Burning the Vines by Michelle Mazal

"A heart-rending story of the triumph of spirit over circumstance."
Debut author Mazal writes of living with a violent, alcoholic father in this memoir from Down Under. Read full book review >
The Ludolf Papers by C.K. Carlson
Released: April 22, 2016

"A vividly rendered, meticulously researched, and often engrossing read for war buffs and historical suspense fans."
Conspiracy, espionage, and historical suspense prove a heady combination in this debut thriller about Nazi war crimes and big pharma. Read full book review >

One of the King's Men by Estelle Everingham
Released: June 7, 2016

"An emotional account of a short life rooted in Christianity."
An Australian mother's debut memoir recalls the childhood and accidental death of her son, whose life revolved around his faith. Read full book review >
The Chronicles of Kibblestan by Andrea Rand
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Lucid, enchanting characters populate this diverting story."
A young boy and his loyal dachshund get lost in an extraordinary world of oppressed, strange creatures in the first volume of debut author Rand's middle-grade fantasy series. Read full book review >
The Obeahman's Dagger by Neil Daniel
Released: July 14, 2015

"Dynamic characters and ambiance help this tale showcase Trinidadian culture."
In this debut thriller, a journalist follows leads the police ignore to learn the fate of women who have vanished during the Trinidadian Carnival. Read full book review >

The Gambit by Bradley Carlson

"A briskly paced thriller that deftly imagines a nightmare scenario."
A debut political thriller that pits Israeli and U.S. military forces against an Iranian government on the verge of obtaining a nuclear weapon. Read full book review >
On A Fool's Errand by Lyle Wammer
Released: March 25, 2016

"An unforgiving story about abuse in a fractured and ruined family."
A young girl struggles through life with an alcohol-swilling mother and a violent stepfather in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Playing Hannah by Eric Beauregard
Released: June 28, 2016

"A performance starring a complex heroine that's not quite worthy of an encore, but good enough to see through to the end."
A teenage girl finds herself by playing other characters in this debut YA novel. Read full book review >
The Psychopath Machine by Steve Smith
Released: July 21, 2016

"A good contribution to the history of psychiatric malpractice, as well as an engrossing personal memoir."
In this debut memoir, a Canadian man tells of his ordeal as the subject of radical psychological experimentation, and of how he subsequently put his life back together. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite its subtitle, this uneven book is less a self-help manual than a recommendation to remove one's sexual boundaries, with good results guaranteed."
In this debut memoir, the co-founder of a famous clothing-optional resort and, later, of a sanctuary for wild cats, describes her experiences. Read full book review >
One for the Ark by Mary Hutchings Reed
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A delightfully lighthearted tale that engages serious issues through farce."
A novel about big ideas in a small town. Read full book review >
Psycho Babble by Billie Jean Diersen
Released: Nov. 29, 2015

"Engaging, if slightly superficial, essays on modern life from the perspective of a military spouse and mother."
A collection of essays by a U.S. Marine Corps wife explores a wide range of topics, from Star Trek to the family cat. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >