THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL by Katie Alender
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A really scary and original ghost story, well told. Read it with the lights on. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A rebellious 16-year-old becomes trapped in a definitely haunted old insane asylum, possibly forever. Read full book review >
A LITTLE IN LOVE by Susan Fletcher
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A worthy companion book, with storytelling strong enough to interest even readers unfamiliar with the original novel or its many adaptations. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
The story of Eponine Thenardier, a side character from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, is told here, from early childhood to untimely death.Read full book review >

SOMEWHERE THERE IS STILL A SUN by Michael Gruenbaum
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"As historical fiction, this offering is fine, but it is not nonfiction by any stretch of the imagination. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Holocaust survivor Gruenbaum has a story to tell. Read full book review >
RANDOMS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Real geeks wouldn't have it any other way. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
Part of Spider-Man's appeal is that he's a geek; people love him because he gets picked on as much as any nerdy teenager. Zeke Reynolds follows in the same tradition. Read full book review >
DARK TERROR by John Wilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A fascinating war tale that will have young readers digging in for a captivating read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1915, 15-year-old miner Alec Shorecross decides to leave the army and join the Royal Flying Corps but finds himself in an "underground war" instead, in Wilson's second novel marking the centenary of World War I (Wings of War, 2014).Read full book review >

THE WILD ONES by C. Alexander London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Bold deeds, betrayals, and buffoonery kick off this series with gusto. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Treacherous urban pets try to renege on an ancient deal with the wild residents of a city alleyway, and a young raccoon finds himself caught in the middle in this all-animal dramedy. Read full book review >
MY TEACHER IS AN IDIOM by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nothing to write home about. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Confusion about idioms plus rudeness in the cafeteria equals unpleasant consequences for second-graders Patrick and Richard. Read full book review >
PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK HEROES by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Tales that 'lay out your options for painful and interesting ways to die.' And to live. (maps, index) (Mythology. 10-14)"
In a similarly hefty companion to Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (2014), the most voluble of Poseidon's many sons dishes on a dozen more ancient relatives and fellow demigods.Read full book review >
BEYOND CLUELESS by Linas Alsenas
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"In a subgenre about queer themes and musicals that's big enough to offer choice, other options are funnier and more genuine than this. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Mistaken identity, misbehavior, and musical theater. Read full book review >
SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS by April Genevieve Tucholke
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Gross, creepy fun. (Horror short stories. 13-17)"
Murderous neighbors, creepy bathtubs, and lots of blood. Everywhere. Read full book review >
COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A compelling look at racial and social identity wrapped in a page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
After the death of the highly placed aristocrat whose patronage ensured their safety, Jessamy's mixed-race family is targeted by political enemies; spared thanks to her skill at the game of Fives, she must find a way to save them. Read full book review >
HARRIET THE INVINCIBLE by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Creatively fresh and feminist, with laughs on every single page. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 8-12)"
This new series from Dragonbreath's Vernon puts a wild spin on "Sleeping Beauty." 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 >