Stars is a moving story based around the friendship of a Jewish boy and his non-Jewish school friend during the Nazi invasion of Poland. It was imperative to show two boys’ friendship on the cover and to illustrate that one of them was Jewish. We also wanted to give a suggestion of the historical context. As the book is a YA-crossover, we needed a jacket that would appeal both to children and the schools’ market as well as adult readers.
Many photographs from wartime Warsaw were destroyed. Modern photographs did not look convincing as the boys were not wearing the right clothing for the time. Our designers had to think outside the box to create a composite of several different images, which they carefully blended together.
A striking cover that conveys both the boys’ close friendship as well as hinting at Nazi/Jewish elements of the storyline, which appeals to adults and children equally.
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