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

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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