Forthcoming children’s and YA historical novels for 2015

Fiona Sheppard

Part of the Forthcoming Historical Novels guide

This is our list of forthcoming historical novels for 2015, covering children’s, middle-grade and young adult titles set in the 1960s and earlier. Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard using US, CAN & UK mainstream and small press catalogues and are based on publisher descriptions. To aid in selection we list the age category the publisher is aiming the book at. We are still adding books for Fall 2015 so keep an eye out for new titles!

January 2015

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 1 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 + (mystery set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 2 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 + (mystery set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Jan Brett, The First Dog, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 3 – 5
(an adventure with Kip, the cave boy and his shadow, Paleowolf, the first dog)

Kimberley Brubaker Bradley, The War That Saved My Life, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (W W II England is the setting for this follow-up to ‘Jefferson’s Sons’)

Megan Chance, The Web (Fianna Trilogy), Skyscape,
Ages 12 + (Victorian New York, 17-yr-old Grace is
tangled in the web of an ancient prophecy)

Kathy Clark, The Choice (Holocaust Remembrance Series),  Second Story Press, Ages 9 – 13  (two boys, one Jewish and one Catholic, are forced to make difficult choices)

Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome, Freedom’s School, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 6 – 8
(when Lizzie’s parents are freed, it’s time for Lizzie and Paul to go to school)

Winnifred Conkling, Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 12 +   (in 1848, 13-yr-old Emily and five siblings take part in the largest slave escape in U.S. history)

Cathryn Constable, The Wolf Princess, The Chicken House, Ages 10 – 14
(mystery adventure with an exotic princess set in the wintry wilds of Russia)

Melanie Crowder, Audacity, Philomel Books, Ages 12 + (fiction in verse about Clara Lemlich, Russian immigrant to NY in early 20th -c, who fought for equal rights)

Lynn Cullen, Dear Mr. Washington, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 5 – 8
(family of misbehaving children make George Washington smile for his portrait)

Vanessa Curtis, The Earth is Singing, Usborne, Ages 11 +
(set in Latvia a Holocaust story celebrating the triumph of the human spirit)

Karen Deans, Joe Cepeda, Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Holiday House, Ages 4 – 8   (young musicians to try to make it in the unheard of integrated big-time swing era in Washington, D.C.)

Terry Deary, World War II Tales 1: The Apple Spy, Bloomsbury, Ages 7 +
(3 German spies land in a remote Scottish village in 1940)

Terry Deary, World War II Tales 2: The Bike Escape, Bloomsbury, Ages 7 +
(adventures of young Harry who is evacuated from London during the Blitz)

Sharon M. Draper, Stella by Starlight, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 13
(Ku Klux Klan makes unwelcome appearance in this deep South Depression-era story)

Anne Dublin, 44 Hours or Strike!, Second Story Press, Ages 14 + (two Jewish sisters are caught up in the events of the dressmakers’ strike in Toronto, 1931)

Teresa Flavin, The Crimson Shard, Templar, Ages 9 – 12
(during museum visit two children step through portal into 18th -c London)

Michael Foreman, The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha, Templar Publishing, Ages 8 – 14
(in May 1915, a 21-year-old seaman meets an unusual friend on ‘X-beach’, Gallipoli)

Guy Francis, Stacia Deutsch, Washington’s War, Aladdin, Ages 7 – 10  (Abigail and friends must convince George Washington to continue to fight the Revolutionary War)

Gregory Funaro, Alistair Grim’s Odditorium, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 17
(first in series; steampunk fantasy set in 19th-c London)

Sally Gardner, The Door That Led to Where, Hot Key, Ages 10 +
(when the present offers no hope for the future, the answers may lie in the past)

Jamila Gavin, Coram Boy, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(reissue of rich, gothic tale of duty, love and friendship by author of ‘Temple Boys’)

