Guide to children’s and YA historical novels for 2018

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles for readers aged 4 – 18. Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard. The publisher recommended age category is represented as Pic (Picture Book 4/5+), Chap or ER (Chapter Book or Easy Reader), Mid-grd (Middle-Grade 8-12), YA (Young Adult 13+).

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January 2018

Higasa Akai, The Royal Tutor, Vol 5, Yen Press, YA (manga graphic historical fantasy set in Germanic-like 19th –c kingdom)

Jeanne Atkins, Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis, Atheneum (BfYR), YA (novel in verse: half native American, half African sculptor working in years following the Civil War)

Nina Bawden, Carrie’s War: Virago Modern Classics, Little, Brown/Virago, Mid-grd (it’s wartime and Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated from London to the Welsh hills)

Janine Beacham, Hounds and Hauntings (Rose Raventhorpe Investigates, Book 3), Little, Brown (BfYR), Mid-grd 10+ (Victorian adventure―sequel to Rubies and Runaways & Black Cats and Butlers)

Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler, Silent Enemy and The Walk of Death (Spymaster 5 & 6) Orion Children’s, Mid-grd (Tudor England amidst intrigue & danger of Henry VIII’s court)

Raquel Byrnes, The Tremblers (Blackburn Chronicles #1), Pelican, YA (steampunk thriller with historical figures, events, and airships!)

Emma Carroll, Sky Chasers, Chicken House, Mid-grd (inspirational story based on true story of first hot air balloon flight over Paris in 18th century)

Monica Clark-Robinson, Frank Robinson, Let the Children March, HMH Books for Young Readers, Pic 6+ (Birmingham, Alabama 1963 children’s march)

Anna Ciddor, The Family With Two Front Doors, Kar-Ben, Mid-grd (intriguing Jewish rituals and big adventures in 1920s Poland)

Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie, Scholastic, Mid-grd (caught between conscience & survival Charlie strikes a deal to track down fugitives & settle his father’s debt)

Michael Grant, Silver Stars (Front Lines Book 2), Katherine Tegen, YA (alternate history series follows young women in US Army as they move to the front lines in Italy)

Michael Grant, Purple Hearts (Front Lines Book 3), Katherine Tegen, YA (conclusion to alternate history series follows young women soldiers as D-Day approaches)

Nikki Grimes, One Last Word: Wisdom for the Harlem Renaissance, BloomsburyUSA Childrens, Mid-grd (book of poetry – inspiration from poets of Harlem Renaissance)

Ben Guterson, illus. Chloe Bristol, Winterhouse, Book 1, Henry Holt(BYR), Mid-grd (orphan Elizabeth Somers’ malevolent guardians ship her away to Winterhouse Hotel where only she can unlock the mystery of the owner, his family and his curse)

A J Hunter, Myth Raiders: Claw of the Sphinx, Book 2, Little, Brown Books for YR, Mid-grd (Sam and Trey must travel to Ancient Egypt and face mummies, beast-headed warriors and the deadly sphinx)

Linda Williams Jackson, A Sky Full of Stars, HMH Books for Young Readers, Mid-grd 10+ (1960’s Mississippi Civil Rights Movement – sequel to Midnight Without a Moon)

Lauren James, The Last Beginning, Sky Pony Press, YA (conclusion to the time-travel story of true love and reincarnation)

Maureen Johnson, Truly Devious: A Mystery, Katherine Tegen, YA (a young detective at an elite boarding school unravels a 1936 mystery about the school’s founder)

Kate Klimo, illus. Tim Jessell, Dog Diaries 12: Susan, Random House (BfYR), Mid-grd (narrated by Queen Elizabeth’s corgi, Susan, who was gifted to the Princess on her 18th birthday)

Caroline Lawrence, Return to Rome (The Roman Quests, Book 4), Orion Children’s, YA (adventure set in Roman Britain during the reign of Domitian)

Julia Lee, Nancy Parker’s Chilling Conclusions, Oxford Univ Press, Mid-grd (murder, mystery and maidservants set in Victorian England)

Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, illus. Nate Powell, The Silence of Our Friends, Square Fish, YA (graphic format―semi-autobiographical story of 2 families―1967 civil rights-era Texas)

Kate Messner, illus. Kelley McMorris, D-Day: Battle on the Beach (Ranger in Time #7), Scholastic, Mid-grd (Ranger heads to Normandy on morning of D-Day invasion)

Luke Molver, illus. Mason O’Connor, Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince, Story Press Africa, YA (a charismatic young warrior prince emerges from exile to usurp the old order and forge a new, mighty Zulu kingdom)

Michael Morpurgo, An Eagle in the Snow, Square Fish, Mid-grd 10+ (1940 – story of the young man who met a young Adolf Hitler and could have stopped WW II)

Michael Morpurgo, illus. Ian Beck, Only Remembered, Transworld, YA (an anthology of favourite extracts, poems and images of WW I)

Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra: Battle with the Britons!, Candlewick, Mid-grd (Emperor Hadrian sends Julius on mission to remind the Britons of the might of the Roman Empire)

Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans!, Candlewick, Mid-grd (Julius and his friends must gear up to become gladiators)

Shane Peacock, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, Penguin Teen, YA (a dark gothic trilogy set in Victorian era featuring monsters from classic literary tales)

Shane Peacock, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: Monster (Book 2), Tundra, YA (2nd in dark gothic trilogy set in Victorian era featuring monsters from classic literary tales)

Philippa Pearce, illus. Susan Einzig, Tom’s Midnight Garden (c.1958), Greenwillow, Mid-grd (Tom is transported to an old garden where he befriends a lonely girl who ages each visit)
Also: Tom’s Midnight Garden Graphic Novel―available April 2018

Julian Sedgwick, Return to the City of Ghosts, Hodder Children’s, YA (a teen thriller set in Shanghai in the 1920s. Sequel to Ghosts of Shanghai and Shadow of the Yangtze)

Ilyasah Shabazz, Renée Watson, Betty Before X, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Mid-grd 10+ (middle grade novel about the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife – written by their daughter)

Steve Sheinkin, illus. Neil Swaab, Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler, Roaring Brook, Mid-grd (Mixed-Up history  series – historical figures go AWOL with humorous trips through time)

Steve Sheinkin, illus. Neil Swaab, Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean, Roaring Brook, Mid-grd (Mixed-Up history series – real historical figures go AWOL in humorous trips through time)

Tara Sim, Timekeeper 2: Chainbreaker, Sky Pony Press, YA (2nd book in trilogy set in an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers)

Geronimo Stilton, No Time to Lose (Geronimo Stilton Journey Through Time #5), Scholastic, Mid-grd (Geronimo & co. retrieve King Solomon’s ring & visit Napoleon, the Vikings & ancient Cretans)

Jordan Stratford, illus. Kelly Murphy, The Case of the Perilous Palace (Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 4), Knopf Books for YR, Mid-grd (conclusion of history-mystery-science series)

Cidney Swanson, A Sword in Time (The Thief in Time Series 3), Williams Press, YA (DaVinci & Quintus accidentally travel together to ancient Rome – sequel to A Flight in Time)

April White, An Urchin of Means (The Baker Street Series Vol 1), Corazon Ent, YA (encounter with 10-yr-old pickpocket draws Ringo back into the shadows of his criminal past)

Kay Winters, illus. Larry Day, Voices From the Underground Railroad, Dial Books for YR, Pic 7+ (1850s story of two young runaway slaves and those who helped and hindered them)

C.V. Wyk, Blood and Sand, Tor Teen, YA (legendary Spartacus is recast as a fierce female warrior during Republic of Rome’s relentless march to create an empire)

