Thank the Admins!

“Thank the Admins” is an end-of-2016 feature that provides a shout-out to the core group of sixteen authors who have been the tireless engine behind making The Sweet Sixteens a cohesive debut group. They’ve been the brilliant minds behind ARC tours, Sweet Sixteen logo & web design, Facebook posts, Twitter love and so much more.  We hope you’ll take a moment to extend your gratitude and give these peeps a virtual high five.

Shannon M. Parker

thegirlwhofell_comps_006rattledbones_final-covercs-nkdtwyaey-2as-m-parker-1Your role as admin: Shannon wrangles news for The 16th Day Update, a feature that promotes Sixteener successes and announcements on the 16th day of each month. She’s also responsible for plastering The Sweet Sixteen website with all the gorgeous MG and YA debut covers!

What’s up next:  Shannon will release her sophomore YA novel in August of 2017. THE RATTLED BONES is *mostly* YA contemporary with a lot of creepy paranormal. THE RATTLED BONES is the story of Rilla Brae–a girl working in the male-dominated fisheries–as she contends with first-generation college access, grief, eugenics, love, forced institutionalization, and the central premise that secrets will always rise to the surface. Plus, there’s a ghost.

Shannon is also a contributing author to WELCOME HOME, a YA anthology on adoption that will release in September, 2017. Shannon’s story “Tunneling Through” takes an important look at belonging, gender identity and the fierce and lasting grip of trauma.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “I can’t live without Marisa Reichardt.”

Laura Shovan

Last-Fifth-GradeLaura ShovanYour role as admin: Laura moderated “The Debut Club” series of Fearless 15er interviews and runs the The Sweet 16s Facebook page with Marisa Reichardt. Ever wonder how your news gets onto our Facebook page for everyone to see? Welp, it’s either Laura or Marisa making sure that all of The Sweet Sixteen news finds a Facebook presence.

What’s up next:  Laura has a contemporary middle grade novel (in prose!), due out in 2018 from Wendy Lamb Books/Random House. We cannot wait for more of her gorgeous work!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “Being a debut novelist is a roller-coaster ride. You need an iron stomach and good friends to hold your hands, laugh with, and also scream with.”

 

Kim Savage

after the woodsbeautiful-broken-girls Kim SavageYour role as admin: Kim was responsible for our super fun Sweet Sixteens Contests that helped readers get early snippets of Sweet Sixteen books. She also worked as part of a team of four admins to manage our twitter account!

What’s up next: Kim has her next YA novel, BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, hitting the shelves February 21, 2017! Think The Virgin Suicides meets Romeo and Juliet with a mystical secret.
Thing you learned in your debut year: “To turn off the noise and write the next thing. And the next. Once I re-committed to the art, it all fell into place. I’m on book 4, and the Muse and I are friends again. It’s all good.”

 Bridget Hodder

RAT PRINCEBridget HodderYour role as admin: For two years, Bridget organized the super fun “Top Sixteen Lists” for the Sweet Sixteens blog. She’d post fab topics on our discussion boards and other Sweet Sixteen authors would populate the list with their own witty contributions.!

What’s up next: Bridget is working on two new projects and trying to keep up with all her commitments with the release of THE RAT PRINCE.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “The process of getting published takes a long time. I think that finding other like-minded souls and sharing the journey with them is the best thing a new author can do to stay on course!”

 

 

 

Last Chance to Guess and Get Gifted!

images-2We get it. You’re upset. But all good things must come to an end.

It’s the very last 16th-line contest post, friends! And we have a special prize for the first person to correctly match the line below to its 2016 debut novel: a copy of Jeff Vandermeer’s WONDERBOOK, on the craft of writing, donated by SHALLOW GRAVES author Kali Wallace.

But wait, there’s more! In less than two weeks, the corner turns on our debut year! That means you won’t have to guess at these lines any longer: you can start finding these books on the shelves of your favorite bookstore.

We thought those were tears of joy! Now read on:

But I missed London, like an arm, or a leg, even if I had only lived there for a handful of years, because as much as my mother insisted that my coming to Connecticut would. be like coming home, it was more like coming to a manicured jail.”

