STORMSTRUCK! by John Macfarlane
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 5, 2015

"An exciting adventure with true depth. (Fiction. 8-12) "
Determined to save Pogo, his elderly Labrador retriever, from being put down, 12-year-old Sam sets sail on his catboat for an island just off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >
EARTH FLIGHT by Janet Edwards
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Despite an exciting and complex plot, far less special than the first two. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
In this far-future trilogy's conclusion, a disabled archaeology student-cum-military hero deciphers an alien probe. Read full book review >

SEVEN DEAD PIRATES by Linda Bailey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Piratical fun well-stocked with colorful cast members living and arrghh. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A new bedroom with seven high-spirited spirits! Just the place where shyness goes to die. Read full book review >
LOOK BOTH WAYS IN THE BARRIO BLANCO by Judith Robbins Rose
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Still, a valiant effort that wrestles with important, complex themes. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A preteen Mexican-American girl gains a locally famous white woman as her mentor—but feels like she's losing her identity. Read full book review >
THE ENTIRELY TRUE STORY OF THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB by Adam Shaughnessy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Shaughnessy's imaginings show promise, and his puzzles and plot twists will absorb and intrigue younger readers as they consider the book's central questions about truth, magic, and adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This debut title in a planned middle-grade series introduces readers to a feisty young sleuth, fantastical realms, and warring Viking gods. Read full book review >

CURRENTS by Jane Petrlik Smolik
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A carefully crafted, inspiring 19th-century tale of courage and chance, this novel is a natural for lovers of the past. (map, author's note, source notes, additional sources) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Three strong-willed girls from dramatically different backgrounds connect through the contents of a bottle when currents carry it back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean. Read full book review >
THE RAIN WIZARD by Larry Dane Brimner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An engaging, intriguing story of a fascinating man. (author's note, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
In December 1915, San Diego's reservoirs were nearly empty, so the city turned to Charles Mallory Hatfield, whose skills at making rain were legendary. Read full book review >
WILD AT HEART by Terri Farley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Extremely well-meaning but not quite as well-done. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A sweeping introduction to the wild horses of the American West, their past, present, and possible future. Read full book review >
A POCKET FULL OF MURDER by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Thoroughly entertaining. (Fantasy.10-14)"
Their mother's death and their father's struggle to find work have taken a toll on the four Breck sisters: Annagail, the eldest, has left school for a factory job; young Lilet and Mimmi endure day care; and would-be writer Isaveth, following a recipe in the Book of Common Magic, has begun baking spell-tablets to sell on the street. Read full book review >
FULL CICADA MOON by Marilyn Hilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"In her acknowledgments, the author states that Mimi is 'for anyone who has big dreams but is short on courage.' By the book's end, readers will be moved by the empathetic lyricism of Mimi's maturing voice. (glossary, pronunciation guide) (Verse/historical fiction. 8-12)"
Perhaps a few books manage to capture tweendom's chaos, but too few catch its poetry. Read full book review >
TAKING AIM by Michael Cart
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Well-done and thoughtful but relentless in pounding home a needed admonition. (Anthology. 12-18)"
Editor Cart has gathered a collection of 13 short stories and three brief essays dealing with the often negative combination of teens and guns. Read full book review >
BRILLIANT by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Hopeful and surprisingly exhilarating. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The children of Dublin chase down the Black Dog of depression in order to retrieve the city's funny bone. 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 >