Releasing Today: September 05, 2017

Congratulations to our members with books releasing today!  Click on the covers below for more information about each title:

HOWARD WALLACE P.I. - SHADOW OF A PUG by Casey Lyall      


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 by Melanie Conklin






The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop






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






Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe




Finding Perfect Cover


Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz






From The Grave by Cynthia Reeg




Howard Wallace


Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall






I Am Drums by Mike Grosso




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The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw






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






The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi






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






Motley Education by S.A. Larsen




Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)


Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban






The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder






The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jennifer Maschari





Young Adult:



Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer [second page]






My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul




Phantom Limbs


Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner






Underwater: A Novel by Marisa Reichardt






The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

Printable Release Calendar for September!

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


Click here for the September 2016 calendar in .pdf format




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











Meet the Author: Casey Lyall

Casey LyallCasey Lyall (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. Casey also loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of television, and of course, read. She’d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.

Casey’s debut, HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. (Sterling Children’s Books, September 6, 2016), is a Middle Grade Mystery novel. A lonely middle-school gumshoe reluctantly takes on the new girl in town as his assistant as they hunt down the stolen student council treasury and foil a would-be blackmailer.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Three-way tie between A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT by Madeleine L’Engle, DANNY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD by Roald Dahl, and the rest of her book collection.
  • Childhood aspiration: Writer or a member of JEM and the Holograms.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Any time between 9 pm and 5 am, seated at the kitchen table, surrounded by cats.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Watching all the shows and all the movies, baking, writing, pretending to work out at the gym when actually snoozing on the mats, taking her bike out for a cruise, and singing on the phone with her nieces.
  • Favorite sports teams: In no particular order – The Rockford Peaches, Average Joe’s, the Washington Sentinels, the Zucchini Warriors, the Mighty Ducks, the Dillon Panthers, Puddlemere United, East High Wildcats, and the Little Giants.
  • Surprising personal fact: She was once in a karaoke contest on a cruise ship. She didn’t win, but she sang Bohemian Rhapsody so really…didn’t everyone win?
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being one year away from sharing her book with the world and having these Sweet new friends to share the adventure with!

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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)