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

 

 

 

Finding Perfect Cover

 

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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“I Wish I’d Known…”: Advice for Debut Authors, Part 1

Members of the Sweet Sixteens share what they’ve learned in their debut year.

Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere

Heidi Helig   Heidi Heilig (THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE)

Find her online at www.heidiheilig.com

“I wish I’d known that it’s not like this forever. Moving from ‘writer’ to ‘author’ was a big change for me, and I thought the excitement, drama, pressure, and responsibilities that move brought were a permanent change. But though life is certainly a bit more stressful (and a bit more fun) post publication, a lot of the pressure has lifted because the newness of everything has faded. I’ve learned what’s important, what I can skip, what works for me, and what I just can’t do. So if debuting has you in a tizzy, enjoy the ride knowing that eventually you will find equilibrium again.”

 

Ava Jae, author of the Beyond the Red trilogy

Ava Jae  Beyond the Red

Find her online at http://avajae.blogspot.com/

“I wish I’d known how quick it all feels! When you’re launching a book and in the thick of everything that leads up to it, it feels like a mountain of work and feelings and stress. But it’s pretty amazing how quickly your launch date arrives—and then becomes a memory. Make sure you take time to enjoy every step of the way; it won’t be long before you blink and neck-deep in preparation for your next book. :)”

 

Mike Grosso, author of I Am Drums

Mike Grosso Author Headshot cropped  I-AM-DRUMS-R4

Find him online at http://mikegrossoauthor.com

“I wish I’d known that it’s perfectly normal to be afraid of being a debut author. No one knows what to expect the first time through this wild ride, and the voices in your head telling you you’re screwing this all up are your fears and anxieties lying to you. You have a book. It’s real. You did good, dude.”

 

Jenn Bishop, author of The Distance to Home and 14 Hollow Road

Jenn Barnes   THE DISTANCE TO HOME   14 Hollow Road

Find her online at http://www.jennbishop.com

“I wish I’d known that I’d spend so much time in the post office! (Mailing ARCs, bookmarks, etc.) I could’ve written a whole new book with all the time spent waiting in line. (Note to self: learn how to type more accurately on cell phone.)”

 

 

 

Printable Release Calendar for September!

Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet September debuts coming at you soon!

 

Click here for the September 2016 calendar in .pdf format

 

SEPTEMBER

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Chapters and Preorder Goodies, May

A new month, a new collection of sample chapters and preorder incentives for upcoming releases from the Sweet Sixteens!

Sample Chapters

Darcy Woods (SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS)Chapter 1 of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods (Crown BFYR/Random House, May 10, 2016)

 

 

 

JerkbaitChapter 1 AND chapter 4 of JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 10, 2016)

 

 

 

 

Mirror in the SkyThree chapters of MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana (Razorbill / Penguin, June 21st, 2016)

 

 

 

Preorder Incentives

 

 

Crowns GameTHE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 17, 2016) Pre-order to unlock six gifts from the Tsar (and receive every single gift!)

 

 

 

I-AM-DRUMS-R4I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 6, 2016) Preorder and get a digital download of “Songs for Sam(antha): the I AM DRUMS Soundtrack”

Meet the Author: Mike Grosso

Mike Grosso Author Headshot croppedMike Grosso is a writer, teacher, and musician from Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives with his wife and son. He grew up in a musical family. He hopes to one day get out of his apartment and into a house where he can finally have a drum set without driving his neighbors insane.

Mike’s debut, I AM DRUMS (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books, 9/6/2016) is a contemporary middle grade novel. While other kids dream about cars, sports, and fashion, all Samantha Morris dreams about is playing the drums. But it’s hard to make her dreams come true when her parents are against it, she bangs on dictionaries because she can’t afford a real kit, and her middle school is planning to cut its music program. Sam’s only hope is to find a private teacher and pay for lessons herself, all without her parents finding out.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: A three-way tie among ANASTASIA KRUPNIK, SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, and THE THING AT THE FOOT OF THE BED.
  • Childhood aspiration: A rockstar with really weird hair.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Whenever his son is taking a nap.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: He’s reading THE 8TH CONTINENT by Matt London and listening to FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell in the car during his commute.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Playing music, bothering nearby family members, spooky video games, staring at things.
  • Favorite sports teams: um… uh… the Chicago Cardinals?
  • Surprising personal fact: He teaches fourth grade and enjoys telling his kids there’s a chocolate swimming pool in the teachers’ lounge.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: The greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author is that he still gets to be a debut author! He’s a former 2015 debut who lost his initial book deal with Egmont when the New York office closed, so for a short time he didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s great to be back on the road to publishing his debut while meeting so many talented authors!

Where to find him:

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