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

“I Wish I’d Known…”: Advice for Debut Authors, Part 2

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

Read Part 1.

Kristy Acevedo, author of Consider and Contribute

Kristy Acevedo   Kristy Acevedo Consider   contribute

Find her online at kristyacevedo.com

“I wish I had known how exhausting and amazing publishing my debut book would be. Since I teach high school full-time, I wasn’t prepared for how much additional time would be spent on things like editing, marketing, and emailing. I learned how crucial it is how to manage my personal time to de-stress and enjoy the journey. Also, the relationships I made with other writers were absolutely essential in surviving the rough times.”

 

Melanie Conklin, author of Counting Thyme

Melanie_conklin   COUNTING THYME

Find her online at www.melanieconklin.com

“I wish I’d known that the writing community is so supportive of debut authors. Do not be shy about reaching out to established authors as you figure out the ropes of being an author. You’re not alone, even though it may feel like it at times. Publishing is a team sport!”

 

Christian McKay Heidicker, author of Cure for the Common Universe

Christian McKay Heidicker    Cure for the Common Universe

Find him online at www.cmheidicker.com

“I wish I’d known to start working on your next project as soon as possible. The day after that final draft is turned in. There are rough waters ahead. No matter how successful you are. There will be bad reviews. There will be repetitive questions. Having another arrow in your quiver is the best way to distract yourself. If you get a bad review, fine. You’ve got something different on the way. If you get bogged down describing your book for the 217th time, you’ll still have a spark in your eye. Something more exciting is on the way.”

 

Robin Reul, author of My Kind of Crazy

Robin Reul   mY KIND OF CRAZY

Find her online at www.robinreul.com

“I wish I’d known that marketing my book was like a full-time job all by itself, especially while trying to simultaneously write my next one. You can’t solely rely on your publisher to promote your book and getting the word out in person and on social media via interviews, blog posts, Facebook, Twitter, etc. can be extremely time consuming and costly. It’s helpful to focus on outlets that will get you the largest exposure and to be discerning with your energies so you don’t lose your ability to focus on your writing!”

 

Robin Yardi, author of The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez

Robin Yardi   WAR

Find her online at robinyardi.com

“I wish I’d known that I wouldn’t know what I wish I had known. That after a book with good reviews and awards I would still feel like a beginner. That writing the second book would feel as hard as the first, but that it wouldn’t matter, because I’d do it anyway. Write that next hard book. Writers are like crazy marathon runners. Not the one and done kind, but the kind that run a race or two every year for the rest of our lives. While our intellectual tendons creak and our emotional toes turn black, we keep writing.”

 

Sample Chapters and Preorder Goodies, March

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

Sample Chapters

maypopChapter 1 of THE MAYPOP KIDNAPPING by C.M. Surrisi (Carolrhoda/Lerner, March 1, 2016)

 

 

 

FirstTimeSheDrownedFirst two chapters of THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED by Kerry Kletter (Philomel/Penguin, March 15, 2016)

 

 

 

Don't Get CaughtFirst three chapters of DON’T GET CAUGHT by Kurt Dinan (Sourcebooks Fire, April 1, 2016)

 

 

 

mY KIND OF CRAZYFirst three chapters of MY KIND OF CRAZY by Robin Reul (Sourcebooks Fire, April 5, 2016)

 

 

 

JerkbaitChapter 1 of JERKBAIT by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 3, 2016)

 

 

 

 

Preorder Incentives

COUNTING THYMECOUNTING THYME by Melanie Conklin (Putnam/Penguin, April 12, 2016): For every pre-order of Counting Thyme, 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:

  • 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
  • An early invitation to participate in a Counting Thyme reader participation campaign launching in 2016!

EMERGEEMERGE by Tobie Easton (Month9Books, April 19, 2016): Preorder to win mermaid-themed prizes, gift cards, and even an AMAZON FIRE TABLET (WRITERS: win a 50-page agent manuscript critique!)

 

 

 

SUFFER LOVESUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 3, 2016): Preorder and get a signed bookmark and a magnet, open international.

 

 

 
JerkbaitJERKBAIT by Mia Siegert (Jolly Fish Press, May 3, 2016): First 125 Preorders. First 25 get signed note from author plus signed book and special bookmark; next 100 get special JERKBAIT keychain and a copy of THE JOEY PARKER MOVEMENT. Email proof of purchase to publicity@jollyfishpress.com with subject JERKBAIT GIVEAWAY. (Preorders are going fast, so get your request in quickly!)

 
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!)

Printable Release Calendar for April!

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

Click here for the April 2016 calendar in .pdf format

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Author: Robin Reul

Robin ReulRobin Reul has been writing stories since she was old enough to hold a pen. Though she grew up on movie sets and worked for years in the film and television industry, she ultimately decided to focus her attention on writing young adult novels. And unlike Hank, she does not know how to ride a bike. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter.

Robin’s debut MY KIND OF CRAZY (Sourcebooks Fire, April 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel pitched as Freaks and Geeks meets The Spectacular Now. After his promposal goes up in flames (literally), down-on-his-luck Hank strikes up an unusual friendship with a budding pyromaniac, who is struggling with her own darkness and thinks he may be a kindred spirit.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager.
  • Childhood aspiration: She’s wanted to be a writer since she was about three years old.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Mornings, preferably before 10am, at her desk (which is in the living room!), full pot of coffee an arm’s reach away.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Just finished ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven and THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jessi Kirby. LOVED both! Next up on the TBR pile is THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Writing, yoga, cooking, coffee drinking, pastry eating.
  • Favorite sports teams: Red Sox!!
  • Surprising personal fact: Her first job ever was opening fan mail for Janice Pennington, one of the original models on THE PRICE IS RIGHT.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: The fact that her lifelong dream is coming true and she gets to share this experience with others who are experiencing the same exciting reality!

Where to find her:

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