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Cover Reveal: Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner

Folks ask me to reveal middle grade covers from time to time.  Sometimes I say yes.  Sometimes I say no.  If you ever happen to be interested in my doing so then the following elements should ideally be combined:

  • A nun
  • A smarmy man with a mustache (handlebar preferred but not required)
  • An unnerved woman staring at the smarmy man with the aforementioned mustache
  • A pig

Admittedly, it’s only once in a blue moon when I can find such a book jacket to premiere, but when I can . . .  magic!!


Aww. Just look at that.  All the pieces are in place.  And check out this description:

Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life turns upside down the day her mother’s boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly imprisoned for assisting with the crime. Ruby and her pet pig, Bunny, find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor’s home. Aunt Eleanor is a nun who lives on a peach orchard called Paradise, and had turned away from their family long ago. With a little patience, she and Ruby begin to get along―but Eleanor has secrets of her own, secrets that might mean more hard times for Ruby.

Ruby believes that she’s the only one who can find a way to help heal her loved ones, save her mother, and bring her family back together again. But being in a family means that everyone has to work together to support each other, and being home doesn’t always mean going back to where you came from. This is a big-hearted novel about trust, belonging, and the struggles and joys of loving one another.

Never heard of author Corabel Shofner?  She’s new!  She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English literature and was on Law Review at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Her shorter (adult) work has appeared or is forthcoming in Willow Review, Word Riot, Habersham Review, Hawai’i Review, Sou’wester, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, and Xavier Review. And yes indeed, Almost Paradise is her first novel.   The book will also be illustrated by Kristin Radwilowicz as well.

Look for it on shelves July 25, 2017.

Many thanks to Chelsea Apple for the reveal.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Thank you.

  2. Pretty darn cute, Corabel. :)

  3. I love this SO much! Congratulations to Corabel!

  4. Adorable!! Can’t wait to read it!!!

  5. Leah Henderson says:

    I love it! Congrats, Corabel!

  6. Mary Comfort Stevens says:

    Corabel, this is AWESOME, and no more than you and Ruby Clyde deserve!

  7. So excited to read Ruby Clyde’s story. Congratulations to Corabel!

  8. Been waiting 43 years for this Bel. Can’t wait xxx

  9. Congratulations, Corabel!


  1. […] School Library Journal has revealed the very Swanky cover for Corabel Shofner’s middle grade novel, ALMOST PARADISE, which will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux on July 25th 2017. To see the reveal, click on the cover. […]