Is it from…

A. Erin Petti’s THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE (Mighty Media Press, September 2016)

B. Brittany Cavallaro’s A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016)

C. Janet Sumner Johnson’s THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J CONTEST (Capstone, Spring 2016)

D. Rahul Kanakia’s ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney-Hyperion, August 2016)

Send your answer to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. And good luck!

What’s Sweeter Than Candy Corn?

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The Sweet 16 debuts, of course. Oh: and winning a query critique or an ARC donated by Catherine Lo, author of HOW IT ENDS (HMH, June 2016)!

Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the 2016 debut novel. Have at it:

The crowd thickened the closer I got, like buzzards swarming to a fresh carcass.”

Oooh! Intriguing, yes? But who wrote it? Is it:

A. Ami Allen-Vath’s LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US (SkyHorse/Sky Pony Press, March 2016)

B. Alwyn Hamilton’s REBEL OF THE SANDS (Viking/Penguin, Feb. 2016)

C. Everly Frost’s FEAR MY MORTALITY (Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books, 2016)

D. Kristy Acevedo’s CONSIDER (Jolly Fish Press, April 2016)

Think you know it? Send your answer to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. Good luck!

Show Us How Smart You Are.

images-1The first Friday in September means it’s time for the Sweet Sixteens’ challenge!

It also means we’re less than four months away from 2016, our debut year, when the very first of the sweet sixteen debuts hit the shelves. But we digress.

Match the 16th line to its novel and win a critique of your query AND your first five pages by Sheryl Scarborough, author of the forthcoming CS High (Tor/Macmillan, October 2016).

Get it wrong, and you might get House points deducted. Don’t doubt.

I had never seen a girl with skin like mine.”

Is it the 16th line of…

A. Mike Grosso’s I AM DRUMS (Clarion Books/HMH, Sept. 2016)

B. Ava Jae’s BEYOND THE RED (Sky Pony Press, March 2016)

C. Kathleen Glasgow’s GIRL IN PIECES (Random House/Delacorte, Fall 2016)

D. Parker Peeveyhouse’s WHERE FUTURES END (Penguin/ Dawson, Feb. 2016)

Got a guess? Send it to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. And may you never know the inside of the Detention Chamber.

16th Day Update: It’s All About the COVERS!

Sweet 16 Cover Reveals: A visual feast!

after the woodsAFTER THE WOODS

Kim Savage’s fantastically haunting cover for AFTER THE WOODS was released by FSG/Macmillan in mid-May and will be featured on B&N Teen Blog soon. Watch for the trailer on Hypable.com this fall. It is available now for pre-order.

“Statistically speaking, girls like me don’t come back when guys like Donald Jessup take us.” Julia knows she beat the odds. She escaped the kidnapper who hunted her in the woods for two terrifying nights that she can’t fully remember. Now it’s one year later, and a dead girl turns up in those same woods. The terrible memories resurface, leaving Julia in a stupor at awkward moments-in front of gorgeous Kellan MacDougall, for example. At least Julia’s not alone. Her best friend, Liv, was in the woods, too. When Julia got caught, Liv ran away. Is Liv’s guilt over leaving Julia the reason she’s starving herself? Is hooking up with Shane Cuthbert, an addict with an explosive temper, Liv’s way of punishing herself for not having Julia’s back? As the devastating truth about Liv becomes clear, Julia realizes the one person she thinks she knows best-Liv-is the person she knows least of all. And that after the woods was just the beginning.

paper wishes_coverPAPER WISHES

Lois Sepahban released her beautiful cover for PAPER WISHES  into the wild with the help of Jen over at Pop! Goes the Reader on May 23rd.

This MG Historical novel follows Manami and her family as they are sent to a Japanese internment camp, where it is up to Manami to find the strength to keep her family together.

You can find more information about PAPER WISHES in the Macmillan Kids Catalog.

 

 

 Arrows FINAL2.inddARROWS

Melissa Gorzelanczyk revealed her iconic cover for ARROWS on YA Highway.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind. A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

Blackbeard_CoverBLACKHEARTS

Nicole Castroman revealed her gorgeous BLACKHEARTS cover to the world with a little help from MundieMoms on June 4th.

