IceyPick (5.2) — Redesign it! — The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

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This month’s IceyPick is…
The Near Witch
The Near Witch
Victoria Schwab
288 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

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Want to participate?
1. Make a new post with your cover redesign

2. Attach the IceyPick banner (using the code above) 
3. Leave a link to your Redesign in the comments!

*OPTIONAL* Get yourself an extra entry by tweeting about IceyPick!

Don’t have any design skills?
Don’t worry, there will be more IceyPick fun next week!
As you can see, there is not ‘pre-reading’ requirement to be able to participate!
There will be more IceyPick fun next week, so be sure to participate to increase your chances of winning!

AND, remember, your answers give you an entry into Week 4’s Win it! This month, I have TWO hardcover copies of The Near Witch up for grabs!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

August 6, 2011



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    August 5, 2011

    uh this is nowhere near my best work because my photoshop died and i'm positively terrified of using non-stock images (which is a PAIN, but… bollocks), but eh.



    – fena


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    August 5, 2011

    This is my first ever cover redesign so I hope it's good! I used image effects on my iPod for the main part of it, then added text using GIMP – which is a pain if you're not used to it! Is it okay to not make a post until tomorrow? I have things scheduled. :/

    I'll BRB with the link, my iPod won't let me paste it.

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    August 5, 2011

    Here you go! I'm going to go schedule the post for tomorrow. It'll be up at 10am GMT.

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    August 5, 2011

    Oh and my e-mail is comacalm at hotmail dot co dot uk!

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    August 5, 2011

    Awesome contest! I would redesign it but I am so bad with html/photoshop stuff. Good luck to everyone else, though. =)

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    Ashley Christiano

    August 5, 2011

    Here's my attempt! I had a lot of fun with this.

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    August 5, 2011

    I know nothing about photoshop but I do enjoy seeing what others come up with! This is a fun meme :)
    Mary @ BookSwarm

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    Holy Lucy batman!

    August 6, 2011

    The posts at and my email is uncoolcarrot(at)ymail(dot) com

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    Cialina at

    August 8, 2011

    Aw man, I'm tempted to join but I'm on vacation right now and I really don't have the time to photoshop anything! Good luck to all.

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    August 8, 2011

    Alright, I tried! :-)

    Here's my Redesign Post


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    August 8, 2011

    Well, here is mine! : )

    BTW, I love the idea of this contest! : )

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    August 9, 2011

    Hey, Hafsah! I was finally able to whip something up. You know I really want to win this one, hehe. Here is my post and I will definitely be tweeting. Thank you! =D