Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!

August 19, 2013 2013, cover reveal, emma trevayne, fantasy, giveaway, guest post, historical, illustrations, middle grade, tonya 150

Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by emma trevayne
on May 13, 2014
Pages: 320
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In nineteenth-century England, a boy is about to discover a mysterious mechanical world he may never escape.

Ten-year-old Jack Foster has stepped through a doorway and into quite a different London.

Londinium is a smoky, dark, and dangerous place, home to mischievous metal fairies and fearsome clockwork dragons that breathe scalding steam. The people wear goggles to protect their eyes, brass grill insets in their nostrils to filter air, or mechanical limbs to replace missing ones.

Over it all rules the Lady, and the Lady has demanded a new son—a perfect flesh-and-blood child. She has chosen Jack. His only hope of escape lies with a legendary clockwork bird.

The Gearwing grants wishes—or it did, before it was broken—before it was killed. But some things don’t stay dead forever.

Fans of books like Splendors and Glooms and Goblin Secrets will find Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times irresistible!

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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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This has to be one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen. It encompasses so much of the story, seeming to reveal it layer by layer as you scroll. Just stunning, and absolutely perfect.

Early Synopsis:

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.

Add Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times to your GoodReads shelf, and watch Emma’s twitter and blog for pre-order information!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Win a copy of Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times!

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!

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An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this contest.

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150 Responses to “Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!”

  1. Diamond Cronen

    Wow this cover is seriously amazing!! It’s definitely the kind of cover that, if I saw it on a table at B&N I’d pick it up right away on an impulsive buy! I need this book on my shelf…. :D

    Can’t pick a favorite MG so I’ll pick my most recent read favorite, Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

  2. Hushed Paradox

    One of my favourite MG series, like many other people, is the Percy Jackson series. But I would like to give a shout-out to The Children of the Red King series. It has been compared to a Harry Potter knock-off but I it’s more like “If X-Men were children.”

    By the way, lovely cover!

    – Stella C

  3. Kremena

    Thank you so much for sharing this! The cover is truly amazing! I loved the synopsis and immediately added it to my to-read shelf. I can’t wait for it!
    What is it with the middle-grade books and me? Maybe it’s the magic they posses, the ability to make me a child again :)
    Hm… favourites, that’s difficult, but I’ll go with Peter Pan and Pippi Longstocking!

  4. Kremena

    Thank you so much for sharing this! The cover is truly amazing! I loved the synopsis and immediately added it to my to-read shelf. I can’t wait for it!
    What is it with the middle-grade books and me? Maybe it’s the magic they posses, the ability to make me a child again :)
    Hm… favourites, that’s difficult, but I’ll go with Peter Pan and Pippi Longstocking!

  5. rabbitsfortea

    I don’t think I’ve read many MG books but gosh, this one! This one! (Wait, is Roald Dahl MG? If so, hands down to all of Mr Dahl’s books.)
    Recently, I seem to always get pulled in to MG books because of their gorgeous cover and this cover seriously takes the cake. It’s simply magical. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, although I think I hear my bank account protesting.

    Elaine

  6. Darith L.

    This is what I need right now! I’m so nostalgic for childhood that I need this book to transport me there! :D

  7. Darith L.

    It sounds so whimsical! Fairies? Cool! I need it! This book is what a nostalgic young adult like myself needs right now. :D

  8. neednewspace

    I am one of those readers that truly judges a book by its cover. And this one looks so beautiful! I’m always up for discovering a new author that I’ve never read before.

  9. Ashley D.

    I really like the cover on this. The premise of this book also sounds like a lot of fun. And I guess A Series of Unfortunate Events is probably my favorite MG book series.

  10. guiltless reader

    I’m going to admit that I am in love with that cover :) I think Roald Dahl takes the cake for middle grade books .. .. I cant seem to choose among Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach … oh, and The Witches …. :)

  11. booksandcardigans

    I just want to stare at that book all day. So whimsical and perfect. My favorite middle school book was Bridge to Terabithia. I didn’t really appreciate it then, but I really do now!

