THE COLOR THIEF by Andrew Fusek Peters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Subtle as a rock but likely to be more effective than many other bibliotherapeutic titles. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The colors leach out of a child's bright world when his father is afflicted with depression. Will they ever return? Read full book review >
HISTORIUM by Jo Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An arbitrary assortment of relics not likely to furnish either the insight or the glimpses of wonder that elevate companion volume Animalium (2014). (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An oversized album of archaeological treasures, from an early Stone Age hand ax to a 19th-century tiki pendant. Read full book review >

THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA by Chris Barton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Nutcracker aficionados can enjoy a background overture to a Christmas classic. (author's note, illustrator's note, timeline, summary, photographs, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
From Russia with battling mice and waltzing flowers. Read full book review >
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 >
LEADING LINES by Chantel Guertin
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Pippa's fresh, up-to-date voice is muted by her misery, making for gray-tone images rather than the dynamism of color. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Pippa Greene is back in her hometown trying to sort out her confusing relationship with Dylan. Read full book review >

EDEN'S WISH by M. Tara Crowl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative but uneven. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old genie longs to live outside her lamp. 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 >
OSCAR AND THE AMAZING GRAVITY REPELLENT by Tina L.  Peterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Although Oscar successfully resolves his bully problem and his clumsiness, the draw here is the magic, not the somewhat bromidic bibliotherapy. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Chronically clumsy Oscar presents an easy target for bullies—until he discovers a magical anti-gravity solution. 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 >
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 >