Create Your Own YA Book Cover

My Faux YA Book Cover

My Faux YA Book Cover

Hey Teens! Here’s a fake YA Book Cover that I created online.  Want to try it out?  Follow these directions…

CREATE YOUR DEBUT YA COVER

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click http://www.websitestyle.com/parser/randomword.shtml

The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php

Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.

Squire – Tamora Pierce

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Protector of the Small: Book 3

After hanging tough with the page program, Kel is at last ready to take the next steps down the road to knighthood, accompanied by her friends and her faithful mutt.

To her sorrow, she is not selected by the Lady Alanna, who taps Neal for her squire. Kel is chosen by Lord Raoul, commander of the King’s Own, and she quickly discovers that she has landed the better situation.

She soon finds herself fighting centaurs, cleaning up after floods, and caring for a baby griffin.

I really liked this book, even better than the two that came before it.  Kel gets chosen to be Lord Raoul’s squire, not her first choice (Lady Alanna, of course!), but not a bad second.  She gets treated well and becomes a valuable member of an elite group.  She has some really exciting adventures and there’s even some budding romance.       – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Sandry’s Book – Tamora Pierce

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Circle of Magic: Book 1

This is a story about craft, about work, about magic, and most of all about the pleasure and difficulty of friendship.

It begins when four young misfits with a talent for magic (and trouble!) arrive at Winding Circle Temple. Despite their differences, Sandry (the noble), Tris (the merchant girl), Daja (the trader), and Briar (the “street-rat”) find themselves bound together in a Circle of Magic–a circle they will need when they face crushing danger.

These are some very interesting characters.  I have to admit that I related to Tris the most, but there is a little bit of everyone somewhere within these four.  They discover they have magical talents and are taken to a new place to learn how to use it.  The adults that they meet are tough, but fair and turn out to be very nice people.  There is a lot of good in this book, with new friendships and trust developing between the characters.  A good new series to try if you liked any of Pierce’s other books.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Realms of the Gods – Tamora Pierce

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The Immortals: Book 4

Daine and Numair are suddenly swept into the otherworldly home of the gods after facing certain death on earth. But they cannot remain there for long, because they are both needed to help fight the desparate battle raging in Tortall. And so they undertake the dangerous journey back to earth…a journey that will teach them a great deal about life and about each other, a journey that will lead to the startling culmination of the conflicts, both mortal and immortal, that have long plagued Tortall.

I really liked the parts of this book where you got to see Daine’s parents and the other gods.  The battles against Stormwing and his magical creatures are very exciting and it’s really good to see Daine kick some tail.  What did bother me a little, is though I like Numair, he seems really old to be Daine’s love interest.  I found that just a little creepy. Let me know what you thought.  Overall I really enjoyed the conclusion to this series.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Page – Tamora Pierce

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Protector of the Small: Book 2

As the only female page in history to last beyond the first year of formal training to become a knight, 11-year-old Keladry of Mindelan has an uphill battle to fight. In addition to proving herself worthy of being a page, Kel spends her time defending first-year pages from bullies, staying on top of homework, conquering her paralyzing fear of heights, and keeping up with Lord Wyldon’s grueling physical training schedule. Kel’s detractors do everything in their power to thwart her progress, from tormenting her friends to sabotaging the Midwinter Festivities to kidnapping her maid and dog on the day of final examinations. The tide of resistance begins to turn slightly during the summer between Kel’s second and third years, when she leads a team of pages in defensive maneuvers against renegade bandits.

Kel has a rough time trying to convince everyone that not only is she good enough to become a knight, but that she is also better than some of her male competitors.  She stays strong, though, and impresses them all with her skills in some difficult situations.  Go Kel!!     – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Lioness Rampant – Tamora Pierce

lioness rampant

Song of the Lioness: Book 4

At last, Alanna of Trebond has become the first female knight errant in Tortall. She sets out on an impossible quest to find the Dominion Jewel, a legendary gem that, in the right hands, has limitless power for good. But while she searches for the one thing that can save her war-torn country, her nemesis returns from the dead and begins to wreak havoc.

Only Alanna has the power to prevent Tortall’s utter destruction…  In this final verse of the Song of the Lioness quartet, Alanna grows from heroine into legend.

This was a very satisfying book.  Alanna gets into the worst predicament she’s been in yet.  She becomes a legend, she has amazing adventures, and she finally ends up with the love of her life.  You couldn’t ask for more.  Recommended, but start with Alanna: The First Adventure.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Lady Knight – Tamora Pierce

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Protector of the Small: Book 4

Keladry of Mindelan (a.k.a. Kel), has finally been knighted. Never one to rest on her laurels, Kel champs at the bit, ready to tackle the horrific magic killing devices she was shown in the Chamber of the Ordeal during her knighthood initiation. The huge, insectlike machines, “made of iron-coated giants’ bones, chains, pulleys, dagger-fingers and -toes, and a long whiplike tail,” feed on the souls of dead children and are systematically killing off the citizens and warriors of Tortall.

Thoroughly disgusted to discover that not only is she not going to be assigned a combat post, but she has been placed in charge of a refugee camp instead, Kel, in her usual noble, stoic way, swallows her disappointment and sets out being the best refugee camp commander possible. Of course, destiny has a way of sneaking up on a young woman like Kel, and soon she is fulfilling the ordeal the Chamber set out for her… and then some.

This was a great ending to the series.  I really liked the way that Kel stayed true to her nature and still got to fight for the things she believed in.  The monsters were pretty cool too.  Recommended, but you need to read the rest of the series first.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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