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. More listings will be posted soon! (Last update: March 1st)

January 2015

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 1 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 + (mystery set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 2 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 + (mystery set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

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 (W W II England is the setting for this follow-up to ‘Jefferson’s Sons’)

Megan Chance, The Web (Fianna Trilogy), Skyscape,
Ages 12 + (Victorian New York, 17-yr-old Grace is
tangled in the web of an ancient prophecy)

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 freed, it’s time for Lizzie and Paul to go to 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 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 + (fiction in verse about Clara Lemlich, Russian immigrant to NY in early 20th -c, who fought for equal rights)

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

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.)

Sharon M. Draper, Stella by Starlight, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 13
(Ku Klux Klan makes unwelcome appearance in this deep South Depression-era story)

Teresa Flavin, The Crimson Shard, Templar, Ages 9 – 12
(during museum visit two children step through portal into 18th -c London)

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
(first in series; steampunk fantasy set in 19th-c London)

Sally Gardner, The Door That Led to Where, Hot Key, Ages 10 +
(when the present offers no hope for the future, the answers may lie in the past)

Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(reissue of rich, gothic tale of duty, love and friendship by author of ‘Temple Boys’)

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)

Jane Hardstaff, River Daughter, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(sequel to ‘The Executioner’s Daughter’, deadly quest in authentic Tudor setting)

Philip Kerr, The Winter Horses, Walker Children’s (UK)/Knopf (US), Ages 10 – 14
(Ukraine, 1941, young girl sets out on treacherous journey to save the only two surviving horses)

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)

Norman Jorgensen, Brian Harrison-Lever, In Flanders Fields, Freemantle Press, Ages 7 – 9
(W W I soldier crosses no-man’s-land to rescue a robin caught in barbed wire)

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)

David Levithan, Marly’s Ghost, Electric Monkey, Ages 12 +
(fresh spin on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’)

J. Patrick Lewis, Yevgenia Nayberg, The Wren and the Sparrow, Kar-Ben (Lerner),
Ages 8 – 12  (illustrated fable brings hope to people of small Polish town during Holocaust)

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

Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March, Dial, Ages 12 + (based on memoir of youngest marcher in 1965 Alabama rights march)

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)

Norma Fox Mazer, Saturday, the Twelfth of October, Lizzie Skurnick/Ig Publishing,
Ages 12 – 18  (14-yr-old Zan awakens in the forest world of a band of prehistoric cave-dwellers)

Meredith McCardle, Blackout (Annum Guard Book 2), Skyscape, Ages 14 +
(time-travel adventure from Lincoln’s assassination to Cuban Missile Crisis to present day)

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

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

Simon Nicholson, Young Houdini: The Magician’s Fire, Oxford University Press, Ages 9 – 12 (mystery adventure set in NY 1886; young Harry uses his skills to investigate 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 (reissue),
Ages 10 +  (set in fantasy Mediterranean Bronze Age, Hylas is caught & sold as slave to copper mines)

Michelle Paver, Gods and Warriors (Book 3): The Eye of the Falcon, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 +  (third in series, adventure set in fantasy Mediterranean Bronze Age)

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

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)

Faith Ringgold, Harlem Renaissance Party, Amistad, Ages 4 – 8
(illustrated story of a journey through the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s)

Susan Goldman Rubin, Ela Weissberger, The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin, Holiday House, Ages 8 – 12 (Holocaust survivor’s coming-of-age in 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 with descendant of King Arthur and wizard with bloodlines to Merlin)

Augusta Scattergood, The Way to Stay in Destiny, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(an adventure celebrating music 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)

Emily Sharratt, Ellie’s War 2: Wherever You Are, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 +
(August 1915, 2nd in series coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of WW I)

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)

Park SoHee, Goong, Volume 17, Yen Press, Ages 15 +
(graphic novel, alternate historical fantasy where Korea still has a royal family)

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

Jessica Spotswood, Sisters’ Fate, Penguin, Ages 12 +  (final installment of Cahill Witch Chronicles (‘Born Wicked’, ‘Star Cursed’) set in New England)

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

Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton #15: All for Stilton and Stilton for All, Papercutz,
Ages 8 – 12  (Geronimo Stilton graphic novels; France reign of Louis XIII)

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)

Jeremy Strong, Romans on the Rampage, Puffin, Ages 7 +
(Marcus is a Roman boy who is crazy about chariot racing)

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)

Yana Toboso, Black Butler, Volume 19, Yen Press, Ages 15 +
(graphic novel about an earl, in Queen Victoria’s service, and his elite butler)

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 discovery in family junkshop, history comes alive with a WW II ghost)

Cynthia Weil, I’m Glad I Did, Soho Teen, Ages 12 +
(NY 1963; coming-of-age of a teen songwriter who finds herself involved in theft & 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 culprit)

Adele Whitby, Kay’s Story, 1934 (Secrets of the Manor, Book 6), Simon Spotlight,
Ages 8 – 12  (Great Depression is raging across US: Vandermeers fall on hard times)

February 2015

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

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 3 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 +
(mystery series set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 4 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 +
(mystery series set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Sarah Masters Buckey, Danger in Paris : A Samantha Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(details Europe during the early 1900s)

Tim Collins, Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Pompeii, Trafalgar Square Children’s Publishing,
Ages 9 – 11 (Dorkius is annoyed when he has to move to Pompeii for the summer)

Evelyn Coleman, Shadows on Society Hill : An Addy Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(relates details of the reconstruction after Civil War)

Floyd Cooper, Juneteenth for Mazie, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 6 – 9
(celebrates announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas 1865)

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

Lucien De Gieter, The Amulet of the Great Pyramid: Papyrus (Volume 6), Cinebook, Ltd,
Ages 9 +  (Papyrus comes face to face with Anubis, god of the dead.)

