Friday Face-Off: Middle Grade

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

~ a cover of a MIDDLE GRADE book

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

As an avid bibliophile, it’s hard for me to resist anything to do with libraries or reading about the wonderful books that take us to faraway places. In this case, the metaphor of books as portals to new worlds is actually quite literal. The Forbidden Library follows Alice, a young girl who discovers she has a very special power. Called “Readers”, people like Alice possess the ability to enter the worlds of certain books, which might seem great at first, until you realize these books serve as prisons to nasty creatures and the only way out again is if the Reader can defeat them.
However, if a Reader is successful in defeating and binding a creature, he or she will escape and also have access to its abilities, and by defeating more creatures in “prison books,” they can gain more powers.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Kathy Dawson Books (2014) – RHCP Digital (2014)

Doubleday Childrens (2014) – Chinese Edition (2016)


As you can see, the digital version is a variation of the original Kathy Dawson Books US cover, but I much prefer the changes! The blue color seems to be a better fit, not to mention the figures of the children seem more centered and focused, and the title is in a much nicer font.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

11 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Middle Grade”

  1. I agree with your choice, that font is much better. I kind of like the Chinese cover too, from a design standpoint, although it doesn’t say “middle grade” to me😁


  2. I prefer the revamped cover of the two. The blue definitely makes the design more eye catching and the font is great – I also really like the Doubleday which uses the same font and has the eye peeping out at you.
    Lynn 😀


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