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Cover Curiosity: Behind Bars

Look, I don’t discriminate on my Cover Curiosities – picture book, middle grade, YA – when two books happen to resemble each other, I will be there. Today we foray into the YA world with two new books that share a bold bar/grid motif.

Juvie by Steve Watkins

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Side by side:

The grays, the grids, the doors – definite resemblance.

Any other cover that could be added to this group?

*Update* In the comments, Brenda (of proseandkahn) mentioned that Zebra Forest could also be a member of this group. I concur:

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, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gerwitz has the same vertical black, white and gray going on but with birch trees as the “bars.”


  2. Charm and Strange has some similarities, especially to Zebra Forest. If you’ll accept blue.

  3. Mara Marin says:

    Hi Travis,
    Check out our Pinterest board:
    and you will find a lot of material for your Cover Curiosities.
    Glad we are not the only one :)
    Mara Marin
    YA Librarian
    Elmont Public Library

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