Arthur Conan Doyle, Gris Grimly, A Study in Scarlet, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(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+  (true story of child from Amistad who makes her way back to Africa)

Kathleen Ernst, The Smuggler’s Secrets : A Caroline Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(depicts smuggling during the War of 1812)

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 +  (2nd 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’)

Jacqueline Greene, A Growing Suspicion : A Rebecca Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(describes urban gardening and botanical gardens in the early 20th century)

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

Daniel Hartwell, Neill Cameron, The Pirates of Pangaea: Book 1, David Fickling Books,
Ages 7 +  (1717:kidnapped on Pangaea, Sophie escapes ruthless pirate & embarks on epic journey)

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, 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)

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, The Jazzman’s Trumpet : A Kit Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(discover the jazz era during the Great Depression)

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

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

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

Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom, Greek Hero (Fly On the Wall), Frances Lincoln,
Ages 8 – 12 (Agathon, the Greek soldier, returns home from battle)

Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom, Pharoah’s Egypt (Fly On the Wall), Frances Lincoln,
Ages 8 – 12  (follow Pharoah and his nobles in their daily lives)

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)

Kathryn Reiss, The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter : A Julie Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(explains Chinese immigration during the early 20th century)

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)

Janet Shaw, The Silent Stranger : A Kaya Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(portrays early North American native culture)

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 post-human Victorian world, novel melds fantasy with healthy dose of steampunk)

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

Jon Walter, Close to the Wind, David Fickling Books, Ages 10 – 14
(a novel about the timelessness and heartbreak of war)

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 +
(1930s; a white woman raising a black adoptive son moves to Ethiopia where their peace is shattered by threat of war)

Julie White, The Lost Diary, Sono Nis Press, Ages 9 – 12  (4th Hillcroft Farm novel intertwines 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  (11-year-old’s world is upended by family’s move to US to escape 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 (Nickolas Flux History Chronicles. Graphic novel)

Nelson Yomtov, Mark Simmons, Trapped in Antarctica : Nickolas Flux and the Shackleton Expedition, Capstone Press, Ages 8 – 12 (Nickolas Flux History Chronicles. Graphic novel)

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 strange chess problem)

Louis May Alcott, Oxford Children’s Classics: Little Women, Oxford University Press,
Ages 10 +  (new edition of an old favourite)

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

Avi, Catch You Later, Traitor, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(1951 NY; FBI agent accuses 12-yr-old Pete’s father of being a Communist)

Amy Axelrod, David Axelrod, The Bullet Catch: Murder by Misadventure, Holiday House,
Ages 10 –14   (coming-of-age of young man who must refashion his destiny amidst murder and misadventure in 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 +
(sophisticated older teen horror novel set in dark alternative Victorian London)

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 5 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 +
(mystery series set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Tonya Bolden, Maritcha : A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (based on memoir: describes life of free black child in 1850s NY)

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

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

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

Bruce Carter, The Children Who Stayed Behind, Vintage Children’s Classics, Ages 8 – 12
(Brighton and England’s coast have become the front line of World War II)

Raoul Cauvin, Willy Lambil, The Bluecoats (Vol 8) – Auld Lang Blue, Cinebook, Ltd,
Ages 8 +  (amusing look at the American Civil War. Graphic novel)

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

Kady Cross, The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles), Harlequin Teen,
Ages 12 +  (1887 London, a final showdown is about to begin)

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Charles Keeping, Beowulf, Oxford Univ. Press, Ages 11 – 14
(epic Anglo-Saxon poem reworked for middle grade readers)

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 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, The Door in the Moon (Obsidian Mirror Book 3), Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 – 18 (genre-blending time travel dark fantasy world: conclusion to the trilogy)

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

Brian Gallagher, Friend or Foe : 1916: Which Side Are You On?, O’Brien Press,
Ages 12 + (based on Easter Rising, two friends are on opposite sides in Dublin)

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

Rebecca Goldfield, Mike Short, The Captive of Friendly Cove, Fulcrum Publishing,
Ages 12 – 18  (John Jewitt was held captive for 3 years by the Mowachaht people: graphic novel retelling of history)

Matt Griffin, A Cage of Roots, O’Brien Press, Ages 12 +
(from a New York orphanage Ayla travels to Ireland in search of her celtic roots)

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 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 +
(second in the series, following ‘Tandem’)

E. K. Johnston, Prairie Fire, Carolrhoda Lab, Ages 11 – 18  (follow-up to ‘The Story of Owen’: part adventure, part alternate history & part ecological fable)

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 sent to investigate precious artifact)

Mitsuhisa Kuji, Wolfsmund, Volume 6, Vertical, Ages 14 +
(graphic historical rendition of the William Tell story)

Stacey Lee, Under a Painted Sky, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 12 +
(Missouri 1845; Samantha’s tired of being disregarded because she’s a girl – & 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 (19th –c tale of Sarah Wheaton who answers widower’s advertisement for wife & mother)

Mary McCoy, Dead To Me, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 +
(evoking classic film noir, 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)

Michelle Magorian, Cuckoo in the Nest, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See May 2015)

Michelle Magorian, A Spoonful of Jam, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See May 2015)

