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. This is a work in progress. Many more listings will be posted soon!

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)

Kathy Clark, The Choice (Holocaust Remembrance Series), Second Story Press,
Ages 9 – 13  (two boys, one Jewish and one Catholic, are forced to make difficult choices)

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)

Winnifred Conkling, Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 12 +   (in 1848, 13-yr-old Emily Edmonson and five siblings take part in the largest slave escape in U.S. history)

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)

Michael Foreman, The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha, Templar Publishing, Ages 8 – 14
(in May 1915, a 21-year-old seaman meets an unusual friend on ‘X-beach’, Gallipoli)

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)

E Graziani, War in My Town, Second Story Press, Ages 9 – 13
(with her brothers caught up in the resistance, Bruna must help her mother and sisters stand up to the occupying soldiers. A true story)

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)

Kathryn Lasky, Horses of the Dawn #2: Star Rise, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(once held in captivity by men hunting gold in the New World, Estrella and her herd have escaped to freedom)

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)

Simon Nicholson, Young Houdini: The Magician’s Fire, Oxford University Press, Ages 9 – 12 (mystery adventure series set in New York 1886, in which the young Harry uses his skills to investigate dastardly crimes)

Michael Northrop, TombQuest Book 1 : Book of the Dead, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(ancient evil is unleashed in this epic Egyptian fantasy adventure)

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)

Susan Goldman Rubin, Ela Weissberger, The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin, Holiday House, Ages 8 – 12 (a Holocaust survivor’s coming-of-age story in the Terezin concentration camp)

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)

Augusta Scattergood, Glory Be, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(1964; Mississippi townspeople get riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool)

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

Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon, X: A Novel, Candlewick, Ages 14 +
(co-written by Malcom X’s daughter; describes the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world)

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)

Arthur Conan Doyle, Gris Grimly, A Study in Scarlet, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(a modern twist on the original Sherlock Holmes tale: London 1881)

Monica Edinger, Robert Byrd, Africa Is My Home : A Child of the Amistad, Candlewick,
Ages 10+  (inspired by true events, the story of a child who arrives on the Amistad and eventually makes her way back to Africa)

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)

Sharon Gosling, The Ruby Airship, Switch Press, Ages 14 – 18
(adventure sequel to ‘The Diamond Thief’)

Jessica Gunderson, Anthony Foti, A Rebel Among Redcoats : A Revolutionary War Novel, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 11 (Revolutionary War adventure about the courage and determination at the heart of the patriots’ fight)

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

Gareth Hinds, Macbeth, Candlewick, Ages 12 +
(an illustrated version of the classic story of a man driven mad by ambition)

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)

Dean Ing, It’s Up to Charlie Hardin, Baen, Ages 10 +
(adventure filled coming-of-age story set in World War II era Austin, Texas)

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)

Astrid Lindgren, Rasmus and the Vagabond, Plough Publishing House, Ages 8 – 12
(adventure set in Sweden before the age of automobiles; an orphan meets an extraordinary tramp)

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)

Kate McMullan, Hit the Road, Helen, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 13
(was Helen (the face that launched 1000 ships) entirely at fault? – true story of the Trojan War for kids)

Michael Morpurgo, Gemma O’Callaghan, Half a Man, Candlewick, Ages 10 +
(evokes post-war Britain in a moving tale about the physical and mental scars of war)

Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Candlewick,
Ages 8 – 12 (an Arthurian tale receives a new translation from Michael Morpurgo)

Chad Morris, Cragbridge Hall Book 2: The Avatar Battle, Shadow Mountain, Ages 8 +
(time-traveling history adventure with themes about choice and consequence)

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)

Sharman Apt Russell, Teresa of the New World, Yucca Publishing, Ages 12 +
(magical fantasy in 1528 America in the time of the conquistadors)

Pam Munoz Ryan, Echo, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(a puzzling quest and a prophecy; a contemporary story begun decades ago)

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)

