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Covering the Newbery (#48): The High King

1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander

Original Cover:

My Redo

Side by Side:

Verdict: Not a big fan of this one, although I can see it getting some attention. You win some, you lose some.

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Up next week: Sounder by William H. Armstrong

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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.


  1. I know some 5th grade weapons-obsessed boys who would be drawn to this cover.

  2. This is still one of my all time favorite series of books. Every time I read it, I go back to being 10 years old gain! Ah, nostalgia!

  3. I read the book “The High King” and was utterly confused throughout the whole story. While the basic plot and storyline was simple enough to follow.