Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: September 2018

Author Victoria J. Coe recently revealed the cover of the fourth Fenway and Hattie book to an excited group of Iowa 2nd graders. Watch the thrilling reveal here. Fenway and Hattie was the 2017 Global Read Aloud for early readers and is a current One School One Book selection. The latest title in this popular middle grade series, Fenway and Hattie in the Wild, is coming on May 7, 2019 from Putnam Young Readers. Click here to preorder.




Julie Leung’s third book in the Mice of the Round Table series, Merlin’s Last Quest, releases October 2, 2018 from HarperCollins Children’s. Preorder here.




Laura Shovan’s third middle grade novel, A Place at the Table, sold to Jennifer Greene at Clarion Books. The book is a collaboration with author/activist Saadia Faruqi (Meet Yasmin!). It will be published in 2020.

In October, Laura will be at the Virginia Hamilton Conference to receive the Arnold Adoff Poetry Honor Award for New Voices for her debut, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.


Melanie Conklin’s new book, All the Missing Pieces, releases May 2020 from Disney-Hyperion. Add it to your TBR here.


Emily France’s new young adult novel, Zen and Gone, has been chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Book for Young Readers. It also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Zen and Gone follows a teen in Boulder, Colorado as she searches for her missing sister outside Rocky Mountain National Park and must rely on what she’s learned from her Zen practice about how to navigate life and its many challenges.

Connect with Emily at www.emilyfrancebooks.comOrder ZEN AND GONE here.



Kathy MacMillan’s new book, Dagger and Coin, releases October 9 from HarperTeen. A companion to her 2016 debut, Sword and Verse, the book features Soraya Gamo, the would-be queen of Qilara, who now sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, holding the political power she always wanted – but over a nation in ruins. Kirkus calls Dagger and Coin a “fine balance of political intrigue, relationship drama, and thoughtful characterization.” Pre-order Dagger and Coin and get an exclusive short story!







Printable Release Calendar for July!

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

Click here for the July 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: Emily France

Emily FranceEmily France is a graduate of Brown University where she diligently prepared for her first career cleaning cabins on a horse ranch in Wyoming. She went on to earn an M.F.A. in creative writing and a J.D. She is now a happily recovering attorney and a full-time writer in Colorado where she lives with her astronomer husband.

Emily’s debut, SIGNS OF YOU (Soho Teen, July 19, 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. In a John Green meets Dan Brown contemporary mystery, SIGNS OF YOU tells the story of 16-year-old Riley Strout who believes she’s the reason her mother is dead. But when she starts catching glimpses of her mom and other deceased around town, she realizes it has to do with an old Jesuit cross necklace she recently tried on and she enlists her friends to solve the mystery.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: A WRINKLE IN TIME, Madeleine L’Engle
  • Childhood aspiration: At age five, she told her parents she was going to be a writer. And that unicorns were real. RIGHT ON BOTH. Huzzah!
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: In the morning at the public library in Boulder, Colorado.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: 21 PROMS
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): There are other things to do?
  • Favorite sports teams: Her high school volleyball team. They won. Once. Or was it twice?
  • Surprising personal fact: She married the guy who asked her to the ninth grade dance.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: The moment she told her husband and family that she had gotten a book deal. They’ve cheered her on for so many years as she’s pursued this dream, and it’s been a gift beyond measure to share this with them.

Where to find her:

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