Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2019

Part of the Forthcoming Historical Novels guide

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)

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)

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)

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)

February 2019

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

March 2019

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)

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)

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

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)

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

April 2019

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)

Karen Cushman, The Loud Silence of Francine Green, HMH Books for YR, Mid-grd 10+ (young Catholic woman’s progress towards true self in era when House Committee on Un-American Activities is blacklisting people over free speech)