Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2022

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles for readers aged 4 – 18. Books are set in eras up to the early 1970s. Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard and Susan Firghil Park using publisher descriptions and recommended age suitability. This is a work in progress.

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See our guide to Forthcoming Children’s and YA Historical Novels for 2021 for the previous year’s releases. We also have a guide to Forthcoming Historical Novels for 2o22.

Last updated December 1, 2021

January 2022

Salima Alikhan, illus. Andrea Rossetto, Marika Marches for Equality, Stone Arch, Age 8-11 (a girl becomes involved with the Women’s Rights movement in 1970)

Salima Alikhan, illus. Jacqui Davis, Ollie Escapes the Great Chicago Fire, Stone Arch, Age 8-11 (an orphan in 1871 Chicago fights to escape with his sister and a young boy when fire breaks out)

Jeannine Atkins, Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science, Atheneum BfYR, Age 10+ (novel-in-verse recounting of the life of the pioneering Jewish woman physicist and her work during WWII)

Tracey Baptiste, illus. Tonya Engel, Because Claudette, Dial, Age 6-9 (picture book biography of the teen whose activism launched the Montgomery bus boycott)

Selene Castrovilla, illus. E.B. Lewis, Seeking Freedom, Calkins Creek, Age 7-10 (the story of Fortress Monroe and the end of slavery in America)

Dhonielle Clayton, Shattered Midnight, Disney-Hyperion, YA (an 18-year-old girl arrives in Jazz Age New Orleans, fleeing a curse of her own magic; Book 2 of The Mirror series)

Jennieke Cohen, My Fine Fellow, HarperTeen, YA (a gender-bent take on My Fair Lady set in 1830s England)

Alice Faye Duncan, illus. Charly Palmer, Evicted! The Struggle for the Right to Vote, Calkins Creek, Age 9-12 (fictional account of the little-known Tennessee’s Fayette County Tent City Movement in the late 1950s)

Jessica Gunderson, illus. Wendy Tan Shiau Wei, Audrey under the Big Top, Stone Arch, Age 8-12 (in 1944, a girl must protect herself and her sister when fire breaks out at the circus; Girls Survive series)

Leah Henderson, The Magic in Changing Your Stars, Sterling Children’s Books, Age 8-12 (journey back to 1939 Harlem in this time-travel adventure with an empowering message about believing in yourself and persevering)

June Hur, The Red Palace, Feiwel & Friends, YA (historical mystery set in Joseon (Korea), 1758)

Rachel Menard, Game of Strength and Storm, Flux, YA (with the aid of Castor & Pollux, two young women strive to accomplish a series of heroic, magical tasks to earn freedom for themselves and others)

Michael Morpurgo, illus. Benji Davies, The Puffin Keeper, Puffin Canada, Age 9-12 (a story of enduring friendship during and after WWII)

Jennifer A. Nielson, Words on Fire, Scholastic (Lithuania 1893 – story of a girl who discovers the strength of her people united in resisting oppression)

Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard, Oneworld, Age 8-12 (tale about finding belonging and beauty amidst hardship; set in 12th-century Korea)

Lesley Parr, When the War Came Home, Bloomsbury Children’s, Age 10+ (WWI has ended, but the aftermath lingers for a young girl in an English village)

Amy Raphael, The Ship of Cloud and Stars, Orion, Age 9+ (it’s 1832 and Nico Cloud desperately wants to be an explorer, so she stows away on a scientist’s ship)

Neal Shusterman, illus. Andrés Vera Martínez, Courage to Dream, Graphix, Age 10-14 (novel explores one of the greatest atrocities in modern memory, delving into the core of what it means to face the extinction of everything and everyone you hold dear)

Nikki Shannon Smith, illus. Markia Jenai, Lena and the Burning of Greenwood, Stone Arch, Age 8-12 (when racial tensions erupt into violence in 1920s Oklahoma, a girl and her family must flee for their lives; Girls Survive Series)

Lucy Strange, illus. Pam Smy, The Mermaid in the Millpond, Barrington-Stoke, Age 8-12 (in a 19th century English village a girl discovers a creature in the millpond)

Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illus. Yas Imamura, Love in the Library, Candlewick, Age 6-9 (picture book set in an internment camp where the United States cruelly detained Japanese Americans during WWII and based on true events)