  12. Madonna

    my favorite book in middle school was by victoria holt my enemy the queen. I just love the elizabethan era books.

  13. almeldiel

    I don’t usually “judge” books by their covers, but the cover and the synopsis make for a VERY INTERESTING teaser for the book. I’d love to read this! :)

  14. Tina

    This cover ist pretty awesome! I recently read “All our Yesterdays”, that was also an amazing YA novel about time traveling. Often there are logic errors, but this one was thoughtful from the beginning until the end. Hopefully “Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times” will be at least as good^^

    Too bad that May is still so far away :(

  15. Celine

    Love the cover! My favourite MG book is still Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’ve read and loved many books, but that one’s still my all-time favourite (:

  16. Tricia

    The cover IS gorgeous and incredibly evocative! I know you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but any story this fits must be fabulous :^)

    My two oldest boys enjoy steampunk settings, and I’m always looking for new middle-grade books to read aloud to the youngest. Fun for the whole family!

  17. Trudy Hewitt

    Ooh such a sweet name! I want to read it just by the title, and of course the book itself :) I really hope I win! I can’t wait to read this book!

  18. Nara

    I really love the Percy Jackson series because they’re just so dang well written. I really like how the voice of the narrator actually sounds like a teen. And I’m really excited about this book because FAIRY STEAMPUNK?! EEEE!

  19. Meg Davis

    Back in middle school I remember reading Ella Enchanted about 300 times (Or anything by Gail Carson Levine, for that matter. I absolutely loved all of her books.) This cover looks AMAZING! My little sister is really getting to reading right now, so I’d love to win it for her :)

  20. Meg Davis

    Back in middle school I remember reading Ella Enchanted about 300 times (Or anything by Gail Carson Levine, for that matter. I absolutely loved all of her books.) This cover looks AMAZING! My little sister is really getting to reading right now, so I’d love to win it for her :)

  21. Linda Henderson

    I would love to win this for my 10 year old grandson, he loves to read. He has Aspergers and has been reading since he was 3. This looks and sounds like a book that he would really enjoy. I can’t think of any middle grade books that I’ve read lately unless you count the Harry Potter books, I’ve read all of them.

  22. Lyn Kaye

    Emma’s hair is SO CUTE!

    I do love the cover – it isn’t the typical run-of-the-mill-oh-please-by-me book cover.

  23. Rachel

    My favorite middle grade book… I’m not sure if it’s children’s or middle grade, but The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is one of my all-time favorites! It’s just so magical, and middle-grade books tend to have a sort of unique magic that I love. I also ADORE The Penderwicks and the Septimus Heap series.

  24. Jae Lee

    I think my favorite MG book is The Never Ending Story and the special edition with the parti-colored text is so beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading this new book too!

  25. Jae Lee

    This cover is really beautiful. I think my favorite mg book is probably The Never Ending Story. And the special edition with the parti-colored text, gosh it is so pretty.

  26. Saille

    My whole family loves the cover, and I’m very interested, having read CODA, to read this and see the underlying threads of Emma’s style even as the subject matter of the two books is very different!

  27. Saille

    My whole family loves the cover, and I’m very interested, having read CODA, to read this and see the underlying threads of Emma’s style even as the subject matter of the two books is very different!

  28. Pagecrawler

    Why am I excited to read this? Just look at the cover! Also “‘ dark and whimsical ‘ and set in a Steam Punk inspired version of London”

    Question answered!

    Thanks for a great giveaway

  29. Lizzy

    What an eye-catching cover! Bravo to the designer. I read quite a bit of MG fantasy, so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. What I haven’t read is much MG steampunk. I think the only one I’ve read is The Golden Compass…that’s steampunk, right?

  30. Kara_Malinczak

    I freaking love everything about this cover! It’s like it was made for me. I have to have this book on my shelf. I cannot wait to read it and see it in person!

  31. Cat Winters

    GORGEOUS!!!! My steampunk-loving eight-year-old son and I are drooling over the cover and the synopsis. Congrats, Emma!