Lauren Tarshis, I Survived #11 : I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871, Scholastic Inc,
Ages 7 – 10  (a boy struggles to stay alive as the great city of Chicago burns)

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)

J&P Voelkel, The Jaguar Stones, Book Four: The Lost City, EgmontUSA, Ages 10 +
(adventure highlighting facets of Mayan folklore and mythology, and Spain and the Spanish)

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)

Jude Watson, The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1 : Mission Titanic, Scholastic Inc,
Ages 8 – 12  (historical mystery adventure with Dan and Amy on the trail of clues)

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)

Julie White, The Lost Diary, Sono Nis Press, Ages 9 – 12
(4th Hillcroft Farm novel intertwines a contemporary tale with the early days of women’s international competition)

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)

Marcia Williams, Les Miserables, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12
(the epic masterpiece retold and illustrated for young readers)

Nelson Yomtov, Mark Simmons, Titanic Disaster! : Nickolas Flux and the Sinking of the Great Ship, Capstone Press, Ages 8 – 12  (a spontaneous time leap sends Nickolas back to the doomed maiden voyage)

Nelson Yomtov, Mark Simmons, Trapped in Antarctica : Nickolas Flux and the Shackleton Expedition, Capstone Press, Ages 8 – 12  (Nick does a time leap to the famous expedition in the early 1900s)

March 2015

Irene Adler, Iacopo Brun, The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose, Capstone Young Readers,
Ages 9 – 13  (Holmes, Lupin and Adler meet in London to solve a strange chess problem published in The Times)

David Almond, The Tightrope Walkers, Candlewick, Ages 14 +
(a coming-of-age story based on the early childhood of the author in ‘50s and ‘60s Tyneside, England)

Avi, Catch You Later, Traitor, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(1951 New York, an FBI agent shows up on 12-yr-old Pete’s family’s doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist)

Amy Axelrod, David Axelrod, The Bullet Catch: Murder by Misadventure, Holiday House,
Ages 10 –14   (coming-of-age of a resourceful young man who must refashion his destiny amidst murder and misadventure in the golden age of magic)

Pierdomenico Baccalario, Iacopo Bruno, Map of the Passages, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 -13  (history and mystery, magic and evil combine in this adventure series)

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Ballots for Belva : The True Story of a Woman’s Race for the Presidency, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages 6 – 10
(based on the story of Belva Lockwood who ran for the presidency in 1884)

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)

Tonya Bolden, Maritcha : A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (based on a memoir: describes what it was like to be a free black child in mid-1800s New York)

Tamara Bower, The Mummy-Makers of Egypt, Triangle Square, Ages 7 – 10
(details of Egyptian life and customs seen through the eyes of Ipy, whose father is embalmer to the King)

Steve Brezenoff, Lisa Weber, The Case of the Haunted History Museum, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12   (a tale for children interested in history, mystery, museums and artifacts)

Steve Brezenoff, Lisa Weber, The Case of the Missing Museum Archives, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12   (a tale for children interested in history, mystery, museums and artifacts)

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)

Marty Chan, Infinity Coil : The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles, Fitzhenry & Whiteside,
Ages 12 + (2nd in series following ‘Demon Gate'; a steampunk fantasy adventure)

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

Jane Eagland, The World Within: A Novel of Emily Bronte, Arthur A. Levine Books,
Ages 12 +  (the young novelist-to-be finds her voice)

Christopher Edge, The Black Crow Conspiracy, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 – 12  (Penny Dreadful proprietor, Penny Tredwell, solves the mystery of Edward VII’s missing Crown Jewels)

Christopher Edge, Twelve Minutes to Midnight, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 – 12  (Penny is called on to solve a strange phenomenon occurring in Bedlam)

Christopher Edge, Shadows of the Silver Screen, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 – 12  (Penny agrees to allow filming of her sinister Penny Dreadful stories)

Leanne Statland Ellis, The Ugly One, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(15th –c, at the height of the Incan empire a girl seeks to have her scar removed and finds a life-path as a shaman)