Alison Goodman, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Harper Collins Australia, Ages 12 +
(the first of a supernatural historical series set in the early 1800s)

E Graziani, War in My Town, Second Story Press, Ages 9 – 13
(with her brothers caught up in the resistance, Bruna must help her mother and sisters stand up to the occupying soldiers. A true story)

Nikki Grimes, Michele Wood, Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B Anthony: Inspired by Historical Facts, Orchard Books, Ages 7 – 10
(two famous women recall their triumphs and struggles to achieve civil rights)

Jane Hardstaff, River Daughter, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(sequel to ‘The Executioner’s Daughter’, deadly quest in authentic Tudor setting)

Philip Kerr, The Winter Horses, Walker Children’s (UK)/Knopf (US), Ages 10 – 14
(Ukraine, 1941, young girl sets out on treacherous journey to save the only two surviving horses)

Kate Klimo, Tim Jessell, Dog Diaries #6: Sweetie, Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 7 – 10  (George Washington’s transition from farmer to president told by his foxhound, Sweetie)

Norman Jorgensen, Brian Harrison-Lever, In Flanders Fields, Freemantle Press, Ages 7 – 9
(W W I soldier crosses no-man’s-land to rescue a robin caught in barbed wire)

Kathryn Lasky, Horses of the Dawn #2: Star Rise, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(once held in captivity by men hunting gold in the New World, Estrella and her herd have escaped to freedom)

David Levithan, Marly’s Ghost, Electric Monkey, Ages 12 +
(fresh spin on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’)

J. Patrick Lewis, Yevgenia Nayberg, The Wren and the Sparrow, Kar-Ben (Lerner),
Ages 8 – 12  (illustrated fable brings hope to people of small Polish town during Holocaust)

Jessica Lidh, The NUMBER 7, Merit Press, Ages 12 +
(Louisa’s grandfather tells truth about his role in the Swedish resistance during WW II)

Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March, Dial, Ages 12 + (based on memoir of youngest marcher in 1965 Alabama rights march)

Chris Lynch, World War II Book 3: Alive and Kicking, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(not to be outdone by his Naval brother, Theo chooses to serve in the Air Force)

Ann M. Martin, Family Tree Book Four: Home is the Place, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(four girls, four generations, one family. The fourth installment in the series)

Norma Fox Mazer, Saturday, the Twelfth of October, Lizzie Skurnick/Ig Publishing,
Ages 12 – 18  (14-yr-old Zan awakens in the forest world of a band of prehistoric cave-dwellers)

Meredith McCardle, Blackout (Annum Guard Book 2), Skyscape, Ages 14 +
(time-travel adventure from Lincoln’s assassination to Cuban Missile Crisis to present day)

Kate Messner, Kelly McMorris, Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail, Scholastic Press, Ages 7 – 10  (Ranger, time-traveling golden retriever, arrives in 1850)

Susan Lynn Meyer, New Shoes, Holiday House, Ages 6 – 9
(set in South during segregation, two young girls find inventive way to foil Jim Crow laws)

Simon Nicholson, Young Houdini: The Magician’s Fire, Oxford University Press, Ages 9 – 12 (mystery adventure set in NY 1886; young Harry uses his skills to investigate crimes)

Michael Northrop, TombQuest Book 1 : Book of the Dead, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(ancient evil is unleashed in this epic Egyptian fantasy adventure)

Michelle Paver, Gods and Warriors (Book 2): The Burning Shadow, Puffin (reissue),
Ages 10 +  (set in fantasy Mediterranean Bronze Age, Hylas is caught & sold as slave to copper mines)

Michelle Paver, Gods and Warriors (Book 3): The Eye of the Falcon, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 +  (third in series, adventure set in fantasy Mediterranean Bronze Age)

David Potter, The Left Behinds and the iPhone that Saved George Washington, Crown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (iPhone malfunction sends 3 children back to 1776)

