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.

Randi Pink

Into White

Randi PinkYour role as admin: Calendar Coordinator

What’s up next:  Conferences, speaking engagements, and most of all, writing.

Thing you learned in your debut year: “The most gratifying aspect of being a debut author is lifting up other authors and aspiring authors. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of book launch, but focusing my energy on cultivating someone else’s creative energy has helped me to become a stronger artist and human being.”

 

Marieke Nijkamp

marieke_1nytcoverMarieke NijkampYour role as admin: Website and blog administrator.

What’s up next:  Marieke is busy with stories for anthologies and another contemporary YA. And in between, a fantasy story to play with!! So excited for more words from this talented author!

Thing you learned in your debut year: “The book community — readers, writers, publishing folk — is a wonderfully amazing place to be.”

 

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The Sweet Sixteens at ALA Midwinter

MW-Reg-slideMany of our members will be on hand at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting this weekend in Boston!  Here’s where to find them:

Saturday, January 9

9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Evangeline Denmark will be signing CURIO at the HarperCollins Booth (#2017)

11:00 AM: Monica Tesler, author of BOUNDERS, will be participating in a Middle Grade Fantasy Panel and Signing at the Pop Top Stage

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Kathy MacMillan will be giving out SWORD AND VERSE swag and signing MORE STORYTIME MAGIC and her other storytime resource books at the ALA Store

1:30 PM-3:00 PM: Amy Allgeyer (DIG TOO DEEP), Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), and Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE) will be signing ARCs at the Albert Whitman Booth (#1922)

All day: Kristy Acevedo will be offering signed CONSIDER swag.  Find her on the exhibits floor!

Sunday, January 10

11:00 AM: Marieke Nijkamp, author of THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, will be participating in the We Need Diverse Books Panel at the Pop Top Stage

11:00 AM: Jennifer Mason-Black will be signing ARCs of DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD at the Abrams booth (#1825)

1:00 PM: Riley Redgate will be signing ARCs of SEVEN WAYS WE LIE at the Abrams booth (#1825)

11:00 AM: Emily Skrutskie will be signing ARCs of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US at the Flux Booth (#2041)

4:00 PM: Elizabeth Briggs (FUTURE SHOCK), Dana Elmendorf (SOUTH OF SUNSHINE), Emily Martin (THE YEAR WE FELL APART), and Roshani Chokshi (THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN)  will be participating in a Class of 2k16 Panel at the Pop Top Stage

Monday, January 11

11:00 AM: Emily Skrutskie will be discussing THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US at the Pop Top Stage

 

Sample Chapters and Preorder Goodies!

Put those holiday gifts cards to use and preorder some of the great upcoming releases from the Sweet Sixteens!

Sample Chapters

Secrets-of-the-dragon-tombChapter 1 of Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt / Macmillan, January 12, 2016)

 

 

 

Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)Chapters 1-9 of Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan (HarperTeen, January 19, 2016)

 

 

 

WHERE FUTURES END

Sample of Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse (Penguin/Dawson, February 9, 2016)

 

 

 

CONSIDERChapter 1 of Consider by Kristy Acevedo (Jolly Fish Press, April 19, 2016)

 

 

Preorder Incentives

CurioCurio by Evangeline Denmark (Blink, January 5th, 2016): Preorder and get a set of three charms including key and two gem stones.

 

 

 

Marieke Nijkamp (THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS)This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire, January 5, 2016): Every US and Canadian preorder gets a free lanyard with “Time Was Ours”, and every pre-order gets entered into a giveaway for a Polaroid camera.  International pre-orders get a limited edition This is Where It Ends postcard with a secret on it, and every pre-order gets entered into a giveaway for the very last annotated ARC.

 

Sword And VerseSword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan (HarperTeen, January 19, 2016): Preorder in hardcover, ebook, or audiobook and receive your name written in the language of the gods and a letter from the main character!  (Open internationally.) Ten winners will also be selected to receive handmade personalized Sword and Verse bookmarks.

 

Heidi Heilig (THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE)The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, February 16, 2016): Preorder and get one of three letters from Nix, the main character, printed on the back of a map, a signed book mark, and a map drawn by Heidi of the Sandwich Isles in 1868–the map the captain is searching for.

 

 

LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE USLiars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath (Sky Pony Press, March 15, 2016): Preorder and get a signed bookmark, postcard and a personalized signed bookplate.

 

 

COUNTING THYMECounting Thyme by Melanie Conklin (Penguin, April 12, 2016): For every pre-order, Melanie will personally donate at least one dollar to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (maximum donation of $5,000 total*), PLUS you will receive exclusive swag including a Counting Thyme bookmark & postcard, I’m a Good Cookie! stickers, a coupon for a free event starter kit from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer so you too can DO something to help make a difference, and an early invitation to participate in a Counting Thyme reader participation campaign launching in 2016! Click here for more information.

CONSIDERConsider by Kristy Acevedo (Jolly Fish Press, April 19, 2016): The first 200 people to preorder will receive a signed bookmark. Receipts must be sent to publicity@jollyfishpress.com to qualify.  Also, 20 random winners will receive a special author letter, and 5 random winners will receive a 18×24 signed poster.

