Smackdown Books 2019

Piecing Me Together
We Are Okay
Hello, Universe
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
The Marrow Thieves
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
The Poet X
Children of Blood and Bone
Far from the Tree
Long Way Down
The Goat
Amina's Voice
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess
The First Rule of Punk
24 Hours in Nowhere
The Astonishing Color of After
Obsessed: : A Memoir of My Life with OCD
Train I Ride

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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