February 2018

Sheila Burnford, illus. Carl Burger, The Incredible Journey (c1960), Yearling, Mid-grd (a Labrador, a bull terrier and a Siamese cat journey through the Canadian Wilderness)

Gwendolyn Clare, Ink, Iron and Glass, Macmillan, YA (alternate 19th-c Italy―Elsa joins secret society of pazzerellones―young people gifted in mechanics, alchemy or scriptology)

J Anderson Coats, The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming, Atheneum Books for YR, Mid-grd 10+ (Jane finds that life out West isn’t quite what she expected – post Civil War era)

Susan Coolidge, What Katy Did Next: Virago Modern Classics, Little, Brown/Virago, Mid-grd (adventures of a Victorian girl invited by friends to go on a year-long trip around Europe)

Jane Cutler, Susie Q Fights Back, Holiday House, Chap (10-year-old Susan Marcus discovers prejudice in her own back yard & makes a small but courageous stand in this historical novel set in 194)

L. M. Elliott, Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship, Katherine Tegen, YA (Peggy puts herself in harm’s way to protect people she loves when Alexander asks for Peggy’s help in wooing her sister, Eliza)

Candace Fleming, illus. Gérard Dubois, The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell: Based on the Childhood of a Great American Artist, Schwartz & Wade, Pic

Candace Fleming, illus. Eric Rohmann, Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen, Schwartz & Wade, Mid-grd (a novel about a canine movie star of the 1920s)

Kim Foster, Game of Secrets, Sky Pony Press, YA (born with special abilities which society fears, Felicity is sent to a school funded by Queen Victoria to train selected assassins in service to the crown)

Michael Grant, Purple Hearts: Front Lines 3, Egmont UK, YA (1944 – conclusion to the Front Lines series)

Janet Halfmann, illus. London Ladd, Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School, Lee & Low, Pic (Mississippi mid 1800s where it was illegal for enslaved people to learn to read and write)

Julia Jarman, The Time-Travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure, Andersen Press (RHUK), Mid-grd (a transporting fantasy exploring both contemporary and ancient issues)
Also: The Time-Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess (Feb 18); The Time Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink (Feb 18); The Time-Travelling Cat and the Viking Terror (Mar 18)

Lita Judge, Mary’s Monster, Wren & Rook, YA (creative genius? ….inventor of science fiction? ….pregnant teenage runaway? ―who was the real Mary Shelley?)

Alisa Kwitney, Cadaver & Queen, Harlequin Teen, YA (reimagining Frankenstein using familiar characters in a historical thriller packed with weird science, political suspense & steamy romance)

E. Latimer, The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray, Tundra Books, Mid-grd (Lemony Snicket meets Oscar Wilde & Edgar Allan Poe in this novel inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Quinn Loftis, The Viking’s Chosen, Clean Teen, YA (the worlds of a Viking raider and an English princess collide in this action adventure historical)

Kyo Maclear, illus. Julie Morstad, Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Tundra Books, Pic  (by the 1930s Elsa Schiaparelli had captivated the fashion world in Paris & dared to be different)

Brad McLelland, Louis Sylvester, Legends of the Lost Causes, Henry Holt, YA (1855 – extensively researched story, particularly with regard to local Native American traditions and mythology)

Miriam McNamara, The Unbinding of Mary Reade, Sky Pony, YA (as a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s safety depends on her ability to disguise herself as a man)

Catherine Gilbert Murdock, The Book of Boy, Greenwillow, Mid-grd (a young outcast is swept into a medieval treasure hunt for seven precious relics of Saint Peter)

Donna Jo Napoli, Hunger: A Tale of Courage, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, YA (1846 Ireland – Irish potato famine seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Lorraine)

E Nesbit, The Story of the Amulet: Virago Modern Classics, Little, Brown/Virago, Mid-grd (the children visit Egypt, Atlantis and Babylon in their quest, and even meet Julius Caesar)

Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians! , Walker, Mid-grd (3rd title in this humorous historical series for young readers)

Annette Bay Pimentel, illus. Micha Archer, Girl Running, Nancy Paulsen, Pic (story of the first female to run the Boston Marathon in 1966)

Whitney Sanderson, illus. Ruth Sanderson, Horse Diaries #15: Lily, Random House (BfYR), Mid-grd (meet Lily, a strawberry roan Welsh pony in South Wales, 1939)

Deborah Schaumberg, The Tombs, HarperTeen, YA (a debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn)

Vesper Stamper, What the Night Sings, Knopf Books for YR, YA (illustrated novel about a teen Holocaust survivor who comes to terms with who she is and how to rebuild her life)

Lauren Tarshis, I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 (I Survived #16), Scholastic,
Mid-grd (Schoolhouse Blizzard resulted in 235 deaths including several children in a one-room schoolhouse)

John Owen Theobald, A Kingdom Falls, Head of Zeus, YA (London 1944: Anna commandeers a Spitfire & leads a crew of pilots to intercept the deadly rockets)

Valerie Tripp, illus. Juliana Kolesova, Molly: A Winning Spirit (1944), American Girl, Mid-grd (shows how Americans on the home front pitched in during WWII)
Also: Molly: Stars, Stripes and Surprises and Molly: Chances and Changes

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illus. Anna Rich, Blacksmith’s Song, Peachtree, Pic 6+ (a blacksmith’s son learns his father is using the rhythm of his hammering to communicate with travelers on the Underground Railroad)

Dr. Ruth K Westheimer, Pierre Lehu, illus. Mark Simmons, Roller Coaster Grandma, Apples & Honey, Mid-grd (graphic novel tells story of Dr Ruth’s life escape from Nazis at age 10)

March 2018

Julia Alvarez, Before We Were Free, Ember, YA (Dominican Republic 1960s― Anita uses her strength & courage to overcome her fears and fly to freedom, leaving everything familiar behind)

Shane Arbuthnott, Terra Nova, Orca, Mid-grd 10+ (steampunk mix of historical and science fiction―a world with a smooth combination of technology and magic. Sequel to Dominion)

Aunt Claire, Jessie Graham Flower, A.M., Grace Harlowe’s Sophomore Year at High School (or The Record of the Girl Chums in Work & Athletics), Laboratory Books, Mid-grd (lots of historical content for young readers about high school , sports & how they were different for boys & girls)

Aunt Claire, Margaret Burnham, The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship, Laboratory Books, Mid-grd (a tale of adventure and friendship revealing a piece of history. (c1911))

Rebecca Behrens, The Last Grand Adventure, Aladdin, Mid-grd (12-yr-old Bea goes on a unique road trip in 1967 in search of her grandmother’s long-missing sister ‘Meelie’ Earhart)

Elise Broach, illus. Alice Ratterree, The Wolf Keepers, Square Fish, Mid-grd (high-stakes historical adventure in Yosemite National Park, involving the legend of John Muir)

Anne Bustard, Anywhere But Paradise, Carolrhoda Books, Mid-grd 10+ (1960―coming-of-age―12-yr-old Peggy Sue faces bullying when she moves from Texas to Hawaii)

Laurie Calkhoven, Judy, Prisoner of War (G. I. Dogs #1), Scholastic, Mid-grd (first in new series about famous 4-legged heroes involved in history’s biggest conflicts)

Anna Carey, Mollie on the March, O’Brien, Mid-grd 10+ (story of a strong and intelligent young girl fighting for the right for women to vote – 1918)

Emma Carroll, Strange Star, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Mid-grd 10+ (5 friends meet at Villa Diodati in June, 1918, & challenge each other to  tell a spine-tingling ghost story)

Brittany Cavallaro, The Case for Jamie, Katherine Tegen,YA (last in series after A Study in Charlotte & The Last of August―a renewal of Doyle’s Sherlock