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

Martin Fournier, The Adventures of Radisson 2 : Back to the New World, Baraka Books,     Ages 12 +  (a Canadian wilderness historical adventure story based on Radisson’s eventful life)

Sally Gardner, The Double Shadow, Orion, Ages 14 +
(1937; a 17-year-old girl tries to free herself from a memory machine created by her father)

Jessica Gunderson, Anthony Foti, The Songs of Stones River: A Civil War Novel, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 11  (Civil war era brought to life in a story told by two boys – one free white and one enslaved black)

Sable Hamilton, Free Spirit, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12
(in a remote location in Colorado a film crew is making a low budget movie about pioneers in the 1800s)

Laura Hurwitz, Disappear Home, Albert Whitman Teen, Ages 12 – 18
(1970 at the decline of the Hippie movement two sisters escape from a commune run by their father)

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)

Erich Kastner, Anthea Bell, The Flying Classroom, Pushkin Children’s Books,
Ages 8 – 12   (a story of boyhood adventures, friendship and anxiety set in a 1930s boarding school)

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)

V S Lee, The Agency 4: Rivals in the City, Candlewick, Ages 12 +
(detective mystery steeped in action and romance in the gas-lit intrigue of Victorian London)

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)

Patricia MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall 30th Anniversary Edition, HarperCollins, Ages 6 – 10 (late 19th –c tale of Sarah Wheaton who answers a widower’s advertisement for a wife and mother)

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)

Carolyn Meyer, Diary of a Waitress : The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl, Calkins Creek, Ages 10 +  (1926; experiences of a Harvey House waitress; expounds on themes of friendship, identity & young love)

Kate Milford, Andrea Offermann, The Broken Lands, HMH Books for Young Readers,
Ages 12 + (prequel to ‘The Boneshaker’, historical fantasy set in the seedy underworld of Coney Island with two orphans who are determined to stop evil forces from claiming New York)

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)

K M Peyton, Flambards in Summer, Oxford University Press, Ages 11 +
(3rd in series, 1916 – Christina returns to Flambards to find the estate deserted)

K M Peyton, Flambards Divided, Oxford University Press, Ages 11 +
(4th in series, moving finale to the classic Flambards tale)

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)

Ted Sanders, The Keepers : The Box and the Dragonfly, HarperCollins, Ages 12 +
(fantasy adventure in which a boy finds himself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict)

Marcus Sedgwick, Killing the Dead, Orion, Ages 14 +
(a creepy mystery set in a Massachusetts’ boarding school in the early ‘60s)

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

Nova Ren Suma,The Walls Around Us, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(supernatural story told by a contemporary young dancer and a girl long dead in a juvenile detention centre)

Steve Watkins, Ghosts of War #2: Lost at Khe Sanh, Scholastic Paperbacks, Ages 8 – 12
(a race to find the mystery behind a war veteran’s ghostly appearance)

Ronald Welch, The Gauntlet, Oxford University Press, Ages 9 +
(classic time-travel historical adventure of a boy transported to 14th–c England)

Kathy Canon Wiechman, Like a River : A Civil War Novel, Calkins Creek, Ages 9 +
(a deeply atmospheric novel about courage, loyalty and family told in two voices)

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

Steven Arntson, The Trap, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(summer 1963, Farro, Iowa; a tale of missing persons and thought provoking dilemmas)

Anne Blankman, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(1930s London murder mystery; sequel to ‘Prisoner of Night and Fog’)

Martha Brockenbrough, The Game of Love and Death, Arthur A. Levine Books, Ages 12 + (jazz-age Seattle; eternal adversaries ‘Love and Death’ are re-imagined as two fascinating characters)

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)

Sharon Cameron, Rook, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 +
(intrigue, romance and suspense abound in this inventive alternate tale inspired by the French Revolution)

Henry Clark, The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (time travel adventure set in 1852 where 3 non-white children work together to avoid slave-catchers and save their ancestors from certain death)

Karen Deans, Joe Cepeda, Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Holiday House, Ages 4 – 8   (young musicians to try to make it in the unheard of integrated big-time swing era in Washington, D.C,)

