Through the Quarry Window - A Ryan Hutton Adventure
Biografía del autor
Matt is an author, adjunct instructor, and practicing professional geologist. He is an advocate for math and science literacy with an emphasis on physical sciences. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, USA with his two children.
Ficción, Niños, Joven adulto
Descripción del libro
Ancient life awaits...
After spending the summer working on his prehistoric find, Ryan Hutton is ready to search for more fossils. Joined by his sister Marie and friends Jay and Casey, they are invited to explore quarries left behind by tropical oceans that have long since dried up. Through it all, the team is challenged to navigate the success and failure of discovery on their own. Ancient life is waiting for them, but finding it is only the first step. Together they attempt to figure out what they’ve found and how it fits on the tree of life. They learn that hidden in the rock is the path to the Mesozoic’s greatest prize, dinosaurs.
From the author of A Day in the Park, this funny, fast paced adventure is for anyone who's wanted to explore the fossil world. Written for middle grade readers this book is a quick, clean read for all ages.
Público al que se apunta
The target audience is middle school to high school age kids. Mostly boys but hoping to include girls as well.
Tipo de portada de libro
Tapa blanda o Paperback
¿Qué colores quieres que tenga tu diseño?
Atributos de estilo
Necesidades de diseño
I have a couple of examples of potential design themes below. The artist is welcome to create something new, following the general theme of the book of kids finding fossils. I do want a physical book cover 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches for about 120-150 pages (about 0.4 inches thick). I also want to use the front of that paperback cover as the ebook cover. A 3D file would also be helpful for display purposes (see mattweissauthor.com).
The first possible image would be where Ryan (main character, image in example cover in blue shirt and brown hair) and Marie (Ryan’s sister, a bit taller, and 2 years older with long blonde hair) are in the quarry and they are both looking up at the quarry wall. In the book, this scene occurs as both of them find a fossil that is embedded within the wall. The “camera” angle could be from inside the wall looking back out at the characters or even at an oblique angle showing the two of them looking up at a cut out in the wall (like a breakfast nook or a closet type cut-out in the wall, but big enough for at least a mid-size car). The fossil wouldn’t be visible or would be blurred (so there’s no spoiler for the reader). The characters should look like they just found something amazing.
The second possible scene would be the same two characters who have just found a fossil embedded in a boulder at the base of a quarry wall. In this scene the “camera angle” would be behind or to the side of the characters. The fossil would be visible but not necessarily recognizable (the fossil is a Triassic age ichthyosaur which is an ancient dolphin like fish with huge eyes). In this part of the quarry there are two “steps” in the quarry wall, like steps on stairs. The boulder is on top of first stair, with another wall recessed behind the rock. Another way of describing the perspective is if you were looking at a staircase and the characters/boulder were on one of the stairs. There are only two stairs in this staircase. Again, both characters should be in awe of what they found.
Please be careful with the expressions the characters show. The readers will be middle-grade to high school kids so they will be particularly sensitive to whether the expressions appear “fake” or “overdone”.
Included are example images of quarries I have visited that the book is based on.
Lo que debe evitarse
Generally, earthy colors you would find in an outdoor setting are appropriate. Kids will have a sharp eye for "fake" expressions or poses. I like the brushed or painted style of the first book in this series and the old Harry Potter covers. The Rick Riordan covers would also be a good example of what to do. Try to avoid stock images or actual pictures of the outdoors. There is a design cover on my website for this book (mattweissauthor.com) that turned out horrible because I tried to use a picture. I've included several pictures below just so designers get a feel for what I've seen and what the book is based on.
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