Meet the Author: Julie Hammerle

Julie HammerleBefore settling down to write “for real,” Julie Hammerle studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on the internet, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

Julie’s debut, THE SOUND OF US (Entangled Teen, June 7, 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Kiki Nichols, who is more in tune with her internet friends and the characters on her favorite cult TV show than anyone in her “real” life, finds friendship, love, and acceptance at a pre-college summer opera program.

Fun facts:

  • Julie’s first book love is the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. She feels a special kinship toward Betsy Ray.
  • Childhood aspiration: Julie was convinced she was going to be either a famous singer or an Oscar winning actress. Or both.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Julie watches a lot of TV and movies, and she consumes way too much pop culture gossip. She has been known to shut down parties by talking too much about Game of Thrones.
  • Favorite sports teams: Julie remains fiercely loyal to her hometown teams — the Cubs and the Bulls. She also cheers loudly (and in an ancient, mangled T-shirt) for her alma mater, Butler University.
  • Surprising personal fact: Before having her own kids, she taught Latin to second graders. And third graders. And fourth through eighth graders.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Julie is excited and humbled to be in such great company. Also, 16 is one of the LOST numbers, so, obviously, it’s going to be a great year. Those numbers are LUCKY, right? Not cursed?

Where to find her:

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Meet the Authors: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer

Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen DyerIn a partnership exceeding 20 years, Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer have made lots of amazing things together. The films HYSTERIA and AWAY & BACK; a cozy home in the mountains of Idaho; a pact to always expect the best out of life; two exceptional human beings who love reading and laughing as much as they do; and a new book due out this summer. They intend to keep making amazing things for as long as they’re able.

Jonah Lisa and Stephen’s debut, THE SEASON (Viking/Penguin, July 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Megan is a college soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl.  When her socialite Mom secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for.  The Season has officially begun, but the drama is just getting started in this funny, modern re-telling of PRIDE & PREJUDICE set in the heady world of Texas debutantes.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Jonah Lisa’s favorite book was WATERSHIP DOWN while Stephen’s was RIFLES FOR WATIE.
  • Childhood aspiration: JL wanted to be an actor or a writer and has enjoyed experiencing both as an adult. Stephen wanted to play professional baseball. Alas…
  • Favorite place to write: They both write best in the morning. JL likes to write from home but Stephen needs to get out and go to the office or library. He also uses a standing desk.
  • Book currently reading: JL just finished a JoJo Moyes binge and Stephen is deep into ATONEMENT as a reminder of how gorgeous language can be.
  • Favorite things to do: JL loves to knit and make things and Stephen loves to ski. They both love the internet way too much.
  • Favorite sports teams: The Dyers are huge fans of US Women’s (and Men’s) National Soccer teams and the Dutch National team. They also support the Dallas Cowboys, bless their hearts.
  • Surprising personal fact: JL can juggle, was once a secretary at the UN and assisted in performing an outpatient vasectomy when she was 18. Stephen has read all three volumes of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago and was the first American volunteer at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Meeting really wonderful, supportive and talented people who know exactly the kind of physical, emotional and financial turmoil you’re going through.

Where to find them:

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Last Chance to Guess and Get Gifted!

images-2We get it. You’re upset. But all good things must come to an end.

It’s the very last 16th-line contest post, friends! And we have a special prize for the first person to correctly match the line below to its 2016 debut novel: a copy of Jeff Vandermeer’s WONDERBOOK, on the craft of writing, donated by SHALLOW GRAVES author Kali Wallace.

But wait, there’s more! In less than two weeks, the corner turns on our debut year! That means you won’t have to guess at these lines any longer: you can start finding these books on the shelves of your favorite bookstore.

We thought those were tears of joy! Now read on:

But I missed London, like an arm, or a leg, even if I had only lived there for a handful of years, because as much as my mother insisted that my coming to Connecticut would. be like coming home, it was more like coming to a manicured jail.”

Is it from…

A. Erin Petti’s THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE (Mighty Media Press, September 2016)

B. Brittany Cavallaro’s A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books, Winter 2016)

C. Janet Sumner Johnson’s THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J CONTEST (Capstone, Spring 2016)

D. Rahul Kanakia’s ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney-Hyperion, August 2016)

Send your answer to And good luck!

16th Day Update: 16 Days until 2016!

CaptureThree Sweet Sixteeners Appeared On The Winter 2015-2016 Kids’ Indie Next List: Marisa Reichardt, Lois Sepahaban and Marieke Nijkamp!

The list is based on recommendations by independent booksellers.

It is comprised of titles publishing from November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016.


