It's the moment we've been waiting for- the reveal of the new historical book covers! They're releasing on August 27, 2019, a Tuesday. Here they are:
Kaya: The Journey Begins- "Kaya knows in her heart that her beautiful Appaloosa mare, Steps High, is the fastest horse in the herd. But when boasting leads to a daring bareback race, Kaya pushes Steps High too hard. She puts herself and the horse in danger and earns a terrible nickname for being untrustworthy. Kaya vows to be a girl her horse and her people can trust. When enemy raiders storm Kaya's village, she tries to save Steps High but gets taken captive herself, along with her sister. All Kaya can think of is escape, but how?"
Kaya: Smoke On The Wind- "Kaya's beloved horse, Steps High, has been captured by enemy raiders. Kaya fears she'll never see Steps High again, until she hears of a herd of spotted horses running wild in the mountains. As she travels with a hunting party into the mountains, Kaya is troubled by the smoke she smells on the wind - smoke from mountain fires. While searching desperately for Steps High, Kaya has to face a fear greater than any she's ever known."
Rebecca: The Sound of Applause- "Rebecca Rubin was born for the stage. If only her very traditional family understood this! When her cousin Ana's family needs money to leave Russia, Rebecca puts on a sidewalk show, but all she earns is a scolding. Once Ana arrives in New York, Rebecca shares her room and her clothes and helps her cousin learn English. But when Ana is assigned to sing with her in a school program, Rebecca's heart sinks. Ana's Russian accent will ruin the show! Rebecca realizes her performance is one thing she does not want to share with her cousin. But how can she explain that to Ana?"
Lights, Camera, Rebecca!: "For her tenth birthday, Rebecca is invited to visit her cousin Max's movie studio! When the cameras begin to roll, she finds herself unexpectedly presented with a part to play. Rebecca doesn't have the courage to tell her family, but is it wrong to keep such a big secret? Later that summer, on a visit to the factory where her uncle and cousin work, Rebecca is horrified. Is this the life that's in store for cousin Ana? There must be a way to improve conditions at the factory, and Rebecca is determined to do her part - even if it means marching straight into danger."
Nanea: The Spirit of Aloha- "Nanea Mitchell may be the youngest in her family, but she knows she's old enough to do grown-up things. Before she can prove she's ready for responsibility, the unthinkable happens. Japan attacks Pearl Harbor - the naval base where her father works - and America is at war! Now Nanea must cope with missing friends and family member, rumors of additional attacks, and lonely nighttime blackouts. As the war wears on, Nanea faces difficult chores and choices. With the spirit of aloha - love, understanding and compassion - Nanea helps others in ways she never imagined."
Nanea: Hula for the Home Front- "Everything has changed since the war started. Nanea had hoped that going back to school would make life seem normal again. But it hasn't. There are still curfews and blackouts and constant reminders of war. Nanea's dear friend Donna had to leave Hawaii, and Nanea's big brother won't stop talking about joining the Army. She can't bear the thought of him far from home and in danger. In the swirl of changes, Nanea turns to hula. Dancing makes her feel better, and soon she learns how much it lifts the spirits of the soldiers, too. When a surprising hula partner boosts everyone's morale, Nanea gets a big idea."
Maryellen: The One And Only- "Maryellen Larkin wants to stand out but, with five brothers and sisters, it's not so easy. Giving herself a haircut doesn't go quite the way she expects - and when she draws a cartoon of her teacher on the first day of fourth grade, she draws more attention than she wants! At least her drawing skills help her make an interesting new friend. Together, they might be able to win the Geography Bee - but only if Maryellen can find a way to help her old friends get past their prejudice."
Maryellen: Taking Off- "Maryellen is in charge of planning her tenth birthday, designing a flying machine, and - most important of all - taking care of the family dog, Scooter, on a camping trip. One night, while she's holding down the fort, Scooter disappears. Maryellen is desperate to find him before the others return, so she and her bossy big sister, Joan, set off to search the woods. Suddenly, Joan disappears. Now Maryellen's really in charge, whether she wants to be or not! Can she find Scooter, rescue her sister, and figure out how to make something fly - all in one night?"
Melody: No Ordinary Sound- "Melody Ellison can't wait to sing her first solo at church, and she wants to pick a song that's special. She gets advice from her big brother, who has his sights set on becoming a Motown star, and inspiration from her older sister, who's home from college with new ideas about marches and protests and making things fair. When Melody experiences discrimination for herself, she decides to stand up and speak out about civil rights, too. As her solo approaches, an unimaginable tragedy leaves her silent. Can Melody find her voice to speak up for those who can't?"
Melody: Never Stop Singing- "It's Melody's birthday, and she's excited to turn "double digits" on January 1, 1964. She's also eager to answer her pastor's New Year's challenge and make her community better. Melody decides to fix up the neighborhood playground and plant a garden. Her friends pitch in to help, but after a series of setbacks, Melody realizes that being a leader isn't easy. But it is easy to say yes when her brother asks her to sing backup for him. Melody gets to go to the Motown music studio and add her voice to a real record! Can she find a way to make her voice stand out in the studio and in her community?"
Julie: The Big Break: "Julie Albright is dealing with big changes since her parents' divorce. When she finds out that her new school has a basketball team, life starts looking up - until the coach tells her girls aren't allowed to play. Julie decides to fight for a place on the team, and almost loses her best friend in the process. Meanwhile, a school project forces her to face some hard truths about her family - and herself. Growing up in San Francisco in the 1970s, Julie begins to realize that sometimes the best way to cope with change is to make a few changes of her own."
Julie Takes A Stand: "It's 1976 and the entire country is celebrating America's 200th birthday, including Julie! She can't wait to camp in a horse-drawn wagon for the Bicentennial, but pioneer life turns out to be a lot harder than she expected. Back in school, Julie looks to make some history herself after she lands in detention for helping a friend, and decides to run for student body president to make some much-needed changes. But as the election heats up, Julie's on the brink of dropping out. It's her big chance to prove that one girl can change the system - but does she have the nerve?"
I like the new covers, but it's annoying how some of them only highlight one section of the book versus the entire thing. Leave your thoughts in the comments!