Katrina Charman, Survival Tails: The Titanic, Little,Brown Books for YR, Mid-grd (first in new adventure series ― for readers who enjoy the ‘I Survived’ series)

Marilyn Cram-Donahue, When the Crickets Stopped Singing, Calkins Creek, Mid-grd 10+ (1939 – Messina, California – a story of a transformative summer in a young girl’s life)

Andrea Curtis, Big Water, Orca Book Publishers, YA (fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of SS Asia, in Georgian Bay, Canada, 1882)

Sandra Dallas, Hardscrabble, Sleeping Bear Press, Mid-grd (one family’s homesteading efforts in 1900s Colorado, told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl)

Philippa Gregory, Fred van Deelen, Dark Tracks (Order of Darkness #4), Simon Pulse, YA (Luca & Isolde continue investigating for the Order of Darkness – historical romance)

Alwyn Hamilton, Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands 3), Faber Childrens, YA (conclusion to the Arabian Nights series)

Ralph Hardy, Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog, HarperCollins, Mid-grd (tale of Odysseus told by Argos, who waits patiently in Ithaca for his master’s return)

Anne Holm, I Am David: Modern Classics, Egmont UK, Mid-grd (a story of self-discovery and survival against all odds, David’s escape from a concentration camp shows him a world he’s never seen)

Varian Johnson, The Parker Inheritance, Arthur A. Levine, Mid-grd (a mystery of a past wrong needs to be righted after Candice finds an old letter addressed to her grandmother; 1960s S Carolina)

Carrie Jones, illus. Gary Cherrington, The Spy Who Played Baseball, Kar-Ben, Pic (baseball player Moe Berg is a spy for the US government in World War II)

Kathy Kacer, The Sound of Freedom, Annick Press, Mid-grd (1936 – story based on real events in pre-war Poland and Palestine, against the ominous background of impending holocaust & Arab-Israeli war)

Jane Kerr, The Elephant Thief, Chicken House, Mid-grd (based on real events―a boy befriends a famous elephant during a race against time and villains)

Matt Killeen, Orphan, Monster, Spy, Viking Books for Young Readers, YA (a Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this WWII novel)

Lorie Langdon, Olivia Twist, Blink/HarperCollins,YA (Olivia is forced to live as a boy until she is rescued from the streets and now, at 18, she is now at a crossroads in her life)

Diane Magras, The Mad Wolf’s Daughter, Kathy Dawson, Mid-grd (Scottish medieval adventure about a girl who must free her family from a castle prison)

Joy McCullough, Blood Water Paint, Dutton Books for Young Readers, YA (debut based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi)

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. R. Gregory Christie, No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, Carolrhoda Lab, YA (story of an extraordinary literary pioneer of the Civil Rights era)

Roxanne Orgill, Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston and Launched a Revolution, Candlewick, Mid-grd 10+ (summer 1775- a Revolutionary War story often overlooked)

Melissa Ostrom, The Beloved Wild, Feiwel & Friends, YA (American epic/adventure set in New Hampshire 1807)

Anne Renaud, illus. Richard Rudnicki, Fania’s Heart, Second Story, Mid-grd (10-yr-old Sorale finds a tiny birthday card crafted by her mother in Auschwitz)

Caroline Tung Richmond, Live in Infamy (A Companion to The Only Thing to Fear), Scholastic, YA (an alternate history where genetically engineered super soldiers won WWII)

Angie Smibert, Bone’s Gift (Ghosts of Ordinary Objects), Boyds Mills, YA (supernatural historical mystery set in Virginia in 1942)

Jessica Spotswood, various, The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2), Candlewick Press, YA (an anthology of revolution & resistance by a sisterhood of YA writers)

Katherena Vermette, illus. Scott B. Henderson, Pemmican Wars (A Girl Called Echo, Vol. 1), Highwater Press, YA (graphic format time-travel adventure with a young Métis girl)

Ronald Welch, The Road to Waterloo (Book 14), Slightly Foxed, Mid-grd (although not officially part of the Carey series, this novella fills a significant gap in the family story)

Jaqueline Wilson, Wave Me Goodbye, Doubleday Childrens, Mid-grd (1939: as WW II begins, 10-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates)

Alex Woolf, The Dark Forest (Book 2), Scribo, Mid-grd (1603 – Tom Cavendish must foil a Catholic plot against James I, involving the abduction of William Shakespeare)

Lucy Worsley, Maid of the King’s Court, Candlewick, YA (treachery and tragedy and adventure in the court of Henry VIII)

Jane Yolen, Mapping the Bones, Philomel, YA (1942 Poland – twins face illness and brutality at the hands of a cruel doctor during WW II)

April 2018

Felice Arena, Fearless Frederic, Penguin Australia, Mid-grd (a story of friendship & adventure. Follow-up to The Boy and the Spy)

Dennis Abrams, I Was Cleopatra, Groundwood, YA (13-yr-old John Rice leaves his family to join King’s Men theatre troupe as apprentice boy actor playing womens’ roles)

Cindy Anstey, Suitors and Sabotage, Swoon Reads, YA (romance set in Regency-era London. Sequel to Duels & Deception)

Emma Berquist, Devils Unto Dust, Greenwillow,YA (an alternate history set in the Old West)

Joseph Bruchac, illus. Liz Amini-Holmes, Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code, Albert Whitman, Pic 7+ (historical story of a Navajo soldier who helped with code breaking in WWII)

Nicole Castroman,  Blacksouls, Simon Pulse, YA (sequel to Blackhearts – the reimagining of the original story of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard)

Melissa de la Cruz, Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story 2, YA (1780, Albany, NY – the romance continues in the sequel to Alex & Eliza: A Love Story)

Dan Gutman,  Flashback Four #3: The Pompeii Disaster, HarperCollins, Mid-grd (the four travel back in time to photograph the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79)

Yasmin Hamid, Swimming on the Lawn, Fremantle Press, YA (life in 1960s rural Sudan seen through the eyes of Farida, before and after a military coup that changes everything)

Marcia Pierce Harding, Secrets of Sable Island, Nimbus Publishing, Mid-grd (pre-Confederation Canada – 14-yr-old Caleb washes up on Sable Island after a vicious storm at sea)

Alison Hart, illus. Michael G. Montgomery,  Murphy, Gold Rush Dog, Peachtree, Mid-grd (action adventure story of a dog during gold-rush-era Alaska)

Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust, Scholastic Paperbacks, Mid-grd (in a series of poems, 15-yr-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years)

Rowena House, The Goose Road, Walker UK, YA (debut novel about one girl’s remarkable journey across France during WWII – 1916)

Shirley Hughes, Ruby in the Ruins, Candlewick, Pic 6+ (a tale of unconditional love as a family heal themselves in postwar London)

Justine Ireland, Dread Nation, Balzer + Bray, YA (meditation on race in America wrapped in alternate history adventure where Confederate & Union soldiers rise from dead at the end of the Civil War)

Kirby Larson, Code Word Courage (Dogs of World War II), Scholastic, Mid-grd (a story of friendship, love & courage with the contributions of the Navajo Code-Talkers during WW II)

Jessica Leake, Beyond a Darkened Shore, HarperTeen, YA (debut romantic historical fantasy set in war- ravaged ancient Éirinn (Ireland))

Lesley Livingston, The Defiant (The Valiant #2), Razorbill, YA (sequel to The Valiant– Fallon & her warrior sisters are thrust into vicious conflict with rival gladiator academy)

Patricia Lyfoung, Scarlet Rose vol. 2: “I Want You to Love Me”, Charmz, Mid-grd 10+ (heroine travels from Versailles to Venice in search of justice. Medieval. Graphic format)

