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.

 

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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!

Keeping Up with the Sweet 16s: Wisconsin State Reading Association Reading List

Each year, the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Children’s Literature Committee selects books published during the previous year to recommend as “the most interesting and valuable books for educators and children to read.” The committee evaluates titles based on “the quality of the literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.”

Congratulations to the 5 Sweet Sixteens authors whose debut novels were chosen for the WSRA’s chapter books through eighth grade list, Just One More Page:
 
Victoria J Coe (FENWAY AND HATTIE)   bees   CHARLIE PRICE   Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)   Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

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

Check out the beautiful cover of Sweet Sixteen Kali Wallace’s sophomore novel, recently revealed at YA Books Central:

The Memory Trees

THE MEMORY TREES by Kali Wallace releases October 10, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books.

Find out more about the book and enter a giveaway for a signed hardcover of Kali’s first book, SHALLOW GRAVES, at YA Books Central.

 

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Congratulations to S.A. Larsen, whose middle grade novel, MOTLEY EDUCATION, was awarded 1st place in 2016 New England Book Festival Award, Children’s Category, and also received the Bronze Award in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards for the Best Juvenile/YA Fiction category!

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