  32. Molli Moran

    Whoaaaa. What a STUNNING cover. Oh my goodness. I’m headed to GR now to add it to my TBR, since I’ve been wanting to read more middle grade. (Plus? STEAMPUNK.)

    Keep being awesome, ladies! <3 <3

    Molli

  33. algonquinrt

    a) Emma is awesome
    b) I’m going to marry this cover. In Vegas. At the Star Trek experience.
    c) My kids are going to be DYING to read this.
    d) Please don’t separate me from my beautiful future spouse.

  34. algonquinrt

    a) Emma is AMAZING
    b) I’m going to marry this cover. In Vegas. At the Star Trek Experience.
    c) My kids are going to want to read this, too.
    d) Please don’t separate me from my beautiful future spouse.

  35. Hannah

    This cover is absolutely stunning! I know I won’t be able to resist buying a copy :)

    My favorite middle grade book is also one of my favorite books of all time: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

  36. Abigail

    Honestly, it is a stunning cover. It is so nice to see art made for the book, and representing the feel. I can’t wait to read, ARC or not!

  37. Hong

    I have to admit that the cover is making me curious because I love it!

    I enjoy reading all MG books, so I look forward to reading it!!

  38. Jessica R

    Holy smokes. That is a FANTASTIC cover! I love it! Middle grades seem to get a lot of great animated covers, which I love, but this is definitely one of the top ones. There’s so much to see that it makes me immediately curious about the story. And MG steampunk in London? YES PLEASE! :) I love it!

  39. ChristasBooks

    I have been on a huge middle grade kick lately, just finishing The School for Good and Evil and The Year of Shadows. This cover is absolutely gorgeous! Caught my eye right away.

  40. Steph Sessa

    This cover is amazing! I loved both Coda and Chorus’s covers also, so Emma pretty much struck gold with all her covers!

  41. astrader14

    This cover is GORGEOUS!!! I am a sucker for pretty covers, and I will definitely be reading Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times when it comes out.

    I am particularly partial to the Percy Jackson series…I love Greek mythology!

  42. P.E. Mari

    Stunning. I’m super excited for this book. It’s been a while since I read some MG and I’m looking forward to it! :)

    -P.E.

  43. Shannelle C.

    I think I’m fangirling as much as the author with the cover. I love all the layers, and all the pretty little gears. And it’s illustrated! :D Some part of my heart is just so fond of illustrations.

  44. Unknown

    I love the cover!! Added to my Goodreads To-Read list before I even read the synopsis. Definitely will be reading this when it comes out!

  45. Unknown

    I love the cover!! I was sold before reading the synopsis, but the synopsis sounds fantastic as well! Really excited to read this.

  46. Unknown

    I love the cover!! I was sold before reading the synopsis, but the synopsis sounds fantastic as well! Really excited to read this.

  47. Nikki

    I’m soo excited! I can’t wait to read this book! I love the cover and the synopsis sounds exciting!!

  48. sesana

    That cover! I admit to adding that book to my TBR over on Goodreads without even reading the synopsis. Because that cover! Reading what it’s about (steampunk! fairies!) is just getting me even more excited.

  49. Michelle

    That’s a cover that would make be pick up the book, even if I hadn’t already heard great things about it.

  50. Michelle

    That’s a cover that would make me pick up the book, even if I hadn’t already heard great things about it. Can’t wait to read it.

  51. Yahong Chi

    It’s gorgeous! I love the dark, dreamy yet solid colour scheme, and the typographical work is just beautiful. Moreover, I’m so happy that this is a middle-grade steampunk title! It’s great to see steampunk making the rounds to this age category. :)

  52. Yahong Chi

    It’s gorgeous! I love the dark, dreamy yet solid colour scheme, and the typographical work is just beautiful. Finally, I’m so happy to hear of another middle-grade steampunk title! It’s great that the genre is finally making the rounds to this age category. :)

  53. Mary @ BookSwarm

    Wow. I LOVE this cover design!! Actually, I want to be the little boy who gets to enter through that little crack and go on a journey into the very cool-looking city behind the wall. Fabulous!!

