BALANCING ACT by Margaret Gurevich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A delight for fashionistas everywhere. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Superfashionista Chloe, having won the Teen Design Diva reality TV show in series opener Making the Cut (2014), begins her internship at the New York offices of one of her favorite designers.Read full book review >
THE SECRET MISSION OF WILLIAM TUCK by Eric Pierpoint
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Richly detailed and exhilarating. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old boy is given the power to change the tide of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

HOW TO SWALLOW A PIG by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers and listeners alike will eat this one up. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With tongues firmly in cheeks, a pair of animal admirers offers step-by-step instructions for engaging in some surprising animal behaviors. Read full book review >
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 >

THE CARE & KEEPING OF US by Cara Natterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"For a preteen who enjoys writing her thoughts and a mom whose relationship with her daughter is already good, this well-meant offering might help ease the pair through a difficult time. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A "How-to-Say-It" package about preteen physical, emotional, and social concerns for mothers and their daughters. 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 >
THE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO BULLYING by Aija Mayrock
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Practical, moving, and deeply kind. (Nonfiction. 10-18)"
Author Mayrock, a teen who was bullied for many years, offers tips and inspiration to others in her position. Read full book review >
SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Funny, poignant, and reassuringly upbeat by the end but free of glib platitudes or easy answers. (afterword) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-11)"
Family troubles temporarily strand 10-year-old Sunny in a Florida retirement community. Imagine the recreational possibilities. 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 >
THE WOLF WILDER by Katherine Rundell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Rugged cross-country adventure with a diverse cast of two- and four-legged fellow travelers and a sturdy main character who is more than a little 'wilded' herself. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A young Russian who has known more wolves in her life than people sets out to rescue her mother from a czarist prison. 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 >