Patricia Lyfoung, Scarlet Rose #3: “I’ll Go Where You Go”, Charmz, Mid-grd 10+ (this volume finds our heroine traveling from Versailles to Venice- graphic format)

John Matthews, The Sword of Ice and Fire, Greystone Press, Mid-grd 10+ (an Arthur story; this is the first of a quartet of books under the title Red Dragon Rising)

Anne Nesbet, The Orphan Band of Springdale, Candlewick, Mid-grd (1941 – 11-yr-old Gusta is sent from NYC to Maine where she discovers small-town prejudices and a family secret)

Sheila O’Connor, Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for YR, Mid-grd (set against backdrop of Vietnam War, one young girl is determined to save her brother from the draft)

Katherine Paterson, My Brigadista Year, Walker UK, Mid-grd 10+ (set in 1960s during Castro’s Literacy campaign in impoverished Cuba)

Cindy Rankin, Under the Ashes, Albert Whitman, Mid-grd (San Francisco 1906- 11-yr-old Elizabeth is separated from her guardian aunt during the earthquake)

Jewell Parker Rhodes, Ghost Boys, Little,Brown for YR, Mid-grd (contemporary 12-yr-old shot by police meets ghost of 14-yr-old Emmet Till, lynched in 1955 – novel deals with historical systemic racism)

Katherine Roberts, Bone Music: The Legend of Ghenghis Khan, Greystones Press, YA(guided by a prophecy that says the wolf will lie with the deer and create a new nation, a boy rides across the steppe seeking a bride)

Mairghread Scott, illus. Robin Robinson, The City on the Other Side, First Second,
Mid-grd (war wages between 2 fairy kingdoms; San Francisco, 1906: Graphic format)

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, The War Below, Scholastic Press, Mid-grd (a boy joins the underground Ukranian resistance in the fight against Hitler (sequel to Making Bombs for Hitler)

Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton #20―Saving Liberty, Papercutz, Mid-grd(1844-pirate cats sabotage precious cargo shipped from France to the USA ― Statue of Liberty)

Sarah L. Thomson, The Ring of Honor (Secrets of the Seven), BloomsburyUSA Childrens,
Mid-grd (3rd adventure dives into history behind Founding Fathers and our country’s natural wonders)

Sarah L. Thomson, The Eagle’s Quill (Secrets of the Seven), Bloomsbury USA Childrens,
Mid-grd (searching for Thomas Jefferson’s Eagle’s Quill at a Montana Ranch)

Susan Verrico, Privateer’s Apprentice, Peachtree, Mid-grd (a boy is kidnapped & awakes aboard the Destiny, captained by a privateer in the service of Queen Anne)

Janet Wees, When We Were Shadows, Second Story, Mid-grd (Walter and his family stay one step ahead of the Nazis, hiding to save their lives. Based on a true story)

N. D. Wilson, Outlaws of Time #3: The Last of the Lost Boys, Katherine Tegen, Mid-grd (conclusion to the time-traveling adventure series)

Pnina Bat Zvi, Margie Wolfe, illus. Isabelle Cardinal, The Promise, Second Story, Pic 8+ (story of 2 brave sisters whose promise to always stay together helps them survive Auschwitz)

Lucy Worsley, Lady Mary, Bloomsbury, YA (Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon’s divorce seen through the eyes of their daughter, the Lady Mary Tudor)

May 2018

Daniel Acosta, Iron River, Cinco Puntos Press, Mid-grd (1958 San Gabriel Valley – nothing stops the iron river (Southern Pacific) & nothing stops the cops trying to pin a murder on 4 young boys)

B. E. Beck, Who Are You, Trudy Herman?, SWP, YA ( in 1943, Trudy’s childhood drastically changes when her family is sent to a German-American Internment Camp in Texas)

Robert Beatty, Willa of the Wood, Disney Hyperion, Mid-grd, (Great Smoky Mountains, 1900. An orphaned 12-year-old forest girl and a mix of history, mystery and magic)

Diane Byington, Who She Is, Red Adept Publishing, YA (fall 1967, Faye Smith’s family moves to Florida. After a school bully tries to run her down with his car, a strange memory surfaces & she’ll need to figure out what her parents are hiding)

Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Throws Me a Curve, Wendy Lamb Books, Mid-grd (4th book in the Al Capone Alcatraz series about the son of a prison guard – 1930s)

Chris Crowe, Death Coming Up the Hill, HMH Books for Young Readers, YA (portrays the momentous events of 1968 through the eyes of a perceptive 17-year-old boy)

Kenneth C Davis, More Deadly Than War, Henry Holt BfYR, Mid-grd 10+ (a story of the Spanish influenza pandemic when it swept the world in 1918)

Margarita Engle, illus. Rudy Gutierrez, Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots, Atheneum Books for YR, YA (novel in verse about the riots of 1943)

Cary Fagan, The Hollow Under the Tree, Groundwood Books, Mid-grd (when a circus train derails in Toronto in 1925, a lion escapes and finds shelter in High Park)

Candace Fleming & various, Fatal Throne; The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All, Schwartz & Wade, YA (seven authors collaborate to tell the stories of Henry’s six wives)

Andre Frattino, A Land Remembered: A Graphic Novel, Pineapple Press, Mid-grd (covers 3 generations of the MacIvey family in the Florida Frontier from 1850 to 1960)

Stuart Gibbs, The Last Musketeer, HarperCollins, Mid-grd (adventure series reimagining The Musketeers of classic literature, complete with time travel, sword fighting and intrigue)

Jacqueline Halsey, Piper, Nimbus Publishing, Mid-grd (1773; story of the brigantine that brought the first Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia)

Caroline Misner, The Spoon Asylum, Thistledown Press, YA (summer 1933- young boy seeks work in northern Ontario town – a story of jazz, racism and the importance of having dreams)

Michael Morpurgo, illus. Michael Foreman, Arthur, High King of Britain, Palazzo Editions,
Mid-grd (a boy awakens in a grand hall with legendary King Arthur who tells the boy his stories of chivalry and heroism)

Michael Morpurgo, illus. Barroux, In the Mouth of the Wolf, Egmont UK, Mid-grd (one soldier, one spy: two brothers go to war ― a true story)

Tim J Myers, illus. Justin Wong, Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates, Westwinds Press, Pic (inspired by the 1863 Egg War and the mad rush for murre eggs on the Farallon Islands)

Daniel Presley, Claire Polders, A Whale in Paris, Atheneum Books for YR, Mid-grd 10+ (a heroic girl befriends a small whale during WW II & they journey together to liberate France)

Jordan Quinn, illus. Robert McPhillips, The Thirteenth Knight, Little Simon, Pic (a magical mediaeval kingdom where young readers can learn about knights, bravery, valour and wisdom)

Ransom Riggs, Tales of the Peculiar: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Book 4, Dutton BfYR, YA (adventure continues in this peculiar world set against the landscapes of American history)

Laura Ruby, York: The Clockwork Ghost, Walden Pond, Mid-grd (1798 New York City – epic alternate history follow-up to York: The Shadow Cipher)

Jo Schaffer, Stanley & Hazel, Month9Books, YA (historical mystery set in St. Louis in 1934)

Boston Teran, A Child Went Forth, High Top Publishing, YA, (13- yr-old Charlie Griffin carries money from Brooklyn to Missouri to give it to the abolitionist leaders there. 1855)

Nancy Vo, The Outlaw, Groundwood Books, Pic 6+ (story set in 19th-c Old West)

June 2018

Caroline Arden, The High Climber of Dark Water Bay, Turner, Mid-grd 10+ (with stock market crash Lizzie’s father takes his life & she is offered employment as a governess in a wilderness logging camp)

