Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 137: Middle Grade (44)

Today’s post is sponsored by Colleen Oakes and Erin Armknecht and Sister of the Chosen One!

Title Sister of the Chosen One
Author Colleen Oakes and Erin Armknecht
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Publication Date September 22nd 2020
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Valora Rigmore understands pressure. As the Chosen One (resident telekinetic, superstar and model girlfriend) her life revolves around it. According to an ancient prophesy, Valora is destined to fight Erys, a terrifying individual with the power to control monsters. Valora is worshipped at school, in the press and by her parents, but as the battle with Erys looms near, the cracks in her perfect façade are beginning to show.

Her twin, Grier Rigmore understands disappointment. A curvy bookworm perpetually in the shadow of her sister’s legacy, Grier’s life is one long humiliation after another. However, as Valora’s fandom reaches an unbearable fever pitch, an interesting new boy and a clever teacher spark Grier’s curiosity about her own powerful gifts.

When Grier’s star begins to rise, so do more questions: like who is truly the Chosen One, and will two sisters at odds survive long enough to understand the answer?

Best described as Harry Potter meets Mindy Kaling, Sister of the Chosen One is a darkly funny, female empowered YA epic about siblings struggling to connect with each other, free themselves of labels and save the world in the process.

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the beautiful covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer responsible for any of these book covers, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.


01. The Mask Of Aribella by Anna Hoghton
(Cover design: Helen Crawford-White ● Cover art: Paola Escobar)

02. The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson
(Cover design: Katharine Millichope ● Cover art: Saara Söderlund)


03. The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery
(Cover art: David Dean)

04. A Vanishing of Griffins by S.A. Patrick
(Cover art: George Ermos)


05. Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca
(Cover design: Erin Fitzsimmons ● Cover art: Vrinda Zaveri)

06. The Ghost Garden by Emma Carroll
(Cover art: Kaja Kajfež)


07. The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling
(Cover design: Marg Hope ● Cover art: Hannah Peck)

08. A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison
(Cover art: Celine Kim)


09. Life In The Balance by Jen Petro-Roy
(Cover design: Liz Dresner ● Cover art: Julie McLaughlin)

10. The Trouble with Good Ideas by Amanda Panitch
(Cover design: Cassie Gonzales ● Cover art: Olivia Chin Mueller)


11. Amina’s Song by Hena Khan
(Cover art: Abigail Dela Cruz)

12. Fig Swims The World by Lou Abercrombie
(Cover design: Sophie Bransby ● Cover art: Sophie Bransby)


13. The Sea In Winter by Christine Day
(Cover design: Catherine San Juan ● Cover art: Michaela Goade)

14. We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman
(Cover art: Abigail L. De la Cruz)


15. The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

16. Violet and The Pie of Life by Debra Green


Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite Middle Grade covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that should have been included? Let me know in the comments!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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