Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2019

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 2019

Avi, The End of the World and Beyond, Algonquin YR, Mid-grd (sequel to The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts)

Tonya Bolden, Inventing Victoria, Bloomsbury YA, YA (poetic novel about a young black woman’s self-discovery in 1880s Savannah)

Roshani Chokshi, The Gilded Wolves, Wednesday Books, YA (Paris 1889: an engineer with a debt to pay, a historian who can’t go home – together they hunt an artifact through the dark heart of Paris)

Carrie Clickard, illus. Nancy Carpenter, Thomas Jefferson and the Mammoth Hunt, Paula Wiseman, Pic (how Jefferson tried to disprove a French theory that people in the New World are puny and cowardly by searching for mammoth hunt)

Rachel Dewoskin, Someday We Will Fly, Viking BfYR, YA (coming-of-age story set during World War II in Shanghai, one of the only places Jews without visas could find refuge)

Dee Garretson, All Is Fair, Swoon Reads, YA (1918 ― a young lady is pulled out of school and into a secret wartime Mission with a dashing American spy)

Patricia Reilly Giff, Genevieve’s War, Holiday House, Mid-grd (Alsace, France, 1939― brings the war in occupied France vividly to life)

Heidi Smith Hyde, illus. Elisa Vavouri, Pavel and the Tree Army, Kar-Ben, Pic (follows a young Jewish immigrant who joins the Civilian Conservation Corps and plants trees)

Maureen Johnson, The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious Bk 2), Katherine Tegen, YA (contemporary mystery adventure based on 1936 Albert Ellingham affair)

Emmy Laybourne, Ransacker (Beserker 2), Feiwel & Friends, YA (conclusion to YA duology – Montana late 1800s)

Gill Lewis, The Closest Thing to Flying, Oxford Univ, Mid-grd 10 + (two girls, a century apart; together they’ll find freedom)

Ann Malaspina, illus. Merrilee Liddiard, A Scarf for Keiko, Kar-Ben, Pic (in 1942 Sam and Keiko work together with their classmates to knit socks for German and Japanese soldiers overseas)

Kate Messner, Ranger in Time #9: Disaster on the Titanic, Scholastic, Mid-grd (it’s a race against time for Ranger & his friends to get as many passengers & themselves off the ship before it’s too late)

Mary Pope Osborne, illus. AG Ford, Warriors in Winter: Magic Treehouse 31, RandomHouse BfYR, Pic 6+ (travel back in time and meets the Romans, the greatest warriors of all)

James E Ransome (author and illus.), The Bell Rang, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, Pic (young slave girl sees the heartbreak & hopefulness of her family & community when her brother escapes to freedom)

Susan Robeson, illus. Rob Brown, Grandpa Stops a War, Triangle Square, Pic (true story of Paul Robeson’s visit to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War―told by his granddaughter)

Danielle Rollins, Stolen Time, HarperTeen, YA (multi-period time-travel romance – Seattle 1913 and New Seattle 2077)

Tara Sim, Timekeeper 3: Firestarter, Sky Pony Press, YA (3rd in series set in an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers)

Brenda Woods, The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA, Nancy Paulsen, Mid-grd 10+ (story of the friendship between a white boy & a black WWII veteran recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South)

Jane Yolen, Mapping the Bones, Philomel, YA (1942, Poland ― a story in which a brother and sister lose everything except each other)

February 2019

Salima Alikhan, illus Alessia Trunfio, Emmi in the City: A Great Chicago Fire Survival Story (Girls Survive), Stone Arch, Mid-grd (Chicago 1871 – graphic novel format)

Hanna Alkaf, The Weight of Our Sky, Salaam Reads, YA (a music loving teen does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Ruth Ashby, The Amazing Mr. Franklin: Or the Boy Who Read Everything, Peachtree, Mid-grd (fictionalised story of the man who started the first public library in America)
Also: Rocket Man (Feb 1962 – fictionised story of John Glenn when he became the first man to orbit the earth)

