Releasing Today: November 22, 2016

Congratulations to our member with a book releasing today!  Click on the cover below for more information:

Fire and Stars

The Sweet Sixteens at the NCTE Annual Convention



Many of our members will be on hand at the NCTE/ALAN Annual Convention this weekend in Atlanta!  Here’s where to find them:

Friday, November 18

9:30 AM:

  • Cheryl Blackford will appear on the “Engaging the Muse: Advocating for Creative Thinking in the Common Core Classroom” panel with Anne Nesbet, Tracey Baptiste, Laura Gary, Jennifer Ziegler, and Terra Elan McVoy

11:00 AM:

  • Jennie Brown will present “Teachers Who Write: Finding the Teach, Write, Life Balance” (B311)

12:30 PM:

  • Tara Sim will appear on the “Diverse Voices in Historical YA” panel

2:00 PM:

  • Cheryl Blackford will be signing LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY at the HMH booth

4:00 PM:

  • Victoria J. Coe will be signing FENWAY AND HATTIE at the Penguin booth
  • Elly Swartz will appear on the “Bibliotherapy: Advocacy on the Page and in the Classroom” panel with Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Anne Nesbet, Erin Moulton. Kari Ann Holt, moderated by Paul Hankins (B407)


Saturday, November 19

8:00 AM:

  • Tara Sim will appear on the “Making Space for Advocacy in YA Speculative Fiction” panel

9:30 AM:

  • Elly Swartz will be signing FINDING PERFECT at the MCPG booth.
  • Alison Umminger will be signing AMERICAN GIRLS at the Macmillan booth.
  • Laura Shovan will be appearing on the “Writing for a Better World: Poetry Response to World Events” panel with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Irene Latham, Margarita Engle, and Tara Smith (B210)

2:45 PM:

  • Audrey Coulthurst and Tara Sim will appear on the “Authors Exploring Diverse Perspectives in the Classroom” panel (A404)

4:00 PM:

  • Laura Shovan will be signing THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY at the SCBWI Southern Breeze Signing (A411)
  • Tara Sim will be signing TIMEKEEPER at the Sky Pony Booth (#236)


Sunday, November 20

9:00 AM:

  • Laura Shovan will be signing THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY at the Random House booth (#412)

10:00 AM:

  • Sarah S. Reida will be signing MONSTERVILLE: A LISSA BLACK PRODUCTION at the Sky Pony Booth (#236).

12:00 Noon:

  • Victoria J. Coe and Laura Shovan will present “Writing Strategies for Teaching Empathy Through POV” with Cheryl Lawton Malone (A310)


Monday, November 21

9:20 AM:
  • Amber Smith, author of THE WAY I USED TO BE, will be appearing on the panel, “Rape and Healing” with Laurie Halse Anderson and E. K. Johnston. Chaired by Ricki Ginsberg. (B312-B314)

Preorder Goodies, November

A new month, a new collection of preorder incentives for upcoming releases from the Sweet Sixteens!

Preorder Incentives

Teach me to Forget_BG cvr.inddTEACH ME TO FORGET by Erica Champan (Merit Press, 12/2/16) Preorder and get:

1. (1) Exclusive 5 by 7 print of original watercolor painting of Ellery (main character in TMTF) by my amazingly talented sister Hannah Langley. She painted it after I wrote the first draft. I’m so excited to share what I’ve been admiring for years with you. I added a couple of my favorite quotes from the book on the back too!
2. (1) Signed double-sided bookmark
3. (1) Signed bookplate
4. $1.50 donation for every pre-order (up to $500) to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Thanks to Nena Boling-Smith and Eric Smith for offering the additional .50 to my $1, up to $250!)


Fire and StarsOf Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, November 22, 2016) Preorder and get a swag pack including limited edition art cards of characters! More preorders = more art cards unlocked. If the final tier of the preorder campaign is unlocked, everyone who preordered will be entered in a drawing to receive a Kindle Paperwhite or a $100 gift card to the bookstore of their choice. US/Canada only unless order is placed through BookPeople.

Printable Release Calendar for November!

Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet November debuts coming at you soon!

Click here for the November 2016 calendar in .pdf format




Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander,  Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and Ava Jae!











Meet the Author: Audrey Coulthurst

Audrey CoulthurstAudrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse. Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Audrey’s debut novel, OF FIRE AND STARS (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, November 22, 2016), is a Young Adult fantasy. Princess Denna has spent most of her life preparing to marry the prince of a neighboring kingdom and to one day become queen. But as her forbidden magical gift for fire becomes harder to hide and she starts to fall in love with her fiancé’s rogueish sister, Mare, she has to choose between her duty, her power, and her heart.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: She loved too many books to pick just one, but BY THE SWORD by Mercedes Lackey was a huge influence on her as a writer.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Writing either early in the morning or very late at night after everyone else is asleep seems to work best for her.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Horseback riding, singing, and trying new restaurants and foods.
  • Favorite sports teams: Her apathy regarding sportsball is legendary.
  • Surprising personal fact: She judged her first car show at age 14.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Making lots of new friends whose books she can’t wait to read.

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Add Book

The Sweet Sixteens at BookExpo America

beaMany of our members will be on hand at BookExpo America (BEA) this weekend in Chicago!  Here’s where to find them:

Thursday, May 12

10:00 AM-10:30 AM:

  • Isabel Bandiera will be signing BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER in the autograph area, Table 14.
  • Audrey Coulthurst will be signing OF FIRE AND STARS at the Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Booth (#2038-2039)

11:00 AM:

  • Lisa A. Koosis will be signing RESURRECTING SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

1:00 PM-2:00 PM:

  • Robin Yardi will be signing THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ in the autograph area, Table 12.

3:00-3:30 PM:

  • Julie Leung will be signing MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE: A TAIL OF CAMELOT in the autograph area, Table 10.

3:00-4:00 PM:

  • Paula Garner will be signing PHANTOM LIMBS at the Candlewick Booth (#1529).



Friday, May 13

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:

  • Casey Lyall will be signing HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. at the Sterling Booth (#1467)
  • Jeff Giles will be signing THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING in the autograph area, Table 6.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM:

  • Stephanie Garber will be signing CARAVAL at theMacmillan/Flatiron Books Booth (#1958)

12:30 PM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

1:00 PM-1:30 PM:

  • Kerri Maniscalco will be signing STALKING JACK THE RIPPER in the autograph area, Table 11

1:15 PM-1:45 PM:

  • Wade Albert White will be discussing THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES in the “Meet the Middle Grade Buzz Authors” Panel at the Uptown Stage

2:30 PM-3:00 PM:

  • Wade Albert White will be signing THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES in the autograph area, Table 3

3:00-4:00 PM:

  • Caleb Roehrig will be signing LAST SEEN LEAVING in the autograph area, Table 8


Saturday, May 14

10:30 AM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

11:00 AM:

  • Wendy Spinale will be signing EVERLAND at the Scholastic Booth

2:00 PM:

  • Wendy Spinale will be signing EVERLAND at the Scholastic Booth

3:30 PM:

  • Lisa A. Koosis will be signing RESURRECTING SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)