Susan K Marlow, Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch, Kregel Publications,
Ages 8 – 12 (collection of inspirational stories taking place between 1873 and 1880)

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

Kate Milford, Andrea Offermann, The Broken Lands, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12+ (prequel to ‘The Boneshaker’, historical fantasy in seedy underworld of Coney Island)

Angela Misri, Thrice Burned: A Portia Adams Adventure, Fierce Novels, Ages 12 – 17
(2nd in adventure series set in 1930s with Portia, who has inherited 221B Baker Street)

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 true story of young girl’s life in orphanage ‘The House of Mercy’)

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

Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans!, Walker Children’s, Ages 7 +
(humorous adventure back in Roman Gladiator times)

Alfred Noyes, Charles Keeping, The Highwayman, Oxford University Press, Ages 11 – 14
(Noyes poem, illustrated for middle grade readers)

Kenneth Oppel, The Boundless, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 – 14
(fantasy adventure ride through Canadian railway history with a whiff of Steampunk)

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)

Nicola Pierce, Behind the Walls, O’Brien Press, Ages 14 +
(1689: Jacobite soldiers resolve to starve the population of Derry into submission)

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, an aspiring con artist)

Jordan Quinn, Let the Games Begin! (Kingdom of Wrenley), Little Simon, Ages 5 – 9
(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)

Arthur Ransome, The Picts and the Martyrs, Vintage Children’s Classics, Ages 8 – 12
(reissue of children’s classic about summer holidays in Lake District, England, 1950s)

Arthur Ransome, Great Northern?, Vintage Children’s Classics, Ages 8 – 12
(finding rare bird’s egg leads to desperate chase to save the birds)

Alison Rattle, The Beloved, Hot Key, Ages 12 +
(Alice knows only rules and punishment as she strays from rigid Victorian life)

Caroline Starr Rose, Blue Birds, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 10 +
(story of friendship and meaning of family set in the New World, 1587)

Ted Sanders, The Keepers : The Box and the Dragonfly, HarperCollins, Ages 12 +
(fantasy adventure in which boy finds himself in 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)

Andrew Smith, The Alex Crow, Electric Monkey UK / Dutton Juvenile US, Ages 14 +
(novel blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place)

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)

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Keeping, The Lady of Shalott, Oxford University Press,
Ages 11 – 14  (fabled world of Camelot for middle grade readers)

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 boy transported to 14th–c England)

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

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

Suzy Zail, Saving Midnight, Walker Children’s, Ages 12 +
(one boy’s fight for survival during W W II)

Joyce Burns Zeiss, Out of the Dragon’s Mouth, Flux Books, Ages 14 +
(portrayal of life in a refugee camp after fall of South Vietnam)

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)

Gary Blackwood, Curiosity, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12   (Philadelphia 1835; young chess prodigy recruited by showman to operate mechanical chess player)

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)

Anne Bustard, Anywhere But Paradise, Egmont USA, Ages 10 +
(moving from Texas to Hawaii 1960, 12-yr-old Peggy faces bullying in white minority)

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

Philip Caveney, One for Sorrow, Fledgling Press, Ages 12 – 18
(sequel to ‘Seventeen Coffins’ with Tom and the bogus Plague Doctor)

Henry Clark, The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (1852; 3 non-white children work together to avoid slave-catchers)

Marisa de los Santos, Saving Lucas Biggs, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy time-travel adventure; a girl’s only hope of saving her father lies in the past)

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

Desmond Dunkerley, Ladybird Classics: Robin Hood, Ladybird, Ages 5 – 8
(abridged retelling of the classic tale)

Desmond Dunkerley, Ladybird Classics: King Arthur, Ladybird, Ages 5 – 8
(abridged retelling of the classic tale)

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

Natasha Farrant, The Things We Did For Love, Faber & Faber, Ages 12 +
(France 1944; devastating story of resistance, heartbreak and betrayal)

John Flanagan, Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband Chronicles 4, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12
(4th installment of fantasy adventure series featuring the Brotherband)

Pauline Francis, The 39 Steps, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(1930s London is 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)

Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank (Abridged for young readers), Puffin, Ages 9 – 11
(abridged retelling of the famous autobiography)

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

Grace Gilmore, Logan Pryce Makes a Mess (Tales from Maple Ridge, 1), Little Simon,
Ages 5 – 9  (Maple Ridge, Illinois, 1892; Logan’s family have fallen on hard times)

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

Nicki Greenberg, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Allen & Unwin, Ages 14 +
(graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy)

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

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12 (legendary history of thoroughbred racing)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Stormy, Misty’s Foal, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(the story of the hurricane that destroyed the wild herds of Assateague)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, White Stallion of Lipizza, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a boy dreams of working with famed stallions of Lipizza)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(1791; a Vermont schoolmaster comes home with 2-year-old colt named Little Bub)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague, Aladdin,
Ages 8 – 12 (orphaned Chincoteague colt restores happiness to new owners)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(determined little burro touches heart of President Teddy Roosevelt)

Dahlov Ipcar, Black and White, Nobrow Ltd, Ages 3 – 7
(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 fossil transports a boy back to age of dinosaurs)

Jeff Jenson, Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jonathan Case, Before Tomorrowland, Disney
Press, Ages 12 – 18 (1939: a secret society of is about to share incredible discovery)

Oskar Jensen, The Yelling Stones: A Viking Tale of Myth and Magic, Hot Key Press,
Ages 8 – 12  (a Viking tale of myth and magic)

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 hometown of the famous sage)

