SCHOOL FOR SIDEKICKS by Kelly McCullough
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Leaps the tottering stack of similar 'sidekick' novels in a single bound. (Superhero fantasy. 11-13)"
Disquieting revelations await a fledgling teenager at superhero school. Read full book review >
MALCOLM UNDER THE STARS by W.H. Beck
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Welcome back, Malcolm. (Animal fantasy. 9-12)"
The critters of the Midnight Academy must find a way to save McKenna Elementary School from destruction. Read full book review >

DON'T VOTE FOR ME by Krista Van Dolzer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A comic romp that's also an enlightening quest for increased awareness and self-understanding. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An impulsive comment regarding the upcoming election for class president propels 12-year-old David into the candidate's spot. Read full book review >
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 >
COLD WAR ON MAPLEWOOD STREET by Gayle Rosengren
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A pleasant-enough story about a moment in history rarely captured in literature, this book doesn't rise above the ordinary. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Cuban missile crisis disrupts a Chicago girl's life. Read full book review >
FINDING SOMEPLACE by Denise Lewis Patrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A perfect storm of suspense and fine character building. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Anticipation, fear, excitement, and dread coalesce as a girl's 13th birthday collides with a terrible force of nature: Hurricane Katrina. 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 >
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 >