Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 161: Middle Grade (Part 54)

Today’s post is sponsored by Ryan Calejo and The Shape of Time!

Title The Shape of Time
Author Ryan Calejo
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date September 12th 2023 by Amulet Books
Find It On GoodreadsAmazonChaptersBlackwell’sBarnes & NobleIndieBound

A new middle-grade mind-bending adventure from award-winning author Ryan Calejo, destined to be an instant classic.

Antares De La Vega is an adventurer at heart. He dreams of journeying across burning deserts, trekking through wild and uncharted jungles, sailing the furthest reaches of the seas — and yet, he’s never stepped foot outside of South Florida.

Until strange creatures come leaping out of lightning bolts to kidnap him.

Locked away in a secret prison in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle, Antares meets Magdavellía, a mysterious and iron-willed girl who opens his eyes to a shocking truth: this world is a far different — and weirder — place than he’s been led to believe. Every strange rumor, every wild theory, is based on truth.

After they escape the prison, Antares and Magdavellía must set out beyond the edges of any map in search of a legendary artifact — and Antares’s parents, who have been missing most of his life. The two of them must wield geometry and alchemy, outsmart molemen and mermaids, and outrun fiendish outer space aliens…all while attempting to solve a riddle as old and mystifying as the sun.

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: 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 deserves attribution.

01. Kyra, Just For Today by Sara Zarr
Cover art by Elysia Case

02. Maybe It’s A Sign by E. L. Shen
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco, Cover art by Sher Rill Ng

03. The Secret Library by Kekla Magoon
Cover design by Maria Middleton, Cover art by Bea Jackson

04. A Game of Noctis by Deva Fagan
Cover art by Viv Tanner

05. The Not-So-Simple Question by Christina Matula
Cover design by Erin Craig, Cover art by Yao Xiao

06. Saving Sunshine by Saadia Faruqi and Shazleen Khan
Cover art by Shazleen Khan

07. Extra Normal by Kate Alice Marshall
Cover design by Maria Fazio, Cover art by Matt Rockefeller

08. The Princess Protection Program by Alex London

09. Just Shy of Ordinary by A.J. Sass
Cover design by Gabrielle Chang, Cover art by Rebecca Shieh

10. Asking For A Friend by Ronnie Riley
Cover design by Stephanie Yang, Cover art by Ricardo Bessa

11. Trouble At The Tangerine by Gillian McDunn
Cover design by Jeanette Levy, Cover art by Kristin Sorra

12. Drawing Deena by Hena Khan
Cover design by Laura Eckes, Cover art by Abigail L. Dela Cruz

13. Light and Air by Mindy Nichols Wendell
Cover art by Loika

14. Ajay and The Mumbai Sun by Varsha Shah

15. The Partition Project by Saadia Faruqi
Cover art by Chaaya Prabhat

16. Nowhere Special by Matt Wallace
Cover art by Berat Pekmezci

17. When Giants Burn by Beth Vrabel
Cover design by Debra Sfetsios-Conover, Cover art by David Dean

18. The Demon Sword Asperides by Sarah Jean Horwitz
Cover design by Carla Weise, Cover art by James Firnhaber

19. Bumps In The Night by Amalie Howard
Cover art by Matt Rockefeller

20. The Lumbering Giants of Windy Pines by Mo Netz
Cover art by Celia Lowenthal

21. The Plot To Kill A Queen by Deborah Hopkinson

22. Bee Bakshi and The Gingerbread Sisters by Emi Pinto
Cover art by Lavanya Naidu

23. Peril At Price Manor by Laura Parnum
Cover design by Catherine Lee, Cover art by Pauliina Hannuniemi

24. Fox Snare by Yoon Ha Lee
Cover art by Vivienne To

25. Where The Lockwood Grows by Olivia A. Cole

26. The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass
Cover art by Celia Krampien

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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!