Autograph, Please: Where to Find Signed Copies of Books by the Sweet Sixteens

Signed books make great holiday gifts! Many of the Sweet Sixteens have paired up with local bookstores to offer signed copies; click on the bookstore links below to order yours today.

Fenway and Hattie

 

FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe

Henry’s Bear Park, Providence/Arlington/Cambridge/Brookline, MA

 

 

COUNTING THYME

COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin

[words] bookstore, Maplewood, NJ

 

 

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THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati

Barnes & Noble, Milford, CT

 

 

 

Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)

 

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

The Children’s Bookstore, Baltimore, MD

 

 

RIPPLE

 

RIPPLE by Heather Smith Meloche

The Book Beat, Oak Park, MI

 

 

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THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshop, Damariscotta, ME
Barnes & Noble, Canton, CT

 

 

WHERE FUTURES END

 

WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse

Hicklebee’s, San Jose, CA

 

 

Underwater

 

UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt

{pages} a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA

 

 

crossing the line

 

CROSSING THE LINE by Meghan Rogers

Children’s Book World, Haverford, PA

 

 

BFF Bucket List

 

THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito

Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore, Clarence, NY

 

 

Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

 

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan

The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD

 

 

 

Monica Tesler (BOUNDERS)tundra-trialsBOUNDERS (hardcover) by Monica Tesler

EARTH FORCE RISING (BOUNDERS 1, paperback) by Monica Tesler

THE TUNDRA TRIALS (BOUNDERS 2, hardcover) by Monica Tesler

Buttonwood Books and Toys (Please include signing and personalization requests in Order Comments section of electronic checkout or contact the store for assistance.)

 

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Autograph, Please: Where to Find Signed Copies of Books by the Sweet Sixteens

Many of the Sweet Sixteens have paired up with local bookstores to offer signed copies! Click on the bookstore links below to order yours today!

Fenway and Hattie

 

FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe

Henry’s Bear Park, Providence/Arlington/Cambridge/Brookline, MA

 

 

COUNTING THYME

COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin

[words] bookstore, Maplewood, NJ

 

 

Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)

 

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

The Children’s Bookstore, Baltimore, MD

 

 

RIPPLE

 

RIPPLE by Heather Smith Meloche

The Book Beat, Oak Park, MI

 

 

WHERE FUTURES END

 

WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse

Hicklebee’s, San Jose, CA

 

 

Underwater

 

UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt

{pages} a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA

 

 

crossing the line

 

CROSSING THE LINE by Meghan Rogers

Children’s Book World, Haverford, PA

 

 

BFF Bucket List

 

THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito

Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore, Clarence, NY

 

 

Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

 

THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan

The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD

 

 

Shannon Parker (THE GIRL WHO FELL)

 

THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshop, Damariscotta, ME
Barnes & Noble, Canton, CT

 

 

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THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati

Barnes & Noble, Milford, CT

Thank the Admins!

As we near the end of 2016, we’d like to take the opportunity to Thank the Admins! For over two years, a core group of sixteen authors have been the tireless engine behind: ARC tours, Sweet Sixteen logo & web design, Facebook posts, Twitter love and so much more. To thank these incredible authors for their extra time and effort, we’ll be featuring a handful of administrators each month in a Thank the Admins post. We hope you’ll take a moment to extend your gratitude and give these peeps a virtual high five.

Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)Kathy MacMillanYour role as admin: Kathy was the founder of The Sweet Sixteens! *Huge shout-out to Kathy!* She coordinated EVERYTHING, including wrangling admins! The Sweet Sixteens wouldn’t be The Sweet Sixteens without the phenomenal amount of effort, time and caring that Kathy MacMillan has devoted to this debut group.

What’s up next:  An as-yet-untitled companion novel to Kathy’s YA fantasy debut Sword and Verse, scheduled to be published January 2018. Kathy’s fans are already drooling for this one!!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “Everyone will have different expectations of you and your book, and there is nothing you can do about that.  All you can do is focus on telling the story you need to tell.”

