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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

Elizabeth Bird About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. 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. Elisa says:

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

  2. Lauren says:

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

  3. Jessica K. says:

    The Apothecary, please!

  4. Mary says:

    I choose The Apothecary.

  5. Kate Messner says:

    The Apothecary!

  6. Abby says:

    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. Tracy says:

    The Apothecary, please.

  9. Alys says:


  10. Lisa says:

    Secrets at Sea, because Richard Peck is awesome…

  11. Leigh says:

    Secrets at Sea, please!

  12. david e says:

    richard peck ftw

  13. Jana says:

    The Apothecary!

  14. AZ says:

    Peck & Murphy: Secrets at Sea

  15. apothecary!

  16. Mr. H says:

    The Apothecary.

  17. Jess says:

    Secrets at Sea.

  18. Amy S says:


  19. topangamaria says:


  20. Matthew Cody says:

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

  21. Meagan says:

    Secrets at Sea

    Sounds fun. Mice at sea!

  22. AngelaG says:


  23. Genevieve says:

    The Apothecary, please.

  24. Tricia says:

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

  25. MotherReader says:

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

  26. Jennifer says:

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

  27. Tatiana says:

    Secrets at Sea, please.

  28. Elizabeth Bird says:

    Apothecary it is!