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Gallery: Debut YA Covers

Huzzah to the brave souls who boldly assembled their debut YA book covers (click here to give it a try). Below is a gallery of the sometimes outstanding, sometimes outstandingly unfortunate results.

breakcover

Break @ Words on Words by Maggie Stiefvater (author of the recently released Shiver)

strumcover

Strum @ Pop Candy.

signalcover

Signal @ princessdeia.

blustercover

Bluster @ Divinest Sense.

clickcover

Click @ It Came From Outer Space.

overdressingcover

Overdressing @ Bellas Novella.

believecover

Believe @ Reading at the Beach.

timecoverpromisecover

Time and Promise @ The Queen Bees Book Club.

findcover

Find @ Willing to See Less.

bowcover

Bow @ Cosy Catastrophe.

namecover

Name @ willmetz.

untwistedcover

Untwisted @ Penryn’s Dreams.

aircoverafraidcover

Air and Afraid @ Throwing Away Breadcrumbs.

jogcover

Jog @ Bookatopia.

endcover

End @ Paperback Pirate.

gaugecover

Gauge @ Libbie on the Label.

focuscover

Focus @ Booth & Dimock Teen Spot.

barragecover

Barrage @ Nothing Rhymes with Rachel.

stumpcover

Stump @ A Fuse #8 Production. Eco-themed YA coming up.

unwrapcover

Unwrap @ Libri Dilectio.

badmouthcover

Badmouth @ Bleatbox.

rubcover

Rub @ Today’s Adventure.

Peepcover

Peep @ Sunshine Edition.

lurecoverloitercover

Lure and Loiter @ Hey! Teenager of the Year.

enquirecovervomitcover

standcoverspotcover

Enlighten, Vomit, Stand, and Spot @ In the Booley House.

enlightencoverhaulcover

Enlighten and Haul @ Morike of the Chair.

rewardcover

Reward @ transientme.

betraycover

Betray @ Teacherninja.

vaultcover

Vault @ The YA YA YAs.

beatcover

Beat @ Half Asleep in Paisley Pajamas.

elevatecover

Elevate @ Lady Lazarus.

sighcoverhumourcover

Reachcover

Sigh, Humour, and Reach @ Gignacery.

returncover

Return @ Calliope and Thalia’s Modern Day Musings.

sheltercoverWranglecover

Shelter and Wrangle @ Alien Onion.

bathecover

Bathe @ Moored at Sea.

drapecover

Drape @ The Zen Leaf.

crumplecover

Crumple @ BookEnds.

sobercover

Sober @ The Infinite Shelf.

slumpcover

Slump @ The Summer.

Embracecoverembracecover2

Embrace (two versions) @ Oops…Wrong Cookie. Man, I couldn’t just see these possibly being on shelves – they should be.

votecover

Vote @ bookbrig.

thrashcover

Thrash @ Blog Was Star.

slidecover

Slide @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

slumbercover

Slumber @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

disemblecover

Dissemble @ Romantoes.

conspirecover

Conspire @ C.K. Kelly Martin.

mollycoddlecover

Mollycoddle @ Layers of Thought.

jumblecover

Jumble @ Nan’s Corner of the World.

pitchcover

Pitch @ The Vintage Reader.

adorecover

Adore @ Life on the Bookshelf.

cartwheelcover

Cartwheel @ Life on the Bookshelf.

expresscover

Express @ Linz.

surprisecover

Surprise @ this cat! it is not a cheesecake!

concludecover

Conclude @ Mrs. McGrew’s Blog.

manipulatecover

Manipulate @ Bookworm Buddies.

flipcover

Flip @ I Read, I Write, I Shelve Things.

straycoverfrozencover

Stray and Frozen @ I Read, I Write, I Shelve Things.

liarcover

Liar @ LibrariYAn. Alicia took the recently controversial-for-it’s-cover YA novel Liar and put it through the Create Your Debut YA Cover steps. A vastly different result.

sipcover

Sip @ LibrariYAn.

keepcover

Keep @ Stray Kitten. This one’s pretty smooth. The first of a few of these that I could see actually working in the real world.

yankcover

Yank @ Diana Peterfreund. Another one that I could envision on shelves. Where is the third hand coming from? Someone write a story for this ASAP.

reminiscecover

Reminisce @ Diana Peterfreund. This character is sad. An kind of mad about it.

huffcover

Huff @ Underage Reading. I think I saw this one on shelves back in the 80s.

pluckcover

Pluck @ Tanita S. Davis blog. Aww, yeah. I was just thinking the other day that eyebrow plucking has not been the basis for enough books. This one fills a much needed gap.

tensecover

Tense @ YABOOKNERD. A YA book about rock wall climbing ? Belay on!

centrecover

Centre @ Wish I Were Baking. “Look, look – I know the cover isn’t jumping out at you, but you just have to read it, man. So good.”

