Mind Over Bullies  by D.K. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Complex, layered YA that easily appeals to adults, too.
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In this intricate YA tale, teenagers with special skills unite to confront bullying, though they end up fighting crime, murder, and terrorism. Read full book review >
THE WILD ONES by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bold deeds, betrayals, and buffoonery kick off this series with gusto. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Treacherous urban pets try to renege on an ancient deal with the wild residents of a city alleyway, and a young raccoon finds himself caught in the middle in this all-animal dramedy. Read full book review >

THE VERY STUFFED TURKEY by Katharine Kenah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A nice respite from tales of Pilgrims and of turkeys hiding from farmers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Turkey loves to eat, and he loves his barnyard friends…but how many Thanksgiving dinners can one turkey eat? Read full book review >
ISLAND TREASURES by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers new to Ada's memoirs will be moved and inspired. (author's note, glossary) (Memoir. 9-12)"
Ada, an award-winning writer and multicultural and bilingual education expert, recounts childhood memories of growing up in Cuba in the 1940s. Read full book review >
THE WHITE BOOK by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A sweet celebration of the imagination and nifty validation of persistence. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cute child in a bowl cut goes wild with buckets of paint in this wordless book. Read full book review >

PUMPKIN DAY! by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A warm and welcome story for emerging readers and their families. (Early reader. 3-6)"
Pumpkins star in this family-centered early reader. Read full book review >
WHERE'S WALRUS? AND PENGUIN? by Stephen  Savage
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Clever, cheeky, and endearing—a wordless achievement. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Walrus escapes again, this time with pal Penguin, but their day on the town takes an unexpected turn for the fun-loving pinniped of Where's Walrus? (2011). Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOR LIFE by Andrew Norriss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An appealing afterlife account with an important message. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A phantom friend makes a life-changing difference in the lives of three English middle schoolers. Read full book review >
MANGO, ABUELA, AND ME by Meg Medina
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This warm family story is a splendid showcase for the combined talents of Medina, a Pura Belpré award winner, and Dominguez, an honoree. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Abuela is coming to stay with Mia and her parents. But how will they communicate if Mia speaks little Spanish and Abuela, little English? Could it be that a parrot named Mango is the solution? Read full book review >
RANDOMS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Real geeks wouldn't have it any other way. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
Part of Spider-Man's appeal is that he's a geek; people love him because he gets picked on as much as any nerdy teenager. Zeke Reynolds follows in the same tradition. Read full book review >
DARK TERROR by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A fascinating war tale that will have young readers digging in for a captivating read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1915, 15-year-old miner Alec Shorecross decides to leave the army and join the Royal Flying Corps but finds himself in an "underground war" instead, in Wilson's second novel marking the centenary of World War I (Wings of War, 2014).Read full book review >
PIRATE'S LULLABY by Marcie Wessels
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bedtime is already well-bedecked with piratical fare, but no one's going to object to just one more book of this kind, particularly when it's this good-natured. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a vessel whose crew numbers two, a young boy uses his formidable avoidance techniques to put off bedtime for as long as possible. 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 >