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 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.”

 

The Sweet Sixteens at BookExpo America

beaMany of our members will be on hand at BookExpo America (BEA) this weekend in Chicago!  Here’s where to find them:

Thursday, May 12

10:00 AM-10:30 AM:

  • Isabel Bandiera will be signing BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER in the autograph area, Table 14.
  • Audrey Coulthurst will be signing OF FIRE AND STARS at the Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Booth (#2038-2039)

11:00 AM:

  • Lisa A. Koosis will be signing RESURRECTING SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

1:00 PM-2:00 PM:

  • Robin Yardi will be signing THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ in the autograph area, Table 12.

3:00-3:30 PM:

  • Julie Leung will be signing MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE: A TAIL OF CAMELOT in the autograph area, Table 10.

3:00-4:00 PM:

  • Paula Garner will be signing PHANTOM LIMBS at the Candlewick Booth (#1529).

 

 

Friday, May 13

11:00 AM-12:00 PM:

  • Casey Lyall will be signing HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. at the Sterling Booth (#1467)
  • Jeff Giles will be signing THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING in the autograph area, Table 6.

11:30 AM-12:00 PM:

  • Stephanie Garber will be signing CARAVAL at theMacmillan/Flatiron Books Booth (#1958)

12:30 PM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

1:00 PM-1:30 PM:

  • Kerri Maniscalco will be signing STALKING JACK THE RIPPER in the autograph area, Table 11

1:15 PM-1:45 PM:

  • Wade Albert White will be discussing THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES in the “Meet the Middle Grade Buzz Authors” Panel at the Uptown Stage

2:30 PM-3:00 PM:

  • Wade Albert White will be signing THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES in the autograph area, Table 3

3:00-4:00 PM:

  • Caleb Roehrig will be signing LAST SEEN LEAVING in the autograph area, Table 8

 

Saturday, May 14

10:30 AM:

  • Elizabeth Briggs will be signing FUTURE SHOCK at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

11:00 AM:

  • Wendy Spinale will be signing EVERLAND at the Scholastic Booth

2:00 PM:

  • Wendy Spinale will be signing EVERLAND at the Scholastic Booth

3:30 PM:

  • Lisa A. Koosis will be signing RESURRECTING SUNSHINE at the Albert Whitman Booth (#2201)

 

Printable Release Calendar for March!

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

Click here for the March 2016 calendar in .pdf format

Book Cover Calendar

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16th Day Update

Girls_in_the_Moon_Crop jpegGIRLS IN THE MOON

Janet McNally revealed her cover for GIRLS IN THE MOON on February 10, 2016 over on Publishing Crawl.

Phoebe and Luna Ferris haven’t grown up in the spotlight, but that’s only because their mother, Meg, quit her famous band when the girls were small. She hasn’t said much about it since.

Now, Luna has a band of her own, and their still-famous dad hasn’t called in three years. The summer Phoebe turns seventeen, she goes to visit Luna in New York, determined to discover the truth about her family—and herself.

 

 

 

THE BOOMERANG EFFECTTHE BOOMERANG EFFECT

Gordon Jack held the cover reveal for his YA Contemporary, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT on February 10th.

It all started with a harmless prank.

But now high school junior (and resident stoner) Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he agrees to participate in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but with the social skills of the periodic table. Lawrence thinks this is an easy task, but every time he and Spencer are seen together, Lawrence drops a rung or two on the school’s social ladder.

Then disaster strikes—Homecoming Week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairy tale–inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl named Zoe, a Renaissance live action role-playing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. But quiet, brilliant Spencer seems to have some answers. In fact, Lawrence is beginning to realize that Spencer may be the one friend he never knew he needed.

A TAIL OF CAMELOTA TAIL OF CAMELOT

Julie Leung revealed the cover for her MG debut A TAIL OF CAMELOT on February 15th on Mr Schu Reads.

Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his father and grandfather before him. For generations, Calib’s family has lived among the mice that dwell beneath the human Knights of the Round Table, defending the castle they all call home. Calib just hopes he will be able to live up to the Christopher name.

Then, on the night of the annual Harvest Tournament, tragedy strikes. The mice suspect the Darklings are behind the vicious sneak attack, but Calib has his doubts, so he sets off on a quest for the truth. Venturing deep into the woods beyond the castle walls, Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a threat far greater than the Darklings is gathering, and human and animal knights alike are in grave danger.

With help from a host of unlikely new allies, including a young human boy named Galahad, Calib must get the Mice of the Round Table and the Darklings to put aside their differences and fight together. Only then will they be strong enough to save Camelot.

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Destiny Soria revealed her cover for her YA Historical Fantasy IRON CAST over on Pop! Goes the Reader on February 15th.


It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths–whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art–captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite.

