BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Simply captivating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Two cats find friendship in their seemingly opposite (yet, oh so similar!) lives. Read full book review >
MOVING TARGET by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An adventure that will keep readers engaged until the cliffhanger ending and leave them waiting for the next book. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Take a precious relic, add a secret organization and an ancient brotherhood, throw in some action, place it all in the Eternal City, and what do you get? A grand adventure! Read full book review >

HIAWATHA AND THE PEACEMAKER by Robbie Robertson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Expressive, handsome, and well-documented. (historical note, acknowledgments, author's note) (Picture book/folk tale. 5-10)"
Robertson, widely known for his work in the legendary group The Band, crafts a legend-based tale about the unification of warring tribes into what would become known as the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Read full book review >
WHO'S HUNGRY? by Dean Hacohen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A terrific read to placate little ones who may be waiting on their own meals. (Picture book. 2-4)"
From the team behind Tuck Me In (2010) comes another clever flip-the-flap creation.Read full book review >
HAPPY IN OUR SKIN by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"The combination of lovingly humorous and detailed mixed-media illustrations and infectious rhymes will cause little ones and their families to pore over this book again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
More than skin deep, this rhyming paean to diversity offers readers an array of families of all colors and orientations, living and loving one another in a vibrant city setting. Read full book review >

THE HOUSE ON STONE'S THROW ISLAND by Dan Poblocki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Twining history, speculation, and atmospheric writing, the author delivers a good old-fashioned ghost story. (Suspense. 10-14)"
Poblocki returns with another eerie vision of lingering spirits (The Book of Bad Things, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
GREEN THUMBS-UP! by Jenny Meyerhoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Accessible and familiar, this series opener should appeal to relatively new readers of chapter books. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A community garden grows new friendships. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE THERE IS STILL A SUN by Michael Gruenbaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"As historical fiction, this offering is fine, but it is not nonfiction by any stretch of the imagination. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Holocaust survivor Gruenbaum has a story to tell. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S HAT by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Happily close to the most recent royal birth, this whimsical, British-themed picture book provides a kidcentric introduction to the geography of London and a great opportunity for spontaneous counting and observation activities. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Pursued by a corgi sporting an argyle vest, a cartoonish queen figure runs through London chasing her hat, which is being whisked away by a strong breeze. Read full book review >
FRANCINE POULET MEETS THE GHOST RACCOON by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"New readers ready for a challenge and some laughs will welcome more characters from Deckawoo Drive. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Francine Poulet, the laconic and intrepid animal control officer of Gizzford County, is having a crisis of confidence. Read full book review >
THE LETTER FOR THE KING by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Short chapters and frequent mild cliffhangers make this suitable for a middle-grade classroom read-aloud; but there's little here to captivate a 21st-century reader. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
The English translation of a prizewinning 1962 Dutch historical adventure exhibits both old-school charms and flaws. Read full book review >
THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU by Amy Parker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With this ahistorical interpretation, this book shows a disregard for both free will and the gradual maturation of talents and personalities. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
God's address to the Hebrew exiles from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah is repurposed in this cheery picture book that emphasizes children's future careers. 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 >