Monday, September 23, 2013

Guess the MG & YA Fantasy Book Covers: Back-to-School Style

It’s September – the month of back-to-school, shiny apples, and changing leaves… and a new round of Guess the Fantasy Book Covers!

As with our first round back in June, the author names and titles have been cleverly edited out of these MG and YA book jackets.  Do you have what it takes to identify them anyway?

You get one point for the correct title and another for the correct author. Books span the years from 1959 to 2013, and we use the first hardcover edition whenever possible (and, Lena says, with some exceptions! :)).

Ready? Pick up your pencils and begin!

Scoring system:

0-7 points:  Time to hit the books and do some extra-hours study.
8-13 points:  You’ve earned an E for effort.  A few more pop quizzes and you’ll be up to speed.
14-19 points:  Go to the head of the class!  You get all the stars.
20 points:  Good heavens – you must be the teacher!

Answers at the bottom!











As before, this post was a tag-team effort between me, Lena Goldfinch, and the wonderful Amy Greenfield. We had so much fun putting it together, we're tossing around the idea of doing it again!

Confession, I'm to blame for stripping these beautiful books of their titles & author names, with sincere apologies to book designers everywhere, and Amy deserves the credit for scouting out a fabulous selection of book covers for me to choose from & for introducing our game.

Here's a little more about us and a look at our own book covers stripped of their titles & author names – just for fun.

AMY BUTLER GREENFIELD was on her way to a history PhD when she gave into temptation and became a novelist. She loves music, romantic adventure, alternate history, and twisty plots, which explains how she came to write her first YA novel, Chantress (McElderry/S&S, May 2013).

LENA GOLDFINCH writes young adult fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. In her creative heart, she loves travelling to all sorts of exciting places, past and present, a perk of making things up for a living. Her upcoming release, HAUNTING JOY: a ghostly little story, makes its first spectral appearance on October 20,2013.


  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (2003)
  2. Redwall by Brian Jacques (1986)
  3. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (2005, 1996)
  4. The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (1959)
  5. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (2012)
  6. Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem (2013)
  7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)
  8. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2005)
  9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975)
  10. The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause (1990)

So, how did you do? Let us know in the comments. :)


  1. This was fun! I missed 3, 4, 9, & 10. :(

    The cover for 3 looked so familiar but I couldn't place it because I actually did the audiobook for that one--not as many chances to look at the cover! Haha.

    Thanks for posting this!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Cheryl! And yes, those audiobooks will throw you...

  2. I missed 2, 4, and 10. Number six looks strangely familiar. (Thanks for including it, Lena and Amy!)

    1. Yes, we thought you'd appreciate #6! I know Lena really had a great time working with it.

  3. Darn....I missed 4 and 10. Can't believe I didn't get The Rescuers!

  4. You did a great job! Those mice are tricky. ;)

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  6. I got four. Some I didn't know, but I'm still glad I played along. This was fun!

  7. Whoot! I got them all bar 2 that were darstedly tricky. Are there prizes? Candy? Brownie points? I'd settle for a balloon and a badge ...

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