Delighted to be hosting the cover reveal for Greg van Eekhout’s new Middle Grade novel Voyage of the Dogs, coming from Harper Children’s this year.
Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover!
About the book:
“Who’s a good boy? Lopside and the canine crew of the starship Laika! This dogs in space romp will make you sit up and beg for more.”
– Alan Gratz, New York Timesbestselling author of Refugee
“Dogs in space? Who knew we needed that? But Greg van Eekhout proves we did! Voyage of the Dogs is a delight, and kids are going to love it.” – Spencer Quinn.
“A crackling page-turner about courage and wonder, full of warmth and heart and characters who jump off the page. It’s my favorite book of the year.” – Rae Carson, New York Times bestselling author of the Girl of Fire & Thorns series
Voyage of the Dogs tells the story of a diligent team of dogs who accompany their humans on a deep space voyage to establish a new outpost far across the galaxy. When the dogs wake unexpectedly from hypersleep with the ship damaged and their people nowhere to be found, they seek to fulfill the mission the humans began.
A few words from Greg van Eekhout
Voyage of the Dogs, my third middle-grade novel, features four intelligent dogs who wake up from hibernation on a long-range space mission to find their spaceship damaged, the escape pod gone, and their human crewmates missing. Abandoned in space, they must fight to survive on a dying ship and reach their destination. Their smarts and skills and courage will be tested to their limits, as well as their loyalty to each other and to their human masters.
The cover started with my amazing editor, Erica Sussman, asking me if I had any thoughts on what I’d like to see. My thoughts weren’t very complicated: I wanted to see a dog on a spaceship. And, also, I wondered if I should send in a picture of one of my own dogs, Dozer, as inspiration. It seemed like it might be helpful since the lead character in the book, Lopside, is loosely based on my own terrier mutt mix. Erica’s answer was pretty much this: “YES YOU ARE CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED TO SEND ME PICS OF YOUR DOG DOZER.” At least that’s how I remember it. After that exchange, I was pretty confident that the cover was going to turn out wonderfully. And, hey, it did! I love Lopside’s soulful, earnest eyes. I love his backpack full of tools. I love the way he’s perched on the control panel. I love the sparkly type treatment for the title. I love the spaceship stuff and the starscape in the background. Along with my editor, cover artist Mark Fredrickson, art director Alison Donalty, designer Aurora Parlagreco, and logo artist Oliver Burston did an amazing job. I would fly into space with this crew any time.
About the Author:
Greg van Eekhout is a science fiction and fantasy novelist whose books range from middle-grade to adult and include Norse Code, the California Bones trilogy, Kid vs. Squid, The Boy at the End of the World, and the forthcoming Voyage of the Dogs. His work has been nominated for the Nebula Award for best short story and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. You can find more about Greg at his website: www.writingandsnacks.com.
Voyage of the Dogs is out September 4, 2018