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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. Brenda says:

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


  2. April Henry says:

    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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