Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
Here’s a guide to some of the extras that Sweet Sixteens have been posting around the internet, including deleted scenes, extra stories, and details from the worlds of their books!
Pinterest Inspiration Board: Photos and artwork that inspired IVORY AND BONE
SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan
- “Alterations”: Raisa’s Selection and first day in the Adytum.
- “The Only Bearable Solution“: The story of how Mati fell in love with Raisa, from his point of view.
- “Iron and Silk”: Recruiting one Tutor into the Resistance was a risk. It would be madness to try again – but then, Jonis never was one to play it safe.
- “Exposed”: Mati has to do some quick thinking when his father finds out about him and Raisa.
THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY by Janet Sumner Johnson
Annie’s Bet: Six months before their last great adventure, Annie and Jason fight for justice at recess.
(at the same link there is also PB&J Society Rules Printable, & Discussion Guide)
THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito
Behind the Book – Designing The BFF Bucket List Cover: A look behind the scenes of designing and illustrating a cover! (With a peek at early cover designs.)
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet June debuts coming at you soon!
Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander, Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and Ava Jae!
Julie Eshbaugh used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. She eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video, making two short films and producing an online video series for teens.
Julie’s debut novel, IVORY AND BONE (HarperCollins, Summer 2016), is Young Adult historical fiction set in a time of wholly mammoths and saber-toothed cats that reads like fantasy. With a unique narrative structure, it tells the story of two star-crossed teens whose competing clans share a dark history, and who must choose between trusting—or fighting—each other.
- Favorite book growing up: So many! One of her favorites was FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by EL Konigsburg
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Late morning, at her desk facing the picture window
- Book currently reading/most recently read: A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Ernest J. Gaines
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Travel, especially to a place with a beautiful beach
- Favorite sports teams: The Philadelphia Phillies
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Being able to share the experience with her family, friends, and the great authors in this group! (And how lucky to debut in a year that lends itself to a killer name like The Sweet Sixteens?)
Where to find her:
Sweet Sixteener Julie Eshbaugh recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Shannon Grogan about her debut YA thriller, FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU (August 4, 2015 from Soho Teen).
About the Author:
Shannon Grogan is a second grade teacher who writes at night (and while her kids are at ballet and baseball) in a small logging town east of Seattle. She holds degrees in education, and graphic design/Illustration. When she isn’t writing, she’s baking, reading, watching scary movies, and wishing she were at the beach. You can find out more about her online at www.shannongrogan.com.
Visit Shannon at Goodreads.
About FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU:
Reeling from the aftermath of her sister’s drowning and the collapse of her family, 16-year-old Kara focuses on what she knows best: baking cookies. Winning a prestigious baking contest could take her away from a miserable home life. But someone is watching and leaving threatening notes: Kara has a stalker. If she doesn’t figure out who it is, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. Even her life.