Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

THE SECRET MISSION OF WILLIAM TUCK by Eric Pierpoint
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Richly detailed and exhilarating. (Adventure. 8-12)"
A 12-year-old boy is given the power to change the tide of the Revolutionary War. 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 HOUSE OF TWENTY THOUSAND BOOKS by Sasha Abramsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"If you finish this brilliant, realized book thinking you need to own more books, you're to be forgiven. A wonderful celebration of the mind, history, and love."
Memoir of Jewish intellectual life and universal history alike, told through a houseful of books, their eccentric collectors, and the rooms in which they dwelled. Read full book review >
THE KING AND THE SEA by Heinz Janisch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This gem's childlike warmth, whimsy, and wisdom bring to mind The Little Prince. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
The titular king, a smallish character made of paper and featuring crayoned features and crown, converses with many creatures and inanimate objects in a series of double-page "chapters," each title beginning, "The King and…." Read full book review >
WHEN DAD SHOWED ME THE UNIVERSE by Ulf Stark
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Gentle humor pervades this father-son tale in the nicest way. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A small boy and his father take an evening walk in this Swedish import first published in 1998 but only now translated and published in the United States. Read full book review >

MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >
I (DON'T) LIKE SNAKES by Nicola Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The protagonist isn't the only one who will find snakes spellbinding by the end. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A girl's family shows her oodles of cool details about snakes. Read full book review >
BAD PIRATE by Kari-Lynn Winters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Arrrrguably the best piratical dogfight you'll ever sink your teeth into. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wicked smart pacing and playful art tell the tale of a pirate too doggone loyal for her own good. 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 >
GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"More adventures involving gutsy Constance, quietly determined Sheriff Heath, and a lively cast of supporting characters would be most welcome."
Better known for her nonfiction (The Drunken Botanist, 2013, etc.), Stewart crafts a solid, absorbing novel based on real-life events—though they're unusual enough to seem invented.Read full book review >
CUT BOTH WAYS by Carrie Mesrobian
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Pitch perfect, raw, and moving. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school senior struggles to understand himself after he falls for Brandy, a sophomore girl, while at the same time he and his friend Angus, who is openly gay, make out one night while stoned and drunk and then are continually drawn back to one another. Read full book review >
The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone by Geonn Cannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An imaginatively wrought, steampunk-influenced feminist adventure."
In Cannon's alternative version of early-20th-century London, an invisible spy walks the streets, airships are a preferred form of travel, and two rival explorers join forces to learn who is trying to kill them and why. 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 >