THE RACE CAR PROBLEM by Jennifer  Oxley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Much stronger at depicting problem-solving than at reinforcing math concepts. (Math picture book. 4-8)"
Peg and Cat, problem-solvers extraordinaire, put their shape-recognition and comparing skills to the test in this second book based on the Peg + Cat TV series. Read full book review >
MAX THE BRAVE by Ed Vere
by Ed Vere, illustrated by Ed Vere
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A cat-and-mouse game to be laughed at and reread. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The time-worn scenario in which mouse outwits cat gets a fresh new spin. Read full book review >

A POCKET FULL OF MURDER by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Thoroughly entertaining. (Fantasy.10-14)"
Their mother's death and their father's struggle to find work have taken a toll on the four Breck sisters: Annagail, the eldest, has left school for a factory job; young Lilet and Mimmi endure day care; and would-be writer Isaveth, following a recipe in the Book of Common Magic, has begun baking spell-tablets to sell on the street. Read full book review >
FULL CICADA MOON by Marilyn Hilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"In her acknowledgments, the author states that Mimi is 'for anyone who has big dreams but is short on courage.' By the book's end, readers will be moved by the empathetic lyricism of Mimi's maturing voice. (glossary, pronunciation guide) (Verse/historical fiction. 8-12)"
Perhaps a few books manage to capture tweendom's chaos, but too few catch its poetry. Read full book review >
BRILLIANT by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Hopeful and surprisingly exhilarating. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The children of Dublin chase down the Black Dog of depression in order to retrieve the city's funny bone. Read full book review >

YARD WAR by Taylor Kitchings
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"In the end, this is another white kid's story about the civil rights era, but it's notable for its illustration of how resistance to change affected whites as well as African-Americans. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
When Trip Westbrook asks Dee, the son of his family's maid, to play football in his yard, he does not know what he's starting. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Michelle Cuevas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though the writing is clever and there are plenty of amusing incidents included, life lessons and existential truths overwhelm everything, suggesting that the audience for this uneasy amalgam of whimsy and wisdom will be small. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An imaginary friend who yearns to be real learns about life along with the children who conjure him up in a variety of guises. Read full book review >
PIECES OF WHY by K.L. Going
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Young readers may not be willing to sing in this hallelujah chorus. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Sometimes sugarcoating the truth can leave a bitter taste. Such is the lesson in this middle-grade tale. Read full book review >
A NEARER MOON by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A quiet story of perseverance and hope, exquisitely written with words and images that demand savoring. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The interconnected tale of two girls, one human and the other a water sprite, determined to save their beloved sisters. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A fine companion to Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken (2014), also about the 1936 Olympics and also adapted for young readers. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Adapting Brown's bestselling work of the same title (2013), Mone streamlines the true story of nine young men from the University of Washington who, against all odds, won the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics. Read full book review >
REDEEMED by Margaret Peterson Haddix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A satisfying end to a long-running series. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Instead of the past, the eighth and final installment of the Missing series takes the Skidmore kids into the far distant future, where they will try to repair time and save the world. Read full book review >
THOMAS JEFFERSON GROWS A NATION by Peggy Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"It is no small feat to choose but a few facts about such a well-documented life; the choices made and the method of telling are both exemplary. (timeline, further information, notes) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using Thomas Jefferson's own admissions of passion for both his new country and agriculture, details are given about a few of his activities, inventions, and accomplishments, beginning after the Revolutionary War. 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 >