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Cover Curiosity: I Got the Blues. And Blacks. And Whites.

While not exactly spitting images of one another, today’s trio of covers share a distinct bond that is difficult to deny. Unless you do deny, in which case we will have to politely agree to disagree, as librarian custom dictates all disagreements must be settled. All three are pleasing to the eyes of this humble blogger.

Many thanks to the Picasso of Twitter aka @MrSchuReads aka fellow school librarian John Schumacher for bringing two of these covers to my attention.

First Cover:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Second Cover:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Cover Three:

Where Things Come Back (paperback edition) by John Corey Whaley

Side by Side by Side:

The color scheme, the hand lettering – there’s a certain resemblance here, right?

Any other books that fit in this club?

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. You and Mr. Schu make a great team! As usual, I love this series!

  2. You know, I was just thinking yesterday that there are a lot of blue covers, and not true blue but kind of very close off shades. I always wonder how this happens.

  3. I read Wonder right after The Fault in Our Stars. Not only is there the blue, white and black connection, but the Augustus/August thing too!

  4. I read Wonder and The Fault in Our Stars back-to-back, too. In addition to the Augustus/August names, they each have main characters who talk about what it’s like to have people look at them (and pretend they’re not looking at them).