If you’re interested in cover design, a fascinating post at the new Macmillan Children’s Group blog about Caragh O’Brien’s upcoming novel, Birthmarked. I like the final cover better than the earlier incarnations, but what is it about dystopian novels and girls with hair flying around on the covers? And, wow, the Birthmarked cover reminds me of The Other Side of the Island.
This link is a bit old, but designer Henry Sene Yee on the cover of The Other Side of the Island.
Maybe I should just be glad there are actual faces on the above covers?
I was very proud of myself for kinda sorta making a prediction about Jellicoe Road and the Printz last year. This year? Well, I haven’t read enough of the books, but of those I did read, my money is on Philip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, though it seems to be receiving more support in various mock awards for the Newbery than the Printz. Youth Services Corner has a roundup of some Mock Printzes, and there’s a lot of love for Marcelo in the Real World, which I also love, but I don’t know… I think it’ll get an honor, but am unsure, for some reason, about a win. I’ll be happy if either of these wins, though. The most surprising mock Printz pick I’ve seen is Rick Yancey’s The Monstrumologist. (Also, the overall book design of The Monstrumologist is, as noted at Jacket Whys, among the best of the year, if not the best.)
No clue on the Morris Award. I haven’t read any of the nominees yet, but I’ve got Ash checked out right now and hope to get to it before Monday. Malinda Lo on her first sale.
More awards predictions at Abby (the) Librarian, The Book Case, and A Fuse #8 Production. Caldecott predictions at 100 Scope Notes, and a great Behind the Caldecott Scenes interview with Ed Spicer there, too.
You can count me among the folks unhappy with the proposed changes to BBYA.
I’m still working on my 10 favorite YA books list. One guess at what I’m putting at #1.