HONOR GIRL by Maggie Thrash
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A luminescent memoir not to be missed. (Graphic memoir. 13 & up)"
Thrash chronicles one monumental summer at an all-girls' camp where she experienced her gut-wrenching first love. Read full book review >
THE FIREBUG OF BALROG COUNTY by David Oppegaard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An unusual coming of age, sparking a hot if not quite perfect conflagration. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Take one angry 18-year-old, sprinkle with zingy narrative, and add a match. Read full book review >

EARTH FLIGHT by Janet Edwards
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Despite an exciting and complex plot, far less special than the first two. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
In this far-future trilogy's conclusion, a disabled archaeology student-cum-military hero deciphers an alien probe. Read full book review >
TAKING AIM by Michael Cart
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Well-done and thoughtful but relentless in pounding home a needed admonition. (Anthology. 12-18)"
Editor Cart has gathered a collection of 13 short stories and three brief essays dealing with the often negative combination of teens and guns. Read full book review >
LIZARD RADIO by Pat Schmatz
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In a dystopian future, Kivali Kerwin, nicknamed Lizard, is sent to prepare for adulthood at a government-run CropCamp. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though Curran's account of faith and perseverance is somewhat unfocused, readers will appreciate her overarching point: 'discover what makes you happy, and then act on what you've learned.' (Memoir. 11-18)"
Curran, Miss Iowa 2008, tells how she became the first major pageant contestant with a disability. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A fine companion to Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken (2014), also about the 1936 Olympics and also adapted for young readers. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Adapting Brown's bestselling work of the same title (2013), Mone streamlines the true story of nine young men from the University of Washington who, against all odds, won the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics. Read full book review >
FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE by Kate Scelsa
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Buoyant writing and wry humor balance the pathos in this powerful debut, a moving tale of friendship as refuge and shield against a hostile world. (Fiction. 14-18) "
Failed by the institutions and adults who rule their lives, three stressed-out teens rely on their friendship to overcome—or at least survive—abuse, depression, and homophobia. Read full book review >
DARK SHIMMER by Donna Jo Napoli
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A new and interesting romp over a well-worn path through the forest of fairy tale. (author's note, bibliography) (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Everyone knows that stepmothers are evil, but rarely do we stop to wonder why. Read full book review >
THE KEEPER by David Baldacci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not a stand-alone episode, but definitely a pleaser for creature-feature fans. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Baldacci piles on the monsters as he sends Vega Jane and her hunky, clever sidekick Delph through the magical Quag in this follow-up to The Finisher (2014).Read full book review >
THE BOY MEETS GIRL MASSACRE (ANNOTATED) by Ainslie Hogarth
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Highly frightening and effective. (Horror. 14-18)"
A disturbed girl takes a night job in a notoriously haunted hotel with disastrous results. Read full book review >
WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Christopher Barzak
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Part ghost story, part love story, this page-turner is a captivating exploration of the power of place, family, memory, and time itself. (Paranormal suspense. 12-17)"
An unexpected encounter with an old friend opens Aidan Lockwood's eyes to extraordinary family secrets. 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 >