More book covers and thoughts on Liar
In response to the Liar cover controversy, I’ve seen several reactions along the lines of “I’ll buy the Australian version instead of Bloomsbury’s.” And this got me thinking.
According to Bloomsbury, Liar has an initial print run of 100,000. Assuming 1) Bloomsbury can’t/won’t change the print run; and 2) a significant number of people do, in fact, decide not to buy the Bloomsbury edition, what will this mean for Justine Larbalestier? If Liar does not sell through (or sell enough), will this have an effect on her future novels? 100,000 is a big print run, and booksellers base their orders on how well an author’s previous books sold. So if a significant amount of stock is returned, will this mean a bookstore won’t carry (as many copies of) Larbalestier’s future novels? Call me cynical, but I’d find it hard to believe that bookstores will take a customer boycott into consideration when looking at their sales numbers. Anyone who knows more about this subject want to chime in?
Now, on to the continuation of Monday’s book cover post. In the new in 2009/Asian-American category, here’s Sharon Shinn’s Gateway, coming in October.
ETA: J.A. Yang’s Exclusively Chloe is also about a Chinese adoptee, which must be this year’s trend.
Micol Ostow’s Fashionista, part of the Bradford Prep series, will be published on August 25.
There are also at least two more 2009/Asian in other countries books. The cover for Julia Donaldson’s Running on the Cracks is completely underwhelming, but I’d like to read it anyway.
I’m not sure whether to include graphic novels or not, but here are two from 2008/(part) Asian in other countries.
If you need a break from all the serious cover talk, you can make your own debut YA cover (instructions at 100 Scope Notes). Here’s mine:
Original image here.
About the Books
Gateway by Sharon Shinn (Penguin/Viking): While passing through the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, a Chinese American teenager is transported to a parallel world where she is given a dangerous assignment.
Exclusively Chloe by J.A. Yang (Penguin/Speak): In the public eye since she was adopted as a baby from China by her Hollywood celebrity parents, sixteen-year-old Chloe-Grace, longing for a “normal” life,” undergoes a transformation with the help of her mother’s stylist and finds not only the life she wanted but an important key to her past.
Fashionista by Micol Ostow (S&S/Simon Pulse): [no LC summary yet]
Running on the Cracks by Julia Donaldson (Henry Holt): After her parents are killed in an accident, English teenager Leonora Watts-Chan runs away to Glasgow, Scotland, to find her Chinese grandparents.
Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Scholastic/Orchard): Lebanese-Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses, until her conflicted feelings become too much for her to bear.
Skim by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood): Wiccan goth teen Kimberly Keiko Cameron sinks into a growing depression after her classmate’s ex-boyfriend kills himself, sparking a school revolution that forces all the students to redefine themselves.
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Steve Rolston (DC/Minx): Emiko is a teenager on a quest to find herself who goes from suburban babysitter to eclectic urban performance artist.