Avi, The Button War: A Tale of the Great War, Candlewick, Mid-grd 10+ (a fierce account of the boys of one war-torn village determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that spins out of control)

Lauren Baratz-Logsted, I Love You, Michael Collins, Square Fish, Mid-grd (1969 – a girl writes letters to her favourite astronaut as America prepares for the moon landing)

Helaine Becker, illus. Dow Phumiruk, Counting on Katherine, Henry Holt BfYR, Pic (story of the first African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race)

Jan Coates, illus Marijke Simons, A Halifax Time-Travelling Tune, Pic (a young child travels back in time to 1950s Halifax, Canada)

W. H. Doyle, Bill Doyle, Tudor Rose, Month9Books, YA (16th-c England; teenage friends find themselves at the Queen’s court with the hope of being named ladies-in-waiting)

Andy Elkerton, The World to the West (Viking Adventures), Franklin Watts, Chap (Oolaf the boy hero goes on more adventures in the Viking World)

Sandra Gulland, The Game of Hope, Viking, YA (Paris, 1798 –for Napoleon’s step-daughter nothing is simple – especially love)

Glyn Harper, illus. Jenny Cooper, My Grandfather’s War, EK Books, Pic 6+ (celebrating 50th anniversary of Battle of Khe Sanh―story of Vietnam veteran & his granddaughter)

A. J. Hartley, Guardian: Steeplejack Book 3, Tor Teen, YA (3rd installment of adventure set in 19th-c South African fantasy world)

Marian Hoefnagel, Fleeing from Saint Petersburg, ReadZone Books, Mid-grd (WW I Russia – first in a series that mixes a fictional story with historical facts to explore being a teenager in different eras)

Ann Hood, She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah), Penguin YR, Mid-grd 10+ (a group of teens travel to see the Beatles on their final world tour in 1966)

William Joyce (author & illus), Buddy: Based on the True Story of Gertrude Lintz, Atheneum Books for YR, Pic (Gertrude Lintz was the most famous dog breeder of 1930s)

Trilby Kent, Stones For My Father, Tundra Books, YA (literary fiction set in South Africa during the Boer War follows a girl’s struggle to survive in a British concentration camp)

Barbara Lowell, Alexander Hamilton: American Hero, Penguin YR, ER (Easy Reader Level 4 story will teach children about the great American hero)

Patricia Lyfoung, Scarlet Rose #3 “I Think I Love You”, Charmz, Mid-grd 10+ (graphic novel format – humorous historical adventure with a feisty female lead)

Adam Mansbach, illus. Alan Zweibel, Benjamin Franklin: You’ve Got Mail, Disney-Hyperion, Mid-grd 10+ (Ike travels back in time to help avoid an epic history-destroying disaster)

Amanda McCrina, Blood Oath, Month9Books, LLC, YA (set in fantasy Roman Empire, a young commander is tested as to his willingness to serve an empire he no longer believes in)

Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Sawdust in His Shoes, Plough Publishing, Mid-grd (coming-of-age from the heyday of the three-ring circus)

Marcus Sutter, illus. Pat Kinsella, Soldier Dogs #1: Air Raid Search and Rescue, Harper Festival, Mid-grd (an army dog & an American boy survive the Baedeker Blitz – inspired by WW II military dogs)

Piers Torday, The Magician’s Library, Quercus, Mid-grd 10+ (1945― 4 children have survived the Blitz, but when they step through a magical library door, they walk into a kingdom of adventure & danger)

Jan Von Schleh, But Not Forever: A Novel, SparkPress, YA (2 identical 15-yr-old girls, one from 2015 and one from 1895 are switched in time during a fierce storm)

July 2018

Megan E. Bryant, The Tiny Geniuses #1: Fly to the Rescue, Scholastic Paperbacks, Chap (toy versions of famous historical figures come to life to help a boy with his homework)

Andy Elkerton, Oolaf and the Golden Book (Viking Adventures), Franklin Watts, Chap (bold and daring adventures of a boy hero in the world of Vikings)

Andy Elkerton, Bitra and the Witch (Viking Adventures), Franklin Watts,  Chap (bold and daring adventures of a boy hero in the world of Viking)

Erin S Evan, The Pirates of Montana, Inkshares, YA (in Montana Badlands a 15-yr-old aspiring paleontologist learns to find, unearth and prepare dinosaur specimens)

Anna Godbersen, The Luxe: A Luxe Novel 1, HarperTeen, YA (Manhattan 1899 ― Nestled in their Gramercy Park mansion the Holland sisters stand at the pinnacle of high society)

Anna Godbersen, Envy: A Luxe Novel 2, HarperTeen, YA (Manhattan 1899 ― a tale of catty girls, dark secrets and windswept romance in a novel of 19th-c socialite families)

Anna Godbersen, Rumors: A Luxe Novel 3, HarperTeen, YA (Gossip Girl in the Gilded Age – the series continues)

Anna Godbersen, Splendor: A Luxe Novel 4, HarperTeen, YA (conclusion to Luxe series where old ties are broken, fresh bonds formed and every decision comes at a cost)

Sarah Jane, Maiden Voyage: A Novel of the Titanic, Scholastic Press, Mid-grd (a story of secrets, adventure and sisterhood aboard the Titanic)

Lisa Jensen, Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge, Candlewick, YA 15+ (serving girl who loves Beast tries to stop Beauty from breaking spell that will turn him back into the Prince. 17th-c France)

Andrew Lane, Night of Terror, Adaptive Books, Mid-grd (3rd in trilogy – Crusoe and Friday take to the high seas to head off war in Europe and save their friend Daniel Defoe)

Iain Martin, In Harm’s Way JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT 109, Scholastic Press, Mid-grd (after PT 109 was rammed On August 2, 1943 a young JFK fought to save his surviving crew members who found themselves adrift in enemy waters)

Janina Ramirez, Riddle of the Runes, Oxford Univ., Mid-grd (in the Viking town of Kilsgard, young shield maiden, Alva, & her sniffer wolf, Fen, follow a series of clues to unravel the many mysteries that seem to occur there on a regular basis)

Sally Rippin, The Lina Stories: 4 Books in One, Penguin Random House Australia, Mid-grd(1956 Melbourne – four stories about a girl finding a place to belong)

Allison Rushby, The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery, Candlewick, Mid-grd (a ghostly fantasy set during World War II where even the ghosts aren’t safe)

Lila Quintero Weaver, My Year in the Middle, Candlewick, Mid-grd (in a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu’s talent for running track makes her a new best friend)

Kiersten White, Bright We Burn (And I Darken Book 3), Delacorte Press, YA (15th –c Transylvannia & Wallachia – conclusion to 3 book series)

August 2018

Linda Bailey, illus. Julie Sarda, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, Tundra, Pic (illustrated history of the woman who wrote one of the world’s most famous horror stories)

Teri Bailey Black, Girl at the Grave, Tor Teen, YA (atmospheric Gothic tale of murder and romance in 1850s New England)

Emma Carroll, Secrets of the Sun King, Faber & Faber, Mid-grd (a London 1922 story interwoven with chronicle of Tutankhamun’s life)

Tony Cliff, Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules, First Second, YA (globe-trotting Delilah is back in another historical adventure in the 3rd volume of the series – graphic novel format)

Betsy Cornwell, The Forest Queen, HMH Clarion, YA (a re-telling of the classic tale of Robin Hood with a female lead)

Lindsay Currie, The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street, Aladdin, Mid-grd (a girl unravels a century-old-mystery after moving into a haunted house)

Alice Faye Duncan, illus. R. Gregory Christie, Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop, Calkins Creek, Pic (historical fiction picture book presents story of 9-yr-old Lorraine Jackson who witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike in 1968)

