Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2018

Part of the Forthcoming Historical Novels guide

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles for junior, middle-grade and young adult. Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard using publisher descriptions (including age category). This is a work in progress. Please visit again soon! Other than short excerpts, please link to this page rather than copying the entries – thank you!

January 2018

Higasa Akai, The Royal Tutor, Vol 5, Yen Press, Age 13 + (manga graphic historical fantasy set in Germanic-like 19th –c kingdom)

Jeanne Atkins, Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis, Atheneum (BfYR), Age 12 + (novel in verse: half native American, half African sculptor working in years following the Civil War)

Janine Beacham, Hounds and Hauntings (Rose Raventhorpe Investigates, Book 3), Little, Brown (BfYR), Age 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, Age 8 – 12 (Tudor England amidst intrigue & danger of Henry VIII’s court)

Monica Clark-Robinson, Frank Robinson, Let the Children March, HMH Books for Young Readers, Age 6 – 9 (Birmingham, Alabama 1963 children’s march. Picture book)

Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie, Scholastic, Age 9 – 12 (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, Age 14 + (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, Age 14 + (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, Age 10 – 14 (book of poetry – inspiration from poets of Harlem Renaissance)

Ben Guterson, illus. Chloe Bristol, Winterhouse, Book 1, Henry Holt(BYR), Age 9 – 12 (orphan Elizabeth Somer’s malevolent guardians ship her away to Winterhouse Hotel where only she can unlock the mystery of the owner, his family and his curse)

Linda Williams Jackson, A Sky Full of Stars, HMH Books for Young Readers, Age 10 – 12 (1960’s Mississippi Civil Rights Movement – sequel to Midnight Without a Moon)

Maureen Johnson, Truly Devious: A Mystery, Katherine Tegen, Age 14 + (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), Age 7 – 10 (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, Age 14 + (adventure set in Roman Britain during the reign of Domitian)

Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, illus. Nate Powell, The Silence of Our Friends, Square Fish, Age 14 + (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, Age 7 – 10 (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, Age 12 + (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, Age 10 – 14 (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, Age 12 + (an anthology of favourite extracts, poems and images of WW I)

Shane Peacock, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, Penguin Teen, Age 12 + (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, Age 12 + (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, Age 8 – 12 (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, Age 14 + (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), Age 10 – 14 (middle grade novel about the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife – written by their daughter)

Geronimo Stilton, No Time to Lose (Geronimo Stilton Journey Through Time #5), Scholastic, Age 7 – 10 (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 Young Readers, Age 8 – 12 (conclusion of history-mystery-science series)

C.V. Wyk, Blood and Sand, Tor Teen, Age 13 – 17 (legendary Spartacus is recast as a fierce female warrior during Republic of Rome’s relentless march to create an empire)

February 2018

Gwendolyn Clare, Ink, Iron and Glass, Macmillan, Age 14 + (alternate 19th-c Italy―Elsa joins secret society of pazzerellones―young people gifted in mechanics, alchemy or scriptology)

Sheila Burnford, illus. Carl Burger, The Incredible Journey (c1960), Yearling, Age 8 – 12 (a Labrador, a bull terrier and a Siamese cat journey through the Canadian Wilderness)

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

L. M. Elliott, Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship, Katherine Tegen, Age 13 + (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, Age 4 – 7 (picture book)

Candace Fleming, illus. Eric Rohmann, Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen, Schwartz & Wade, Age 8 – 12 (a novel about a canine movie star of the 1920s)

Kim Foster, Game of Secrets, Sky Pony Press, Age 14 + (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)

Julia Jarman, The Time-Travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure, Andersen Press (RHUK), Age 9 – 12 (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, Age 14 + (creative genius? ….inventor of science fiction? ….pregnant teenage runaway? ―who was the real Mary Shelley?)

Alisa Kwitney, Cadaver & Queen, Harlequin Teen, Age 14 + (reimagining Frankenstein using familiar characters in a historical thriller packed with weird science, political suspense & steamy romance)

Quinn Loftis, The Viking’s Chosen, Clean Teen, Age 14 + (the worlds of a Viking raider and an English princess collide in this action adventure historical)

Miriam McNamara, The Unbinding of Mary Reade, Sky Pony, Age 14 (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, Age 8 – 12 (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, Age 12 + (1846 Ireland – Irish potato famine seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Lorraine)

Whitney Sanderson, illus. Ruth Sanderson, Horse Diaries #15: Lily, Random House (BfYR), Age 8 – 12 (meet Lily, a strawberry roan Welsh pony in South Wales, 1939)

Deborah Schaumberg, The Tombs, HarperTeen, Age 13 + (a debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn)

Vesper Stamper, What the Night Sings, Knopf Books for YR, Age 12 + (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,
Age 8 – 12 (Schoolhouse Blizzard resulted in 235 deaths including several children in a one-room schoolhouse)

John Owen Theobald, A Kingdom Falls, Head of Zeus, Age 12 + (London 1944: Anna commandeers a Spitfire & leads a crew of pilots to intercept the deadly rockets)

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illus. Anna Rich, Blacksmith’s Song, Peachtree, Age 6 – 10 (a blacksmith’s son learns his father is using the rhythm of his hammering to communicate with travelers on the Underground Railroad)

March 2018

Julia Alvarez, Before We Were Free, Ember, Age 12 + (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, Age 10 – 13 (steampunk mix of historical and science fiction―a world with a smooth combination of technology and magic. Sequel to Dominion)