Tamara Pizzol and Yolanda Gladden, illus. Keisha Morris, When the Schools Shut Down, HarperCollins, Age 4-8 (relating the untold experiences of an African American girl living in Farmville, Va., following the landmark civil rights case)

Charles Waters and Irene Latham, African Town, G.P. Putnam’s Sons BfYR, YA (novel in verse tells the story of the last Africans brought illegally as slaves to America in 1860)

Genzaburo Yoshino (trans. Bruno Navasky), How Do You Live?, Puffin Canada, Age 8-12 (story of a young man who, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars and uses his discoveries to answer the question of what kind of person he will grow up to be)

February 2022

Beth Anderson, illus. Susan Reagan, Revolutionary Prudence Wright, Calkins Creek, Age 7-10 (story of a real-life woman during the time of the American Revolutionary War who organized women to fight the British)

Avi, Loyalty, Clarion Books, Age 10-12 (story of a young Loyalist turned British spy navigating patriotism and personal responsibility during the lead-up to the War of Independence)

Livia Blackburne, Feather and Flame: The Queen’s Council #2, Disney-Hyperion, YA (continues the saga of Mulan in an Imperial-age China)

Samantha Cohoe, Bright Ruined Things, Wednesday Books, YA (a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Tempest, set on a magic-imbued island in a 1920s world)

Margarita Engle, Rima’s Rebellion, Atheneum BfYR, YA (in 1920s Cuba, a young woman falls in love while finding the courage to defend women’s voting)

Laura Gehl, illus. Timothy Banks, The Hiking Viking, Capstone, Age 4-7 (picture book story of a young Viking who prefers hiking to fighting)

Kate Hannigan, illus. Rebecca Gibbon, Nellie vs. Elizabeth: Two Daredevil Journalists’ Breakneck Race Around the World, Calkins Creek, Age 7-9 (real-life adventure story in picture book form)

J. M. Lee, The Nightland Express, Erewhon, YA (in antebellum America, two teens bury their secrets and join the historic Pony Express, and soon discover the mortal world is not the only one on the brink of war)

Amina Luqman-Dawson, Freewater, Little, Brown BfYR, Age 8-12 (two enslaved children in the Antebellum south escape from a plantation and journey towards freedom)

Carolyn Tara O’Neil, Daughters of a Dead Empire, Roaring Brook, YA (in a re-telling of the Anastasia story, two girls flee across 1918 Russia to escape the Bolsheviks)

Betsy R. Rosenthal, When Lightnin’ Struck, Kar-Ben, Age 9-13 (after his father’s death, a boy in 1928 Odessa, Texas struggles to uncover a family secret)

Alisha Sevigny, The Oracle of Avaris, Dundurn YR, Age 9-12 (third book in adventure series set in Ancient Egypt)

Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh (+illus.), Squire, Quill Tree, YA (historical fantasy in which a young knight in training has to choose between loyalties)

Joel Edward Stein, illus. Sara Ugolotti, Raquela’s Seder, Kar-Ben, Age 5-9 (in Inquisition-era Spain, a young girl longs to celebrate a Passover seder)

Gita Trelease, Everything That Burns, Flatiron, YA (in a revolutionary-era Paris where magic is outlawed, a young woman strives to understand her own dark magic. Enchantee #2)

Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem (trans. Kristen Gehrman), Ironhead, or Once a Young Lady, Levine Querido, YA (early 1800s – story of a fierce renegade and the silly men who try to bring her down)

Alex Wheatle, Kemosha of the Caribbean, Black Sheep, YA (in 1668, a young Jamaican girl, Kemosha, secures her freedom from enslavement and finds her true self while sailing to Panama with the legendary Captain Morgan)

March 2022

Ayesha Harruna Attah, The Deep Blue Between, Carolrhoda Lab, YA (after a raid on their West African village in 1892, twin sisters Hassana and Husseina are torn apart)

Alexis Castellanos, illus. Alexis Castellanos, Isla to Island, Atheneum BfYR, Age 10+ (a young girl in the 1950s struggles to adjust when she is sent from Cuba to Brooklyn; wordless graphic novel)

