Girls in Trucks

This is an interesting cover set. Semiprecious by D. Anne Love (McElderry 2006) was advertised with the first cover, but when it was released, a different photo, flipped and with an older girl was used. The focus in the first picture is the driver. The main character in the second picture is the passenger:

Semiprecious1 Semiprecious2
The next year, Paul Acampora’s book, Defining Dulcie (Dial 2007), came out with the same cover photo (recolorized to make the truck red) as the first cover release of Semiprecious.
Semiprecious: Uprooted and living with an aunt in 1960s Oklahoma, thirteen-year-old Garnet and her older sister Opal brave their mother’s desertion and their father’s recovery from an accident, learning that “the best home of all is the one you make inside yourself.” (Ages 10-14)
Defining Dulcie: When sixteen-year-old Dulcie’s father dies, her mother makes a decision to move them to California where Dulcie makes an equally radical decision to steal her dad’s old truck and head back home. (Age 10+)

So why was the first cover changed? I am guessing it was because to match with the story, two people needed to be in the truck. Why did the orientation change (truck facing left / truck facing right)? Without having read the book, I’m guessing the narrator is the passenger in the truck, not the driver. What influenced the decision to make the truck red in Defining Dulcie? Does the girl in the truck look old enough to drive?


2 Responses to “Girls in Trucks”

  1. The main character in Semiprecious is thirteen, not old enough to drive, while the main character in Defining Dulcie is sixteen. Given how literally kids (and some adults) look at cover illustrations, showing Garnet behind the wheel would imply an endorsement of thirteen-year-old drivers. At least that’s my guess.

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