16th Day Update

WeightofZero_front cover new12.inddTHE WEIGHT OF ZERO

Karen Fortunati’s debut, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO has been getting a lot of pre-publication love. Her book was chosen as a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce Selection and was featured in Seventeen Magazine’s September issues as “What’s hot this month.” Karen’s THE WEIGHT OF ZERO doesn’t debut until October, but you can pre-order your copy now. Find out why it’s been chosen as a Shelf Awareness BEA2016 YA  Buzz Book, a BARNES & NOBLE 2016 Most Anticipated Debut,  and an Amazon Editors Favorite Young Adult Books for Fall 2016. Timely and powerful, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is a must-read.

The Mystery of Hollow PlacesLIKE WATER: A 2017 Novel Coming from Rebecca Podos

LIKE WATER: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired North American rights to LIKE WATER by Rebecca Podos, a contemporary LGBTQ YA novel. When Savannah’s father is diagnosed with a genetic illness she may inherit, she sets aside her plans to flee her tiny hometown after graduation. She takes a job as a performing mermaid at a water park; when she meets the handsome lifeguard’s even more intriguing sister, Vanni learns the difference between sinking and diving in deep. Publication is slated for fall 2017.

 

Shannon Parker (THE GIRL WHO FELL)THE RATTLED BONES: A 2017 Novel Coming from Shannon M. Parker

THE RATTLED BONES: Pitched as the YA Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, Simon & Schuster has acquired World English rights to Shannon M. Parker’s next YA novel THE RATTLED BONES. In the wake of grief that 17-year-old Maine lobster boat captain Rilla Brae experiences after the unexpected death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead begins to dissolve as Rilla sees a mysterious girl haunting the shores of an abandoned island. Parker is the author of THE GIRL WHO FELL and a contributor to the forthcoming YA anthology WELCOME HOME. Publication is set for August 22, 2017.

 

SUFFER LOVEHOW TO MAKE A WISH & GIRL MADE OF STARS: 2017 & 2018 Novels Coming from Ashley Herring Blake

HOW TO MAKE A WISH: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

GIRL MADE OF STARS: A LGBTQ young adult novel by Suffer Love author Ashley Herring Blake. When her twin brother is accused of date rape, a girl is torn between family allegiances and a quest for the truth. Publication is planned for spring 2018.

loveA MILLION JUNES: A 2017 Novel Coming from Emily Henry

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry’s brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. A MILLION JUNES is set to publish in January, 2017.

 

 

logo-bbfBaltimore Book Festival

Play along with Sweet Sixteens authors in back-to-back game panels at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Saturday, September 24:

2 PM: Whose Book is it Anyway? featuring Brooks Benjamin (My Seventh Grade Life in Tights), Jenn Bishop, (The Distance to Home),  Bridget Hodder (The Rat Prince), Laura Shovan (The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary),  Erin Teagan (The Friendship Experiment). Pit your wits against the pens of five wily Middle Grade authors! Audience volunteers will try to decide which book excerpt is real…and which are clever fakes.

3PM: Games with YA Authors featuring Lindsey Roth Culli (This Above All), Karen Fortunati (The Weight of Zero), Jan Gangsei (Zero Day), Karen Hattrup (Frannie and Tru), Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse), Lisa Maxwell (Unhooked). Come and play!  YA authors team up with audience members for interactive games based on their books.

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Lindsey Roth Culli (This Above All), Tobie Easton (Emerge), Karen Fortunati (The Weight of Zero), Melissa Gorzelanzcyk (Arrows), Karen Hattrup (Frannie and Tru), Rahul Kanakia (Enter Title Here), and Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse) will be participating in the YA Road Trip tour from October 6-16 in celebration of Teen Read Week. Check out the complete schedule of appearances!

16th Day Update: Congratulations and Covers!

Congrats!

Amazon released its 2016 Best Books of the Year (so far) and we’re thrilled to see some Sweet Sixteen books on the lists for MG and YA lit! Keep your eyes peeled because there are LOTS of amazing lists and many more amazing releases!

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2017 Covers are HERE! Feast your eyes!!!

WISHHOW TO MAKE A WISH

Ashley Herring Blake revealed the lovely cover for her sophomore YA, HOW TO MAKE A WISH. WISH is set to release May 2, 2017.

