Still to Come from the Sweet Sixteens

January 8, 2019

The Adventurer’s Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) by Wade Albert White (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

At Saint Lupin’s Completely Ordinary School Where Nothing Bizarre Ever Happens Most Especially Not Illegal Quests That Destroy Famous Landmarks, students are not taught about pirates. They’re not taught how to identify them, how to befriend them, or even how to fight them…which leaves the school completely open to pirate invasion. And on the first day of classes, that’s precisely what happens.

Filled to the brim with heart-pounding action, miniature dragons, attacking chickens, and (sometimes friendly) pirates, The Adventurer’s Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) is a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced adventure that will leave you breathless.


.April 16, 2019

Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (as L.E. Flynn) (Imprint/Macmillan)

Fiona claims she doesn’t remember anything about the night her best friend left a party and walked into the ocean. But she wishes she could forget. Trixie’s disappearance is ruled a suicide, but Fiona doesn’t believe it. Piecing together the trail of a girl who doesn’t want to be found leads her to Jasper, Trixie’s former friend with benefits, and Beau—the boy who might be happy Trixie is gone. The closer Fiona gets to the truth, the more she realizes the girl she knew was a lie—and she might have been waiting to disappear the entire time.



April 16, 2019

Lizzie Flying Solo by Nanci Turner Steveson (HarperCollins)

When Lizzie St. Clair and her mom are forced to move into a transitional housing shelter after Lizzie’s father betrays them, she discovers a rogue pony at a stable she finds down the wrong path through some woods. Her love for the pony, Fire, and her friendship with a boy named Bryce, encourage Lizzie to become part of the stable community, risking exposure of her family’s past. When heartbreak sinks her again, Lizzie will have to call on every ounce of bravery and courage she has to lay bare her feelings and open up to the people who are trying to befriend her.




April 16, 2019

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst & Paula Garner (Candlewick Press)

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller may be on opposite ends of the social spectrum, but they have one thing in common: they both want to escape reality. When an accidental exchange of text messages between them turns personal, an unexpected friendship is born. Over time, their messages expand into what they call Starworld: an entire universe of inside jokes, fantastical adventures, and meaningful quests that exists only between them. But when Sam realizes her feelings for Zoe are something more than friendship, will all they’ve built be able to survive the inevitable explosion?



April 30, 2019

How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (Roaring Brook Press)

The long-awaited follow-up to The Square Root of Summer, for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

Minnie Sloe and her sisters have weathered it all together—growing up without fathers, an eccentric lifestyle with their pet rabbit Salvador Dali, and riding out their famous artist mother’s mental highs and lows.

But then their mother disappears, and Minnie starts seeing the world in monochrome. Literally. All she sees is black-and-white. As grief threatens to tear the three sisters apart, Minnie fears she could lose everything: her family, her future, and maybe her mind.

May 7, 2019
Fenway and Hattie in the Wild (Fenway and Hattie #4) by Victoria J. Coe (Putnam/Penguin Young Readers)

When Fenway’s and Hattie’s family joins in a back-to-school camping trip , threats are all around and it’s not just the wild animals. A bossy short human is making Hattie smell anxious and a tiny Pomeranian won’t let Fenway investigate trouble at the camp site. Soon both dog and short human find that surviving the wild might be as tough as wanting to fit in. But luckily, both Fenway and his beloved Hattie come to realize that being true to themselves is the best way to make real friends.




June 18, 2019

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith (Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books)

For fans of Love, Simon and Eleanor and Park, a romantic and sweet novel about a transgender boy who falls in love for the first time—and how first love changes us all—from New York Times bestselling author Amber Smith. Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start. A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her. But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.

But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?


August 13, 2019
Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
The long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars! Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers as they travel to the magical kingdom of Zumorda. But just as they arrive, an attack on a border town in Mynaria makes Mare’s diplomatic mission urgent: she must quickly broker an alliance with the queen of Zumorda to protect her homeland. As rising tensions and unexpected betrayals put Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerge on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?
August 2019
Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker (Holt Macmillan)

When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they stumble into a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field, swamp, and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow, and other things too scary to mention here. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains all the adventure and thrills you’ll love to listen to beside a campfire or when the moon is bright.

October 8, 2019
Friend or Fiction by Abby Cooper (Charlesbridge)
Jade wishes her family could leave their no-name town in Colorado already. What kind of place can’t keep a few nice flowers alive or considers three stores a mall, anyway? Everybody else made sure to move away sooner than later, including every best friend Jade’s ever had. But it’s tricky to leave when her dad’s recovering from cancer. So, stuck in a dead-end town with absolutely zero friends, Jade makes one up. In the pages of her notebook, she writes all about Zoe—the most amazing best friend anyone could dream of. The stories flow around-the-clock, especially during boring science lessons or lonely lunch periods. 

