THE FLINKWATER FACTOR by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast, funny episodes featuring creative takes on close-to-reality science. (Science fiction. 8-14)"
Hautman's latest features wacky adventures in a near-future small town packed with engineers. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The visual element gives this memoir particular immediacy for audiences who 'don't understand what is happening right now, to kids just like them.' (Graphic memoir. 10-14)"
An ex-child soldier tells his horrifying tale, beginning with being kidnapped at the age of 5 and forced to kill his best friend. Read full book review >

BACKYARD CAMP-OUT by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This friendly, multicultural neighborhood is where many children live…or wish they lived. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Four neighborhood friends and their parents get together for a special campout. Read full book review >
BLOCK PARTY SURPRISE by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This new offering is tailor-made for children who are ready for books they can read independently with confidence. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Another friend-filled neighborhood event is in store for folks on Bradford Street in this new early-reader series. Read full book review >
MY TWO BLANKETS by Irena Kobald
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An amazingly lovely import from Australia. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A girl her auntie used to call Cartwheel must flee from a land of war to a place where they can be safe. Read full book review >

DO NICE BE KIND SPREAD HAPPY by Bernadette Russell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Small gestures have large rewards—everyone could do with a little inspiration of how to spread some happy. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Over 75 acts of kindness for kids to share. Read full book review >
ELEPHANT MAN by Mariangela Di Fiore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This compassionate summary of Joseph Merrick's life shows young readers that people can be 'measured by the soul' rather than appearances. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
Di Fiore colors history with imagined scenes to humanize a man the world knew as the Elephant Man. Read full book review >
ISABELLE DAY REFUSES TO DIE OF A BROKEN HEART by Jane St. Anthony
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Stories for the middle-grade audience that deal with the suicide of a parent are few, and this one, sensitive but never syrupy, stands out. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although spunky Isabelle refuses to die of a broken heart, sometimes it seems like it might happen anyway. Read full book review >
GIVE ME WINGS by Kathy Lowinger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is a book that cries out for publication as an e-book with links to the music (and fewer sidebars); till then, readers will have to make do by finding the music on their own. (maps, timeline, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A biography of Ella Sheppard and the Jubilee Singers, the choir she co-founded. Read full book review >
HOODOO by Ronald L. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Seekers of the scary and 'something different' need look no further. (Horror. 9-12)"
A sinister stranger stalks young Hoodoo Hatcher in rural 1930s Alabama. Read full book review >
MILO SPECK, ACCIDENTAL AGENT by Linda Urban
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative, kooky, but too devoid of reality to be fully engaging, this story is likely to score with its demographic but will not find converts outside it. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When a boy is magically transported to Ogregon, a world of gigantic but mostly small-brained ogres, he must figure out not only how to escape before being eaten, but also how to rescue a group of captives and plug the hole between worlds. Read full book review >
THOR SPEAKS! by Vicky Alvear Shecter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Showing uncommon foresight, Thor bids adieu with a 'See ya next time, kid!' Return trips are definitely in the offing. (list of gods and monsters, glossary, sources, map, index) (Mythology. 10-13)"
Mortals, do you dare follow the god of "strength and weather and mighty muscles" on a tour through Norse mythology? 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 >