Bait, Blade & Freaked
I’m wondering if this is going to be a new thing – title writ large, up or down and sprawled out to the borders (or close). I am sure it’s been done before on teen books, but this is three coming out within three months of one another. It seems new – for now.
I love the transition of dark to light in the letters, and the reverse in the background on Bait by Alex Sanchez (Simon & Schuster June 2009). Caveat here – the only place I could find this cover was on Sanchez’s website, so it may not be the final cover. Of the three, I like this one the best, so I hope S&S decides to keep it.
On Blade: Playing Dead by Tim Bowler (Philomel May 2009), the big type is the series name rather than the book title. Freaked by J. T. Dutton (HarperTeen March 2009) isn’t quite expanded into the frame, but still effective.
This effect could be overused. Let’s hope it, as well as any other recognizeable cover trend, won’t be.
Bait: Diego keeps getting into trouble because of his explosive temper until he finally finds a probation officer who helps him get to the root of his anger so that he can stop running from his past. Ages 12+.
Blade: A fourteen-year-old British street person with extraordinary powers of observation and self-control must face murderous thugs connected with a past he has tried to forget, when his skills with a knife earned him the nickname, Blade. Ages 14+. Reviews, 1, 2, 3.
Freaked: In the mid-1990s, Grateful Dead fan Scotty Loveletter must wade through the privileged world of his East Coast prep school while dealing with his absent mother, a famous sex therapist. Ages 14+. Jacket design by Alison Klapthor. Jacket art by Sean Freeman. Interesting background info.