Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cover Coincidence: Canoes

Cover Coincidence is the occasional post prompted by the question, "Where have I seen this before?" In this case, it is two books that I will be highlighting in Waiting on Wednesday posts in the next few weeks.

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender. 224 p. Scholastic Inc., March 27, 2018. 9781338129304.

Publisher synopsis: Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child.

Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. She's hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won't stop following her, and -- worst of all -- Caroline's mother left home one day and never came back.

But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, becomes Caroline's first and only friend -- and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush.

Now, Caroline must find the strength to confront her feelings for Kalinda, brave the spirit stalking her through the islands, and face the reason her mother abandoned her. Together, Caroline and Kalinda must set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother -- before Caroline loses her forever.

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay. 210 p. Papillote Press, February, 2016. (Wait, what?)

Publisher synopsis: From award-winning Jamaican author Diana McCaulay, Gone to Drift is a powerful voice-driven middle grade novel about family set in Jamaica.

Lloyd comes from a long line of fishermen. Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, Lloyd feels most at home with the sea and his grandfather, Maas Conrad, at his side.

When his grandfather doesn’t return from a fishing trip, Lloyd fears he has gone to drift. The sea may be in Lloyd’s blood, but as he searches for his grandfather, he discovers a side of the ocean—and the people who use it—that he’s never known before.

Okay, now I'm confused. The image above is the cover of the paperback(?) which currently unavailable (?) and below is the cover image of the hardcover which is pubbing on April 3 from HarperCollins. I'm so confused!

Okay, so technically, not a coincidence, but still interesting that two middle grade books from Caribbean authors feature a canoe on the cover.

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