I'm looking for a book I read ages ago. I don't remember the title or author but I remember the cover.

It featured a sad girl hugging her knees to her chest in the sand next to a lake. There's a little twig sculpture in the sand next to her. In the distance is a large figure. The cover was primarily blue.

From what I remember, the story was about a lonely girl who uses magic by stringing twigs together. I think she summons/befriends a giant lake creature.

  • I found Twig Stories, a series of books by Jo Marshall. Only if that's it, you'd have a lot of details mixed up. Still, you never know. – Mr Lister Sep 11 '15 at 6:03
  • Reading the title of this question, with its "possibly... maybe" construction, made it sound less like you're trying to identify a particular story and more like you're looking for a recommendation for a book to read this weekend. :) – Doug Warren Sep 11 '15 at 15:45

Only 3 years late, but I'm pretty sure this is the cover: Michael Whelan's Periwinkle, which according to his art site was used for Patricia A. McKillip's The Changeling Sea (1988).

From The Art of Michael Whelan:

"Patricia A. McKillip is a terrific writer, very inspiring. My cover concepts for her novel The Changeling Sea, taken together, were some of the best I'd done up to that point. Chosing among them was extremely difficult. When the editors asked, 'Well, which one do you prefer?' I didn't know what to say. I liked them all. Then I pointed out that other things being equal, the one with the largest face would probably be the most attractive on the bookstands, so that decided the issue."

_Periwinkle_, girl sitting by a lake

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    <sigh/> Sometimes I really miss the quality of the cover art that was produced in the 1980-90s. Michael Whelan, Jim Burns, Tony Roberts, all the others... Real art, not Photoshop pastiches! – DavidW May 31 '19 at 2:20
  • Note: according to ISFDb that art was only ever used (in English) for The Changeling Sea. – DavidW May 31 '19 at 2:31

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