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
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
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

United as One (except one) against One

I'm ready to vote
I'm just going to throw my opinion in the ring

One is a hot commodity with my grade eights,
Such a different story.
It is incredibly accessible, well-written, and truly engaging for my students.
They are really authentic voices
Going through regular teen-age troubles.
I'd not be comfortable giving it to my 7's.
I did not really like One when I read it last round.
I did like One when it was going up against other books

I LOVED and was captivated by the three stories and how they came together at the end.
I appreciated the craft of the book,
But I haven't had anyone pick it up off the shelf yet.
I cared about the characters more than in One.
I did wonder about the fairy tale in Echo,
I am a sucker for a fairy tale!
But I loved the characters so much!
Echo is more likely a story that will stand the test of time.

Geez, there seems to be an Echo in the room.

In honor of it being poetry writing season in my classes I used our email trail to create a poem for our post!  

Our vote is for Echo here at ABM on Team 2.    

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