SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >
CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >

AUGGIE & ME by R.J.  Palacio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Not only a companion to Wonder, but a wonder in itself. (Fiction. 8-14)"
In the companion novel to Wonder, (2012) three students at Beecher Prep middle school tell stories that connect with Auggie Pullman's dramatic arrival into their worlds.Read full book review >
FRANK EINSTEIN AND THE BRAINTURBO by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Halfway through the series, the science and the sly (and slapstick) laughs are still going strong. (Science fiction/humor. 6-10)"
Can kid genius Frank Einstein improve on the human body? Read full book review >
SPARKLING JEWEL by D.L.  Green
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Certain children will read anything about horses; this book relies too heavily on that fact. (Fiction. 6-8)"
When 9-year-old Tori and her 8-year-old sister, Miranda, arrive at their grandmother's Silver Pony Ranch to spend the summer, Tori is immediately smitten with Gran's new pony, Jewel. Read full book review >

FUNNY BONES by Duncan Tonatiuh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Following on his Sibert Honor-winning Separate Is Never Equal (2014), Tonatiuh further marks himself as a major nonfiction talent with this artistically beautiful and factually accessible offering that effectively blends artistic and political content for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 7-13)"
Tonatiuh's Mixtec-influenced illustrations make an apt complement to this picture-book biography of one of Mexico's most beloved artists, José Guadalupe Posada. Read full book review >
DUDDLE PUCK by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Encouragement for all who waddle to the beat of a different drummer. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A newly arrived duck who would rather oink, neigh, and even belt out "HIP-HIP HOORAY!" than quack has all the farmyard's residents aflutter. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE PIRATE HANDBOOK by Libby Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Too bland and thin in both content and special effects to be particularly seaworthy. (Informational pop-up book. 7-10)"
Basic instructions for young landlubbers with a yen to go buccaneering. Read full book review >
TUCKY JO AND LITTLE HEART by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Once again, this talented author/illustrator brings the past to life for young listeners and introduces them to unforgettable, admirable characters in the process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Polacco shares the story of a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a very young man. Read full book review >
LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BEST EVER PLAYDATE by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Ladybug Girl fans will find this offering satisfying, and its gentle didacticism goes down easy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ladybug Girl—aka Lulu—is so excited about her best friend's new toy that she temporarily forgets the joys of friendship. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SHOP OF MONSTERS by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers are sure to visit this shop again and again for its fantastical creatures and its slightly sinister tone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two proven masters combine talents to produce a deliciously creepy mock-horror picture book. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE SENSATIONAL SAGA OF SIR STINKS-A-LOT by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Another epic outing in a graphic hybrid series that continues not just to push the envelope, but tear it to shreds. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-10)"
Pranksters George and Harold face the deadliest challenge of their checkered careers: a supersmart, superstrong gym teacher. 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 >