FIELD TRIP by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readers who enjoyed the first will want to share this trip as well, but fresh ideas are needed if there's to be a third journey. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A boy, a dad, two dogs, and a much-needed field trip. Read full book review >
GHOSTLIGHT by Sonia Gensler
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Frightening and engrossing. (Horror. 10-14)"
A preteen girl and her newfound friend investigate paranormal activity on her grandmother's farm. Read full book review >

HUNT FOR THE PYXIS by Zoë Ferraris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Though the book is admittedly rousing, readers are better off setting sail on Jason Fry's Curse of the Iris (2014) than on this confusing, tepid star-sea journey. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
The "space pirate" genre turns oddly literal in this first book in a series. Read full book review >
VOICE OF FREEDOM by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bold, honest, informative, and unforgettable. (author's note, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Picture book/poetry/biography. 10-14)"
A welcome addition to civil rights literature for children. Read full book review >
OLD WOLF by Avi
by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Overall, a fine tale that will benefit from being sifted for all its meanings. (Fiction. 8-13)"
A modern-day fable intertwines the stories of a young boy and an old wolf. Read full book review >

GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Superb. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three interwoven narrative strands explore the complicated possibilities of friendship in early adolescence. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF SHERWOOD by Kekla Magoon
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Although the action sometimes slows as series components are introduced, the adventure and cliffhanging ending will entice readers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Robyn is a fearless 12-year old who always seems to find trouble in this futuristic take on Robin Hood. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE FRANKENFROGS by Chris Schweizer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Silly fun with a smattering of science. (Graphic science fiction/humor. 7-11)"
Four lovable misfits known collectively as the Creeps must save their school from hideous, electrified Frankenfrogs. Read full book review >
ZACK DELACRUZ by Jeff Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

" Forgettable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The hot topic of middle school bullying is tackled by a San Antonio sixth-grader trying to get his class dance funded. Read full book review >
FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)"
When fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh cut through the woods to avoid school bully Chad Hilligas, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that threatens global catastrophe. Read full book review >
TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >
BROTHER GIOVANNI'S LITTLE REWARD by Anna Egan Smucker
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"As happy a piece of ecclesiastical cuisine as can be imagined (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fanciful and inventive version of how those yummy big soft pretzels came to be. 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 >