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Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand: Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Today we are thrilled to host the brand new cover reveal for Claire Legrand’s newest book, Some Kind of Happiness.

We have been huge fans of Claire Legrand’s work ever since we first laid eyes on The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, so we were delighted when we were given the chance to reveal this brand new middle grade novel. Without further ado, behold! The beautiful cover!

Some Kind of Happiness

A Word from the Author

Hi Smugglers, readers, and friends!

First of all, thanks to Thea and Ana for hosting this cover reveal! Although all the books I’ve written carry pieces of me inside them, Some Kind of Happiness is the most personal and the closest to my heart.

Like Finley, I too suffer from anxiety and depression. And, like Finley, when I first started experiencing panic attacks and bouts of depression, I didn’t know what they were. I wrote stories and made up imaginary kingdoms and spent my childhood with my cousins, exploring the tree-filled land behind my grandparents’ house. During those long summer days, we were inseparable, and we made those woods a world of our own.

As I wrote about Finley and her own tightly-knit crew, I wanted to recreate that sense of mystery and magic that only comes when you’ve spent the day having adventures with the people you love most in the world. I wanted to write a love letter to my big, messy, wild, huge-hearted family. I wanted to write a book for the kids out there who can read Finley’s story and realize they’re not alone in feeling sad “for no reason.”

Thanks to the fantastic Simon & Schuster art director Krista Vossen and the wildly talented illustrator Júlia Sardà, the gorgeous cover for Some Kind of Happiness perfectly captures the feel of this pivotal summer in Finley’s life—whimsical with a touch of darkness, beautiful and a little bit unsettling, and ultimately full of hope. This is a story about family and forgiveness, secrets and lies, and finding the courage to ask for help even after a lifetime of convincing yourself you can face your inner darkness on your own.

I hope you love this cover as much as I do! I can’t wait for you to meet Finley and discover the magic of the Everwood for yourself.

Some Kind of Happiness releases May 17, 2016. Until then, you can add the book on Goodreads and follow my Some Kind of Happiness board on Pinterest!

About the Book


  • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
  • Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
  • Never having met said grandparents.
  • Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up.
    (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination, for fans of Counting by 7s and Bridge to Terabithia.

About the Author

Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand is the author of books for children and teens, including The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, the upcoming Winterspell, and its prequel, Summerfall. She is also one of the four authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities.

When not writing books, she can be found obsessing over DVD commentaries, going on long walks (or trying to go on long runs), and speaking with a poor English accent to random passersby. She thinks musicians and librarians are the loveliest of folks (having been each of those herself) and, while she loves living in central New Jersey, she dearly misses her big, brash, beautiful home state of Texas.

The Giveaway

Courtesy of the author, we have an ARC up for grabs! (NOTE–ARCs aren’t quite ready yet but they will be sent out as soon as they arrive in mid-December.) The giveaway is open to all internationally! To enter, please use the form below. Good luck!

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  • Janine
    October 8, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Not too sure about the upper part with the house and grass (it does like a bit bleak?) but the rest of Some Kind of Happiness’ cover art is absolutely gorgeous! The Everwood and the overall story really sound fascinating and right up my alley – the release next year can’t come soon enough! Thank you so much for this reveal and bringing this to my attention. 🙂

  • Taissa Reis
    October 8, 2015 at 7:31 am


    That cover is GORGEOUS and I lo-o-o-o-ove everything Claire writes. I think it’s SO important to have a book about anxiety and depression so kids (heck, adults as well) can see that they’re not alone.

    A cover reveal can’t be more perfect than a Claire Legrand + BookSmugglers cover reveal. Love you all <3

  • Beth
    October 8, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I think this book was written for child-me. The girl who hid from her friends on her birthday and who was so tight with anxiety she couldn’t stand to play hide-and-seek. The girl who invented vast worlds to live in and who spent hours and hours playing in the trees. Oh, how I wish I had this book back then, but I can’t wait to read while grown <3.

