Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2015

Fiona Sheppard

Part of the Forthcoming Historical Novels guide

This is our newest list of forthcoming historical novels, covering children’s and young adult titles from mainstream and small presses – the same books we solicit and hope to review in our print magazine. Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard.

January 2015

Jan Brett, The First Dog, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 3 – 5
(an adventure with Kip, the cave boy and his shadow, Paleowolf, the first dog)

Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, The War That Saved My Life, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (World War II England is the setting for this follow-up to Jefferson’s Sons)

M.G. Buehrlen, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, Book 2, Strange Chemistry, Ages 13 +
(Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives and fifty-six histories)

Gail Carriger, Manners & Mutiny, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(fourth in the Finishing School series)

Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome, Freedom’s School, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 6 – 8
(when Lizzie’s parents are granted freedom from slavery, its time for Lizzie and Paul to go to a real school)

Cathryn Constable, The Wolf Princess, The Chicken House, Ages 10 – 14
(mystery adventure with an exotic princess set in the wintry wilds of Russia)

Melanie Crowder, Audacity, Philomel Books, Ages 12 +
(fictional account in verse about Clara Lemlich, a Russian immigrant to New York in early
20th -c, who fought for equal rights)

Lynn Cullen, Dear Mr. Washington, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 5 – 8
(a family of misbehaving children make George Washington smile for his portrait)

Guy Francis, Stacia Deutsch, Washington’s War, Aladdin, Ages 7 – 10
(Abigail and friends must convince George Washington to continue to fight the Revolutionary War)

Gregory Funaro, Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 17
(fantasy adventure in Victorian London where an ordinary chimney-sweep confronts a life-or-death battle)

Alison Goodman, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Harper Collins Australia, Ages 12 +
(the first of a supernatural historical series set in the early 1800s)

Nikki Grimes, Michele Wood, Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B Anthony: Inspired by Historical Facts, Orchard Books, Ages 7 – 10
(two famous women recall their triumphs and struggles to achieve civil rights)

Kate Klimo, Tim Jessell, Dog Diaries #6: Sweetie, Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 7 – 10 (George Washington’s transition from farmer to president told by his foxhound, Sweetie)

Jessica Lidh, The NUMBER 7, Merit Press, Ages 12 +
(Louisa’s grandfather tells the truth about his role in the Swedish resistance during WW II)

Chris Lynch, World War II Book 3: Alive and Kicking, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 -14
(not to be outdone by his Naval brother, Theo chooses to serve in the Air Force)

Ann M. Martin, Family Tree Book Four: Home is the Place, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(four girls, four generations, one family. The fourth installment in the series)

Kate Messner, Kelly McMorris, Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail, Scholastic Press, Ages 7 – 10  (Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever, arrives in 1850 just in time to save the day)

Michelle Paver, Gods and Warriors (Book 2): The Burning Shadow, Puffin Books, Ages 10 + (as Hylas continues his search for his kidnapped sister he is caught and sold as a slave to the copper mines)

Michelle Paver, Gods and Warriors (Book 3): The Eye of the Falcon, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 + (third installment in the series, Hylas and Pirra enlist the help of a lion cub and a falcon to face their enemies once again)

David Potter, The Left Behinds and the iPhone that Saved George Washington, Crown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(an iPhone malfunction sends 3 children back to 1776 to rescue George Washington)

Leila Rasheed, Emeralds & Ashes (At Somerton #3), Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 +
(murmurs of war affect every member of Somerton in this Downton Abbey spin-off)

Dianne K Salerni, The Eighth Day (Eighth Day Series, Book 1), HarperCollins,
Ages 8 – 12  (a magical fantasy adventure melding Arthurian legend into present day)

Diane K Salerni, The Inquisitor’s Mark: Eighth Day Series Book 2, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12 (historical fantasy featuring a descendant of King Arthur and a wizard with bloodlines to Merlin)

Augusta Scattergood, The Way to Stay in Destiny, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(an adventure celebrating musical exploration and baseball in the wake of the Vietnam War)