kickcover

Kick! @ Book Nut. I think I know about 53 cheerleaders in the making who would grab this as soon as it hit the shelves.

crowcover

Crow @ Anna Jarzab. Wow – ghost child makes for YA gold.

claimcover

Claim @ NBPL Teen Book Blog. Final line: “Just go out there and claim your life, dude.”

guzzlecover

Guzzle @ Shalan. Ha -

scorncover

Scorn @ ALD Youth Services Interest Group. I dare you to pick this one up.

whiskcover

Whisk @ Abby (the) Librarian. This could go the happy/funny route or veer toward the quirky/dark end of the spectrum.

wondercover

Wonder @ Emily’s Reading Room. I would venture to say that this one might work in real life.

sabotagecover

Sabotage! @ One Librarian’s Book Reviews. Bringin’ the gunplay that youngsters can’t get enough of.

eludecover

Elude @ Holly’s Red Bike. A good ol’ fashioned chase story.

stuffcover

Stuff @ The Reading Zone. Pushing the envelope.

stillcover

Still @ CMIS.

cleavecover

Cleave @ Finding Wonderland.

plungecover

Plunge @ Maples and Fiddleheads.

bendcover

Bend @ Spinning Jennie.

showcasecover

Showcase @ The Further Adventures of Seagull Boy.

archcover

Arch @ Under the Covers.

pluckcoverII

Pluck @ The Magic of Ink.

YAcover

Yawn. This one’s mine.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Some of those are actually amazingly beautiful. And I’m stunned by how “Still” looks like a lot of books on my shelf. Just crop off three-quarter’s of the girl’s face and we’d have a real YA cover!

    Thanks for organizing this; it was great fun.

  2. Scope Notes says:

    Yeah, some of these turned out well. And the ones that didn’t came out wonderfully bad. A good balance.

  3. Rachel says:

    What fun! Here’s mine.

  4. Stephanie F says:

    Mine turned out surprisingly good. :D

  5. aquafortis says:

    Excellent!! Some of these are extremely plausible, which is frightening. I like Stump and Bend an awful lot.

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  8. Summer says:

    hahaha understandable. I felt a little uncomfortable with it as well. I added another one. same link as above.

  9. Scope Notes says:

    Added!

  10. Amanda says:

    Hey! Thanks for adding mine. I’m going to link to this post on my blog.

    If you’re looking for more, my three boys put theirs up, too: http://gignacery.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-covers-from-boys.html

  11. thebooleyhouse says:
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  13. phantommidge says:

    This is fantastic! I’d love to see these on the shelf in our Teen section. (Although, I’d like to add a small caption to the one with the chihuahua coming from the dog that says, “Madam, I protest!”)

  14. Nicole says:

    I can’t believe how good most of them turned out! Here’s mine:
    http://paperbackpirate.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-wrote-my-first-book.html

  15. Jessica says:

    I have a YA as well as an SF&F up on my livejournal.

    Love these! :D

    http://penrynsdreams.livejournal.com/125163.html

  16. Holly says:
  17. Bleatbox says:

    That was a lot of fun, here’s mine: http://img222.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=badmouthcover.jpg

    Some of those covers are really great, better than many published jackets!

  18. Bleatbox says:

    Sorry, wasn’t quite the right link!

    Here: http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/9806/badmouthcover.jpg

  19. MotherReader says:

    So glad you did a round-up of the covers. I hadn’t seen many of them – and there were some great ones. I’d totally read Crumple, Gauge, and Wonder. And Stand and Spot must be on shelves already – they look so real.

  20. Scope Notes says:

    I agree – some of these turned out eerily plausible. Crumple and Embrace seem especially “torn from the shelf” to me.

  21. Size says:

    Wow, some of these are just incredibly well done! Mine isn’t so good, but here it is anyway: http://willmetz.com/images/ya-cover.jpg

  22. NotNessie says:

    Some of these are really great. Mine definitely doesn’t look like something I’d pick up at the bookstore: http://ultimatebookhound.blogspot.com/2009/08/create-your-debut-ya-novel-cover.html

  23. Those are so fantastic.

    Here’s mine: Unbuckle by Anita Cheek.

  24. Love this! DIY covers. My YA debut is titled ‘Balance’ – your typical, tense ‘coming of age’ type YA. You can have a laugh at it over on my blog: http://wellreadrabbit.wordpress.com

  25. Scott King says:

    I couldn’t help but jump on the Fake YA Book Cover bandwagon:
    http://www.scottking.info/blog/2009/08/20/fake-ya-book-cover/

  26. Okay, it was totally ridiculous for me to do this, as I already have not only a debut novel out but another novel on the NYT list and another one coming out in October, but it was too fun not to do it. Here it is: http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/124990.html.

  27. Scope Notes says:

    I’m honored you have taken part! I added your cover to the gallery.

  28. Thanks! :D

  29. anna fong says:

    oh my i found this late..

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