Different countries often put completely different covers on the same book, and many countries have very distinct styles which simply would not work in other parts of the world: we always enjoy comparing these, and asking ourselves what the covers say about the people they are aimed at around the world.
The O'Brien Press cover gallery shows a selection of covers from our books in translation.
They are not all here, but the ones that are show that different countries take very different approaches to the books!
We have also put in some old covers of our own which have changed over the years, for whatever reason.
Feel free to browse and see which covers you like best.
Two children, from different centuries – Robbie, a mischief-maker from the 1950’s and Beth from modern day – time travel through the walls of a magical house in Dublin.
Book four in the magical series. Under cover of darkness a carnival arrives on the green in the centre of Dunbridge. It doesn't take long for Grace and her friends to discover it is cursed...
Placed in a foster home which is full of sunshine and goodness, Ricky finds family life difficult. He often retreats to his favourite hideaway, a special chair in the attic, where he becomes the Moon King. Relationships slowly begin to grow ... but sometimes he just wants to leave it all behind.
The conclusion of the Ayla trilogy. The battle was won but the enemy has escaped and Ayla, Sean, Finny and Benvy know their home of Kilnabracka is in serious danger. The town looks untouched, but the friends are being drawn into a trap.
Only they can save themselves and the townsfolk.
When Grace and her five best friends are forced to take part in the Witch Trials, they risk life and limb to compete against other trainee witches in magical, death-defying stunts. But when they are discovered to be mere humans, this supernatural world turns against them, and the real nightmare begins.
Meg Finn dies after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner, Lowry: her soul is up for grabs as the divine and demonic each want her! How can she tip the scales in her favour to save her soul? A tale of life, death and an unexpected hereafter.
Molly and Beth are best friends but they aren't too happy when their families move in together. But when the two are accidently transported back to the past, they have a chance to see the world through their parents’ eyes ...
Taya and Lorkrin's parents are trapped when a mining tunnel collapses in their secred mountain, Absaleth. Uncle Emos and his friend Draegarm know of a chance to save them -- another entrance to the caves far back in the mountain range. The race is on as the mountain starts to collapse in on itself.
The first book in the famine trilogy
Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children as they travel across the country to find their family.
Alice and Megan go to Lanzarote with Grace, for some fun in the sun. But life's never simple when Alice is around, and now she wants to fix Grace’s brother’s love life! Alice's schemes seem crazy, but sometimes she really can sort things out. Maybe Megan just needs to trust her best friend – even if it means helping mean girl, Melissa ...
The second book in the famine trilogy
At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone to America …
The fantastic follow-up to Time After Time and Stand By Me
Families are so complicated! Molly’s dad seems so lonely. He lives on his own, he won’t get a pet, he doesn’t get on with his brother … Best friends Molly and Beth suspect his problems lie in his past, but what can two thirteen-year-olds do about that?