Exclusive Cover Reveal: GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan PLUS Giveaway!

Today, I’m excited to reveal the cover for GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan (Penguin, Summer 2013) Scroll down to read the synopsis, check out the cover, and enter to win an ARC!

A shocking human rights tragedy brought to light in a story of heartbreak and triumph.

Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different— light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asu can’t take the sting away when the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame.

Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete. To survive, Habo must not only run but find a way to love and accept himself.

Tara Sullivan was born in India and spent her childhood living in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic with her parents who were international aid workers. She received a BA in Spanish Literature and Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Latin American Studies and an MPA in Non-Profit Management from Indiana University. To research Golden Boy, Tara traveled to Tanzania where she interviewed those working to rescue and educate Tanzanian people with albinism. She currently teaches High School Spanish and lives in Malden, Massachusetts. Golden Boy is her first novel.

Adventurous, touching, and all-around awesome, isn’t it?
And now for the cover! What do you think?

In Tara’s own words: And here is my AMAZING cover. The art is by Jesse Joshua Watson and I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am by it!!

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And now for the giveaway! Tara was generous enough to donate an ARC of GOLDEN BOY to one lucky INTERNATIONAL winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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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.



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    Claire M. Caterer

    October 23, 2012

    Tara, what a cool cover! I love the way the face is drawn. Very evocative!

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    October 23, 2012

    LOVE the cover! Such a beautiful rendering. Cant' wait to read it. Congrats Tara!

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    Elizabeth MacKay

    October 23, 2012

    Felicitaciones Tara!

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    Mr. Parkin

    October 23, 2012

    Awesome job and love the stone cold look of a survivor

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    Kit Grindstaff

    October 23, 2012

    Just beautiful, Tara. Love it. I want to know about this kid…

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    Peggy Eddleman

    October 23, 2012

    That is some incredible art! It shows so much with so little. Amazing!

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    Susan Disanto

    October 23, 2012

    Touching, mysterious, heartful cover! Wonderful art work. The artist realy captures the complexity of Habo. Can't wait for June.

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    Ms. DeBellis

    October 23, 2012

    Wonderful, Tara!

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    Madame / Señora Price

    October 23, 2012

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    Madame / Señora Price

    October 23, 2012

    í Estamos muy contentos trabajar contigo! Eres muy talentosa. í Buena suerte, Tara!!

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    Brandy Colbert

    October 23, 2012

    I really love it, Tara! So happy my imprint-mate got such a beautiful cover! :)

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    Elisabeth Dahl

    October 23, 2012

    That has the look of an instant classic. Congratulations, Tara!

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    October 23, 2012

    I really love that cover! The drawing of the face, the font, the colors. Everything!

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    October 24, 2012

    Thanks, everyone!
    I agree: Jesse Joshua Watson did an absolutely stunning job of capturing the emotion in Habo's face. Good luck in the drawings! I can't wait to send out an ARC to the winner. :)

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    Sarah Skilton

    October 24, 2012

    I can see why you love the cover so much — it's extraordinary! And your book's synopsis is amazing, too. Very much looking forward to reading GOLDEN BOY.

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    November 8, 2012

    can't wait!

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    November 13, 2012

    Congratulations, Tara! I'm so proud of you!