Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens: September 2018

Author Victoria J. Coe recently revealed the cover of the fourth Fenway and Hattie book to an excited group of Iowa 2nd graders. Watch the thrilling reveal here. Fenway and Hattie was the 2017 Global Read Aloud for early readers and is a current One School One Book selection. The latest title in this popular middle grade series, Fenway and Hattie in the Wild, is coming on May 7, 2019 from Putnam Young Readers. Click here to preorder.

 

 

 

Julie Leung’s third book in the Mice of the Round Table series, Merlin’s Last Quest, releases October 2, 2018 from HarperCollins Children’s. Preorder here.

 

 

 

Laura Shovan’s third middle grade novel, A Place at the Table, sold to Jennifer Greene at Clarion Books. The book is a collaboration with author/activist Saadia Faruqi (Meet Yasmin!). It will be published in 2020.

In October, Laura will be at the Virginia Hamilton Conference to receive the Arnold Adoff Poetry Honor Award for New Voices for her debut, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.

 

Melanie Conklin’s new book, All the Missing Pieces, releases May 2020 from Disney-Hyperion. Add it to your TBR here.

 

Emily France’s new young adult novel, Zen and Gone, has been chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Book for Young Readers. It also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Zen and Gone follows a teen in Boulder, Colorado as she searches for her missing sister outside Rocky Mountain National Park and must rely on what she’s learned from her Zen practice about how to navigate life and its many challenges.

Connect with Emily at www.emilyfrancebooks.comOrder ZEN AND GONE here.

 

 

Kathy MacMillan’s new book, Dagger and Coin, releases October 9 from HarperTeen. A companion to her 2016 debut, Sword and Verse, the book features Soraya Gamo, the would-be queen of Qilara, who now sits on the new Ruling Council beside her former enemies, holding the political power she always wanted – but over a nation in ruins. Kirkus calls Dagger and Coin a “fine balance of political intrigue, relationship drama, and thoughtful characterization.” Pre-order Dagger and Coin and get an exclusive short story!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Up with the Sweet Sixteens

Elly Swartz and Victoria J. Coe have launched a new web series, Books in the Kitchen. In the first two chapters, the authors whip up treats inspired by their books Smart Cookie and Fenway and Hattie while dishing about their characters, sharing secrets, and having way too much fun. Check out the web series HERE.

 

 

Lygia Day Penaflor’s second YA novel All of This is True has received a starred review from Kirkus. Look for it on May 15, 2018 from Harper Teen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

Congratulations to Kim Savage, whose Beautiful Broken Girls was named one of Kirkus’s Top Ten Contemporary YAs of 2017.

The rights to Kim’s upcoming book, In Her Skin (releasing 4/17/18), have been sold to Amazon Studios for a TV series. Sean Berard at APA Agency brokered the deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a cover reveal for Christian McKay Heidicker’s forthcoming novel, Throw Your Arm Across Your Eyes and Scream!  The book is due out September 11, 2018. Read more about it here.

 

 

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.

 

Keeping Up with the Sweet 16s: Wisconsin State Reading Association Reading List

Each year, the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Children’s Literature Committee selects books published during the previous year to recommend as “the most interesting and valuable books for educators and children to read.” The committee evaluates titles based on “the quality of the literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.”

Congratulations to the 5 Sweet Sixteens authors whose debut novels were chosen for the WSRA’s chapter books through eighth grade list, Just One More Page:
 
Victoria J Coe (FENWAY AND HATTIE)   bees   CHARLIE PRICE   Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)   Laura Shovan (THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY)

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