Thursday, May 7, 2015


I love book covers -- almost as I love the stories inside the books. Middle Grade book covers are some of the most diverse and creative of any book group out there! Some are created via watercolors or oil paints, while other are designed on the computer or by sculpting cut paper.

To shine the spotlight on some of these amazing covers, I thought it would be fun to present some of these covers to you and debate over what works or doesn't work. Please post your responses and comments below!

Thanks for joining in!

To kick off this new feature, I present to you four 2015 covers utilizing the silhouette. Three feature silhouettes of children, in particular girls apparently from historical eras, and the fourth has a castle. Three of the four integrate leaves and or trees.

Each, as you can see, places the black shapes atop a colored background: green, blue, orange.

The cover for Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy effectively sets her girls against the backdrop of a full moon, suggesting to the reader that they are running away late at night. This arouses our curiosity. What are they running away from?

Cat Hellison's Beastkeeper hints at a possible dungeon, capture, and leans clearly toward fantasy.

The Curious World of Capurnia Tate recaptures the elegant "good old days" feel of the first book in the series, and the vines serve as a nice victorian-style frame.

Arsenic for Tea's images actually do not take front and center as the the other books do. They serve to accentuate the title, giving little clues (as a good mystery should) as to what the readers will discover inside.

All four of these books do an amazing job with silhouettes, but in different ways. Which cover(s) do you prefer and why? If you spotted these on a bookstore shelf which one would you most likely pick up and read?

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