Educator & Discussion Guides from the Sweet Sixteens

Whether you’re a teacher looking for curriculum connections or a book club organizer looking for a new selection with ready-made discussion questions, we have the resources for you! The links below provide direct, free (!!!) access to educator’s guides and discussion questions for a variety of middle grade and young adult titles, all published in 2016.

Middle Grade:

 BFF Bucket List

The BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito

 

 

 

COUNTING THYME

 

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

 

 

 

THE DISTANCE TO HOME

 

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

 

 

 

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Earth Force Rising (Bounders 1), The Tundra Trials (Bounders 2) by Monica Tesler

 

 

 

Victoria J Coe (FENWAY AND HATTIE)

 

Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe

 

 

 

Finding Perfect Cover

 

Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

 

 

 

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From The Grave by Cynthia Reeg

 

 

 

Howard Wallace

 

Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall

 

 

 

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I Am Drums by Mike Grosso

 

 

 

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The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw

 

 

 

Last-Fifth-Grade

 

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

 

 

 

PBJ Society

 

The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society by Janet Sumner Johnson

 

 

 

WAR

 

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi

 

 

 

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Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway

 

 

 

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Motley Education by S.A. Larsen

 

 

 

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Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

 

 

 

RAT PRINCE

 

The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder

 

 

 

CHARLIE PRICE

 

The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jennifer Maschari

 

 

 

 

Young Adult:

DIG TOO DEEP

 

Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer [second page]

 

 

 

mY KIND OF CRAZY

 

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul

 

 

 

Phantom Limbs

 

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

 

 

 

Underwater

 

Underwater: A Novel by Marisa Reichardt

 

 

 

THE WAY I USED TO BE

 

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

Thank the Admins!

“Thank the Admins” is an end-of-2016 feature that provides a shout-out to the core group of sixteen authors who have been the tireless engine behind making The Sweet Sixteens a cohesive debut group. They’ve been the brilliant minds behind ARC tours, Sweet Sixteen logo & web design, Facebook posts, Twitter love and so much more.  We hope you’ll take a moment to extend your gratitude and give these peeps a virtual high five.

Randi Pink

Into White

Randi PinkYour role as admin: Calendar Coordinator

What’s up next:  Conferences, speaking engagements, and most of all, writing.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “The most gratifying aspect of being a debut author is lifting up other authors and aspiring authors. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of book launch, but focusing my energy on cultivating someone else’s creative energy has helped me to become a stronger artist and human being.”

 

Marieke Nijkamp

marieke_1nytcoverMarieke NijkampYour role as admin: Website and blog administrator.

What’s up next:  Marieke is busy with stories for anthologies and another contemporary YA. And in between, a fantasy story to play with!! So excited for more words from this talented author!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “The book community — readers, writers, publishing folk — is a wonderfully amazing place to be.”

 

Thank the Admins!

“Thank the Admins” is an end-of-2016 feature that provides a shout-out to the core group of sixteen authors who have been the tireless engine behind making The Sweet Sixteens a cohesive debut group. They’ve been the brilliant minds behind ARC tours, Sweet Sixteen logo & web design, Facebook posts, Twitter love and so much more.  We hope you’ll take a moment to extend your gratitude and give these peeps a virtual high five.

Dee Romito

BFFcapturedeedee-romitoYour role as admin: You know those awesome printable calendars that show all the Sweet Sixteen releases? Welp, thank Dee Romito. She helped with that admin role, as well as creating all the gorgeous and informative middle grade flyers. And that’s not all! She was part of our Sweet Sixteen Twitter Team, making sure to shout about all the awesome debut book news!

What’s up next: Dee had a ton of fun writing a book called BEST.NIGHT.EVER. with six other authors–told from seven different, but intersecting perspectives.

Her next middle grade novel, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, is about a girl who’s learning what “home” really means. Look for these books from Dee to release in Summer 2017.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “I’ve learned that having a support network as you go on this crazy publishing ride is invaluable. The people I’ve met along the way have been amazing and are so very appreciated!”

Jeff Garvin

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Your role as admin: Every debut group needs to find its brand and that starts with a website. Jeff Garvin was responsible for creating the Sweet Sixteen logo and designing the web presence we’ve all depended on for the last two years. Jeff also maintained the Author Page so that visitors to the site could see the wide arrange of talented authors debuting in 2016!

What’s up next: Jeff will release another YA contemporary in 2018. Be on the lookout!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “Enjoy the ride and keep writing!”

