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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: THE RAT PRINCE by Bridget Hodder

Here at the Highway, we focus on young adult, but we also love a good middle grade book. Today we're excited to reveal the cover of one coming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in August 2016: The Rat Prince, by Bridget Hodder. Be sure to scroll down and enter her giveaway!

A little teaser:
The dashing Prince of the Rats--who's in love with Cinderella--is turned into her coachman by the Fairy-Goddess on the night of the big ball. And he's about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!

Here's what Bridget has to say about the cover:
"Bridget, I promise--your cover will be beautiful."

Several months after my editor, Margaret Ferguson, said this to me with a smile over lunch, the cover for THE RAT PRINCE landed in my inbox.
And oh, did Margaret keep her promise.

My first coherent thought was: This artist gets it.

Prince Char (the cover hero) is Prince of the Rats of the Northern Realm. He's wily, mischievous, a bit ruthless, and has more than his fair share of pride. But he's also a true friend, a noble soul and a hopeless romantic. And that's before the fairy-goddess makes him human on the night of Cinderella's ball.

It's a tall order for an artist to get all that across in a single powerful image. But my cover artist, Charles Santoso, absolutely nailed it.

Which isn't surprising, considering that his credits include concept and design work on The Lego Movie and Guardians of Ga'hoole, as well as covers for major publishers and books of his own, such as I Don't Like Koala and Thoughts & Dreams. (Check out his work at

If anyone has any questions, I'll be over here in the corner, quietly feeling all the feels. And hoping that when this book comes out next year, you'll join me.

Here's the lovely cover!

Coming August, 2016 
from Macmillan/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux/ Margaret Ferguson Books
ISBN: 0374302138 (ISBN13: 9780374302139)

Add to your Amazon Wish List or to Goodreads  


Win your very own Swarovski crystal Royal charm bracelet, courtesy of The Rat Prince himself, and hand-crafted by the fabulous Beadaholique!
(US only)

Bridget Hodder, a two-time Golden Heart® finalist, writes fairytale romance and adventure set in the fictional Kingdom of Angland. She lives in a New England shingled cottage by the sea with her husband and two sons.

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Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. That is a gorgeous rat (an oxymoron I never expected to utter)! The cover is beautiful, and the story sounds like an intriguing and unexpected twist on a classic tale!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Monica! I hope you enjoy the book when it comes out next year!

  2. Beautiful cover! I love the glint in his eye and the fine texturing on the fur. Can't wait to crack it open! :)

    1. Thanks, Amy!! I love that glint of deviltry, too! Just wait until he turns into a man, that's all I'm saying....

  3. What a beautiful cover, Bridget! Love that rat prince!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I'm still swooning. It's amazing when you've been dreaming of a character for so long, and suddenly he comes up in full color somewhere besides your own head.

  4. I think I'm in love with that rat! ;) Congratulations on a beautiful cover, Bridget! <333

    1. He's a rogue!! Don't let him fool you!! Thanks, Julie!!

  5. Love it! Love him! He's gorgeous. I can't wait to read the book. Congrats again, Bridget!! <3 <3

    1. Thank you so much, Colleen! I wish I had the book to give you, right now! And by the way, I can't wait for THE CHESS QUEEN ENIGMA!

  6. I love this cover! Can't wait to read the book too. ;)

    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

    Dena @ Batch of Books

    1. Thanks for checking it out, Dena! If you Wish List it on Amazon, they should let you know when it debuts next year (feels like a long time!).

      I'm on a Beauty & the Beast reading jag right now. I finished Rosamund Hodge's "Cruel Beauty" (loved it) and now I'm starting on Robin McKinley's "Beauty", which I can't believe I never read before.

      Good luck with the bracelet giveaway!

  7. Oh my goodness, I love this cover!! And fairy tale retellings are pretty much my favorite. Can't wait to read it!!! Congratulations, Bridget!!

    1. I'm so happy to hear this, Janet! Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts!!


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