THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William Kamkwamba
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Compelling and informative for a broad readership and a good addition to STEM collections. (map, prologue, photographs, epilogue, acknowledgments) (Memoir. 11-16)"
The author and his collaborator have condensed the original memoir of the same name, a story of an innovative and compassionate boy coming of age during an era of extreme hardship in Malawi. Read full book review >
BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Children's literature has been waiting for Apple Yengko—a strong, Asian-American girl whose ethnic identity simultaneously complicates and enriches her life. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Apple Yengko has one possession from the Philippines—a Beatles cassette tape with her father's name written on it. She knows every song by heart. Read full book review >

NIGHT ON FIRE by Ronald Kidd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Beautifully written and earnestly delivered, the novel rolls to an inexorable, stunning conclusion readers won't soon forget. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
In 1961, riding a Greyhound bus was more than a way to get from one place to another. For some, the destination was freedom. Read full book review >
WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY HENRIETTA by Liniers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"This effervescent package opens to reveal plenty of wisdom. (Graphic early reader. 7-9)"
Argentine cartoonist Liniers presents a graphic ode to the pleasures and challenges of composition, starring his recurring character Henrietta, a young bibliophile. Read full book review >
STORMSTRUCK! by John Macfarlane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2015

"An exciting adventure with true depth. (Fiction. 8-12) "
Determined to save Pogo, his elderly Labrador retriever, from being put down, 12-year-old Sam sets sail on his catboat for an island just off the coast of Maine. Read full book review >

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CRAZY HORSE by Joseph M. Marshall III
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This powerful introduction to a great warrior and leader invites readers to ponder the meaning of 'hero.' (author's note, glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 9-12)"
School bullies claim Jimmy McClean's blue eyes, fair hair, and Scottish surname mean he's not a real Indian; to validate Jimmy's Lakota heritage, Grandpa Nyles suggests a road trip in search of another Lakota with fair hair and skin: Crazy Horse. Read full book review >
BABA YAGA'S ASSISTANT by Marika McCoola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A magnificently magical must-read for all fairy-tale fans. (Graphic fantasy. 9-14)"
After her long-distant father remarries, a young woman leaves home to be the assistant to the famous witch Baba Yaga in this clever reinvention. Read full book review >
SCHOOL FOR SIDEKICKS by Kelly McCullough
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Leaps the tottering stack of similar 'sidekick' novels in a single bound. (Superhero fantasy. 11-13)"
Disquieting revelations await a fledgling teenager at superhero school. Read full book review >