HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hailing from a big family of overachievers, D.J. feels largely unexceptional until he meets a strange boy who falls from the sky and helps him realize his potential. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A LINE by Wallace Edwards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The artwork is captivating, finding the pen stroke is challenging, and the text will spark some animated conversation. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Great-Uncle George was a magician whose "enchanted pen" has created an array of fancifully surreal illustrations, each begun with the same-shaped pen stroke and each accompanied by a brief story starter. Read full book review >

THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >
SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like Hughes, Bryan, at 91, can also boast, 'I'm still pulling.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
Hughes' pen is paired to Bryan's sculpting scissors, making a rich, poetic picture book indeed. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Entertaining and humorous; good light fare for middle graders. (Fiction. 8-12) "
A 10-year-old searches for Al Capone's lost treasure. Read full book review >

THE WAY TO SCHOOL by Rosemary McCarney
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is both a fascinating look at school around the world and a very subtle message to readers to appreciate what they have. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Riding the school bus will lose some of its allure and excitement but not its value for readers after seeing how kids around the world get to school. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE ZORSE'S MASK by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is straight-up series fiction, but it's well-done, and mystery aficionados, especially those who love animals, will find it entertaining and enjoyable. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three middle school friends try to figure out who abused a zorse (horse/zebra cross) and why the owner's adult son is so eager to get him back. Read full book review >
NIGHT ON FIRE by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won't soon forget. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1961, riding a Greyhound bus was more than a way to get from one place to another. For some, the destination was freedom. Read full book review >
THE COPPER GAUNTLET by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Both a successful addition to the middle-grade magic school genre and a satisfying sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13) "
Book 2 in the middle-grade Magisterium fantasy series delves deeper into its protagonist's connection with the Enemy of Death. Read full book review >
POO IN THE ZOO! by Steve Smallman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Certain to excite gushes—of hysterical laughter, that is—from lone readers and storytime audiences alike. (Poopture book. 4-10)"
Proving that there's always something new at the zoo, a pile of luminescent poop leaves even the designated poo-scooper flabbergasted. Read full book review >
FROZEN WILD by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A welcome addition to the eye-catching series that began with Wild Tracks (2008). (suggested reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Continuing his exploration of the world around us, a wildlife artist takes readers to icy polar habitats far from his Vermont home. Read full book review >
THE PEDDLER'S BED by Lauri Fortino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Lovely. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Who, really, is the peddler in the yellow bow tie? 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 >