THE PRINCESS, THE SCOUNDREL, AND THE FARM BOY by Alexandra Bracken
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A competent novelization of a beloved story. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Bracken launches this retelling with the first of the original Star Wars trilogy. Read full book review >
BEWARE THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE! by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"As intended, a great way to prepare for Disney's new Star Wars film. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Angleberger, of Origami Yoda fame, follows Alexandra Bracken (The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy, 2015) and Adam Gidwitz (So You Want to Be a Jedi, 2015) to close out the trilogy of novels retelling the three original Star Wars films.Read full book review >

SO YOU WANT TO BE A JEDI? by Adam Gidwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An enthusiastic, mostly successful experiment to make old new again. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Gidwitz turns to second-person narration in his retelling of The Empire Strikes Back.Read full book review >
ADA BYRON LOVELACE AND THE THINKING MACHINE by Laurie Wallmark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A splendidly inspiring introduction to an unjustly overlooked woman. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Two hundred years after her birth in 1815, the world is finally beginning to pay attention to Ada Byron Lovelace, considered by many to be the inventor of computer programming. Read full book review >
HELLO RUBY by Linda Liukas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Ditch the anemic story and nerd-pandering, but keep the nifty activity book. (glossary) (Fiction/activity book. 5-8)"
Originally a Kickstarter project, this chapter-book/workbook hybrid seeks to introduce programming to young readers. Read full book review >

THE CHEER-UP BIRD by Edward van de Vendel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A chirpy pick-me-up tailor-made for sharing with one or many glum young listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bored or grumpy animals from Down Under get a lift from the Cheer-up Bird in this Dutch import. Now, who will cheer up the weary bird? Read full book review >
THE OTHER RABBIT by Maranke Rinck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An idyllic picture, with a subtle bit of subtext for discussion if desired. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In search of his missing companion, a rabbit has to travel a long way and even face a dragon. Read full book review >
IMELDA & THE GOBLIN KING by Briony May Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"As magical products come, this one is very thin on the bone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl finds herself caught up in the conflict between fairies and goblins. Read full book review >
THE APPLE TREE by Sandy Tharp-Thee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"It's a better outcome for the tree than in a certain Shel Silverstein classic, but otherwise it's a puzzlement, at least for general audiences. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this original tale, told in English and in Cherokee, a lad plants an apple seed and then finds a way to deal with its impatience to grow up. Read full book review >
HOW TO BUILD A CAR by Saskia Lacey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Young makers will find the Scrap Pack's enthusiasm infectious, but even as broad overviews, these offer at best incomplete pictures. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A mouse, a bird, and a junkyard frog assemble a car from the ground up—cluing in readers who may be a bit vague on what's beneath all those hoods…or at least what used to be. Read full book review >
A MYSTERIOUS EGG by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Adventures in dinosaur husbandry—a bit bland but palatable fare for younger independent readers. (glossary) (Science fantasy. 7-9)"
In this series kickoff for dinophiles (and who isn't one?), a Wyoming dig yields an egg that's not exactly fossilized. Read full book review >
BIG FRIENDS by Linda Sarah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Excellent, believable advice, with boxes—what could be better than that? (Picture book. 4-8)"
For those few blighted souls out there who are unaware of this fact, cardboard boxes are a kid's answer to pretty much everything. 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 >