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.
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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. pinkdrama201

    i HATE candy apple books but i am, in love with how i survived middle school books i’m all ready for middle school

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  2. crazyrainbow12

    I LOVE READING BOTH CANDY APPLE BOOKS & HOW I SURVIVED MIDDLE SCHOOL BUT I THINK I LIKE HOW I SURVIVED MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOKS BETTER.

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  3. Jadeprincess3

    well, first of all, i think some candy apple books are much more realistic than HISM, but since HISM is just one on going series, and candy apple is, like, a whole bunch put together, the tables often turn.

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  4. Zoe

    i think Candy apple STINKS how i survived middle school rocks. How i survived middle school even has a really awesome tips and quizzes. It helped me get popular. (im not mean though me & my friends are really close BFF’s

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  5. Kayla

    How I survived in middle school is for sure the best versing Candy Apple… But, there both good… But middle school rules!

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  6. chocalategirl

    Funniest- Can you get an F in lunch?
    Best Cover- Miss Popularity Goes Camping
    Character- Cheat Sheet
    Plot- Callie For President
    Idendity- I Heard A Rumor

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  7. Fafa

    I feel so old…! I read the HISMS in the fifth grade through sixth. I was fairly entertained, but after a while, I have to say the books lost their magic. Things become predictable; the Pops are the bad guys, a friend is in need, she takes a quiz, everyone is happy. No romance, no surprising twists, no cliff-hangers.
    On the other hand, I’m pretty old and I still secretly love the Candy Apple books. I own fifteen of them, and I own most of the HISMS books.
    My vote is for Candy Apple. :)

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  8. Nikki

    1.Can u get an f in lunch
    2.caught in the web
    3.Jenny
    4.callie 4 president
    5.Andie and catilyn
    in my opinion candy apple seems like it kinda copied HISMS a little bit and it not very orginal…

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  9. playfulpig

    I absoulutely love these books. I’m a total reader (that’s why I’m on here)!!!!! Check out my profile (playfulpig) and friend me:):):):)

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  10. Hanna

    HISMS for funniest title, Candy Apple for most eye-catching cover art, Candy Apple for coolest character, Candy Apple for juiciest plot line, Candy Apple for best secret identity.

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  11. cheetahdancer

    Funniest Title- Can you get an F in lunch?
    Most Eye-Catching Artwork- Miss Popularity goes Camping
    Coolest Character- Aubrey from Making Waves
    Juciest Plot Line- Into the Woods
    Best Secret Identity- Andie and Caitlin in The Sister Switch
    I think Candy Apple and How I Survived Middle School are good series!

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