Marcus Sedgwick, The Ghosts of Heaven, Roaring Brook Press, Ages 12 – 17
(a cleverly interlinked novel about survival and discovery, written in four parts)

Megan Shepherd, A Cold Legacy (Madman’s Daughter #3), Balzer + Bray, Ages 12 +
(with inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this is the conclusion of the series)

Diane Stanley, The Chosen Prince, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(an adventure story inspired by The Tempest blending historical fact and fiction)

Diane Stanley, The Princess of Cortova, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(historical fantasy with all the danger, intrigue, alliances and betrayals of a medieval court)

Jordan Stratford, Kelly Murphy, The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 1), Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(a new historical mystery series set in 1826 London)

Annika Thor, Deep Sea, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(WW II historical fiction set in Sweden with themes of romance, friendships and school)

Sandi Toksvig, Hitler’s Canary, Square Fish, Ages 11 – 16
(the Nazi invasion brings a restrictive dictatorship to the free-thinking Danes)

Steve Watkins, Ghosts of War Book 1: The Secret of Midway, Scholastic Paperbacks,
Ages 8 – 12  (after a discovery in his family’s junkshop, history comes alive with a WW II ghost)

Cynthia Weil, I’m Glad I Did, Soho Teen, Ages 12 +
(New York 1963; a coming-of-age story about a teen songwriter who finds herself involved in theft and murder)

Suzanne Weyn, The Haunted Museum #3: The Pearl Earring, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 – 12
(third in series, Lily accidentally touches a painting at the Haunted Museum)

Adele Whitby, Betsy’s Story, 1934 (Secrets of the Manor, Book 5), Simon Spotlight,
Ages 8 – 12  (there’s trouble at Chatswood Manor and it’s up to Betsy to find the culprit)

Adele Whitby, Kay’s Story, 1934 (Secrets of the Manor, Book 6), Simon Spotlight,
Ages 8 – 12  (the Great Depression is raging across America and even the Vandermeers have fallen on hard times)

February 2015

Kristin Bailey, Rise of the Arcane Fire (The Secret Order, Book 2), Simon Pulse, Ages 14 + (second book of the Secret Order trilogy set in steam-punk Victorian London)

Kristin Bailey, Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order, Book 3), Simon Pulse,
Ages 14 +  (the conclusion to the Secret Order trilogy set in steam-punk Victorian London)

Tim Collins, Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Pompeii, Michael O’Mara, Ages 9 – 11
(Dorkius is annoyed when he has to move with his family to Pompeii for the summer)

Alison DeCamp, My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!), Crown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (1895 Michigan; Stan is on a mission to find his long-lost father in the logging camps)

Catherine Fisher, Obsidian Mirror: The Slanted Worlds, Speak, Ages 12 +
(a dark fantasy blend of time-travel and post-apocalyptic thrills)

Esther Friesner, Deception’s Price (Princesses of Myth), Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (second book about the feisty heroine, Maeve, set in 1st -c Ireland)

Jody Hedlund, An Uncertain Choice, Zondervan, Ages 13 +
(inspirational medieval romance featuring Lady Rosemarie and her knight suitors)

Deborah Hopkinson, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel, Yearling, Ages 10 +  (August 1854, when the deadly cholera virus comes to London)

Peter Lerangis, Seven Wonders Book 3: The Tomb of Shadows, HarperCollins,
Ages 8 – 12  (an epic battle with the shadows of the dead at the famed Mausoleum of Halicarnassus)

Peter Lerangis, Seven Wonders Journals: The Key, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(seven adventures to seven new times and places reveal the history behind the Seven Wonders series)

Laurie McKay, The Last Dragon Charmer #1: Villain Keeper, HarperCollins,
Ages 8 – 12  (historical fantasy about a brave young prince’s quest to find honour and friendship and discover what it means to be a hero)

Jennifer A. Nielsen, Mark of the Thief, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(a tale of greed and power and one Roman slave boy’s courage)

