Monday, March 19, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry

Hi everyone!  A few weeks back I featured a guest post and giveaway of The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry.

Today I'm here to do a cover reveal for the same book!  She listened to what bloggers had to say about the previous cover and has had the cover re-done!  The new cover definitely catches my eye a lot more! :)

Old Cover:


New Cover:

About the book:

The book every girl should read; 
and every girl’s parents hope she’ll never read.

The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation.

Determined to find her friend Jésus, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends to Big Bend National Park. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Milagros, Mexico. There a peyote- addled bartender convinces her she won’t be safe traveling alone into the country’s interior. So with the bartender’s help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jesús. Thus begins a wild adventure that fulfills the longing of readers eager for a brave and brazen female protagonist.

Mary Pauline Lowry has worked as a forest firefighter, screenwriter, open water lifeguard, construction worker, and advocate in the movement to end violence against women. Due to no fault of her sweet parents, at 15 she ran away from home and made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. She believes women and girls should make art, have adventures, and read books that show them the way. 


  1. This new cover is so much better. I honestly never had an interest in the book before, but now I do.

  2. I won this book I think from this site a couple of weeks ago. I do admit the other cover was a bit scary. lol It's certainly bright though!

  3. I want to read this book so bad. Going in the to buy pile!

    1. Hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it!


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