Congratulations to our member with a book releasing today! Click on the cover below for more information:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Here’s the final installment in our series where members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.
Sarah Ahiers, author of Assassin’s Heart and Thief’s Cunning
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
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
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
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
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.”
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 by Victoria J. Coe
COUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin
THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati
SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan
RIPPLE by Heather Smith Meloche
THE GIRL WHO FELL by Shannon M. Parker
WHERE FUTURES END by Parker Peevyhouse
UNDERWATER by Marisa Reichardt
CROSSING THE LINE by Meghan Rogers
THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito
THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY by Laura Shovan
BOUNDERS (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.)
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
- 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
- Jennie Brown will present “Teachers Who Write: Finding the Teach, Write, Life Balance” (B311)
- Tara Sim will appear on the “Diverse Voices in Historical YA” panel
- Cheryl Blackford will be signing LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY at the HMH booth
- 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
- Tara Sim will appear on the “Making Space for Advocacy in YA Speculative Fiction” panel
- 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)
- Audrey Coulthurst and Tara Sim will appear on the “Authors Exploring Diverse Perspectives in the Classroom” panel (A404)
- 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
- Laura Shovan will be signing THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY at the Random House booth (#412)
- Sarah S. Reida will be signing MONSTERVILLE: A LISSA BLACK PRODUCTION at the Sky Pony Booth (#236).
- Victoria J. Coe and Laura Shovan will present “Writing Strategies for Teaching Empathy Through POV” with Cheryl Lawton Malone (A310)
Monday, November 21
- 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)
“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
Your 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.”
Your 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.”
Your 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!
Your 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!”