I want an illustrated cover for a print book - front cover, back cover, and spine. No clip art or photos please. The cover needs to feels like it belongs with the first book in the series, The Feather Chase (see images). It cannot copy any of the elements of the first cover exactly because the designer retained the rights to it.
I want an overall feel that is fun and mysterious. This series isn't scary, but it is exciting for kids ages 8-12 to read. The main characters are girls so most of my readers are girls, but some boys do read the books too so a color like light pink and very girly feel wouldn't be right.
For colors, I'm not a huge fan of orange so if there is orange on it, it has to be a small amount.
This is book two in the series so a 2 should go at the top of the spine.
Elements that could be included:
silhouettes of the two main characters - both are 12-year-old girls. Sophie has brown hair pulled back in a ponytail and wears jeans and T-shirts. Jessica has shoulder length blonde hair that she wears loose, often wear shorts and a top.
Pine Trees - the town is called Pine Hill
A lake surrounded by pine trees and low mountains
A big, old, slightly spooky mansion (but not as the main image on the cover because a competing series uses that)
There is a fun scene in the book where Sophie (the one with the ponytail, climbs a tree to see where they are in a forest.
Keys - this story has many keys as part of the mystery. A decorative old fashioned key or two would be great
Back Cover Copy (not the final version):
They must unlock the mystery—
before time runs out
Unwrapping a mysterious package launches twelve-year-old cousins Sophie and Jessica into the dangerous mystery of The Treasure Key. They’re soon racing against time—and bad guys—to be the first to find the long lost treasure.
Outdoorsy Sophie and brainy, city-girl Jessica are spending the summer in Sophie’s small town of Pine Hill. They’ve decided to be friends and that’s good since the two of them have already found danger as they worked together to solve The Feather Chase.