Alice McKinley called, and she wants her cover back
Phoebe Stone's The Romeo and Juliet Code, which is getting a starred review in the March-April issue of the Magazine, is a book with many mysteries. Not least of which is the cover, left. Call me obtuse, but there's nothing about that cover that screams or even whispers eccentric, mildly over-the-top tale about a sturdy English girl who in 1941 is taken across the treacherous Atlantic by her parents to stay with some unconventional relatives who live with a whole bunch of secrets in an old house on the coast of Maine. P.S. No beach-blanket cuddling.
I've been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996; previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. Received my M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978.