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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: Awards, Cover Reveals, and More!

And the award goes to…

 

Laura Shovan’s middle grade debut, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was named the 2018 Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book.

 

 

 

 

 

Margot Harrison’s debut novel, The Killer in Me, was named a finalist for the 2017 Vermont Book Award, created and administered by Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 

 

 

Jenn Bishop’s middle grade novel The Distance to Home is on the Iowa Children’s Choice Award list for 2018-2019.

 

 

Victoria J. Coe’s middle grade novel Fenway and Hattie, the 2017 Global Read Aloud for Early Readers, has been selected as a One School, One Book “Sweet Spot” title by the literacy organization Read to Them.

 

 

 

 

Coming soon!

 

The third book in C.M. Surrisi’s Quinnie Boyd Mystery series, A Side of Sabotage, is coming out March 1, 2018 from Carolrhoda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michele Bacon’s second novel, Antipodes, publishes April 3rd. If you’re near Seattle, come to her book launch at Secret Garden in Ballard, 7 p.m. on April 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy McLeod MacKnight recently revealed the cover of her next middle grade novel, The Frame-Up. The novel, which explores the idea that every original piece of artwork is alive (but doesn’t want us to know it’s alive!) and will contain sixteen pages of full color glossy images of actual masterpieces from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (which are characters in the book) will be published on June 5th by Greenwillow Books.

 

 

 

 

 

Parker Peevyhouse’s upcoming book, The Echo Room, is coming September 11, 2018 from Tor Teen, is available for preorder!

 

 

 

 

Kathy MacMillan’s Dagger and Coin, the companion novel to her Compton Crook Award-nominated debut, Sword and Verse, will be published by HarperTeen on November 20. The story follows Soraya Gamo, the daughter of a crown traitor, who must learn to work with her former enemies to rebuild her nation.

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Jack’s second novel, Your Own Worst Enemy, is coming Fall 2018. Lincoln High School has three candidates for student body president: One is a career politician, one is a radical outsider, one is a clueless billionaire.  With a satirical nod to the 2016 presidential election, Gordon Jack’s sophomore novel shines a spotlight on the highs and (very low) lows of the electoral process, ultimately proving that the popular vote really is the one that matters most.

 

 

 

Upcoming Appearances

Tobie Easton will be appearing as a featured guest and panelist at two upcoming events, Teen Bookfest by the Bay in Corpus Christi, TX from February 16-18, 2018 and the SE-YA Book Fest in Murfreesboro, TN from March 8-10, 2018 (more details at: www.TobieEaston.com/events).  Tobie is the award-winning author of the Mer Chronicles series, which follows the descendants of the Little Mermaid and offers a peek into a world where mermaids aren’t just real but live secretly among us on land.  She will be signing the first two books in the series, Emerge and Submerge, at both events.

 

Keeping Up with the Sweet 16s: Wisconsin State Reading Association Reading List

Each year, the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Children’s Literature Committee selects books published during the previous year to recommend as “the most interesting and valuable books for educators and children to read.” The committee evaluates titles based on “the quality of the literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.”

Congratulations to the 5 Sweet Sixteens authors whose debut novels were chosen for the WSRA’s chapter books through eighth grade list, Just One More Page:
 
Victoria J Coe (FENWAY AND HATTIE)   bees   CHARLIE PRICE   Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)   Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

“I Wish I’d Known…”: Advice for Debut Authors, Part 5

Here’s the final installment in our series where members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.

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Sarah Ahiers, author of Assassin’s Heart and Thief’s Cunning

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Find her online at sarahahiers.com

“I wish I’d known that even though everyone says you shouldn’t read reviews, I shouldn’t really read reviews. But it also seems to be a lesson everyone needs to learn on their own.

Also, that writing book 2 will be the hardest thing ever, even though I had written books before, and after, I’d sold Assassin’s Heart. It didn’t matter. It was still really hard, just like for countless other debut authors before me. They were right all along.”

 

Laura Shovan, author of The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

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Find her online at laurashovan.com

“I wish I’d known that the middle grade “slow burn” was a real thing. My book came out in April. The first six weeks after launch were a roller-coaster. The book did well, but sales and readership really started taking off when the school year began. Teachers, librarians, and parents are still finding my book, talking about it, and sharing it with young readers.”

