Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 160: Middle Grade (Part 53)

Today’s post is sponsored by Sarah Kapit and Second Chance Summer!

Title Second Chance Summer
Author Sarah Kapit
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date May 23rd 2023 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Find It On GoodreadsAmazonChaptersBlackwell’sBarnes & NobleIndieBound

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when it’s with your best friend. Can these two ex-besties survive summer camp together?

Maddie and Chloe have always been best friends, until last year, when Chloe’s popularity and budding fame as an actor left Maddie in the dust one too many times. Their friendship is over, and they’re both ready to move on.

But when the girls arrive at summer camp, they discover that the universe isn’t ready to let go of this friendship just yet: They’re cabinmates, and each of them has to spend the summer with her ex–best friend. Is it time to try again, or are they doomed to drift apart for good?

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.

Middle grade book covers have always held a special place in my heart for their diversity, creativity and vibrancy and I think the collection of covers below perfectly encapsulate why. The movement on Make A Move, Sunny Park!, the joy on Cut Loose!, the warmth on Something Like Home, the wonder on Farther Than The Moon – There are so many ways to define what makes a ‘good’ book cover, but for me, the most important thing is that it evokes something and compels me to learn more about the book in question. I have so much respect for the artistry displayed in the book covers below and I hope you’ll be able to discover at least one new favourite amongst them.

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

01. The Shape of Time by Ryan Calejo
Cover design by Chelsea Hunter, Cover art by Sam Rodriguez

02. Cut Loose! by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz
Cover art by Maike Plenzke

03. Nightspark by Michael Mann
Cover design by Samuel Perrett, Cover art by Chaaya Prabhat

04. Gnome Is Where Your Heart Is by Casey Lyall
Cover design by Sylvie Le Floc’h, Cover art by Andy Smith

05. A Bit of Earth by Karuna Riazi
Cover design by Sylvie Le Floc’h, Cover art by Shreya Gupta, Hand Lettering by Ryan O’Rourke

06. Farther Than The Moon by Lindsay Lackey
Cover design by Samira Iravani, Cover art by Ashley Mackenzie

07. The Sky Over Rebecca by Matthew Fox
Cover art by Ben Mantle

08. Nightmare Island by Shakirah Bourne
Cover design by Omou Barry, Cover art by Godwin Akpan

09. Top Story by Kelly Yang
Cover art by Maike Plenzke

10. Elle Campbell Wins Their Weekend by Ben Kahn
Cover art by Muis

11. Make A Move, Sunny Park! by Jessica Kim
Cover art by Masae Seki

12. Tessa Miyata Is No Hero by Julie Abe
Cover design by Karina Granda, Cover art by Karmen Loh

13. Hope In The Valley by Mitali Perkins

14. Lost Kites and Other Treasures by Cathy Carr
Cover design by Micah Fleming, Cover art by Maeve Norton

15. Something Like Home by Andrea Beatriz Arango
Cover design by Katrina Damkoehler, Cover art by Oriol Vidal

16. The Curse of Eelgrass Bog by Mary Averling
Cover design by Kaitlin Yang , Cover art by James Firnhaber

17. Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla by Alexandra Diaz
Cover art by Maribel Lechuga

18. Sparkle by Lakita Wilson
Cover design by Jess Jenkins, Cover art by Sheena Miller

19. The Year My Life Went Down The Toilet by Jake Maia Arlow
Cover design by Kaitlin Yang, Cover art by Aishwarya Tandon

20. World’s Worst Time Machine by Dustin Brady

21. The Do More Club by Dana Kramaroff
Cover art by Chelen Ecija

22. Treasure Island: Runaway Gold by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Cover art by David Curtis

23. Tagging Freedom by Rhonda Roumani
Cover art by Sara Alfageeh

24. Mexikid by Pedro Martín
Cover art by Pedro Martín

25. Control Freaks by J.E. Thomas

26. Alice Atherton’s Grand Tour by Lesley M. M. Blume

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Hi! I’m Jen! I’m a thirty-something introvert who loves nothing more than the cozy comfort of home and snuggling my two rescue cats, Pepper and Pancakes. I also enjoy running, jigsaw puzzles, baking and everything Disney. Few things bring me more joy than helping a reader find the right book for them!