Sunday, May 1, 2011

Cover Trend: Apples

by Shannon Creech 
March 2004

Amazing narrative poetry of a very self-aware young girl. Annie is a runner and an artist. Her mother is expecting a new baby, her grandfather has Alzheimer's and is slowly slipping away, and she spends a lot of time with her neighbor and competitive friend Max. The novel makes charming use of footnotes and grammar. It's a poignant and beautifully told tale, with simplicity and heart.

The Magician's Nephew 
by C.S. Lewis 
May 2005 (first published in 1955)

The classic prequel to the beloved Narnia series. The magic wardrobe that the Pevinses children eventually pass through is constructed of apple wood.

by Stephenie Meyer 
Little, Brown and Co. 
October 2005

Unless one has been living under a rock for the last several years, you'll have heard of this one. Teen girl falls head over heels for a cold, sparkly vampire.

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller 
by Sarah Miller 
July 2007

A re-telling of the Helen Keller story from her teacher, Annie Sullivan's point of view.

The Poison Apples 
by Lily Archer 
Feiwel & Friends 
September 2007

Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel's stepsisters get sent to a boarding school.

by Joan Bauer 
Putnam Juvenile 
May 2008

A girl journalist wants to get to the bottom of stories of hauntings in her small town.

Girl to the Core 
by Stacey Goldblatt 
Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
July 2009

After she catches her boyfriend kissing his ex, fifteen year-old Molly finds solace for her broken heart in an unusual venue... the Girl Corps., a Girl Scout-like group for little girls.

Bad Apple 
by Laura Ruby 
October 2009

High-school junior art student Tola Riley finds herself amidst a swirl of rumors that she's had an affair with her art teacher.


  1. Great post! I loved the way you picked a theme and introduced books. It was a fun read.

  2. i like your cover trend-series =)
    i have another book with an apple by the way:
    genesis by bernard beckett... check it out, it looks really cool. (and the book is good)

  3. @Alexis - Thanks! I have fun doing these. I was inspired by a (now-defunct) blog Jacket Whys. I wish they'd come back!

    @ndone - Thanks for the recommendation! I like that apple cover, the mechanical stem is really striking. I'm not sure what edition the apple cover for that book is... I don't think it's the US version. Sometime or other I might do a series of US vs. UK covers. I think the UK almost always gets the better end of the deal!

  4. Oooh, just found another one. The new cover for Lois Duncan's Daughters of Eve features an apple.



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