Rebecca Behrens, The Last Grand Adventure, Aladdin, Age 8 – 12 (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, Age 9 – 14 (high-stakes historical adventure in Yosemite National Park, involving the legend of John Muir)

Laurie Calkhoven, Judy, Prisoner of War (G. I. Dogs #1), Scholastic, Age 7 – 10 (first in new series about famous 4-legged heroes involved in history’s biggest conflicts)

Emma Carroll, Strange Star, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Age 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, Age 13 + (last in series after A Study in Charlotte & The Last of August―a renewal of Doyle’s Sherlock books)

Andrea Curtis, Big Water, Orca Book Publishers, Age 12 + (fictional account of the real-life story of the only two survivors of the sinking of SS Asia, in Georgian Bay, Canada, 1882)

Philippa Gregory, Fred van Deelen, Dark Tracks (Order of Darkness #4), Simon Pulse, Age 14 + (Luca & Isolde continue investigating for the Order of Darkness – historical romance)

Ralph Hardy, Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog, HarperCollins, Age 8 – 12 (tale of Odysseus told by Argos, who waits patiently in Ithaca for his master’s return)

Matt Killeen, Orphan, Monster, Liar, Spy, Viking Books for Young Readers, Age 14 + (a Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this WWII novel)

Lorie Langdon, Olivia Twist, Blink/HarperCollins, Age 12 + (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)

Joy McCullough, Blood Water Paint, Dutton Books for Young Readers, Age 14 + (debut based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi)

Melissa Ostrom, The Beloved Wild, Feiwel & Friends, Age 13 – 18 (YA American epic/adventure set in New Hampshire 1807)

Caroline Tung Richmond, Live in Infamy (A Companion to The Only Thing to Fear), Scholastic, Age 12 + (an alternate history where genetically engineered super soldiers won WWII)

Jessica Spotswood, various, The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2), Candlewick Press, Age 14 + (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, Age 14 + (graphic format time-travel adventure with a young Métis girl)

Jaqueline Wilson, Wave Me Goodbye, Doubleday Childrens, Age 9 – 12 (1939: as WW II begins, 10-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates)

April 2018

Dennis Abrams, I Was Cleopatra, Groundwood, Age 12 + (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, Age 13 – 18 (YA  romance set in Regency-era London. Sequel to Duels & Deception)

Emma Berquist, Devils Unto Dust, Greenwillow, Age 13 + (an alternate history set in the Old West)

Nicole Castroman,  Blacksouls, Simon Pulse, Age 14 + (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, Age 14 + (1780, Albany, NY – the romance continues in the sequel to Alex & Eliza: A Love Story)

Dan Gutman,  Flashback Four #3: The Pompeii Disaster, HarperCollins, Age 8 – 12 (the four travel back in time to photograph the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79)

Alison Hart, illus. Michael G. Montgomery,  Murphy, Gold Rush Dog, Peachtree, Age 7 – 10 (action adventure story of a dog during gold-rush-era Alaska)

Justine Ireland, Dread Nation, Balzer + Bray, Age 14 + (meditation on race in America wrapped in alternate history adventure where Confederate & Union soldiers rise from dead at the end of the Civil War)

Jessica Leake, Beyond a Darkened Shore, HarperTeen, Age 14 + (debut romantic historical fantasy set in war- ravaged ancient Éirinn (Ireland))

Lesley Livingston, The Defiant (The Valiant #2), Razorbill, Age 14 + (sequel to The Valiant– Fallon & her warrior sisters are thrust into vicious conflict with rival gladiator academy)

Mairghread Scott, illus. Robin Robinson, The City on the Other Side, First Second,
Age 8 – 12 (war wages between 2 fairy kingdoms; San Francisco, 1906: Graphic format)

Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton #20―Saving Liberty, Papercutz, Age 8 – 12 (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, Age 8 – 12, (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,
Age 8 – 12 (searching for Thomas Jefferson’s Eagle’s Quill at a Montana Ranch)

Susan Verrico, Privateer’s Apprentice, Peachtree, Age 8 – 12 (a boy is kidnapped & awakes aboard the Destiny, captained by a privateer in the service of Queen Anne)

N. D. Wilson, Outlaws of Time #3: The Last of the Lost Boys, Katherine Tegen, Age 8 – 12 (conclusion to the time-traveling adventure series)

May 2018

Patricia Lyfoung, Scarlet Rose vol. 2: “I Want You to Love Me”, Charmz, Age 10 – 14 (heroine travels from Versailles to Venice in search of justice. Medieval. Graphic format)

Ransom Riggs, Tales of the Peculiar: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Book 4, Dutton BfYR, Age 12 + (adventure continues in this peculiar world set against the landscapes of American history)

June 2018

Andy Elkerton, The World to the West (Viking Adventures), Franklin Watts, Age 6 – 8 (Oolaf the boy hero goes on more adventures in the Viking World)

Glyn Harper, illus. Jenny Cooper, My Grandfather’s War, EK Books, Age 6 – 9 (celebrating 50th anniversary of Battle of Khe Sanh―story of Vietnam veteran & his granddaughter)

Piers Torday, The Magician’s Library, Quercus, Age 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)

July 2018

Andy Elkerton, Oolaf and the Golden Book (Viking Adventures), Franklin Watts, Age 6 – 8 (bold and daring adventures of a boy hero in the world of Vikings)

Andy Elkerton, Bitra and the Witch (Viking Adventures), Franklin Watts, Age 6 – 8 (bold and daring adventures of a boy hero in the world of Vikings