Becky Citra, Murder at the St. Alice, Coteau Books, YA (a young adult murder mystery set in a hotel in 1908)

Melanie Dickerson, The Warrior Maiden, Thomas Nelson, YA (reimagining of the classic Mulan tale)

Margarita Engle, Soaring Earth, Atheneum BfYR, YA (the author tells the story of her teenage years during the turbulent 1960s)

Alison Hart, illus. Michael G. Montgomery, Leo, Dog of the Sea, Peachtree, Mid-grd (tale of adventure and loyalty about Leo, a hardened old sea dog on Magellan’s Journey to Spice Island)

Deborah Hopkinson, How I Became a Spy: A Mystery of WWII London, Knopf BfYR, Mid-grd (1944 London ― a story of espionage, survival and friendship during a time of war)

Deborah Hopkinson, illus. Don Tate, Carter Reads the Newspaper, Peachtree, Pic (story of Carter G. Woodson, who read the newspaper to his illiterate father every day and went on to develop Negro History Week in 1926)

Matt Killeen, Orphan Monster Spy, Viking Children’s, YA (after her mother is shot at a checkpoint, 15-yr-old Sarah finds herself on the run from the Nazis in Third Reich-ruled Germany)

Robin LaFevers, Courting Darkness (His Fair Assassin, Bk 4), HMH Books for YR, YA (4th book in historical fantasy series set in 15th century Paris and Brittany)

Matthew Lasley, illus. Jacob Souva, Pedro’s Pan: A Gold Rush Story, Alaska North West, Pic (debut picture book about a prospector, told from the perspective of his gold pan)

Elizabeth Letts, The Perfect Horse, Delacorte BfYR, Mid-grd (one American troop will save the world’s most precious horses in a daring rescue, during the final stretch of WWII)

Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Between Before and After, Blink, YA (coming-of-age told in dual narratives during the flu epidemic in 1918 NYC and 1955 San Jose, California)

Carolyn Meyer, Girl with Brush and Canvas, Calkins Creek, Mid-grd 10+ (fictionalised biographical life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe—from childhood to her eventual rise to fame in the American Southwest)

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. Gordon C. James, Let ’Er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion, Carolrhoda, Mid-grd (African-American cowboy Fletcher earned a new title when a white man unfairly won a 1911 championship)

Lesléa Newman, illus. Amy June Bates, Gittel’s Journey, Abrams Books for YR, Pic (a child immigrates all alone to a new life in America. Based on true events)

Anne Patton, Trial by Winter: Crisis in the Barr Colony, Coteau, Mid-grd (conclusion of the Barr Colony Adventure series, based on the true story of one resilient girl and her family)

Danielle Rollins, Stolen Time, Harper Teen, YA (first of multi-period time-travel romance trilogy―Seattle 1913 and New Seattle 2077)

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Stolen Girl, Scholastic, Mid-grd (story of a Ukrainian girl who was kidnapped as a child to be raised by a Nazi family and her determination to search for the truth)

Ronald L. Smith, The Mesmerist, HMH Books for YR, Mid-grd 10+ (dark historical fantasy set in Victorian London’s supernatural underworld)

Addie Thorley, An Affair of Poisons, Page Street Kids, YA (historical fantasy debut in which a 17-year-old alchemist unwittingly helps her mother poison King Louis XIV in 17th-century France)

Gita Trelease, Enchantée, Flatiron, YA (impoverished Camille uses magic to impersonate an aristocrat at Palace of Versailles in Paris, 1789)

Eugene Yelchin, Spy Runner, Henry Holt & Co. (BYR), Mid-grd (a noir mystery novel in which a boy stumbles upon a secret that jeopardizes American national security)

Jodie Lynn Zdrok, Spectacle, Tor Teen, YA (in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris―1887)

March 2019

Jennifer Robin Barr, Goodbye, Mr. Spalding, Calkins Creek, Mid-grd (1930s Philadelphia―a 12-yr-old boy & his best friend attempt to stop a wall from being built that would block the view of the baseball field from their rooftops)