Jennifer Elvgren, illus. Daniela Stamatiadi, The Edelweiss Pirates, Kar-Ben, Pic (Albert joins a secret group of young people who defy the Hitler Youth and work against Nazis)

Brian Gallagher, Spies: Ireland’s War of Independence, O’Brien Press, YA (3 friends must decide where their loyalties lie)

Krystyna Poray Goddu, illus. Cosei Kawa, An Unlikely Ballerina, Kar-Ben, Pic (true story of Alicia Markova who overcame physical handicap to perform as world famous ballerina)

Robert J. Harris, The Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries 1: The Grave Digger’s Club, Kelpies, Mid-grd (detective story in 19th-c Edinburgh starring 12-yr-old Arthur Conan Doyle)

Robert J. Harris, The Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries 2: The Vanishing Dragon, Kelpies, Mid-grd (19th-c Edinburgh ― 12-yr-old Arthur & friend Ham are hired to investigate a series of suspicious accidents)

James Hartley, Cold fire, Shakespeare’s Moon Act II, James Hartley, Lodestone, YA (a group of teenagers becomes involved in the tale of Romeo and Juliet. Meanwhile, 400 years earlier, a young teacher from Stratford Upon Avon arrives at the school. His name is Will…)

Sonya Hartnett, illus. Andrea Offermann, The Midnight Zoo, Candlewick, Mid-grd 10+ (a magical fable about war, redemption & what it means to be free―set in a Romany encampment during WWII)

Audrey Mackaman, Cavall in Camelot, HarperCollins, Mid-grd (fantasy adventure told from pov of King Arthur’s favourite dog)

Wendy Mass, illus. Oriol Vidal, Stealing the Sword: Time Jumpers #1 (A Branches Book), Chap (time-travel series aimed at newly independent readers. Historical content, fast-paced plots)

Carol Matas, Daniel’s Story, (c.1933), Scholastic Canada, Mid-grd (Daniel’s family face the dangers threatening all Jews in Hitler’s Germany in the late 1930s)

Pam McGaffin, The Leaving Year, SparkPress, YA (daughter of a fisherman, presumed drowned in 1967, searches for answers as to whether he is really dead)

Michael Morpurgo (compiled by), War: Stories of Conflict, Pan Macmillan, Mid-grd (the drama, the cruelty, the courage and the consequences of war feature in this collection)

Jennifer A. Nielsen, Resistance, Scholastic Press, Mid-grd (story of a Jewish girl’s courageous efforts to resist the Nazis in Nazi-occupied Poland)

Mary Pope Osborne, illus. AG Ford, Magic Treehouse #30: Hurricane Heroes in Texas, RHBfYR, Chap (Jack and Annie are whisked back to Galveston, Texas, 1900)

William Ritter, The Dire King (Jackaby Book 3), Algonquin Young Readers, YA (conclusion sends Sherlockian detective of supernatural into heart of war between magical worlds)

Judith Rossell, Wormwood Mire, Atheneum Books for YR, Mid-grd (sequel to Withering-by-Sea: with her mother dead, 11-yr-old orphan Stella is sent to an old family home)

Janet B Taylor, Sparks of Light, HMH Books for Young Readers, YA (a girl from a long line of time-travelers journeys to 1895 NYC – sequel to Into the Dim)

Elinor Teele, The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee, Walden Pond, Mid-grd (a puzzle-filled romp set in Gold Rush-era New Zealand)

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, illus. Iacopo Bruno, The Story Collector, Henry Holt, Mid-grd (inspired by the life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, who was born and raised in the New York Public Library)

Vince Vawter, illus. Alessia Trunfio, Copyboy, Capstone Editions, YA (to scatter his mentor’s ashes, Victor ventures to mouth of the Mississippi as Hurricane Betsy bears down – 1965. Sequel to Paperboy)

September 2018

Lucy Adlington, The Red Ribbon, Candlewick, YA (shining a light on a little-known aspect of the Holocaust, a story of strength, survival and a friendship that can endure anything)

David Almond, illus. Levi Pinfold, The Dam, Candlewick Studio, Pic (inspired by a true story, a girl & her father play music to the abandoned houses after the Kielder Water dam floods the valley)

Alex Alice, Castle in the Stars: The Moon King, First Second, Mid-grd (2nd vol in graphic novel set in a world where space exploration began inn 1869 not 1969)

Jonathan Auxier, Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, Amulet, Mid-grd (an orphaned assistant chimney sweep creates a golem to keep her company – 19th-c England)

Gwenda Bond, Strange Alchemy, Switch Press, YA, (114 colonists vanished without trace from Roanoke in 1580s. Now it seems history is repeating itself)

Laurie Calkhoven, G.I. Dogs: Hero Pup of World War I, Scholastic Inc, Mid-grd (WW I – a stray pup is taken in by a group of US soldiers-in-training & becomes mascot of 102nd infantry)

Laurie Calkhoven, G.I. Dogs: Sergeant Stubby, Scholastic, Mid-grd (a stray pup is taken in by a group of American soldiers-in-training in WW I)

Crystal Chan, illus. Julie Choy, Manga Classics: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, UDON Entertainment, YA (graphic format novel)

Crystal Chan, illus. SunNeko Lee, Manga Classics: Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, UDON Entertainment, YA (graphic format novel)

Anne Dublin, A Cage Without Bars, Second Story Press, Mid-grd 10+ (1492 – Jewish boy survives using luck, wits and the hope of eventual freedom)

L.M. Elliott, Suspect Red, Disney Hyperion, Mid-grd 10+ (1953 – Cold War. US has just executed an American couple convicted of spying for the Soviet Union)

Sarah Ellis, Dodger Boy, Groundwood, Mid-grd 10+ (story of American draft dodger who comes to stay with a family in Vancouver, 1970)

Shauntay Grant, illus. Eva Campbell, Africville, Groundwood Books, Pic (reimagining of life in Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 1960s)

Daphne Greer, Finding Grace, Nimbus, YA (looks at the lives of girls from strict convents in the 1940s and 1970s)

Mary Downing Hahn, Girl in the Locked Room, Clarion, YA (ghost story about a girl imprisoned for more than a century and how she got there)

Christopher Healy, A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1: A Dastardly Plot, Walden Pond, Mid-grd (1883 – alternate history adventure set in New York during age of invention, spotlighting Edison and Bell)

Heidi Heilig, For a Muse of Fire, Greenwillow, YA (first in fantasy trilogy blending cultures of South Asia and colonial-era France, featuring a girl with power to bind dead souls)

John Hendrix, The Faithful Spy, Amulet, YA (presents the story of German Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer & his fight against the Nazi party)

Monica Hesse, The War Outside, Little,Brown BfYR, YA (a novel of conviction, friendship and betrayal in 1944 Colorado)

Susan Hood, Lifeboat, Simon & Schuster Books for YR, Mid-grd (the story of a boy’s harrowing experience on a lifeboat after surviving a torpedo attack during WW II ― based on true events)

Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Drive, Calkins Creek, Mid-grd 10+ (twins Ida and Ellie Honeycutt find themselves growing apart as they respond differently to their father’s post–World War II trauma)

Stacy King, illus: Po Tse, Manga Classics: Jane Austen’s Price and Prejudice, UDON Entertainment, YA (graphic format novel)

Stacy King, illus. Virginia Nitouhei, Manga Classics: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, UDON Entertainment, YA (graphic format novel)

Mackenzi Lee, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, Katherine Tegen, YA (sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

Deb Loughead, Bright Shining Moment, Second Story Press, Mid-grd (1942 – 12-yr-old girl realises there are moments in everyone’s life which counterbalance the sorrow)

