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

Monday, April 9, 2018

Smell of Other People's Houses Gleans Scythe

The Smell of Other People’s Houses
Something about this novel really stuck with a couple of us, and really think this would be a great fit for any Div 3 or 4 classroom. Sure, the happy ending  with everything tied up in a neat bow may b e  tiring, however,  the “searching for love and acceptance” narrative will resonate with many students. It was a quick and enjoyable read for all of us. The supernatural aspects, the religious undertones, and universal experiences of loneliness and loss offer a lot to young readers looking for a place in the world.

Unfortunately, only 2 of our team read Scythe fully, the other two couldn’t get through it!  I was the only one who loved Scythe!  I am a fan of Dystopian fiction and found this book compelling and facsincating and really spoke to the good and bad of human nature.  In our digital world, increasingly supported by technology like Google Home, I found the sentient Thunderhead a fascinating concept.  The idea of hunder, poverty and disease being eradictated, but the population still needing to be controlled through gleaning speaks to the data based nature of computer decisions.  I think junior high students who are fans of books like Hunger Games, and Unwind will love this book/series!

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