And the winning cover for A PROM TO REMEMBER is...

I think a lot about book covers. I always have. 

As a young reader, I was very picky about what books looked like. Not so much for the ones that I took out of the library, but for the ones that I purchased. If they didn’t have a certain feel then I didn’t want to own them.

As a children’s and teen librarian, I would work hard to make eye-catching and interesting displays that kids and teens would want to scoop up by the handful. Having enticing cover art went a long way when it came to those displays.

As an author, I probably think about book covers more than ever. I daydream about the perfect cover for whatever project I’m working on. A cover that strikes the balance between representing the story and also drawing readers in, which is not the easiest balance to strike in my opinion.

However, I believe that April W.’s Balloon Cover for A Prom to Remember deftly manages both. It’s eye catching and incorporates an unexpected color combo for prom. It has a retro appeal that’s a nod to a little detail in the story.


In A Prom to Remember, the prom theme at this particular high school has been “A Prom to Remember” for the past twenty years thanks to an overzealous prom advisor getting a really good deal on prom keepsakes back in the late 90s. While I hesitate to say that anything from 1998 is actually “retro,” there’s a classic vibe going on that I really appreciate.

Not to mention that it kind of reminds me of Footloose, which is never a bad thing.

A big thank you to Mary Kate, April, and Sophie for their awesome cover designs. I loved watching the voting numbers climb last week and going through the voter’s comments. I would have been proud to have any of those five covers on my book.

Now in the immortal words of Kevin Bacon:    

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About the author - Sandy Hall

I'm a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and ...

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5 comments on "And the winning cover for A PROM TO REMEMBER is..."

QueendSheena on Aug. 12, 2017, 4:51 p.m. said:


The cover is amazing and the colours pop just right.

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Katy Upperman on Aug. 12, 2017, 2:24 p.m. said:

Katy Upperman

Yessss! My fave! :-)

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Michelle K. Pickett on Aug. 12, 2017, 7:02 a.m. said:

Michelle K. Pickett

It's an awesome cover. I really like the color scheme. It will definitely catch eyes!

For me, getting cover art is when everything starts to feel "real."

Michelle :)
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Pamela Delupio on Aug. 11, 2017, 12:43 p.m. said:

Pamela Delupio

Woohoo! That was the one I voted for :) It's definitely eye-catching. I watch teens and adults alike browsing through the stacks at the library I work at. And I often note that a beautiful cover will stop them in their tracks every time. Congratulations on the new cover Sandy!

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Samantha Hastings on Aug. 11, 2017, 9:20 a.m. said:

Samantha Hastings

I was a teen librarian for several years and you're completely right...teens won't pick up a book if they don't like the cover. No matter how hard you try to convince them that the book itself is awesome. Congrats on the great cover!

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