Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE TOMBS by Deborah Schaumberg, releasing February 20, 2018 from Harper Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Deborah:
Hello, YABC! Thank you for hosting me today! I am so excited to share with you the cover of my debut novel, THE TOMBS. When I first saw it I was thrilled with how the artist captured the atmosphere of the book. The old-timey border and font at the top combined with the graphic steampunky design at the bottom have a Westworld feel that I love. My main character, Avery, lives in a time when people, especially girls, conformed to conventions of society, but she refuses…she dresses like a boy, she’s a welder, she has a pet falcon, which you can see on the cover. And the Brooklyn Bridge construction is the perfect symbol for the setting. They even added a background that looks like rusty, industrial metal! Thank you so much to everyone at Harper Teen and the amazing artist, Si Scott!!~Deborah Schaumberg (THE TOMBS, HarperTeen)
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New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.
Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on ‘patients’…and no one knows why.
Deborah Schaumberg’s gripping debut melds history and fantasy, taking readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?
Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. Her and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. Deborah is a member of the SCBWI, through which she met her agent. She collects old bottles and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC.
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