ELEPHANT IN THE DARK by Mina Javaherbin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Less stylish than Ed Young's classic Seven Blind Mice but a serviceable rendition nonetheless. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
An Iranian-American author recasts an anecdote from the Persian poet Rumi, itself based on a far older tale about perceiving parts of a truth rather than its whole. Read full book review >
WE FORGOT BROCK! by Carter Goodrich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Forget Brock. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Phillip and Brock are best friends. They spend all their time goofing around together. The only problem is his parents can see Phillip but not Brock. Read full book review >

DIGBY O'DAY AND THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Smooth writing, appealing pictures, and (mostly) mild action create a pleasant enough package, but it's still likely to be a bit twee for some readers. (map, authors' note, quiz, first chapter of Digby O'Day Up, Up, and Away) (Fiction. 6-8)"
Following series opener Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane (2014), Hughes and Vulliamy's canine duo are off on another adventure, this time featuring a classy seaside hotel, a secret passage, a singing starlet with a taste for shiny jewels, and a pair of (feline) cat burglars. 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 >
BUG IN A VACUUM by Mélanie Watt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Another funny, visually rollicking work from the creator of Chester (2007) and Scaredy Squirrel (2006). (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bug flies indoors, is sucked into a vacuum, and experiences the five stages of grief while entrapped. Read full book review >

LEO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Dazzling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Leo, like any child, hopes for acceptance, but it's hard to find friendship when one is a ghost. Read full book review >
CAN WE HELP? by George Ancona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"While this may be too didactic for many readers to choose on their own, it's a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Kids don't often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that. Read full book review >
RAGWEED'S FARM DOG HANDBOOK by Anne Vittur Kennedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Give that Ragweed an extra biscuit, or just hand over the whole box. A star deserves his just rewards. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lovable farm dog named Ragweed pens a first-person guidebook that explains how to succeed on the job while earning lots of biscuit rewards. Read full book review >
THE MEAN GIRL MELTDOWN by Lindsay Eyre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers will appreciate watching Sylvie determinedly working toward her goals. (Fiction. 7-10)"
An opportunity to participate in an ice hockey league soon leads to drama for fourth-grader Sylvie. Read full book review >
A LUCKY AUTHOR HAS A DOG by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A surprising miss from an author whose books for young readers are usually spot-on. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This author couldn't get by without her dog. Read full book review >
THE NOT-SO ITTY-BITTY SPIDERS by Amy Marie Stadelmann
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This pleasant tale doesn't stand out. (activities) (Fantasy. 5-7)"
Twins Beatrix and Olive and friend Eddie have an adventure with spiders in this early chapter book. Read full book review >
PUMPKIN DAY! by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A warm and welcome story for emerging readers and their families. (Early reader. 3-6)"
Pumpkins star in this family-centered early reader. 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 >