  • Joseph
    October 8, 2015 at 8:13 am

    What a gorgeous cover! Reminds me of Through the Woods somewhat. 🙂

  • Laura Hartman
    October 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I love it!

  • Lauren
    October 8, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Beautiful! I love that the woods look both ominous and luminous – inviting, but in an unsettling sort of way. Can’t wait to read it, and introduce it our middle schoolers (who loved Cavendish Home)!

  • Mary A
    October 8, 2015 at 8:57 am

    The cover is very evocative of my experiences as a child, alone but not alone.

  • margo hurwiczwhat
    October 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

    What a fantastic cover! Talk about layers of meaning… From the post above I get the impression it’s perfect for the book!

  • starryeyedjen
    October 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

    That cover is AMAZING!!!! I mean, it’s seriously perfect and would look absolutely lovely on my shelves…or my daughter’s, if she can pry it out of my hands. 🙂 It’s just. So. PRETTY!!! Can’t wait to read this with my kiddo!

  • Sarah Kettles
    October 8, 2015 at 9:35 am

    The cover is SO gorgeous! I adore illustrated covers, and this one’s just stunning!

  • Annie
    October 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

    OMG! I am so excited for this book! Claire is an amazing writer and this cover is so wondrous. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  • Anita Yancey
    October 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I really like the cover, it’s so cute, and the colors are nice.

  • Sarah Crowley
    October 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This looks awesome!! I am such a huge fan of Claire Legrand!! I am definitely picking this up!! 🙂

  • Jenny
    October 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful cover!

  • Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Yay, Claire!! This looks and sounds wonderful!!

  • Gerd D.
    October 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

    What do I think of the cover, let me count the ways:

    I think it’s simple in it’s design, as in not burdened with intricacies, and for some reason I can’t put my finder on it made me think of Maurice Sendak.
    Reading Claire’s explanations about the story, I think it fits to a t.

  • Diana Sousa
    October 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d definitely buy it as a poster if there was that option!

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Lindsey
    October 8, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Love this!! Can’t wait to read–cover is gorgeous!

  • Jasmine Tabor
    October 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

    The cover is soo pretty. I really want that on my shelf, it is so gorgeous.

  • Vanessa
    October 8, 2015 at 10:34 am

    The cover is ah-mazing! The book sounds like one of those oatmeal books. Sticks to you soul!

  • Maria Selke
    October 8, 2015 at 10:34 am

    This cover is BEAUTIFUL! I love how the bright crown contrasts with the darker colors everywhere else. So many of my students battle anxiety – partly because they feel everything SO INTENSELY. I can’t wait to read this book and add it to my arsenal. My students love your other books!

  • Melissa L.
    October 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

    It’s a beautiful cover. I think the cover captures the overall feelings in the book that Claire summarizes. I feel the crown symbolizes that beacon of hope.

  • Melissa
    October 8, 2015 at 10:44 am

    This cover is gorgeous; I want a poster of it! Definitely adding this one to my TBR list — can’t wait!

  • Karen D.
    October 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I am so excited about this cover!

  • Mary Anne
    October 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I like the cover. At first glance it looked almost spooky, with the colors and sharp lines, bt then I realized that was a crown and lights in the middle of the forest so maybe you have to get through a little tough stuff to get to the bright stuff. Interesting.

  • Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 at 11:35 am

    The cover is simply stunning. I need this book! I recently read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella and it dealt with anxiety and depression as well. I really enjoyed that book and I hope to read this one and love it just as much. I don’t often read middle grade but I have had a lot of luck with middle grade recently. I did a middle grades recommendation video on my YouTube channel recently.
    Finally I also suffer from anxiety and always find it difficult explaining to someone who does not suffer from anxiety what it feels like. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

  • Gwendolyn Burke
    October 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

    The cover is simply stunning. I need this book! I recently read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella and it dealt with anxiety and depression as well. I really enjoyed that book and I hope to read this one and love it just as much. I don’t often read middle grade but I have had a lot of luck with middle grade recently. I did a middle grades recommendation video on my YouTube channel recently.
    Finally I also suffer from anxiety and always find it difficult explaining to someone who does not suffer from anxiety what it feels like. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

  • Danielle D
    October 8, 2015 at 11:51 am

    This cover is so gorgeous! I can’t wait to read it, between this cover and the description. Congrats on your new title!

