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Cover Curiosity: Comparable Condensation

If the following covers indicate anything, it’s that indoor/outdoor temperature differences are becoming a huge problem in young adult literature. How else to explain this sort of condensation?

First up…

You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

Second up…

My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

*Update* And thanks to a heads up from Elizabeth Dulemba, we have two more to add:

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson

Side by side…

While they all have their own look, the comparison is clear one.

Any other covers to add to this group?

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. There’s also Sara Zarr’s “Story of a Girl” and R.A. Nelson’s “Breathe My Name”! :) e

  2. I noticed that, too.

    Have you noticed the spate of covers with girls’ faces sideways on the covers, like they’re lying down? I keep meaning to note the books–I’m either seeing the same one over and over or there are a bunch of them. (Maybe you wrote about it already, too. I miss posts sometimes and forget them. Comes of reading too many wonderful blogs.)

    • I know what you mean – the laying down profile is definitely another trend that keeps on chugging. Seems like there are a bunch of those.

  3. the US edition of Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James has a similar cover.