UnderwaterTop 10

Marisa Reichardt, Underwater (#6)

(Macmillan/FSG, January 12, 2016)

Marisa’s debut was featured at #6


Lois Sepahban (PAPER WISHES)For Ages 9-12

Lois Sepahaban, Paper Wishes

(Macmillan/FSG, January 5, 2016)



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For Teens

Marieke Nijkamp, This is Where It Ends

(Sourcebooks Fire, January 5, 2016)


News Around Town:

Laura Shovan, author of the MG novel THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, has been named the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society’s Writer in Residence for 2015-2016. Laura will be conducting poetry workshops in 13 local high schools. You can read more about the program in the Baltimore Sun.

Kathleen Glasgow, author of the YA novel, GIRL IN PIECES, wrote a “Book to Movie: Who Will Bring My Characters to Life?” for literary blog ReadWriteLove . See who would be perfect for Charlie on the big screen!

In other major news, foreign rights for GIRL IN PIECES have recently been sold to Brazil and Czechslovakia. Audio rights for GIRL IN PIECES and a second book have been sold to Random Houses’s Listening Library. Audio for GIRL IN PIECES will be released simultaneously with the hardback on Sept. 27, 2016.


Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016) was recently featured at the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog dishing out advice for authors about working with public libraries.  Part 1 and  Part 2


5 Sweet Sixteens will be featured authors at the NOVA Teen Book Festival in Arlington, VA on March 5, 2016.

Jeff Garvin (The Symptoms of Being Human, Balzer + Bray, February 2, 2016)

Melissa Gorzelanczyk (Arrows, Random House, January 26, 2016)

Kathy MacMillan (Sword and Verse, HarperTeen, January 19, 2016)

Janet B. Taylor (Into the Dim, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 1, 2016)

Kelly Zekas (These Vicious Masks, Swoon Reads, February 09, 2016)


And so many 2016 debut covers to love…


Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left whom she can depend on. They live their lives on the run in the wilderness, forever searching the shadows for threats. Nin’s always tried to protect Sefia, teaching her how to hunt, track, and steal, giving her the skills she’ll need to stay alive.

But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly completely alone, and nothing she’s learned can help her find out who’s taken Nin and what else they might be after. Her only clue is a strange rectangular item that once belonged to her father—which may unlock the secrets to his murder and Nin’s disappearance.

Though reading is unheard-of in her world, Sefia discovers that the curious object is a book, and a precious one at that. With the help of this book, and the aid of an enigmatic stranger with secrets of his own, Sefia is determined to rescue her aunt and uncover just what happened the day her father was killed.




With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother– her ‘former’ mother, as she calls her.

But Ebbottsville isn’t the same as Liberty remembers, and it’s not just because the top of Tanner’s Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange–the same water that officials claim is safe to drink. When Granny’s lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty is convinced the mine is to blame, and starts an investigation that quickly plunges her into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger.

Liberty isn’t deterred by any of it, but as all her searches turn into dead ends, she comes to a difficult decision: turn to violence like her former mother or give up her quest for good.


South of SunshineSOUTH OF SUNSHINE by Dana Elmendorf

What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love?
And what will she risk for acceptance?

In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.

Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life a secret, especially from her family and her best friend. But the more serious things get with Bren, the harder it is to hide from everyone else.

Kaycee knows Sunshine has a darker side for people like her, and she’s risking everything for the chance to truly be herself.


EMERGEEMERGE by Tobie Easton

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings.

After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

Print STICKS AND STONES by Abby Cooper

Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs.

At first it was just “cute” and “adorable,” but as she’s gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like “loser” and “pathetic” appear, and those words bubble up and itch.

And then there are words like “interesting,” which she’s not really sure how to feel about.

Now, at age twelve, she’s starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying “I know who you are, and I know what you’re dealing with. I want to help.”

As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.

Meet the Author: Jennifer Mason-Black

Jennifer Mason-BlackJennifer Mason-Black fell asleep one evening as a young poet and woke, many years later, as a novelist. She’s had many jobs in her life, ranging from studying apple trees to attending births as a doula to shelving books in a library, but her current occupations of homeschooling mother and teller of tales are the ones she loves best.  She is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts.

Jennifer’s debut, DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD ( Abrams/Amulet, April 2016), is a Young Adult fantasy. A teenage girl meets a devil at her town crossroads and exchanges her voice for a pair of magical boots and six months to save her runaway sister’s soul.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: THE LITTLE PRINCE
  • Childhood aspiration: A jockey! At least until she realized, at ten, that she would never be small enough. At that point it seemed wiser to want to be a veterinarian.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: She prefers the witching hours. However, having to stay awake during the day makes staying up all night impractical, so she writes in the morning instead.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: THE FALL: A FATHER’S MEMOIR IN 424 STEPS by Diogo Mainardi
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Hiking! Also, listening to music, daydreaming, and baking.
  • Favorite sports teams: Sadly, she was born without the gene that enables an interest in team sports, but she can always be convinced to root for the underdog.
  • Surprising personal fact: She spent years of her life counting dead flies stuck to red croquet balls as part of a research project.

