September 30, 2009

Face-Off: Candy Apple and How I Survived Middle School

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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!

Funniest Title:


Secretsanta
vs.
MiddleSchool1

Candy Apple's Confessions of a Bitter Secret Santa

 HISMS #1: Can You Get an F in Lunch?

Most Eye-Catching Cover Art:


MissPopularityGoesCamping
vs.
CaughtInTheWeb

Candy Apple's Miss Popularity Goes Camping

 HISMS #9: Caught in the Web

Coolest Character:


Makingwaves
vs.
HISMS5

Aubrey from Candy Apple's Making Waves

 Jenny McAfee from HISMS

Juiciest Plot Line:


Candyapple9
vs.
10_IntoTheWoods

Candy Apple's Callie for President

 HISMS #10: Into the Woods

Best Secret Identity:


Candyapple11

vs.
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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

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  1. Emily J

    I LOVE the HISMS books sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome my favorite ur first book Can You Get An F In Lunch sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooocool. In some ways I can relate to her.

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  2. DJ13PEB

    The Funniest Title=HISMS#1
    Cooliest Character=Jenney Eye-Catching Art=caught in the web
    Plot Line=HISMS#3 Into the Woods
    Secert Identity=Madame X

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  3. Ge'yianna L!!

    I HAVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF EACH SERIES IM A GIRLY GIRL RUN TRACK PLAY BASKETBALL BUT I LOVE BOTH OF THESE BOOKS I HONESTLY CANT DESIDE.HAVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE BOOKS AND SERIES…….KAND DECIDE!! =]

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  4. Cherrybelle Rocks!♥

    I love both, both are great, but if I had to vote…
    Funniest Title: Can you get an F in Lunch?
    Most Eye-Catching Cover Art: Caught on the Web
    Coolest Character: Aumbry
    Juciest Plot Line: Into the Woods
    Best Secret Identity: Andie and Caitlin in The Sister Switch
    Read both series!!

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  5. none of ur business

    i love the HISMS much better its entertaining and has AWESOME tips for middle or elementry school students

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  6. soccermvp

    Funniest Title: Can You Get an F in Lunch? (HISMS)
    Most Eye Catching Cover Art: HISMS Caught in the Web Coolest Character: Aubrey (Candy Apple)
    Juiciest Plot Line: Callie for President (Candy Apple)
    & Best Secret Identity: Andie & Caitlin From Candy Apple

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  7. christina

    I can’t decide,I read both already but they’re both *SO GOOD*. I already have the whole series of HISMS. Nancy gets all the $$$$$$$

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  8. Len Rocks!

    OMG! I CAN’T DECIDE!I love those books but i have to pick Candy Apple cuz they have alot of books and they are funny.

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  9. tomatonose

    i havn’t read either of these series, but How I Survived Middle School sounds way better. COME GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO ME! peace out home dizzles:P

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  10. Charmaine

    Funniest tittle:Can you get an F in lunch
    Most Eye-Catching Cover Art: Caught in the web
    Coolest Character: Aubrey
    Juiciest Plot Line: Into the woods
    Best Secret Identity: Madame X from HISMS

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  11. mia is so kool

    yo if lizzie is reading i love bacon and all of those books mostly bacon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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