DEAD UPON A TIME by Elizabeth Paulson
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Fairy-tale retellings grow like briar hedges; there's no reason to read this one when so many better efforts exist. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A mishmash of fairy-tale influences and images underlies this debut. Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOR LIFE by Andrew Norriss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An appealing afterlife account with an important message. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A phantom friend makes a life-changing difference in the lives of three English middle schoolers. Read full book review >

CAN WE HELP? by George Ancona
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"While this may be too didactic for many readers to choose on their own, it's a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Kids don't often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ON STONE'S THROW ISLAND by Dan Poblocki
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Twining history, speculation, and atmospheric writing, the author delivers a good old-fashioned ghost story. (Suspense. 10-14)"
Poblocki returns with another eerie vision of lingering spirits (The Book of Bad Things, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
THE LETTER FOR THE KING by Tonke Dragt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Short chapters and frequent mild cliffhangers make this suitable for a middle-grade classroom read-aloud; but there's little here to captivate a 21st-century reader. (Historical adventure. 10-15)"
The English translation of a prizewinning 1962 Dutch historical adventure exhibits both old-school charms and flaws. Read full book review >

THE WATCHMEN OF PORT FAYT by Conrad Mason
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A polished if unambitious adventure with a whiff of thinly disguised topicality. (maps) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A motley squad of private police takes on smugglers, rival peacekeepers, and a mad witch in this tumultuous trilogy opener, first published overseas in 2012. Read full book review >
FEARSOME CREATURES OF THE LUMBERWOODS by Hal Johnson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A folk treasure as well as required reading for hikers, trail bikers, and would-be cryptid hunters. (annotated bibliography) (Folklore/fantasy. 10-13)"
A revised and considerably expanded version of one of the foundational guides to North American boojums, with (wait for it) glow-in-the-dark illustrations! Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY by David Levithan
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A fast-paced, absorbing companion. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
Waking up in a new body each day ain't easy—neither is trying to keep track of the person who does. Read full book review >
ISLAND TREASURES by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers new to Ada's memoirs will be moved and inspired. (author's note, glossary) (Memoir. 9-12)"
Ada, an award-winning writer and multicultural and bilingual education expert, recounts childhood memories of growing up in Cuba in the 1940s. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A sprightly, original story with good twists. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Luke has no idea what he's in for when he inherits his dad's Host of malevolent ghosts. Read full book review >
GEORGE by Alex Gino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Warm, funny, and inspiring. (Fiction. 9-12)"
George, a fourth-grader who knows she is a girl, despite appearances, begins to tell her secret. Read full book review >
KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH by Erin E. Moulton
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A promising idea that misses its mark. (Thriller. 12-15)"
Sixteen-year-old Lil travels to Crete in hopes of connecting with her deceased mother's mysterious past. 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 >