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#YASummerShowdown 2016, Book 1: Real Mums and Fake Bums

The Showdown 2016 teams are off to a rollicking start!

#YASummerShowdown 2016, Book 1: Real Mums and Fake Bums

Previously: Showdown 2016 begins!

After two weeks of puzzle solving, artifact hunting, and photo hunting, Book 1 of #YASummerShowdown is in, well, the books! Let's see what our 18 competing teams have been up to this past fortnight.

Puzzle 1: The Cliché Who Jumbled the Puzzle

For Puzzle 1, teams filled in a word skeleton of ten YA titles that led them to a post on FYA. The speediest solvers were FYAON, LONFYA, and KCFYA. (Check here to see if you're correct!)

Artifact Hunt

This year, the artifact hunt spans the entire duration of Showdown gameplay, with new items added at the start of each Book. Here's a look at the Book 1 items and submissions!

•  Perform an act of public (and non-illegal) YA graffiti (#graffiti ya)



•  Photoshop the Golden Girls reading your club's favourite FYABC pick (#golden ya)


•  Put a YA spin on the Get You a Man Who Can Do Both meme (#get you a ya)



(As an extra shoutout, I also tried to stir up trubs between both Kansases, as well as Teams Edward and Jacob -- which stands at 36 to 29 for Edward at publication time, btw.)

•  YAngelize via mail, by sending someone a postcard with a YA recommendation (#postcard meets fya)


•  Find a unicorn in the wild (#unicorn ya)


•  Show your love for Julie Murphy's Dumplin', through either crafting a Texas homecoming mum or donning your best Dolly Parton cosplay. (#dumplin love)



CLTFYA, SFFYA (with behind-the-scenes material)

•  Make two of the themed cupcakes from the chapter headings of Sarah Ockler's Bittersweet. (#bittersweet ya)



Check out the rest of the artifact hunt submissions here!

Photo Hunt Highlights

Photo hunt bonuses were applied for submissions taken at local teen haunts. Check out all of the Book 1 photo hunt submisions here! (Pro-tip to teams: LRFYA made a Goodreads shelf of all the photo hunt books!)

KCFYA is feeling All the Feels.

ATXFYA carrying on with their carry-on and their Carry On.

FYAVWA perform an Encore to an Empty Room.

CLTFYA heads for the Exit, Pursued by a Bear: a tragedy in three parts.

FYAVWA submits The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love.

PGHFYA has a Girl Against the Universe.

Meanwhile, FYAVBC has a Girl in the Shadows.


FYADFW created the tastiest Goldfish cover.

LONFYA's Impostor Queen is loose on the streets of London!

LONFYA and SFFYA both found Love & Gelato.

FYAON's Mad Fat Diary includes cupcakes and a Fault in Our Stars anecdote.

SFFYA discovers The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You Ewe.

YAAAAAASS, SFFYA is Outrunning the Moon.

LRFYA's Queens of Bright and Shiny Things hung out  with Bill Clinton (for real!).

Call off the search -- The Raven King has been found with LRFYA and OAKFYA.


SFFYA struggles to take Salt to the Sea. (Maybe because it won't stop dancing?)

KCMO takes A Step Towards Falling.

FYAON found Wild Swans.

Scoreboard Update

Our first look at the scoreboard has 2014 Showdown champ SFFYA leading the way, with LONFYA and FYAON... (l)on their trail. Check the scoreboard for the full standings!

Book 2 Preview

With the end of Book 1 comes the start of Book 2: Electric Boogaloo! Full deets will be available on the Showdown Hub, but the next photo hunt bonus juuuuuust might involve these YA superstars...


Adi Alsaid (Never Always Sometimes), Jenny Han (Always and Forever, Lara Jean), Ashley Hope Pérez (Out of Darkness), Jennifer E. Smith (Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between), and Siobhan Vivian (The Last Boy and Girl in the World)

See y'all back here on Monday, July 18th to dish over Book 2!

NextHistory Has Its Eyes on YA

Team sign-ups will be open for the entire duration of Showdown; contact [email protected] to join the fun at any time!

Follow the #YASummerShowdown action on the Showdown Hub and Instagram (@forever_young_adult)!

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