Happy Friday, friends! Today on Pop! Goes The Reader I’m thrilled to have partnered with author Yvette Clark as we share the exclusive cover reveal for Yvette’s 2021 debut middle grade novel, Glitter Gets Everywhere!
Coming to a bookstore and library near you May 4th 2021 from HarperCollins, Glitter Gets Everywhere is a heartfelt story that follows Kitty, a young girl learning to navigate grief and immense change in the wake of her mother’s death and her family’s subsequent move from London to New York City. As the flap copy of the book poignantly states: “Someone once told me that grief is like glitter. If you throw a handful of glitter in the air, even if you try your best to clean it up, you’ll never get it all. I think that’s true. I keep finding glitter tucked into unexpected corners. I suppose it will always be there.”
Please read on to learn more about Glitter Gets Everywhere, including an exclusive first glimpse of the novel’s beautiful cover, designed by Jessie Gang with accompanying artwork by Oriol Vidal, as well as a special note from the author!
About Yvette Clark
Yvette Clark is the author of novels for young readers. Glitter Gets Everywhere, her debut middle-grade novel, will be published by HarperCollins on May 4th, 2021.
A Brit by birth and a New Yorker by design, Yvette lives in Manhattan with her husband, two teenagers, and a small blue cat. She loves reading, writing, trampolining, singing and cooking, and plans one day to attempt doing them all at the same time!
Author photo by Sergio Kurhajec
When my editor Tara Weikum at HarperCollins, sent me a link to Oriol Vidal’s website, I fell in love with his art. The color and vibrancy of his work seemed a perfect match for Glitter Gets Everywhere. The first time I saw the beautiful cover, my immediate reaction was that Kitty, the main character in my book who is obsessed with paints and colors, would adore it just as much as I do. She would definitely reach for it in a book store!
Working with Oriol and the cover designer, Jessie Gang at HarperCollins has been a joy. I am delighted that London and New York City feature on the cover, given they are such a big part of the story and of Kitty’s experience. Also on the cover along with Kitty is Henry, the blue-haired boy who Kitty meets on her first day of school in NYC and who she may or may not have a crush on! Oriol included so many beautiful details, like the smattering of freckles on Kitty’s nose and the charm bracelet she’s wearing, which her mum gave to her just before she died.
As a child, I often used to study the cover of whichever book I was reading to see if the art matched the image of the characters I had in my mind. When the artwork on the cover fitted the picture in my imagination, it made the book even more enjoyable for me. I never dreamed I would one day be doing this with the cover of my own book!
I enjoyed writing every word of Glitter Gets Everywhere and hope that readers find strength, comfort, and smiles among the pages.
Cover design by Jessie Gang, Cover art by Oriol Vidal
Title Glitter Gets Everywhere
Author Yvette Clark
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date May 4th 2021 by HarperCollins
Genre Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
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Kitty’s mother died on an inappropriately sunny Tuesday. So much has changed in Kitty’s life over the last few months, and she needs the world to stop spinning around her. She needs things to return to normal — or as normal as they’ll ever be.
Normal definitely does not include her family moving from their home in a cozy corner of London all the way to New York City. Moving means leaving behind her friends and neighbors, her grandmother, and all the places and people that help Kitty keep her mother’s memory alive.
New York City is bright and bustling and completely different from everything Kitty has known. As she adjusts to her new school, explores her new city, and befriends a blue-haired boy, Kitty wonders if her memories of her mother don’t need to stay in one place — if there’s a way for them to be with Kitty every day, everywhere.
With her wry, poignant wit, Kitty tells a universal story about the grief of losing a beloved family member, the fears of starting over, and the challenges of how to remake a family in this powerful, heartfelt debut novel.