BROTHERHOOD by A.B. Westrick – Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Today, I’m honored to reveal the cover for BROTHERHOOD (Viking/Penguin, Fall 2013), A.B. Westrick’s historical YA debut. Without further ado, here’s the synopsis! Scroll down to check out the cover and enter to win an ARC of her book!

The year is 1867, and Richmond, Virginia, lies in ruins. By day fourteen-year-old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons from Rachel, a freed slave who runs a school for black children. By night he follows his older brother to the meetings of a brotherhood, newly formed to support Confederate widows and grieving families like his. As the true murderous mission of the brotherhood—now known as the Ku Klux Klan—emerges, Shad is trapped between his pledge to them and what he knows is right.

In this unflinching view of the bitter animosity that stemmed from economic and social upheaval in the South during the period of Reconstruction, it’s clear that the Civil War has ended, but the conflict isn’t over.

A. B. Westrick grew up in Pennsylvania listening to her daddy’s Alabama drawl and eating her mother’s deep fried chicken and green beans cooked with bacon fat. One day at dinner, she announced, “My teacher says Abraham Lincoln was the greatest president ever.” Her daddy set down his fork, straightened his elbows and very slowly said, “I wouldn’t tell Granddaddy that if I were you.” So began her fascination with the difference between oral and written history, between living through tumultuous times versus reading about them in a textbook. Years later when she and her husband moved to Virginia, she walked Richmond’s brick streets, imagining the lives of children who had lived through the Civil War. Those imaginings became her creative thesis in the Vermont College of Fine Arts masters program in writing for children and young adults, and now the novel, Brotherhood. She never did tell Granddaddy what her teacher said about Abraham Lincoln. But to this day she believes he was a pretty darn good president. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

And now for the cover! What do you think?

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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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    Caroline Carlson

    February 18, 2013

    Oh WOW. What a beautiful and unique cover! I was incredibly lucky to hear part of an early draft of BROTHERHOOD read aloud by the author, and it is a fantastic book–can't wait to read the whole thing this fall.

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    Jenea Whittington

    February 18, 2013

    What a great cover. It sounds good too. One that I will be able to get my son to read.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    Peggy Eddleman

    February 18, 2013

    Incredible! I love the colors! The artist put SO much personality into those boys. Amazing!

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    February 18, 2013

    I love this illustrator's stuff! Greg Ruth. Check him out at

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    Lisa Richards/alterlisa

    February 18, 2013

    My daughter has just started teaching high school history and I'd love to pass a copy on to her.

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    February 18, 2013

    Love this cover! Can't wait to read this book!

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    Holly Letson

    February 18, 2013

    I'm interested in reading this. I'm a Southern girl, and my fiance' is a Yankee. So, it's always interesting to see things from both sides.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    February 18, 2013

    Absolutely in LOVE with this summary and cover. This cover reminds me of the game series: Fable. It just looks amazing!

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    Meredith Davis

    February 19, 2013

    Anne, this is a great cover, and what lies between this beautiful cover is just as awesome! So excited for this debut!

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    Rachelia G

    February 19, 2013

    This sounds like an excellent read! I like how the cover is very different to what is normally seen in YA historical fiction.

    I also found the author's bio fascinating to read. When you can write a fascinating bio, then I'm definitely going to check out your book – those things are hard to write!