Marisa de los Santos, Saving Lucas Biggs, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy time-travel adventure in which a girl’s only hope of saving her father in the present is to save his worst enemy in the past)

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

Ursula Dubosarsky, The Golden Day, Candlewick, Ages 12 +
(while the Vietnam war rages overseas, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher goes missing)

Pauline Francis, The 39 Steps, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(1930s London is the setting for this classic murder mystery retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, The Three Musketeers, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Dumas’ 1844 classic retold for young readers)

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)

Kate Hannigan, The Detective’s Assistant, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
Ages 8 – 12  (based on the true story of Kate Warne, first female detective hired by the Pinkerton Detective Agency)

Nicole Helget, Wonder at the Edge of the World, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
Ages 8 – 12  (19th–c adventure about family, slavery, friendship and loyalty)

Dahlov Ipcar, Black and White, Nobrow Ltd, Ages 3 – 7
(a civil rights allegory from the early 60s: Children’s picture book)

Robert Irwin, The Wilderness Collection: 4 Books in 1, Random House Australia, Ages 7 – 9 (time-travel series in which a fossil transports a boy back to the age of the dinosaurs)

Li Jian, Yijin Wert, Ming’s Adventure with Confucius in Qufu : A Story in English and Chinese, Shangai Press, Ages 8 – 12   (Ming and his father travel to the hometown of the famous Chinese sage)

Li Jian, Yijin Wert, Zheng He, The Great Chinese Explorer, Shanghai Press, Ages 8 – 12
(the life of the legendary explorer told in English and Chinese)

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

M P Kozlowsky, Brian Thompson, The Dyerville Tales, Walden Pond Press, Ages 8 – 12
(a young orphan searches for his family and the meaning behind his grandfather’s book of lost fairy tales)

Caleb Krisp, Anyone But Ivy Pocket, Greenwillow Books, Ages 8 – 12
(darkly whimsical 19th –c tale about a 12-year-old lady’s maid)

Kirby Larson, Duke, Scholastic Paperbacks, Ages 8 – 12
(WW II story about a boy, his dog and his dad and the many meanings of bravery)

Debbie Levy, The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 10 – 14  (fictionalized account of the author’s mother’s diary detailing one Jewish family’s last year in Germany in 1938)

Michaela MacColl, The Revelation of Louisa May, Chronicle Books, Ages 12 – 18
(the spunky 19th –c heroine juggles a murder and a temperamental father with her novel writing)

Wendy Mass, The Last Present, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 – 12
(a strange history with birthdays inspires this humorous time travel adventure)

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)

martha mendelsohn, Bromley Girls, Texas Tech Univ. Press, Ages 12 – 18
(a mid-50s story about the search for identity and the triumph of friendship over bigotry)

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)

L.A. Meyer, Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(the impetuous Jacky finds herself back in Boston and in trouble with the law)

Susan Lynn Meyer, New Shoes, Holiday House, Ages 6 – 9
(set in the South during segregation, two young girls find an inventive way to foil Jim Crow laws)

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)

Walter Dean Myers, Invasion, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 +
(May 1944, two young recruits learn hard lessons about race, friendship and what it really means to fight)

Michael Northrop, TombQuest #2: Amulet Keepers, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(2nd in the epic ancient Egyptian adventure)

Joe O’Neill, Legends of the Rif, (Red Hand Adventures Book 3), Black Ship Publishing,
Ages 9 – 12  (epic historical adventure series set in Kathmandu, Morocco, and Ceylon)

Robin Price, Chris Watson, Son of Spartapuss, Mogzilla, Ages 6 – 8
(go to gladiator school in this humorous series where Greece and Rome are ruled by cats)

Robin Price, Chris Watson, Eye of the Cyclaw, Mogzilla, Ages 6 – 8
(go to the Olympic Games in this humorous series where Greece and Rome are ruled by cats)