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

Matthew Jobin, The Nethergrim, Puffin Books, Ages 10 +
(fantasy adventure, early medieval setting with knights, wizards and a lurking dark evil)

Norman Jorgensen, James Foley, The Last Viking Returns, Fremantle Press, Ages 3 – 5
(a Viking adventure about conquering fear: children’s picture book)

Celine Kiernan, Resonance, O’Brien, Ages 12 +
(supernatural fantasy adventure set in Ireland 1890)

Gordon Korman, The Hypnotists Book 2: Memory Maze, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(present collides with past in some adventurous historical conspiracies)

M P Kozlowsky, Brian Thompson, The Dyerville Tales, Walden Pond Press, Ages 8 – 12
(orphan searches for family and meaning of 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 true story of Jewish family’s last year in Germany, 1938)

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

Darragh Martin, The Keeper, Little Island Books, Ages 10 – 14
(fantasy adventure combining contemporary with Irish myth and legend)

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 + (high-stakes poker game wins an enterprising 16-yr-old 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 search for identity and triumph of friendship over bigotry)

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

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 +  (impetuous Jacky finds herself back in Boston and in trouble with the law)

Page Morgan, The Wondrous and the Wicked, Delacorte Press, Ages 12 +
(3rd in the Dispossessed Trilogy; 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 war)

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
(humorous series where Greece and Rome are ruled by cats)

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

Magica Quartet, Kawazukuu, Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne D’Arc,
Vol. 1, Yen Press, Ages 15 + (Puella Magi Tart Magica graphic novel series)

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)

Phil Schroeder, Marcus Danton’s History Mystery, Caramel Tree Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(Marcus’ chase through Paris to solve a history mystery and find his missing father)

Chris Scofield, The Shark Curtain, Akashic Books, Ages 12 + (growing up in mid-60s Portland, Lily struggles to balance her family’s expectation with visions that continue to isolate her)

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+ (detective mystery series set in1930s boarding school)

Lois Swoboda, Old Neb and the Lighthouse Treasure, Pineapple Press, Ages 9 – 12
(coming-of-age 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: dwarf overcomes humiliation and fear at court. Inspirational)

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 to break ancient curse)

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

John Wilson, Flames of the Tiger : Fields of Conflict – Germany 1945, Heritage House,
Ages 12 +  (2nd in series:realities of ‘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; true story of National Guard attack on striking miners & 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 England: school for reforming wayward girls teaches spying & political intrigue)

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

Rebecca Behrens, When Audrey Met Alice, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Ages 9 – 12
(story of blended realistic and historical fiction: one girl’s life in White House)

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

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

Megan Frazer Blakemore, The Friendship Riddle, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 8 – 12
(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 memoirs of life in 1842 Shetland Islands and a boy’s new life in America)

John Christopher, In the Beginning, Aladdin, Ages 8 -12
(love proves ancient as time itself in this prehistoric adventure romance)

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
(setting evocative of sinister 1930s city life, thriller with mystery, fantasy and magic)

Paul Dowswell, Bomber, Bloomsbury UK, Ages 14 +
(W W II story of one boy’s escape through occupied territory)

Pauline Francis, Oliver Twist, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(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 meditation on American history all rolled into one)

A.C. Gaughen, Lion Heart : A Scarlet Novel, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 12 – 17
(last in ‘Scarlet’ trilogy: adventure romance in time of King John & Nottingham Forest)

Jean Craighead George, John Hendrix, Ice Whale, Dial Books for Young Readers,
Ages 9 – 12 (a boy witnesses the birth of an ice whale in 1848)

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)

Amy Butler Greenfield, Chantress Fury, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 12 +
(3rd in series after ‘Chantress’ & ‘Chantress Alchemy’)

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 +
(re-imagined alternate fantasy of familiar Robin Hood legend – with a difference)

Frances Hardinge, Cuckoo Song, Amulet Books, Ages 12 – 18
(England after WW I, eerie mystery about the relationship between two sisters)

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

Mary Hooper, Poppy In the Field, Bloomsbury, Ages
(sequel to ‘Poppy’ about a young nurse on the battlefields of W W I)

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

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)

Michelle Magorian, Just Henry, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See March 2015)

Michelle Magorian, A Little Love Song, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See March 2015)

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

Elizabeth May, The Falconer (Book 1), Chronicle Books, Ages 12 – 18  (Edinburgh 1844: fantasy thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore)

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)

Geoffrey McSkimming, Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror, Allen & Unwin,
Ages 9 – 14 (Phyllis travels back to Shakespeare’s time to indulge her penchant for sleuthing)

Carolyn Meyer, Beauty’s Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (told by Hermione, when her beautiful mother gives her up in favor of Paris)

Saundra Mitchell, Mistwalker, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(supernatural Gothic tale of 100yr-old ghost, who tries to convince teen to take his place)

Kaoru Mori, Emma Volume 1, Yen Press, Ages 13 -16
(In Victorian London marrying outside one’s social class isn’t done. Graphic novel)

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 (2): The Demon Curse, Oxford University Press,
Ages 9 – 12 (if Harry can escape the Demon Curse, it will be his greatest trick yet)

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: in 1700s Italian era of the castrati)

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)

Michael Redhill, Saving Houdini, Harper Trophy Canada, Ages 10 – 14
(sent back through time Dash meets the Great Houdini before his death in 1926)

Megan Rix, The Runaways, Puffin, Ages 8 – 11
(new animal adventure set during WW I)

Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus Book 5), Puffin, Ages 12 +
(Greek and Roman crew of the Argo II have made progress but are no closer to their goal)