Julie Berry, Lovely War, Viking BfYR, YA (multi-layered romance with a divine twist, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II)

Jennifer Bradbury, A Moment Comes, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, YA (India 1947 a muslim finds himself caught between his forbidden interest in a Sikh girl & a British girl who can help with his dream to study at Oxford)

Elisa Carbone, Poison in the Colony: James Town 1622, Viking BfYR, Mid-grd (sequel to Blood on the River, takes place after John Smith establishes trade, after Pocahontas befriends colonists……)

John Chambers, Mucking About, Little Island Books, Mid-grd (humorous adventure in early Christian Ireland about a boy whose mother wants him to be a monk, but he’d rather sing songs & go fishing)

Alexandra Davis, illus. Katie Hickey, Lumber Jills: The Unsung Heroines of WWII, Albert Whitman, Pic (story of home front heroism and female friendship)

Sharon Dogar, Monsters, Andersen Press, YA (1814: Mary Godwin, daughter of radical socialist writers, runs away with a dangerously charming young poet – Percy Bysshe Shelley)

Bill Doyle, illus. Sarah Sax, Escape this Book: Titanic, Random House BfYR, Mid-grd (a new series that invites readers to doodle their way through different perspectives of a historical event)

David Elliott, Voices, HMH Books for Young Readers, YA (told through medieval poetic forms, Voices offers a new perspective on the life and death of Joan of Arc)

Michael Garland, Two Men and a Car, Tilbury, Mid-grd (the armored car that carried President Roosevelt to Congress for his declarations of war might once have belonged to the gangster Al Capone)

Daphne Greer, Finding Grace, Nimbus Publishing, YA (an emotional look into the lives of girls in the strict world of convents in the 1940s and 1970s)

Philippa Gregory, Fred van Deelen, Dark Tracks, Simon Pulse, YA (Luca and Isolde continue investigating for the ‘Order of Darkness’, in book 4 of the series)

Karen Hesse, Witness, Scholastic, Mid-grd (an unforgettable cast inhabits a small Vermont town in 1924―a town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in)

Rik Hoskin, illus. Aadil Khan, The Taj Mahal: An Incredible Love Story, Campfire, Mid-grd (relates the tale of how Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the iconic building to house his great love’s remains)

Kathy Kacer, Masters of Silence, Annick Press, Mid-grd (desperate to save them from Nazis, a mother takes her 2 children from their home in 1940s Germany & leaves them with strangers in France)

Padraig Kenny, Tin, Chicken House, Mid-grd (1930s alternative England―where laws of mechanics govern talented engineers, a mismatched group of mechanicals that just wants to feel human)

Alisa Kwitney, Corpse & Crown, Inkyard Press, YA (sequel to Cadaver & Queen ― a reimagining of Oliver Twist taking place in an alternative Victorian London)

Irene Latham, illus. John Holyfield, Meet Miss Fancy, G P Putnam’s Sons BfYR, Pic (story set prior to Civil Rights Movement about a boy who finds a way to challenge segregation laws)

Diane Magras, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter, Kathy Dawson, Mid-grd (conclusion and sequel to The Mad Wolf’s Daughter; locale Medieval Scotland 1210)

Penny Matthews, The Ruby Stories: 4 Books in One, Penguin Random House Australia, Mid-grd (Adelaide, 1930 – Ruby Quinlan prepares for her 12th birthday party)

Nico Medina, illus. Jake Murray, What Was Stonewall?, Penguin Workshop, Mid-grd (story of the Stonewall riots of 1969 and the LGBTQ+ rights movement they inspired)

Joy McCullough, Blood Paint Water, Dutton Children’s, YA (a story of strength and persistence in the aftermath of sexual assault, based on the life of the 17th-c painter, Artemisia Gentileschi)

Stephanie Morrill, Within These Lines, Blink, YA (set in WWI era this novel tells the love story of teens battling the worst their country has to offer)

Barbara Nickel, The Mozart Girl, Second Story, Mid-grd (can Nanneri defy everyone’s expectations and capture some of the spotlight that shines on her brilliant younger brother?)

