Back to School Cover Trend: Lockers

Cindy: Our students started school last week, and now, with the Labor Day holiday behind us, most students around the country are back as well.  One challenge facing new middle-school students is learning their locker combination. It’s such a big deal to go from a coat room hook to a locker! Accordingly, many book covers depict an iconic metal locker with vents. (Have you ever smelled a middle-school student’s locker?) The trend seems to be on the rise in both middle-school and YA titles. Round up these books for a quick back-to-school display, and be sure to include the directions and tips on how to conquer a combination lock!


Always Abigail, by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Captain Superlative, by J. S. Puller

Posted, by John David Anderson



Lights, Camera, Middle School, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Goosebumps: Haunted School, by R. L. Stine

Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting In, edited by Betsy Groban

Miss Communication, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm


So Hard to Say, By Alex Sanchez

Time Bomb, by Joelle Charbonneau

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina



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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