 

Victoria J. Coe

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30075003Your role as admin: Victoria formatted and posted all of the Meet the Author features. She’s been incredible about getting to know each and every Sixteener and making them feel welcome, both virtually and (for the lucky ones) throughout her book travels.

What’s up next:  Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang, the sequel to Victoria’s MG debut Fenway and Hattie, will be published on January 24, 2017. Victoria is currently revising a third Fenway and Hattie book that will be released in Winter 2018. More Fenway and Hattie means more smiles!!!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “This year has been life-changing! I’ve learned so much I can hardly get my thoughts together. But the biggest thing I’ve learned is I’m so glad I got to go through this journey with the Sweet Sixteens. To be part of this community of talented writers and outstanding human beings has been an honor.”

Marisa Reichardt

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Your role as admin: Marisa posted all of the Fearless Fifteener interviews and kept our Sweet Sixteen Facebook page populated, along with help from MG author Laura Shoavn. Did you have your book news posted to Facebook this year? Throw a thanks Marisa’s way!

What’s up next:  Marisa is looking forward to foreign publications of her contemporary YA debut Underwater in 2017, as well as its paperback release. Today, she’s busy at work on another standalone contemporary YA novel. We can’t wait!!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “I can’t live without Shannon M. Parker.”

 

Brooks Benjamin

MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS cover for JenBrooks Benjamin NewYour role as admin: Brooks is our YouTube guru and tweets for The Sweet Sixteens account, sharing great news across both platforms.

What’s up next:  Brooks is hopping around to different states for conferences and festivals promoting My Seventh Life and Tights. In between events, he’s writing and has a couple of MG manuscripts on sub right now! Yay for more Brooks Benjamin stories to come!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “Things get seriously busy after your book comes out. This isn’t a bad thing, just surprising. But I’ve also learned that I the other Sweet Sixteeners are wonderful to rely on when you feel overwhelmed. They’re going through the same thing and they always let you know they’re there for you.”

16th Day Update

WeightofZero_front cover new12.inddTHE WEIGHT OF ZERO

Karen Fortunati’s debut, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO has been getting a lot of pre-publication love. Her book was chosen as a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce Selection and was featured in Seventeen Magazine’s September issues as “What’s hot this month.” Karen’s THE WEIGHT OF ZERO doesn’t debut until October, but you can pre-order your copy now. Find out why it’s been chosen as a Shelf Awareness BEA2016 YA  Buzz Book, a BARNES & NOBLE 2016 Most Anticipated Debut,  and an Amazon Editors Favorite Young Adult Books for Fall 2016. Timely and powerful, THE WEIGHT OF ZERO is a must-read.

The Mystery of Hollow PlacesLIKE WATER: A 2017 Novel Coming from Rebecca Podos

LIKE WATER: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired North American rights to LIKE WATER by Rebecca Podos, a contemporary LGBTQ YA novel. When Savannah’s father is diagnosed with a genetic illness she may inherit, she sets aside her plans to flee her tiny hometown after graduation. She takes a job as a performing mermaid at a water park; when she meets the handsome lifeguard’s even more intriguing sister, Vanni learns the difference between sinking and diving in deep. Publication is slated for fall 2017.

 

Shannon Parker (THE GIRL WHO FELL)THE RATTLED BONES: A 2017 Novel Coming from Shannon M. Parker

THE RATTLED BONES: Pitched as the YA Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, Simon & Schuster has acquired World English rights to Shannon M. Parker’s next YA novel THE RATTLED BONES. In the wake of grief that 17-year-old Maine lobster boat captain Rilla Brae experiences after the unexpected death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead begins to dissolve as Rilla sees a mysterious girl haunting the shores of an abandoned island. Parker is the author of THE GIRL WHO FELL and a contributor to the forthcoming YA anthology WELCOME HOME. Publication is set for August 22, 2017.