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

 

BLACKSOULSBLACKSOULS

Nicole Castroman revealed her cover for BLACKSOULS, set to release on April 11, 2017. BLACKSOULS is the sequel to BLACKHEARTS wherein Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

 

GOODBYE DAYSGOODBYE DAYS

Jeff Zentner revealed the fabulous cover for GOODBYE DAYS, set to release on March 7, 2017.

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell.

Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

 

EvilBunnyGang_BGcover.inddFENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG

VICTORIA J. COE, author of the MG novel FENWAY AND HATTIE, revealed the cover of her second book, FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG (Putnam, 1/24/17) on Mr. Schu’s blog. In addition to finishing Mr. Schu’s sentences, Victoria also announced that a third FENWAY AND HATTIE book is coming in 2018.

When evil bunnies invade the Dog Park, Fenway’s hot on their trail. Hattie seems understandably alarmed, though she clearly doesn’t appreciate his efforts. She shoos him out of the garden and fills in holes as fast as he can dig them!

Fenway wonders if his beloved Hattie could be working against him, until she brings home a cage with a bunny inside. He can hardly control his excitement – she captured one of the intruders! But when Fenway realizes Hattie actually likes the bunny, he’s crushed. Is his heart big enough to accept that Hattie can love another pet, too?

In this sequel to Fenway and Hattie, these two best buddies learn that making the right choice can be tough, but being a real friend is the greatest choice of all.

16th Day Update

Stalking Jack the RipperSTALKING JACK THE RIPPER Kerri Maniscalco revealed her cover for STALKING JACK THE RIPPER on April 19th.

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

 

 

Phantom Limbs

PHANTOM LIMBS by Paula Garner gets a fancy new cover design!

How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

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AROUND TOWN:

B-FestBarnes & Noble Teen Book Festival

Join 16ers across the country as they make appearances at their local Barnes & Noble stores.

Rebecca Podos (THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES), Karen Fortunati (THE WEIGHT OF ZERO), Shannon Parker (THE GIRL WHO FELL) and Jennifer Mason-Black will be appearing at the Barnes & Noble in Milford, CT on June 10th for a YA Panel at noon. They will also be at the Canton, CT Barnes & Noble for a YA Panel at 3pm that same day.

Melissa Gorzelanczyk, author of the YA novel ARROWS, will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in Green Bay, WI, as part of the B&N Teen Fest on Saturday, June 11, from 1 – 3 p.m.

ALA Annual Events

MG & YA authors Brooks Benjamin (MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS), Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE), Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARROWS), Erin L. Schneider (SUMMER OF SLOANE), Tara Sim (TIMEKEEPER), Evelyn Skye (THE CROWN’S GAME) and Erin Summerill (EVER THE HUNTED) will be appearing at the Winter Park Library in Winter Park, FL, as part of the Debut Fiction Panel on Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m.
MG & YA authors Brooks Benjamin (MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS), Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE), Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARROWS), Erin L. Schneider (SUMMER OF SLOANE), Tara Sim (TIMEKEEPER) and Erin Summerill (EVER THE HUNTED) will be appearing at ALA Annual in Orlando, FL, on the PopTop Stage to talk Cuddling to Kissing to Oh My! on Sunday, June 26, at Noon. After a brief Q&A, the panelists will play the Seven Seconds in Story Heaven trivia game and award bookish prizes to attendees. Moderated by Dhonielle Clayton.

Chicago Area YA Panel

Stephanie Scott, author of the upcoming YA novel ALTERATIONS, will be appearing at a YA Panel and book signing for Chicago North Romance Writers Spring Fling in Schaumburg, IL, May 20 – 21, 2016.

Between2Bookshelves (2)Between 2 Bookshelves Author Tour

YA authors Kathy MacMillan and Mia Siegert are teaming up for the Between 2 Bookshelves tour in June!  They will be interviewing each other about their very different books and signing at 3 different locations in the Midatlantic:

June 11: Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, Easton, MD

June 12, 2-4 PM: Barnes and Noble, Salisbury, MD

June 12, 6-8 PM: Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

June 13, 7 PM: Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA

16th Day Update

RIPPLERIPPLE

Heather Smith Meloche revealed the cover for her YA novel RIPPLE on March 21st.

