by Erika Imranyi, Senior Editor, MIRA
As editors, it’s our job to see a book through every step of the publishing process, from before it’s even acquired until after it hits the bookshelves. One of my favorite parts of this behemoth job is seeing the cover art for the very first time. It’s like picking out clothes for your child’s first day of school. You want your book to go out in the world wearing the perfect outfit!
The first time I saw the cover for Jason Mott’s The Wonder of All Things, my heart stopped. The novel is about a young girl who has the mysterious gift of healing and who suddenly finds herself having to decide how much she’s willing to give of herself in order to save the ones she loves most. It’s a beautifully written, deeply emotional novel that raises profound and provocative questions about love, sacrifice and the power of miracles. It was important for the cover to capture the…well, the wonder of the book in a way that would resonate with and inspire readers—which is no easy feat, from a design standpoint. But the artist nailed it, I think. It certainly makes me want to pick up the book, and I hope it makes you want to pick up the book, as well. Be sure to tell us what you think!
About the Book
From critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott comes a spellbinding tale of love, sacrifice and the power of miracles.
On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear.
Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. But now the whole world knows, and suddenly Ava is thrust into the spotlight. People from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to glimpse the specter of a miracle. But Ava’s unusual ability comes at a great cost—her own health—and as she grows weaker with each healing, Ava begins searching for an escape. Wash agrees to help Ava, but little does she know he has his own secret he’s been harboring, and soon Ava finds herself having to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to save the one she loves most.