 

Erin L. Schneider

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Your role as admin: What would we do without the admins that shout tweets about all our debut books?! Erin L. Schneider was one of those tireless twitter admins! She also served as the admin for our S16 Goodreads account and acted as our Forum admin. Thank you, Erin!

What’s up next: The paperback of SUMMER OF SLOANE is scheduled for release on May 2, 2017 (it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon!). She’s also busy writing her next book, another standalone YA Contemporary.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “Releasing a debut novel is like planning a wedding: you’ll be overwhelmed trying to do everything, you’ll eventually realize you do need help from others, and things will happen that are out of your control — but when the big day arrives, it will be an amazing experience that leaves you exhilarated, exhausted, and no doubt become one of the best moments of your life!”

Thank the Admins!

“Thank the Admins” is an end-of-2016 feature that provides a shout-out to the core group of sixteen authors who have been the tireless engine behind making The Sweet Sixteens a cohesive debut group. They’ve been the brilliant minds behind ARC tours, Sweet Sixteen logo & web design, Facebook posts, Twitter love and so much more.  We hope you’ll take a moment to extend your gratitude and give these peeps a virtual high five.

Shannon M. Parker

thegirlwhofell_comps_006rattledbones_final-covercs-nkdtwyaey-2as-m-parker-1Your role as admin: Shannon wrangles news for The 16th Day Update, a feature that promotes Sixteener successes and announcements on the 16th day of each month. She’s also responsible for plastering The Sweet Sixteen website with all the gorgeous MG and YA debut covers!

What’s up next:  Shannon will release her sophomore YA novel in August of 2017. THE RATTLED BONES is *mostly* YA contemporary with a lot of creepy paranormal. THE RATTLED BONES is the story of Rilla Brae–a girl working in the male-dominated fisheries–as she contends with first-generation college access, grief, eugenics, love, forced institutionalization, and the central premise that secrets will always rise to the surface. Plus, there’s a ghost.

Shannon is also a contributing author to WELCOME HOME, a YA anthology on adoption that will release in September, 2017. Shannon’s story “Tunneling Through” takes an important look at belonging, gender identity and the fierce and lasting grip of trauma.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “I can’t live without Marisa Reichardt.”

Laura Shovan

Last-Fifth-GradeLaura ShovanYour role as admin: Laura moderated “The Debut Club” series of Fearless 15er interviews and runs the The Sweet 16s Facebook page with Marisa Reichardt. Ever wonder how your news gets onto our Facebook page for everyone to see? Welp, it’s either Laura or Marisa making sure that all of The Sweet Sixteen news finds a Facebook presence.

What’s up next:  Laura has a contemporary middle grade novel (in prose!), due out in 2018 from Wendy Lamb Books/Random House. We cannot wait for more of her gorgeous work!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “Being a debut novelist is a roller-coaster ride. You need an iron stomach and good friends to hold your hands, laugh with, and also scream with.”

 

Kim Savage

after the woodsbeautiful-broken-girls Kim SavageYour role as admin: Kim was responsible for our super fun Sweet Sixteens Contests that helped readers get early snippets of Sweet Sixteen books. She also worked as part of a team of four admins to manage our twitter account!

What’s up next: Kim has her next YA novel, BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, hitting the shelves February 21, 2017! Think The Virgin Suicides meets Romeo and Juliet with a mystical secret.
Thing you learned in your debut year: “To turn off the noise and write the next thing. And the next. Once I re-committed to the art, it all fell into place. I’m on book 4, and the Muse and I are friends again. It’s all good.”

 Bridget Hodder

RAT PRINCEBridget HodderYour role as admin: For two years, Bridget organized the super fun “Top Sixteen Lists” for the Sweet Sixteens blog. She’d post fab topics on our discussion boards and other Sweet Sixteen authors would populate the list with their own witty contributions.!

What’s up next: Bridget is working on two new projects and trying to keep up with all her commitments with the release of THE RAT PRINCE.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “The process of getting published takes a long time. I think that finding other like-minded souls and sharing the journey with them is the best thing a new author can do to stay on course!”

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Sarah S. Reida

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Sarah S. Reida received her B.A. in English from St. Louis University and always wanted to be a writer, but took a detour to attend law school and start a practice that helps veteran small businesses. She and her husband Scott are proud to own a roomy house in the Atlanta area, as this means they can fill it with rescue animals. Their daughter – coming November 2016! – will be raised to love reading, animals, and Costco (which is magical).