When their too-adult lives lead them down self-destructive paths, these broken teens find a way to heal in this YA novel perfect for fans of Ellen Hopkins.

With her impossible-to-please grandmother on her back about college and her disapproving step-dad watching her every move, Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. But when she’s finally caught red-handed, she’ll do anything she can to cover up what she’s done.

Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets—each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill, and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he’s powerless in the face of her fragile mental health. So he copes in his own way, by defacing public property and pulling elaborate pranks, though he knows in the end this’ll only screw up his life even more.

As they both try not to let their self-destructive patterns get the best of them, Tessa and Jack gravitate toward one another, discovering the best parts of themselves in the process. An honest portrayal of the urges that drive us and finding the strength to overcome them.

POPPY THE MONDAYPOPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY

Jennie K. Brown revealed her MG cover for Poppy Mayberry, The Monday on April 7th.

What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a ‘Wednesday”? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not—Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger.

But her Monday telekinesis still has some kinks, and that plate of spaghetti she’s passing may just end up on someone’s head. And if that’s not hard enough, practically perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her, and Principal Wible wants to send her to remedial summer school to work on her powers!

It’s enough to make a girl want to disappear…if only she were a Friday.

 

Howard Wallace HOWARD WALLACE, P.I.

Casey Lyall revealed her cover for her MG novel HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. on April 11th

“What’s with the get-up? Is that the company uniform or something?”
“This? All P.I.s wear a trench coat.”
“Dude, that’s a brown bathrobe.”
I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves. “First rule of private investigation, Ivy: work with what you’ve got.”

Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he’s got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else—least of all, friends. So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he’s ready to take it on himself . . . until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick—and a friend—is such a bad thing after all.

Teach me to Forget_BG cvr.inddTEACH ME TO FORGET

Erica M. Chapman revealed her cover for her YA novel TEACH ME TO FORGET   on April 13th.

Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place.

Now all she has to do is die.

When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.

Colter quickly uncovers her secret and is determined to change her mind. After confessing his guilt over his brother’s suicide, he promises not to tell her secret. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain.

PHANTOM LIMBSPHANTOM LIMBS

Paula Garner revealed her cover for her YA novel PHANTOM LIMBS.

How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara—part drill sergeant, part friend—who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind.

Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

Appearances:

gbf logo 2Kathy MacMillan, author of Sword and Verse, will be a featured author at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD on Saturday, May 21.

 

 

The Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival will take place on Saturday, June 11 in Easton, MD, and five Sweet Sixteens will be featured:gbf logo

Melanie Conklin (Counting Thyme)

Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse)

Lee Gjertsen Malone (The Last Boy at St. Edith’s)

Laura Shovan (The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary)

Mia Siegert (Jerkbait)

Melissa Gorzelanczyk, author of the YA novel ARROWS, will be appearing as a panelist and featured author at the Chicago Young Adult Book Fest on April 23, 2016.

Dana Elmendorf, author of the YA novel SOUTH OF SUNSHINE, will be appearing at BEA/BookCon May 13-14, 2016. Go to her events page to see all her May events.

BFF Bucket ListDee Romito, author of the MG novel THE BFF BUCKET LIST, will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in Amherst, NY for her May 3 book release.

She will also be at Sweet Home Middle on May 6 for her official launch party- all ages are welcome! Visit http://www.deeromito.com/events for details.

Around the web:

Dana Elmendorf has great advice for writers on Writer’s Digest website: 6 Hard Truths Every Writer Should Accept

 

16th Day Update

MONSTERVILLEMONSTERVILLE

Beware what lurks beneath your bed. . . . It could lead to a monstrous adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is anything but happy when her parents force her to move from New York City, the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress, to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s not much for Lissa to do there, except play Monsterville, a Candyland-esque quest to survive, which Lissa’s little sister, Haylie, has becomed obsessed with, and hang out with her new neighbor, Adam, who is intent to prove to her that Freeburg is a great place to live.

But even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring when a trek into the woods lands her face-to-face with a sea monster looking for brains to eat and then a Sasquatch that moos! With Adam’s help, she discovers a monster secret . . . or maybe just a monster: a poor little goblin they name Blue, who’s fled the world Down Below, desperate to decide on his scary form.

