BESTSELLERS

THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME by Drew Daywalt
by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 18, 2015
This new cast of crayons will entertain readers, and admirers of the first book will be pleased to see a few familiar colors. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 5, 2015
Fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts. (Fiction. 10-12)Read full book review >

FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015
An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015
Superb. (Fiction. 11-14)Read full book review >
WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? by Dr. Seuss
by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Dr. Seuss

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015
Of more lasting interest to scholars than children, this genial pet-shop visit provides a tantalizing glimpse into a master's artistic process. (Picture book. 3 & up)Read full book review >

THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015
Ultimately more than a little full of itself, but well-stocked with big themes, inventively spun fairy-tale tropes, and flashes of hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
A light, enjoyable approach to a recognizable narrative about making—and helping—friends. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015
Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
HITLER'S LAST DAYS by Bill O'Reilly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015
Readers looking for a clear picture of "modern history's best-known evil ruler and murderer" or the course of World War II in general would be far better off skipping this knockoff for some of the well-chosen titles recommended at the end. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)Read full book review >
YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA by Jimmy Fallon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015
Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
I WILL TAKE A NAP! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015
As naps go, this is about as strenuous—and as funny—as it gets. (Early reader. 3-9)Read full book review >
OFF THE PAGE by Jodi Picoult
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 19, 2015
Though it lacks the depth of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series, the story is at its best when it's taken as a metafictive exploration of the relationship between a reader and a beloved book. (Fantasy. 10-14)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 >