STORMSTRUCK! by John Macfarlane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 5, 2015

"An exciting adventure with true depth. (Fiction. 8-12) "
Determined to save Pogo, his elderly Labrador retriever, from being put down, 12-year-old Sam sets sail on his catboat for an island just off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
SEVEN DEAD PIRATES by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Piratical fun well-stocked with colorful cast members living and arrghh. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A new bedroom with seven high-spirited spirits! Just the place where shyness goes to die. Read full book review >

LOOK BOTH WAYS IN THE BARRIO BLANCO by Judith Robbins Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Still, a valiant effort that wrestles with important, complex themes. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A preteen Mexican-American girl gains a locally famous white woman as her mentor—but feels like she's losing her identity. Read full book review >
THE ENTIRELY TRUE STORY OF THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB by Adam Shaughnessy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Shaughnessy's imaginings show promise, and his puzzles and plot twists will absorb and intrigue younger readers as they consider the book's central questions about truth, magic, and adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This debut title in a planned middle-grade series introduces readers to a feisty young sleuth, fantastical realms, and warring Viking gods. Read full book review >
CURRENTS by Jane Petrlik Smolik
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A carefully crafted, inspiring 19th-century tale of courage and chance, this novel is a natural for lovers of the past. (map, author's note, source notes, additional sources) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Three strong-willed girls from dramatically different backgrounds connect through the contents of a bottle when currents carry it back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean. Read full book review >

FELIX STANDS TALL by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Concise and kid-appropriate language combines with darling drawings (who can resist cute little guinea pigs?) for another feather in Wells' literary cap. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sweet little story about the power of friendship and learning to stand up—to anyone! Read full book review >
GRYPHONS AREN'T SO GREAT by James Sturm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Gryphons might not be great, but this sweet tale of friendship certainly is. (Graphic early reader. 4-7)"
The Knight and his noble steed, Edward, find their friendship challenged when the Knight turns his attention to a new friend: a gryphon. Read full book review >
THE WONDER by Faye Hanson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Few books so truthfully represent a child's wandering, unwavering wondering. (Picture book. 2-8)"
A boy daydreams, wondering "where the birds are flying to," "who makes the clouds," "what the best playground in the world might be like," "what the crossing guard's sign would taste like," and "how the stars shine." Read full book review >
CINDERELLA'S STEPSISTER AND THE BIG BAD WOLF by Lorraine Carey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A tongue-in-cheek fractured fairy tale for those who like a little naughty with their nice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Carey and Blanco look at a favorite fairy tale from a new angle. Read full book review >
THE RAIN WIZARD by Larry Dane Brimner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An engaging, intriguing story of a fascinating man. (author's note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
In December 1915, San Diego's reservoirs were nearly empty, so the city turned to Charles Mallory Hatfield, whose skills at making rain were legendary. Read full book review >
LIZARD FROM THE PARK by Mark Pett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"As independent as Max and Ruby, as creative as purple-crayon-wielding Harold, and as dedicated a friend as Charlotte's Wilbur, Leonard will delight kids of all ages, regardless of habitat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a sizable sidekick for one competent kid. Read full book review >
USE YOUR IMAGINATION by Nicola O'Byrne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Visually irregular but satisfyingly victorious. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf coaxes a rabbit into a "Little Red Riding Hood" narrative. 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 >