Sunday, December 19, 2010

Well Done, Bloomsbury

Recently, Justine Larbalestier's Liar was released in paperback. Before the book was released there was a cover controversy

Thankfully a enough people spoke out against a White girl on a cover of a book that featured a biracial protagonist the cover was changed.

I loved this new cover, and even better I didn't have to miss a great story. Liar was one of my favorite novels of 2010.


With the big push back over cover misrepresentation I thought Bloomsbury learned it's lesson. I was wrong. 11 months after writing that Dear Bloomsbury letter, I am very happy to have reason to write this.

Bloomsbury released two great Middle Grade novels by African American authors this year.

What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson


And Finding Family by Tonya Bolden


Now when I think of Bloomsbury Childrens my memory is linked to these very good stories, that are far from more of the same. I will never forget the cover controversies but I more than willing to move forward. Earlier in the year, I gave much space to the cover malfunctions. So it only seems fair to acknowledge Bloomsbury's move in the right direction. Well Done.

4 comments:

Maggie Desmond-O'Brien said...

I can't wait to read LIAR. I only heard of it after the whole cover controversy, and I'm so glad they changed it!

Great to hear they're finally figuring it out.

Kristi Bernard said...

Thanks for the update on the MG novels. Liar was a very controversial issue and I am glad it worked out in the end.

campbele said...

I'm glad to see Bloomsbury's commitment to providing such high quality literature! As you know, not all publishers seem to be doing that. Yes, despite the reside left behind that cover it sure is good to move on!

Vasilly said...

You know I was really thinking about whether or not to start reading books from Bloomsbury again. Thanks for letting us know about their two newest books.