Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex is proud to announce the winners of the Eva Perry Alternate Book Cover Contest for Teens. Teens were challenged to create an alternate book cover for popular teen and adult fiction. The teens were given a list of 15 different books to choose from.
The winners were:
Most like a Book Cover, Middle School - Laura Allen, age 12, for her cover of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Laura took the simple centerpiece symbol of the book, the mockingbird, and placed it on a lovely branch with greenery. Simple but timeless.
Best Technical Skill, Middle School - Camryn Brone-Hammer, age 12, for her cover of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Camryn showed great technical skill in creating the mockingjay, carrying a single red rose. The detail on the bird’s wings and body and the proportions of the bird versus the rose were perfect in execution. Also impressive are the bird’s claws and beak and the contrast done with shadows on the wings.
Most Original, Middle School - Rachel Hansel, age 12, for her cover of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Rachel demonstrated a deep understanding of the setting of the book in creating her cold dark landscape reflected in the story. We see the heads of the crowd waiting to hear the announcement of who the boy and girl tributes will be. Each head is faceless, maybe reflecting how Panem proper sees it citizens. Its a chilling look at a post-apolyptic world.
Most like a Book Cover, High School - Gabrielle Guenther, age 15, for her cover of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Gabrielle showed great understanding of book cover art in her creation of this piece. Featuring one central person with rainbow colored tendrils coming from her hands and head, we get a sense of how one memory keeper held all the promise and pain of its culture, both terrible and beautiful.
Best Technical Skill, High School - Maegan Green, age 16, for her cover of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Look at this cover, and you can see the pine needles in the trees and the perfectly proportioned body of Katniss Everdeen with her bow and arrow. The perspective is right on par. It has depth. Although the background has a softer feel, the artist chose to add focus to the girl and the flowers, making those two items pop out. The little details, too, add, with the beehive and the loaf of bread, reminding us of key moments from the novel.
Best in Show - Dominique Koontz, age 17, for her cover of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This cover just has wow appeal. On the cover we see the long-suffering, wry character of Holden Caulfield, the anti-hero of this book. He looks like a trouble maker indeed in this cover. Dominique showed great artistry in her characterization of him as well as creating a sense of atmostphere with the cityscape in the background, interplayed with the wheat field in the foreground. It has extra special touches, too, like the smoke coming out of the cigarette and the contrast/edges on the sleeve of the coat, that make this an eye-catching piece.
Prizes generously donated by Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh.