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 >
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 >

LEADING LINES by Chantel Guertin
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Pippa's fresh, up-to-date voice is muted by her misery, making for gray-tone images rather than the dynamism of color. (Fiction. 11-18)"
Pippa Greene is back in her hometown trying to sort out her confusing relationship with Dylan. 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 >
EDEN'S WISH by M. Tara Crowl
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Imaginative but uneven. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old genie longs to live outside her lamp. Read full book review >

A WHOLE NEW WORLD by Liz Braswell
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Competent enough as fan fiction, but strictly for (not-too-devoted) fans of the movie. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
In a Disney-authorized riff on the animated film Aladdin, one crucial plot twist has horrifying results.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 >
THE WANDERERS by Kate Ormand
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite the potential whimsy of a circus adventure narrated by a shape-shifting mare, this more closely resembles a brutal, angst-drenched dystopia à la Veronica Roth's Divergent (2011) than anything else. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
Flo and her friends are but poor, lost circus performers—who shape-shift into animals and try to evade governmental capture. 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 >
JILLIAN CADE by Jen Klein
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not a meal but an entertainingly tasty snack on the light side of the genre. (Paranormal romance. 12-15) "
With well-earned cynicism, high school junior Jillian is trying to carry on Umbra Investigations, her absent father's business and area of "expertise": he's a paranormal researcher, or, in Jillian's words, a trafficker "in bullshit." 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 >