The King of Average by Gary Schwartz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A skilled and witty tale about a boy who would be king that should appeal to children and adults."
A supposedly average boy realizes that he's not so mediocre after all in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
The Dirt Bike Detective by Douglas L. Hoover
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A remarkable debut enlivened by heroic portions of silliness, spirit, and depth."
In this debut upper middle-grade mystery, several outcast students at a charter school search for their missing teacher. Read full book review >

The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
Joachim's Magic by M. L. Stainer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2015

"A subtle, sensitive tale about struggling colonists that is a vivid contribution to its literary genre.
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An ambitious novel about the New World examines a complex historical figure, a master metallurgist. Read full book review >
The Stormwater Drains in Canberra by Paul Johan Karlsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 21, 2015

"A frank, funny, immensely winning novel about a 'sex pioneer' exploring the hinterlands of desire."
A coming-of-age story metamorphoses into a global sexual odyssey. Read full book review >

Driving In Budapest by Gary V. Brill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"Moving, descriptive, and seductive urban tales."
Brill's promising debut collection of short stories enjoyably navigates the streets and the heart of the Hungarian capital. Read full book review >
Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner
RELIGION
Released: April 9, 2013

"Resonant testimonies and practical techniques on gaining profound spiritual insight."
A leading authority in shamanism shares collected accounts of modern-day journeying plus guiding techniques in this sequel to his 1980 seminal classic. Read full book review >
Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"This warm, extensively researched novel will entrance readers and inspire them to look further into the lives of two extraordinary women."
New York Times bestselling author Albert (The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush, 2015, etc.) returns to historical fiction in this intimate exploration of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY TOOTH by Ellis Avery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

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A well-wrought memoir that turns simple observations and memories into powerful illustrations of grief and illness.
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A writer recounts the emotions and memories of losing her mother and battling cancer. Read full book review >
Too Hot to Moo by Karyn Henwood
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015

"Children will love Gracie's actions and expressions and will eagerly ask for rereads so they can chant along with the too-hot refrain."
What's a cow to do when her family gets a pool and she's left alone in her sunny field? Debut author Henwood's and veteran illustrator Lemaire's hilarious answer is a delightfully fun read-aloud. Read full book review >
Nightmares Unhinged by Joshua Viola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2015

"A slew of gloriously disturbing, well-told tales to unnerve readers."
Viola (Luna One, 2014, etc.) amasses a series of blistering horror stories, including a few of his own, from authors who tell of vampires, demons, killers, and things better left hidden in the dark.Read full book review >
Faith, Doubt, Mystery by James J. Tracy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2015

"A sympathetic but unflinchingly honest testament of indoctrination and embattled faith."
An affecting account of one man's experiences with the Catholic faith. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >