Tuesday 28 January 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 25 Book Covers I Love For 2020 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl - huge thanks to her for hosting.

UK releases


Sunny by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of, out now)
Cover design by Marssaié
Cover art by Selom Sunu
3rd of the superb Track series sees Sunny give up running and try to make it as a discus thrower.

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Missing Diamonds by Annabelle Sami, illustrated by Daniela Sosa (Stripes Books, out 6th February)
Illustrated by Daniela Sosa
At her cousin's Mehndi party, Zaiba, her brother and her best friend investigate a disappearance.

Where The World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold (Stripes Books, out 6th February)
Cover design by Sara Mognol
Illustrated by Kate Forrester
Juniper lives in a walled city from which nature has been banished, but wants to escape to find her mother.


Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (Knights Of, out 5th March)

Cover design by Marssaié
Cover art by Camilla Ru 
Young boy taken on a road trip by his grandma, set against backdrop of segregation history of the American South.

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin, out 5th March)

Cover art by Manjit Thapp 
Feeling trapped by her father's rules, Amber decides to fight for the rest of her family in this verse novel.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (Hodder, out 5th March)
Cover art by Jim Tierney 
Modern day queer re-imagining of Grease; do I need to say more?!


Mic Drop by Sharna Jackson (Knights Of, out 2nd April)
Cover design by Marssaié
Cover art by Wumzum 
Sequel to Sharna Jackson's wonderful debut High Rise Mystery sees Nik and Norva investigate another case.

Fig Swims The World by Lou Abercrombie (Stripes, out 2nd April)
Cover design by Sophie Bransby
Fig decides this year, she'll swim around the world. Even though, at the moment, she can't swim...

The Dark Lady by Akala (Hodder, out 16th April)
Cover design and illustration by Kingsley Nebechi
Orphan haunted by dreams of the Dark Lady navigates Shakespearean London.


Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn (Zephyr, out 7th May)
Cover art by Laura B 
Band of outcasts cheat death to rescue a mysterious girl in Revolutionary France. 

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein (Bloomsbury, out 14th May)
Cover design by Jet Purdie
At an airfield in World War II, three young people try to make a difference in the war.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper (Bloomsbury, out 14th May)
Illustrated by Patrick Léger 
The sons of two astronauts about to head to Mars fall for each other.

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon (Hodder, out 2nd June)
Cover design by Sarah Creech.
SJW Pinky offers to get Samir an internship if he poses as her boyfriend to stop her family complaining about her being single; sparks fly.

The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth (Andersen, out 4th June)
Cover design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell 
Cover art by Spiros Halaris 
True romantic Ruby challenges cynical Saoirse to a summer romance with the serious parts left out, just like in the movies.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (Usborne, out 9th July)
Cover art by Tarajosu
Deka, who bleeds gold, is told she's an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts, and given a choice - fight for the Emperor or be destroyed.


Loveless by Alice Oseman (Harper Collins, out 9th July)
Cover design by Ryan Hammond
Georgia isn't romantically interested in anyone; can she find happines without falling in love?

Lu by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of, out 3rd September)
Cover design by Marssaié
Cover art by Selom Sunu 
Finale of the Track series sees Lu try to cocaptain the team to championship victory.

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James (Walker, out 3rd September)
Cover design by Chloé Tartinville
Newly dead Harriet finds the Afterlife can be a dangerous place to make an enemy.)

US releases (as far as I'm aware, nothing here's getting released in the UK, but I would LOVE to be wrong on this! If anyone knows of UK publishers, please drop me a comment here or tweet me.)


We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding (Amulet, out now)
Cover design by Hana Anouk Nakamura
Cover art by Christine Almeda
Two girls are inseparable at the start of their senior year, but as time goes by, their friendship falls apart. 

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey (Simon Pulse, out 3rd March)
Cover art by Amalia Alvarez 
Six girls who share magic mess up and a boy ends up dead; as they try to fix it things get worse.

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk (Delacorte Press, out 10th March)
Cover design by Angela Carlino.
Cover art by lgions 
Cleo tries to deal with the implosion of her friendship with supposedly BFF Layla.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (Page Street Kids, out 12th May)
Cover art by Nabi H Ali 
Irish-set f/f about two girls with their own henna artist businesses in a school competition.

We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia (Harper Teen, out 14th May)
Cover design by Corina Lupp
Cover art by Patrick Léger 
Nandan, who never thought he was into guys, feels confused after hooking up with his friend Dave.

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith (Harper Teen, out 26th May)
Cover art by Little Corvus
New guy Pony - a trans boy who'd been planning to stay stealth - falls for cheerleader Georgia.

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner (Feiwel and Friends, out 2nd June) 
Cover art by Noel Kalmus 
Six girls form a team to take on the all-male Mock Trial team at their school, and smash the patriarchy.

BONUS: I, somehow, hadn't worked out until last week that those STUNNING Jason Reynolds covers by Selom Sunu for Knights Of form a full picture - how incredible is this?!

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