And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? You make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break. But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and Blue must ventrure Down Below to stage a rescue—and face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.  Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KINGIN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

Kingdom of Ash and BriarsKINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS

Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera after a bloody civil war. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm’s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard the three kingdoms of Nissera against Tamarice’s black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle—all with the hope of preserving peace.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.

 

 

EscapesTHE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES

Set in a world where fantasy meets science fiction, a subversive narrator lurks behind every page, and intrepid heroine Anne must triumph over time, destiny, and heretofore unknown levels of bureaucracy to uncover the truth of her quest.

 

FOREIGN RIGHTS

Marisa Reichardt’s Underwater has sold to Nuevo Extremo in Argentina for World Spanish rights and to Penerbit Haru for Indonesian rights.

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AUTHORS ABOUT

New stops have been added to the Behind the Pages Book Tour featuring Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED), Janet Sumner Johnson (THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY), Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE), and Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)!  The authors will all be presenting at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Regional Conference on March 19 and 20 and making appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores in Maryland and Virginia

 

 

MARCH AUTHORS GETTING GOODREADS READER LOVE

Three Sweet Sixteen debuts were chosen Goodreads readers as March’s YA BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH:

REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

Congrats, Ladies!! Were so happy to see all the love from early readers!

GR Best Book of March

 

16th Day Update

Girls_in_the_Moon_Crop jpegGIRLS IN THE MOON

Janet McNally revealed her cover for GIRLS IN THE MOON on February 10, 2016 over on Publishing Crawl.

Phoebe and Luna Ferris haven’t grown up in the spotlight, but that’s only because their mother, Meg, quit her famous band when the girls were small. She hasn’t said much about it since.

Now, Luna has a band of her own, and their still-famous dad hasn’t called in three years. The summer Phoebe turns seventeen, she goes to visit Luna in New York, determined to discover the truth about her family—and herself.

 

 

 

THE BOOMERANG EFFECTTHE BOOMERANG EFFECT

Gordon Jack held the cover reveal for his YA Contemporary, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT on February 10th.

It all started with a harmless prank.

But now high school junior (and resident stoner) Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he agrees to participate in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but with the social skills of the periodic table. Lawrence thinks this is an easy task, but every time he and Spencer are seen together, Lawrence drops a rung or two on the school’s social ladder.

Then disaster strikes—Homecoming Week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairy tale–inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl named Zoe, a Renaissance live action role-playing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. But quiet, brilliant Spencer seems to have some answers. In fact, Lawrence is beginning to realize that Spencer may be the one friend he never knew he needed.

A TAIL OF CAMELOTA TAIL OF CAMELOT

Julie Leung revealed the cover for her MG debut A TAIL OF CAMELOT on February 15th on Mr Schu Reads.

Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his father and grandfather before him. For generations, Calib’s family has lived among the mice that dwell beneath the human Knights of the Round Table, defending the castle they all call home. Calib just hopes he will be able to live up to the Christopher name.

Then, on the night of the annual Harvest Tournament, tragedy strikes. The mice suspect the Darklings are behind the vicious sneak attack, but Calib has his doubts, so he sets off on a quest for the truth. Venturing deep into the woods beyond the castle walls, Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a threat far greater than the Darklings is gathering, and human and animal knights alike are in grave danger.

With help from a host of unlikely new allies, including a young human boy named Galahad, Calib must get the Mice of the Round Table and the Darklings to put aside their differences and fight together. Only then will they be strong enough to save Camelot.

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Destiny Soria revealed her cover for her YA Historical Fantasy IRON CAST over on Pop! Goes the Reader on February 15th.


It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths–whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art–captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite.

When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

 

 

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Dee RomitoDee Romito, author of THE BFF BUCKET LIST (Aladdin/S&S 2016), will have two middle grade books releasing next year.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES (Aladdin/S&S) follows A 12 year-old girl, used to flying around the country for her father’s job, who gets a chance to go to middle school for six weeks and sets out to see what she can accomplish without her VIP status.

SEVEN SIDES TO EVERY STORY (Aladdin/S&S) will be co-written with six other Aladdin authors. A middle grade novel in the format of Love, Actually, Seven Sides to Every Story is told from the perspective of seven different, but intersecting, characters. It takes place over the course of one night and is centered around a middle school dance.