Ana Sender, The Cottingley Fairies, NorthSouth, Pic (Elsie and Frances feel sad for adults who can’t see the magic in the forests around them. ‘If only they could see what we see! . . . .’ )

Angie Smibert, Bone’s Gift: Ghosts of Ordinary Objects, Boyds Mills, Mid-grd (southern Virginia, 1942―in this trilogy of supernatural historical mysteries, twelve-year-old Bone possesses a Gift that allows her to see the stories in everyday objects)
Also: Lingering Echoes: Ghosts of Ordinary Objects

Meagan Spooner, Sherwood, HarperTeen, YA (Robin of Locksley is dead. Marian makes the choice to walk in her hero’s footsteps)

Nhung N. Tran-Davies, A Grain of Rice, Tradewind Books, YA (a story about a young refugee’s courage and inner strength as she escapes from Vietnam during the war)

Andrea Wang, illus. Kana Urbanowicz, Magic Ramen: The Story of Ando Momofuku, Little Bee, Pic (a new kind of ramen noodle soup for all the hungry people Ando had seen following WW II)

Cat Winters, Odd & True, Amulet Paperbacks, YA (two sisters with a dark past face their demons in this novel set in early 20th-century)

April 2019

William Augel, Young Mozart, Humanoids, Mid-grd (a playful glimpse into the childhood of the world’s greatest musical genius – graphic novel format)

Nadine Brandes, Romanov, Thomas Nelson, YA (“the history books say I died ― they don’t know the half of it” ― a retake on the Anastasia story)

Susan Kaplan Carlton, In the Neighborhood of True, Algonquin YR, YA (a Jewish girl in 1950s Atlanta hides her religion to try to fit into her segregationist surroundings)

Melissa de la Cruz, All for One, G P Putnam’s Sons BfYR, YA (conclusion to the Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton trilogy)

Emily Duncan, Wicked Saints: Something Dark and Holy Book #1, Wednesday, YA (in this Joan of Arc inspired debut, a peasant girl who can speak to the gods must find a way to work with a deadly adversary to turn the tide of the war)

Miriam Halahmy, Saving Hanno, Holiday House, MG, (9-year-old Rudi and his beloved dog Hanno, escape from Nazi Germany)

Joyce Moyer Hostetter, Aim: Bakers Mountain Stories, Calkins Creek, Mid-grd (WW II looms over the US while 14-yr-old Junior Bledsoe struggles with anger & identity after his father’s death)

Paul Jennings, A Different Boy, Allen & Unwin, Mid-grd (when he finds himself in a cruel orphanage, Anton escapes and hides on an ocean liner where other passengers have secrets of their own)

Tony Lee, illus. Sam Hart, Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley, Candlewick, Mid-grd (story of Grace O’Malley, Pirate Queen of Ireland, and her struggle to protect the friends, family, and country that she loved. Graphic novel format)

Barbara Lowell, illus. Dan Andreasen, Sparky & Spike, Cameron Kids, Pic (picture book story based on childhood of cartoonist Charles Schulz & his dog Spike)

Rosanne Parry, Last of the Name, Carolrhoda, Mid-grd 10+ (in which a 12-year-old Irish immigrant arrives in New York City in 1863 as the Civil War and racial and class tensions rage)

Tom Ryan, illus. Christopher Hoyt, A Giant Man from a Tiny Town, Nimbus, Pic (tells the remarkable story of Cape Breton giant Angus MacAskill)

Whitney Sanderson, illus. Ruth Sanderson, Horse Diaries #16: Penny, Random House BfYR, Mid-grd (meet Penny, a palomino paint mare who grows up in Wild West of California during Gold Rush!)

Jesse Wiley, The Oregon Trail: Alone in the Wild, HMH Books for Young Readers, Mid-grd (a choose-your-own-adventure on the Oregon Trail in 1850)
Also: The Oregon Trail: The Wagon Train

TrekKip Wilson, White Rose, Versify, YA (disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime)

Cat Winters, The Raven’s Tale, Amulet Books, YA (meet the Muse who inspired Edgar Allan Poe!)

