Releasing Today: October 17, 2017

Congratulations to our member with a book releasing today!  Click on the cover below for more information about each title:

Marked Beauty by S.A. Larsen

Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: Cover Reveal and More Awards!

Check out the beautiful cover of Sweet Sixteen Kali Wallace’s sophomore novel, recently revealed at YA Books Central:

The Memory Trees

THE MEMORY TREES by Kali Wallace releases October 10, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books.

Find out more about the book and enter a giveaway for a signed hardcover of Kali’s first book, SHALLOW GRAVES, at YA Books Central.



Congratulations to S.A. Larsen, whose middle grade novel, MOTLEY EDUCATION, was awarded 1st place in 2016 New England Book Festival Award, Children’s Category, and also received the Bronze Award in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards for the Best Juvenile/YA Fiction category!



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 by Melanie Conklin






The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop






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






Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe




Finding Perfect Cover


Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz






From The Grave by Cynthia Reeg




Howard Wallace


Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall






I Am Drums by Mike Grosso




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The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw






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






The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi






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






Motley Education by S.A. Larsen




Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)


Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban






The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder






The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jennifer Maschari





Young Adult:



Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer [second page]






My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul




Phantom Limbs


Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner






Underwater: A Novel by Marisa Reichardt






The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

“I Wish I’d Known…”: Advice for Debut Authors, Part 4

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

Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.


Heather Smith Meloche, author of Ripple

Heather Smith Meloche    RIPPLE

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“I wish I’d known how out of my comfort zone I’d be having to promote my own work. Me as a salesperson is like: “You don’t want it? O.K. Cool.” But that doesn’t fly in this biz. And while I can tout my peers’ accomplishments all day, it’s awkward to ask for reviews or find a trillion flashy ways to publicize my book. But timidity won’t sell for you, so prepare to scream, shout, stand battalion-ready behind your novel, then fire it into the crowd. Even if it means withdrawing under a blanket with tea in hand after to recuperate!”


Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of The Last Cherry Blossom

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“I wish I’d known that there are specific proposal submission deadlines for state school library, reading conferences, and various book festivals. I would have submitted proposals prior to my publishing date. One source for book festivals is  Also, look up your state and neighboring states’ school library, local city library, and reading conferences.”


S.A. Larsen, author of Motley Education

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“I wish I’d known that the rigors of post-release sucking any solid story words from my head to write the second book is actually normal. Publishing your first book, entrusting your baby to the minds and hearts of readers is exhausting and scary. But it is also brave. Be gentle with your post-release self. ”


Stephanie Scott, author of Alterations

Stephanie Scott   steph scott alterations cover

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“I wish I’d known that as much as you prepare for publication, there will be changes out of your control–and that’s okay. There’s no one, single publishing experience. Share your ups and downs with other debut writers and be there for each other.”