Béatrice Fontanel, illus. Vanessa Hié, The Lady and the Unicorn, Princeton Architectural, Age 8-12 (story with characters and scenes from the medieval Unicorn Tapestries)

Annelise Grey, Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track, Zephyr, Age 9+ (Dido is the only girl ever to have won victory at the Circus Maximus, but now the whole Empire wants to know her true identity)

L. M. Elliott, Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves, Katherine Tegen, Age 8-12 (captures life on the US home front during World War II)

Lizz Huerta, The Lost Dreamer, FSG BfYR, YA (fantasy inspired by ancient Mesoamerica)

Shana Keller, illus. Margeaux Lucas, The Peach Pit Parade, Sleeping Bear, Age 4-8 (during WWI a young girl finds an unusual way to help the war effort)

Cory McCarthy, illus. Ekua Holmes, Hope Is an Arrow, Candlewick, Age 6-9 (picture book story of poet Khalil Gibran)

David Barclay Moore, illus. John Holyfield, Carrimebac, the Town That Walked, Candlewick, Age 6-9 (story of how the freed Black citizens of Walkerton, Georgia learned to cope with ongoing racism after the Civil War)

Anne Nesbet, Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen, Candlewick, Age 8-12 (when a publicity stunt goes wrong, 12-yr-old Darleen, star of the silent film era, must defeat villains both on screen and off)

Jennifer A. Nielsen, Lines of Courage, Scholastic, Age 8-12 (weaves together the stories of five kids living through World War I, each of whom holds the key to the others’ futures)

Sonia Nimr (trans. M. Lynx Qualey), Thunderbird: Book One, Univ. Texas Press, Age 11-13 (a modern-day Palestinian girl must travel to different time periods to retrieve four sacred feathers. Historical fantasy)

Matt Phelan, The Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck, Greenwillow, Age 8-12 (middle-grade adventure full of secrets, hijinks, and reimagined historical events)

Jenni L. Walsh, Over and Out, Scholastic, Age 8-12 (story of a young girl from Cold War East Berlin forced to spy for the secret police… but who is determined to escape to freedom)

Nancy Werlin, Healer and Witch, Candlewick, Age 8-12 (Sylvie and her mother and grandmother are trusted healers in their medieval French village, though some whisper they deal in more than herbs and medicines)

Kip Wilson, The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin, Versify, YA (in 1930s Berlin, at the cusp of war, an orphaned teenager finds a job as a cabaret singer)

April 2022

Caroline Arnold, illus. Rachell Sumpter, Keeper of the Light: Juliet Fights the Fog, Cameron Books, Age 4-8 (picture book story of Juliet Nichols, lightkeeper on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay in the early 1900s)

Annette Leblanc Cate (+illus.), A Dragon Used to Live here, Candlewick, Age 7-10 (tongue-in-cheek story of a brother and sister in a medieval-style fantasy world complete with a castle and a dragon)

Dominique Conil (trans. Alison L. Strayer) No to Fear, Triangle Square, Age 10-14 (fictional story of the fearless, internationally recognized journalist who was assassinated for believing that ‘words can save lives’)

Melissa de la Cruz, Cinder & Glass, G. P. Putnam’s Sons BfYR, YA (a “Cinderella” retelling set in 17th-century Versailles)

Shea Fontana, ed. Rebecca Taylor, illus. Agness Garbowska, Kenzie’s Kingdom, Wonderbound, Age 9-11 (Kenzie must help a squire get back to the past in this time-traveling fantasy adventure! Graphic format)

Fawzia Gilani-Williams & Bridget Hodder, illus. Harshad Marathe, The Button Box, Kar Ben, Age 8-13 (Ava and Nadeem discover that a button that will take them back in time to ancient Morocco, where Nadeem’s ancestor is running for his life)

Rachel Hausfater (trans. Alison L. Strayer), No to Despair, Triangle Square, Age 10-14 (portrait of the last days of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and its young leader Mordechai Anielewicz)

Amy Hest, The Summer We Found the Baby, Candlewick, Age 10+ (set during World War II, novel relays the events of one extraordinary summer from three points of view)

Linda Williams Jackson, The Lucky Ones, Candlewick, Age 8-12 (1967 – story of Ellis Earl, who dreams of a real house, food enough for the whole family—and to be someone)

