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. 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: New Books in the Works!

Kali Wallace’s middle grade fantasy novel, City of Islands, releases on July 24, 2018 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. For information and preorder links see her website. If you want a sneak peek at the first chapter, sign up for Kali’s monthly newsletter here.

In addition, Kali has recently sold two novels for adults to Ace Books. The first is House of Wisdom, a sci fi horror/thriller about a group of people having a very bad day aboard an abandoned spaceship. Add House of Wisdom on Goodreads for future updates and information.

 

 


Emily Skrutskie’s new book, Hullmetal Girls, an action-packed sci-fi thriller in the vein of Battlestar Galactica, releases July 17th, 2018 from Delacorte. More info here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy McLeod MacKnight’s new middle grade novel, The Frame-Up, comes out June 5, 2018. Check out this mix of fantasy, humor, and mystery about artwork that truly comes alive.  More information here.

 

 

 

 

Check out our UPCOMING RELEASES list in the sidebar at the left for more exciting books from the Sweet Sixteens!

 

 

Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens

Elly Swartz and Victoria J. Coe have launched a new web series, Books in the Kitchen. In the first two chapters, the authors whip up treats inspired by their books Smart Cookie and Fenway and Hattie while dishing about their characters, sharing secrets, and having way too much fun. Check out the web series HERE.

 

 

Lygia Day Penaflor’s second YA novel All of This is True has received a starred review from Kirkus. Look for it on May 15, 2018 from Harper Teen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

Congratulations to Kim Savage, whose Beautiful Broken Girls was named one of Kirkus’s Top Ten Contemporary YAs of 2017.

The rights to Kim’s upcoming book, In Her Skin (releasing 4/17/18), have been sold to Amazon Studios for a TV series. Sean Berard at APA Agency brokered the deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a cover reveal for Christian McKay Heidicker’s forthcoming novel, Throw Your Arm Across Your Eyes and Scream!  The book is due out September 11, 2018. Read more about it here.

 

 

Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: Awards, Cover Reveals, and More!

And the award goes to…

 

Laura Shovan’s middle grade debut, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was named the 2018 Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book.

 

 

 

 

 

Margot Harrison’s debut novel, The Killer in Me, was named a finalist for the 2017 Vermont Book Award, created and administered by Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 

 

 

Jenn Bishop’s middle grade novel The Distance to Home is on the Iowa Children’s Choice Award list for 2018-2019.

 

 

Victoria J. Coe’s middle grade novel Fenway and Hattie, the 2017 Global Read Aloud for Early Readers, has been selected as a One School, One Book “Sweet Spot” title by the literacy organization Read to Them.

 

 

 

 

Coming soon!

 

The third book in C.M. Surrisi’s Quinnie Boyd Mystery series, A Side of Sabotage, is coming out March 1, 2018 from Carolrhoda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michele Bacon’s second novel, Antipodes, publishes April 3rd. If you’re near Seattle, come to her book launch at Secret Garden in Ballard, 7 p.m. on April 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy McLeod MacKnight recently revealed the cover of her next middle grade novel, The Frame-Up. The novel, which explores the idea that every original piece of artwork is alive (but doesn’t want us to know it’s alive!) and will contain sixteen pages of full color glossy images of actual masterpieces from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (which are characters in the book) will be published on June 5th by Greenwillow Books.

 

 

 

 

 

Parker Peevyhouse’s upcoming book, The Echo Room, is coming September 11, 2018 from Tor Teen, is available for preorder!

 

 

 

 

Kathy MacMillan’s Dagger and Coin, the companion novel to her Compton Crook Award-nominated debut, Sword and Verse, will be published by HarperTeen on November 20. The story follows Soraya Gamo, the daughter of a crown traitor, who must learn to work with her former enemies to rebuild her nation.

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Jack’s second novel, Your Own Worst Enemy, is coming Fall 2018. Lincoln High School has three candidates for student body president: One is a career politician, one is a radical outsider, one is a clueless billionaire.  With a satirical nod to the 2016 presidential election, Gordon Jack’s sophomore novel shines a spotlight on the highs and (very low) lows of the electoral process, ultimately proving that the popular vote really is the one that matters most.

 

 

 

Upcoming Appearances

Tobie Easton will be appearing as a featured guest and panelist at two upcoming events, Teen Bookfest by the Bay in Corpus Christi, TX from February 16-18, 2018 and the SE-YA Book Fest in Murfreesboro, TN from March 8-10, 2018 (more details at: www.TobieEaston.com/events).  Tobie is the award-winning author of the Mer Chronicles series, which follows the descendants of the Little Mermaid and offers a peek into a world where mermaids aren’t just real but live secretly among us on land.  She will be signing the first two books in the series, Emerge and Submerge, at both events.

 

Keeping Up with the Sweet 16s: 2017 ZIA Award Goes to Our Own Cynthia Reeg!

Cynthia Reeg received the 2017 ZIA Award for outstanding children’s literature from the New Mexico Press Women on April 22 in Las Cruces, NM for her middle grade fantasy novel, From the GraveThe Zia Award is given annually to one or more woman book author who lives in or has ties to New Mexico. Each year the contest focuses on one of three genres: fiction, children’s literature or non-fiction.

Congratulations, Cynthia!

 

 

 

Keeping Up with the Sweet 16s: Fenway and Hattie Selected for 2017 Global Read Aloud!

FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe was selected as the early reader/early elementary book for the 2017 Global Read Aloud. With an emphasis on perspective this year, the books and picture book author were chosen with the goal of helping students to see the world in a new light, make connections, and build community within their own classrooms as well as with thousands of participating classrooms across the globe.
The purpose of this annual six-week program is to make the world a little smaller, to open students’ eyes to the rest of the world, and look at all of our shared experiences. GRA founder Pernille Ripp says, “How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.”
Each year, classrooms from K-12 around the world listen to one read-aloud book while making as many global connections as possible. There is a picture book study for the youngest students and four books designated for early elementary, middle grade, middle school, and high school; however teachers are encouraged to read the book most suitable for their students. Since 2010, more than two million students have participated in the Global Read Aloud.
About Fenway and Hattie, Pernille Ripp explains, “Fenway and the story of how he sees the world is one that is bound to make us laugh but also see our world in a different view; what can happen when we simply change our perspective?”
Congrats to Victoria J. Coe! Join the Global Read Aloud this year by picking up any of the selected books!