HILO by Judd Winick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
Hailing from a big family of overachievers, D.J. feels largely unexceptional until he meets a strange boy who falls from the sky and helps him realize his potential. Read full book review >
LOYALIST TO A FAULT by Evan Munday
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Enjoyably campy horror set in a small town with, plainly, dark secrets aplenty yet to discover. (Mystery/fantasy. 12-15)"
Someone is systematically looting the town of Sticksville of its historical records in this third caper featuring punk teen detective October Schwartz and her five dead partners. Read full book review >

THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >
SAIL AWAY by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Like Hughes, Bryan, at 91, can also boast, 'I'm still pulling.' (Picture book/poetry. 5-12)"
Hughes' pen is paired to Bryan's sculpting scissors, making a rich, poetic picture book indeed. Read full book review >
FINDERS KEEPERS by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Entertaining and humorous; good light fare for middle graders. (Fiction. 8-12) "
A 10-year-old searches for Al Capone's lost treasure. Read full book review >

FIGHT BACK by Brent R. Sherrard
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Hard-won insight neatly depicted. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A boy who has survived years of neglect and abuse get his chance to fight back by becoming a boxer. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE ZORSE'S MASK by Linda Joy Singleton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is straight-up series fiction, but it's well-done, and mystery aficionados, especially those who love animals, will find it entertaining and enjoyable. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Three middle school friends try to figure out who abused a zorse (horse/zebra cross) and why the owner's adult son is so eager to get him back. Read full book review >
NIGHT ON FIRE by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won't soon forget. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1961, riding a Greyhound bus was more than a way to get from one place to another. For some, the destination was freedom. Read full book review >
THE COPPER GAUNTLET by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Both a successful addition to the middle-grade magic school genre and a satisfying sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13) "
Book 2 in the middle-grade Magisterium fantasy series delves deeper into its protagonist's connection with the Enemy of Death. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Suffering from "bubble baby disease," Madeline has lived for 18 years in a sterile, sealed house with her physician mother. Read full book review >
WHEN KACEY LEFT by Dawn Green
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An honest and heartbreaking journey toward healing. (Fiction. 12-16) "
When Kacey left—by committing suicide—she abandoned her best friend, Sara. Read full book review >
LITTLE ROBOT by Ben Hatke
Kirkus Star
by Ben Hatke, illustrated by Ben Hatke
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Girl power at its best. A sure winner! (Graphic novel. 3-12)"
Possibilities abound for a small, brown-skinned girl with time, a tool belt, and a penchant for urban adventure. 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 >