BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Wonderfully simple, sweet and engaging. (author's note, source notes) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Theodore Roosevelt's 1903 trip to the western parks included a backcountry camping trip—complete with snowstorm—with John Muir in the Yosemite Wilderness and informed the president's subsequent advocacy for national parks and monuments. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 16, 2012

"Moving and inspiring; Wallenberg's is a name to remember for all time, and Borden has done an admirable job of ensuring readers will. (epilogue, author's note, bibliography, sources) (Biography. 11 & up)"
An exceptional individual is brought at last to the up-close-and-personal attention of young readers. Read full book review >

MY HEART WILL NOT SIT DOWN by Mara Rockliff
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"The human capacity to reach out to those who suffer is lovingly and inspiringly rendered. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A moment of communal compassion is remembered in this fictionalized retelling of a too-little-known tale. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED DICKENS by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"This thoughtful and entertaining portrait offers a model for reading critically that will bear fruit as readers grow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Metafictive techniques and atmospheric graphite, ink and acrylic compositions effectively pull readers into the life and soul of 12-year-old Charles Dickens. Read full book review >
MAY B. by Caroline Starr Rose
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"If May is a brave, stubborn fighter, the short, free-verse lines are one-two punches in this Laura Ingalls Wilder-inspired ode to the human spirit. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
As unforgiving as the western Kansas prairies, this extraordinary verse novel—Rose's debut—paints a gritty picture of late-19th-century frontier life from the perspective of a 12-year-old dyslexic girl named Mavis Elizabeth Betterly… May B. for short. Read full book review >

CROW by Barbara Wright
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"An intensely moving, first-person narrative of a disturbing historical footnote told from the perspective of a very likable, credible young hero. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Growing up in Wilmington, N.C., in 1898, a naive black boy and his family are devastated by a racist uprising in this fictionalized account of a little-known historical event. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Still, what baseball fan won't thrill at this game that included the likes of the Brown Bomber, Willie 'the Devil' Wells and the Tan Cheetah? (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Some of the best-ever baseball players face off in 1934 at the second annual Negro League All-Star game in Chicago. Read full book review >
GEORGE by Frank Keating
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Washington remains an historic hero despite flaws and defeats. These are recounted in far more accomplished biographies, and children will be better served by reading about the real man elsewhere. (author's note, artist's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
By the age of 15, George Washington had written out a list of precepts taught to him by his teachers, the "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation," by which he lived and was guided throughout his life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A missed opportunity to offer something special. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Starting with the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and working back to the early 1960s, Hunter-Gault covers many of the significant moments in the civil rights movement, including her own pivotal role in desegregating the University of Georgia. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"A rip-roaring tale with a satisfying conclusion. (author's note, historical note) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A not-so-shy Angeline is a force for justice in a Wild West town that is out of control. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Caveat emptor. (bibliography, websites, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The title says it all, almost, about "The Golden State," from early history to the near-present. Read full book review >
THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM by Barbara Kerley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Humorous, respectful and affectionate: a solid invitation to learn more. (author's note, facsimile of Declaration, quotation source notes) (Informational picture book. 9-12)"
A graceful and good-humored account introduces the very human sides of the disparate duo who came together in the Continental Congress to give birth to American independence in an extraordinary achievement in 1774-1776. 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 >