I'M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverance, bravery, and inclusion, and O'Brien's lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Readers walk in the shoes of three students struggling after immigrating to the United States Read full book review >
CLOTHESLINE CLUES TO SPORTS PEOPLE PLAY by Kathryn Heling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A nifty, participatory way to introduce sports to young children. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Moving from jobs (Clothesline Clue to Jobs People Do, 2012) to sports, Helig, Hembrook, and Davies keep children guessing. Read full book review >

THE LAST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE by Jamie Rix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Who knew good manners could be so dangerous? (Picture book. 4-8)"
The last chocolate chip cookie leads to an adventure and kidnapping by aliens…all because one young boy used his manners. Read full book review >
MY PET HUMAN by Yasmine Surovec
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This series opener is a must for young humans owned by furry masters. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 6-10)"
Taking care of a human has its benefits, but is it better than being an unattached pussycat? Read full book review >
MIND YOUR MONSTERS by Catherine Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"While not as original as Mo Willems' The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012) or as much fun as Ryan Heshka's Welcome to Monster Town (2010), this should win some fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Monsters are mighty, but even they can be tamed by one powerful word: please. Read full book review >

THIS OLD VAN by Kim Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"This intergenerational romp filled with sight gags and puns will keep readers humming as they pore over each detail-packed page. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A flower-power VW bus races cross-country along crowded dirt lanes and city freeways to the tune of "This Old Man." Read full book review >
THE STRANDED WHALE by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A moving, memorable addition to the nature collection. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A whale stranding becomes the occasion for a sad life lesson. Read full book review >
CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance, in which a health scare and its rumors mirror today's epidemics. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Infected rats and San Francisco's dark past at the turn of the 20th century come to light in Newbery Honoree Choldenko's (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004, etc.) look into an outbreak of bubonic plague.Read full book review >
COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET by Gayle Rosengren
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A pleasant-enough story about a moment in history rarely captured in literature, this book doesn't rise above the ordinary. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Cuban missile crisis disrupts a Chicago girl's life. Read full book review >
FINDING SOMEPLACE by Denise Lewis Patrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A perfect storm of suspense and fine character building. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Anticipation, fear, excitement, and dread coalesce as a girl's 13th birthday collides with a terrible force of nature: Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
PIPER GREEN AND THE FAIRY TREE by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"With its intriguing setting, sympathetic characters, and hint of magic, this new chapter-book series should charm fledgling readers. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When her older brother goes off-island for high school, second-grader Piper Green misses him terribly but finds consolation in a Fairy Tree. Read full book review >
CLIMBING EVEREST by Gail Herman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine choice for both young and older, less-skilled readers. (Nonfiction. 7-14)"
Edmund Hillary is generally recognized as the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest; his Nepalese climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, has received far less attention. 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 >