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 >
THE WATCHMEN OF PORT FAYT by Conrad Mason
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A polished if unambitious adventure with a whiff of thinly disguised topicality. (maps) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A motley squad of private police takes on smugglers, rival peacekeepers, and a mad witch in this tumultuous trilogy opener, first published overseas in 2012. Read full book review >
FEARSOME CREATURES OF THE LUMBERWOODS by Hal Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A folk treasure as well as required reading for hikers, trail bikers, and would-be cryptid hunters. (annotated bibliography) (Folklore/fantasy. 10-13)"
A revised and considerably expanded version of one of the foundational guides to North American boojums, with (wait for it) glow-in-the-dark illustrations! Read full book review >

ISLAND TREASURES by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers new to Ada's memoirs will be moved and inspired. (author's note, glossary) (Memoir. 9-12)"
Ada, an award-winning writer and multicultural and bilingual education expert, recounts childhood memories of growing up in Cuba in the 1940s. Read full book review >
GEORGE by Alex Gino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Warm, funny, and inspiring. (Fiction. 9-12)"
George, a fourth-grader who knows she is a girl, despite appearances, begins to tell her secret. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE THERE IS STILL A SUN by Michael Gruenbaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"As historical fiction, this offering is fine, but it is not nonfiction by any stretch of the imagination. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Holocaust survivor Gruenbaum has a story to tell. Read full book review >
RANDOMS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Real geeks wouldn't have it any other way. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
Part of Spider-Man's appeal is that he's a geek; people love him because he gets picked on as much as any nerdy teenager. Zeke Reynolds follows in the same tradition. Read full book review >
DARK TERROR by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A fascinating war tale that will have young readers digging in for a captivating read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1915, 15-year-old miner Alec Shorecross decides to leave the army and join the Royal Flying Corps but finds himself in an "underground war" instead, in Wilson's second novel marking the centenary of World War I (Wings of War, 2014).Read full book review >
THE WILD ONES by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bold deeds, betrayals, and buffoonery kick off this series with gusto. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Treacherous urban pets try to renege on an ancient deal with the wild residents of a city alleyway, and a young raccoon finds himself caught in the middle in this all-animal dramedy. Read full book review >
MY TEACHER IS AN IDIOM by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nothing to write home about. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Confusion about idioms plus rudeness in the cafeteria equals unpleasant consequences for second-graders Patrick and Richard. 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 >