Adiba Jaigirdar, A Million to One, HarperTeen, YA (high-stakes heist in which four girls team up to steal a priceless jewel-encrusted book on board the infamous ship. Lesbian romance)

Ji-li Jiang, illus. by Nadia Hsieh, Eighteen Vats of Water, Creston, Age 7-11 (a boy in 4th century China wants to be a great calligrapher like his father)

Beth Kephart, illus. Melodie Stacey, Beautiful Useful Things, Cameron Books, Age 4-8 (poetic picture book story about the life and work of William Morris)

Matt Koceich, Imagine: 6 Epic Adventure Stories for Kids, Barbour Kidz, Age 8-12 (retelling of six religious tales from Biblical times)

Amanda West Lewis, These Are Not the Words, Groundwood, Age 9-12 (semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel set in 1960s New York City)

Ian Lewis, The Balland of Billie Bean, Fitzroy Books, Age 9-12 (adventure set in London and California in the early 1900s)

Katherine Locke, This Rebel Heart, Knopf BfYR, YA (tale set amid the 1956 Hungarian revolution in post-WWII Communist Budapest)

Sonia Manzano, Coming Up Cuban, Scholastic Press, YA (story of four children who must carve out a path for themselves in the wake of Fidel Castro’s rise to power)

Amanda McCrina, The Silent Unseen, FSG BfYR, YA (historical novel of suspense and intrigue about a teenage girl who risks everything to save her missing brother; set in 1944)

Michelle Paver, Wolf Bane, Zephyr, Age 8-12 (final Wolf Brother story)

Liam Francis Walsh, Red Scare, Scholastic, Age 8-12 (graphic adventure featuring a clever 11-year-old girl who must, against all odds, protect her family and town during the height of the communist “red scare”)

Betty Yee, Gold Mountain, Carolrhoda Lab, YA (working on the Transcontinental Railroad promises a fortune―for those who survive)

May 2022

Avi, Gold Rush Girl, Candlewick, Age 10-14 (1848, a girl stows away aboard ship following her father to Gold Rush & gets involved in a dangerous search for her kidnapped brother)

Alfreda Bearcrack-Algeo, The Land Grab: Legend of the Big Heart, 7th Generation, Age 8-12 (in 1929, a Lakota boy fights to survive and help protect his family’s land)

Eve Nadel Catarevas, illus. Martina Peluso, Rena Glickman, Queen of Judo, Kar Ben, Age 5-9 (fictional picture book biography)

Lindsay Eagar, The Patron Thief of Bread, Candlewick, Age 10-14 (adventure of street urchins set in medieval times)

Nick Esposito, illus. Ricardo Tokumoto, Brave Like Jackie, Bushel & Peck, Age 6-10 (Lucky, Rudy, and Red take another trip back in time for a courageous adventure with Jackie Robinson, the first Black baseball player to play Major League Baseball)
Also: Sweet Like Milton (visit with Milton Hershey)
Play on Like Ludwig (visit with Beethoven)

Alex Field, illus. Peter Carnavas, Mr. Darcy, New Frontier, Age 4-7 (picture book re-telling of the story of Jane Austen’s story with Mr. Darcy a duck)

Rafael Grossman and Anna Olswanger, illus. Yevgenia Nayberg, The Visit, Graphic Arts, Age 8-12 (novel depicting a story from 1965 when an American rabbi visited the Soviet Union)

Marianne Hering, Islands and Enemies, Tyndale House, Age 7-12 (time-traveling children journey to Magellan’s era)

Isabel Ibañez, Together We Burn, Wednesday books, YA (romantic fantasy adventure inspired by medieval Spain)

Kendall Kulper, Murder for the Modern Girl, Holiday House, YA (romantic romp that captures the extravagance of the Roaring Twenties and the dangers of vigilante justice)

Michael Leali, The Civil War of Amos Abernathy, HarperCollins, Age 8-12 (an epistolary debut about one boy’s attempts to find himself in history)

Tracey Mayhew, illus. Mike Phillips, The Legends of King Arthur: Lancelot, Sweet Cherry, Age 7-9 (retelling of the Arthurian legends, adapted and illustrated to introduce children aged 7+ to classic folklore)
Also: The Quest for the Holy Grail (June), The Death of Merlin (July), The Fall of Camelot (August)

