City of Lies – the Australian cover

July 9th, 2011

Oh, I do love illustrators! It is so exciting seeing how they take your work and make it come to life. The US cover for City of Lies is beautiful, and now we also have the Australian cover, done by Sebastian Ciaffaglione.

City of Lies - the Australian cover

Both these covers are so exciting – you can almost feel the danger.

Things to watch out for in both covers (and in the book): masks that hide a multitude of secrets; some new characters – including a ferocious cat, a small white-haired boy and some fortune-telling mice – and a new city which is a LOT more dangerous than Jewel!

*Sigh* – just a little more than two months to go until it’s in the shops.

The other exciting news is that Museum has been shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards – Books for Older Children. Others on the shortlist are Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, illustrated by Nicki Greenberg and Now by Morris Gleitzman.

They are flying us all to Melbourne for the awards dinner later this month. I am brushing off my best clothes. πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “City of Lies – the Australian cover

  1. Romi says:

    Nice Youtubeness by the way!
    Woah! It’s so exciting!!! Can’t wait! I’m truly starting to get breath shortness…

    Good luck with the shortlist! You must be a very proud author!

    1. Lian says:

      Yes, I suspect being shortlisted for these things is a bit like having your baby reach the finals in the ‘cleverest toddler’ competition. I go all gooey and proud πŸ™‚

      But watch that shortness of breath, Romi. There’s still a bit more than two months to go – you’re going to need oxygen to get you through it. πŸ™‚

  2. Romi says:

    Oh yes- I sure am…

  3. Finlay says:

    Hello! So the people on the front are (i think) Toadspit, Bonnie, Pounce and who is the grey haired kid?

    1. Lian says:

      Hmm, you’re close, Finlay. Toadspit yes, Bonnie yes. Pounce is there, but he’s right in the background peering around a doorway and you can only see him if you enlarge the picture. The kid in the mask and boots is Goldie. And the little kid with the white hair and the mice is Mouse, who you haven’t met yet.

  4. Finlay says:

    Mmmm Goldie looks more (no offence) but more, ah boyish than she is the first book. Haircut? πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Well spotted, Finlay. πŸ™‚ I don’t suppose it would be giving too much away to say that she is disguised as a boy …

  5. Finlay says:

    Ohhh cool! Why dont i pick up things! πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      πŸ™‚ No reason why you should have picked it up. But once you read the story it will make a lot more sense.

  6. Finlay says:

    Cant wait to October! When you are waiting it seems to take forever! πŸ™‚

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