Stranger in a Strange Land

Here is a set of book covers that do not all look alike, but share a similar aspect. Clearly conveyed is the concept of one in a crowd, someone who stands out, outsider-ness. What buttons, or hearts (candy?) or butterflies have to do with any of it isn’t clear from the CIP summaries. But the outsider concept is clear. The cover for The Opposite of Love by Helen Benedict (Viking 2007) grabbed me the first time I saw it and has always sat in my queue waiting for others to join it. Slowly I’ve gathered enough to share – L. A. Candy by Lauren Conrad (HarperCollins 2009), When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright (Simon & Schuster 2008) and Fearless by Tim Lott (Candlewick 2007).

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Opposite of Love: When seventeen-year-old Madge, a bi-racial girl living in a small Pennsylvania town populated by bigots, decides to change the world for the better, she starts by “adopting” a four-year-old boy she finds abandoned in New York City. Ages . Reviews: 1,
L.A. Candy: When nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts is cast in a new reality show, she discovers that the fame and fortune of her new life come at a high price to herself and her friendships.
When the Black Girl Sings: Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls’ school where she is the only black student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.
Fearless: In the future, girls labeled “juvies” or “mindcrips” are taken from their families and sent to the prison-like City Community Faith School, but Little Fearless decides to break out, and embarks on a dangerous mission to try to free the girls from their miserable captivity.

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