THE PRINCESS, THE SCOUNDREL, AND THE FARM BOY by Alexandra Bracken
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A competent novelization of a beloved story. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Bracken launches this retelling with the first of the original Star Wars trilogy. Read full book review >
BEWARE THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE! by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"As intended, a great way to prepare for Disney's new Star Wars film. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Angleberger, of Origami Yoda fame, follows Alexandra Bracken (The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy, 2015) and Adam Gidwitz (So You Want to Be a Jedi, 2015) to close out the trilogy of novels retelling the three original Star Wars films.Read full book review >

SO YOU WANT TO BE A JEDI? by Adam Gidwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An enthusiastic, mostly successful experiment to make old new again. (Science fantasy. 8-12)"
Gidwitz turns to second-person narration in his retelling of The Empire Strikes Back.Read full book review >
IT'S YOUR WORLD by Chelsea Clinton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Another voice in the chorus of calls to action—earnest and on target but more likely to be bought than read. (map, charts, infographics, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
From an activist who sent a protest letter to President Ronald Reagan when she was 5, a tally of urgent worldwide concerns and issues, with pointed calls to get the lead out. Read full book review >
THE SWORD OF SUMMER by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A fast-paced, eventful, and largely successful pivot. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
First there were the Greek gods, then the Egyptian gods, then the Roman gods—now Riordan takes on the Norse gods. Read full book review >

CITY OF THIRST by Carrie Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fiery climax and a hard choice set Marrill on course for further adventures on the Pirate Stream. Avast! (Fantasy. 10-13)"
On a second voyage upon the ocean of chaos that spans time and space, Marigold "Marrill" Aesterwest faces evil wizards and a mad king—not to mention friendly, giant bugs and snails, a sideways island, and a worlds-destroying Iron Tide. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOGLER by Catherine Jinks
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Better in its parts than its whole—but even second-drawer Jinks tops the general run. (map, glossary of slang) (Historical fantasy. 10-13)"
Weary "Go-Devil Man" Alfred Bunce and his uncertain apprentice, Ned, face a seemingly overwhelming plague of child-eating bogles in this busy trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE STOLEN CHAPTERS by James Riley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Likely to leave more than a few punctures in even the most levelheaded reader's sense of reality. (Metafictional fantasy. 10-13)"
A fictional character's megalomaniacal scheme to insert himself into every novel ever written precipitates a merry chase through meta-realms in this brain-cracking sequel. Read full book review >
PLAYING JULIET by Joanne Stewart Wetzel
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An earnest and creditable effort that will resonate with thespians both young and old. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When you are a (nearly) teenage aspiring actress, sometimes it feels like "all the world's a stage," but Beth Sondquist's favorite stage is about to be repossessed. Read full book review >
THE CARE & KEEPING OF US by Cara Natterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"For a preteen who enjoys writing her thoughts and a mom whose relationship with her daughter is already good, this well-meant offering might help ease the pair through a difficult time. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A "How-to-Say-It" package about preteen physical, emotional, and social concerns for mothers and their daughters. Read full book review >
THE SISTER PACT by Stacie Ramey
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"An earnest, overstuffed look at the collateral damage of suicide and drug abuse. (Fiction. 13-18)"
In the aftermath of her sister's suicide, Allie's grief is thick and relentless. Read full book review >
FREEDOM FLIGHT by Patrick Jones
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Although little recent fiction deals with children of damaged veterans, there are numerous outstanding works about addicted parents that would resonate more with readers than this weak title. (Fiction. 11-16)"
High school sophomore Paige's mother, a captain in the military, has just come home from Afghanistan, seemingly a welcome event. 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 >