  • Sophie Roads
    October 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

    This cover is so insanely beautiful! And the premise is all I want in life – this is the book I’m constantly searching for. So excited for its release!!!

  • kayla
    October 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

    The cover is so unique and different its cute!!! ????

  • Bethany
    October 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    The cover is gorgeous! It looks mystical and just feels me with excitement when I look at it 🙂

  • wbogacz
    October 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    This seems like it would be an interesting read.

  • Bieke @ Istyria book blog
    October 8, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    So pretty! 😀

  • Shari Schwarz
    October 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    This looks awesome! Great cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Dustin T Hansen
    October 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Oh man, I need this book. Claire’s books are always – ALWAYS among my favorites and once again the cover is up to her writing skill level. Simply beautiful – and I WANT A POSTER of this. Can someone get on that please 🙂

  • VanessaRenee
    October 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    The cover is beautiful. I especially like the lone figure between the forest and the house. It seems from the description that she feels alone, and the cover evokes that wonderfully.

  • Krispy
    October 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The book sounds great (of course), and I adore this cover. Love this illustration style. It’s beautiful and intriguing!

  • deshipley
    October 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    The cover appeals to me in a big way. A forest with magic waiting at the center? 100 times yes! And the book’s premise speaks to me, too. Definitely adding this to my want-to-read list.

  • Brenda
    October 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    The cover seems to match the premise of the book very well.

  • Hannah K
    October 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    This looks INCREDIBLE! All of Claire’s books have made their way into my collection and I can’t wait to snag this one as well!

  • Mayra Barrera
    October 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I love the cover. ¡I want it!

  • Jen
    October 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    A bit bleak, but it seems to work!

  • Rebecca T
    October 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    This cover looks beautiful and the story even more so. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Cecelia Larsen
    October 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I loved CAVENDISH, and I’m so excited for this one, too!

  • Hebe
    October 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I love the cover – that really simple childlike style that still feels like it has darkness around its edges.

  • Petra
    October 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Pretty cover! Love the illustrated look on book covers.

  • Cee
    October 8, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I am IN LOVE with that cover! Major heart eyes! All of Claire Legrand’s books have the best cover! So excited for this book!

  • Jenny
    October 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    What an amazing cover! And the description! Why can’t it come out sooner?

  • Tess @ Tessellated Tales
    October 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    That is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen! It’s so so pretty! Can’t wait to grab a copy 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sharon Anderson
    October 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Looks great, and the cover is beautiful!

  • Crystal Hilbert
    October 8, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    The cover is lovely. I wouldn’t have clicked on this article without it. And now, reading the description, this book is everything I love and everything I really could have used as a budding teen. I am so excited for this.

  • Kimberly Hilbert
    October 8, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I like the cover, it reminds me of older books. I think it has a nice atmosphere to it. It is inviting.

  • Vivien
    October 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I absolutely love love love the cover!! I cannot wait to read another MG from you 😀 I just love them!!! Congrats!

  • Amber Terry
    October 8, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I am in LOVE with this cover! I love the color and the design. I’m so happy to see that Claire Legrand has a new book out & thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  • Amie Gaudet
    October 8, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Love the cover. It does exactly what a great book cover should do and that is to intrigue.

  • Cq
    October 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I really like that cover! It is perfectly suited to such a middle grade novel! Two thumbs up!