  54. Karen

    I saw you talking about this on Twitter this morning Wendy. The cover IS absolutely stunning!

  55. Tanja V.

    the books sounds really awsome and i just love the cover! its so pretty :D i wish there would be a little bit more synopsis to it, but i thins whats out so far sounds great :)

  56. Brenda

    Wow, what a wonderfully detailed cover and description. Love the synopsis and much success with the book.

  57. Tanja - Tanychy

    Ahh what a pretty cover! I haven’t heard of this book but it went from unknown to must have in a seconds! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  58. SweetMarie83

    Honestly, I’d read the book for the cover alone. Can’t. Stop. Staring. It is so incredibly gorgeous. But beyond that…London. VICTORIAN London. Alternate universe-type story. Steampunk. Clockwork bird that grants wishes?! I could go on. It just sounds incredible.

  59. Oana Matei

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous! It makes you pick up the book even without reading the synopsis. And I must admit that the idea of a wish-granting clockwork bird sounds kind of exciting and unique.

  60. LisaFicTalk

    Oh. My. Word. THAT COVER!! *flails*

    I love it. I want to pet it. I want to cuddle it.

    Oh man, beautiful cover. I just don’t have the words to do its description justice.

    As for my fave MG titles… I have quite a few that I really love. The Secret Garden–which I re-read annually. Charlotte’s Web, Little House in the Big Woods, and a few more.

    Thanks for the awesome-amazing giveaway!

  61. LisaFicTalk

    Oh. My. Word. THAT COVER!! *flails*

    I love it. I want to pet it. I want to cuddle it.

    Oh man, beautiful cover. I just don’t have the words to do its description justice.

    As for my fave MG titles… I have quite a few that I really love. The Secret Garden–which I re-read annually. Charlotte’s Web, Little House in the Big Woods, and a few more.

    Thanks for the awesome-amazing giveaway!

  62. Holly U

    Oh my God, that cover is gorgeous! The synopsis had me with two words: VICTORIAN. LONDON. That is like my favorite time period and setting for books. Also, steampunk and fantasy? I’m totally in!

    I don’t read many middle grade books now, but when I was younger I liked the Magic Treehouse books. I also LOVED A Series of Unfortunate Events! :)

  63. theinbetweenplace

    The synopsis had me at “Victorian London” and “wish-granting clockwork bird” and the cover made me want to read it even more. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Also, where can I get a wish-granting clockwork bird? I never knew how much I wanted one until now.

    A Series of Unfortunate Events is definitely my favourite middle grade series. I reread it last summer, and found the writing style as quirky, dark, witty, and engaging as I did when I first read it ~10 years ago.

    Erin @ The In-Between Place

  64. theinbetweenplace

    The synopsis had me at “Victorian London” and “wish-granting clockwork bird” and the cover made me want to read it even more. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Also, where can I get a wish-granting clockwork bird? I never knew how much I wanted one until now.

    A Series of Unfortunate Events is definitely my favourite middle grade series. I reread it last summer, and found the writing style as quirky, dark, witty, and engaging as I did when I first read it ~10 years ago.

    Erin @ The In-Between Place

  65. jeffdecoursey.com

    I love sequential art, and even though I don’t know the story, I can already find glimpses of what’s to come just by looking at the cover. It’s not easy to squeeze story information into an appealing cover. It looks like an exciting read!

    • tonya

      That’s exactly what I love about the cover; you already have a feel for the tone of the story, just by looking at it. The artists is exceptionally talented.

  66. Lanaia M.

    Ahh, I love Victorian era and steampunk is my favorite genre! This cover is really beautiful and has many things on it that are very dear to me: a dirigible and some gears. I see there’s a clockwork bird involved in the story, and I love everything that’s “clockwork”. Thanks for the international giveaway! I’ll need to check out this book when it comes out!

