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, April 5, 2017

Two girls take on a magical harmonica

Echo is an enchanting book - it intertwines three stories with a harmonica. 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.


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