NOAH WEBSTER by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Thorough, well-documented, and smoothly written. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This biography covers the life and times of Noah Webster—whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary"—from his humble farmhouse birth in 1758 to his death, surrounded by loved ones, in 1843. Read full book review >
SLAPPY'S TALES OF HORROR by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nothing new and nothing too scary, all frights in good fun. (Graphic horror. 9-13)"
Four tales sure to give goose bumps…told graphically. 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 >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An informative, often gripping chronicle of daring, heroic acts of young men and women who did not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy. (photos, maps, chronology, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Patriotic men and women fight against German occupiers in this absorbing chronicle of the World War II resistance movement in Denmark. Read full book review >
FRANCINE POULET MEETS THE GHOST RACCOON by Kate DiCamillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"New readers ready for a challenge and some laughs will welcome more characters from Deckawoo Drive. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Francine Poulet, the laconic and intrepid animal control officer of Gizzford County, is having a crisis of confidence. Read full book review >

A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Begins wonderfully; ends melodramatically. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A family is separated overnight when East Berlin erects the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
MOVING TARGET by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An adventure that will keep readers engaged until the cliffhanger ending and leave them waiting for the next book. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Take a precious relic, add a secret organization and an ancient brotherhood, throw in some action, place it all in the Eternal City, and what do you get? A grand adventure! Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOR LIFE by Andrew Norriss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An appealing afterlife account with an important message. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A phantom friend makes a life-changing difference in the lives of three English middle schoolers. Read full book review >
CAN WE HELP? by George Ancona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"While this may be too didactic for many readers to choose on their own, it's a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Kids don't often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ON STONE'S THROW ISLAND by Dan Poblocki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Twining history, speculation, and atmospheric writing, the author delivers a good old-fashioned ghost story. (Suspense. 10-14)"
Poblocki returns with another eerie vision of lingering spirits (The Book of Bad Things, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE LETTER FOR THE KING by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Short chapters and frequent mild cliffhangers make this suitable for a middle-grade classroom read-aloud; but there's little here to captivate a 21st-century reader. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
The English translation of a prizewinning 1962 Dutch historical adventure exhibits both old-school charms and flaws. Read full book review >
THE MEAN GIRL MELTDOWN by Lindsay Eyre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers will appreciate watching Sylvie determinedly working toward her goals. (Fiction. 7-10)"
An opportunity to participate in an ice hockey league soon leads to drama for fourth-grader Sylvie. 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 >