K. A. S. Quinn, The Queen Alone, Corvus, Ages 9 – 12
(1860 England: final installment in the time travel series)

Shoo Rayner, Grizzly Gladiator (Roman Brit 1), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Shoo Rayner, Ballistic Logistic (Roman Brit 2), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

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)

Lois Swoboda, Old Neb and the Lighthouse Treasure, Pineapple Press, Ages 9 – 12
(story of children growing up on a pristine barrier island off Florida’s Gulf coast in 1930s)

Rachel Van Kooij, Siobhán Parkinson, Bartolomé : The Infanta’s Pet, Little Island Books,
Ages 12 +  (17th –c Madrid: inspirational story about a dwarf who overcomes humiliation and fear at the King’s court)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Secret of the Swords (Sword Girl Book 1), Allen & Unwin, Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Poison Plot (Sword Girl Book 2), Allen & Unwin,
Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Suzanne Weyn, The Haunted Museum #4: The Cursed Scarab (A Hauntings Novel), Scholastic Paperbacks, Ages 8 – 12  (Taylor must untangle past from present and break the ancient curse she has unleashed)

John Wilson, And in the Morning : Fields of Conflict – The Somme, 1916, Heritage House,
Ages 12 +  (1st in series depicts the realities of a WW I battlefield through the eyes of an adolescent)

John Wilson, Flames of the Tiger : Fields of Conflict – Germany 1945, Heritage House,
Ages 12 +  (2nd in series depicts the realities of a ‘Nazi-glorified’ war through the eyes of an adolescent)

Frieda Wishinsky, Willow Dawson, Avis Dolphin, Groundwood Books, Ages 9 – 12
(a story-within-a-story, based on real events of sinking of the Lusitania in 1915)

Maryrose Wood, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I : The Mysterious Howling, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II : The Hidden Gallery, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III : The Unseen Guest, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, Eliza Wheeler, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV : The Interrupted Tale, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12 (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, Eliza Wheeler, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V : The Unmapped Sea, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12 (humorous Victorian mystery series)

May 2015

Berthe Amoss, Mischief and Malice, Ig Publishing, Ages 9 +
(New Orleans, 1939, Louise finds a mystery buried in an ancient giant armoire)

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)

Laurence Anholt, Cezanne and the Apple Boy, Frances Lincoln, Ages 6 – 10
(Young Paul travels to the mountains to spend a summer with his father)

Kathleen Baldwin, A School for Unusual Girls: A Stranje House Novel, Tor Teen, Ages 13 – 18 (1814 Regency England: a school renowned for reforming wayward girls is actually teaching spying, diplomacy & political intrigue)

Karen Bass, Uncertain Soldier, Pajama Press, Ages 12 – 18
(a WWII story – When the world only sees you as German, how can you forge your own identity?)

Chris Blake, Time Hunters (1) – Gladiator Clash, HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, Ages 7 +
(first in a new time-travelling series: a hunt through time to battle history’s mightiest warriors)

Lily Blake, Reign: Hysteria, Poppy, Ages 14 +
(rumours of witchcraft and treachery abound in medieval France and the populous is rife with religious frenzy)

Megan Frazer Blakemore, The Friendship Riddle, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 8 – 12
(a middle school fantasy mystery story featuring an epic quest for Ruth and friends)

Emilie Christie Burack, The Runaway’s Gold, Amulet Books, Ages 8 – 14
(based on the author’s grandfather’s memoirs about life in 1842 Shetland Islands and one boy’s escape to a new life in America)

Heather Dixon, Illusionarium, Greenwillow Books, Ages 13 +
(a young apprentice scientist is enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague)

Jaclyn Dolamore, Dark Metropolis, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(with a setting evocative of the sinister 1930s city life, mystery, fantasy and magic combine in this thriller)

Pauline Francis, Oliver Twist, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(the classic Dickens’ tale of a poor workhouse boy, retold for young children)

Jack Gantos, From Norvelt to Nowhere, Square Fish, Ages 10 – 14
(gothic humor, mystery, romance and a meditation on American history all rolled into one)