 

SUFFER LOVEHOW TO MAKE A WISH & GIRL MADE OF STARS: 2017 & 2018 Novels Coming from Ashley Herring Blake

HOW TO MAKE A WISH: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

GIRL MADE OF STARS: A LGBTQ young adult novel by Suffer Love author Ashley Herring Blake. When her twin brother is accused of date rape, a girl is torn between family allegiances and a quest for the truth. Publication is planned for spring 2018.

loveA MILLION JUNES: A 2017 Novel Coming from Emily Henry

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry’s brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. A MILLION JUNES is set to publish in January, 2017.

 

 

logo-bbfBaltimore Book Festival

Play along with Sweet Sixteens authors in back-to-back game panels at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Saturday, September 24:

2 PM: Whose Book is it Anyway? featuring Brooks Benjamin (My Seventh Grade Life in Tights), Jenn Bishop, (The Distance to Home),  Bridget Hodder (The Rat Prince), Laura Shovan (The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary),  Erin Teagan (The Friendship Experiment). Pit your wits against the pens of five wily Middle Grade authors! Audience volunteers will try to decide which book excerpt is real…and which are clever fakes.

3PM: Games with YA Authors featuring Lindsey Roth Culli (This Above All), Karen Fortunati (The Weight of Zero), Jan Gangsei (Zero Day), Karen Hattrup (Frannie and Tru), Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse), Lisa Maxwell (Unhooked). Come and play!  YA authors team up with audience members for interactive games based on their books.

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Lindsey Roth Culli (This Above All), Tobie Easton (Emerge), Karen Fortunati (The Weight of Zero), Melissa Gorzelanzcyk (Arrows), Karen Hattrup (Frannie and Tru), Rahul Kanakia (Enter Title Here), and Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse) will be participating in the YA Road Trip tour from October 6-16 in celebration of Teen Read Week. Check out the complete schedule of appearances!

Extras! Extras!: Bonus material from Sweet Sixteens authors

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!

 

ASSASSIN’S HEART by Assassins HeartSarah Ahiers
Quiz: In Which ASSASSIN’S HEART Family do You Belong?
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Ivory and Bone

IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh

Pinterest Inspiration Board: Photos and artwork that inspired IVORY AND BONE

 

 

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Sword And Verse

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

Extra stories, pronunciation guide, and playlist, including: 

  • “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.

PBJ Society

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)

 

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BFF Bucket List

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.)

 

 


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SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB by Patrick Samphire
Meet the Characters: Find out about all the exciting and peculiar characters in SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB

Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)
THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan
“A Fib Poem”: Fibonacci poem in the voice of Newt Mathews, cut from the final book.

16th Day Update

MONSTERVILLEMONSTERVILLE

Beware what lurks beneath your bed. . . . It could lead to a monstrous adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is anything but happy when her parents force her to move from New York City, the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress, to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s not much for Lissa to do there, except play Monsterville, a Candyland-esque quest to survive, which Lissa’s little sister, Haylie, has becomed obsessed with, and hang out with her new neighbor, Adam, who is intent to prove to her that Freeburg is a great place to live.

But even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring when a trek into the woods lands her face-to-face with a sea monster looking for brains to eat and then a Sasquatch that moos! With Adam’s help, she discovers a monster secret . . . or maybe just a monster: a poor little goblin they name Blue, who’s fled the world Down Below, desperate to decide on his scary form.

And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? You make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break. But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and Blue must ventrure Down Below to stage a rescue—and face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.  Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KINGIN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

Kingdom of Ash and BriarsKINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS

Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera after a bloody civil war. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm’s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard the three kingdoms of Nissera against Tamarice’s black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle—all with the hope of preserving peace.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.

 

 

EscapesTHE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES

Set in a world where fantasy meets science fiction, a subversive narrator lurks behind every page, and intrepid heroine Anne must triumph over time, destiny, and heretofore unknown levels of bureaucracy to uncover the truth of her quest.

