Face-Off: Candy Apple and How I Survived Middle School
This morning I tied a bright pink scarf around my neck to brace against the autumn weather that's (sort of) descended upon New York City. When I got to work and glanced at the towering stacks of books that are slowly taking over my office, I realized something: my scarf is the same exact shade of pink as the Candy Apple logo.
Fate? Maybe. I was, after all, about to write this very blog post about how much I love tween books like Life, Starring Me! and Accidentally Famous and, of course, the entire How I Survived Middle School (HISMS) series. And then as I took off my scarf (it's kind of warm in here in the mornings) I got to thinking, wow, the Candy Apple and HISMS books are similar in a lot of ways, with characters I can relate to, school problems I totally remember, and plot lines that make me stay up late reading. And THEN, readers, I decided to compare the two series in a one-on-one competition.
I've narrowed down the choices in this first ever face-off between these two favorite series. Take a look, and let me know in the comments which ones get your vote!
Candy Apple's Confessions of a Bitter Secret Santa
|HISMS #1: Can You Get an F in Lunch?|
Most Eye-Catching Cover Art:
Candy Apple's Miss Popularity Goes Camping
|HISMS #9: Caught in the Web|
Aubrey from Candy Apple's Making Waves
|Jenny McAfee from HISMS|
Juiciest Plot Line:
Candy Apple's Callie for President
|HISMS #10: Into the Woods|
|Andie and Caitlin in Candy Apple's The Sister Switch||Madame X in HISMS #3: I Heard a Rumor|
As for me, it's a toss-up. I can't decide! Luckily, there's enough intrigue, drama, hilarity and homework in all of them!
— Morgan, Scholastic staffer