When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

 

 

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Dee RomitoDee Romito, author of THE BFF BUCKET LIST (Aladdin/S&S 2016), will have two middle grade books releasing next year.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES (Aladdin/S&S) follows A 12 year-old girl, used to flying around the country for her father’s job, who gets a chance to go to middle school for six weeks and sets out to see what she can accomplish without her VIP status.

SEVEN SIDES TO EVERY STORY (Aladdin/S&S) will be co-written with six other Aladdin authors. A middle grade novel in the format of Love, Actually, Seven Sides to Every Story is told from the perspective of seven different, but intersecting, characters. It takes place over the course of one night and is centered around a middle school dance.

You can add them on your Goodreads TBR lists using the links in this announcement!

CONFERENCES

Amy CookAmy Allgeyer, author of the contemporary YA novel DIG TOO DEEP, will be presenting a workshop on writing for children and teens as part of the Idaho Writer’s Guild Workshop Series in August 2016.

For more information, see http://idahowritersguild.blogspot.com/p/2015-workshop-series.html or www.amyallgeyer.com

 

 

 

Melissa GorzelanczykMELISSA GORZELANCZYK, author of the YA novel ARROWS, will be appearing at NoVaTEEN Book Festival in Arlington, VA, on March 5, 2016. http://novateenbookfestival.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

BEHIND THE PAGESAva Jae (BEYOND THE RED)
Janet Sumner Johnson (THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY)
Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE)
Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)
are joining forces for a March book tour that includes panels and presentations at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Regional Conference on March 19 and 20 and appearances at several schools, libraries, and bookstores in the area.

REVIEWS

26150590Peter Brown Hoffmeister’s THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH earned a starred review from Kirkus on February 1, 2016:

It’s one tough summer in Eugene, Oregon, for Travis and his friends, “good kids with rough lives,” as Travis’ basketball coach calls them. Travis’ friend Natalie says, “This is the part where you laugh. You just have to. When things are so shitty that there’s nothing you can do, there’s no other way to react.” And the problems do pile up. Travis lives in a trailer park with his grandparents, and his grandmother is dying of cancer; his mother is a homeless heroin addict. Natalie has reason not to trust her new stepfather. Travis breaks his ribs jumping off a bridge, and his friend Malik is stabbed during a pickup basketball game. Yet the story never feels heavy or melodramatic. What might seem didactic in lesser hands feels realistic and right here. Messages are delivered in natural dialogue, the well-drawn characters speaking from the heart with wisdom derived from firsthand experience. “We keep working. We keep trying. ‘Cause fuck everyone else, you know? We just do what we do…. We keep trying hard.” And plenty of humor leavens the tale: Travis releases two 4-foot caimans into the local pond and pees on a racist neighbor’s steps, and Malik writes “dirty love letters” that Travis’ grandmother reads and loves. Travis and feisty Natalie are there for each other, and teen readers will identify with them. Travis and Natalie are white; Malik is black; poverty and love connect them. A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives. (Fiction. 14 & up)

 

Cheryl Blackford is thrilled that her MG historical fiction novel LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY received a fabulous review in the Wall Street Journal on the same day that over 70 people attended her launch party at The Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota (when the windchill was -25 degrees)! You can read the full WSJ review here.

WAR

Robin Yardi had three great recent reviews for THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ:

“Hooray! Booklist calls Robin Yardi’s #MGdebut, “an imaginative backyard adventure with light touches of fantasy.” http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Midnight-War-of-Mateo-Martinez-Robin-Yardi/pid=7791989

“Yes!! @PublishersWkly calls @RobinEggWrites‘s #MGdebut, THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, “an entertaining story!” http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4677-8306-4

“THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by @TheSweet16s author @RobinEggWrites gets a ⭐ from @KirkusReviews!!! https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-yardi/the-midnight-war-of-mateo-martinez/

 

WEBSITES & RECOGNITIONS

Laura Shovan has a new website and blog. She’ll be running a daily write-along in February. This year’s theme is Found Objects. Anyone can participate on a drop-in basis. Poetry and prose are welcome.

Diana Gallagher’s contemporary young adult novel, LESSONS IN FALLING, was selected as one of the most anticipated 2016 releases by the Barnes and Noble teen blog.

FOREIGN RIGHTS:

SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan will be published in German by Beltz.

CONTESTS

Consider-fan-art-flyer-webKristy Acevedo, author of YA sc-fi, CONSIDER has two amazing contests happening now.

Goodreads ARC giveaway–10 CONSIDER ARCs available! Win a chance to read it before everyone else. Ends March 6, 2016.

Jolly Fish Press is hosting a Fan Art Contest based on one of three passages of CONSIDER. Fabulous prizes! Ends March 31, 2016.