Sample Chapters and Preorder Goodies, May

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

Sample Chapters

Darcy Woods (SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS)Chapter 1 of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Crown BFYR/Random House, May 10, 2016)

 

 

 

JerkbaitChapter 1 AND chapter 4 of JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 10, 2016)

 

 

 

 

Mirror in the SkyThree chapters of MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana (Razorbill / Penguin, June 21st, 2016)

 

 

 

Preorder Incentives

 

 

Crowns GameTHE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 17, 2016) Pre-order to unlock six gifts from the Tsar (and receive every single gift!)

 

 

 

I-AM-DRUMS-R4I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 6, 2016) Preorder and get a digital download of “Songs for Sam(antha): the I AM DRUMS Soundtrack”

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Printable Release Calendar for May!

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

Click here for the May 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th Day Update: All the Happenings!

MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAKTHE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK

Meg Leder revealed her cover for THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK on August 8th. This YA Contemporary is pitched as Eleanor & Park meets Why We Broke Up, and is the YA novel that tells the story of 17-year-old Penelope Marx, whose first love ends their relationship unceremoniously. She decides to curate the artifacts of their time together to help tell her story and heal her broken heart.

In her junior year of high school, Penelope Madeira Marx, aged sixteen going on seventeen, comes face to face with the devastating, lonely-making, butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

It happens like this:

She falls in love.

Everything changes.

And just like the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs, heartbreak comes hurtling at Penelope with the fury of one thousand meteors.

The Museum of Heartbreak (MoH) is the United States’ national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of this particular series of events. Along the way, visitors will learn the stories of Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy; Cherisse, possibly the worst person in the world; Audrey, Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend; and Eph, her equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing childhood friend.

Welcome to The Museum of Heartbreak.

 

fierce and subtleA FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON

Samantha Mabry revealed her YA magical realism debut, A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON, on August 26th over on YA Highway.

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

V23 new typeface tagline.inddTELL ME THREE THINGS

Julie Buxbaum revealed her cover for her YA Contemporary debut, TELL ME THREE THINGS, on September 8th over at EW.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

CONSIDERCONSIDER

Kristy Acevedo revealed the cover and first chapter for her YA Sci-Fi debut, CONSIDER, on September 10th over at YA Interrobang.

As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?

The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.

To stay or to go. A decision must be made.

With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.

HAPPENINGS

AROUND TOWN: Kathy MacMillan, author of the YA fantasy SWORD AND VERSE, will be presenting “Connecting with Debut Authors” along with blogger Alyssa Susannah of http://eaterofbooks.blogspot.com at KIDLITCON 2015 in Baltimore, MD on October 10.  Link: http://tinyurl.com/kidlitcon Sword & Verse is coming January 2016!

AROUND THE WORLD: Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss and Associates will be representing film rights for SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods. Turkish rights for Darcy Woods’ SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS have recently been sold to Pegasus.

Plus the SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS COVER IS REVEALED TODAY at 1PM over at YA Books Central. Go check it out!

AROUND THE WEB: Christian Heidicker recently participated in an interview series his editor started and you can learn about CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE and all about being a debut author.

 

 

Meet the Author: Darcy Woods

Darcy WoodsDarcy Woods has held a gloriously weird mix of professions. From refueling helicopters in the US Army, to working as an esthetician in a spa, her most beloved career by far is that of author. Latte drinker, music junkie, and book hoarder, Darcy believes laughter is the best medicine and practices daily. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two tuxedo cats (who overdress for everything) and a closet full of neatly organized shoes.

Darcy’s debut, SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS (Random House/Crown, May 2016) is a contemporary Young Adult romance. When zodiac-obsessed teen, Wilamena Carlisle, discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—Relationships and Love. But when her heart defies the heavens by falling for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart, Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth shunning her mother’s legacy—and the very system in which she places a lifetime of unfailing belief.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: THE LORAX by Dr. Seuss.
  • Childhood aspiration: She wanted to be a horse, a Goonie, a mad scientist, Olivia Newton-John in Grease, an artist, a vet, a trapeze artist, and a fairy…to name a few.
  • Surprising personal fact: She has thrown live grenades and makes realistic pig noises. Usually not in tandem.
  • Book most recently read: KISSING TED CALLAHAN (and other guys) by Amy Spalding.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Sharing a release year with so many phenomenal authors poised to light up the lit world, of course!

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Add Book

The Debut Club: An interview with Holly Bodger, author of 5 TO 1

Sweet Sixteener Darcy Woods recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Holly Bodger about her YA Dystopian half-verse novel, 5 TO 1 (May 12, 2016 from Knopf Books for Young Readers).

HollyBodgerAbout the Author:

A long-time resident of Ottawa, Canada, Holly has been working in publishing since she graduated with an English degree from the University of Ottawa. 5 TO 1 is her debut novel.