But the plot really thickens when Jade loses her notebook and an actual girl named Zoe shows up at school. In real life. Jade notices that new Zoe seems to have an awful lot in common with made-up Zoe. But who could pull off something this incredible? More importantly, are Jade and the real Zoe destined to be best friends, regardless of how or why Zoe turned up in the first place?


November 12, 2019
Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh (HarperTeen)
As the surrogate to Princess Renya, Astrid lives amongst royalty, but her life is far from privileged. If Renya steps out of line, it’s Astrid who gets whipped. It’s a nightmare, but Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, without magic or citizenship. The only way out is to compete in the deadly Race of Oblivion. Whoever crosses the finish line first, wins. That’s the only rule—racers have killed each other in pursuit of the next clue, and the punishing terrain kills even more of them. Competing could mean death… but winning could mean freedom.

Fall 2019

Our Year in Love and Parties by Karen Hattrup (HarperTeen)

Two friends who have the potential to be something more.
Four nights of epic partying that will see them through their highest highs and lowest lows.
One year that will change everything.
Poignant and funny, romantic and wise, Our Year in Love and Parties tells the story of Erika and Tucker, two teens trying to figure out how to forgive themselves for what happened yesterday, live in the moment, and let the rest be a problem for tomorrow.

Fall 2019

Owl’s Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi (Carolrhoda)

Ten-year-old Mattie Waters believes that an owl is trying to warn her that someone is secretly polluting the land near her aunt’s gourmet donut shop in Big Sur. When her aunt is wrongly suspected, Mattie sets out to solve the mystery of the midnight dumping with her two best friends so she can save the shop, the only place on earth she has left in the world after her mom’s death. A story about one amazing owl, three best friends, and dozens and dozens of donuts.

Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: November News


Amid first loves, heartbreaks, and life-changing decisions, four Latinx friends test their bonds of friendship in Mia Garcia’s The Resolutions. Pre-Order before Nov. 13th and snag this amazing swag! More information here.





Abby Cooper’s next book, Friend or Fiction, releases October 8th, 2019 from Charlesbridge. Add it on Goodreads here.




Laura Shovan’s latest book, TAKEDOWN, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.






Christian McKay Heidicker’s new book, Scary Stories for Young Foxes, has a cover that’s both chilling AND adorable! Check it out here. 



Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: September 2018

Author Victoria J. Coe recently revealed the cover of the fourth Fenway and Hattie book to an excited group of Iowa 2nd graders. Watch the thrilling reveal here. Fenway and Hattie was the 2017 Global Read Aloud for early readers and is a current One School One Book selection. The latest title in this popular middle grade series, Fenway and Hattie in the Wild, is coming on May 7, 2019 from Putnam Young Readers. Click here to preorder.




Julie Leung’s third book in the Mice of the Round Table series, Merlin’s Last Quest, releases October 2, 2018 from HarperCollins Children’s. Preorder here.




Laura Shovan’s third middle grade novel, A Place at the Table, sold to Jennifer Greene at Clarion Books. The book is a collaboration with author/activist Saadia Faruqi (Meet Yasmin!). It will be published in 2020.

In October, Laura will be at the Virginia Hamilton Conference to receive the Arnold Adoff Poetry Honor Award for New Voices for her debut, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.


Melanie Conklin’s new book, All the Missing Pieces, releases May 2020 from Disney-Hyperion. Add it to your TBR here.


Emily France’s new young adult novel, Zen and Gone, has been chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Book for Young Readers. It also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Zen and Gone follows a teen in Boulder, Colorado as she searches for her missing sister outside Rocky Mountain National Park and must rely on what she’s learned from her Zen practice about how to navigate life and its many challenges.

Connect with Emily at www.emilyfrancebooks.comOrder ZEN AND GONE here.



Kathy MacMillan’s new book, Dagger and Coin, releases October 9 from HarperTeen. A companion to her 2016 debut, Sword and Verse, the book features Soraya Gamo, the would-be queen of Qilara, who now sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, holding the political power she always wanted – but over a nation in ruins. Kirkus calls Dagger and Coin a “fine balance of political intrigue, relationship drama, and thoughtful characterization.” Pre-order Dagger and Coin and get an exclusive short story!