BLACK ICE by Max Morgan
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An engrossing thriller for readers who like their spies to be pragmatic but rigorous."
A Scandinavian intelligence officer stumbles upon a murderous global conspiracy to secure Arctic oil and gas resources in Morgan's debut thriller. Read full book review >
BARREN BRANCHES by Laurie Richards

"A stirring historical novel anchored by Richards' acutely drawn female protagonist."
A tragic dust blizzard begets life-altering changes for a Kansas schoolteacher and her family in Richards' Depression-era debut. Read full book review >

A Quest of Heroes  by Morgan Rice
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A fun but anemic, derivative fantasy."
A young man discovers he has a surprising magical destiny in the debut entry of Rice's (An Oath of Brothers, 2014, etc.) YA secondary-world fantasy series. Read full book review >
Journey to Colonus by Franklin Debrot

"An immersive, wide-ranging novel of impressive depth and candor."
Debrot's debut novel considers the achievement and futility of the activist Left. Read full book review >
DEAD WRONG by Betta Ferrendelli
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A tense, engaging series mystery."
The third installment of Ferrendelli's mystery series (Revenge is Sweet, 2013, etc.) centers on a mortuary where the bodies aren't exactly treated with respect. Read full book review >


"A valuable, unique addition to the canon of survivor stories."
In Kovala's moving biographical debut novel, a daughter tells the story of her Finnish father's survival in a Nazi concentration camp. Read full book review >
PAUSE AND PONDER by Rashid Osmani
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A strong poet is perceptive, eloquent, and thoughtful—and Osmani is three for three."
By turns religious, romantic, and political, this collection shows readers a skilled poet coming into his own. Read full book review >
THE OUTCAST by Feridon Rashidi
Released: July 24, 2014

"An endearing, if patchy, love letter to Iran."
In this novel by Rashidi (Tales of Iran, 2013), a young man, recently released from an Iranian jail, falls in love with a woman who's strictly off-limits. Read full book review >
NINE DIGITS by Jay Duret
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"An action-filled story, full of funny, topical, and sympathetic observations about the world today."
An eccentric family competes in a reality show in Duret's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL NAVIGATOR by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A vividly written work of juvenile fiction that mixes fantasy and suspense with messages of empowerment, history, art, and science."
In this adventure for middle-grade readers, a young girl regains her self-confidence and discovers the power of knowledge when she travels back in time to visit great artists of the past. Read full book review >
The Adventures of Petey Pots and Pans by Lotfi Bashir
Released: Oct. 25, 2013

"An engaging title for kids with an important lesson, only slightly hampered by its thin, confusing setting.
In Bashir's debut children's book, a little dog struggles with his unusual name. Read full book review >
WHY MARX WAS WRONG by Lawrence Eubank
Released: Nov. 2, 2011

"A scholarly study thoroughly researched but ponderous and suitable only for those with a burning desire to see Marxist theory deconstructed."
A detailed debunking of Marxist philosophy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >