The Sweet Sixteens at the American Library Association Annual Conference

annual-pod-2016Many of our members will be on hand at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference this weekend on Orlando, FL!  Here’s where to find them:

Saturday, June 25

11:00 AM

  • Bridget Hodder will be signing THE RAT PRINCE at the Macmillan Kids Booth (#2118)

2:00 PM:

  • Tobie Easton will be signing EMERGE at the IPG Booth (#2165)
  • Stephanie Garber will be signing CARAVAL at the Macmillan Kids Booth (#2115)

2:30 PM:

  • C. M. Surrisi will be signing THE MAYPOP KIDNAPPING at the Lerner Booth.

3:00 PM

  • Tara Sim (TIMEKEEPER) will be participating in the Author Speed Dating Event (location TBA)
  • Brooks Benjamin (MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE),Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARROWS),  and Erin L. Schneider (SUMMER OF SLOANE) will be participating in an author panel and signing at the nearby Winterpark Library.  Click here for more information.

5:30 PM:

  • Destiny Soria (IRON CAST) will be participating in the YALSA Happy Hour (The Pub, Pointe Orlando Complex).

 

Sunday, June 26

9:00 AM:

  • Destiny Soria (IRON CAST) will be participating in the YALSA Coffee Klatch (OC convention ctr, Rm W107).

10:00 AM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2045)
  • Dana Elmendorf will be signing SOUTH OF SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2045)

12:00 PM:

  • Jennie K. Brown will be signing POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY at the IPG Booth (#2165)
  • Panel: “Kiss & Tell: MG & YA Authors Talk Cuddling to Kissing to Oh My!” at the Pop Top Stage.  Featuring: Brooks Benjamin (MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS), Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE), Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARROWS),  Erin L. Schneider (SUMMER OF SLOANE), Tara Sim (TIMEKEEPER), Erin Summerill (EVER THE HUNTED).

1:00 PM

  • Destiny Soria will be signing IRON CAST at the Abram Booth (#1226)

2:00 PM:

  • Tara Sim will be signing TIMEKEEPER at the Sky Pony Booth (#2236)
  • J. Keller Ford will be signing IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING at the IPG Booth (#2165)
  • Erin L. Schneider will be signing SUMMER OF SLOANE at the Disney/Hyperion Booth (1350)

 

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Printable Release Calendar for April!

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

Click here for the April 2016 calendar in .pdf format

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweet Sixteens at ALA Midwinter

MW-Reg-slideMany of our members will be on hand at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting this weekend in Boston!  Here’s where to find them:

Saturday, January 9

9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Evangeline Denmark will be signing CURIO at the HarperCollins Booth (#2017)

11:00 AM: Monica Tesler, author of BOUNDERS, will be participating in a Middle Grade Fantasy Panel and Signing at the Pop Top Stage

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Kathy MacMillan will be giving out SWORD AND VERSE swag and signing MORE STORYTIME MAGIC and her other storytime resource books at the ALA Store

1:30 PM-3:00 PM: Amy Allgeyer (DIG TOO DEEP), Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), and Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE) will be signing ARCs at the Albert Whitman Booth (#1922)

All day: Kristy Acevedo will be offering signed CONSIDER swag.  Find her on the exhibits floor!

Sunday, January 10

11:00 AM: Marieke Nijkamp, author of THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, will be participating in the We Need Diverse Books Panel at the Pop Top Stage

11:00 AM: Jennifer Mason-Black will be signing ARCs of DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD at the Abrams booth (#1825)

1:00 PM: Riley Redgate will be signing ARCs of SEVEN WAYS WE LIE at the Abrams booth (#1825)

11:00 AM: Emily Skrutskie will be signing ARCs of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US at the Flux Booth (#2041)

4:00 PM: Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE), Emily Martin (THE YEAR WE FELL APART), and Roshani Chokshi (THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN)  will be participating in a Class of 2k16 Panel at the Pop Top Stage

Monday, January 11

11:00 AM: Emily Skrutskie will be discussing THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US at the Pop Top Stage

 

16th Day Update: 16 Days until 2016!

CaptureThree Sweet Sixteeners Appeared On The Winter 2015-2016 Kids’ Indie Next List: Marisa Reichardt, Lois Sepahaban and Marieke Nijkamp!

The list is based on recommendations by independent booksellers.

It is comprised of titles publishing from November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.

 

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Marisa Reichardt, Underwater (#6)

(Macmillan/FSG, January 12, 2016)

Marisa’s debut was featured at #6

 

Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)For Ages 9-12

Lois Sepahaban, Paper Wishes

(Macmillan/FSG, January 5, 2016)

 

 

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For Teens

Marieke Nijkamp, This is Where It Ends

(Sourcebooks Fire, January 5, 2016)

 

News Around Town:

Laura Shovan, author of the MG novel THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, has been named the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s Writer in Residence for 2015-2016. Laura will be conducting poetry workshops in 13 local high schools. You can read more about the program in the Baltimore Sun.
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Kathleen Glasgow, author of the YA novel, GIRL IN PIECES, wrote a “Book to Movie: Who Will Bring My Characters to Life?” for literary blog ReadWriteLove . See who would be perfect for Charlie on the big screen!

