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 >
NOAH WEBSTER by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Thorough, well-documented, and smoothly written. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This biography covers the life and times of Noah Webster—whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary"—from his humble farmhouse birth in 1758 to his death, surrounded by loved ones, in 1843. Read full book review >
TROLL AND THE OLIVER by Adam Stower
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nicely tuned to a preschool sense of the ridiculous. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A clever—and impossibly cute—child thwarts a bumbling beast at every turn. Read full book review >

DIGBY O'DAY AND THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Smooth writing, appealing pictures, and (mostly) mild action create a pleasant enough package, but it's still likely to be a bit twee for some readers. (map, authors' note, quiz, first chapter of Digby O'Day Up, Up, and Away) (Fiction. 6-8)"
Following series opener Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane (2014), Hughes and Vulliamy's canine duo are off on another adventure, this time featuring a classy seaside hotel, a secret passage, a singing starlet with a taste for shiny jewels, and a pair of (feline) cat burglars. Read full book review >
RAGWEED'S FARM DOG HANDBOOK by Anne Vittur Kennedy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Give that Ragweed an extra biscuit, or just hand over the whole box. A star deserves his just rewards. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lovable farm dog named Ragweed pens a first-person guidebook that explains how to succeed on the job while earning lots of biscuit rewards. Read full book review >
A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer A. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Begins wonderfully; ends melodramatically. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A family is separated overnight when East Berlin erects the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
FUNNY BONES by Duncan Tonatiuh
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Following on his Sibert Honor-winning Separate Is Never Equal (2014), Tonatiuh further marks himself as a major nonfiction talent with this artistically beautiful and factually accessible offering that effectively blends artistic and political content for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 7-13)"
Tonatiuh's Mixtec-influenced illustrations make an apt complement to this picture-book biography of one of Mexico's most beloved artists, José Guadalupe Posada. Read full book review >
SPACE DUMPLINS by Craig Thompson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A weird and wonderful intergalactic tale. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
In a galaxy far, far away, a young girl and her motley crew of friends fight to save her father and the solar system from a destructive fleet of space whales. Read full book review >
SUNNY SIDE UP by Jennifer L. Holm
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Funny, poignant, and reassuringly upbeat by the end but free of glib platitudes or easy answers. (afterword) (Graphic historical fiction. 9-11)"
Family troubles temporarily strand 10-year-old Sunny in a Florida retirement community. Imagine the recreational possibilities. Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE PIRATE HANDBOOK by Libby Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Too bland and thin in both content and special effects to be particularly seaworthy. (Informational pop-up book. 7-10)"
Basic instructions for young landlubbers with a yen to go buccaneering. 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 >