OSCAR AND THE AMAZING GRAVITY REPELLENT by Tina L.  Peterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Although Oscar successfully resolves his bully problem and his clumsiness, the draw here is the magic, not the somewhat bromidic bibliotherapy. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Chronically clumsy Oscar presents an easy target for bullies—until he discovers a magical anti-gravity solution. Read full book review >
THE PRINCE WHO WAS JUST HIMSELF by Silke Schnee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The author, herself the mother of a child with Down syndrome, and the illustrator ably introduce a difficult subject in a fictional context with a light, sure touch. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gentle fairy tale about a young prince with Down syndrome who saves his kingdom from a menacing knight. Read full book review >

BOATS FLOAT! by George Ella Lyon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Young navigation enthusiasts, from bathtub ships' captains to ocean-cruiser wannabes, will enjoy this voyage. (Picture book. 4-7)"
WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN AGAIN by Jodi Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It doesn't matter whether or not they can be seen; there's a little bit of dragon inside each of us. Here's to dragon-taming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this companion to When a Dragon Moves In (2011), it turns out that castles of any sort, not just sand, attract dragons, so the soon-to-be-born baby's crib, with its crenellations and turrets at the corners, has an occupant even before mom gives birth. Read full book review >
SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like Hughes, Bryan, at 91, can also boast, 'I'm still pulling.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
Hughes' pen is paired to Bryan's sculpting scissors, making a rich, poetic picture book indeed. Read full book review >

FINDERS KEEPERS by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Entertaining and humorous; good light fare for middle graders. (Fiction. 8-12) "
A 10-year-old searches for Al Capone's lost treasure. Read full book review >
HELLO WORLD! by Paul Beavis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A calmly surreal invitation to explore. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mrs. Mo's Monster (2014), he of the snaggly teeth, spiky blue fur, and lolling pink tongue, is still in the attic. Read full book review >
THE WAY TO SCHOOL by Rosemary McCarney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is both a fascinating look at school around the world and a very subtle message to readers to appreciate what they have. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Riding the school bus will lose some of its allure and excitement but not its value for readers after seeing how kids around the world get to school. Read full book review >
YOU'RE HERE FOR A REASON by Nancy Tillman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Patchy work, both visually and teleologically. (Picture book. 6-8) "
The sultana of high-fructose sentimentality reminds readers that they really are all that. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE ZORSE'S MASK by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is straight-up series fiction, but it's well-done, and mystery aficionados, especially those who love animals, will find it entertaining and enjoyable. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three middle school friends try to figure out who abused a zorse (horse/zebra cross) and why the owner's adult son is so eager to get him back. Read full book review >
PIRATES IN PAJAMAS by Caroline Crowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Few will be calmed by this raucous crew's capers, but at least they'll see that sometimes bedtime can be an adventure all its own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar bedtime routine gets a pirate-themed makeover. Read full book review >
POO IN THE ZOO! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Certain to excite gushes—of hysterical laughter, that is—from lone readers and storytime audiences alike. (Poopture book. 4-10)"
Proving that there's always something new at the zoo, a pile of luminescent poop leaves even the designated poo-scooper flabbergasted. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >