I’ve posted here several times about Tu Books, a Lee & Low imprint devoted to excellent children’s fantasy, sci-fi, and mysteries about characters of color. Other publishers will sometimes pick up an Akata Witch or Summer Prince, but an entire imprint committed to diversifying YA/MG genre fiction is a huge deal.
So I’m terribly excited to host a cover reveal for Drift, coming in May! Drumroll please…
I love it. So lush, cluing both fantasy elements and its island setting, inviting all sorts of speculation about the world. And I kind of want to use that title font on everything.
The blurb sets up an original-sounding world I can’t wait to explore. (A “richer, marriage-free life,” you say? Tell me more about this YA world in which one twu wuv is not the only possible path to a good life!)
Tenjat lives on the shores of Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous naga monsters. His island, a massive Turtle, is slowed by the people living on its back. Only those poor enough to need children to support themselves in old age condescend to the shame of marriage. Tenjat is poor as poor gets, but he has a plan.
In the center of the island rises a giant Tree, where the Handlers—those who defend and rule the island—live. Against his sister’s wishes, Tenjat joins the Handlers. He couldn’t have picked a more dangerous time. The Turtle is nearing a coral reef where it desperately needs to feed, but the naga will swarm just before they reach it. Even novices like Tenjat are needed for the battle.
Can Tenjat discover his sister’s secrets in time? Will the possibility of love derail all his plans for a richer, marriage-free life? Long-held secrets will at last be revealed in this breathtaking debut from M. K. Hutchins.
Edited to add: Tu posted this description of the process of creating the cover, as a special feature for cover-reveal day. I found it a fascinating exploration of some of the issues involved in cover creation. (How does a design feature target or turn off an age group? How do you dress models for a fantasy world?)