Cover Trend Alert: Ride a Golden Beast

Cindy: Ever since young Harry took a ride on a Hippogriff on the cover of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I’ve noticed a trend of children and teens catching rides on the backs of flying beasts, most of them gold in color. From griffins to dragons to mechanical steampunk creatures, it’s a golden wild ride. Exhibit A:

Even when they are not being ridden, the golden beasts spread their wings across the covers of many youth fantasies:

Catch a ride on this cover trend and read one of these popular books, or hit the craft store for some yellow feathers to create a feathered nest for a fun book display. Titles are listed alphabetically by title and linked to their Booklist reviews:

First Hero, by Adam Blade

The Island of Silence, by Lisa McMann

Journey Across the Hidden Islands, by Sarah Beth Durst

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan

Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Saturdays at Sea, by Jessica Day George

The Secret Kingdom, by Jenny Nimmo

Venturess, by Betsy Cornwell

And, lest you think this trend is ebbing, I opened a new box of books this afternoon, and coming in May 2018 is The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen, which features a gold steampunk mechanical bird on its cover. You may need to buy more feathers for that display!




About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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