Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 61: Middle Grade (Part 12)

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. This feature is inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

Some of my favourite covers this week include The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith, The Magician’s Key by Matthew Cody, Gertie’s Leap To Greatness by Kate Beasley, How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders, The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford, The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg, The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt, The Lost Cipher by Michael Oechsle and The Treasure Of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun.

Please Note: I made an effort to include attribution wherever possible in regard to the illustrators and designers responsible for the covers below. In some cases I was unable to find this information. If you know of an illustrator responsible for one of the covers below, please let me know and I would be happy to include this in the post!

01. The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith (Cover illustrated by Lisa K Weber)
02. The Magician’s Key by Matthew Cody (Cover illustrated by Craig Phillips)
03. Charmed, I’m Sure by Sarah Darer Littman

04. The Secret Life Of Lincoln Jones by Wendelin Van Draanen
05. The Imagination Box by Martyn Ford
06. Gertie’s Leap To Greatness by Kate Beasley (Cover and book illustrated by Jillian Tamaki)

07. How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders
08. The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
09. The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford (Author) & Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)

10. School Of The Dead by Avi
11. When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
12. The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg

13. The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt
14. The Most Frightening Story Ever Told by Philip Kerr
15. Ribblestrop Forever! by Andy Mulligan

16. This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker by Terra Elan McVoy
17. The Lost Cipher by Michael Oechsle
18. Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Cover illustrated by Iacopo Bruno)

19. Gargoyle Hall by Angie Sage
21. The Treasure Of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun (Cover illustrated by Karl Kwasny)
22. The Giant Smugglers by Matt Solomon & Chris Pauls (Cover illustrated by Matthew Griffin)

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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