FIFTEEN DOLLARS AND THIRTY-FIVE CENTS by Kathryn Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"It's a bit of a cockeyed allegory: Joseph does the right thing the wrong way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bad choices typically land you in one place: the soup. Cole's protagonist makes a rotten choice and soon finds himself covered in chicken noodle. Read full book review >
TRUE HEROES by Jonathan Diaz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Broad streaks of sentimentality, particularly in the pictures, but the worthy purpose shines through. (Short stories. 8-12)"
In this unusual pro bono gathering, 21 children struck by cancer are worked into elaborately staged photographs and then into matching stories created by as many Utah authors. Read full book review >

Countryside by J.T. Cope IV
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The glimmering continuation of a detailed, emotionally rich saga.
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Cope's sequel to Countryside: The Book of the Wise (2014) sees young Luke and his friends try to outwit a villainous hunter to find the location of a magical artifact.Read full book review >
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A mildly enjoyable if open-ended romp. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The author of Go the Fuck to Sleep (2011) joins Zweibel to craft a (somewhat) more conventional tale, featuring a seventh-grader who gets unexpected help navigating middle school rapids.Read full book review >
THE ONE THING by Marci Lyn Curtis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Funny, sweet, and hopeful. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Maggie, who became blind after contracting bacterial meningitis six months earlier, experiences a magical cure. Sort of. Read full book review >

A SURPRISE FOR TINY MOUSE by Petr Horácek
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Tiny Mouse and her small adventure are a most welcome addition to the board-book shelf. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Tiny Mouse likes all kinds of weather, except for "splashy rain." Read full book review >
TRACTOR MAC SAVES CHRISTMAS by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Children who already love the Little Blue Truck series will be ready to move on to a holiday celebration with Tractor Mac. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this entry in the Tractor Mac series, the anthropomorphic red tractor assists with transporting a gigantic evergreen tree into town for the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Read full book review >
ZOMBELINA DANCES THE NUTCRACKER by Kristyn Crow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Fans of both paranormal characters and ballet will like this; others should stick with a traditional interpretation of the holiday classic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Zombelina wins the part of Clara in The Nutcracker, but her Grandpa Phantom causes problems during a performance.Read full book review >
THE KNIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Joan Holub
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"These knights know how to keep the castle safe and the readers entertained. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three young knights defend their castle from "a red-and-white knight and eight dragons. Oh dear!" Read full book review >
THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Mr. Fish's fans can chase away any holiday 'dreary-wearies' with this latest entry in the series, though it's more likely to be adults who face the holiday shopping quandary than children. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The perennially popular pout-pout fish is back with a new problem: how to find perfect gifts for all his friends. Read full book review >
JINGLE BELLS by James Lord Pierpont
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Despite the fragile nature of the final tableau, this is a lovely version of the beloved song that could be used by an adult reader to mesmerize a young audience. (Picture book. 3-adult)"
An exquisite interpretation of the ever popular Christmas song "Jingle Bells" is a companion piece to Puttapipat's stellar edition of The Night Before Christmas (2007).Read full book review >
SAY IT! by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Zolotow's text was first published in 1980, but it still resonates with today's parents and children, particularly as imagined by Voake. (Picture book. 3-5)"
As a mother and daughter enjoy "a golden, windy autumn day," the daughter urges her mother to "say it." 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 >