Amy Lukavics, Nightingale, HarlequinTeen, YA (psychological horror story set in a 1951 insane asylum, about a teen girl who questions the reality she is experiencing)

Kerri Maniscalco, Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper 3), jimmy Patterson, YA (a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of madness when passengers are murdered one by one)

Tara Lynn Masih, My Real Name is Hanna, Mandel Vilar Press, YA 12+ (1941 – a young Jewish girl in 14 when Hitler’s soldiers arrive in her small village of Kwasova, Ukraine)

Eithne Massey, Tomi, O’Brien press, YA (a true story of heroism during the Holocaust – story seen through the eyes of a child)

Hilary McKay, Love to Everyone, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Mid-grd (story about a girl who is fighting for her independence during WW I)

Michael Morpurgo, illus. Michael Foreman, Robin of Sherwood, Palazzo Editions, Mid-grd (retelling of a classic story combines contemporary relevance with exciting adventure)

Daniel José Older, Dactyl Hill Squad, Arthur A Levine, Mid-grd (It’s 1863 and dinosaurs roam the streets of New York as the Civil War rages between raptor-mounted armies down South)

Mal Peet, Life: An Exploded Diagram, Candlewick, YA (an epic tale of young love set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis)

Mal Peet, Tamar, Candlewick, YA (a novel of love, jealousy and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror WWII)

Andrèe Poulin, illus. Fèlix Girard, That’s Not Hockey!, Annick Press, Pic (b.1929- d.1985, story of legendary hockey player who revolutionised the game of hockey)

Cherie Priest, Agony House, Arthur A Levine, YA (a girl uses an old comic book to unravel the mystery of a famous artist who disappeared in the 1950s)

Kevin Sands, Blackthorn Key 4: Call of the Wraith, Aladdin, Mid-grd (4th installment in adventure series set in London 1660s)

Gary D. Schmidt, illus. Daniel Minter, So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk to Freedom, Roaring Brook, Pic (illustrated story of the civil rights pioneer)

Shuky, Knights Club 1: The Bands of Bravery, Quirk Books, Mid-grd (new series of interactive graphic novels are a humorous, medieval-themed quest for bravery and glory – set in 1012 fantasy kingdom)

Shuky, Knights Club 2: The Message of Destiny, Quirk Books, Mid-grd (three brothers are trained as knights in an elite royal guard – interactive series for reluctant readers)

Liesl Shurtliff, Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key, Katherine Tegen, Mid-grd (1st in trilogy – 3 kids get on wrong subway train and wind up in adventures through time – set in 1911)

T.R. Simon, Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground, Candlewick, Mid-grd 10+ (fictionalized account of author Zora Neale Hurston’s (1891-1960) childhood adventures & the lingering effects of slavery)

Robin Stevens, Wells and Wong Mystery 5: Mistletoe and Murder, Simon & Schuster Books for YR, Mid-grd (Hazel and Daisy trade set out to save Christmas Day)

Lauren Tarshis, I Survived #17: The Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967, Scholastic, Mid-grd (in 1967 two grizzly bears attacked and killed two young women campers)

John Owen Theobald, A Kingdom Falls (Ravenmaster, Book III), Head of Zeus, YA (London, 1944 – commandeering a Spitfire, Anna leads a crew of fearless pilots to intercept Hitler’s deadly rockets)

R. L. Toalson, The Colours of the Rain, Yellow Jacket, Mid-grd (free-verse historical novel focused on a family dealing with loss during desegregation strife in Houston, TX, 1972)

Kiersten White, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Delacorte, YA (a reimagining of the classic tale told from POV of Victor Frankenstein’s adopted sister)

John Wilson, Xiaoming Yao, The Third Act, Orca, YA (multi-period novel for teens moves between the Nanjing Massacre of 1937 and the present day)

Faye-Lynn Wu, Mulan, The Legend of the Woman Warrior, HarperFestival, Pic (retelling of ‘The Ballad of Mulan” about a girl who disguises herself to join the army in her father’s place)

October 2018

Cindy Anstey, Carols and Chaos, Swoon Reads, YA (1817 ― a lady’s maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme in this Christmas YA adventure)

Gill Arbuthnott, illus. Darren Gate, A Secret Diary of the First World War, Floris Books, Mid-grd (1st in new series blends intriguing facts & fascinating fiction to bring Scottish history alive)

Cecile Aubry, trans: Gregory Norminton, illus. Helen Stephens, Belle & Sebastien: The Child of the Mountains, Alma Classics, Mid-grd (story of a boy who rescues neglected Pyrenean Mountain dog)

Avi, The Player King, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Mid-grd (fictionalised true story of Lambert Simnel who was plucked from the gutter to challenge Henry VII , King of England)

Bonnie Bader, American Girl: A Girl Named Helen, Scholastic, Mid-grd (story of Helen Keller)

Serena Blasco, Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess, IDW Publishing, YA 10+ (graphic novel mystery starring Sherlock Holmes’ resourceful younger sister)

Enid Blyton, St Clare’s Collection 1 (Books 1 – 3), Hachette Children’s, Mid-grd (mid-40s boarding school stories)
Also: St Clare’s Collection 2 (Books 4-6) and St Clare’s Collection 3 (Books 7-9)

Virginia Boecker, An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason, Little, Brown BfYR, YA (action-adventure story of star-crossed assassins in Elizabethan England)

Theresa Breslin, illus. Teresa Martinez, Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape from Loch Leven Castle, Floris Books, Mid-grd (story of the famous queen who divided a nation)

Joseph Bruchac, Two Roads, Dial Books, Mid-grd 10+ (1932 Depression-era story of a boy who discovers his Native American heritage)

Robert Burleigh, Night Train, Night Train, Charlesbridge, Pic (story of a boy’s travels as an overnight passenger on a train in the 1940s)

Ann O’Brien Carelli, Skylark and Wallcreeper, Yellow Jacket, YA (while helping her granny evacuate to a makeshift shelter during Superstorm Sandy, Lily uncovers secrets of her grandmother’s past as a member of the French Resistance during WWII).

Rae Carson, Into the Bright Unknown, Greenwillow Books, YA (conclusion to the ‘Gold Seer’ trilogy – historical fantasy set during the California Gold Rush)

Tim Champlin, Tom Sawyer’s Dark Plot, Five Star, YA (Tom concocts a scheme to fool the villagers into believing that Bigfoot-type monsters are migrating up the Mississippi River)

Becky Citra, Murder at the St. Alice, Coteau, YA (1908 ― 16-yr-old Charlotte O’Dell is forced to move away from her aunt in Victoria & work at the St. Alice Hotel to make enough money for school)

Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos, My Sweet Orange Tree, Candlewick, YA (tale of a gifted, mischievous, misunderstood boy growing up in a Rio de Janeiro shantytown)

Rita Feutl, Rescue in the Rockies, Coteau, Mid-grd (sequel to Rescue At Fort Edmonton―Janey travels back to 1883 & WWI to solve the mystery of her mysterious disappearances into time)

Susan Fletcher, Journey of the Pale Bear, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Mid-grd (a runaway boy befriends a polar bear sent as a gift by King of Norway to Henry III― mid 13th-c)

James Gladstone, illus. Christy Lundy, Earthrise, Owlkids, Pic (story of the Apollo 8 and the photo that changed the world – 1968)

Patricia Reilly Giff, Island War, Holiday House, Mid-grd (WWII tale of children surviving on their own on a remote Japanese-occupied island)

Anna Godbersen, When We Caught Fire, HarperTeen, YA (1871 – story of the love triangle that started Chicago’s infamous Great Fire)

Jacques Goldstyn, The Eleventh Hour, Owlkids Books, YA (a First World War story of friendship to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice)