 

 

JerkbaitJerkbait by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 3, 2016): Preorder and get a Jerkbait keychain. Email publicity@jollyfishpress.com with proof of preorder.

 

 

 

 

 

Printable Release Calendar for January!

2016 is coming up fast!  In less than a month, you’ll be able to get your hands on some of the great 2016 debuts.  Each month, we’ll be posting a printable calendar to help you keep track of those upcoming releases.  Here’s January’s calendar.  Print it, post it, cover it with hearts!

Click here for the January 2016 calendar in .pdf format

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Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander,  Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and designer Ava Jae!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th Day Update: 16 Days until 2016!

CaptureThree Sweet Sixteeners Appeared On The Winter 2015-2016 Kids’ Indie Next List: Marisa Reichardt, Lois Sepahaban and Marieke Nijkamp!

The list is based on recommendations by independent booksellers.

It is comprised of titles publishing from November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.

 

UnderwaterTop 10

Marisa Reichardt, Underwater (#6)

(Macmillan/FSG, January 12, 2016)

Marisa’s debut was featured at #6

 

Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)For Ages 9-12

Lois Sepahaban, Paper Wishes

(Macmillan/FSG, January 5, 2016)

 

 

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For Teens

Marieke Nijkamp, This is Where It Ends

(Sourcebooks Fire, January 5, 2016)

 

News Around Town:

Laura Shovan, author of the MG novel THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, has been named the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s Writer in Residence for 2015-2016. Laura will be conducting poetry workshops in 13 local high schools. You can read more about the program in the Baltimore Sun.
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Kathleen Glasgow, author of the YA novel, GIRL IN PIECES, wrote a “Book to Movie: Who Will Bring My Characters to Life?” for literary blog ReadWriteLove . See who would be perfect for Charlie on the big screen!

In other major news, foreign rights for GIRL IN PIECES have recently been sold to Brazil and Czechslovakia. Audio rights for GIRL IN PIECES and a second book have been sold to Random Houses’s Listening Library. Audio for GIRL IN PIECES will be released simultaneously with the hardback on Sept. 27, 2016.

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Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016) was recently featured at the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog dishing out advice for authors about working with public libraries.  Part 1 and  Part 2

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5 Sweet Sixteens will be featured authors at the NOVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington, VA on March 5, 2016.

Jeff Garvin (The Symptoms of Being Human, Balzer + Bray, February 2, 2016)

Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Arrows, Random House, January 26, 2016)

Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016)

Janet B. Taylor (Into the Dim, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 1, 2016)

Kelly Zekas (These Vicious Masks, Swoon Reads, February 09, 2016)

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And so many 2016 debut covers to love…

THE READERTHE READER by Traci Chee

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left whom she can depend on. They live their lives on the run in the wilderness, forever searching the shadows for threats. Nin’s always tried to protect Sefia, teaching her how to hunt, track, and steal, giving her the skills she’ll need to stay alive.

But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly completely alone, and nothing she’s learned can help her find out who’s taken Nin and what else they might be after. Her only clue is a strange rectangular item that once belonged to her father—which may unlock the secrets to his murder and Nin’s disappearance.

Though reading is unheard-of in her world, Sefia discovers that the curious object is a book, and a precious one at that. With the help of this book, and the aid of an enigmatic stranger with secrets of his own, Sefia is determined to rescue her aunt and uncover just what happened the day her father was killed.

 

DIG TOO DEEPDIG TOO DEEP by Amy Allgeyer

 

With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother– her ‘former’ mother, as she calls her.

But Ebbottsville isn’t the same as Liberty remembers, and it’s not just because the top of Tanner’s Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange–the same water that officials claim is safe to drink. When Granny’s lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty is convinced the mine is to blame, and starts an investigation that quickly plunges her into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger.

Liberty isn’t deterred by any of it, but as all her searches turn into dead ends, she comes to a difficult decision: turn to violence like her former mother or give up her quest for good.

 

South of SunshineSOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else.

Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.

 

EMERGEEMERGE by Tobie Easton

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings.

After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Print STICKS AND STONES by Abby Cooper

Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs.

At first it was just “cute” and “adorable,” but as she’s gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like “loser” and “pathetic” appear, and those words bubble up and itch.

And then there are words like “interesting,” which she’s not really sure how to feel about.

Now, at age twelve, she’s starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying “I know who you are, and I know what you’re dealing with. I want to help.”

As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

#SixteensBlogAbout Gratitude

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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsIn our latest #SixteensBlogAbout, the Sweet Sixteens blogged about gratitude! Check out the posts below to see what we are grateful for, and don’t forget to leave the Sixteens some love on their own blog as well as here!

Feel free to share this post with the hashtag #SixteensBlogAbout.

1) Stephanie Scott blogged about writing friends and the support of the community.

2) Breeana Shields blogged about passions and doing what you love.

3) Cynthia Reeg blogged about Thanksgiving.

4) Laurie Elizabeth Flynn blogged about the debut experience.

5) Jenn Bishop blogged about ups and down and support along the way.

6) Kristy Acevedo blogged about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

7) Everly Frost blogged about seven days of gratitude.

8) Michele Bacon blogged about 1977.

9) And Marieke Nijkamp blogged about readers, over at The Silver Words.

Curious? Follow the links and spread the word!