Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Singer and cover art

Deal with a Ghost was a surprisingly good mystery for older girls who like problem novel. High schooler Delia is living with her grandmother because her mother has moved away to be with a boy friend, and the temptation to take other girls' boyfriends away from them is very strong. However, new friends, involvement in the glee club, and a ghost who has a message for Delia's strict, unloving grandmother distracts her just enough that it only seems like a good idea once, and then only for a short time.

This book has circulated steadily for the last ten years, and I can see why. This will be one I hand out frequently. But come on. What was the deal with cover art in the '80s and '90s? Compare the covers of the new books I have listed. Great improvements in cover art. Students really do judge books by the cover. Which copy of Scared Stiff would you pick up?

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