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.

 

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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

 

 

 

Monica Tesler (BOUNDERS)tundra-trialsBOUNDERS (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.)

 

Giving Debut Authors a Place to Start

Today we feature a guest post by Sweet Sixteen member Parker Peevyhouse, who has created a terrific resource for other debut authors. 

I’ve learned a lot of things since my debut YA novel, Where Futures End, came out in February of this year. But the biggest thing I’ve learned is that you matter how much research you try to do before your first book gets published, there are going to be gaps in your understanding of how publishing works. I haven’t been afraid to ask questions as I’ve gone through this process, but what I have discovered is that I didn’t always know which questions I should be asking! And those unasked, unanswered questions led to a lot of… unpleasant… surprises.

Look, I’m really into reading up on stuff. But when you sign a publishing contract, no one hands you a manual. So, in the interest of helping the next class(es) of debut writers, I’ve decide to create not a manual (because I still have not acquired enough info for that) but an index.

So many great blogs and tweets and forums will give you information about what to expect during your debut year, and how to handle what’s about to come your way. But it’s hard to scour the web for that scattered info. So, debut authors, I want to give you a starting place: The Index for Debut Authors. This site lists what I feel is the most pertinent information for publishing your first MG or YA novel. I tried to make it very easy to navigate so that you can get some solid basics and figure out what more you need to research before your publication date.

I’m going to admit that my knowledge of debuting is limited to what I’ve experienced, what I’ve read online, and what I’ve heard from other debut authors, so I would love your help with this project. If you see anything inaccurate on the site, or if you have a helpful blog post or article that a post on the site should point toward, please leave a comment so that I can amend the post. I would actually love to add lots of links to other places where debut authors can expand their knowledge of publishing.

I really, really hope that this will help you prepare for your publishing debut! I’m rooting for you–good luck!

 


Parker PeevyhouseWHERE FUTURES ENDParker Peevyhouse writes fiction about teens in unusual situations. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works at a junior/senior high school and volunteers with teens. She can usually be found wandering local trails, playing board games, or watching science fiction movies. Her first novel, Where Futures End (Penguin/Dawson, February 2016), which Kirkus called “strange and compelling,” has been featured on such websites as EntertainmentWeekly.com, Barnes and Noble Teen Blog, io9.com, and in Glitter Magazine.

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

Printable Release Calendar for February!

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

Click here for the February 2016 calendar in .pdf format

Book Cover Calendar Feb

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.