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Battle of the Books - Week 1 Results


This week, I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina had the least amount of votes and has unfortunately been eliminated from the competition. If you really enjoyed reading this book, you may also want to give these readalike books a try!

Do you have another readalike suggestion for I Am Alfonso Jones? In the comment section below, tell us in a few sentences, which book it is and why you would recommend it. All the comments on this blog post (English and Fench) will be entered  in a draw for the weekly $25 Chapters gift card prize. Enter your comment by Sunday, July 15th (one entry per comment). The winner will be contacted directly by email or phone.  

On the French side of the competition in the “Combat des livres”, La fille quelques heures avant l'impact by Ben Kemoun was the losing book. Discover the books competing in the Combat des livres.

Voting is now open for week two of the competition. Head over to the Battle of the Books main page to cast your vote (or votes)!


I think a book similar to "I Am Alfonso Jones" is "I Woke Up Dead at the Mall" by Judy Sheehan. Although IWUDITM has nothing to do with racism or social justice, the main character Sarah, wakes up dead and gets to see everyone's reaction to her death and how they continue living after she's gone. This obviously isn't super similar to Alfonso's situation, but there are definitely some similarities.