CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >
SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >

HOW TO SWALLOW A PIG by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers and listeners alike will eat this one up. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With tongues firmly in cheeks, a pair of animal admirers offers step-by-step instructions for engaging in some surprising animal behaviors. Read full book review >
THE SECRET MISSION OF WILLIAM TUCK by Eric Pierpoint
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Richly detailed and exhilarating. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old boy is given the power to change the tide of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >
BALANCING ACT by Margaret Gurevich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A delight for fashionistas everywhere. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Superfashionista Chloe, having won the Teen Design Diva reality TV show in series opener Making the Cut (2014), begins her internship at the New York offices of one of her favorite designers.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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >