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October 26, 2016

BOOk! Pumpkins 2016

Kate Hart
pumpkins carved with covers from Veronica Roth's CARVE THE MARK, Ellen Oh's FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES, and Kate Hart's AFTER THE FALL
In 2011, I made book cover pumpkin patterns in response to talk of how dark and scary YA was getting. Years have passed and book challenges have come and gone, but the media continues to use kidlit fears as click bait, so here's another round of the most terrifying thing around this Halloween: children's books

AFTER THE FALL pumpkin glowing pinkish

This year I'm also offering a bonus treat: 
Since it's the first time I've gotten to include my own book in the patterns,
scroll down for a chance to win a signed ARC of AFTER THE FALL! 
(No pumpkin necessary! But they do get you an extra entry or four.)

and now, beware the....

Creepy Creatures

The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo; The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder
House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle; Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Treasure at Lure Lake by Shari L. Schwartz; In The Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Badass Ladies
American Street by Ibi Zoboi; Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Into White by Randi Pink

Who's That Girl by Blair Thornburgh; Strings by Nikki Katz

Blue Is A Darkness Weakened By Light by Sarah McCarry; After the Fall by Kate Hart (hi!)

Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E. K. Johnston; Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol;
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Sinister Symbolism
Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert; I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black; Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh, editor

Caraval by Stephanie Garber; Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth 
Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth; This Above All by Lindsey Culli

LGBTQ Representation
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin; History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan; When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore 

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich; Bleeding Earth (paperback) by Kaitlin Ward


Macabre Middle Grade

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander; Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson; Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs


Don't see your favorites? 

Check the index or just browse year by year: 
2011  //  2012  //  2013  //  2014  //  2015

Win an ARC!

How to use these patterns: 

1. Click the image to expand, then right click and save to your computer. (You can also download from Google Docs here.)

2. Print at whatever size fits your pumpkin, then pin the pattern to it.

3. Use a toothpick or pushpin to poke holes around the edges of the design (more holes = easier to see the lines).

4. Remove the pattern and rub flour or powder over the holes to make them show up better.

5. Cut out the black sections. 

6. Take a picture and tweet it at me!


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