MALAMANDER, by Thomas Taylor, Illustrated by Tom Booth, Walker Books, Candlewick Press

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous malamander creep… Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is … Continue reading MALAMANDER, by Thomas Taylor, Illustrated by Tom Booth, Walker Books, Candlewick Press

GINGERBREAD, by Helen Oyeyemi, Penguin Canada

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides … Continue reading GINGERBREAD, by Helen Oyeyemi, Penguin Canada

PETER GREEN AND THE UNLIVING ACADEMY: THIS BOOK IS FULL OF DEAD PEOPLE, by Angelina Allsop, TCK Publishing

Fourteen-year-old Peter Green can’t remember how he died. All he has are his pajamas, a silk tie, and a one-way bus ticket to Mrs. Battisworth’s Academy and Haven for Unliving Boys and Girls, a strange and spooky school for dead orphans like himself. But that’s all he needs: the Unliving Academy has everything, from vampires … Continue reading PETER GREEN AND THE UNLIVING ACADEMY: THIS BOOK IS FULL OF DEAD PEOPLE, by Angelina Allsop, TCK Publishing

ZERO BOMB, by M.T. Hill, Titan Books

From Philip K. Dick Award-nominated author M.T. Hill, The Zero Bomb is a startling science fiction mystery that asks: what do we do when technology replaces our need to work? The near future. Following the death of his daughter Martha, Remi flees the north of England for London. Here he tries to rebuild his life … Continue reading ZERO BOMB, by M.T. Hill, Titan Books

THE WITCH’S KIND, by Louisa Morgan, Redhook, Hachette Book Group USA

From the author of A Secret History of Witches comes an absorbing tale of love, sacrifice, family ties, and magic, set in the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of World War II. Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar -- … Continue reading THE WITCH’S KIND, by Louisa Morgan, Redhook, Hachette Book Group USA

THE HEAVENS, by Sandra Newman, Grove Press, Grove Atlantic, Publishers Group West, Raincoast Books

A work of rare literary brilliance and emotional power, The Heavens is a mesmerizing novel of love and time, of dreams and politics, that asks how we come to inhabit our world New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have … Continue reading THE HEAVENS, by Sandra Newman, Grove Press, Grove Atlantic, Publishers Group West, Raincoast Books

THE WATER CURE: A NOVEL, by Sophie MacKintosh, Double Day/Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; … Continue reading THE WATER CURE: A NOVEL, by Sophie MacKintosh, Double Day/Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada

IN THE HOUSE IN THE DARK OF WOODS, by Laird Hunt, Little, Brown & Company/Hachette Book Group

In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she's been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes. … Continue reading IN THE HOUSE IN THE DARK OF WOODS, by Laird Hunt, Little, Brown & Company/Hachette Book Group

THE MELODY, by Jim Crace, Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada

From a generational talent and two-time Booker nominee, a tension-filled story about unacknowledged fears and looming inevitability  Alfred Busi, famed and beloved in his town for his music and songs, is now in his sixties, mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days alone in the large villa he has … Continue reading THE MELODY, by Jim Crace, Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada

WINKIE, by Clifford Chase, Grove Press

  In Cliff Chase’s scathingly funny and surprisingly humane debut novel, the zeitgeist assumes the form of a one-foot-tall ursine Everyman — a mild-mannered teddy bear named Winkie who finds himself on the wrong side of America’s war on terror. After suffering decades of neglect from the children who've forgotten him, Winkie summons the courage … Continue reading WINKIE, by Clifford Chase, Grove Press