Look, if you’re a YA fan who needs a heavy dose of Shakespeare every so often, Molly Booth’s an author that needs to be on your radar. We chatted with her last year about her debut Saving Hamlet – and today, we’re delighted to have her back on the site with TWO new covers designed by Tyler Nevins. Check out the cover of her new book Nothing Happened along with a new paperback cover for her debut Saving Hamlet!
This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parties.
This year, the camp drama isn’t just on the improv stage. Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that’s complicated by events that happened—or didn’t happen—last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart.
As the counselors juggle their camp responsibilities with simmering drama that comes to a head at the Fourth of July sparkler party, they’ll have to swallow their pride and find the courage to untangle the truth, whether it leads to heartbreak or happily ever after.
“I love seeing two of the lead characters, Bee and Ben, on the front of this book,” said Booth. “The friendship bracelets and woodsy background set the stage for Camp Dogberry, and the little star accents reference the Maine night sky, as well as one character’s personal journey in the book. The care that went into creating this cover makes me all glow-y and tearful.”
“I love this new take on Saving Hamlet for the paperback,” said Booth. “I see these two as Lulu and Brandon (or maybe Josh?) and the tiara/sword behind their backs is such a fun visual representation of the gender swapping aspect of the book. And the little skulls are a great nod to the hardback! Thank you so much, Tyler and everyone at Hyperion, for these covers. I can’t wait to hug these books IRL.”
The Saving Hamlet paperback releases on November 7.