Previously: Week 1 (The Competition Begins)
Well, I am FINALLY here with your #YASummerShowdown Week 2 recap! Late, of course. Why so late? Because there was so effing much amazing stuff happening at Showdown central last week, it's taken us this long to catch up!
First, a look at the leaderboard: San Francisco is still in the lead, with Austin inches behind. Vying for the next highest position are DC and the FreeAgents—who, as a reminder, live on opposite sides of the country from one another. And after their intro post/call to arms last week, their ranks have grown.
Watch out, San Francisco, is all we're saying. You are safe from no one!
First, just a taste of the fantastic Photo Hunt submissions that have come in since week one:
We've had more ridic cover reshoots…
DFW and the FreeAgents found some Uses for Boys…
So many of our contenders went out for a Night of Cake & Puppets…
And found A Time to Dance…
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh FREAKED US OUT with their rendition of The Forest of Hands and Teeth:
That's only the tip of the Showdown iceberg, and definitely not all of the teams. Go check the hub out and see every other incredibly creative thing these FYAers are churning out!!
WEEK 2 CHALLENGES
Next, a look at the Week 2 Challenge, which consisted of two parts--creating bookmarks thematically suited to YA/MG titles (inspired by this), and writing introductions/love letters to local FYA chapters. Some of the book club posts have already gone live; keep your eyes on the site for the rest to be posted throughout the summer!
Then there are the bookmarks…oh, the bookmarks. THE BOOKMARKS. When I thought of this challenge, I thought, "yeah, I'm sure we'll get a few good ones. Someone will want to knit/bedazzle/papercraft something cool. I mean, probably."
OH HO HO. A few? A few??
Over ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY bookmark submissions, from all across the continent--and all of them GREAT, with more than a couple handfuls of EXCEPTIONAL thrown in for good measure. There are too many to possibly showcase all our favorites here, but each of the three judges did have some discretionary bonus points to award, so we will let those serve as teaser to all the rest over at the hub.
And now, what all the Showdowners have been waiting for, the reveal of the winners of our bonus points (+15 from each judge, and MUCH HARDER than you could possibly imagine for us to each have narrowed down)…
And some honorable mentions…
Although seriously, I had to stop myself from posting just all of them. I'd be a terrible sports professional. YOU ALL WIN.
Week 3's challenge was less creatively demanding than this week's, so look for a shorter recap post for that come Monday.
Until then, happy Showdowning, all!