  • Nikki Egerton
    October 9, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I love the cover! I love the perspective and the color palette. This sounds like a book I could read and then give to my boys to enjoy too. It’s now on my list 🙂

  • Samantha Adalia
    October 9, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I think the cover is just absolutely splendid and pulls on my heartstrings, because it reminds me of my childhood and the country where I grew up. I haven’t read any of Claire’s books yet, (though I do love reading her short stories on the Cabinet of Curiosities) but after reading the summary I’m loving this book already, and hoping I win 😀

  • Carina Olsen
    October 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    YAY 😀 Stunning post. <3 Ugh, I LOVE Claire. Oh so much. And I love her books like crazy too. This one looks AMAZING. The cover is GORGEOUS 😀 I love it so much. Sniffs. So pretty. <3 I cannot wait to read it 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing. And for the giveaway. <3 Crossing all my fingers.

  • Drie
    October 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    The cover art is fascinating with its contrasting top & bottom halves and central figure poised between the two. The sparse upper half of house & people looks less than welcoming, but the verdant woodland could be full mystery, or at least lessons to learn. Makes me want to delve right in!

  • Lorryn Woodward
    October 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This comes out on my birthday so it may become a present but it is also a beautiful cover. I love it.

  • Stella
    October 9, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    The cover is very minimalist but in a good way! It has that sense of mystery and darkness that I like, and I can’t wait for its release!

  • Mareska
    October 9, 2015 at 7:21 pm


  • Gabrielle Carolina
    October 9, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Love the return to the bleak and slightly disturbing tones of CAVENDISH, though I can already see this book as a soul wholly its own! Congrats, Claire!

  • Jonathan
    October 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Looks fantastic. Can’t wait ti read it!!

  • Lyn Kaye
    October 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I am so curious about this one – it doesn’t look like the usual creepiness, but there is the woods, and we all know that nothing GOOD comes from the woods.

    The crown is so adorable, and I love the illustration! I’m so excited that I don’t know if I can handle it.

  • Deniz
    October 10, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I don’t usually get swayed by book covers, but I love this one. And then this, this!, just makes me want to read the book right now: “recreate that sense of mystery and magic that only comes when you’ve spent the day having adventures with the people you love most in the world”.

  • Stephanie
    October 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

    It’s a beautiful cover. It matches the synopsis to a tee, but most importantly it sparks the curiosity causing one to dive into the wonders inside.

  • Lexi
    October 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

    The cover is lovely. I like the sense of peace it has but not necessarily in a good way.

  • Alora
    October 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I read the description for this book and am excited to read it. I might a little to old, but I only just recently started having problems with depression and anxiety. I’m still not technically and adult, so I am excited to read it. I can’t wait actually. Hence, why I’m commenting here, so I can enter the giveaway for the ARC. 😉

  • Kimberly
    October 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I really like the cold and bleak look of the cover!

  • Andrew Patterson
    October 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I LOVE the cover! Ya for new Claire books! 😀

  • Anonymous
    October 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love Bridge to Terabithia. It definitely takes me back to my childhood and the stories I used to tell myself to make everything around feel like it was touched by magic. Wonderful cover!

  • Sharry
    October 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love Bridge to Terabithia. It definitely takes me back to my childhood and the stories I used to tell myself to make everything around feel like it was touched by magic. Wonderful cover!

  • Kayte
    October 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I adore this cover!

  • Daniel
    October 13, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I love it. The illustration is wonderful. Another great Legrand cover.

  • Holly Letson
    October 14, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I love the simplicity of the cover, that no matter how simple it is, it hints at much more. I also love the green color scheme.

  • Rebecca Niehaus
    October 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I knew I would want to read this book just by looking at it’s cover! It’s fantastic! It looks a bit mysterious to me. Very intriguing. Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Amber
    October 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    The illustration is gorgeous. It looks just like a painting! Some Kind of Happiness sounds really interesting, I hadn’t heard of it before today. 🙂 I’ve been wanting to read more books that are about characters who have depression and/or anxiety. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Jill
    October 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    This cover is lovely. I look forward to reading this book as I’ve very much enjoyed all of Ms. Legrand’s books so far.

  • josee
    March 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Who did this illustration?

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