Journey Home by Tori Meyer
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Gentle handling of a difficult but important subject."
Lyrical text and soaring imagery give school-age children a taste of war, peace, freedom, and military service. Read full book review >
Blue's Point by Richard Ferguson
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"Respectful and astute handling of serious social conflicts in a satisfying yarn."
In Ferguson's (The Thin Line Between Life and Death, 2013, etc.) thriller, a just-released convict and a journalist travel to a small Texas town where racial tension breeds contempt and violence.Read full book review >

Geography of Shame by Maryann Feola
Released: April 10, 2015

"A touching account of family dysfunction as it exists side by side with loving, close-knit relationships."
A multigenerational exploration of the impact of southern Italian heritage on the offspring of immigrants who came to America at the turn of the 20th century. Read full book review >
Defender of Jerusalem by Helena P. Schrader
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 >
Those Who Are Left by Josh  Stricklin
Released: June 2, 2015

"Entertaining though not groundbreaking zombie survival story."
In Stricklin's debut, a zombie apocalypse brings four people together on a quest to find safe haven. Read full book review >

The Dead of August by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"A sophisticated, comic novel that brilliantly captures the triumph and folly of art, media, and publishing."
A London obituary writer is called to the home of a reclusive artist with a mysterious agenda in Cacoyannis' debut novel. Read full book review >
Circulus de Potentia by Jim West
Released: June 29, 2015

"An ideal read for middle-graders who like plenty of magic and adventure."
West (Libellus de Numeros, 2014) returns with another historical YA novel in his series about young Alex and her continuing adventures in a magical world.Read full book review >
Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M Appel
Released: June 30, 2015

"A fine collection of memorable stories with a delicately surreal edge."
Short stories haunted by the longings of their connection-starved characters, but mediated by the wry intelligence of their narrators. Read full book review >
Macaroni Isn't The Same Without Cheese by Qian Yuan
Released: May 21, 2015

"A helpful book for readers seeking to better understand the physical and emotional challenges of EoE."
Yuan and Rotter's (Eating Isn't Always Easy, 2012) short book about eosinophilic esophagitis is a creative resource for elementary school-aged children dealing with a complicated medical condition.Read full book review >
Quiz Kidz Thumbs Down Bullying by Nordrene Henry-Johnson
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A kids' book with a fine message that's obscured by uneven prose.
In this debut children's book, two students at a special international school learn about bullying, friendship and understanding. Read full book review >
What She Saw by Rachel A. Conner
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An inspiring adventure with a strong heroine."
In Conner's first novel, a young woman starts seeing visions, changing her world forever. Read full book review >
The Undead President by Todd Richardson
Released: May 29, 2015

"The undead are just another government conspiracy in this solid, politically infused novel."
An experimental drug revives the assassinated U.S. president, who's suddenly hellbent on world domination, in Richardson's debut thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >