the sisters is more than most of us can imagine.  Poignant and delicately crafted I think readers will dive in and will struggle to put the book down until finished.

Both books are worthy to move on but my vote is for One.

Maureen

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