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Photos: Whitewashed Covers Un-Whitewashed

I was cruising through my local Barnes & Noble the other day, fending off employees who seemed intent on getting me to buy a Nook, when I came upon this:

“Wait a second”, I thought. I did a double take and turned on my zoom-in vision:

Yes, indeed. It appears that the famously whitewashed Mysterious Benedict Society covers have been corrected. Remember the originals?

Back in January, School Library Journal looked into the curiously pale depiction of Sticky on these jackets (click here to read the article). Now they appear to be officially … sans whitewash? Whitewash free? What do we call this?

Whatever it’s called, it’s good to see.

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.


  1. that is good to see.

  2. That is awesome! I wonder if they announced that the covers had been changed? I’ll be sure to mention this, later on in the week :)

  3. That is excellent news!