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, Puffin, Ages 12 +
(modern-day demigod, Percy, tells the true stories of the gods of Olympus)

Kathryn Rose, Avalon Rising (A Metal & Lace Novel), Flux, Ages 12 +
(Camelot struggles to rebuild. Vivienne toils on orders from 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: 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)

Lydia Syson, Liberty’s Fire, Hot Key Press, Ages 13 – 19
(Paris, 1871: Four young people must rewrite their own destinies)

Emma Trevayne, Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (steampunk where Londinium is home to metal fairies & clockwork dragons)

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)

Adele Whitby, Camille’s Story, 1910 (Secrets of the Manor), Simon Spotlight, Ages 8 – 12
(secrets are waiting to be revealed in Paris in 7th in historical fiction series)

Adele Whitby, Clair’s Story, 1910 (Secrets of the Manor), Simon Spotlight, Ages 8 – 12
(Claire Rousseau embarks on a new adventure in 8th book in the historical fiction 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 mysterious 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 500-yr-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 in1920s NYC and the Catskills)

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

Virginia Boecker, The Witch Hunter, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 15 +
(17th-c England: one of the king’s best witch hunters is accused of being a witch herself)

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

Jamie Buxton, Sun Thief, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(Boy is taken to work on unfinished sculpture of Nefertiti’s head & uncovers dark plot)

Eoin Colfer, WARP Book 3: The Forever Man, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(3rd in series time-slip follows Magician boy, Riley & cohort, in Victorian London)

Stacia Deutsch, Rhody Cohon, Betsy Ross’s Star, (Blast To the Past), Aladdin, Ages 7 – 10
(the friends are off to investigate the truth behind America’s first flag)

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)

Grace Gilmore, The Big City (Tales from Maple Ridge, 3), Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 – 9
(after a day in the city, the familiar surroundings of Logan’s hometown don’t look so bad)

Alan Gratz, The Dragon Lantern: A League of Seven Novel, Starscape, Ages 10 – 14
(2nd in series; 1870s, steampunk alternate American history)

S. E. Grove, The Glass Sentence, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12   (Boston, 1891; Sophia lives with her cartographer uncle whose kidnap sends her on an adventure)

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

Sarah Henstra, Mad Miss Mimic, Razorbill, Ages 13 +
(coming-of-age mystery in Victorian London setting)

Jessica Lawson, Iacopo Bruno, The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (1860; mischievous adventures of Becky)

Wendy McClure, Escape to the World’s Fair (Wanderville), Razorbill, Ages 8 – 12
(the orphans of Wanderville are off to California)

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 +
(coming-of-age story amidst the pressures and hardships of the great depression)

Simon Nicholson, Young Houdini: The Demon Curse, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky,
Ages 10 – 13 (escaping the demon curse will be Harry’s best trick yet)

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)

Yvan Pommaux, trans: Richard Kutner, Orpheus In the Underworld, TOON Books,
Ages 8 – 12  (tragedy of Orpheus & Eurydice told in an accessible way for young readers: Graphic novel)

Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna Grows Up, Hesperus Minor, Ages 9 – 12
(sequel to the original classic  first published in 1913)

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

Chris Priestley, The Last of the Spirits, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 12 – 17
(two orphans hungry on London’s Victorian streets – reinvention of 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 unravel history of secret curse)

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

Joanne Sundell, Arctic Shadow (Watch Eyes Trilogy Book 2), Five Star, Ages 12 +
(America’s last frontier is a battleground for spirits in epic tale of heroism and endurance)

Sandra Neil Wallace, Muckers, Ember, Ages 12 +
(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)

Robert Westall, Blitzcat, PAN Macmillan Childrens Books, Ages 11 +
(one brave cat’s experiences during World War II)

Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, PAN Macmillan Childrens Books, Ages 11 +
(a boy stumbles across the remains of German bomber crashed in the woods)

Leslie Wilson, Last Train from Kummersdorf, Faber & Faber, Ages 12 +
(Germany 1945: Hanno & Effi are on the run in wartime tale of courage & ingenuity)

Katherine Woodfine, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, Egmont, Ages 9 +
(1st in mystery adventure series set in Edwardian department store)

July 2015

MJ Auch, Ashes of Roses, Square Fish, Ages 12 – 15
(immigrant girl’s involvement in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911)

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

Michael S Bandy, Eric Stein, White Water, Candlewick, Ages 5 – 8
(sheds light on 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 mystery set in 19th –c on Biltmore estate, home of the Vanderbilts)

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

Kathleen Duey, Karen Bale, Death Valley: California 1849 (Survivors), Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a brother & sister struggle to survive a harrowing trip across Death Valley)

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; 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; two girls are swept into a battle for their lives)

Jacob Gowans, Secrets of Neverak, Shadow Mountain, Ages 12 +
(YA medieval adventure; 2nd in series to ‘A Tale of Light & Shadow’)

Stacy Gregg, The Island of Lost Horses, HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, Ages 9 +
(12-year-old Beatriz embarks on epic journey, back to time of Christopher Columbus)

Teri Harman, Storm Moon (Moonlight Trilogy), Jolly Fish Press, Ages 12 +
(betrayal, invasion and a plan that spans centuries: last in fantasy adventure trilogy)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Cinnabar, The One O’Clock Fox, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(George Washington meets his match in this legendary tale)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Misty of Chincoteague, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(on island off coasts of Virginia & Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Born to Trot, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a boy and his filly get the chance to prove their greatness)

