16th Day Update: Falling in Love with Covers–and Indies Introduce


On September 16th the YA world was introduced to the flirty, romancy SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS cover.

As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that the truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a rare planetary alignment, she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear – The Fifth House of Relationships and Love. But Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother’s legacy, when she falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart.

Debut author Darcy Woods explores love in all its complexities and how to best honor the loved ones who have passed before us, in a novel packed with both humor and heart.



Cure for the Common UniverseCURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE

On October 2nd, Christian Heidicker revealed his crazy awesome cover for his YA novel CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE.

What is the book about? Christian’s so glad you asked . . .

Cure for the Common Universe is about a sixteen-year-old named Jaxon
who scores the first date of his life only to be promptly committed to
video game rehab. He now has four days to earn a million points in
real-life skills so he can make it back to his date in time.



Frannie and TruFRANNIE AND TRU

Karen Hattrup revealed her beautifully artistic YA cover for FRANNIE AND TRU on October 7th with YA Interrobang.

When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.





Lindsey Klingele revealed the gorgeous cover for her YA debut THE MARKED GIRL on YA Books Central on October 7th.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

Worlds collide in The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down.


Wendy Spinale revealed her very cool YA steampunk cover for EVERLAND on October 8th over at YA Books Central.

Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in EVERLAND, the only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?


Jenn Bishop revealed her adorable MG Contemporary THE DISTANCE TO HOME with the help of Jen at Pop!Goes the Reader on October 9th.

Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.

This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?


Sonya Mukherjee revealed her artfully gorgeous cover for GEMINI on October 12th with help from Jen at Pop!Goes the Reader.

Clara and Hailey are 17-year-old conjoined twins at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s and figure out what it means to be herself.

GEMINI now has an official release date of 7-26-16




Mia García revealed her cover for EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS on October 13th over on Epic Reads.

Julie needs an escape. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her own life isn’t totally messed up. But when she gets there, she feels more trapped than ever. Desperate to break free, Julie ditches her paint clothes for tinsel fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-summer Mardi Gras where she locks eyes with an utterly irresistible guy.

Play-It-Safe Julie knows a storm is coming and her group leader will be looking for her. But the new, In-the-Moment Julie isn’t looking back…at least not tonight. So when Miles offers to show her the real New Orleans, she jumps at the chance. And in one surreal night they: dance the jitterbug on the roof of a five-star hotel, play Question Questions under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love.

The night takes an unexpected turn when a hurricane switches course and heads straight for New Orleans and the two of them must hole-up together for safety. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos, she finds that pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS is a whirlwind, romantic story about a girl who discovers what it means to feel alive in the face of life’s greatest danger: love.


Bridget Hodder revealed the sly guy on the cover of THE RAT PRINCE on October 14th over on YA Highway.

The dashing Prince of the Rats–who’s in love with Cinderella–is turned into her coachman by the Fairy Godmother on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!






Evelyn Skye revealed her epic cover for THE CROWN’S GAME on October 14th over at Epic Reads.

Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


Michelle Andreani revealed her haunting cover for THE WAY BACK TO YOU on Vilma’s Book Blog on October 15th.

Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend CLOUDY is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

KYLE is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cared about.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they meet the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way back to her . . . and to each other.

Ivory and BoneIVORY AND BONE

Julie Eshbaugh revealed her fantastic fantasy cover for IVORY AND BONE on October 15thover at Epic Reads.

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in a tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.

Indies Introduce

Five of our amazing Sweet Sixteeners made the Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce New Voices list.

Every year, a panel of judges comprised of independent bookstore sellers selects ten stand out debut MG/YA titles to feature at their Fall Regional Trade Shows, Winter Institute, and indie bookstores across the nation.

Congrats to Lindsay Eagar (Hour of the Bees, Candlewick Press, March 8, 2016, MG)

Harriet Reuter Hapgood (The Square Root of Summer, Macmillan Children’s/Roaring Brook Press, May 3, 2016, YA)

Heidi Heilig (The Girl from Everywhere, HarperCollins/Greenwillow Books, February 12, 2016, YA)

Marisa Reichardt (Underwater, Macmillan Children’s/Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR), January 12, 2016, YA)

Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King, Crown Books for Young Readers, March 8, 2016, YA)


Kathy MacMillan’s SWORD AND VERSE (HarperTeen, January 19, 2016) will be published in hardcover in the UK market, and will also be coming out in audio book format in the U.S.


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