 

FOREIGN RIGHTS

Marisa Reichardt’s Underwater has sold to Nuevo Extremo in Argentina for World Spanish rights and to Penerbit Haru for Indonesian rights.

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AUTHORS ABOUT

New stops have been added to the Behind the Pages Book Tour featuring Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED), Janet Sumner Johnson (THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY), Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE), and Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)!  The authors will all be presenting at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Regional Conference on March 19 and 20 and making appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores in Maryland and Virginia

 

 

MARCH AUTHORS GETTING GOODREADS READER LOVE

Three Sweet Sixteen debuts were chosen Goodreads readers as March’s YA BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH:

REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

THE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker

Congrats, Ladies!! Were so happy to see all the love from early readers!

GR Best Book of March

 

16th Day Update

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Janet McNally revealed her cover for GIRLS IN THE MOON on February 10, 2016 over on Publishing Crawl.

Phoebe and Luna Ferris haven’t grown up in the spotlight, but that’s only because their mother, Meg, quit her famous band when the girls were small. She hasn’t said much about it since.

Now, Luna has a band of her own, and their still-famous dad hasn’t called in three years. The summer Phoebe turns seventeen, she goes to visit Luna in New York, determined to discover the truth about her family—and herself.

 

 

 

THE BOOMERANG EFFECTTHE BOOMERANG EFFECT

Gordon Jack held the cover reveal for his YA Contemporary, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT on February 10th.

It all started with a harmless prank.

But now high school junior (and resident stoner) Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he agrees to participate in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but with the social skills of the periodic table. Lawrence thinks this is an easy task, but every time he and Spencer are seen together, Lawrence drops a rung or two on the school’s social ladder.

Then disaster strikes—Homecoming Week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairy tale–inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl named Zoe, a Renaissance live action role-playing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. But quiet, brilliant Spencer seems to have some answers. In fact, Lawrence is beginning to realize that Spencer may be the one friend he never knew he needed.

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Julie Leung revealed the cover for her MG debut A TAIL OF CAMELOT on February 15th on Mr Schu Reads.

Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his father and grandfather before him. For generations, Calib’s family has lived among the mice that dwell beneath the human Knights of the Round Table, defending the castle they all call home. Calib just hopes he will be able to live up to the Christopher name.

Then, on the night of the annual Harvest Tournament, tragedy strikes. The mice suspect the Darklings are behind the vicious sneak attack, but Calib has his doubts, so he sets off on a quest for the truth. Venturing deep into the woods beyond the castle walls, Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a threat far greater than the Darklings is gathering, and human and animal knights alike are in grave danger.

With help from a host of unlikely new allies, including a young human boy named Galahad, Calib must get the Mice of the Round Table and the Darklings to put aside their differences and fight together. Only then will they be strong enough to save Camelot.

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Destiny Soria revealed her cover for her YA Historical Fantasy IRON CAST over on Pop! Goes the Reader on February 15th.


It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths–whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art–captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite.

When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

 

 

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Dee RomitoDee Romito, author of THE BFF BUCKET LIST (Aladdin/S&S 2016), will have two middle grade books releasing next year.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES (Aladdin/S&S) follows A 12 year-old girl, used to flying around the country for her father’s job, who gets a chance to go to middle school for six weeks and sets out to see what she can accomplish without her VIP status.

SEVEN SIDES TO EVERY STORY (Aladdin/S&S) will be co-written with six other Aladdin authors. A middle grade novel in the format of Love, Actually, Seven Sides to Every Story is told from the perspective of seven different, but intersecting, characters. It takes place over the course of one night and is centered around a middle school dance.

You can add them on your Goodreads TBR lists using the links in this announcement!

CONFERENCES

Amy CookAmy Allgeyer, author of the contemporary YA novel DIG TOO DEEP, will be presenting a workshop on writing for children and teens as part of the Idaho Writer’s Guild Workshop Series in August 2016.