Melinda Salisbury, The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Scholastic Press, Ages 14 +
(a seductive, dark and startling fantasy set against an alternate medieval background)

N H Senzai, Saving Kabul Corner, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books,
Ages 8 – 12  (weaves the dynamics of Afghan culture, history and politics into a classic mystery story)

Robert Skead, Patriots, Redcoats and Spies, Zonderkidz, Ages 9 – 12
(an American Revolutionary inspirational war adventure set in 1777)

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Dance of the Banished, Pajama Press, Ages 12 +
(the breakout of WW II dashes a young Armenian couple’s dreams of a new life in Canada)

Tiffany Trent, The Tinker King, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(in a post-human Victorian world, this novel melds fantasy with a healthy dose of steampunk)

Anne C Voorhoeve, Trans by Tammi Reichel, My Family For the War, Speak,
Ages 12 +  (set during WW II this adds commemorative value and perspective to Holocaust fiction for young readers)

Elizabeth Wein, Black Dove, White Raven, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 +
(in the 1930s a white woman raising a black adoptive son moves to Ethiopia where their peace is shattered by the threat of war)

Lee White, Marjorie Agosin, I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Ages 10 -14  (an 11-year-old’s world is upended by her family’s move to the US to escape the horrors of Pinochet’s takeover of Chile)

Jo Whittemore, Colonial Madness, Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13
(contestants entering a unique competition have to live as people did in Colonial times)

March 2015

Ilsa J. Bick, The Dickens Mirror: Book Two of the Dark Passages, Egmont USA, Ages 14 +
(a sophisticated older teen horror novel set in a dark alternative Victorian London)

Janet Lee Carey, In the Time of Dragon Moon, Kathy Dawson Books, Ages 12 +
(a romantic Arthurian-type fantasy saga with dragons, magic and dark secrets)

Kathleen Duey, Karen A. Bale, Flood: Mississippi 1927, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a tale of historical fiction; part of the ‘Survivors’ series)

Catherine Fisher, Obsidian Mirror: The Door in the Moon, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (this genre-blending fantasy asks what you would do if you could change the past?)

Anna Jarzab, Tandem, Ember, Ages 12 +
(fantasy saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes)

Anna Jarzab, Tether, Delacorte Press, Ages 12 +
(the second in the series, following Tandem)

Julie Johnston, Little Red Lies, Tundra Books, Ages 10 +
(a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of WW II)

Esme Kerr, The Girl with the Glass Bird: A Knight’s Haddon Boarding School Mystery, The Chicken House, Ages 8 – 12  (orphan Edie is sent by her artdealer uncle to investigate the disappearance of a precious artifact)

Stacey Lee, Under a Painted Sky, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 12 +
(Missouri 1845; Samantha is tired of being disregarded because she’s a girl – and Chinese)

Peter Lerangis, Seven Wonders Book 4: The Curse of the King, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12 (continuing their battle with the Seven Wonders, Jack and friends must confront angry gods, relive old battles, and face down their own destiny)

Mary McCoy, Dead To Me, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 +
(evoking classic film noir, this novel explores the dangerous glamor of Hollywood’s Golden Age)

PT McHugh, A Rebel’s Stone (Stone Ends #2), Glass House Press, Ages 10 – 18
(the newly minted Keeper of the Black Stones knows the fight is not over yet)

Meredith Moore, I Am Her Revenge, Razorbill, Ages 12 +
(a Dickensian gothic story of love and revenge)

Theresa Nelson, The Year We Sailed the Sun, Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books,
Ages 9 – 12   (based on the true story of a young girl’s cruel life in the orphanage ‘The House of Mercy’)

Jane Nickerson, A Place of Stone and Shadow, Random House, Ages 12 +
(third novel set in the “Strands” world)

Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney, The Boundless, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (a fantasy adventure using Canadian railway history as a background setting)

