MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes. (Steampunk/fairy tale. 12-15)"
A spunky mechanic stars as a steampunk Cinderella who doesn't need rescuing. Read full book review >
PUBLIC ENEMIES by Ann Aguirre
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Nifty monsters, standard plot. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
This second book in the Immortal Game trilogy picks up right where Mortal Danger (2014) left off.Read full book review >

NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES by Adi Alsaid
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A good romance is hard to come by. This is a great one. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Two best friends discover love during their last few months of high school. Read full book review >
OF DREAMS AND RUST by Sarah Fine
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Neatly wraps up the romance, too neatly wraps up the plot. (Steampunk. 12-18)"
In the sequel to Of Metal and Wishes (2014), Wen faces an impossible choice—betray her country or let her beloved be slaughtered?Read full book review >
ZACK DELACRUZ by Jeff Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

" Forgettable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The hot topic of middle school bullying is tackled by a San Antonio sixth-grader trying to get his class dance funded. Read full book review >

TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Awkward attempts to improve on an inherently interesting topic undermine this otherwise fine account. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A creative approach, strong on vivid details and words that appeal to the senses, animates this biography of Typhoid Mary. Read full book review >
PERDITA by Faith Gardner
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An edgy, intriguing debut novel of suspense, suspicion, and surprise. (Suspense. 14-18)"
When she starts seeing the ghost of her sister's recently drowned friend, troubled 16-year-old Arielle worries she may be "a little bit crazy." Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Enchanting indeed—and inspiring as well. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Welcome to a particular type of circus—where the child performers may just change the world "one acrobat, contortionist, and flyer at a time." Read full book review >
ARE YOU SEEING ME? by Darren Groth
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"There's a warm family story amid the didacticism, but the sense that autism must be constantly explained and justified to outsiders is discomfiting. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Australian twins Perry, who has a brain condition, and Justine, who is his full-time caregiver, travel together to Vancouver. Read full book review >
AFTER DARK by James Leck
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A great light read for graduates of John Kloepfer's The Zombie Chasers (2010). (Horror. 10-14)"
Rolling Hills is a boring, little hick town…until sundown. Read full book review >
ENDANGERED by Kate Jaimet
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Overcoming weaknesses, this debut makes effective use of its energetic sleuth, fast-paced plot, and convincing, atmospheric Nova Scotia setting to build suspense and wind to a satisfying conclusion. (author's note) (Mystery. 12-18)"
One biology test short of nailing her diploma, reporter Hayley Makk skips high school graduation to do an overnight shift at the Halifax Independent, where what she overhears while monitoring the police scanner sends her on a dangerous adventure chasing a story.Read full book review >
FUEL UNDER FIRE by Margaret J. Goldstein
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A top-shelf explication of the energy world, measured but pulling no punches and naming names—from ExxonMobil to you and me. (notes, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A thoroughgoing introduction to the omnipresent and decidedly Janus-faced world of fossil fuels. 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 >