Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 134: Middle Grade (43)

Today’s post is sponsored by Beth McMullen and Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter!

Title Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter
Author Beth McMullen
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date August 25th 2020 by Aladdin
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Indiana Jones meets The Lost Property Office in this action-packed mystery about a young girl searching for her father from the author of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls — the first in a new series!

Having a world-traversing archaeologist dad means twelve-year-old Lola Benko is used to moving around and not putting down roots anywhere. But every day and every hunt for something hidden is an adventure, and no matter what, she and her dad are an unbeatable team.

Then her father disappears. The official story is that he was caught in a flash flood, but Lola’s research shows the day in question was perfectly pleasant. And it will take more than empty reassurances from suspect strangers for Lola to give up on her dad. She has a feeling his disappearance has to do with a mythical stone he was studying — a stone so powerful, it could control the world. But in the wrong hands, it could end it, too…

With the help of some new friends at her school, it’s up to Lola to go on the most important hunt of her life.

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 or illustrator 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. Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody
(Cover design: Karyn Lee ● Cover art: Petur Antonsson and Sonia Chaghatzbanian)

02. Rescue At Lake Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
(Cover art: Maike Plenzke)


03. The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold
(Cover design: Molly Fehr ● Cover art: Jessica Tickle)

04. Spin With Me by Ami Polonsky


05. The Exiles by Hilary McKay

06. The House of Clouds by Lisa Thompson
(Cover art: Alice McKinley)


07. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories For Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith
(Cover art: Nicole Neidhardt)

08. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk


09. To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan

10. The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity
(Cover art: Jay Bendt)


11. Sugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva
(Cover art: Abigail L. Dela Cruz)

12. Jayla Jumps In by Joy Jones


13. When Life Gives You Mangos by Kereen Getten
(Cover art: Bex Glendining)

14. Alone by Megan E. Freeman
(Cover art: Pascal Campion)


15. The Mysterious Messenger by Gilbert Ford
(Cover design: Katie Klimowicz ● Cover art: Gilbert Ford)

16. Closer To Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins


17. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie by Erin Soderberg Downing
(Cover design: Michelle Cunningham ● Cover art: Michelle Cunningham)

18. Where We Used To Roam by Jenn Bishop
(Cover design: Tara Iandiorio ● Cover art: Ji-Hyuk Kim)


19. The Gilded Girl by Alyssa Colman
(Cover design: Aurora Parlagreco ● Cover art: Geneviève Godbout)

20. The Comeback by E.L. Shen
(Cover design: Cassie Gonzales ● Cover art: Dung Ho)


21. Time Castaways: The Forbidden Lock by Liesl Shurtliff
(Cover design: Katie Fitch ● Cover art: Alexandria Neonakis)

22. All You Knead Is Love by Tanya Guerrero
(Cover design: Cassie Gonzales ● Cover art: Zhen L Zhen)


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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