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Friday, July 23, 2010

Cover Stories: Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski's Gimme a Call is a magical summer read! When Devi drops her phone in the mail fountain, she fishes it out to discover that it only calls one number: her number. At age 14, three years ago. The back-and-forth between past and present Devi is quick and funny as she tries to figure out if her fate is changeable. Loved this one!

And the cover is way cute, so here's Sarah to talk about how it came about:

"Have you seen the hardcover of GOOD GIRLS by Laura Ruby? With the cool reappearing girl on the cell phone? (below)
That's how I pictured the GIMME A CALL cover. Except with alternating Devis--one at fourteen and one at seventeen.

"When I first saw my cover, I loved it. I loved how clean it looked. Loved the type. Loved the glossy phone. It was a big departure from the Magic in Manhattan covers but I thought it was gorgeous.

"There were earlier cover concepts, which didn't make the final cut. The art director (Kenny Holcomb) was amazing--he wouldn't stop until he got it right. Some of them included..."

Check out the rest of Sarah's Cover Story, including a Disney-esque version, at melissacwalker.com.


Unknown said...

very cool cover!

Little Willow said...

Gimme a Call is a great rec for readergirlz of all ages, but especially teens, as it so well captures the changes and differences - as well as what stays the same, what values are true, and our core traits - between someone in her freshman year and her senior year.

Micol Ostow said...

Adorable cover, adorable book. Love Sarah!