I'm so excited to finally share the cover for my upcoming fantasy/horror middle grade novel, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST. I wrote the first version of this book in 2010, and since then it's gone through a lot: three rewrites, four revisions, five titles, and even a few different covers. I couldn't be happier with the final version, which captures the mood of Olive's story perfectly:
The purple! The spiders! The title font! Olive's perfectly prim, mother-approved outfit! And most of all, that looming shadow behind the curtain...perfection. For fun, here's the full jacket:
A ghost story with a literary heart for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Theater kids and ghost-story readers alike will find new meaning in the term stage fright.
All great theaters have their ghosts. . . .
After Olive Preiss freezes during a theater camp audition, she flees in despair. She finds herself at Maudeville, a beautiful old theater that she’s never noticed before. She enters, goes onstage, and sings her song. “Thank you for that lovely audition, darling,” comes a voice from the shadows. “I believe I have just the part for you.”
Olive is thrilled to work with Maude Devore, the glamorous actress who owns the theater, and her eclectic cast of misfits. Yet gradually there are signs that Maudeville isn’t exactly what it seems. Sometimes—just for a moment!—it feels wrong. As opening day approaches, Olive’s doubts and fears grow. But no matter what, this show must go on . . . and on . . . and on. . . .
“Equal parts heart and hurt and bone-deep creepiness.” —Claire Legrand, author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Available in bookstores everywhere August 15th, 2017!