Alan Gratz, Grenade, Scholastic Press, Mid-grd (1944, WW II action-adventure which looks at how courage and conscience can redeem us in the darkest of hours)

Ryan Graudin, Invictus, Little, Brown BfYR, YA (Farway Gaius McCarthy captains a time-travelling crew to steal valuables from the past)

James R. Hannibal, The Fourth Ruby, Simon & Schuster Books for YR, Mid-grd (sequel to The Lost Property Office―adventure through history with mysteries, secret codes & a touch of magic)

Joan Hiatt Harlow, Breaker Boy, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Mid-grd (1911 Pennsylvania Coal Country ― Corey has to face his fears when his father is trapped in a mine disaster)

Donna Hosie, The 48, Holiday House, YA (time-travelling twin assassins are sent to the Tudor court to stop the marriage of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour)

Nikki Katz, The Midnight Dance, Square Fish, YA (a ballerina falls in love with the kitchen boy at a mysterious boarding school ― Gothic historical romance)

Robin LaFevers, Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Bk 1), HMH Books for YR, YA (15th-c France/Brittany – fantasy with court intrigue, treason and a badass heroine)
Also: Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Bk 2) and Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Bk 3)

Emmy Laybourne, Beserker, Square Fish, YA (a Norse teen and her family are forced to flee to the American West to escape the effects of an ancestral Viking curse – paranormal romance)

Katherine Locke, The Spy with the Red Balloon, AW Teen, YA (in which two queer Jewish siblings fight the nuclear arms race with magic, during WWII)

Wendy Mass, illus. Oriol Vidal, Escape From Egypt: Time Jumpers #2 (A Branches Book), Chap (time-travel series aimed at newly independent readers. Historical content, fast-paced plots)

Lisa Maxwell, The Devil’s Thief, Simon Pulse, YA (time is running out for history, even for a time-traveling thief. Sequel to The Last Magician)

Margaret McNamara, illus. Esme Shapiro, Eliza, Schwartz & Wade, Pic (an illustrated story of the woman married to American Founding Father, Alex Hamilton)

Nadia Mike, illus. Lenny Lishchenko, What Was It Like Then?, Inhabit Education, Chap/ER (story for beginners about how different things are among northern peoples compared to when grandma was a child)

Alan Neal, illus. Amanda Sandland, Joannie and the Vikings, Inhabit Education, Chap/ER (time-travel back 1000 years introduces readers to the Vikings and ancient Northern history)

Garth Nix, Sean Williams, Have Sword, Will Travel, A & U Children, Mid-grd (when Odo and Eleanor stumble on an ancient sword outside their village, something very unexpected happens. Humorous fantasy for mid-graders)

Garth Nix, Sean Williams, Have Sword, Will Travel, # 2: Let Sleeping Dragons Lie, Scholastic, Mid-grd (humorous fantasy adventure based loosely on Arthurian legend)

Sean O’Neill (author & illus), Rocket Robinson and the Secret of the Saint, Dark Horse, Mid-grd 10+ (Paris 1933: Rocket & friends search for a rare medieval painting stolen from the Louvre)

Wendy Orr, Swallow’s Dance, Pajama Press, Mid-grd 10+ (a Bronze Age survival story on the island of Crete)

Ransom Riggs, A Map of Days, Puffin, Mid-grd (4th entry in the stories of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children)

Krista Russell, Chasing the Nightbird, Peachtree, Mid-grd (historical action adventure following a fugitive slave willing to risk everything for his freedom)

Manuela Santoni, Matteo Benassi, Jane Austen: Her Heart Did Whisper, Graphic Universe, YA (chronicles the youth and first love of the 18th –c author)

Nancy Springer, The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: Enola Holmes 2, A & U Children, YA (Enola Holmes might be the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, but she manages to outsmart him at every turn, solving thrilling mysteries in her very own way…)

Don Tate (author & illustrator), Poet, The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, Peachtree, Pic (illustrated biography of first southern African-American slave to be published)

Katherena Vermette, illus. Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk, A Girl Called Echo 2: Red River Resistance, Highwater Press, YA (Echo is transported through time to the banks of the Red River in summer of 1869. Graphic format)

Steve Watkins, On Blood Road, Scholastic Press, Mid-grd (survival novel of the Vietnam War where one boy is forced to confront the true cost of war, and what it really means to survive)

Laura E. Weymouth, The Light Between Worlds, HarperTeen, YA (told in dual POVs that alternate between the fantasy world and post-WW II England)

Katherine Woodfine, illus. Karl James Mountford, Peril In Paris (Taylor & Rose Secret Agents 1), Egmont UK, Mid-grd (its 1911 & the young detectives turn their talents to espionage)

November 2018

Libba Bray, Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners book 3), A & U Children, YA (the Diviners face ghosts in sequel to Lair of Dreams, set against backdrop of 1920s NYC and the mysterious mental hospital on Ward Island)

Skila Brown, To Stay Alive, Candlewick, Mid-grd 10+ (told in keenly observed poetry, as experienced by a young survivor of the Donner Party journey of 1846)

Julia Golding, Companions: Mines of the Minotaur, Oxford Univ, Mid-grd (set in a fantasy world where mythical creatures still exist & are hidden from the modern world by a secret society)
Also: Companions: The Chimera’s Curse

Benny Lindelauf, trans. John Nieuwenhuitzen, illus. Dasha Tolstikova, Fing’s War, Enchanted Lion, Mid-grd (a large, motherless family navigates the changes WWII visits upon their little town on the border of the Netherlands and Germany)

Chris Lynch, Unconventional Warfare (Special Forces #1), Scholastic Press, YA (first in new series―Vietnam War era adventure)

Patricia Lyfoung, Scarlet Rose #4: You Will Always Be Mine, Charmz, Mid-grd 10+ (historical adventure about a girl, her sword and her obsession with a highwayman – graphic format)

Yona Zeldis McDonough, Courageous, Scholastic Press, Mid-grd (a kid’s-eye view of the heroic events at Dunkirk)

Marcus Sutter, Soldier Dogs #2: Attack on Pearl Harbor, HarperFestival, Mid-grd (action adventure inspired by the stories of real dogs who served during WW II)

Jan Wahl, illus. Morgana Wallace, Hedy and her Amazing Invention, Penny Candy Books, Pic 7+ (story of famous Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr)

December 2018

Susan Campbell Bartoletti, The Boy Who Dared, Scholastic, Mid-grd (when 16-yr-old Helmut Hubner listens to BBC on an illegal short-wave radio, he discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he’s tried for treason)

Angela Cerrito, The Safest Lie, Holiday House, Mid-grd (story of a young girl smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto by Holocaust heroine Irena Sendler – 1940)

Katrina Charman, Survival Tails: Endurance in Antarctica, Little, Brown BfYR, Mid-grd (a group of sled dogs survive a perilous journey to Antarctica aboard Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’)

Mary Mapes Dodge, illus. Peter Bailey, The Silver Skates, Alma Classics, Mid-grd (classic story of a brother and sister who long to take part in the annual skating races on the frozen canal)

Kelly Gardiner, The Sultan’s Eyes, HarperCollins, YA (1648 – set in Venice and Constantinople. Sequel to Act of Faith)

Eva Howard, League of Archers: The Stolen Crown, Aladdin, YA (Ellie Dray and her League of Archers are keeping Robin Hood’s legacy alive by stealing from the rich to help the poor)

Julie Leung, illus. Lindsey Carr, Mice of the Round Table #3: Merlin’s Last Quest, HarperCollins, Mid-grd (Calib Christopher goes on a risky mission to save his best friend and the Holy Grail from those bent on conquering Camelot)


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