Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 129: Middle Grade (Part 41)

Today’s post is sponsored by Josh Berk, Saundra Mitchell and Camp Murderface!

Title Camp Murderface
Author Saundra Mitchell
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date May 26th 2020 by HarperCollins
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Summer camp turns sinister in Camp Murderface, a spooky middle grade read perfect for fans of scare masters like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike.

The year: 1983. The place: Ohio. The camp: Scary as heck.

Camp Sweetwater is finally reopening, three decades after it mysteriously shut down. Campers Corryn Quinn and Tez Jones have each had more than enough of their regular lives — they’re so ready to take their summer at Sweetwater by storm.

But before they can so much as toast one marshmallow, strange happenings start…happening. Can they survive the summer? Or will Camp Sweetwater shut down for good this time — with them inside?

Click here to play the Camp Murderface video game!


Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the beautiful covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer responsible for any of these book covers, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.


01. The Places We Sleep by Caroline Brooks DuBois
(Cover art: Kathrin Honesta)

02. Midnight At The Barclay Hotel by Fleur T. Bradley
(Cover art: Xavier Bonet)


03. Many Points of Me by Caroline Gertler
(Cover design: Sylvie LeFloc’h ● Cover art: Vesper Stamper)

04. Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
(Cover design: Karyn Lee ● Cover art: Celia Krampien)


05. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
(Cover design: Matt Jones ● Cover art: Brittany Jackson)

06. Nightingale by Deva Fagan
(Cover design: Rebecca Syracuse ● Cover art: Marion Bordeyne)


07. No Ordinary Thing by G.Z. Schmidt

08. The Artifact Hunters by Janet Fox
(Cover design: Kate Renner ● Cover art: Jen Bricking)


09. We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
(Cover design: Sylvie Le Floc’h ● Cover art: Celia Krampien)

10. Camp Murderface by Josh Berk and Saundra Mitchell
(Cover design: Corinne Lupp ● Cover art: Michelle Wong)


11. All He Knew by Helen Frost
(Cover design: Cassie Gonzales ● Cover art: Pascal Campion)

12. The Ghost In Apartment 2R by Denis Markell
(Cover art: Marco Guadalupi)


13. The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn
(Cover design: Samira Iravani ● Cover art: Matt Saunders)

14. The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller
(Cover design: Marcie Lawrence ● Cover art: Karl James Mountford)


15. A Dog-Friendly Town by Josephine Cameron
(Cover design: Cassie Gonzales ● Cover art: Xindi Yan)

16. What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado
(Cover design: Samira Iravani ● Cover art: Jay Bendt)


17. The Exceptional Maggie Chowder by Renee Beauregard Lute
(Cover design: Valerie Hernandez ● Cover art: Luna Valentine)

18. The Brave by James Bird
(Cover design: Mallory Grigg ● Cover art: Beatriz – @Naranjalidad)


19. Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen
(Cover design: Mercedes Padró ● Cover art: Alisa Coburn)

20. Spindlefish and Stars by Christiane M. Andrews
(Cover design: Karina Granda ● Cover art: Yuta Onoda)


Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite Middle Grade covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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