  67. Busybeesfamily

    I am LOVING this cover!!! One of my favoe ite MG novels is The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles and it has a really beautiful cover also. I suspect that the world-building is really important in this book and that is one of my favorite things about Whangdoodles also. I would love to have a copy of this book to read to my children!!!

  68. Pearl K

    Really pretty cover. Just the time travel into fairy world part already made me want to read this book. It sounds really fun.

  69. Busybeesfamily

    I am LOVING this cover! It reminds me of my favorite MG novel, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. It also has a beautiful cover and the world building is integral to the story. I suspect this book is similar and I would love a copy to read to my younger child!!!

    • Busybeesfamily

      Sorry for double post! I can never digure out this whole “profile” thing. I obviously can’t even remember what I just typed, even though the gist is the same! Please forgive my lack of tech know how.

    • tonya

      Our comments are moderated, so sometimes they don’t show up immediately. We get a lot of double posts, no worries. :)

  70. Busybeesfamily

    I am LOVING this cover!!! One of my favoe ite MG novels is The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles and it has a really beautiful cover also. I suspect that the world-building is really important in this book and that is one of my favorite things about Whangdoodles also. I would love to have a copy of this book to read to my children!!!

  71. Lisa Schroeder

    Amazing, awesome cover! This is everything a MG cover should be and more.

    As far as why I’m excited to read this book, you really had me at Victorian London. But if that weren’t enough, a wish-granting clockwork bird really cinched it for me. :)

    • tonya

      Wish-granting clockwork bird seems to be the deal-maker for most people, hehe. I can’t blame them. It makes you exceptionally curious, doesn’t it?

  72. Sana

    WOW! This has got to be one of the best MG covers out there! I love the title, the stars, the brass tools and what not.

    I gotta read this book!

  73. S. John

    Wow wow wow. Gorgeous. I would pick this book up to cuddle solely based on cover. Instantly added on to-read shelf.

  74. S. John

    Wow wow wow. Gorgeous. I would pick this book up to cuddle solely based on cover. Instantly added on to-read shelf.

  75. Keertana

    I’m usually not a huge fan of MG, but this one seems too good to pass up. Also: THAT COVER! Gotta love it!(: Thanks for sharing, Tonya!

    • tonya

      I think this is one of those MGs that will be a very easy crossover for adults. It’s such a smart, *interesting* world. And while it certainly appeals to younger children (my ten year old ADORED it), I think it’s a bit like HP in that it can span generations.

  76. lackadazy

    It is so beautiful! It is so rich I almost expected it to be animated. I can’t wait to learn more about Jack and his adventures.

  77. Antara B

    HELLO LOOK AT THAT COVER.
    I don’t want to be one of those people, but yeah, I’d pick it up on the basis of the cover alone.
    Frankly, I would pick it up for that font treatment alone.
    Steampunkisness and fairies and giant clockwork birds only sweeten the deal.

    And because I’m terribly indecisive, my favourite MG book would be Matilda (by Roald Dahl). I don’t think I need to explain this. i mean, it’s a book about a girl who loves books and Roald Dahl and FEELS.
    *Incoherency levels are high*

    • tonya

      ROALD DAHL NEEDS NO EXPLANATION. The end.

      I think we’re all one of THOSE people sometimes, and certainly this is a cover that begs to be opened and owned.

  78. Heather Roddenberry

    Holy God is right–that is a STUNNING cover:)

    Fave MG novel: my absolute fave from my childhood is an oldie and out of print but I have a copy and my ten year old is reading it now:) The Ghost Next Door by Wylly Folk St. John:)

  79. karin

    it looks like a very good book!the description makes me interested!! would love to read it

  80. jarkin33

    I adore adore adore that cover! It’s amazing and I’m excited to give this a read!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    xo
    jaime

  81. Holly Bryan

    WOW – who ISN’T excited to read this book?! Right?! Holy shizz that cover is AH-MAY-ZING! I truly cannot believe that this is the artist’s first ever book cover! I’m excited to see what his interior illustrations will be, too. I think one of the things I love most about MG books, especially fantasy, has to do with the blending of the gorgeous writing with awesome illustrations – eg, Cathrynne Valente’s Fairyland books. In some respect, they make me nostalgic for my childhood and the awe with which I approached books like Emma’s. I DEVOURED fantasy books when I was younger, and I love to see that illustrated covers like this one have *at least* remained the norm for MG novels, if not YA. (I’m so tired of the girl-in-a-pretty-dress / all-about-a-pretty-face covers in YA! Give me illustrations – or even just some big, gorgeous font! – any day.) Clearly I am way (way) beyond the target market for MG books, being over 35 (ahem), but boy am I ever still in love with them! And I CANNOT WAIT to read this!!

