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Unfortunate Covers (#3)

This one was difficult to include in the ongoing Unfortunate Covers series (click here for #1 and #2), but unfortunate it seems to be – at least in the eyes of some of the students I work with.

Bridge to Terabithia” is an outstanding story, a Newbery winner, and it made me cry like “Beaches” – all positives in my book (titled “Checklist of Things Great Books Need”). I just have trouble selling it to kids. The reason why? The cover just doesn’t strike them as something they want to dig into. I’ve been seeing a newly covered version in stores lately – here’s hoping it gives this classic the circulations it deserves.

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.


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