Friday, March 12, 2021

The Friday Face-Off: Middle Grade


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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Middle Grade

I love reading middle grade fantasy, so I have quite a variety of books to choose from, especially since it seems like middle grade always gets the most fun and beautiful covers?? And do you have any idea how difficult it was to pick just one book? So... I didn't! Instead, enjoy a few covers from three throwback middle grade fantasy books that I loved as a kid. 

Magyk (Septimus Heap #1) by Angie Sage
Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk: Septimus Heap Book 1Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
2005 US Hardcover | 2012 US Kindle | 2008 German

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flame by Michael Scott:
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)Der unsterbliche Alchemyst (Die Geheimnisse des Nicholas Flamel, #1)L'Alchimiste (Les secrets de l'immortel Nicolas Flamel, #1)
2007 US Hardcover | 2008 German | 2019 French

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke:
Tintenherz (Tintenwelt, #1)Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)Corazón de tinta
2003 German | 2003 US Hardcover | 2008 Spanish

Inkheart (Inkworld #1)InkheartЧорнильне серце
2020 Chicken House | 2009 Gift Edition | 2009 Ukrainian 

My choice(s):
Honestly, there's no point because so many of these are so gorgeous! I love the original US hardcover designs for the Septimus Heap series (you can see the rest here), I love all of the The Alchemyst covers and their beautiful designs, and don't even get me started on how utterly stunning the Inkheart covers all are. I just love all of these on this page (with the exception of the 2012 US Kindle and 2008 German editions of Magyk--those are just fine, haha).  I also now wish I had all of these editions of Inkheart

What cover(s) do you like the most!?


  1. I love how The Alchemyst covers are really consistent!

  2. I completely forgot about Inkheart! I love the Chicken House edition the best, but all of them are really good covers😁

  3. They all look so magical! I think I like the 2009 Inkheart the best.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!