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Cover Reveal: THE GRAVE KEEPERS by Elizabeth Byrne


Time for another amazing cover reveal! Today we have Elizabeth Byrne's debut YA novel, THE GRAVE KEEPERS, coming this year from HarperCollins. Author Mindy McGinnis says The Grave Keepers is "...deeply atmospheric and darkly haunting," taking us "on a spine-tingling journey into a world much like our own, where more lies beneath than above."

Here's a little more about the story:
Lately, sixteen-year-old Athena Windham has been spending all her spare time in her grave.

Her parents—owners of a cemetery in Upstate New York—are proud of her devoutness, but her thirteen-year-old sister, Laurel, can’t understand it. Laurel hates her own grave. It’s so boring and chilly down there. She’d rather spend her time exploring the acres and acres of state forest that surround the Windhams’ property.

The Windham girls lead pretty secluded lives—their older sister died in a tragic accident the year before Laurel was born, and their parents’ protectiveness has made the family semi-infamous in their small town.

As the new school year begins, the outside world comes creeping in. Athena—a professional high school loner—grapples with a newfound enemy and, even more surprising, her first best friend. And homeschooled Laurel, sheltered and shy, finds herself face-to-face with a runaway boy who’s hiding out in an abandoned grave.

All the while, a ghost hangs around the Windham house and cemetery—the only grave keeper never to cross over, as far as she knows—messing with people’s graves, turning the Windhams’ lights off and on, spying on the sisters, and plotting how to keep the girls close to home and close to her . . . forever.

Elizabeth shares her thoughts on the cover:
My only hopes for the cover were that it wouldn’t be too dark or sinister, since the title could be taken that way for sure. When I saw Helen Crawford-White’s illustration, I was completely surprised and delighted. Pink headstones! The title spelled out in little bones! It communicates the life that goes on in the graveyard, which sounds weird, but it’s Athena and Laurel’s home. The figures of the girls look so comfortable lounging against the graves. I love that the cover captures all that.

And here's the cover!

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photo credit Mike Wall
Elizabeth Byrne grew up in New Jersey and earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Grave Keepers is her first novel.

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