STORMSTRUCK! by John Macfarlane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 5, 2015

"An exciting adventure with true depth. (Fiction. 8-12) "
Determined to save Pogo, his elderly Labrador retriever, from being put down, 12-year-old Sam sets sail on his catboat for an island just off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
SEVEN DEAD PIRATES by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Piratical fun well-stocked with colorful cast members living and arrghh. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A new bedroom with seven high-spirited spirits! Just the place where shyness goes to die. Read full book review >

LIZARD FROM THE PARK by Mark Pett
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"As independent as Max and Ruby, as creative as purple-crayon-wielding Harold, and as dedicated a friend as Charlotte's Wilbur, Leonard will delight kids of all ages, regardless of habitat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a sizable sidekick for one competent kid. Read full book review >
FULL CICADA MOON by Marilyn Hilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"In her acknowledgments, the author states that Mimi is 'for anyone who has big dreams but is short on courage.' By the book's end, readers will be moved by the empathetic lyricism of Mimi's maturing voice. (glossary, pronunciation guide) (Verse/historical fiction. 8-12)"
Perhaps a few books manage to capture tweendom's chaos, but too few catch its poetry. Read full book review >
A NEARER MOON by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A quiet story of perseverance and hope, exquisitely written with words and images that demand savoring. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The interconnected tale of two girls, one human and the other a water sprite, determined to save their beloved sisters. Read full book review >

THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Traumatized by his father's recent death, a boy throws a brick at an old man who collects junk in his neighborhood and winds up on probation working for him. 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 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 >
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 >
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 >
THE BLACKTHORN KEY by Kevin Sands
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A spectacular debut. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
It is 1665 London, and the streets are filled with orphans, thieves, madmen, and a few young apprentices as eager to have fun as to learn their trades. 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 >
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 >