Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for UNWRITTEN by Tara Gilboy, releasing on October 16, 2018 from Jolly Fish Press. Before we get to the reveal, here's a note from Tara:
Hello, YABC! I am so thrilled to finally share the cover of UNWRITTEN! Isn’t Jomike Tejido’s illustration gorgeous?!?
As I was writing UNWRITTEN, I had a vague inkling in the back of my mind about the kind of “tone” or “feeling” I wanted from the cover, but I had no idea how to achieve it. Thankfully, my editor, Mari Kesselring, did, and right away she suggested a dramatic split-pane that would speak to the two sides of Gracie: the real-world Gracie versus the Gracie who is a character in the fairy tale written about her. I think the divide on the cover really serves as a visual representation of Gracie’s internal struggle throughout the book as she grapples with who she is, both in and out of the story-world she was born in.
So I was first lucky that Mari had this wonderful idea, and then when Jomike Tejido was chosen as the illustrator, everything fell into place. He was so enthusiastic about the cover, and I knew from the very first rough sketches that, not only is he an incredibly talented artist, but he really “got” what the book is about. It is truly an amazing thing as an author to see these characters (who have been in my head so long) depicted so vividly by someone else.
I hope you all enjoy the cover and UNWRITTEN! Thanks so much for reading!
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By: Tara Gilboy
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
ISBN (if available): 978-1-631631771
Twelve-year-old Gracie Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she's never read. When she was a baby, her parents learned that she was supposed to die in the story, and with the help of a magic book, took her out of the story, and into the outside world, where she could be safe.
But Gracie longs to know what the story says about her. Despite her mother's warnings, Gracie seeks out the story's author, setting in motion a chain of events that draw herself, her mother, and other former storybook characters back into the forgotten tale.
Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she'll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy-tale ending.
Tara Gilboy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Continuing Education and lives in southern California with her husband, daughter, and dog, Biscuit.
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