CATS GET FAMOUS by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"There are plenty of pussycat picture books to pick from; let this one stray. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Some Cats Got Talent (2014); those that do return to "get famous."Read full book review >
LITTLE BIG by Jonathan Bentley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweet book that needs a little more oomph to make it a big hit. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little one tries to imagine himself big in this picture-book treatment of sibling dynamics. Read full book review >

HOW TO SWALLOW A PIG by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers and listeners alike will eat this one up. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With tongues firmly in cheeks, a pair of animal admirers offers step-by-step instructions for engaging in some surprising animal behaviors. Read full book review >
ISABELLE DAY REFUSES TO DIE OF A BROKEN HEART by Jane St. Anthony
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Stories for the middle-grade audience that deal with the suicide of a parent are few, and this one, sensitive but never syrupy, stands out. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although spunky Isabelle refuses to die of a broken heart, sometimes it seems like it might happen anyway. Read full book review >
MILO SPECK, ACCIDENTAL AGENT by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative, kooky, but too devoid of reality to be fully engaging, this story is likely to score with its demographic but will not find converts outside it. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When a boy is magically transported to Ogregon, a world of gigantic but mostly small-brained ogres, he must figure out not only how to escape before being eaten, but also how to rescue a group of captives and plug the hole between worlds. Read full book review >

WORMS by Bernard Friot
by Bernard Friot, illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey, translated by Yvette Ghione
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers may carefully pick through their lettuce from now on, just in case. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A French import about an impish boy and one very impulsive decision he makes to liven up his father's dinner party. Read full book review >
AVA THE MONSTER SLAYER by Lisa Maggiore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Still, a triumphant sally in the long-running war against closet and other domestic monsters, with these mildly scary monsters not slain but thoroughly routed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Come bedtime, Ava is dismayed to discover that Mom has left her Piggy in the dryer…in the basement…where the monsters are. Read full book review >
STEVE, RAISED BY WOLVES by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Whether readers extrapolate from Steve's experiences to their own is open to question, but the story's message of the need to balance individuality with group expectations is neatly presented. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As the title indicates, Chapman plays with the raised-by-wolves trope in this first-day-of-school book. Read full book review >
THE KING AND THE SEA by Heinz Janisch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This gem's childlike warmth, whimsy, and wisdom bring to mind The Little Prince. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
The titular king, a smallish character made of paper and featuring crayoned features and crown, converses with many creatures and inanimate objects in a series of double-page "chapters," each title beginning, "The King and…." Read full book review >
WHEN I AM HAPPIEST by Rose Lagercrantz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"More likely to create anxiety than to cultivate empathy or sympathy. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Forty-six pages into Dani's happy, second-to-last day at school, her teacher takes her out to the hallway, newly informed that "Your father has been run over….He was biking to work." Read full book review >
DEAD AIR by Michelle Schusterman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A promising series opener for fans of the paranormal. (Suspense. 10-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Kat doesn't believe in ghosts, but she might change her mind as she accompanies her dad while he films a TV show on the paranormal. Read full book review >
THANKFUL by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Low-key and gentle; a book to be thankful for. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Spinelli lists many things for which people are thankful. 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 >