Last Chance to Guess and Get Gifted!

images-2We get it. You’re upset. But all good things must come to an end.

It’s the very last 16th-line contest post, friends! And we have a special prize for the first person to correctly match the line below to its 2016 debut novel: a copy of Jeff Vandermeer’s WONDERBOOK, on the craft of writing, donated by SHALLOW GRAVES author Kali Wallace.

But wait, there’s more! In less than two weeks, the corner turns on our debut year! That means you won’t have to guess at these lines any longer: you can start finding these books on the shelves of your favorite bookstore.

We thought those were tears of joy! Now read on:

But I missed London, like an arm, or a leg, even if I had only lived there for a handful of years, because as much as my mother insisted that my coming to Connecticut would. be like coming home, it was more like coming to a manicured jail.”

Is it from…

A. Erin Petti’s THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE (Mighty Media Press, September 2016)

B. Brittany Cavallaro’s A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016)

C. Janet Sumner Johnson’s THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J CONTEST (Capstone, Spring 2016)

D. Rahul Kanakia’s ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney-Hyperion, August 2016)

Send your answer to And good luck!


What’s Sweeter Than Candy Corn?


The Sweet 16 debuts, of course. Oh: and winning a query critique or an ARC donated by Catherine Lo, author of HOW IT ENDS (HMH, June 2016)!

Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the 2016 debut novel. Have at it:

The crowd thickened the closer I got, like buzzards swarming to a fresh carcass.”

Oooh! Intriguing, yes? But who wrote it? Is it:

A. Ami Allen-Vath’s LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US (SkyHorse/Sky Pony Press, March 2016)

B. Alwyn Hamilton’s REBEL OF THE SANDS (Viking/Penguin, Feb. 2016)

C. Everly Frost’s FEAR MY MORTALITY (Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books, 2016)

D. Kristy Acevedo’s CONSIDER (Jolly Fish Press, April 2016)

Think you know it? Send your answer to Good luck!

Show Us How Smart You Are.

images-1The first Friday in September means it’s time for the Sweet Sixteens’ challenge!

It also means we’re less than four months away from 2016, our debut year, when the very first of the sweet sixteen debuts hit the shelves. But we digress.

Match the 16th line to its novel and win a critique of your query AND your first five pages by Sheryl Scarborough, author of the forthcoming CS High (Tor/Macmillan, October 2016).

Get it wrong, and you might get House points deducted. Don’t doubt.

I had never seen a girl with skin like mine.”

Is it the 16th line of…

A. Mike Grosso’s I AM DRUMS (Clarion Books/HMH, Sept. 2016)

B. Ava Jae’s BEYOND THE RED (Sky Pony Press, March 2016)

C. Kathleen Glasgow’s GIRL IN PIECES (Random House/Delacorte, Fall 2016)

D. Parker Peeveyhouse’s WHERE FUTURES END (Penguin/ Dawson, Feb. 2016)

Got a guess? Send it to And may you never know the inside of the Detention Chamber.

Shake out the Sand, People. It’s the Sweet 16 Giveaway!

imagesWe know you’re lounging on the beach. But you’re also peeking at your phone. Because you know the first Friday of the month means sweet goodies from the Sweet Sixteens.

Correctly match the 16th line to its novel and win a critique of your first chapter PLUS a synopsis (up to 15 pages total) by  Lois Sepahban, author of the forthcoming LANTERN WISHES (FSG/Margaret Ferguson, Winter 2016). Now that’s hot!

Read on:

There, by the crook of his neck, my birthstones — a handful of muted sapphires — caught the watery morning light.”

Is it…

A. Dee Romito’s THE SUMMER BUCKET LIST (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2016)

B. Jennifer Bardsley’s BLANK SLATE (Month9Books, 2016)

C. Samantha Mabry’s LEAVES (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2016)

D. Roshani Chokshi’s THE BRIDE OF DUSK AND GLASS (St. Martin’s Griffin, )

Know it? Send your answer to And good luck!

Cue the Fireworks! It’s the Sweet 16 July Giveaway!


No lame roman candles or punks here!

(okay, there will be punks.)

It’s the July Sweet 16 Giveaway! Match the 16th line to its novel and win a future ARC of THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner (Crown/Random House, Spring 2016)!

Now that’s downright sparkly.

Read on:

“I would have been able to do so even if I’d been standing; Arnath child slaves did not stay alive as long as I had unless they learned how to stay atop the platforms.”

Great line, right? But which novel is it from?

A. Kathy MacMillan’s A SWORD AND VERSE (HarperTeen, Winter 2016)

B. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s FIRSTS (Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press, 2016)

C. Evelyn Skye’s THE TSAR’S GAME (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, 2016)

D. Keirsi Burkhart & Amber J. Keyser‘s SHY GIRL AND SHY GUY (Darby Creek, 2016)

Think you know it? Send your answer to, who never skips a chance to link you to her website. Good luck!

It’s the June Sweet 16 Giveaway!


…where like Flaming June, we nap beneath poison oleander.

Not! June means six more months before the very first of the Sweet 16 novels debut! Get a jump start on your reading by winning a future ARC from Brittany Cavallaro, author of A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016).

Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the novel. Read on:

My first kiss, French kiss, was the single most disgusting moment in my life.”

Is it…

A. Celeste Lim’s THE BRIDE FROM HUANAN (Scholastic Press, Spring 2016)?

B. Dana Elmendorf’s SOUTH OF SUNSHINE (Albert Whitman & Co., March 2016)?

C. Michelle Andreani’s FAR FROM US, Summer 2016 (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)? Or

D. Rebecca Podos’s THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES (HarperCollins Children’s, Balzer + Bray)?

Know it? Want it? Send your answer to And good luck!

May…be You’ll Win Our Free ARC! (Ouch)


Hold onto your pretty little maypole! It’s the May giveaway!

Be the first to match the 16th line to the 2016 debut novel and win a future ARC of the mid-grade novel FENWAY & HATTIE, donated by author Victoria Coe (G.P. Putnam & Sons/Penguin, Winter 2016)


Read on, friends:

There was a hole in the backyard of that empty house, about five feet long and eighteen inches deep, and in that hole they found hair, blood, fibers.”


Shiver! Can you guess which novel it’s from?

A. Janet Taylor’s THE DIM  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Spring 2016)

B. Kim Savage’s AFTER THE WOODS (FSG/Macmillan, Winter 2016)

C. Jeff Zentner’s THE SERPENT KING (Crown/Random House, Spring 2016)

D. Kali Wallace’s SHALLOW GRAVES (Katherine Tegen Books, 2016)

Know it? Want it? Send your answer to And good luck!