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What Should I Review: Three Way Tie-Breaker Edition

Not long ago I asked you folks to vote on which final chapter book of 2011 I should review.  The winner was undeniably The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody, fair and square.  However, Mr. Cody also happened to be the winner of this poll last year for his book Powerless.  I figure that in the name of fairness I should also do the runner-up.  Just to keep things even.

The problem with that plan?  We have a three-way tie on our hands.  Three books came in with the most votes and I don’t want to pick and choose amongst them.  I will say that I liked all three books, so I’m perfectly content to review any one of them.  So in a final round, tell me in the comments here (before midnight) which of the three I should do:

How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of NYPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I’d love to hear what you think of The Apothecary.

  2. Tough choice. I’m going with Secrets at Sea.

  3. Jessica K. says:

    The Apothecary, please!

  4. I choose The Apothecary.

  5. The Apothecary!

  6. My vote’s for Lamar!

  7. Chris in NY says:

    While I would be interested in Lamar’s adventures, because I would unlikely ever read that title, I vote for the Apothecary (which I might read).

  8. The Apothecary, please.

  9. Apothecary

  10. Secrets at Sea, because Richard Peck is awesome…

  11. Secrets at Sea, please!

  12. richard peck ftw

  13. The Apothecary!

  14. Peck & Murphy: Secrets at Sea

  15. apothecary!

  16. The Apothecary.

  17. Secrets at Sea.

  18. Apothecary.

  19. topangamaria says:


  20. I’m fascinated by The Apothecary. Nearly voted for it the first go-around . . .

  21. Secrets at Sea

    Sounds fun. Mice at sea!

  22. Apothecary!

  23. Genevieve says:

    The Apothecary, please.

  24. This is not a vote, but just to say: be sure not to miss Lamar and his luscious lips of love…

  25. The Apothecary. Liked it and would love to hear your perspective.

  26. Secrets at Sea – convince me I should buy it for my library, currently not convinced.

  27. Secrets at Sea, please.

  28. Elizabeth Bird says:

    Apothecary it is!