The pirate Blackbeard was known for striking fear into the hearts of even the bravest sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of abandoning his rigid life to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has returned from a year at sea to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams of returning to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Year We Fell ApartTHE YEAR WE FELL APART

Emily Martin’s amazing cover for THE YEAR WE FELL APART was debuted to expectant readers on June 5th.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year, she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hookup, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But the worst mistake was her first one: destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence between Harper and Declan, Declan is home from boarding school for summer break. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger . . . handsomer. But Harper has changed too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on with her. But after she betrayed his trust, he’s also the one person she’s lost all right to seek comfort from.

As shared friends and shared histories draw them together, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still possible to fix and which parts they’ll have to live with forever.

COUNTING THYMECOUNTING THYME

Melanie Conklin’s darling cover for COUNTING THYME was revealed on June 9th on School Library Journal’s Fuse8 blog by Betsy Bird.

When eleven-year-old Thyme Owen’s little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it’s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.

After Val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours and the days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.

Also! Listening Library will publish Melanie Conklin’s Counting Thyme as an audiobook simultaneously with the Putnam hardcover in April 2016. Yay!

TLTSTW_FrontCoverTHE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE  WORLD

Emily Henry released her phenomenal cover for THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD into the wild on June 10th over at Icey Books.

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.    Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.   That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.   Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

LastBoyTHE LAST BOY AT SAINT EDITH’S

Lee Gjertsen Malone’s irresistible cover for THE LAST BOY AT SAINT EDITH’S appeared on KidLiterati on June 11th.

Seventh grader Jeremy Miner has a girl problem. Or, more accurately, a girls problem. Four hundred and seventy-five of them. That’s how many girls attend his school, St. Edith’s Academy. Jeremy is the only boy left after the school’s brief experiment in coeducation. And he needs to get out. His mom won’t let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his how hands: He’s going to get expelled.

Together with his best friend, Claudia, Jeremy unleashes a serious of hilarious pranks in hope that he’ll get kicked out with minimum damage to his permanent record. But when his stunts start to backfire, Jeremy has to decide whom he’s willing to knock down on his way out the door.  Written with equal parts humor and heart, Lee Gjertsen Malone’s debut is all about fitting in, standing out, and finding the place where you belong.

 INTO THE DIMINTO_THE_DIM

Janet B. Taylor revealed her breathtaking cover for INTO THE DIM on YA Books Central on June 11th.

Only secrets from her past can save her future.

The “homeschooled girl” in a small town, Hope Walton has crippling phobias that don’t endear her to her adoptive dad’s perfectly blond, perfectly southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic: a member of a secret society of time travelers, she is trapped in the twelfth century during the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her fears and travel back in time to rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Addictive and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an unlikely heroine’s story of adventure, sacrifice, and first love in a high-stakes race against time itself.

New Titles

Sonya Mukherjee’s YA contemporary is now GEMINI and is due out Summer 2016 from Simon & Schuster.

Amy Allgeyer’s contemporary YA novel has a new title. DIG TOO DEEP is pitched as a coming-of-age Erin Brockovich set deep in Kentucky coal country. Due out from Albert Whitman & Co in March 2016.

 

It’s the June Sweet 16 Giveaway!

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…where like Flaming June, we nap beneath poison oleander.

Not! June means six more months before the very first of the Sweet 16 novels debut! Get a jump start on your reading by winning a future ARC from Brittany Cavallaro, author of A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016).

Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the novel. Read on:

My first kiss, French kiss, was the single most disgusting moment in my life.”

Is it…

A. Celeste Lim’s THE BRIDE FROM HUANAN (Scholastic Press, Spring 2016)?

B. Dana Elmendorf’s SOUTH OF SUNSHINE (Albert Whitman & Co., March 2016)?

C. Michelle Andreani’s FAR FROM US, Summer 2016 (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)? Or

D. Rebecca Podos’s THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES (HarperCollins Children’s, Balzer + Bray)?

Know it? Want it? Send your answer to kimsavageauthor@icloud.com. And good luck!