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Covering the Newbery (#50): Summer of the Swans

We’ve hit #50 in the series that keeps on giving. And giving. Each week we’re moving into more recognizable covers. Speaking of…

1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I like the illustration on the original – I think mine could have used something more.

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Up next week: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

(Source image: “Imperial Palace” http://flic.kr/p/5vvuSp)

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. This is definitely my favorite of your updates yet! A much needed cover makeover.