Kate Klimo, Dog Diaries #7: Stubby, Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 7 – 10
(next in the historical military/war dog stories)

Gordon Korman, The Dragonfly Effect (The Hypnotists #3), Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(present collides with the past in some adventurous historical conspiracies)

C. Alexander London, The 39 Clues: Doublecross, Book 2, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 – 12
(spin-off series about the Cahills quest to discover the secret behind their family’s power)

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)

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)

Dan Smith, My Brother’s Secret, Chicken House, Ages 8 – 12
(personalized take on the real-life rebel German youth group, the Edelweiss Pirates)

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

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

Yana Toboso, Black Butler, Volume 20, Yen Press, Ages 15 +
(graphic novel about an earl, in Queen Victoria’s service, and his elite butler)

Emma Trevayne, The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (sinister steampunk world where graverobbing is messy business)

August 2015

Tony Abbott, The Copernicus Legacy: The Golden Vendetta, Katherine Tegen Books,
Ages 8 – 12  (3rd in series mystery fantasy adventure)

Katie Alender, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Point, Ages 12 +  (creepy ghost story in which contemporary occupant dies & experiences the house’s shocking history)

Pierdomenico Baccalario, Iacopo Bruno, The Thief of Mirrors, Stone Arch Books,
Ages 9 – 13  (contemporary fantasy, set in Scotland, combines history and mystery)

Brittany Bang, Little Mouse’s Adventures on the Freedom Trail, CurlyQ Press, Ages 3 – 8 (children’s picture book explores historic Boston)

Daniel Defoe, Eva Cabrera, Martin Powell, Robinson Crusoe, Stone Arch Books,
Ages 10 – 14  (graphic novel)

Charles Dickens, Dono Almara, Benjamin Harper, A Christmas Carol, Stone Arch Books,
Ages 10 – 14  (graphic novel)

David Drake, Jim Kjelgaard, The Hunter Returns, Baen, Ages 10 + (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)

Sam Gayton, Alice Ratteree, Lilliput, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 8 – 12
(join Lily as she travels through 18th -c London over rooftops and down chimneys)

Grace Gilmore, The Ghost of Juniper Creek (Tales from Maple Ridge, 4), Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 – 9 (Drew dares Logan to confront a spirit)

Julia Golding, Mel Foster and the Demon Butler, Egmont, Ages 10 +  (fantasy adventure about motley crew of monsters who take on Queen Victoria’s evil butler)

Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Moving Target, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(fast-paced fantasy adventure mixing contemporary with ancient prophesies)

Jessica Gunderson, Anthony Foti, Emma’s New Beginning, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12
(1910: Emma and her family are immigrating to America in hopes of finding a better life)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales, Hesperus Press, Ages 9 – 12
(collection of short stories about the most famous of the Greek heroes)

Erin Johnson, Her Cold Revenge, Switch Press, Ages 14 – 18
(Book 2 in ‘Wanted’ series – western revenge epic for teen readers)

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

Kathleen Kudlinski, Rudy Faber, Rebel With a Cause : The Daring Adventure of Dicey Langston, Girl Spy of the American Revolution, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(based on true story: how Dicey Langson saved lives and risked her independence)

Andrew Lane, Young Sherlock Holmes 7 : Stone Cold, PAN Macmillan Childrens Books,
Ages 11 +  (mystery adventure series featuring a teenage Sherlock Holmes)

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

Vicki Lockwood, Stephanie Hans, The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Fairy Child, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 14 (Lizzy escapes Victorian London for another adventure)

Chris Lynch, The Liberators (World War II, Book 4), Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(last in series – well-crafted war story with attention to historic detail)

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

Oisin McGann, Ancient Appetites (The Wildenstern Saga), Open Road Media Teen & Tween, Ages 12 – 17  (fantasy combining Victorian Ireland steampunk with science fiction)

Jennifer McGowan, Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor 3), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (secret society of women make up Elizabeth I’s trusted guard)

Jennifer A. Nielsen, A Night Divided, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(adventure in which two families, on either side of Berlin Wall, try to unite)

Michael Northrop, Valley of Kings (TombQuest, Book 3), Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy adventure takes Alex to Valley of Kings where powerful Death Walker waits)

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)

Micol Ostow, Amity, EgmontUSA, Ages 14 +
(multi generation horror story weaves interconnected tale of insanity, danger & death)

Rick Riordan, John Rocco, Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 8 – 12
(Percy will fill you in on all the deeds of famous Greek Heroes)

Jennifer Roy, Megan Owenson, Jars of Hope : How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12  (inspirational true story of woman who saved children from Warsaw Ghetto during W W II)

Katherine Rundell, The Wolf Wilder, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,
Ages 8 – 12 (story of revolution, adventure & fighting for what you believe in, set in early 20th-c snowbound woods of Russia)

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)

Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #16: Lights, Camera, Stilton, Papercutz,
Ages 8 – 12 (Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels)

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

Jules Verne, Tod Smith, Chris Everheart, Around the World in 80 Days, Stone Arch Books, Ages 10 – 14 (1872: Phileas Fogg makes a bet that he can travel entire planet in 80 days)

September 2015

Irene Adler, Iacopo Bruno, The Cathedral of Fear (Sherlock, Lupin & Me), Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12 (mystery adventure starring three well-known fictional characters)

Erin Bowman, Vengeance Road, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +  (when 18-yr-old Kate’s father is killed, she disguises herself as boy & seeks vengeance. Wild West adventure)

