THE SLEEPWALKER TONIC by Jason Segel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A solid-enough sequel that slips here and there but leaves readers' goodwill intact. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Charlie Laird faces a dire threat to the Netherworld and the Waking World. Read full book review >
NOMAD by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Alexander is clearly passionate about science, space exploration, and social justice, but he never allows that passion to shortchange the crackerjack adventure. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Gabriel Sandro Fuentes, 11-year-old ambassador of Earth, fends off an alien invasion. Read full book review >

INSIDE BIOSPHERE 2 by Mary Kay Carson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"For middle and high school readers, an encouraging example of earth scientists working to understand and deal with climate change in new and amazing ways. (glossary, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A 1990s science experiment aimed at space exploration finds a new purpose in the 21st century. Read full book review >
HISTORIUM by Jo Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An arbitrary assortment of relics not likely to furnish either the insight or the glimpses of wonder that elevate companion volume Animalium (2014). (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
An oversized album of archaeological treasures, from an early Stone Age hand ax to a 19th-century tiki pendant. Read full book review >
THE FIRST FLUTE by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"If a bit patchwork, the package is still powerful. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-12)"
As he has in the past, Bouchard (The Song within My Heart, 2015, etc.) joins talents with a multicultural team, in this case New Zealand-American illustrator Oelze, Kalapuya flautist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, and Dakota translator Goodwill, to present an uplifting tale. Read full book review >

RETURN OF THE FORGOTTEN by Lisa Fiedler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A satisfying, exciting, and fitting finale to a memorable mouse saga. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
In this final volume of the Mouseheart Trilogy, warrior mouse Hopper seeks his estranged brother while a new traitor threatens the peace of underground Atlantia. Read full book review >
TELL THE STORY TO ITS END by Simon P. Clark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Savvy readers and would-be writers will love this exploration of story as an art form, a panacea, and an endless part of life. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A boy whose life is turned upside down by paternal scandal finds solace with an imaginary creature who preaches the power and value of storytelling. Read full book review >
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP by Matt Doeden
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An enjoyable if unfocused walk through football history. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A hodgepodge of football history pivots around the controversial ranking systems. Read full book review >
KIKI AND JACQUES by Susan Ross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A well-meaning novel that aims high but misses. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Soccer becomes a cultural bridge for a Franco-American boy and a newly arrived Somali family in a Maine mill town. Read full book review >
SONDHEIM by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Musical-theater lovers, whether front-of-curtain, backstage, or audience, will revel in this journey in which 'Every moment makes a contribution / Every little detail plays a part.' (list of shows, film scores, bibliography, videography, discography, source notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
With a deft hand and unbridled admiration for her subject, Rubin presents the career of a musical theater giant. Read full book review >
CALVIN by Martine Leavitt
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Equal parts coming-of-age tale, survival adventure, and love story, this outstanding novel also sensitively deals with an uncommon but very real teen issue, making it far more than the sum of its parts. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Calvin's personality seems to have been destined: he was born on the day comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended, his grandfather gave the infant a Hobbes-like tiger toy that was his constant childhood companion, and his best (and only) friend was always Susie. Read full book review >
THE AUGUST 5 by Jenna Helland
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A story about a revolution should be exciting—this one is not. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The daughter of a rebel leader and the son of a powerful feudal politician evaluate their potential roles in a revolution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >