Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the cover below for more information about each title:
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.
Members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.
Find her online at www.heidiheilig.com
“I wish I’d known that it’s not like this forever. Moving from ‘writer’ to ‘author’ was a big change for me, and I thought the excitement, drama, pressure, and responsibilities that move brought were a permanent change. But though life is certainly a bit more stressful (and a bit more fun) post publication, a lot of the pressure has lifted because the newness of everything has faded. I’ve learned what’s important, what I can skip, what works for me, and what I just can’t do. So if debuting has you in a tizzy, enjoy the ride knowing that eventually you will find equilibrium again.”
Find her online at http://avajae.blogspot.com/
“I wish I’d known how quick it all feels! When you’re launching a book and in the thick of everything that leads up to it, it feels like a mountain of work and feelings and stress. But it’s pretty amazing how quickly your launch date arrives—and then becomes a memory. Make sure you take time to enjoy every step of the way; it won’t be long before you blink and neck-deep in preparation for your next book. :)”
Find him online at http://mikegrossoauthor.com
“I wish I’d known that it’s perfectly normal to be afraid of being a debut author. No one knows what to expect the first time through this wild ride, and the voices in your head telling you you’re screwing this all up are your fears and anxieties lying to you. You have a book. It’s real. You did good, dude.”
Find her online at http://www.jennbishop.com
“I wish I’d known that I’d spend so much time in the post office! (Mailing ARCs, bookmarks, etc.) I could’ve written a whole new book with all the time spent waiting in line. (Note to self: learn how to type more accurately on cell phone.)”
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet June debuts coming at you soon!
Jenn Bishop earned her B.A. from University of Chicago, and a master’s in Library Science from Simmons College. After working as a teen and children’s librarian, she decided she was not quite done with school and went to Vermont College of Fine Arts for her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Jenn currently resides outside of Boston with her astrophysicist husband and cat, Lilly. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found rooting for the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jenn’s debut middle grade novel, THE DISTANCE TO HOME (Knopf/Random House, June 2016), will appeal to fans of Cynthia Lord and Lisa Graff. The summer after her older sister Haley died, nothing feels quite right for eleven-year-old Quinnen. Her main salvation is the Bandits, the minor league baseball team in town, and for once her parents agree to host a player. But it’s still not the same as being on the field herself—pitching from the mound—something she hasn’t done since Haley’s death. Can she find a way to get back in the game, even though everything’s changed?
Where to find her:
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