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#YASummerShowdown 2015, Week 5: Loud and Proud

The reigning Showdown winner issues a challenge to this year's teams!

#YASummerShowdown 2015, Week 5: Loud and Proud

Previously: Please Mr. Postman

Last week's newly announced challenge asks the teams to YAngelize their hearts (and voices) out. If these batch of photo hunt submissions are any indication, the teams will certainly be up to the task! 

Plus, read on for the first look at this year's prizes! 

Puzzle 5: Soundcheck

For Puzzle 5, teams had to identify a cipher in order to decode band names from YA novels. Can you figure out who these fictional bands are? (Check here to see if you're correct!)

This one really stumped the teams, so major extra pants to FYADFW, NYCFYA, LONFYA, ATXFYA, FYAVWA, and ATLFYA, for submitting 10/10 correct answers within the first 24 hours.

Pages upon pages of OAKFYA trying to solve the puzzle!

Challenge 4: KarYAoke

For Challenge 4, teams are creating YA parodies of songs -- and maybe even performing them! The Showdown players singer-songwriters are still penning their lyrics and warming up their vocal cords, so stay tuned to see which #challenge 4 karayaoke submissions will get encores!

Photo Hunt Highlights

ATLFYA All Fall Down.


Don't mess with Texas, y'all! (ATXFYA)

FYAON's Boy in the Black Suit.

SEAFYA wages Chocolate War against each other!


AVLFYA restages the cover of A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Knife, meet Madame Butterfly. (PGHFYA)


SEAFYA takes on Lair of Dreams.

Meanwhile, PGHFYA is deep in Layers of Dreams. 


ATXFYA and PGHFYA ponder Love and Other Unknown Variables.

CSGFYA demonstrates Quidditch Through the Ages. Specifically, the college years.

The most intense game of Solitaire EVER. (FYAON)


CSGFYA is also Startled By His Furry Shorts.

So, too, is FYAON! (One of many photos from their librarians after hours collection.)


Summer of Mariposas in action! (ATLFYA)

A Thousand Pieces of LONFYA through the fun house glass. 


Tonight the Streets Are ATLFYA's.


PGHFYA reenacts the cover of the album whose title probs inspired Truly, Madly, Famously's. 

ATLFYA discovers that creepy doll's heads are What Waits in the Woods.

LOL: When Reason Riesen Breaks. (PGHFYA)

FYAPDX drops in on a game of D&D! (Guy in Real Life)

AVLFYA found Jude's sand woman! (I'll Give You the Sun)

OAKFYA's Cady and the Liars meet on the beach in Summer Seventeen. (We Were Liars)

SEAFYA plays a round of Bite & Sting and drank some Kestrel wine! (The Winner's Curse)

IRL Events


ATLFYA watches Paper Towns and are "still in awe of Margo's eyebrows.

ATXFYA saw Paper Towns, too!

ATXFYA meets Ernest Cline (Armada).

ATXFYA meets Mary E. Pearson (The Kiss of Deception). 

LEXFYA meets Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda).

OAKFYA's Yodassa reading from her own YA novel (The Goddess Twins) at Beast Crawl.

PGHFYA meets Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars).

Prize Update

With only three weeks left to go in Showdown 2015, it's time to talk prizes, y'all! 

Now, of course, Showdown itself is reward enough. Just following the shenanigans of our fearless and creative teams makes us ALL winners, and Showdown is major book club bonding for all the participating players. What I'm saying is: the prizes may be few, but GLORY IS FOR ALL. 

Buuuut back to those prizes. This year, there are goodies for the top three teams, as well as the Mighty Mouse (small team with the highest points) and Potions Master (highest points in the YA Mixology taste test) winners, including ARCs and creation of Showdown 2016 tasks!

Here's a look at all the ARC titles up for grabs! (Check out the Prizes page for full details.)

The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
(courtesy of Chronicle Books)

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
(courtesty of Macmillan)

First & Then by Emma Mills
(courtesy of Macmillan)

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
(courtesy of Chronicle Books)

Major thanks to our kickass friends at Chronicle Books and Macmillan for providing the ARC prizes! And stay tuned, because we juuuuust might be working on something else... 

Scoreboard Update

After five weeks of competition, CSGFYA is leading for the second week in a row, followed by ATLFYA, SEAFYA, and PGHFYA. On the Mighty Mouse front, LEXFYA has been leading the way since Week 1. Check the scoreboard for the full standings!

That's it for Week 5 of #YASummerShowdown 2015. See y'all back here next week!

Next: Fortune Favours the Bold

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.