Monthly Archives: August 2013

Review: Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher. Delacorte, 2009. Currently available. Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: If it weren’t for the positive reviews of this book, I would never have picked it up. The cover has the whole floating head thing … Continue reading

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Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Doll Bones by Holly Black. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Horror Face Value: It’s hard to imagine what else could make this cover better – it’s creepy (just look at those doll eyes staring out at you), … Continue reading

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Review: Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb. Illustrated by Jeff Newman.

Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb. Illustrated by Jeff Newman. Candlewick Press, 2013 Currently available. Genre: Picture Book Fiction Face Value: This cover is striking. Phoebe is exuberant about her beloved toy, and the joy that radiates from her face … Continue reading

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Review: Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert. Delacorte Press, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction Face Value: I totally get what you were going for, cover artists. But it doesn’t work. I feel like this illustration is trying to evoke both a contemporary … Continue reading

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Review: The Broken Lands by Kate Milford

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford. Clarion Books, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fantasy Face Value: Andrea Offermann’s illustrations are beautiful, and add so much to the telling of this story. Accordingly, her cover is outstanding, and really reflects the … Continue reading

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The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban. Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Currently available. Age Level & Genre: Middle grade realistic fiction. Face Value: Nice. It’s simple and features a real-looking, whole-bodied girl. It may not be the most eye-catching of covers, … Continue reading

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Review: Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Delacorte Press, 2013. Currently Available. Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Ghost Story Face Value: I can be on board with the Hitchcock reference, and the shadowy figure in the eye is appropriately stylistically creepy … Continue reading

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