Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2018

Part of the Forthcoming Historical Novels guide

The following is our list of 2018 forthcoming historical novels, for junior, middle-grade and YA, compiled by Fiona Sheppard, using US, CAN & UK catalogues. We list titles up to and including the 1960s based on publisher descriptions, and include the age category the book is aimed at. This is a work in progress and we hope you will visit again soon!

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January 2018

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

March 2018

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

April 2018

Cindy Anstey, Suitors and Sabotage, Swoon Reads, Age 13 – 18 (YA  romance set in Regency-era London. Sequel to Duels & Deception)

Mairghread Scott, illus. Robin Robinson, The City on the Other Side, First Second,
Age 8 – 12 (war wages between two fairy kingdoms whilst San Francisco continues to recover from the 1906 earthquake. Graphic novel format)

Sarah L. Thomson, The Ring of Honor, BloomsburyUSA Childrens, Age 8 – 12, (3rd adventure dives into history behind Founding Fathers and our country’s natural wonders)

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)