Author of Middle Grade novels about friendship, family, and figuring out where you fit in.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Today's the day! I'm sharing the cover for my upcoming (3/11) release, ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS. Fellow MG writers Kristi Wientge and Stephanie Faris are featuring my cover as well! Be sure to drop by and say hi to them, if you can.

If you missed it a few weeks ago, here's the back cover summary:

Eleven-year-old Kelly “Birdie” Knotts has the perfect summer vacation planned: she’s finally going to visit her dad, Arthur. Birdie hardly knows him, but she has high hopes that he’ll be the one family member who understands her.

Too bad her vacation is nothing like she imagined it would be.

Arthur’s plans for their father-daughter visit revolve around a video game convention, where he dresses head-to-toe in costume and makes a boisterous scene every chance he gets. When he isn’t shouting gleefully in the hallways, he’s belting out off-pitch tunes in the karaoke room. Birdie’s new plan? Hide under a rock for life.

It’s impossible for Birdie to get to know Arthur when he insists that he’s a video game character. And if he doesn’t step up and start acting like a dad, it might be game over.

And here's the cover, with a special shout out to Steven Novak of Novak Illustration! I highly recommend him -- just look how great his work is:

What do you guys think? (You can click on the cover for a larger image.)

There's a star-gazing scene in the book that this cover represents, plus plenty of references to stars in video games.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm so thrilled to share this cover with you guys!


Tiana Smith said...

I LOVE the cover. So perfect!

Heather Holden said...

Ooh, love this cover! It's so stunning and vibrant. Congrats on the cover reveal! :D

Tyrean Martinson said...

That's a gorgeous cover and perfect for your book!

Kelly Hashway said...

Great cover! Congrats! By the way, my cousin's name is Steven Novak. How funny is that?

Peaches D. Ledwidge said...

Very nice cover, Shelley. I like the different shades of blue for the title and the cover. The cover looks ideal for students and even the pair glasses she wears gives her that scholarly look.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That is a terrific cover. Congrats.

Kelly Steel said...

Congratulations Shelley! Awesome cover!

Anonymous said...

I love the blueness and sparkles. Congrats.

Shelley Sly said...

Tiana - Thank you!

Heather - Thanks! I like that the vibrant colors help it to stand out.

Tyrean - Thanks so much!

Kelly H. - Thank you, and that's a pretty funny coincidence.

Peaches - Thanks, I love her glasses!

Susan - Thank you!

Kelly S. - Thanks so much!

Medeia - Thank you, I really like all the blue, too.

Christine Rains said...

Fabulous cover! The girl is so cute. :)

Karen Lange said...

Great cover! Love the saturation of the deep blue. Congratulations! :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I can't wait to read it...and I have to say, I LOVE her eyeglasses. I have a bit of an eyeglass thing going on now that I've discovered I can no longer see as well out of contacts. Zenni Optical--and I may have to buy some blue glasses now that I've seen these!

Shelley Sly said...

Christine - Thank you! I love her glasses.

Karen - Thanks! Yes, I'm a fan of the colors in this one.

Stephanie - Thank you, and thanks so much for your help yesterday! I've actually been browsing Zenni Optical too, for a spare pair. :)

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