Greg Pizzoli, The Impossibly True Story of Tricky Vic: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, Viking Children’s Books, Ages 7 – 9 (the story of Robert Miller, a.k.a. “Count Victor Lustig”, an aspiring con artist who sold the Eiffel Tower to a scrap metal merchant in 1925)

Jordan Quinn, Let the Games Begin! (Kingdom of Wrenley), Little Simon, Ages 5 – 9
(a historical fantasy series for young readers)

Gerda Raidt, Christa Haltei, In the New World: A Family in Two Centuries, Charlesbridge,
Ages 5 – 8   (a family emigrate from Germany to the US in 1850)

Caroline Starr Rose, Blue Birds, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 10 +
(a novel in verse; the year 1587 and 12-year-old Alis and her parents are settling in the New World)

John Stephens, The Black Reckoning, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(a fantasy series filled with magic, time travel and adventure)

Jane Yolen, Stone Angel, Philomel Books, Ages 5 – 8
(a family flees the Nazi invasion of Paris, watched over by an imaginary angel)

April 2015

Anne Bustard, Anywhere But Paradise, Egmont USA, Ages 10 +
(moving from Texas to Hawaii in 1960, 12-yr-old Peggy Sue faces bullying as one of a few white students at her new school)

Melanie Dickerson, Fairy Tale Romance, Zondervan, Ages 15 +
(five ‘fairy-tale’ romance stories set against real historical backgrounds)

Esther Friesner, Deception’s Pawn (Princesses of Myth), Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (3rd in series about the feisty heroine, Maeve. Historical fantasy in Iron Age Ireland)

Grace Gilmore, Logan Pryce Makes a Mess (Tales from Maple Ridge), Little Simon,
Ages 5 – 9  (Maple Ridge, Illinois, 1892; Logan is worried because his family have fallen on hard times)

Grace Gilmore, The Lucky Wheel (Tales From Maple Ridge), Little Simon, Ages 5 – 9
(Logan helps his town repair the schoolhouse in this 2nd book about Maple Ridge)

Matthew Jobin, The Nethergrim, Puffin Books, Ages 10 +
A fantasy adventure with an early medieval setting with knights and wizards and dark evil lurking.

Fiona McIntosh, The Whisperer, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(historical fantasy adventure story about a runaway prince and a carnival pauper)

Victoria McKernan, Son of Fortune, Ember, Ages 12 +
(a high-stakes poker game wins an enterprising 16-yr-old boy a guano import business located in the slave mines in Peru)

Carolyn Meyer, Anastasia and Her Sisters, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books,
Ages 12 + (summer 1914, life for the royal family inside the Russian palace isn’t as charmed as it appears from the outside)

Page Morgan, The Wondrous and the Wicked, Delacorte Press, Ages 12 +
(3rd in the Dispossessed Trilogy; a mix of historical mystery, romance and the supernatural)

Lindsay Smith, Skandal, Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Children’s, Ages 12 – 18.
(the sequel to Sekret set in 1960’s Russia)

Leigh Statham, The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl, Month9 Books,
Ages 12 +  (Steam-punk historical fantasy adventure)

Robin Stevens, Murder is Bad Manners: A Wells and Wong Mystery, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 +  (a detective mystery series set at a 1930s boarding school)

May 2015

T. Neill Anderson, Horrors of History: Massacre of the Miners: A Novel, Charlesbridge,
Ages 10 +   (1914 Colorado; a fictionalized account based on the true story of the National Guard attack on a camp of striking miners and their families)

June 2015

Amber Lough, The Blind Wish (Jinni Wars #2), Random House Books for Young Readers,
Ages 12 +  (Second in the historical fantasy series set in the Golden Age of Baghdad)

Shawn Thomas Odyssey, The Magician’s Dream: An Oona Crate Mystery, Egmont USA,
Ages 8 – 12  (a fantasy mystery set in an alternative 19th –c New York City)

Sandra Neil Wallace, Muckers, Ember, Ages 12 +
(set in the 1950s, this historical novel incorporates post WW II racism and the rise of communism)