 

Cynthia Reeg, author of From the Grave

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Find her online at www.cynthiareeg.com

“I wish I’d known that publishing a first novel is a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. That it is a marathon of edits and promotion and self-doubt and exhilaration. I feel extremely lucky to have joined with The Sweet Sixteens to weather the storms and to celebrate the highs. I’d encourage debut authors to find peer support in their writing community. It will make the adventure much easier and enjoyable!”

 

Lisa A. Koosis, author of Resurrecting Sunshine

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Find her online at www.lisakoosis.com

“I wish I’d known that as amazing as my debut year would be, it would also be terrifying, that there would be times when everything would be outside my comfort zone. I wish I’d known that I’d have moments when I’d want to make the whole thing just stop…and that it’s normal to feel that way, that it will eventually pass. I wish I’d known to trust myself more, that when it came time, I would find it in me to do what needed to be done (like speaking in front of people!). So trust yourself…and enjoy the ride!”

 

Harriet Reuter Hapgood, author of The Square Root of Summer

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Find her online at harrietreuterhapgood.com

“I wish I’d known that I really was invited to the party! My first panels and green rooms and events were a crash-course in imposter syndrome. The thing is, I deserved to be there. I might not know everything (joke, I know everything), but I knew how to write get an agent, write a YA book, sell it – which qualified me to answer questions about YA, publishing, craft. I did all the things, but I wish I’d done so with way less anxiety and beta-blockers and self-doubt, and much more razzmatazz and balloons.”

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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.)

 

The Sweet Sixteens at the NCTE Annual Convention

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Many of our members will be on hand at the NCTE/ALAN Annual Convention this weekend in Atlanta!  Here’s where to find them:

Friday, November 18

9:30 AM:

  • Cheryl Blackford will appear on the “Engaging the Muse: Advocating for Creative Thinking in the Common Core Classroom” panel with Anne Nesbet, Tracey Baptiste, Laura Gary, Jennifer Ziegler, and Terra Elan McVoy

11:00 AM:

  • Jennie Brown will present “Teachers Who Write: Finding the Teach, Write, Life Balance” (B311)

12:30 PM:

  • Tara Sim will appear on the “Diverse Voices in Historical YA” panel

2:00 PM:

  • Cheryl Blackford will be signing LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY at the HMH booth

4:00 PM:

  • Victoria J. Coe will be signing FENWAY AND HATTIE at the Penguin booth
  • Elly Swartz will appear on the “Bibliotherapy: Advocacy on the Page and in the Classroom” panel with Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Anne Nesbet, Erin Moulton. Kari Ann Holt, moderated by Paul Hankins (B407)

 

Saturday, November 19

8:00 AM:

  • Tara Sim will appear on the “Making Space for Advocacy in YA Speculative Fiction” panel

9:30 AM:

  • Elly Swartz will be signing FINDING PERFECT at the MCPG booth.
  • Alison Umminger will be signing AMERICAN GIRLS at the Macmillan booth.
  • Laura Shovan will be appearing on the “Writing for a Better World: Poetry Response to World Events” panel with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Irene Latham, Margarita Engle, and Tara Smith (B210)

2:45 PM:

  • Audrey Coulthurst and Tara Sim will appear on the “Authors Exploring Diverse Perspectives in the Classroom” panel (A404)

4:00 PM:

  • Laura Shovan will be signing THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY at the SCBWI Southern Breeze Signing (A411)
  • Tara Sim will be signing TIMEKEEPER at the Sky Pony Booth (#236)

 

Sunday, November 20

9:00 AM:

  • Laura Shovan will be signing THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY at the Random House booth (#412)

10:00 AM:

  • Sarah S. Reida will be signing MONSTERVILLE: A LISSA BLACK PRODUCTION at the Sky Pony Booth (#236).

12:00 Noon:

  • Victoria J. Coe and Laura Shovan will present “Writing Strategies for Teaching Empathy Through POV” with Cheryl Lawton Malone (A310)

 

Monday, November 21

9:20 AM:
  • Amber Smith, author of THE WAY I USED TO BE, will be appearing on the panel, “Rape and Healing” with Laurie Halse Anderson and E. K. Johnston. Chaired by Ricki Ginsberg. (B312-B314)