Monday, July 9, 2018

Cover Reveal! CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE? by Ella Schwartz

Today, we are so excited to host the cover reveal for CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE? by our very own Kidliterati blogger, Ella Schwartz!

Codes can carry big secrets! Throughout history, lots of good guys and lots of bad guys have used codes to keep their messages under wraps. This fun and flippable nonfiction book features stories of hidden treasures, war-time maneuverings, and contemporary hacking as well as explaining the mechanics behind the codes in accessible and kid friendly forms. Sidebars call out activities that invite the reader to try their own hand at cracking and crafting their own secret messages

CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE? is the first book in an exciting new series that invites readers into a STEM topic through compelling historical anecdotes, scientific backup, and DIY projects. It's the perfect addition to any classroom or school library. Add it to your TBR, stat!

Before we get to the awesome cover, here is a special message from the author:

Like most authors, when I was writing this book I had an image in my mind of what the cover should look like. When I received the cover I was blown away. It was the complete opposite of what I had imagined! And yet, it was perfect. Illustrator, Lily Williams, somehow managed to create the cover this book was meant to have but the author was not brave enough to imagine. The first thing that hit me was the color scheme. These colors reflect the tone of the book brilliantly, and now I’m trying to decide which room in my house to repaint teal with orange highlights. 
My favorite part of the cover are the sheets of papers along the border, depicting strings of seemingly random, indecipherable numbers, letters, and symbols. Each and every one of these papers are inspired by famous codes and ciphers in the book! Not one of them is arbitrary. And I love that the cover introduces characters Alice and Bob —the heroes of the crypto universe—looking all sleuthy. I look forward to readers getting to know Alice and Bob better! 

Sleuthy characters, a crypto universe, and ciphers we can solve? Sounds wonderful to us! Without further ado, here's the cover reveal:






What do you think? We love the teal and orange color scheme, and seeing little bits and pieces of all of the cool cryptography contained inside. Congratulations to Ella on a gorgeous cover! We can't wait to see inside!

By day, Ella Schwartz works as a cybersecurity warrior, helping to keep the Internet safe. Ella writes fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE? (Bloomsbury, 2019), is the first book in a nonfiction STEM-based middle grade series, exploring concepts in cryptography and internet security. The second book in the series, IS IT OKAY TO PEE IN THE OCEAN? will explore topics in biology and the human impact on the earth’s ecosystem. When she's not working, writing, or training to run a marathon, Ella volunteers on outreach initiatives to promote women in science and improve science literacy.
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1 comment:

  1. Love this cover, and I can't wait to read this book when it comes out! I love everything code and cipher :-)


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