FEMME by Mette Bach
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The novel isn't a treatise about queer identities, so it doesn't offer an answer on what this complicated concept means. But it's a great introduction to how gender identity can be a segue for a love that, even in 2015, cannot speak its name. (Fiction. 14-17)"
So, is femme a sexual orientation or a gender presentation? Read full book review >
HAS TO BE LOVE by Jolene Perry
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Breathtakingly earnest emotions packaged in a contrived narration. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A Mormon high school senior in small-town Alaska struggles with scars—both internal and external. Read full book review >

EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Suffering from "bubble baby disease," Madeline has lived for 18 years in a sterile, sealed house with her physician mother. Read full book review >
BURN GIRL by Mandy Mikulencak
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers will likely feel impartial to Arlie, but her story is tense enough to catch an audience. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A teen girl learns she can't erase her past but she can forgive herself and look hopefully to the future in Mikulencak's debut novel. Read full book review >
WHEN KACEY LEFT by Dawn Green
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An honest and heartbreaking journey toward healing. (Fiction. 12-16) "
When Kacey left—by committing suicide—she abandoned her best friend, Sara. Read full book review >

YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR by Leah Scheier
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-15) "
A high school sophomore discovers that her dreamy new artist boyfriend is suffering from mental illness. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE IN ME by Jack Gantos
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers will laugh, possibly uneasily, at Jack's reckless antics and lack of impulse control, but they will probably also sympathize with his deep itch to make a change. (preface, afterword) (Historical fiction. 13-15)"
A misbegotten effort to reinvent himself leads young "Jack" to burn his notebooks and clothes, though not quite his bridges, in Gantos' latest burst of confessional fiction. Read full book review >
CUT BOTH WAYS by Carrie Mesrobian
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Pitch perfect, raw, and moving. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school senior struggles to understand himself after he falls for Brandy, a sophomore girl, while at the same time he and his friend Angus, who is openly gay, make out one night while stoned and drunk and then are continually drawn back to one another. Read full book review >
THE DOGS by Allan Stratton
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An engrossing blend of murder mystery and family story. (Suspense. 12-16)"
Cameron Weaver's father tried to kill his mother, and now they are on the run, again. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING ISLAND by Barry Wolverton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-paced and entertaining, this fine trilogy opener will keep both fantasy and historical-fiction buffs turning the pages. (maps)­ (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
In the first book of Wolverton's fantasy trilogy, the hero embarks on a gripping high-seas adventure packed with action, magic, and folklore spanning East and West. Read full book review >
WHIPPOORWILL by Joseph Monninger
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweet story about a lucky dog that reveals itself to be a deeper story about a lucky human. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Can a girl, a dog, and a boy overcome the disadvantages of circumstance? Read full book review >
HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E.  Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith's oeuvre. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Tomorrow Clare and Aidan head to colleges at opposite ends of the country, leaving just 12 hours to decide whether to break up now or, as they fear, to allow distance and change to do it for them—either way, it's going to be a long night. 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 >