May 2019

Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light, HMH BfYR, YA (the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age and the murder that rocked turn-of-the-century America)

Lynne Jonell, Time Sight, Henry Holt and Co (BYR), Mid-grd (Scotland, centuries ago – ancient castles, family folklore & a Magic Eye Book are at the centre of this middle-grade travel adventure)

Dylan Meconis, Queen of the Sea, Walker, YA (a historical graphic novel in which Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island when her sister seizes the throne)

Nina Moreno, Don’t Date Rosa Santos, Disney-Hyperion, YA (author’s debut tale featuring three generations of cursed women in a Cuban-American family)

Pierre-Jacques Ober, illus. Jules Ober & Felicity Coonan, The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature, Candlewick, YA (a young WWI soldier’s unauthorized visit home has dire consequences

Daniel José Older, Freedom Fire (Dactyl Hill Squad #2), Arthur A Levine, Mid-grd (with the Civil War raging and the Union on the brink of collapse, how can Magdalys choose between the army that needs her help and the brother she risked everything to save?)

Monika Schröder, The Dog in the Wood, Boyds Mills, Mid-grd (10-yr-old Fritz’s life on the family farm is about to end—Hitler is dead, & known Nazi sympathizers brace for the Bolsheviks to take over their town)

June 2019

Keely Hutton, Secret Soldiers, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (BYR), Mid-grd (historical adventure about a crew of young British soldiers on a deadly underground mission during WWI)

Matthew Loux, The Time Museum, Volume 2, First Second, Mid-grd (Delia and her fellow time travelers head to Versailles, 1778 to save a historic alliance between the US and France)

Helen Moss, illus. Misa Saburi, Time Dogs: Balto and the Race Against Time, Henry Holt and Co (BYR), Chap (time-traveling dogs go to Alaska in 1925 to help deliver diphtheria medicine)
Also: Time Dogs: Seaman and the Great Northern Adventure (1803-Lewis & Clark’s dog needs help)

Steve Sheinkin, illus. Neil Swaab, Amelia Earhart and the Flying Chariot, Roaring Brook Press, Chap (two youngsters must un-twist history after Amelia Earhart changes course)
Also: Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean (Abigail Adams decides there’s more to life than doing chores in the White House)
Also: Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler (when Abraham Lincoln overhears a classroom of kids tell his history is boring, he decides to teach them a lesson)
Also: Neil Armstrong and Nat Love, Space Cowboys

July 2019

Karen Cushman, Catherine, Called Birdy, HMH Books for YR, Mid-grd (Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates story of her 14th year—the year 1290)
Also: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (In 1849 a twelve-year-old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a small California mining town)
Also: The Loud Silence of Francine Green (explores the nature of friendship and growing up Catholic in an era when the House Committee on Un-American Activities is blacklisting people)
Also: The Midwife’s Apprentice (a poor girl in medieval England gains a name, a purpose, and a future)

Michael Morpurgo, The Day the World Stopped Turning, Feiwel & Friends, Mid-grd (set during WW II, a story about an extraordinary boy who sees the world differently)

August 2019

Chelsea Bobulski, Remember Me, Feiwel & Friends, YA (a teen girl & a mysterious bellboy must relive a day in which a murder took place in 1905, in order to break the curse that imprisons them both)

Stacey Lee, The Downstairs Girl, G P Putnam’s Sons BfYR, YA (social drama about a lady’s maid who moonlights as the anonymous author of a genteel Southern ‘advice’ column)

Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, Hope Anita Smith, illus. Leatrice Lyon, It Rained Warm Bread, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Mid-grd (a novel-in-verse about a boy’s experience surviving the Holocaust)

Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff, Beck, Candlewick, YA (depression-era coming-of-age of an illegitimate, orphaned boy who is sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada)

Julian Sedgwick, illus. Alexis Deacon, Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black, Walker Books US, YA (Harry Black is lost between the world of war & land of myth in this illustrated novel that transports the tale of Orpheus to WW II-era London)

 

 


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