Kidliterati is excited to host the cover reveal for Krista Van Dolzer's newest upcoming middle grade novel, EARTH TO DAD! Check out the blurb:
The distance between Earth and Mars is more than just physical.
No one knows that better than eleven-year-old Jameson O’Malley. When Dad left for Mars, Jameson thought technology would help shorten the millions of miles between them, but he’s starting to realize no transmission can replace his father.
When a new family moves onto Base Ripley, Jameson makes an unlikely friend in Astra Primm, who’s missing a parent of her own. But as their friendship grows stronger, Jameson starts seeing the flaws in his own family. Mom is growing distant, and something is wrong with Dad. He’s not sending transmissions as frequently, and when he does there are bags under his eyes.
Soon Jameson realizes there’s more to the story than he knows--and plenty people aren’t telling him. Determined to learn the truth, Jameson and Astra embark on a journey exploring life, loss, and friendship that will take them to the edge of their universe.
This sounds fantastic -- a perfect mix of heart and adventure. But just wait until you see the cover!
Those colors, right?! Here's what Krista had to say about the cover of EARTH TO DAD:
As soon as I saw this cover, I fell instantly in love. I loved the deep blue star-washed sky and the orange glow on the horizon, and I loved how designer Tracy McCabe and illustrator Jen Bricking gave both of my main characters equal coverage on the cover. We went back and forth a little on the title treatment--if you look the book up on Amazon or Goodreads right now, you'll notice that the font has undergone several revisions--but I couldn't be happier with what we landed on.
My one contribution is the small red star in the cover's top right corner. I thought it would be cool if Jameson and Astra were looking at something specific, and a far-off Mars seemed like the perfect focal point. Luckily for me, Tracy and Jen agreed.
EARTH TO DAD will shoot through our atmosphere on August 1st, but it's available to preorder on Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and Indigo now. You can also add the book to your Goodreads list.
More about Krista . . .
You can find her online at her website.