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. Tamara

    I read Rumor has it from the candy apple series and i loved it but then i started reading another one of the books and i thought it was boring but i read like 8 of the How i survived middle school series and i loved all of them so Nancy Krulik if your reading i just want you to know that dont stop making all the books cause their all wicked awesome ;)

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  2. Jessica

    I do like both series but i think i like hism better because well theres everything i like drama,quizzes,girly stuff, hey whats not to like but i have read drama queen from the candy apple series but t took me a long time to read it and i will admit i like it but i didnt like the ending cause it was boring ad iv read 6 books of hism series and i liked it way better

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  3. Laurie

    Candy Apple is so the winner. Middle school seriously isn’t a big deal go candy apple! PS there are so many CA’s it makes HISMS seem bad

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  4. ninjapanda3

    i vote for hisms i really like those books though i never read the others they just don’t look interesting to me so i probably won’t read them but i will try.

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  5. Sari B

    Its a hard choice but I have to go with How I survived Middle School, It seems more atracting and casual to me. I myself is in middle school, The Candy Apple books are really good, but they get more boring along the way I once finished 5 HISMS books in a day, and 5 candy apple books in two weeks, as you can tell I think How I survived Middle school is better by far. :) ,
    Love,
    Sari

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  6. monkeysurfing

    i love both series but HISMS wins! it is hilarious and original.
    My favorite candy apple book has to be The Boy Next Door!
    My favorite HISMS is a tie between Can you get an F in lunch(of course!) and Into the Woods!

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  7. posidon7

    i have never read candy apple books,i want to, but i think that HISMS books are sooooooooooooooooo awsomely awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. michelle

    deffenently how i survived middle school! i love them! i am in middle school and i can relate to jenny McAfee. she is the best!

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  9. danceart

    Both books are great,but i have to say my favorite is How I survived Middle School.The reason why is because it will help me more in school.I think HISMS is more of a book that you can use in real life and Candy Apple I think is more of just a fun book and not really a guide in middle school. In my opinion I would like HISMS.Bye

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  10. chaninoodle

    funniest title:can you get an f in lunch
    most eye catching cover: miss popularity goes camping
    coolest character:jenny
    juiciest plot line: Calli for prez
    best secret identity:madame x

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  11. Angie19=^-^=

    I love <3 the series. Candy Apple and How I Survived Middle School. Does any one know if there going to make a movie????

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  12. Julie

    I like both series, but I like HISMs better, because it shows that anyone can survive middle school. I can relate to the series. I had a friend, but she dumped me. I could almost be like Jenny,
    but I learned to just be yourself.

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  13. Connie

    Funniest title:Can you get an F in lunch?
    Coolest Chracter:Cheat Sheet
    Most Eye Catching Cover:Caught in the Web
    Juiciest Plot Line:HISMS-Into the Woods
    Best Secret Idenity:Sister Switch
    I like both books alot but i dont like all of the candy apple books like callie for president!!! But i do like all the HISMS you can relate to almost to what is happening in school and the quizzes are reallly fun to take!!

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  14. Michelle

    I THINK HOW I SURVIVED MIDDLE SCHOOL IS THE BEST BECUZ THE BOOK GIVE U TIPS AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN WEN U GO TO MIDDLE SCHOOL ALL OF NANCY KULIK BOOK ARE AMAZING. I HOPE SHE WIN THE CONTEST :]

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  15. Starrninjarawr

    I can’t decide!I love the Candy Apple books,but I also love the How I Survived Middle School books!I read more How I Survived Middle School books,so I would have to say they are better.

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  16. Lolipop

    I think that Candy apple just might be better! (no offense!)i really like Miss Popularity Goes Camping, as well as the first book, Miss Popularity. Both series are awesome!

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  17. emokid43

    even though these books are for girls,I’m gonna post anyway. I survived middle school,and it was horrible! but these books make it looke fun so,….idk whatelse to write!! speechless.

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