A.C. Gaughen, Lion Heart : A Scarlet Novel, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 12 – 17
(conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another adventure romance in the time of King John and Nottingham forest)

Jean Giono, Peter Bailey, Michael Morpurgo, The Man Who Planted Trees, Far Far Away Books, Ages 8 +  (the story of a modest man who did something remarkable)

Bethany Griffin, Dance of the Red Death, Greenwillow Books, Ages 14 +
(dark, atmospheric reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Masque of the Red Death’)

Tim Hall, Shadow of the Wolf, David Fickling Books, Ages 14 +
(a re-imagined alternate fantasy utilizing the familiar Robin Hood legend – with a difference)

Frances Hardinge, Cuckoo Song, Amulet Books, Ages 12 – 18
(set in England after WW I, an eerie mystery about the relationship between two sisters in a world where nothing is as it seems)

Rosamund Hodge, Crimson Bound, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(tale of darkness, love and redemption)

Rob Lloyd Jones, Wild Boy and the Black Terror, Candlewick, Ages 10 +
(from London’s vilest slums to it’s grandest palaces, in 1842 Wild Boy and Clarissa hunt a murderous poisoner)

Monica Kulling, Marie Lafrance, The Tweedles Go Online, Groundwood Books, Ages 4 – 7
(the family needs a telephone to keep up with changing times: Children’s picture book)

Taran Matharu, The Novice : Summoner: Book One, Feiwel & Friends, Ages 12 – 18
(fantasy medieval adventure; a blacksmith’s apprentice who can summon demons is hunted from his village)

Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Time Out of Time : Book One: Beyond the Door, Amulet Books, Ages 10 – 14  (adventure featuring lots of historical, literary and folkloric references)

Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Time Out of Time : Book Two: The Telling Stone, Amulet Books, Ages 10 – 14  (adventure featuring lots of historical, literary and folkloric references)

Carolyn Meyer, Beauty’s Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (story told from the point of view of Hermione when her beautiful mother gives her up in favour of her love for Paris)

Saundra Mitchell, Mistwalker, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(supernatural American Gothic tale of a man, trapped in a lighthouse for 100 years, who tries to convince a young teen to take his place)

Paula Morris, The Eternal City, Point, Ages 12 +
(the ancient world of Rome brought to life in this mystical fantasy thriller)

Simon Nicholson, Young Houdini: The Demon Curse, Oxford University Press,
Ages 9 – 12 (2nd in series, young Houdini uses his skills to investigate more fiendish mysteries)

Darrell Pitt, The Firebird Mystery, (A Jack Mason Adventure), Text Publishing Company,
Ages 8 – 12  (steampunk action adventure in Victorian London)

Joyce Pool, The Castrato, Lemniscaat USA, Ages 15 -19
(heavenly music, sumptuous luxury and impossible choices: set in Italian era of the castrati, early 1700s)

Shoo Rayner, Stinkius Maximus (Roman Brit 3), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Shoo Rayner, Boar Wars (Roman Brit 4), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Kathryn Rose, Avalon Rising (A Metal & Lace Novel), Flux, Ages 12 +
(Camelot struggles to rebuild. Vivienne, Merlin’s former apprentice, toils on orders from the Lady of the Lake)

Robert Sharenow, The Girl in the Torch, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12
(early 20th –c; a young immigrant to the US hides in the Statue of Liberty)

Justin Somper, A Conspiracy of Princes (Allies & Assassins), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (2nd in series delivers another tale of betrayal and political machinations set against a lush medieval background)

Ivan Southall, To The Wild Sky, Text Publishing Company, Ages 12 – 18
(revisited classic tale of 6 teenagers forced to rely on their wits to survive)

Todd Strasser, Fallout, Candlewick, Ages 10 +
(explores the what-ifs of the nuclear threat in the early ‘60s)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Tournament Trouble (Sword Girl Book 3), Allen & Unwin, Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Siege Scare (Sword Girl Book 4), Allen & Unwin,
Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Edward Willett, The Lake in the Clouds: The Shards of Excalibur Book 3, Coteau Books,
Ages 12 +  (The third shard of the sword Excalibur is calling to Ariane)