    • tonya

      I totally agree! Why do MG books have the license to be creative and whimsical, while YA is relegated to pretty dresses/faces?

      There’s something truly unique about reading MG as an adult. You appreciate so much more the effort and precision of the storytelling, but can still get completely immersed in the worlds. It’s such a lovely, nostalgic feeling.

    • tonya

      It tells so much of the story, I’m just blown away by the artist’s rendering. Can’t wait to hold it in my hands!

  82. booksandwritersjnr

    Such a beautiful book cover! The artist is so obviously talented!
    i love books set in the Victorian era. This looks very interesting… And I cant wait for the release!

  83. ang

    AUGH. THE PRECIOUS, WE NEEDS IT.

    Man, it’s so gorgeous. The fact that it’s Em’s just makes it *that much* better. *grabby hands*

  84. ang

    AUUUUGH.

    The Precious. We needs it.

    My god, it really is so gorgeous. I’m blown away.

    • tonya

      It still chokes me up when I look at it, and I’ve been staring at it for a couple weeks. GOD.

  85. Diana Sousa

    Gorgeous, gorgeous cover! If I saw it on a bookshop I’d feel tempted to buy the book without even reading the synopsis. But having read it, it only makes me want this book more!

    Can’t wait to read this, and congratulations to everyone involved!

    • tonya

      Right? How could you resist something so gorgeous, that tells so much of a story in and of itself? I want it sitting on my bookshelf and hanging on my wall.

  86. Book Chelle

    Oops, forgot a part! I’m most excited about a mg book set in a victorian era. I love historical settings, but to add fantasy just makes it amazing. My favorite MG books were Island of the Blue Dolphin, Bridge to Terabithia, and A Wrinkle in Time.

    • ang

      I forgot to include this on my comment, too. ha. My favorite MG book is A Wrinkle in Time. Forever and always. <3

    • tonya

      Island of the Blue Dolphins! Yes. One of my favorite. In fact… I’m going to have to buy it to read with B now.

    • tonya

      Love that one, too, Ang. I think it was probably my first sci-fi experience. B loved it too–so universal. We just got the graphic novel too, and it looks amazing.

  87. elena

    the cover is so so lovely! i think my favorite middle grade book is ella enchanted which is one of my favorite books ever. definitely definitive in terms of my love for fairytale retellings, strong heroines, and charming princes. :)

    • tonya

      I haven’t read that one! I didn’t even realize it was a book. I thought the movie was cute; I’ll have to check out the book as well. :)

  88. Bonnie R

    Oh my GOSH. It’s so whimsical and fun and … it really is beautiful. :) And the summary sounds fun too! Definitely going on my TBR. :D

  89. Book Chelle

    This is a gorgeous cover. It definitely belongs on a bookshelf. Definitely will be a part of mine when it comes out. The synopsis sounds amazing. I cannot wait!

    Thanks T, for revealing the gorgeousness. Thanks E for writing the story to inspire such an amazing cover. Thank you Glenn and Zareen for making it all happen!

    And thank you TMG, for the giveaway.

  90. Vivien

    OMG this cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Stunning. I just LOVE IT!!! Seriously. I feel a fangirl moment coming on. One of my favorite MG novels is Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver. I’m a huge fan of illustrations, especially in MG novels.

    *looks at cover again*
    I need this on my shelf!

    • tonya

      Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL? I need this on my shelf immediately, and I think I need a print hanging on my wall as well.