Pitched as GOONIES meets JUMANJI, in MONSTERVILLE: A LISSA BLACK PRODUCTION (Sky Pony Press, Sept. 20, 2016), thirteen-year-old film-obsessed Lissa discovers a shape-shifting monster in her woods and decides to film the greatest horror movie of all time…until her little sister is kidnapped to the monster homeland of Down Below and she needs her star’s help to rescue her. http://www.lissablackproductions.com (includes movie trivia and film-making info!).

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: SUPERFUDGE.
  • Childhood aspiration: Writer and/or lawyer.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Either late at night with a glass of red wine, or on the balcony so she can monitor her cats’ murdering tendencies and let the dog in and out, in and out, in and out. . .
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: YES, PLEASE by Amy Poehler (She loves her, but no, thank you – BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey is far better).
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watching movies, half-baked gardening attempts.
  • Favorite sports teams: Ha! Pass. . .
  • Surprising personal fact: She got married on Halloween and had a Halloween-themed wedding. Stephen King books were the wedding favors.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Finally, finally, FINALLY getting a book published!

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Add Book

 

Meet the Author: SA Larsen

SA LarsenSA Larsen is a childhood apraxia of speech advocate, former dancer, and Maine-iac ice hockey fan, who has watched more games than she could ever count. Her favorite stories unlock secret passageways and hidden worlds to inspire and challenge the heart. She lives in the land of lobsters and snowy winters with her husband and four children (yes, they all play hockey), where she’s writing the next adventure in her middle grade series.

SA’s debut novel, MOTLEY EDUCATION (Leap Books/Seek, October 10, 2016), is a middle grade fantasy adventure. A class assignment sends misfit medium Ebony Charmed and her legless lizard totting best friend on a ghostly journey for their lives battling creatures from Norse mythology to find a relic that is vital to saving both the spirit world and themselves. But when things go terribly wrong, Ebony must dig deep to find the true meaning of her quest, which has been inside her all along.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
  • Childhood aspiration: To create, whether through painting, baking, or writing her own little off-Broadway musicals.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Early morning or late evening, and usually in her office that’s climbing in books and The Nightmare Before Christmas decor.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: YOU WERE HERE by Cori McCarthy
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watch a movie or pro sports event as a family, or hang out with her kids during family game night.
  • Favorite sports teams: Boston Bruins, New England Patriots
  • Surprising personal fact: Up until recently, she was part of the Monday Night Hotties – a group of ladies ranging in age from 22 to 60+, who dance and perform onstage.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being around some of the most talented and creative people she’s ever met and connecting with amazing readers!

Where to find her:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Add book

Meet the Author: Julie Leung

Julie LeungJulie Leung was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. By day, she is the marketing manager for Del Rey—the fantasy and sci-fi imprint of Random House. She is also the mother of FictionToFashion.com, where she interprets her favorite books into outfits. In her free time, she enjoys furtively sniffing books at used bookstores and winning at obscure board games. Her favorite mode of transportation is the library.

Julie’s debut novel, MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE: A TAIL OF CAMELOT (HarperCollins Children’s, October 4, 2016), is a middle grade fantasy. The series retells the Camelot story from the point of view of the court’s humblest creatures, who must save the realm while the human knights of the Round Table are off on foreign adventures.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Julie had an unholy obsession with THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende. Something about the possibility of entering a book like BASTIAN BALTHAZAR BUX was endlessly appealing to a young bookworm, go figure. And it also helped that Noah Hathaway who played Atreyu in the 1984 movie version was very easy on the eyes.
  • Childhood aspiration: For a prolonged hot second, Julie wanted to be the person who gets to make movie trailers. These days, she makes book trailers, which is a lot like that except with laughably small budgets.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Julie is a recovering night owl. Who is she kidding, she’s writing this at 1:46 am right now. Otherwise, she likes to overstay her welcome at local coffeeshops.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Julie is currently reading FATES AND FURIES. She just finished YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (Almost).
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Julie is a board game hipster. The more obscure, the better, like Cones of Dunshire obscure. She also likes to partake in Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. She still has World of Warcraft urges and wonders how things are in Ironforge these days.
  • Favorite sports teams: Julie is an entry-level Patriots fan.
  • Surprising personal fact: In Julie’s first NYC apartment, there was a mouse who brazenly ran out from the stove and chewed on her freshly baked cookies while they were cooling. She named it Ivan—Ivan the Terrible. Also, it was just one little mouse, not like a rat king or anything. Calm down.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: It’s the same year as her wedding. Yay, life achievements unlocking all at once for easy remembering when she’s old!

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Add Book