Find Holly on her websiteTwitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, and Goodreads.

 

Bodger CoverAbout 5 TO 1:

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. Sudasa, though, doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

5 TO 1 is available for purchase at Amazon, Powell’sBooks A Million, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.

Darcy: One of the (many, many!) things I loved about 5 to 1 is the unique way you handle the alternating POV. We have Kiran’s chapters told in prose, while Sudasa’s are told in verse. Did you know from the story’s inception you’d want to structure it this way? Or did your characters bosstalk you into it? 

Holly: The original version of this novel was actually only from Sudasa’s POV. It wasn’t until I received feedback that the world building was not working in verse that I got the idea to add a second POV. Of course now I can’t even imagine the book without Kiran! It is as much his story as Sudasa’s and I really feel like we need both in order to see the whole picture.

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16th Day Update: All the News that’s Fit to Blow Your Mind!

MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS cover for JenMY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS

Brooks Benjamin held his cover reveal over at Pop! Goes the Reader on May 4th to dizzee-ing acclaim!

LIVE IT. All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

WORK IT. At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?

BRING IT. Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.

The AbyssTHE ABYSS SURROUNDS US

The action-packed cover for Emily Skrutskie ‘s debut was revealed on May 7th on YA Books Central.

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop.

 

ThisIsWhereItEnds1THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS

Marieke Nijkamp’s intensely powerful cover was revealed on B&N Teen Blog on May 11th.

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Marieke will be signing copies of THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS at Book Expo America! Find her in the Sourcebooks booth, Friday, May 29, at 2PM.

On May 13th, THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS was announced as one of the Publishers Lunch buzz books!

New Titles

Michelle Andreani’s YA contemporary is now THE WAY BACK TO YOU and is due out Summer 2016 from Kaherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Erin L. Schneider’s YA contemporary is now SUMMER OF SLOANE and is due out on May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Audio & Rights

Listening Library will release audio editions of Traci Chee’s YA fantasy THE READER. Audio will be available simultaneous with the hardcover. THE READER is due out in Spring 2016 from Penguin Putnam.

Foreign rights to Kathleen Glasgow’s THE TENDER KIT have been sold to  UK (Oneworld), Australia/New Zealand (HarperCollins), Spain (Penguin/Montena) and Poland (Jaguar). THE TENDER KIT is a YA contemporary releasing Fall 2016 from Random House/Delacorte.

Foreign rights to SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods have sold to Fischer in a preempt. Spanish rights (with distribution in Latin America) have sold to Urano’s Puck Imprint. Release date is scheduled for April 5, 2016 by Crown.

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE and its two sequels by Brittany Cavallaro have sold to Take Shobo in Japan. Brittany’s first poetry collection GIRL-KING is out and available for pre-order. It made a list on Refinery 29 of 30 of The Best Books Written By Millennials.

Pre-order, anyone?

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan will be available in hardcover and e-book on January 19, 2016.  Set in a land where writing is the sacred privilege of a few, it is the story of a slave girl who gets the extraordinary chance to learn the language of the gods when she becomes a royal tutor. But her dreams are threatened by her forbidden love for the prince, and her loyalty is tested by the Resistance, who dare her to join in the fight for her people’s freedom. National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley says of SWORD AND VERSE: “Fascinating and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” SWORD AND VERSE is available for pre-order at HarperCollins, Amazon and Indigo.

Other Awesomeness:

Kali Wallace will be doing a reading at WisCon 39, the feminist SFF convention in Madison, Wisconsin that’s happening May 22-25. The reading will be at 10:30pm on Saturday, May 23 in Conference 1. Also reading are Gregory Norman Bossert, John Chu, Jessica Hilt, Jennifer C. Hsyu, Leah Thomas and Tom Underberg. Kali’s short story, “The Proper Motion of Extraordinary Stars” has been published in Shimmer Magazine. An author interview to go with the ebook version of the issue is available for purchase.

Music by SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN author Jeff Garvin’s former band was featured in an April episode of the CBS crime drama PERSON OF INTEREST.

Laura Shovan, author of THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, is a poet-in-residence at Northfield Elementary  School in Howard County, Maryland. This is an annual series of poetry workshops for the school’s 3rd grade. It’s paid for in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Laura posts the 3rd graders’ writing on her blog. The students LOVE comments from fellow authors so stop by and check out their work!

Kate Hart, author of AFTER THE FALL, has profiled several YA/MG authors recently on her Badass Ladies You Should Know series, including Kirsten Hubbard, Aisha Saeed, I. W. Gregorio, Courtney Summers, Maya Rock, and Ellen Oh. Next week she’ll have newly minted NYT bestseller Sabaa Tahir.