Alex Woolf, The Mystery of Maddie Musgrove, ReadZone Books, Ages 9 – 11
(two young sleuths journey to Victorian times to save the life of an innocent girl)

Alex Woolf, The Disappearance of Danny Doyle, ReadZone Books, Ages 9 – 11
(Joe and Maya journey to 1941 to look for clues about a disappearance)

June 2015

Tony Abbott, The Copernicus Archives #2: Becca and the Prisoner’s Cross, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 8 – 12  (secret codes, priceless relics, murderous knights and a five-hundred-year-old mystery)

Tony Abbott, Bill Perkins, The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent’s Curse, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 8 – 12  (2nd in the fantasy mystery series)

Rona Arato, Sammy and the Headless Horseman, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 10 +
(follow up to ‘Ice Cream Town’ historical adventure set in1920s NYC and the Catskills)

John David Anderson, The Dungeoneers, Walden Pond Press, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy adventure: a young cutpurse is recruited by a secret society of treasure hunters)

Virginia Boecker, The Witch Hunter, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 15 +
(adventure based on real-life witch hunter, General Matthew Hopkins in 17th-c England)

Lee Bross, Tangled Webs, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 14 +
(Arista, alias Lady A is a notorious blackmailer in 1725 London, stealing valuable currency – other people’s secrets)

Eoin Colfer, WARP Book 3: The Forever Man, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(3rd in series time-slip following orphan boy, Riley, now a renowned magician, living in Victorian London and his cohort, Chevie FBI agent)

Jaclyn Dolamore, Glittering Shadows, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(fantasy mystery adventure: sequel to ‘Dark Metropolis’)

Pauline Francis, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(classic 1886 gothic horror story, retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, The Count of Monte Cristo, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(classic story of a victim of a miscarriage of justice retold for young readers)

Alan Gratz, The Dragon Lantern: A League of Seven Novel, Starscape, Ages 10 – 14
(2nd in series set in 1870s, a steampunk alternate American history where Native tribes have as much power and presence as the Yankees)

Christine Hayes, James K. Hindle, Mothman’s Curse, Roaring Brook Press, Ages 8 – 12
(a 100-yr-old mystery is revealed to 3 siblings through the pictures on a haunted camera)

Kersten Hamilton, James Hamilton, The Mesmer Menace, HMH Books for Young Readers,
Ages 9 – 12  (first in a historical fantasy series narrated by a daring dachshund and brimming with science)

Kate Messner, Kelley McMorris, Ranger in Time #2: Danger in Ancient Rome, Scholastic Press, Ages 7 – 10  (Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever is back to save the day)

Michelle Morgan, Racing the Moon, Allen & Unwin, Ages 12 +
(a coming-of-age story amidst the pressures and hardships of the great depression)

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)

Chris Priestley, The Dead Men Stood Together, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 8 – 12
(in a harbour town long ago a boy boards a ship with his uncle – a hauntingly gruesome tale)

Chris Priestley, The Last of the Spirits, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 12 – 17
(two orphans hungry on London’s Victorian streets – a reinvention of the classic Scrooge tale)

Shoo Rayner, Fighting Forum (Roman Brit 5), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Shoo Rayner, Dead Heat (Roman Brit 6), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Juliet Rix, A-Maze-ing Minotaur, Frances Lincoln, Ages 7 +
(reworking of the classic story of Theseus for young children)

J Scott Savage, Case File 13 #4: Curse of the Mummy’s Uncle, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12, (using knowledge of real Mayan mythology, 3 friends must unravel the history of a secret curse)

Dan Scott, Blood Oath: Book 1, Scribo, Ages 9 +
(new series set in a school for gladiators in ancient Rome)

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

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Terrible Trickster (Sword Girl Book 5), Allen & Unwin, Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, Pigeon Problems (Sword Girl Book 6), Allen & Unwin,
Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

