You guys. YOU. GUYS. We’re so excited to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Emma Trevayne’s upcoming Middle Grade release Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, coming from Simon and Schuster BFYR in May 2014. Not only because the book is seriously amazing, but because holy god is this cover BEAUTIFUL.
Just look at it.
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A boy accidentally travels from his home in Victorian London to an alternate, fairy-populated, steam-clogged version of the city, only to be caught in a web of dangerous politics; his only hope of returning home lies with the legend of an enormous, wish-granting clockwork bird.
Read on for Emma’s, the artist’s, and the editor’s thoughts on this beautiful book…and enter to win an advance reader’s copy, too.
Emma Trevayne, Author:
IS IT NOT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING? It is the most beautiful thing.
Ahem. Hi. I’m Emma, and I wrote the book that’s going to go out in the world with this unbelievable cover. I could rhapsodize for paragraphs on end about how much I love it, but I’ll try to keep it short. I will probably fail at this, I’m sorry. There’s a reason I write novels–it’s because I’m wordy. And I could write a book about this cover.
But…you know what? That’s it. If someone had given me this image and asked me to write a novel to go along with it, the story inside would be exactly the same. It would be the same book, word for word. I think that’s the highest compliment a cover can get, and I think this cover deserves it. I’ll grant that I’m biased, but this cover fits the tone of the story inside better than any cover I’ve ever seen for any book in my whole life.
That little boy at the bottom there is Jack, and FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES is Jack’s adventure into a time of clockwork and steam and legends. The world Jack enters is intricate, dark, whimsical, and magical. (I hope!) Glenn Thomas, the illustrator, has rendered all those aspects better than I would’ve thought possible. He outclassed my descriptions of a lot of elements by a wide margin. The detail of the gears and the lights, the nods to important plot points I can’t give away right now…all of it is completely perfect. Just by looking, you know the city it’s set in, and that really matters. The bricks are textured. I can’t even imagine the work that went into this.
I’ll stop flailing in a second, promise, and let Glenn and my editor, Zareen, speak because I’m making them offer their thoughts, too. I’ll just say as an author, I am amazed this is mine. I’m amazed someone took my words and made THAT from them. The sheer artistry and depth is astounding, and I promise you, I will figure out a way to have this thing framed on my wall. (Of the people who’ve had a sneak preview I’m not the first to say this, but I hope I’m the first to have one.) I’m honored my book was Glenn’s first (I know, right? So hard to believe!) because I’m sure it won’t be his last.
Huge thanks to the entire team at S&S BFYR, especially Zareen, fabulous designer Lizzy, and publisher Justin. They all made this epic thing possible and gave me tons of input into what and who I wanted for the cover. And thanks to Glenn, of course, for the stunning work he’s done so far. (There is more to come, since there will be internal illustrations, too.) I’m in total awe.
Glenn Thomas, Illustrator:
I’ve always wanted the opportunity to do an illustration for a book and was blown away when Simon & Schuster sent me an email one morning, offering a book they had coming out. Already excited, my ears pricked up when I saw it described as ‘ dark and whimsical ‘ and set in a Steam Punk inspired version of London, one of my favourite genres.
Working on the book illustration was everything I had dreamed it might be. All I can hope is that what I imagined from reading Emma’s fantastic words is what she had in mind when writing it, and that I’ve somehow brought to life her characters and worlds. Hopefully the first of many more to come.
Zareen Jaffery, Editor:
Emma asked me to write a little bit about my thoughts on the cover, and all I want to do is say LOOK AT THAT COVER PEOPLE!! ISN’T IT STUNNING?!
But I felt I should also offer a more measured response, herewith: Anyone who works in book publishing knows that book covers are incredibly hard to get right. There are many elements to weight and consider: the author’s vision, the designer’s interpretation, the illustrator’s interpretation… and added to that input from sales and marketing. I am thrilled to say, with very little hard work on my part, our designer and illustrator nailed it for FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES. With this novel, I knew we needed an illustrator who brought the same level of magic to the illustrations that Emma brought to the words on the page. I was nervous. But I needn’t have been. Our intrepid and brilliant designer, Lizzy Bromley, brought Glenn to my attention, and, looking at his portfolio, it seemed like he was made to illustrate this book. He *got* the story and characters, and it showed in the level of detail he brought to each illustration. I could not be happier with how beautifully this cover turned out. I dare anyone to try to resist it when it’s on bookstore shelves.
*final note from Emma: I hope Zareen is right about that last part! It’s totally okay if you don’t even try to resist. Really. I’m fine with it.
Thanks to our friends at Simon & Schuster, one of our readers will win a beautiful advance readers copy of the book! Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times won’t be out until May 2014 and ARCs aren’t quite ready yet, but you’ll be among the first to receive one when they’re available. That’s right, you’ll get one HOT OFF THE PRESSES.
All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited to read this book OR what you love best about your favorite middle grade book. You may also earn additional entries by tweeting daily or sharing the contest on Facebook, etc.
Open internationally to readers aged 18 and older (or 13 and older with parental permission), complete rules on the embedded form. Good luck!
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this contest.