Perla Garcia and the Mystery of La Llorona, The Weeping Woman by Rodolfo Alvarado
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Recommended for children who enjoy ghost stories and spooky mysteries, with Spanish lessons as an educational bonus."
The first installment of Alvarado's mystery series introduces Perla Garcia, a bilingual little girl and aspiring detective who's determined to uncover the truth behind a local legend. 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 >
POET by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While the author justifiably bemoans the disproportionate number of titles about African-Americans that focus on slavery, his decision to illuminate this remarkable man's life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity. (bibliography, author's note, acknowledgements) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Tate paints a portrait of a North Carolina man who pursued his passion for language through long years of enslavement. Read full book review >
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This enchanting presentation of the Día de los Muertos holiday will resonate with both those who are new to its traditions and those who have been celebrating for generations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As the title suggests, Thong and Ballesteros celebrate a Latino holiday that, though it is becoming increasingly more popular in all parts of the United States, is still somewhat misunderstood by non-Latino Americans. 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 >
WAITING by Kevin Henkes
Kirkus Star
by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Kevin Henkes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Waiting as a joyful activity in itself is almost never celebrated; this Zen-like meditation might win some converts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Five toys ranged on a windowsill exemplify existential pleasure. Read full book review >
DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR ANNA HIBISCUS! by Atinuke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A double pleasure for old friends and new readers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When twins arrive, Anna Hibiscus finds it hard to share her extended family. 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 >
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 >