Jenny O’Neill, The Freethinker’s Daughter, Old Cove, Age 10-13 (explores a devastating year in the life of a young girl in 1833 Kentucky)

R. M. Romero, The Ghosts of Rose Hill, Peachtree Teen, YA (a teenage girl becomes involved with the mystery of a boy who died one hundred years ago)

Samantha San Miguel, Spineless, Sterling’s Children’s, Age 8-12 (in Gilded-Age Florida, a boy discovers intrigue and mysterious cryptids in the swamps)

Arnon Z. Shorr, illus. Joshua M. Edelglass, José and the Pirate Captain Toledano, Kar-Ben, Age 8-12 (coming-of-age of a young refugee who forms a powerful bond with the mysterious Pirate Captain Toledano)

Ali Standish, Yonder, HarperCollins, Age 8-12 (a boy on the home front of World War II must solve the mystery of his best friend’s disappearance)

Michael Sweater and Josue Cruz, Puppy Knight: Den of Deception, Silver Sprockett, Age 7-11 (humorous story of a young knight and his apprentice, told in comic book format)

Jane Yolen, illus. Alida Massari, Mrs. Noah’s Doves, Kar Ben, Age 5-9 (when the flood comes there is a special mission for Mrs. Noah’s doves)

June 2022

Sasha Alsberg, Breaking Time, Inkyard, YA (a young woman in contemporary times meets a Scotsman from centuries ago, and learns she is a Pillar of Time, and in danger)

Avi, City of Magic, Scholastic, Age 8-12 (1492 Italy, a magician and a servant boy are sent on a quest to Venice to find a mysterious manuscript that describes a new type of bookkeeping)

Emi Watanabe Cohen, The Lost Ryū, Levine Querido, Age 8-12 (debut fantasy set in post-WWII Japan finds 10-year-old Kohei searching for the truth about his family history)

Kat Dunn, Glorious Poison, Zephyr, YA (conclusion to the 18th-century French Revolution trilogy)

Jim Grimsley, The Dove in the Belly, Arthur A. Levine, YA (follows two young gay men navigating a complex romance in late 70s North Carolina)

Cao Wenxuan, Dragonfly Eyes, Candlewick, Age 9-12 (multigenerational saga takes the reader from 1920s France to a ravaged postwar Shanghai and through the convulsions of the Cultural Revolution)

Andrew Young, Paula Young Shelton, illus. Gordon James, Just Like Jesse Owen, Scholastic, Age 3-5 (story based on Ambassador Andrew Young’s early life in 1930s New Orleans in which a boy is taught by his parents how to respond to racism from the inspiration of Jesse Owens)

July 2022

Gonzalo Alvarez, Piyoman and the Sun Warriors, HarperCollins, Age 8-12 (graphic novel follows the journey of a timid boy who stumbles into a war-torn Aztec underworld where dangerous Legends come to life)

J. C. Cervantes, Fractured Path, Disney-Hyperion, YA (historical fantasy set in 1960s San Francisco. The Mirror book three)

Emily Gale and Nova Weetman, Elsewhere Girls, Text Publishing, Age 9-12 (two young swimmers, one from modern-day Melbourne, the other from early 1900s Sydney, swap places)

Jas Hammonds, We Deserve Monuments, Roaring Brook, YA (multi-generational fiction in which Avery must decide if digging for the truth of the town’s history of racism is worth risking friendships. LGBTQ)

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, My Imaginary Mary, HarperTeen, YA (a young Mary Shelley, and Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, learn their parents are actually powerful fae)

Serena Valentino, Never, Never, Disney-Hyperion, YA (a spin-off of Peter Pan, in which one of the Lost Boys, rescued by his parents, yearns to return to Neverland)


August 2022

Pip Murphy, illus. Roberta Tedeschi, Of Mountains and Motors, Sweet Cherry, Age 7-11 (book 2 in the 1920s detective series)

September 2022

October 2022

Ana Cristina Herreros (trans. Sara Lissa Paulson), illus. Violeta Lópiz, The Amazing and True Story of Tooth Mouse Perez, Enchanted Lion, Age 5-7 (traces the Tooth Mouse and his changes throughout history; a playful, thought-provoking look at our changing world)

November 2022

December 2022

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