SHARING THE BREAD by Pat Zietlow Miller
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"It may be a romantic view, but it is nevertheless a very appealing one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A gentle rhyme scheme and a palette that brings to mind folk art shape a nostalgic and rather sentimental view of the holiday. Read full book review >
BUG IN A VACUUM by Mélanie Watt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Another funny, visually rollicking work from the creator of Chester (2007) and Scaredy Squirrel (2006). (Picture book. 4-8)"
A bug flies indoors, is sucked into a vacuum, and experiences the five stages of grief while entrapped. Read full book review >

THE MEAN GIRL MELTDOWN by Lindsay Eyre
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers will appreciate watching Sylvie determinedly working toward her goals. (Fiction. 7-10)"
An opportunity to participate in an ice hockey league soon leads to drama for fourth-grader Sylvie. Read full book review >
CAN WE HELP? by George Ancona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"While this may be too didactic for many readers to choose on their own, it's a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Kids don't often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that. Read full book review >
THE WOLF WILDER by Katherine Rundell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Rugged cross-country adventure with a diverse cast of two- and four-legged fellow travelers and a sturdy main character who is more than a little 'wilded' herself. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
A young Russian who has known more wolves in her life than people sets out to rescue her mother from a czarist prison. Read full book review >

DUDDLE PUCK by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Encouragement for all who waddle to the beat of a different drummer. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A newly arrived duck who would rather oink, neigh, and even belt out "HIP-HIP HOORAY!" than quack has all the farmyard's residents aflutter. Read full book review >
THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU WILL BE by Emily Winfield Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Wonderful, indeed. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A love song to baby with delightful illustrations to boot. Read full book review >
SLAPPY'S TALES OF HORROR by R.L. Stine
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nothing new and nothing too scary, all frights in good fun. (Graphic horror. 9-13)"
Four tales sure to give goose bumps…told graphically. Read full book review >
LEO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Dazzling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Leo, like any child, hopes for acceptance, but it's hard to find friendship when one is a ghost. Read full book review >
LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BEST EVER PLAYDATE by Jacky Davis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Ladybug Girl fans will find this offering satisfying, and its gentle didacticism goes down easy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ladybug Girl—aka Lulu—is so excited about her best friend's new toy that she temporarily forgets the joys of friendship. Read full book review >
FLYING CARS by Andrew Glass
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Start your engines and get ready to take off for an amazing read. (author's note, glossary, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Cars that fly? Only in stories like Harry Potter or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or fantasy films, right? Nope, flying cars have been in existence since the beginning of the 1900s. Who knew?Read full book review >
TUCKY JO AND LITTLE HEART by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Once again, this talented author/illustrator brings the past to life for young listeners and introduces them to unforgettable, admirable characters in the process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Polacco shares the story of a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a very young man. 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 >