YA Agog Blog

Aug 28
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Another classic that’s gone through some significant cover revisions.Y’know what else is looking kinda slanty? This picture! The alignment on this scanner is all funky, and getting the covers to sit at a 90-degree angle without clipping is a little like playing a low-stakes round of Stackenblocken.

(Click for hi-res)

Another classic that’s gone through some significant cover revisions.

Y’know what else is looking kinda slanty? This picture! The alignment on this scanner is all funky, and getting the covers to sit at a 90-degree angle without clipping is a little like playing a low-stakes round of Stackenblocken.

Aug 27

No agog. Cerebral hemorrhage.

Am I going to need a whole ‘nother ‘Blr for this? 

Aug 26
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The rudest thing I’ve ever been called at a library service desk? “Dead-eyed nincompoop.”
Wonder why I thought of that just now.

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The rudest thing I’ve ever been called at a library service desk? “Dead-eyed nincompoop.”

Wonder why I thought of that just now.

Aug 25
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Triple-gog! And +1 for a really awkward if grammatically correct tagline!

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Triple-gog! And +1 for a really awkward if grammatically correct tagline!

Aug 24
Dual-gog!I picked up a bunch of paperbacks from a charity sale at Homer Davenport Days + a scanner that my Dad couldn’t figure out how to use, so we are back in business. A lot of these are going to be clickable for hi-res. It is an exciting time.

Dual-gog!

I picked up a bunch of paperbacks from a charity sale at Homer Davenport Days + a scanner that my Dad couldn’t figure out how to use, so we are back in business. A lot of these are going to be clickable for hi-res. It is an exciting time.

Aug 10
(Source: Five Borough Books);
Anastasia’s jaw starts to wobble when she considers the goldfish. The Anastasia series is awesome (I like to think that Anastasia grows up to be Liz Lemon) but it’s a good example of a series that’s been both helped and hindered by the many, many different covers it’s gone through - basically a new one for every new edition of every book in the series. The books have remained on store shelves and in libraries for 30+ years, but at a cost - the cover models used for Anastasia have slowly aged up as the years have gone by. She’s supposed to be 11 in this one.
…and 10 in this one.

(Source: Five Borough Books);

Anastasia’s jaw starts to wobble when she considers the goldfish. The Anastasia series is awesome (I like to think that Anastasia grows up to be Liz Lemon) but it’s a good example of a series that’s been both helped and hindered by the many, many different covers it’s gone through - basically a new one for every new edition of every book in the series. The books have remained on store shelves and in libraries for 30+ years, but at a cost - the cover models used for Anastasia have slowly aged up as the years have gone by. She’s supposed to be 11 in this one.

and 10 in this one.

Aug 09
(Source: Scholastic Blog)
There’s serious agoggin’ going down on almost every cover in this series!

(Source: Scholastic Blog)

There’s serious agoggin’ going down on almost every cover in this series!

Aug 08
(Source: Amazon)
You don’t see a lot of slackjawing on modern middle grade/YA covers, but the American Girl Mystery Series is keeping the tradition alive! 
By the way, this post is my shout-out to my YA lit professor at Mills College, Kathryn Reiss, who wrote this and several other American Girl Mystery titles. I learned everything I know about writing from her. She also taught me that the vast majority of novelists - YA and otherwise - don’t get to pick their covers. I actually like this cover a bit (it helps that it’s not set in the present day, so the dated elements are all intentional), but there are a lot of great YA novels that have been hobbled by pretty cheesy covers.

(Source: Amazon)

You don’t see a lot of slackjawing on modern middle grade/YA covers, but the American Girl Mystery Series is keeping the tradition alive! 

By the way, this post is my shout-out to my YA lit professor at Mills College, Kathryn Reiss, who wrote this and several other American Girl Mystery titles. I learned everything I know about writing from her. She also taught me that the vast majority of novelists - YA and otherwise - don’t get to pick their covers. I actually like this cover a bit (it helps that it’s not set in the present day, so the dated elements are all intentional), but there are a lot of great YA novels that have been hobbled by pretty cheesy covers.

Aug 07
(Source: Cliquey Pizza)
Alternate title: Darn That Patriarchy!

(Source: Cliquey Pizza)

Alternate title: Darn That Patriarchy!

Aug 06
(Source: Amazon)
Not really any agog here (and I regret that this was the best scan I could find). I just posted this for the sweet sweet not-at-all skeevy Chevy van.

(Source: Amazon)

Not really any agog here (and I regret that this was the best scan I could find). I just posted this for the sweet sweet not-at-all skeevy Chevy van.