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Covering the Newbery (#77): Out of the Dust

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1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Original Cover:

My Re-do:

Side by Side:

Up next week: (Oh, boy…) Holes by by Louis Sachar

(Source image: “15-04-10 You Are So Magnetic, You Pick Up All The Pins” by Bethan http://flic.kr/p/7THEyW)

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. I really like your redo!

  2. This is my favorite! You should have us vote for our favorites from each decade when you finish.

  3. Can’t say this one really works for me–the very first time I looked at it, I thought it was water! And even though the title is OUT of the dust, I don’t think this cover should have even a hint of water.

  4. Ooh. I like this one. I really, really like this one!