In other major news, foreign rights for GIRL IN PIECES have recently been sold to Brazil and Czechslovakia. Audio rights for GIRL IN PIECES and a second book have been sold to Random Houses’s Listening Library. Audio for GIRL IN PIECES will be released simultaneously with the hardback on Sept. 27, 2016.

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Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016) was recently featured at the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog dishing out advice for authors about working with public libraries.  Part 1 and  Part 2

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5 Sweet Sixteens will be featured authors at the NOVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington, VA on March 5, 2016.

Jeff Garvin (The Symptoms of Being Human, Balzer + Bray, February 2, 2016)

Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Arrows, Random House, January 26, 2016)

Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016)

Janet B. Taylor (Into the Dim, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 1, 2016)

Kelly Zekas (These Vicious Masks, Swoon Reads, February 09, 2016)

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And so many 2016 debut covers to love…

THE READERTHE READER by Traci Chee

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left whom she can depend on. They live their lives on the run in the wilderness, forever searching the shadows for threats. Nin’s always tried to protect Sefia, teaching her how to hunt, track, and steal, giving her the skills she’ll need to stay alive.

But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly completely alone, and nothing she’s learned can help her find out who’s taken Nin and what else they might be after. Her only clue is a strange rectangular item that once belonged to her father—which may unlock the secrets to his murder and Nin’s disappearance.

Though reading is unheard-of in her world, Sefia discovers that the curious object is a book, and a precious one at that. With the help of this book, and the aid of an enigmatic stranger with secrets of his own, Sefia is determined to rescue her aunt and uncover just what happened the day her father was killed.

 

DIG TOO DEEPDIG TOO DEEP by Amy Allgeyer

 

With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother– her ‘former’ mother, as she calls her.

But Ebbottsville isn’t the same as Liberty remembers, and it’s not just because the top of Tanner’s Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange–the same water that officials claim is safe to drink. When Granny’s lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty is convinced the mine is to blame, and starts an investigation that quickly plunges her into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger.

Liberty isn’t deterred by any of it, but as all her searches turn into dead ends, she comes to a difficult decision: turn to violence like her former mother or give up her quest for good.

 

South of SunshineSOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else.

Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

 

EMERGEEMERGE by Tobie Easton

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings.

After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Print STICKS AND STONES by Abby Cooper

Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs.

At first it was just “cute” and “adorable,” but as she’s gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like “loser” and “pathetic” appear, and those words bubble up and itch.

And then there are words like “interesting,” which she’s not really sure how to feel about.

Now, at age twelve, she’s starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying “I know who you are, and I know what you’re dealing with. I want to help.”

As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

The Debut Club: An interview with Kris Dinnison, author of YOU AND ME AND HIM

Sweet Sixteener Dana Elmendorf recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Kris Dinnison about her contemporary YA novel, YOU AND ME AND HIM (July 7, 2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Kris DinnisonAbout the Author: 

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she’s not writing, she helps run her family’s retail and café businesses.  She lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and two cats named Moon Pie and Raymond.

Find Kris on her website, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

22749754About YOU AND ME AND  HIM:

“Do not ignore a call from me when you know I am feeling neurotic about a boy. That is Best Friend 101.” —Nash

Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel—with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references—sings a song of love and forgiveness.

YOU AND ME AND HIM is available for purchase at AmazonPowell’s, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.
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Meet the Author: Dana Elmendorf

 

Dana ElmendorfBorn and raised in small town in Tennessee, Dana Elmendorf now lives in southern California with her husband, two boys and her tiny dog, Sookie. When she isn’t exercising, she can be found geeking out with Mother Nature or scouring the internet for foreign indie bands. After her family’s needs are met, you can find her dreaming up contemporary YA romances with plenty of kissing.

Dana’s debut novel, SOUTH OF SUNSHINE (Albert Whitman and Company, March 2016), is an LGBT YA Contemporary Romance. It’s a story of the complications of a lesbian teenage girl falling in love in a small southern town filled with bigotry and religion and what she’s willing to risk to gain their acceptance.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Childhood aspiration: Clothing Designer (Until she realized you actually had to be able to sketch)
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: In the morning after she works out, in her big comfy chair.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): running, hiking and napping
  • Favorite sports teams: When she’s forced to watch sports, it’s usually USC College football; her husband’s an alumnus.
  • Surprising personal fact: She used to be a lampwork artist, which means she made glass beads with a lampwork torch.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being sweet sixteen for the second time in her life. (Does this mean another prom?)

Where to find her:

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