Thursday, May 14, 2015


Welcome to Battle of the Book Covers, a new feature here at Middle Grade Mania. In keeping with last week's theme of silhouettes, here are four more new releases utilizing the same style.

In Judy Young's Promise, a simple image of a crow appears on a yellow background. Having read Promise (I loved it!) I can tell you that it fits the story very well.

The Trap by Steven Arnston has a night sky background, as does Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu. But Arnston's straigtforward unembellished title is surrounded by images mirrored on either side of the book. While neither the title or the images reveal much of what to expect from the story, the layout is effective and attractive. Haydu's cover is accompanied by a gold star and a clever visual for the title.

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan places the silhouettes of children almost inconspicuously at the bottom, while the large sweeping title takes center stage.

What do you think of how these covers succeed or fail to take advantage of silhouettes? Which appeals to you the most? Why?

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