16th Day Update: 2016 Has Arrived!

Finding Perfect Cover FINDING PERFECT

Elly Swartz revealed the cover for her MG novel FINDING PERFECT on January 5th over at Emu’s Debuts.

FINDING PERFECT is the story of twelve-year-old Molly, the mom who leaves, the family who stays, OCD and a slam poetry competition that will determine everything.

To twelve-year-old Molly Nathans, perfect is:

  • The number four
  • The tip of a newly sharpened No. 2 pencil
  • A crisp white pad of paper
  • Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines

What’s not perfect is Molly’s mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Poetry Slam Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with white tablecloths. Molly is sure her mother would never miss that. Right…?

But as time passes, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly’s world from spinning out of control.

In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.

Treasure at Lure LakeTREASURE AT LURE LAKE

Shari Schwarz debuted the cover for her MG Action and Adventure novel TREASURE AT LURE LAKE on January 5th!

When twelve-year-old Bryce stumbles upon a secret treasure map in his grandpa’s barn loft, he doesn’t mean to steal it or unearth a painful family secret. He’s determined to find what’s hidden even if it means lying to Grandpa.

As Bryce, his big brother, Jack, and Grandpa hike to his cabin, sibling rivalry clouds the brothers’ judgment, and all Bryce’s plans for an epic adventure go downriver. The boys must work together to survive the dangers of the wilderness, and each other. But when a climbing accident leaves Bryce unconscious and hanging between life and death, their family’s secret may never see the light of day…and Jack may not be strong enough to rescue them both.



THThe Weight of ZeroE WEIGHT OF ZERO

Karen Fortunati revealed her cover for THE WEIGHT OF ZERO, a YA Contemporary on January 7th.

Seventeen-year-old Cath knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles meds, preparing to take her own life when Zero next arrives.

But Zero’s return is delayed. Unexpected relationships along with the care of a new psychiatrist start to alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis. But will this be enough? This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.



Everly Frost debuted her YA Fantasy, FEAR MY MORTALITY, over at Month 9 Books on January 15th.

The future is bright for 16-year-old Ava Holland and the residents of Evereach. They don’t have to worry about old age or even getting sick. In their world, humans regenerate, heal, and live for hundreds of years. Mortality isn’t something to fear. Disease has been all but eradicated. Everything changes when Ava watches her brother die and he doesn’t regenerate. Ava’s genetics are called into question by the government, scientists, extremists, and Ava herself. Could her genes hold the answer to mortality? Is she an anomaly or something to be feared?

Determined not to become anyone’s guinea pig, Ava doesn’t stick around to find out. She wants answers too, but the only person who can help her is 17-year-old Michael Bradley, the boy who killed her brother. If either of them have even the slightest chance of survival, they must find the genetic keys hidden in Ava’s DNA before it’s too late.


News and Happenings:

Janet B Taylor, author of the YA novel, INTO THE DIM, will be appearing at ABA Winter Institute in  Denver, CO,  on January, 25-26, 2015.


SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan will be published in Spanish by Penguin Random House and in Turkish by Pegasus Publishing.


Congrats to the following Sweet Sixteen books that earned a STARRED REVIEW from School Library Journal in January:



THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M Parker

WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peeveyhouse

THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith



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