Godkiller, Vol. 1 by Matt Pizzolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Deftly unorthodox and wickedly delectable; not so much a story as an experience."
In Pizzolo's stellar graphic novel—the first three issues of his debut comic-book series—an orphan boy braves a desolate, post-apocalyptic land in search of a heart for his sister. Read full book review >
A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2015

"A visually stunning work addressing themes of peace, generosity, and forgiveness."
Van Steenwyk (The Unkingdom of God, 2013, etc.) offers an illustrated chapter book about an angry red wolf who encounters a saintly beggar king. Read full book review >

Oversight by Thomas Claburn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2015

"An invigorating sci-fi mystery that's so plugged in it may leave readers' brains buzzing."
An investigator uncovers a conspiracy to launch a viral attack in Claburn's (Reflecting Fires, 2001) sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The touching, unforgettable story of two brave girls fighting a deadly disease, and the loving support of the women who gave them life."
Shared memoir of two mothers whose daughters are fighting cancer, by artist, writer, and self-help coach Lane (I Am the Wind, 2011) and Nersten, home-schooling mom. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >

CONSTANT IS THE RAIN by Rex Sexton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"The bleakness may be hard to take, but Sexton's talent for social commentary and character sketching marks him as—in a title he gives a character in 'Chop Suey'—'the Modigliani of the Mean Streets.'"
Relentless pessimism about the state of the nation infuses Sexton's (Paper Moon, 2013) accomplished poetry and short fiction about down-and-out drifters and starving artists. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MOUSE SANTI by David Eugene Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A clever picture book with an unexpected punch line that will delight young readers."
A mouse who wants to be a cat has a conversation that leads to an unexpected outcome in this delightful picture book by debut author Ray, featuring illustrations by Germano (The German King, 2013). Read full book review >
Beneath the Greater Sky by Andrew Voelker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2014

"An exciting, elegant novel that uses painful realities to create a powerful tale about the nature of relationships."
In Voelker's debut novel, a man goes on a mission to Wyoming while grieving his stillborn daughter. Read full book review >
BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY by Jamie Jo Hoang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"A touching exploration of identity and reinvention painted with gentle yet precise brush strokes."
In Hoang's assured debut, a young artist makes peace with a crushing diagnosis and takes a stab at reinvention.What would you do if your very identity were about to be erased? Read full book review >
Einstein's Beach House:  Stories by Jacob M Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2014

"Sharp, observant, darkly funny and deeply humane. Another winner from Appel."
Winner of Butler University's Pressgang Prize, this collection examines the dangers and seductions of fantasy and lies. Read full book review >
THE OBLATE'S CONFESSION by William Peak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A vividly realized story of one boy's attempt to live a life of faith in a time of war."
A debut coming-of-age novel set in a monastery in medieval England. Read full book review >
Jimi & Isaac 5a: The Brain Injury by Phil Rink
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Highly recommended for both its quality of writing and its superb handling of difficult subject matter."
Rink (Jimi & Isaac 4a: Solar Powered, 2011, etc.) paints a visceral, moving portrait of a young boy whose life is thrown into chaos when his father unexpectedly falls from the roof and receives a potentially life-threatening head injury.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >