DEAR OPL by Shelley Sackier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"By the story's conclusion, readers will be happy they traveled with Opal on her journey to self-acceptance. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the two years since her father's death from cancer, Opal's life has gone awry. Read full book review >
CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A solid story of friendship, mystery, and one girl's perseverance, in which a health scare and its rumors mirror today's epidemics. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
Infected rats and San Francisco's dark past at the turn of the 20th century come to light in Newbery Honoree Choldenko's (Al Capone Does My Shirts, 2004, etc.) look into an outbreak of bubonic plague.Read full book review >

TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite some flaws, an offbeat and entertaining caper. (Mystery. 13-18)"
A jaded teen's life takes an exciting turn after a new friend ropes her into his investigation of a local kidnapping. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF SETH by Tom Llewellyn
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Read this mystery more for its local interest than its plot. (Mystery. 12-17)"
Old friends become suspects when a working-class Tacoma teen investigates his mother's murder. Read full book review >
CLIMBING EVEREST by Gail Herman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine choice for both young and older, less-skilled readers. (Nonfiction. 7-14)"
Edmund Hillary is generally recognized as the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest; his Nepalese climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay, has received far less attention. Read full book review >

THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD by Austin Aslan
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Exciting and fast-paced entertainment with a thoughtful subtext asking readers to ponder the interconnectedness of life on a fragile planet. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This sequel to The Islands at the End of the World (2014) finds Leilani reunited with her family on Hawaii's Big Island as humanity slowly adapts to the new, post-apocalyptic normal.Read full book review >
STICK by Michael Harmon
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Engaging and uplifting. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In this new football novel, a nerdy superhero and a clueless sports star demonstrate that all the play-by-play that really matters is mostly off the field. Read full book review >
FIELD TRIP by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readers who enjoyed the first will want to share this trip as well, but fresh ideas are needed if there's to be a third journey. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A boy, a dad, two dogs, and a much-needed field trip. Read full book review >
GHOSTLIGHT by Sonia Gensler
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Frightening and engrossing. (Horror. 10-14)"
A preteen girl and her newfound friend investigate paranormal activity on her grandmother's farm. Read full book review >
NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Raw and unforgettable. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"I wish they would all stop tiptoeing around me just because my mom offed herself over the summer." Read full book review >
VOICE OF FREEDOM by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bold, honest, informative, and unforgettable. (author's note, timeline, source notes, bibliography) (Picture book/poetry/biography. 10-14)"
A welcome addition to civil rights literature for children. Read full book review >
CON ACADEMY by Joe Schreiber
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Quick and entertaining, this comic romp fulfills its promising setup. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A boy from a con-artist family cheats his way into an exclusive private school only to find a rival grifter at work there. 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 >