THE DRAGONSITTER by Josh Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Except for the chocolate cure, it's much like trying to care for an oversized cat…that, OK, breathes fire. (Farce. 7-9)"
Caring for a traveling relative's pet isn't usually quite so…fraught. Read full book review >
CERTAIN POOR SHEPHERDS by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An affecting, well-spun tale that will especially resonate with animal lovers. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A tale of friendship between a dog and a goat interweaves Nativity mythology and scientific animal facts. Read full book review >

IF YOU LOVE HONEY by Martha Sullivan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A neat look at connections many children can see in action. (Informational picture book. 5-8) "
A cycle of logical syllogisms takes readers from the title stipulation through a series of conclusions that ends at the beginning. Read full book review >
OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not as strong as Ollie's first outing but still a good choice to share with classes before a field trip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Since Ollie already knows what to expect on the first day of school (Ollie's School Day, 2012), this time he tackles another school staple: field trips. Read full book review >
MAYA'S BLANKET/LA MANTA DE MAYA by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"As the book ends, Maya's daughter is sleeping under 'her own special, magical manta.' Readers may be eager to tell their own versions of the story—that's how magic works. (author's note, glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
A familiar tale crosses cultures with almost magical ease. Read full book review >

MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >
MS. SPELL by Ethan Long
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers may be on the fence as to whether or not to wish for a teacher like Ms. Spell, but regardless, this may boost t-h-e-i-r spelling grades. (Picture book. 7-10) "
Step aside Ms. Frizzle. The pink-haired Ms. Spell has spelling to teach, and unlike her science-teaching peer, her lessons aren't particularly calm or disaster-free. Read full book review >
BAA, BAA, BLACK SHEEP by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Another winner from Cabrera. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Who knew that one little girl with her basket of knitting needles could so tax the wool production of a generous black sheep? Read full book review >
ALL FOR A DIME by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Exuberant, naïve entrepreneurs risk 'all for a dime' in this rib-tickling read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear, Mole, and Skunk try to sell their favorite things on Market Day with surprising results. Read full book review >
THE DAWN OF PLANET EARTH by Matthew Rake
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Chewy fare for fans of polysyllabic monikers but not a top-shelf prospect in the struggle to survive. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
A chatty lungfish leads a quick tour of life's evolution, from Earth's formation to the appearance of early mammals in the Triassic Period. 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 >
IN A CLOUD OF DUST by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A nice addition to primary-grade 'values' collections. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In Tanzania, a bicycle lending library provides joy for village schoolchildren. 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 >