Where to find her:

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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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Meet the Author: Michele Bacon

Michele BaconMichele Bacon writes contemporary fiction for young adults and adults. (She also bakes ooey gooey brownies, finds inner calm in Tree Pose, and plays a mean game of Caylus.) Everything Michele has ever written started as a note scrawled on a scrap of paper (or 17 scraps of paper.) When she’s not writing, Michele enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three young children. (Also, she tends to overuse parentheses.)

Michele’s debut, LIFE BEFORE Skyhorse/Sky Pony, Spring 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. LIFE BEFORE is a compelling, suspenseful coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old boy on the run, the danger following him, and the life he’s left behind.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Erich Segal’s LOVE STORY. She stole it from her mother’s shelf and read it in her closet with a flashlight. She loved reading anything adults said was inappropriate (and she carried that book around at the bottom of her back pack for months.)
  • Childhood aspiration: She wanted to be an author and a mother. (It took her many jobs and many years to get here!)
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: She prefers to write first thing in the morning, but she has small children. . .so she writes at nap time.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: Lisa Genova’s INSIDE THE O’BRIENS.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): She enjoys her family, travel, baking, skiing, practicing yoga, playing board games, and exploring Seattle.
  • Surprising personal fact: She has visited all 50 states, and is working on a second round, with a more rigorous definition of “visit.”
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: She really looks forward to connecting with readers.

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Anna Breslaw

Anna BreslawAnna Breslaw is a former staff writer at Cosmopolitan who currently contributes there as well as In the past she has been a contributing writer for Jezebel and and recapped multiple shows for NY Mag’s Vulture. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Paper, and Glamour, and on,, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere, and she only writes about herself in third person. She lives in New York.

Anna’s debut, SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE (Razorbill/Penguin, Spring 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Scarlett, a teen girl who feels like an outcast at her New Jersey high school, begins writing fanfiction about the popular kids in her grade. As the fanfiction’s popularity begins spiraling out of control, and fiction and real life begin to blend, Scarlett begins to realize that nothing is as black and white, and nobody is as one-dimensional, as she thought they were.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: WAYSIDE SCHOOL GETS A LITTLE STRANGER, by Louis Sachar.
  • Childhood aspiration: An FBI agent.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Late at night.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Katie Coyle, TROUBLING LOVE by Elena Ferrante.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Befriend cats, watch The Bachelorette, eat well-reviewed cheeseburgers.
  • Surprising personal fact: She doesn’t like Tina Fey.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: The panic attacks. Just kidding! The first time she saw her cover.

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Ami Allen-Vath

Ami Allen-VathAmi Allen-Vath was born and mostly raised in Minnesota, but now lives and writes along the shores of New Jersey. She lives with her husband, two children, and a dog called Yoda. Ami loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. She loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions.

Ami’s debut, LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US (SkyHorse/Sky Pony Press, March 2016), is a contemporary Young Adult novel. LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US is the story of a senior in high school trying to navigate friendships, first love, and the death of a classmate during prom season.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: GO, DOG. GO! Those dogs sure knew how to party.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: On vacation with a pool or ocean view is the best!
  • Book currently reading: WE’LL NEVER BE APART by Fearless Fifteener Emiko Jean
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Acting, yoga, watching really good or really bad TV.
  • Favorite sports teams: Team Edward, Team No Cilantro
  • Surprising personal fact: Her name is spelled Amy on her birth certificate but she started spelling it with an i when she was 12. She had it legally changed after she was married.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: She was a Fearless Fifteener but her book release was moved. She loves the 15ers but she also loves even numbers so 2016 is a better fit for her. ; )

Where to find her:

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Meet the Author: Jenny Manzer

Jenny ManzerJenny Manzer has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and an investigative journalist. She has loved writing stories ever since she was a little girl. She was born in Toronto, but was won over by the wild West Coast while attending the University of Victoria’s writing program. She lives on Vancouver Island with her family.

Jenny’s debut, SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN (Random House/Delacorte Press, March 2016), is a Young Adult contemporary novel. What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father? Nicola Cavan was four when her mother vanished from their West Coast home. Now 15, Nico is determined to find her beautiful, music-obsessed mother. After glimpsing “Cobain” on a ferry from Seattle, Nico follows the man with the blazing blue eyes to a remote Vancouver Island cabin—and her life will never be the same.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: A BARGAIN FOR FRANCES by Russell Hoban.
  • Childhood aspiration: A writer. And, at one point, Olivia Newton John.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: She seems to write best at around 9:20 p.m. at night when her kids are asleep–and the crunch is on to log some words before bed.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins. She and everyone else!
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Running, hiking, being on a beach.
  • Favorite sports teams: Her son’s baseball team. Many of them are new to the game, but they play with heart. And they are motivated by Fudgsicles.
  • Surprising personal fact: She was a newspaper reporter for many years, but she actually failed typing in Grade 7. She’s still bad at it!
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author:  Having her book launch the same year as so many exciting debuts!

Where to find her:

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