Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
Ghost
The Bunker Diary
Echo
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
One
Updraft
All American Boys
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Echo, Echo, Echo, Echo!
This was not an easy decision for the Ottewell team. We read the zombie pick Wolf by Wolf and one member really liked it. The rest of us found it to be an interesting 'what if' story but still had the usual teenage angst stuff. There was quite the twist at the end though and at least Dianne is willing to join Renee in reading the sequel.

Alisha really liked The War that Saved My Life. We definitely agree with her that it is a great fit for a junior high novel study unit. But should we base our selection solely on the book's appeal to our students? Well Alisha was swayed a bit and in the end agreed that Echo was a carefully planned and very interesting read. Although the use of the harmonica as a unifying element is not entirely a new concept because it is similar to the adult novels Accordion Crimes and The Red Violin this book was suspenseful, well written and again nicely geared toward junior high.

In the end there is something to be said for a book that tugs at the heart strings. Our combined four votes go to Echo!

The Ottewell Team: Dianne, Renee, Alisha, Deb

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