Deep breath.

Here goes.

This is the cover of my next book, Bigger Than a Bread Box. MY NEXT BOOK!  A wonderful man (I’m assuming, we haven’t met) named Steve James made it! (If he is not wonderful, he is certainly talented.)

I have been referring to this book as “The book that tore me in half all year” and also, “The book that might send me back into therapy.”  Because in order to write it I had to dive back into the hardest years of my own life– the years my parents split up.  The end result was me weeping into some vindaloo while my mom patted my head and said, “Honey, it’s been thirty years now.”

I guess you never get over some things…

Before I wrote this book, I asked my parents for something resembling permission.  They granted it, because they are generous, good people, and they support my writing, and have faith in me. I’m lucky like that.  But I want to make clear that the entire book is fictional.  Only the emotions are remembered.  The story is made up.

Except for the magic part. Obviously.

When I try to explain what this book is about, I say, “It is about divorce, and love, and family, and seagulls, and Baltimore, and Atlanta, and homesickness, and siblings, and friends, and magical vintage bread boxes, and a Bruce Springsteen song.”

Though really, at the end of the day, everything is about a Bruce Springsteen song, isn’t it?

Do you like it? It’s very different from my other covers (and my other books too) What do you think?  I’m deeply nervous, and equally excited!

If you want to read it, you can add it to your Goodreads list, so you don’t forget!

(as thought I’d let you. Ha!)

35 Responses to “Ta-DAH!!!”

  1. jpetroroy Says:

    Congratulations! I eagerly await it! Such a charming cover.

  2. Andy Plemmons Says:

    Very mysterious! The cover begs you to ask questions and see answers. Although we of course shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I’m sure this cover will hook lots of readers in. :-)

  3. SarahT Says:

    It’s an absolutely gorgeous cover! You’ve got me really looking forward to this book.

  4. Kelly Fineman Says:

    I LOVE it, Laurel! It’s eyecatching (no pun intended) and wonderful and implies magic all at the same time!

  5. E. Kristin Anderson (Emily) Says:

    It’s beautiful, Laurel! Very striking!

  6. sandy Says:

    OH Laurel you are amazing! Always moving forward in big ways. Congrats! Beautiful title and cover! You are INSPIRING! oxoxox

  7. R.J. Anderson Says:

    Beautiful cover, Laurel — and very enticing, to this reader at least. Looking forward to reading it!

  8. Tanya Valentine Says:

    Finally! I’ve been waiting for a book about magical bread boxes and Bruce Springsteen. :-) Congratulations on the book and the cover!

  9. Madigan Says:

    I love it! It reminds me a lot of the Andrew Clements covers – starting with Frindle, The School Story, and so on.
    The pink, almost-purple of the room, and the inside of the bread box really makes her green eye stand out.

  10. Elana Johnson Says:

    It’s gorgeous!! Congrats!

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  12. RK Charron Says:

    Beautiful cover Laurel.
    I really like the bedroom detail in the background too.
    Thanks for sharing the story behind the story.
    All the best,

  13. Elizabeth Dulemba Says:

    Congratulations Laurel! I am so intrigued! The cover pulls you in…

  14. Darsa Says:

    Regarding cover: I’d pick it out of a crowd.

    Regarding the story: I can’t wait to read it, though I’m sure I’ll weep through it. My life was profoundly affected by my parents’ divorce even though they split up when I was 2 or 3. It was surviving the life after with all of its inherent complications and emotions… and *differentness*. Anyway. You were indeed brave to plumb those depths. I hate waiting… though I’m sure you hate it more.

  15. angela cerrito Says:

    I LOVE It…look at that look of apprehension! Great title too…makes me want to figure out the mystery. Sorry it made you cry & so glad your mom was there to pat your head and bring you to the present day.

  16. Kelly Barnhill Says:

    Crikey! That is one pretty cover! I can’t wait to read it!

  17. Heidi Says:

    Very intriguing cover, and the story is sure to be outside the box (ironically) as all your stories are!

  18. Pamela Ross Says:

    I don’t know why we don’t talk more! I’m dying. You’re like me except your book is out and mine is in my computer.

    You do know I am obsessed with Bruce Springsteen and that, piggy-backing on the phrase used by the above poster, MY life has been profoundly affected by him.

    The cover is gorgeous. Love it. Love Bruce. And like Bruce says: “Talk to me…until the night is over…”


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  20. Whitney Says:

    Mazal tov!!! I’m soooooo proud and more than anything excited for you. This is voice is so sadly needed. Thank you Laurel! As Polli would say, Huzzah!

  21. Rasco from RIF Says:

    Laurel, it is a truly magnificent cover…wow! I will be eager to read the book. I so worry about how a divorce of their parents will continue through the years to affect my children, especially my daughter who was thirteen at the time. I am so glad you have written this story.

  22. alicia padron Says:

    Congrats on the new book! The cover looks fantastic.

    Who illustrated it? As an illustrator, I always like to know. :o )

  23. Kris Says:

    It looks gorgeous. I can’t wait to read it!

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  25. nova Says:

    Laurel, it is mysterious and fantastic… and PERFECT! Congratulations!

  26. Melissa Wiley Says:

    Jiminy crickets, it’s AMAZING. Utterly grab-inducing.

    I can’t wait to read the book. Sounds beautiful & captivating.

  27. Aaron Says:

    thinking of you today with the ice down there in the news. we have a foot and a half of snow today and josephine is home with a fever, so we are cozied up. Cover looks good – but they should have gone with me. :)

  28. laurel Says:

    Thanks! I (of course) wish they had gone with you, but I like it a ton anyway. I really hope we can do a book together.

    Glad you’re cosied. Sorry about the fever!

    Love, L

  29. Collin Kelley Says:

    Great cover! Happy Birthday, again. :)

  30. Jennifer Says:

    I can definitely “sell” that cover at my library…and your synopsis sounds intriguing! Looking forward to it! (fyi, Penny Dreadful is checking out VERY WELL at my library, although I haven’t booktalked it at all…now that I’m back from ALA Midwinter I hope to read and blog my copy soon!)

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  32. Kate Coombs Says:

    I love it! It will make kids want to look in with the MC and see what she’s looking at. Congrats! And good point about Bruce Springsteen, too. :)

  33. Ms. Yingling Says:

    Very nice! I will definitely look forward to this one, but it will be a long wait, since it’s not even on Follett’s site yet. And good luck with your poet hat. It’s a good time of year to get to be a grown up a little!

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