ADAM AND THOMAS by Aharon Appelfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Deeply moving and powerful: unforgettable. (Historical fiction. 10-18)"
Two Jewish boys are caught up in the horrors of Nazi persecution. Read full book review >
THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In middle school, where "Worst Thing" can mean anything from a pimple to public humiliation, Suzy "Zu" Swanson really has a reason to be in crisis: her former best friend has died unexpectedly, and the seventh-grader is literally silenced by grief and confusion. Read full book review >

THE SONG WITHIN MY HEART by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A stunning picture book that celebrates life, family relations, and determination to preserve traditions and heritage. (artist's note) (Picture book. 5-11)"
A heartfelt intergenerational story about knowing and preserving heritage and love between elders and young ones. Read full book review >
THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Set against a backdrop of war and sacrifice, Ada's personal fight for freedom and ultimate triumph are cause for celebration. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Ada discovers there are worse things than bombs after she escapes her Mam's cruelty during a children's evacuation of World War II London. Read full book review >
DROWNED CITY by Don Brown
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved. (source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Following the stellar The Great American Dust Bowl (2013), Brown tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans, beginning with "a swirl of unremarkable wind" in "early August, 2005" and ending with the observation that "By 2012, only 80 percent of New Orleans's residents had returned."Read full book review >

LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN! by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Celebrate a truly accepting multicultural character. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Brown introduces a smart, young protagonist with a multicultural background in this series opener for chapter-book readers. Read full book review >
A NEARER MOON by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A quiet story of perseverance and hope, exquisitely written with words and images that demand savoring. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The interconnected tale of two girls, one human and the other a water sprite, determined to save their beloved sisters. Read full book review >
PABLO & JANE AND THE HOT AIR CONTRAPTION by José Domingo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Original art and visually engrossing worlds will have readers visiting this book over and over again.(Graphic adventure. 5-7)"
A duo's blasé afternoon deviates into an unexpected journey crossing dimension and time. Read full book review >