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THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is the late Pratchett's last book; even not-quite-perfect Pratchett is something to treasure and can proudly take its place in one heck of a literary legacy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"Cry ‘Crivens!' and let loose the clan Mac Feegle!" Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-moving, credible, and intelligently told. Larsson fans won't be disappointed."
Lisbeth Sander returns, bruises raw and dander up, in this continuing installment of the late Stieg Larsson's crime series. Read full book review >

COLD FEET by Amy Fitzhenry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite some shortcomings, the story is a solid page-turner sprinkled with clever observations about the nature of romantic love."
Before Emma Moon ties the knot, she wants to know why her father walked out on her months after she was born. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF WINTER by Carron Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A one-trick pony unlikely to tempt readers into a second ride. (Informational novelty picture book. 6-8)"
Holding alternate pages up to a light reveals animals hiding, sleeping, or foraging through a winter night. Read full book review >
DINING WITH...MONSTERS! by Agnese Baruzzi
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Comfortably mild yucks for younger enumerators who aren't yet up to, for instance, French cuisine. (Novelty. 3-5)"
Ten monsters open wide to show what's in their mouths. Picky eaters had best steer clear. Read full book review >

I AM HENRY FINCH by Alexis Deacon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Small bird, big thoughts. Greatness achieved. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Can thinking change the world? Just ask Henry Finch! Read full book review >
THE COLOR THIEF by Andrew Fusek Peters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Subtle as a rock but likely to be more effective than many other bibliotherapeutic titles. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The colors leach out of a child's bright world when his father is afflicted with depression. Will they ever return? 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 >
Defender of Jerusalem by Helena P. Schrader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans of the genre will find much to treasure in this action-ready, if occasionally simplified, historical depiction."
Schrader (Knight of Jerusalem, 2014, etc.) delivers the second book in a historical fiction trilogy about12th-century crusader Balian d'Ibelin.Read full book review >
THE RED APPLE by Feridun Oral
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A worthy tale, if not very well thought out nor the comic gold of Eric Rohmann's similar, Caldecott-winning My Friend Rabbit. (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)"
How will hungry Rabbit reach the apple hanging so far out of reach? With help from friends, of course! Read full book review >
LIKE A WOLF by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It's hard not to feel for this good dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
High-contrast, laser-cut images accompany a simple story about the destiny of a canine whose wolflike appearance and behavior lead it from imprisonment in a pound to a better life. Read full book review >
THE NATIVITY by Géraldine Elschner
by Géraldine Elschner, illustrated by Giotto, translated by Kathryn Bishop, adapted by Martin West
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An exquisite volume of most interest to students of art, church libraries, or large libraries with extensive art collections. (Picture book/religion. 9 & up)"
This striking version of the Nativity story is illustrated with reproductions of fresco paintings by the Italian renaissance artist Giotto. 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 >