For more information, see http://idahowritersguild.blogspot.com/p/2015-workshop-series.html or www.amyallgeyer.com

 

 

 

Melissa GorzelanczykMELISSA GORZELANCZYK, author of the YA novel ARROWS, will be appearing at NoVaTEEN Book Festival in Arlington, VA, on March 5, 2016. http://novateenbookfestival.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

BEHIND THE PAGESAva Jae (BEYOND THE RED)
Janet Sumner Johnson (THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY)
Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)
Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)
are joining forces for a March book tour that includes panels and presentations at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Regional Conference on March 19 and 20 and appearances at several schools, libraries, and bookstores in the area.

REVIEWS

26150590Peter Brown Hoffmeister’s THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH earned a starred review from Kirkus on February 1, 2016:

It’s one tough summer in Eugene, Oregon, for Travis and his friends, “good kids with rough lives,” as Travis’ basketball coach calls them. Travis’ friend Natalie says, “This is the part where you laugh. You just have to. When things are so shitty that there’s nothing you can do, there’s no other way to react.” And the problems do pile up. Travis lives in a trailer park with his grandparents, and his grandmother is dying of cancer; his mother is a homeless heroin addict. Natalie has reason not to trust her new stepfather. Travis breaks his ribs jumping off a bridge, and his friend Malik is stabbed during a pickup basketball game. Yet the story never feels heavy or melodramatic. What might seem didactic in lesser hands feels realistic and right here. Messages are delivered in natural dialogue, the well-drawn characters speaking from the heart with wisdom derived from firsthand experience. “We keep working. We keep trying. ‘Cause fuck everyone else, you know? We just do what we do…. We keep trying hard.” And plenty of humor leavens the tale: Travis releases two 4-foot caimans into the local pond and pees on a racist neighbor’s steps, and Malik writes “dirty love letters” that Travis’ grandmother reads and loves. Travis and feisty Natalie are there for each other, and teen readers will identify with them. Travis and Natalie are white; Malik is black; poverty and love connect them. A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives. (Fiction. 14 & up)

 

Cheryl Blackford is thrilled that her MG historical fiction novel LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY received a fabulous review in the Wall Street Journal on the same day that over 70 people attended her launch party at The Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota (when the windchill was -25 degrees)! You can read the full WSJ review here.

WAR

Robin Yardi had three great recent reviews for THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ:

“Hooray! Booklist calls Robin Yardi’s #MGdebut, “an imaginative backyard adventure with light touches of fantasy.” http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Midnight-War-of-Mateo-Martinez-Robin-Yardi/pid=7791989

“Yes!! @PublishersWkly calls @RobinEggWrites‘s #MGdebut, THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, “an entertaining story!” http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4677-8306-4

“THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by @TheSweet16s author @RobinEggWrites gets a ⭐ from @KirkusReviews!!! https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-yardi/the-midnight-war-of-mateo-martinez/

 

WEBSITES & RECOGNITIONS

Laura Shovan has a new website and blog. She’ll be running a daily write-along in February. This year’s theme is Found Objects. Anyone can participate on a drop-in basis. Poetry and prose are welcome.

Diana Gallagher’s contemporary young adult novel, LESSONS IN FALLING, was selected as one of the most anticipated 2016 releases by the Barnes and Noble teen blog.

FOREIGN RIGHTS:

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan will be published in German by Beltz.

CONTESTS

Consider-fan-art-flyer-webKristy Acevedo, author of YA sc-fi, CONSIDER has two amazing contests happening now.

Goodreads ARC giveaway–10 CONSIDER ARCs available! Win a chance to read it before everyone else. Ends March 6, 2016.

Jolly Fish Press is hosting a Fan Art Contest based on one of three passages of CONSIDER. Fabulous prizes! Ends March 31, 2016.