CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A dramatic story related in dramatic fashion. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
On May 10, 1869, a golden spike joined the Central Pacific's and the Union Pacific's tracks, linking the nation with two continuous bands of steel, "and things would never be the same." Read full book review >
MAISY'S PIRATE SHIP by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not Maisy's finest exploit but likely to excite an 'ARRRR!' or two from scurvy knavelets who can't get enough of the redoubtable rodent. (Pop-up playscape. 3-5)"
Avast! On a pop-up pirate ship, punch-out figures of Capt. Maisy and her crew set sail in search of a treasure chest (also punch-out). Read full book review >

ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER WE SAVED THE BEES by Robin Stevenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Although Stevenson leaves the family's future up in the air, she gives Wolf a victory that will resonate with readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Convinced that doom is imminent, Wolf's free-spirit mom uproots the family for a quixotic cross-country consciousness-raising campaign to save the honeybees. Read full book review >
THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Tons of period details, especially about clothing, round out a highly satisfying and smart breast-clutcher from this Newbery-winning author. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Joan runs away from home at age 14 to become a hired girl in 1911. Read full book review >

BEEP! BEEP! GO TO SLEEP! by Todd Tarpley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The short and rhyming text, along with its colorful illustrations, makes this book a great read-aloud for robot or pajama storytimes as well as bedtime lap reading. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A tricksy and playful rhyming robot bedtime story that will power down the little ones. Read full book review >
MAE AND THE MOON by Jami Gigot
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not spectacularly innovative but sweet just the same. (Picture book. 3-6) "
A little girl loves the moon and worries when it disappears. Read full book review >
ONE BEAR EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jayme McGowan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Now all this story needs is an audience, and it's sure to drum one up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Themes of inclusivity and individuality will strike chords with readers in McGowan's debut picture book. Read full book review >
THE INVENTOR'S SECRET by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not exactly eloquent advice, perhaps, but on target. (timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
What would a renowned, established inventor have to say to a hopeful young tinkerer? Read full book review >
I AM YOGA by Susan Verde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Empowering affirmations and playful illustrations will inspire both children and adults to slow down and strike a pose. (Picture book. 3-9)"
A young girl overwhelmed by her hectic world calms herself by practicing yoga. Read full book review >
I AM A BEAR by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A naked appeal to sentiment—but also to sympathy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A sensitive portrait of a lonely, homeless…bear, sort of. Read full book review >
JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The final stanza of Cynthia S. Cotten's 'My Card' says it all: 'My library card / unlocks the world / and more / with a single / scan.' Amen. (Picture book/poetry5-12)"
The title of this book of 15 poems will immediately grab the attention of teachers and librarians. 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 >