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Cover Reveal: The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet

Last year I went a little bit gaga over a book that I truly thought was a standout. And while Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet didn’t get any of the Newbery love I so craved for it, my admiration for Ms. Nesbet’s work is, was, and ever more shall be through the roof.  Fast forward to this year when her publisher (Candlewick) wonders if I might be interested in doing the cover reveal for the latest Nesbet title. Released in April of 2018 here’s how they described The Orphan Band of Springdale to me:

“it’s set in rural Maine in the early 1940s, is based on a family story about a relative who ran a home for orphans, and includes all-too-current themes of xenophobia and the challenges of belonging to a community. Plus, there’s an entirely relatable nearsighted, good-hearted French horn-playing protagonist—in short, classic Anne.”

The book jacket seen here today is by artist Josie Portillo, who also did the The War That Saved My Life.  Drumroll please . . .


It’s about time the French Horn received its due.

Thanks to Candlewick and to Anne 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. Um, yes please! Now I have to read both books! (Oh, and as far as the cover reveal goes, I love it! )

  2. Cathy Townsend says:

    I agree with you on Cloud and Wallfish! I had hoped it would get some award love as well. It is a perfect companion to A Night Divided byJennifer Neilsen since the 2 books are bookends of the Berlin Wall. I look forward to reading Orphan Band of Springdale.