Educator & Discussion Guides from the Sweet Sixteens

Whether you’re a teacher looking for curriculum connections or a book club organizer looking for a new selection with ready-made discussion questions, we have the resources for you! The links below provide direct, free (!!!) access to educator’s guides and discussion questions for a variety of middle grade and young adult titles, all published in 2016.

Middle Grade:

 BFF Bucket List

The BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito

 

 

 

COUNTING THYME

 

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

 

 

 

THE DISTANCE TO HOME

 

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

 

 

 

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Earth Force Rising (Bounders 1), The Tundra Trials (Bounders 2) by Monica Tesler

 

 

 

Victoria J Coe (FENWAY AND HATTIE)

 

Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe

 

 

 

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Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

 

 

 

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From The Grave by Cynthia Reeg

 

 

 

Howard Wallace

 

Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall

 

 

 

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I Am Drums by Mike Grosso

 

 

 

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The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw

 

 

 

Last-Fifth-Grade

 

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

 

 

 

PBJ Society

 

The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society by Janet Sumner Johnson

 

 

 

WAR

 

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi

 

 

 

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Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway

 

 

 

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Motley Education by S.A. Larsen

 

 

 

Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)

 

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

 

 

 

RAT PRINCE

 

The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder

 

 

 

CHARLIE PRICE

 

The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jennifer Maschari

 

 

 

 

Young Adult:

DIG TOO DEEP

 

Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer [second page]

 

 

 

mY KIND OF CRAZY

 

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul

 

 

 

Phantom Limbs

 

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

 

 

 

Underwater

 

Underwater: A Novel by Marisa Reichardt

 

 

 

THE WAY I USED TO BE

 

The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

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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.)

 

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

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

 

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!