Alexandra Bracken, Passenger, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 14 +
(fantasy time travel adventure in which violin prodigy Etta Spencer awakens in 1776)

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 14 +
(steampunk fantasy set in the magical underworld of Victorian London)

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 14 +
(steampunk fantasy set in the magical underworld of Victorian London)

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 14 +
(steampunk fantasy set in the magical underworld of Victorian London)

Arthur Conan Doyle, Oxford Children’s Classics: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oxford
University Press, Ages 12 + (classic Sherlock Holmes horror mystery)

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

Kathleen Duey, Karen A. Bale, Survivors Collection : Titanic; Fire; Earthquake; Blizzard, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12 (four stories from the Survivors historical fiction series)

Meredith First, Gridley Girls : A True Life Novel, SparkPress, Ages 14 +
(timeless story combining contemporary and 70s lives of 4 women)

John Flanagan, Scorpion Mountain: Brotherband Chronicles 5, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12
(5th in series; Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband join forces in battle)

Callista Gingrich, Susan Arciero, Christmas in America, Regnery Kids, Ages 5 – 8
(Ellis the Elephant celebrates by time-traveling through American history from 1606)

Callista Gingrich, Susan Arciero, Ellis’s Christmas Trunk : Five Tales of American History, Regnery Kids, Ages 5 – 8, (time travel through American history with five stories)

Margaret Peterson Haddix, Revealed (The Missing, 7), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (it’s a normal morning for Jonah, until Charles Lindbergh appears in his living room, grabs Katherine and vanishes. Time-travel adventure series)

Margaret Peterson Haddix, Redeemed (The Missing, 8), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (series conclusion: after time traveling through history multiple times Jonah thought he’d fixed everything – apparently not!)

Rebecca Hahn, The Shadow Behind the Stars, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Ages 12 +  (unusual fantasy imagines the three sister Fates as their own path unwinds and pulls them toward mortal love and pain)

Kendall Kulper, Drift & Dagger, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(action adventure in 19th-c America; details changing urban life around the world, including Industrial Revolution)

Lois Lowry, Autumn Street, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12  (amidst fears for her father fighting in WW I, young Elizabeth tries to interpret a puzzling adult world)

Andrew Lane, Crusoe (The Darkness of the Stars), Adaptive Books, Ages 12 – 17
(reimagined characters from Robinson Crusoe in Restoration-era London)

Adam Mansbach, Alan Zwiebel, Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My …, Disney-Hyperion,
Ages 10 – 14 (if letters can reach 1700s Philadelphia, then maybe a 13yr-old from 2015..??)

Margaret H. Mason, Floyd Cooper, These Hands, HMH Books for Young Readers,
Ages 4 – 8 (multi generational account of segregation and civil rights from a rarely addressed viewpoint)

Hillary Monahan, Bloody Mary, Book 2, Mary: Unleashed, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(search for clues leads to mystery spanning generations and across family lines)

Michael O’Hearn, The El Dorado Map, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(deserted by his outlaw pa, young gunman finds himself alone on Wild West adventure)

Robert Andrew Parker, Louise W. Borden, Across the Blue Pacific : A World War II Story, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 – 8 (when the US enters WW II, Molly must find a way to live with fear for her friends)

James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City, Little, Brown and Company, Ages 8 – 12, (adventure incorporating exploration of ancient China and WW II German events and places)

Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12 (1665, London; 14-year-old boy is apprenticed to a master apothecary & learns secrets of transforming simple ingredients into powerful medicines and weapons)

Ronald L. Smith, Hoodoo, Clarion Books, Ages 9 – 12  (humor, black magic and a large dose of creepiness in an adventure set in 1930s Alabama swamps)

Jonathan Stroud, Lockwood & Co., Book 2 The Whispering Skull, Disney-Hyperion,
Ages 8 – 12 (three psychic investigators deal with supernatural forces in alternate London)

Jonathan Stroud, Lockwood & Co., Book 3: The Hollow Boy, Disney-Hyperion,
Ages 8 – 12  (supernatural outbreak baffles Scotland Yard in an alternate London)

Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno, Mister Max: The Book of Secrets, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (2nd in series; fantasy mystery with a 19th –century setting)

Holly Webb, Marion Lindsay, The Case of the Stolen Sixpence : The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 1, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12 (fast-paced Sherlock-Holmes-type mystery in Victorian London)

Holly Webb, Marion Lindsay, The Case of the Phantom Cat : The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 3, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12 (fast-paced Sherlock-Holmes-type mystery in Victorian London)

David Zeltser, Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age: How One Small Boy Saved Our Big, Dumb Species, EgmontUSA, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous middle grade novel about a misunderstood caveboy)

October 2015

Martina Boone, Persuasion, Simon Pulse, Ages 14 + (southern-gothic coming-of-age fantasy romance filled with ghosts and legend and native-American mythology)

Linda Buckley-Archer, The Many Lives of John Stone, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (blends contemporary & historical fiction; a teen questions what she knows about aging when she finds  journals dating from present day to reign of Louis XIV)

Isaiah Campbell, The Troubles of Johnny Cannon, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (a boy’s highly original voice tactfully addresses important historical events from neglected moments in American history)

Isaiah Campbell, The Struggles of Johnny Cannon, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (second in series addresses important US historical events in a time of segregation)

Gail Carriger, Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (Victorian steampunk mystery/adventure about school for lady spies)

John Christopher, Fireball (The Fireball Trilogy, Book 1), Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13  (1st in alternative history trilogy; two cousins are thrust into parallel reality when they time travel)

