Forthcoming childrens and YA historical novels for 2020

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 2020

Julia Billet, illus. Claire Fauvel, (trans. Ivanka Hahnenberger), Catherine’s War, HarperCollins, Mid-grd (based on a true survival story of World War II, graphic novel follows a Jewish girl’s journey to the free zone of France)

Tonya Bolden, Saving Savannah, BloomsburyYA, YA (Washington DC 1919 ― brings the women’s suffrage movement to life with a teen girl finding her own way to change the world)

Emily Conlan, Move the Mountains, A & U Children, Mid-grd (an interactive adventure set in 1951)

Joseph Elliott, The Good Hawk, Walker US, 10+ (a pair of teens set out on a quest to rescue their clan from Nordic raiders in a historical fantasy set in the hills of ancient Scotland)

Andrew Fukuda, The Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II, Tor Teen, YA (story of the unlikeliest of pen pals—a Japanese American boy and a French Jewish girl—as they fight to maintain hope in a time of war)

Dee Garretson, All Is Fair, Square Fish, YA (a young lady is pulled out of school and into a secret wartime mission with a dashing American spy in this historical mystery)

Dee Garretson, Gone by Nightfall, Swoon Reads, YA (a young woman is torn between her home and her dreams on the eve of the Russian revolution)

Maureen Johnson, The Hand on the Wall, Katherine Tegen, YA (conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years)

Anna-Marie McLemore, Dark and Deepest Red, Feiwel & Friends, YA (straddling five centuries novel centers on a young woman uncovering her family’s history while fighting her attraction to the wrong boy)

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, illus. Iacopo Bruno, The Story Seeker, Henry Holt (BYR), Mid-grd (mystery adventure set in the iconic New York Public Library during the Roaring Twenties)

Jodie Lynn Zdrok, Spectacle, Tor Teen, YA (a killer stalks the streets of 1887 Paris in this historical thriller)

February 2020

EM Castellan, In the Shadow of the Sun, Feiwel & Friends, YA (YA fantasy/romance novel set in 1661 Versailles)

Gwendolyn Clare, Mist, Metal and Ash, Square Fish, YA (in this alternate version of 19th-century Italy, a girl genius with the ability to write worlds into creation is the only one who can save the Earth)

Henry Cole, Another Quest for Celeste, Katherine Tegen, Mid-grd (It is 1822 and a mouse called Celeste meets a tall, lanky boy wielding an ax: a young Abraham Lincoln)

Jim Di Bartolo, The Boy Who Became a Dragon, Scholastic Inc, Mid-grd (fictional biography of Bruce Lee)

Mackenzi Lee, The Madness Blooms, Flatiron, YA (LGBT coming-of-age romance set in Holland in 1637)

Tricia Levenseller, Warrior of the Wild, Square Fish, YA (an 18-year-old chieftain’s daughter is banished after being betrayed during her coming-of-age trial in this Viking-inspired historical fantasy)

Brad McLelland, Louis Sylvester, The Fang of Bonfire Crossing: Legends of the Lost Causes, Square Fish, 10+ (middle-grade western adventure series about a ragtag group of vigilante orphans)

Margi Preus, Village of Scoundrels, Amulet, 10+ (true story of a group of French teenagers who helped save refugees in WWII)

Danielle Rollins, Twisted Fates, HarperTeen, YA (follow up to time travel romance Stolen Time)

Alisha Sevigny, The Lost Scroll of the Physician, Dundurn, Mid-grd (Sesha, daughter of the pharaoh’s royal physician, must find the scroll her father was transcribing before his death, to save the kingdom and her brother’s life)

Geronimo Stilton, Time Warp, Scholastic, Mid-grd (Geronimo visits Plato in Ancient Greece, the mythical Atlantic and Stonehenge)

Jane Yolen, illus. Christine Davenier, Emily Writes, Henry Holt (BYR), Pic (imagined childhood biography of Emily Dickinson’s poetic beginnings)

Jodie Lynn Zdrok, Sensational, Tor Teen, YA (follow-up to Spectacle in which a killer haunts the Paris World’s Fair of 1889)

March 2020

Daphne Kalmar, A Stitch in Time, Square Fish, Mid-grd (an orphan grapples with her unpleasant aunt and the even more unpleasant idea of moving to Boston)

Patricia Lyfoung, Scarlet Rose #5: You Should Let Me Die, Charmz, YA 12+ (in this installment, the Scarlet Rose must free her friend Guilhem from prison)

Helen Moss, illus. Misa Saburi, Time Dogs: Barry and the Great Mountain Rescue, Henry Holt (BYR), Chap (in 3rd adventure, Time Dogs are transported back to Swiss Alps in 1800)

Benjamin Read, Laura Trinder, The Midnight Hour, Chicken House, Mid-grd (fantasy adventure in which Emily has to negotiate a Victorian London frozen in time and full of magic and monsters)

David Salter, 28 Days, Feiwel & Friends, YA (a novel of resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto)

Marcus Sutter, Soldier Dogs #6: Heroes on the Home Front, HarperFestival, Mid-grd (twin siblings give their dog to the Coast Guard during WWII—only to discover a German threat on their own home turf)

April 2020

Samira Ahmed, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, Soho Teen (follows a Muslim-American teenager who partners with a descendant of French author Alexander Dumas to unravel a 19th-centry mystery)

Cindy Anstey, Deadly Curious, Swoon Reads, YA (a young lady who aspires to be a detective investigates the murder of her cousin in this thriller set in London 1834)

Dan Gutman, Flashback Four #4: The Hamilton-Burr Duel, HarperCollins, Mid-grd (four brave friends head back in time to record the most infamous duel in U.S. history)

June Hur, The Silence of Bones, Feiwel & Friends, YA (Joseon (Korea), 1800 ― a 16-year-old indentured servant within the police bureau becomes entangled in the politically charged investigation into the murder of a noblewoman)

Andy Marino, The Conspiracy (The Plot to Kill Hitler #1), Scholastic, Mid-grd (based on the real-life scheme, this trilogy puts two courageous kids at the center of the plot to kill Adolf Hitler)


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