The Scorch of a Skilten by Nashat Zaman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"An entertaining tale for adventure-hungry readers."
In Zaman's well-paced debut YA novel, 11-year-old Clara Skilten has adventures at a training academy. Read full book review >
Beatrice and the Basilisk by Bruce McCandless III
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 23, 2012

"This brief but powerful dragon story soars."
In McCandless' (The Krottkey Chronicles, 2013) novella, a young Texas girl of today must fight a terrifying dragon.Read full book review >

IT'S YOUR WORLD by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Another voice in the chorus of calls to action—earnest and on target but more likely to be bought than read. (map, charts, infographics, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
From an activist who sent a protest letter to President Ronald Reagan when she was 5, a tally of urgent worldwide concerns and issues, with pointed calls to get the lead out. Read full book review >
Destroying Angel by Missy Wilkinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 9, 2015

"A sometimes-endearing tale that almost succeeds but attempts too much."
Grief, teenage drama, alien bird-men, and a reality-warping drug combine in the quirky cocktail of Wilkinson's debut coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >
Lucy Lick-Me-Not and the Greedy Gubbins by Claudine Carmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 2, 2015

"A wild tale helmed by a charmingly clever kid."
Child heroine Lucy Lick-Me-Not is back, and this time, she's taking on the seasons and the lack of a white Christmas. Read full book review >

Bugs Beware...My Mom Doesn't Care! by Trudy D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 17, 2012

"A funny story with a softhearted narrator that's marred by sometimes-awkward verse and intriguing illustrations that never quite meet their full potential."
Ardena and her mother disagree about how best to handle bugs in this over-the-top, comical rhyming picture book. Read full book review >
Oscar the Osprey by Edward Martin Polansky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sympathetic hero, engaging illustrations, and a strong message make this book a must-have for families, schools, and communities with differently abled kids."
In Polansky's debut book for young readers, ospreys are kings of the air. So what happens to a young osprey who's afraid to fly? Read full book review >
I CAN ROAR! by Frank Asch
by Frank Asch, illustrated by Frank Asch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Great for adults and children to share, taking turns playing the parts of various animals. For more fun, have a mirror handy so kids can be delighted by their own transformations. (Board book. 2-4)"
Children can pretend to be many different animals by putting their faces up to the large die-cut hole at the center of this interactive board-book offering. Read full book review >
TEN PLAYFUL PENGUINS by Emily Ford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Leave these penguins on the ice. (Board book. 2-4)"
As the title implies, a counting book set at the zoo. Read full book review >
CRITTER COLORS by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"With so many excellent board books about color on the market, those with limited budgets can safely pass on this pale contribution to the spectrum. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
"What can you make out of colors?" is the question posed by this simple board book. Read full book review >
OUT OF SHAPES by Ashley G.
by Ashley G., illustrated by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Best when used or displayed alongside the blocks, where it might inspire young children to build their own shape-based creations. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
The basic shapes—circle (in yellow), triangle (in red), square (in blue), rectangle (in orange)—combine to form easily recognizable objects. Read full book review >
ALABASTER SHADOWS by Matt Gardner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"Creepily imagined and entertaining. (Graphic horror. 7-12)"
A brother and sister learn their idyllic new neighborhood holds some nightmarish secrets. 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 >