July 2015

MJ Auch, Ashes of Roses, Square Fish, Ages 12 – 15
(story of an immigrant girl’s new-found independence and her involvement in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911)

Michael S Bandy, Eric Stein, Granddaddy’s Turn, Candlewick, Ages 6 – 9
(based on the true story of one family’s struggle for voting rights in the Civil-Rights-era South)

Michael S Bandy, Eric Stein, White Water, Candlewick, Ages 5 – 8
(sheds light on the reality of segregation in the south, told through a child’s eyes)

Robert Beatty, Serafina and the Black Cloak, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy adventure mystery set in 19th –c on the Biltmore estate, grand home of the Vanderbilts)

Brian Falkner, Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR),
Ages 12 – 18  (alternate historical fantasy in which Napoleon won the 1815 battle of Waterloo)

Michael Foreman, The Tortoise and the Soldier, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Ages 8 – 12
(based on true events, the unlikely story of a friendship between a WW I soldier and a tortoise)

Jessica Day George, Silver in the Blood, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 13 +
(fantasy romance, circa 1890 Romania, where two girls are swept into a battle for their lives)

B R Myers, The Asp, Fierce Ink Press, Ages 12 +
(Cleopatra’s curse? a YA mystery with magical realism)

Darrell Pitt, The Secret Abyss, Text Publishing Company, Ages 10 +
(steampunk adventure – 3 unlikely heroes make a transatlantic airship flight to stop an assassin)

Joe Todd Stanton, Professor Brownstone’s Mythical Collection : The Urn of Uruk, Nobrow Ltd, Ages 8 – 12  (follow the Professor on his epic quest across an ancient, mythical world: Illustrated book)

Shanna Swendson, Rebel Mechanics, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Ages 12 – 18
(1888: steampunk alternate US history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing)

August 2015

David Drake, Jim Kjelgaard, The Hunter Returns, Baen, Ages 10 +
(an outcast from a band of prehistoric nomads must find a way to survive in a land of savage predators)

Lois Duncan, The Middle Sister, Ig Publishing, Ages 9 +
(originally published in 1959, an ugly duckling sister becomes a swan)

Steve Eggleton, Brother Egbert’s Christmas, Lion Hudson, Ages 5 – 9
(a medieval monk tells the Christmas story in an illuminated manuscript)

Pauline Francis, Dracula, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror story, retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, A Christmas Carol, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Dicken’s 1843 tale of a miser’s search for redemption retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, Frankenstein, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic horror retold for young readers)

Leon Garfield, The Drummer Boy, Red Fox, Ages 8 – 12
(an insightful classic 19th –c story of war and its aftermath)

Erich Kastner, Anthea Bell, Dot and Anton, Pushkin Children’s Books, Ages 9 – 12
(two children from vastly different backgrounds are forced to beg on the streets of 1930s Berlin)

Joe Lillington, Toby and the Ice Giants, Nobrow Ltd, Ages 3 – 7
(a fact-filled adventure about the earth’s inhabitants in the Ice Age Tundra: Picture Book)

Kekla Magoon, Shadows of Sherwood, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 8 – 12
(new series gives the classic tale a feminine twist as Robyn and her band battle their way with feats of courage and daring)

Akiyuki Nosaka, Ginny Tapley Takemori, The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine, Pushkin’s Children’s Books, Ages 7 – 12  (author’s childhood experiences in war-torn 1945 Japan told in short-story form)

Robert J Skead, Robert A Skead, Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue, Zonderkidz,
Ages 8 – 12  (2nd book in the American Revolutionary War adventure series. Inspirational)

Lian Tanner, Icebreaker, Feiwel & Friends, Ages 9 – 12
(steampunk adventure: 6 fugitive kids revolt against the Anti-Machinist rulers aided by 2 mechanical rats)

September 2015

Tracy Leininger Craven, Alone Yet Not Alone, Zonderkidz, Ages 8 +
(based on the true story and extraordinary faith of an American pioneer family; Inspirational)