ARE YOU STILL THERE by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An intriguing mix of a whodunit and social commentary on the tragic and all-too-common problems of bullying and teen suicide. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Following a bomb threat at a high school, an anonymous hotline is set up to gather leads and provide students with emotional support. 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 >
HAS TO BE LOVE by Jolene Perry
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Breathtakingly earnest emotions packaged in a contrived narration. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A Mormon high school senior in small-town Alaska struggles with scars—both internal and external. 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 >
BURN GIRL by Mandy Mikulencak
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers will likely feel impartial to Arlie, but her story is tense enough to catch an audience. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A teen girl learns she can't erase her past but she can forgive herself and look hopefully to the future in Mikulencak's debut novel. 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 >
CERTAIN POOR SHEPHERDS by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An affecting, well-spun tale that will especially resonate with animal lovers. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A tale of friendship between a dog and a goat interweaves Nativity mythology and scientific animal facts. Read full book review >
YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR by Leah Scheier
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-15) "
A high school sophomore discovers that her dreamy new artist boyfriend is suffering from mental illness. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE IN ME by Jack Gantos
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Readers will laugh, possibly uneasily, at Jack's reckless antics and lack of impulse control, but they will probably also sympathize with his deep itch to make a change. (preface, afterword) (Historical fiction. 13-15)"
A misbegotten effort to reinvent himself leads young "Jack" to burn his notebooks and clothes, though not quite his bridges, in Gantos' latest burst of confessional fiction. 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 >