This slightly haphazard and already dated collection of links is what happens when I suddenly get hit by return of the Martian Death
flu cold o’ doom and, er, forget to click post.
More cover controversy, this time around the Mysterious Benedict Society (illustrations and excerpts over at Bookshelves of Doom and Magic Under Glass (book excerpts here. For some situational analysis, head to a great post at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy, and here’s a post on race and representation from Justine Larbalestier. And there’s a discussion on what kids actually relate to at Oz and Ends.
But every once in a while things go right, as you’ll see if you check out this interview with Debbie Dahl Edwardson, author of Blessing’s Bead. For more, check out Mitali Perkin’s post on A Call For Yummy PoC Kid/YA Book Covers That Worked. And an interesting post about covers and author input from Karen Healey and her book Guardian of the Dead, set in New Zealand and based in part on Maori mythology. (I am intrigued, and have added it to my to-read list…)