John Christopher, New Found Land (The Fireball Trilogy; Book 2), Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13
(Simon & Brad have to survive a reimagined early America in this alternative history)

John Christopher, Dragon Dance (The Fireball Trilogy, Book 3), Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13
(Simon & Brad discover secret of the fireball in this alternative history. Last in series)

Orpheus Collar, Rick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire: The Graphic Novel, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 10 – 14 (Carter and Sadie search for the Book of Ra in fantasy adventure)

Karen Cushman, Rodzina, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12  (1881, an orphan Polish girl is sent west from Chicago in hopes of finding a new family that is right for her)

Frances O’Roark Dowell, Anybody Shining, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Ages 10 – 12 (set in Appalachians, N Carolina in 1920s; Arie Mae finds a true ‘shining’ friend who doesn’t notice her faults)

Ryan Graudin, Wolf by Wolf, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 15 +  (alternate history set in 1956 where Hitler’s Third Reich & Hirohito’s Imperial Japan rule the world)

Dean Hughes, The Dean Hughes Collection : Soldier Boys; Search and Destroy; Missing in Action, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (three military stories set in World War II and Vietnam)

Daniel Kraus, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1 : At the Edge of Empire, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 + (20 minutes after his murder in1996, 17-year-old Zebulon awakens to spend the next century finding answers and watching America grow, in this historical epic)

Claire Legrand, Winterspell, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(reimagining of ‘The Nutcracker’; romantic steampunk in Victorian London, includes a mob princess turned warrior heroine, an alternate New York city & mechanical faeries)

Vicki Lockwood, Stephanie Hans, The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 14 (traveling circus stops at seaside town where things are amiss)

Jack London, Ed Young, White Fang, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 +
(dangerous and ruthless animal world comes to life in this illustrated 1906 classic)

Walter Dean Myers, Juba!, A Novel, Amistad, Ages 10 +
(1846: based on true story of Juba’s meteoric rise as an explosive young black dancer)

Laura Resau, The Lightning Queen, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(mystical fantasy novel set in remote mountains of Mexico in 1950s)

Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book1 The Sword of Summer, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 10 – 14  (adventure with clash of modern and classical worlds)

Shonna Slayton, Cinderella’s Shoes, Entangled Teen, Ages 12 +
(a diamond from Cinderella’s shoe is found in a box of belongings returned after W W II)

Meg Wiviott, Paper Hearts, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 12 + (based on true Holocaust story of two teenage girls who find hope, friendship and the will to outlive Auschwitz)

November 2015

Gail Carriger, Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (last in Victorian Steampunk series)

Orson Scott Card, Visitors (Pathfinder 3), Simon Pulse, Ages 12 + (sequel to ‘Pathfinder’ & ‘Ruins’; unusual fusion of science fiction & historical fiction; follows adventures of Rigg who has mysteriously regressed into a medieval state)

Joan Hiatt Harlow, The Watcher, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 8 – 12 (1942, Berlin, a blend of history and mystery; a kidnapped girl and her dog must find allies amongst the Germans)

Doreen Rappaport, London Ladd, Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass, Jump At The Sun, Ages 6 – 8  (Frederick’s journey from slavery to freedom: Illustrated fictional biography)

Greg Leitich Smith, Borrowed Time, Clarion Books, Ages 9 – 12
(fast-paced time-travel dinosaur adventure survival story with a touch of humor)

Sarah Zettel, Dangerous Deceptions, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(2nd in series; as lady in waiting & spy to King George I, Peggy’s adventures could end in murder)

December 2015

Eve Bunting, Forbidden, Clarion Books, Ages 12 + (early 19th –c Scotland; 16-yr-old orphan Josie is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a village where everything is sinister, threatening & mysterious)

Grace Gilmore, Petra Brown, Lost in the Blizzard (Tales from Maple Ridge, 5), Little Simon, Ages 5 – 9  (adventure series set in Maple Ridge, Illinois, late 1800s)

Catherine Jinks, A Plague of Bogles, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(three children wage an underground war in the murky streets of Victorian London)

And on to 2016…

January

Cheryl Blackford, Lizzie and the Lost Baby, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(Yorkshire, W W II: told from dual perspective of Lizzie, 10-yr-old evacuee and Elijah, a local Gypsy boy)

Gregory Funaro, Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 8 – 12
(2nd in ‘Odditorium’ series; steampunk fantasy set in 19th –c London)

Catherine Jinks, The Last Bogler, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(magical fantasy adventure set on the seamy streets of Victorian London; 3rd in series)

Dan Scott, Blood & Fire: Book 2 (Gladiator School), Sterling Publishing, Ages 9 +
(2nd in series takes Lucius & Quin on a journey to Pompeii for the gladiatorial games)

Laura L. Sullivan, Love by the Morning Star, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(1938; mix-up of two girls this comedy of errors creates romance, history & philosophy all rolled into one)

Sarah Zettel, The Assassin’s Masque, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(3rd in series; with Jacobite uprising stalking the throne, Peggy must save the royal family)

February

Doreen Rappaport, Matt Faulkner, Elizabeth Started All the Trouble, Disney-Hyperion,
Ages 6 – 8   (Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s fight for women’s rights. Illustrated fiction)

Rick Riordan, John Rocco, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 8 – 12
(age old stories are freshly irreverent with Percy on the trail)

March

J. D. Vaughn, Second Guard (Second Guard #1), Disney-Hyperion, Ages 10 – 14  (set in an Andean Shangri-La, fantasy loosely based on pre-Columbian South American history)