PENGUIN'S BIG ADVENTURE by Salina Yoon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Slight and self-referential, this is not one of Penguin's more memorable adventures. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another adventure starring Yoon's small penguin with the big orange scarf (Penguin and Pumpkin, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP by Stephanie Calmenson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not as strong as Ollie's first outing but still a good choice to share with classes before a field trip. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Since Ollie already knows what to expect on the first day of school (Ollie's School Day, 2012), this time he tackles another school staple: field trips. Read full book review >

SPY-IN-TRAINING by Jonathan Bernstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An action-packed series opener with plenty of room for improvement. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Accustomed to being ignored, a middle child finds herself in the center of an espionage operation. Read full book review >
EVERYONE LOVES BACON by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A bacon book so funny that perhaps even some vegetarians will love it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Retro art meets wry humor in this very funny tale of hubris set in a diner. Read full book review >
STAY! by Alex Latimer
by Alex Latimer, illustrated by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Kid-friendly and full of action and gentle suspense, this selection will be a favorite of dog lovers and reluctant readers alike—and it comes with value-added dog-training tips. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if your dog just won't? Read full book review >

THE VANISHING ISLAND by Barry Wolverton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-paced and entertaining, this fine trilogy opener will keep both fantasy and historical-fiction buffs turning the pages. (maps)­ (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
In the first book of Wolverton's fantasy trilogy, the hero embarks on a gripping high-seas adventure packed with action, magic, and folklore spanning East and West. Read full book review >
DO NICE BE KIND SPREAD HAPPY by Bernadette Russell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Small gestures have large rewards—everyone could do with a little inspiration of how to spread some happy. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Over 75 acts of kindness for kids to share. Read full book review >
MAYA'S BLANKET/LA MANTA DE MAYA by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"As the book ends, Maya's daughter is sleeping under 'her own special, magical manta.' Readers may be eager to tell their own versions of the story—that's how magic works. (author's note, glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
A familiar tale crosses cultures with almost magical ease. Read full book review >
I (DON'T) LIKE SNAKES by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The protagonist isn't the only one who will find snakes spellbinding by the end. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A girl's family shows her oodles of cool details about snakes. Read full book review >
A CURIOUS TALE OF THE IN-BETWEEN by Lauren DeStefano
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Love, loss, and hope are at the heart of this exciting read. (author's note) (Mystery/fantasy. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Pram, bookish and imaginative, befriends ghosts (most importantly Felix, her protective best friend) and also a living boy at school, Clarence, who "sought out the shadows the way that she did," and together they embark on what turns out to be a perilous quest. Read full book review >
TRAVELS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY HAMSTER by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A blunt, at times knee-slapping story suitable for perceptive young readers, those unsure of social cues, and global readers alike. (Graphic novel. 7 & up)"
Hamster—a sarcastic, egocentric, yet still enjoyable protagonist—travels with his band of patient, tolerant timberland friends to the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >
TIME FOR CRANBERRIES by Lisl H. Detlefsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The author, who lives on a marsh, calls this a love letter to the cranberry-growing community, but it is also an enlightening, joyful celebration of a little-explored agricultural endeavor. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sam shares the autumn activities on his family's farm—harvest time on a cranberry bog. 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 >