Gallery: Debut YA Covers
Huzzah to the brave souls who boldly assembled their debut YA book covers (click here to give it a try). Below is a gallery of the sometimes outstanding, sometimes outstandingly unfortunate results.
Break @ Words on Words by Maggie Stiefvater (author of the recently released Shiver)
Strum @ Pop Candy.
Signal @ princessdeia.
Bluster @ Divinest Sense.
Click @ It Came From Outer Space.
Overdressing @ Bellas Novella.
Believe @ Reading at the Beach.
Time and Promise @ The Queen Bees Book Club.
Find @ Willing to See Less.
Bow @ Cosy Catastrophe.
Name @ willmetz.
Untwisted @ Penryn’s Dreams.
Air and Afraid @ Throwing Away Breadcrumbs.
Jog @ Bookatopia.
End @ Paperback Pirate.
Gauge @ Libbie on the Label.
Focus @ Booth & Dimock Teen Spot.
Barrage @ Nothing Rhymes with Rachel.
Stump @ A Fuse #8 Production. Eco-themed YA coming up.
Unwrap @ Libri Dilectio.
Badmouth @ Bleatbox.
Rub @ Today’s Adventure.
Peep @ Sunshine Edition.
Lure and Loiter @ Hey! Teenager of the Year.
Enlighten, Vomit, Stand, and Spot @ In the Booley House.
Enlighten and Haul @ Morike of the Chair.
Reward @ transientme.
Betray @ Teacherninja.
Vault @ The YA YA YAs.
Beat @ Half Asleep in Paisley Pajamas.
Elevate @ Lady Lazarus.
Sigh, Humour, and Reach @ Gignacery.
Return @ Calliope and Thalia’s Modern Day Musings.
Shelter and Wrangle @ Alien Onion.
Bathe @ Moored at Sea.
Drape @ The Zen Leaf.
Crumple @ BookEnds.
Sober @ The Infinite Shelf.
Slump @ The Summer.
Embrace (two versions) @ Oops…Wrong Cookie. Man, I couldn’t just see these possibly being on shelves – they should be.
Vote @ bookbrig.
Thrash @ Blog Was Star.
Slide @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library.
Slumber @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library.
Dissemble @ Romantoes.
Conspire @ C.K. Kelly Martin.
Mollycoddle @ Layers of Thought.
Jumble @ Nan’s Corner of the World.
Pitch @ The Vintage Reader.
Adore @ Life on the Bookshelf.
Cartwheel @ Life on the Bookshelf.
Express @ Linz.
Surprise @ this cat! it is not a cheesecake!
Conclude @ Mrs. McGrew’s Blog.
Manipulate @ Bookworm Buddies.
Flip @ I Read, I Write, I Shelve Things.
Stray and Frozen @ I Read, I Write, I Shelve Things.
Liar @ LibrariYAn. Alicia took the recently controversial-for-it’s-cover YA novel Liar and put it through the Create Your Debut YA Cover steps. A vastly different result.
Sip @ LibrariYAn.
Keep @ Stray Kitten. This one’s pretty smooth. The first of a few of these that I could see actually working in the real world.
Yank @ Diana Peterfreund. Another one that I could envision on shelves. Where is the third hand coming from? Someone write a story for this ASAP.
Reminisce @ Diana Peterfreund. This character is sad. An kind of mad about it.
Huff @ Underage Reading. I think I saw this one on shelves back in the 80s.
Pluck @ Tanita S. Davis blog. Aww, yeah. I was just thinking the other day that eyebrow plucking has not been the basis for enough books. This one fills a much needed gap.
Tense @ YABOOKNERD. A YA book about rock wall climbing ? Belay on!
Centre @ Wish I Were Baking. “Look, look – I know the cover isn’t jumping out at you, but you just have to read it, man. So good.”
Kick! @ Book Nut. I think I know about 53 cheerleaders in the making who would grab this as soon as it hit the shelves.
Crow @ Anna Jarzab. Wow – ghost child makes for YA gold.
Claim @ NBPL Teen Book Blog. Final line: “Just go out there and claim your life, dude.”
Guzzle @ Shalan. Ha –
Scorn @ ALD Youth Services Interest Group. I dare you to pick this one up.
Whisk @ Abby (the) Librarian. This could go the happy/funny route or veer toward the quirky/dark end of the spectrum.
Wonder @ Emily’s Reading Room. I would venture to say that this one might work in real life.
Sabotage! @ One Librarian’s Book Reviews. Bringin’ the gunplay that youngsters can’t get enough of.
Elude @ Holly’s Red Bike. A good ol’ fashioned chase story.
Stuff @ The Reading Zone. Pushing the envelope.
Still @ CMIS.
Cleave @ Finding Wonderland.
Plunge @ Maples and Fiddleheads.
Bend @ Spinning Jennie.
Showcase @ The Further Adventures of Seagull Boy.
Arch @ Under the Covers.
Pluck @ The Magic of Ink.
Yawn. This one’s mine.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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