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 >

Mind Over Bullies  by D.K. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Complex, layered YA that easily appeals to adults, too.
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In this intricate YA tale, teenagers with special skills unite to confront bullying, though they end up fighting crime, murder, and terrorism. Read full book review >
THE CARE & KEEPING OF US by Cara Natterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"For a preteen who enjoys writing her thoughts and a mom whose relationship with her daughter is already good, this well-meant offering might help ease the pair through a difficult time. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A "How-to-Say-It" package about preteen physical, emotional, and social concerns for mothers and their daughters. 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 >

ALPHA by Isabelle Arsenault
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"For kids who may have heard the letters used in movies or on TV, learning this code alphabet could turn into a game; otherwise this is more an art book for adults than an alphabet book for children. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Themed alphabet books are a dime a dozen, but this distinguishes itself by illustrating the NATO phonetic alphabet, officially named the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet. Read full book review >
THE VERY STUFFED TURKEY by Katharine Kenah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A nice respite from tales of Pilgrims and of turkeys hiding from farmers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Turkey loves to eat, and he loves his barnyard friends…but how many Thanksgiving dinners can one turkey eat? Read full book review >
SIMON'S NEW BED by Christian Trimmer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Accepting what can't be changed is a lesson everyone has to learn, even big, boisterous dogs (and presumably young readers, as well). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A huge, tan dog named Simon learns to share his new dog bed with the family cat. Read full book review >
A LUCKY AUTHOR HAS A DOG by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A surprising miss from an author whose books for young readers are usually spot-on. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This author couldn't get by without her dog. 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 >
THE WHITE BOOK by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A sweet celebration of the imagination and nifty validation of persistence. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cute child in a bowl cut goes wild with buckets of paint in this wordless book. 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 >