You can add them on your Goodreads TBR lists using the links in this announcement!

CONFERENCES

Amy CookAmy Allgeyer, author of the contemporary YA novel DIG TOO DEEP, will be presenting a workshop on writing for children and teens as part of the Idaho Writer’s Guild Workshop Series in August 2016.

For more information, see http://idahowritersguild.blogspot.com/p/2015-workshop-series.html or www.amyallgeyer.com

 

 

 

Melissa GorzelanczykMELISSA GORZELANCZYK, author of the YA novel ARROWS, will be appearing at NoVaTEEN Book Festival in Arlington, VA, on March 5, 2016. http://novateenbookfestival.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

BEHIND THE PAGESAva Jae (BEYOND THE RED)
Janet Sumner Johnson (THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY)
Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)
Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)
are joining forces for a March book tour that includes panels and presentations at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Regional Conference on March 19 and 20 and appearances at several schools, libraries, and bookstores in the area.

REVIEWS

26150590Peter Brown Hoffmeister’s THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH earned a starred review from Kirkus on February 1, 2016:

It’s one tough summer in Eugene, Oregon, for Travis and his friends, “good kids with rough lives,” as Travis’ basketball coach calls them. Travis’ friend Natalie says, “This is the part where you laugh. You just have to. When things are so shitty that there’s nothing you can do, there’s no other way to react.” And the problems do pile up. Travis lives in a trailer park with his grandparents, and his grandmother is dying of cancer; his mother is a homeless heroin addict. Natalie has reason not to trust her new stepfather. Travis breaks his ribs jumping off a bridge, and his friend Malik is stabbed during a pickup basketball game. Yet the story never feels heavy or melodramatic. What might seem didactic in lesser hands feels realistic and right here. Messages are delivered in natural dialogue, the well-drawn characters speaking from the heart with wisdom derived from firsthand experience. “We keep working. We keep trying. ‘Cause fuck everyone else, you know? We just do what we do…. We keep trying hard.” And plenty of humor leavens the tale: Travis releases two 4-foot caimans into the local pond and pees on a racist neighbor’s steps, and Malik writes “dirty love letters” that Travis’ grandmother reads and loves. Travis and feisty Natalie are there for each other, and teen readers will identify with them. Travis and Natalie are white; Malik is black; poverty and love connect them. A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives. (Fiction. 14 & up)

 

Cheryl Blackford is thrilled that her MG historical fiction novel LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY received a fabulous review in the Wall Street Journal on the same day that over 70 people attended her launch party at The Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota (when the windchill was -25 degrees)! You can read the full WSJ review here.

WAR

Robin Yardi had three great recent reviews for THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ:

“Hooray! Booklist calls Robin Yardi’s #MGdebut, “an imaginative backyard adventure with light touches of fantasy.” http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Midnight-War-of-Mateo-Martinez-Robin-Yardi/pid=7791989

“Yes!! @PublishersWkly calls @RobinEggWrites‘s #MGdebut, THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, “an entertaining story!” http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4677-8306-4

“THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by @TheSweet16s author @RobinEggWrites gets a ⭐ from @KirkusReviews!!! https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-yardi/the-midnight-war-of-mateo-martinez/

 

WEBSITES & RECOGNITIONS

Laura Shovan has a new website and blog. She’ll be running a daily write-along in February. This year’s theme is Found Objects. Anyone can participate on a drop-in basis. Poetry and prose are welcome.

Diana Gallagher’s contemporary young adult novel, LESSONS IN FALLING, was selected as one of the most anticipated 2016 releases by the Barnes and Noble teen blog.

FOREIGN RIGHTS:

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan will be published in German by Beltz.

CONTESTS

Consider-fan-art-flyer-webKristy Acevedo, author of YA sc-fi, CONSIDER has two amazing contests happening now.

Goodreads ARC giveaway–10 CONSIDER ARCs available! Win a chance to read it before everyone else. Ends March 6, 2016.

Jolly Fish Press is hosting a Fan Art Contest based on one of three passages of CONSIDER. Fabulous prizes! Ends March 31, 2016.

 

 

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.

 

FEAR MY MORTALITYFEAR MY MORTALITY

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 FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig

THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE by Jennifer Maschari

THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M Parker

WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peeveyhouse

THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith