Trash Can Days COVER REVEAL!!!!!

Rabbit Rabbit, everybody! Happy October! And, most importantly, Happy Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga COVER REVEAL DAY!!!!! Below, you'll find the cover art for my debut novel. Yes, it is real and it is spectacular. I cannot stop looking at it. I love looking at this cover as much as I have loved looking at any thing ever (I've never had a baby so it's okay to say this).

Underneath the cover image, you'll also find the full plot synopsis that is going to be on the back of my book, as well as a few other joyous cover-related thoughts.

But enough talk! I know no one's reading these words! I know everyone just scrolled straight past this text and right to the WET HOT JUICY MOUTH-WATERING COVER-Y GOODNESS.

Front Cover - Trash Can Days

Front Cover - Trash Can Days

There it is! There they are! Those are my characters. That's Dorothy on the top, Jake (well, his legs at least) on the left, Danny on the right, and Hannah on the bottom. Tell me they don't look freaking boss. Tell me you don't wanna read this book when you look at that cover. Tell me that that isn't the most transcendently glorious image you've seen since the Sistine Chapel. Or at least that Jesus monkey face fresco. 

And now...another fun surprise! Here is the back cover copy for my book!

Jake Schwartz is not looking forward to middle school. Puberty feels light-years away; he's not keen on the cool clothes or lingo; and he has the added pressure of preparing for his bar mitzvah. The only saving grace is that Danny Uribe, his lifelong best friend, will be by his side...

Or will he? Since Danny's summer growth spurt, there's been a growing distance between him and Jake. Danny is excited to explore all that junior high has to offer...especially the girls (and most notably Hannah, Jake's older sister). But gang life has its allure, too, and he soon finds himself in over his head.

Meanwhile, Hannah is dealing with her own problems--being queen bee is not easy. The other girls are out for blood, and boys are so...exhausting. Danny surprises her with his maturity, but can Hannah's reputation survive if she's linked to a sevvy? And what would Jake think about her hooking up with his best friend?

Dorothy Wu could not care less about junior-high drama. She is content to stay in her bedroom and write epic stories of her adventures as a warrior mermaid maiden. But that changes when she discovers the school's writing club. There, she meets a young lad with heroic potential and decides that life outside her fantasy world just might have some appeal.

In the course of one year at San Paulo Junior High, these four lives will intersect in unique and hilarious ways. Friendships will grow and change. Reputations will be transformed. And maybe someone will become a man.

Pretty fun, no? I hope it's the kind of thing some kid would circle in his or her (okay, let's be real, her) weekly Scholastic catalog. I really, really, reeeally hope so. Thank you to my editor, Christian Trimmer, for crafting such a spellbinding summary!

And all right, let's get back to cover stuff! Here are a few more cover-related thoughts:

  • The hyper-talented artist behind this kick-ass work of art is a man named Michael Weldon. He is an Australian illustrator who has done a bunch of work for the New Yorker and Rolling Stone among other cool places. Here is some of his work. Here's some more.  I particularly like the one of Tyra Banks Godzilla terrorizing Seattle.
  • I did not have much input on the cover art (authors generally don't, which is a good thing, I think), but I was told before my cover was designed that the concept was, basically, The Sims, which...awesome! (As long as none of my characters get upset and go to the bathroom all over the carpet, that is.)
  • I'm a huge fan of the fonts on this thing. I've been pretty stickler-ish  about typefaces ever since reading this book, and I'm so glad that mine are cool. I really love the classy script in which my name is written and I'm also pretty into the Letterman's jacket look of the main title (aka "Retrohand").
  • And, finally, here are some of my favorite little Easter eggs I found when looking at the cover:
  1. The title of Dorothy's book (top-left, right under my author name) appears to be Dungeons and Dragons. Tres appropriate!
  2. The kid getting wedgied on the top-right is a dead ringer for Ralphie from A Christmas Story, or maybe Gus from Recess. I approve.
  3. The girl eating lunch on the bottom-right looks just like Patti Mayonnaise from Doug. (Mostly just an excuse for me to post this link.)
  4. The kid sitting across from Patti whose face is obscured by "A Middle School Saga" is wearing a t-shirt that says, "The Cure" on it. (Booooys...don't...cryyy...except when they get to see their magnificent book covers for the first time.)
  5. BY FAR THE BEST SECRET DETAIL OF THE COVER: the book that the kid is reading in the library on the top-right appears to just be a diagram of some Fallopian Tubes. Seriously! Look at it! And, yes, such an image is thematically appropriate to my novel.

That's all! I have to wrap up this post so I can return to my usual pastime of gazing upon the comely countenance of my book cover for hours upon hours at a time. Happy ogling to you, too!