Cindy and Lynn: So many of us are running around frantically—it’s that time of year. Like our mothers told us, we’d lose our heads if they weren’t attached. But recently, some teen books seem to have done just that—well, almost. Lately, we’ve noticed a steady flow of teen books with figures on the covers that, while not exactly headless, are missing many or all of their facial features.
Perhaps the trend started with R. J. Palacio’s 2012 phenomenal hit, Wonder, about a boy named Auggie with facial deformities. A surge of disappearing features followed. (Adult books are not immune, as evidenced by this year’s The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonsen.) There’s an apparent shortage of noses, with eyes following closely behind. Here are some teen books that we suggest you take a look at. . . if you have eyes, that is.
100 Days, by Nicole McInnes
Face, by Benjamin Zephaniah
Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin
The Truth Commission, by Susan Juby
Unbecoming, by Jenny Downham
Wonders of the Invisible World, by Christopher Barzak