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Cover reveal and giveaway: INFANDOUS by Elana K. Arnold!

I post many cover reveals here at the Highway, but this is a book I am especially excited and honored to get to share with you today. This is because I was fortunate enough to read the manuscript early and it blew me away, which is something I do not say lightly. In fact, I loved this book so much I blurbed it, and if it wasn't on your radar before, it really should be. INFANDOUS by Elana K. Arnold is honest, feminist, magical, and most of all, it's so damn brave. Edited by the amazing Andrew Karre, INFANDOUS will be out in March 2015 from Carolrhoda Books. Luckily, you, too, can have a chance to read it early, by entering the ARC giveaway below...

But first....the cover!

"Once there was a mermaid who dared to love a wolf. Her love for him was so sudden and so fierce that it tore her tail into legs."

Sephora Golding lives in the shadow of her unbelievably beautiful mother. Even though they scrape by in the seedier part of Venice Beach, she's always felt lucky. As a child, she imagined she was a minor but beloved character in her mother's fairy tale. But now, at sixteen, the fairy tale is less Disney and more Grimm. And she wants the story to be her own. Then she meets Felix, and the fairy tale takes a turn she never imagined.

"Things don't really turn out the way they do in fairy tales. I'm telling you that right up front, so you're not disappointed later."

Sometimes, a story is just a way to hide the unspeakable in plain sight.
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Elana's thoughts:

There are lots of images in INFANDOUS that could have made for a pretty cover: A girl looking out to sea, wetsuit stripped to her waist, the thin line of her bikini strap the only mark across her back. A girl on her skateboard, hood up, streetlamps puddling light on the night road. A girl in her art studio, head down, intent on her work. For at the center of INFANDOUS is a girl--Sephora Golding.

My other YA novels, too, have girls at their centers, and their covers (beautiful, I think, all three) make great use of that fact, each cover a beautiful portrait of a beautiful girl. Eye candy--the covers and the girls themselves.

But this cover doesn't make Sephora's face or body the focus. It makes her work the focus. She's a sculptor of found objects, little pieces of trash and wire and broken trinkets. INFANDOUS explores her struggle to express something so terrible that she can't form words to speak of it out loud. Carolrhoda LAB's book designers created a cover that does Sephora the great justice of turning the gaze away from her body and toward her work, which is exactly what she would want. 

The giveaway:

Elana is giving away an ARC of INFANDOUS (US and Canada only, please). Good luck!

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About Elana

Elana K. Arnold completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals.

Elana is the author of multiple young adult novels, as well as her forthcoming middle grade debut, THE QUESTION OF MIRACLES. Visit her at

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  1. Now to answer the giveaway question. I was a choir bug in high school. I sang, I sang, I sang. When I got tired of popular songs (which was almost never) I made songs up. I had notebooks filled with lyrics, all of which had separate tunes I'd memorized on the piano. My music was strong in the way my fiction writing is now; it was my life.

  2. Wow. This sounds awesome. Carlrhoda Lab does really great books. (Andrew's publishing me in 2016 through Darby Creek, so I've been watching what he's producing with really keen interest.) Fantastic cover, really alluring blurb—I hope I win this one so bad!

  3. I sang and played clarinet and acted. When push came to shove and I had to choose, acting won. I don't know what I'd have done in high school if I hadn't landed at a school with a stellar theatre program. I'd be a very different person now, for sure.

  4. I didn't really do any art in high school. Well, I made jewelry, but it wasn't anything overly fancy. I did drama in high school too, but honestly I hated it.

  5. I mostly wrote in high school! Some acting, some music, but mainly writing.


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