Feathers

Several new books with feathers on the covers: Feathered by Laura Kasischke (HarperTeen 2008 ) has that lacy overlay thing going on and the feather looks like some kind of inkblot. From the publisher’s description, I can’t see the connection – beach, Mayan ruins, Mayan sacrifice, high school girls. Hmmm. I don’t get that from this. Not sure I like the shape of the feather either, but the overall look is interesting.
Real feathers have such an amazingly beautiful look. Feathers float down to the beach from a gray sky on The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett (Candlewick 2008, c2007 – the Australian cover is so different, it’s hard to imagine it’s the same book). Nice images – and here’s the beach not present on Feathered. With a spirit named Feather in it, this cover looks like it might be a fitting ad for the plot.

I’d like to see the real jacket on Impossible Things by Robin Stevenson (Orca 2008 ). Any cover scan I could locate online seemed flourescent, without much contrast or detail. The plot seems to include a bit on telekinesis, and I suppose a feather is a good representation. Any of us can move a feather with our minds, right? (And a little breath of air).
My favorite here, the only one of these titles published last year, is Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam’s 2007). The colors are nicely chosen. I like the bright yellow feather against the blue blue and the stark white. Warm and cool. A feather falling in the midst of a snowfall is an intriguing image – though I’m not sure what it means. It seems fitting for a book by Woodson though. Her words are always so beautifully crafted – though I have not yet read this one.

Feathered: While on Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico, high-school seniors and best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost–seemingly forever. Ages 14+. Jacket design by Joel Tippie, jacket photograph Andy Whale/Getty Images.
The Ghost’s Child: Ages 14+.
Impossible Things: Ages 9-13.
Feathers: Feathers: When a new, white student nicknamed “The Jesus Boy” joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie’s growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light. Ages 9-12. Cover design by Linda McCarthy, snow photo by Getty Images, feather photo by Veer Images.

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