Leila Rasheed, Emeralds & Ashes (At Somerton #3), Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 +
(murmurs of war affect every member of Somerton in this Downton Abbey spin-off)

Faith Ringgold, Harlem Renaissance Party, Amistad, Ages 4 – 8
(illustrated story of a journey through the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s)

Susan Goldman Rubin, Ela Weissberger, The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin, Holiday House, Ages 8 – 12 (Holocaust survivor’s coming-of-age in Terezin concentration camp)

Dianne K Salerni, The Eighth Day (Eighth Day Series, Book 1), HarperCollins,
Ages 8 – 12  (a magical fantasy adventure melding Arthurian legend into present day)

Diane K Salerni, The Inquisitor’s Mark: Eighth Day Series Book 2, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12 (historical fantasy with descendant of King Arthur and wizard with bloodlines to Merlin)

Augusta Scattergood, The Way to Stay in Destiny, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(an adventure celebrating music and baseball in the wake of the Vietnam War)

Augusta Scattergood, Glory Be, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(1964; Mississippi townspeople get riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool)

John Schumann, Craig Smith, I Was Only Nineteen, Allen & Unwin, Ages 7 – 11 (told in verse – training & war experiences of platoon of Australian soldiers sent to fight in Vietnam in 1960s)

Marcus Sedgwick, The Ghosts of Heaven, Roaring Brook Press, Ages 12 – 17
(a cleverly interlinked novel about survival and discovery, written in four parts)

Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon, X: A Novel, Candlewick, Ages 14 +
(co-written by Malcom X’s daughter; describes the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world)

Emily Sharratt, Ellie’s War 2: Wherever You Are, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 +
(August 1915, 2nd in series coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of WW I)

Megan Shepherd, A Cold Legacy (Madman’s Daughter #3), Balzer + Bray, Ages 12 +
(with inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this is the conclusion of the series)

Alan Schroeder, In Her Hands, Lee & Low Books, Ages 7 + (picture book tells true story of African-American sculptor; a leading figure in Harlem Renaissance of 1930s)

Park SoHee, GOONG, Volume 17, Yen Press, Ages 15 +
(graphic novel, alternate historical fantasy where Korea still has a royal family)

Diane Stanley, The Chosen Prince, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(an adventure story inspired by The Tempest blending historical fact and fiction)

Jessica Spotswood, Sisters’ Fate, Penguin, Ages 12 +  (final installment of Cahill Witch Chronicles (‘Born Wicked’, ‘Star Cursed’) set in New England)

Diane Stanley, The Princess of Cortova, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(historical fantasy with all the danger, intrigue, alliances and betrayals of a medieval court)

Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton #15: All for Stilton and Stilton for All, Papercutz,
Ages 8 – 12  (Geronimo Stilton graphic novels; France reign of Louis XIII)

Jordan Stratford, Kelly Murphy, The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 1), Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(a new historical mystery series set in 1826 London)

Jeremy Strong, Romans on the Rampage, Puffin, Ages 7 +
(Marcus is a Roman boy who is crazy about chariot racing)

Annika Thor, Deep Sea, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(WW II historical fiction set in Sweden with themes of romance, friendships and school)

Yana Toboso, Black Butler, Volume 19, Yen Press, Ages 15 +
(graphic novel about an earl, in Queen Victoria’s service, and his elite butler)

Sandi Toksvig, Hitler’s Canary, Square Fish, Ages 11 – 16
(the Nazi invasion brings a restrictive dictatorship to the free-thinking Danes)

Steve Watkins, Ghosts of War Book 1: The Secret of Midway, Scholastic Paperbacks,
Ages 8 – 12  (after discovery in family junkshop, history comes alive with a WW II ghost)

Cynthia Weil, I’m Glad I Did, Soho Teen, Ages 12 +
(NY 1963; coming-of-age of a teen songwriter who finds herself involved in theft & murder)

Suzanne Weyn, The Haunted Museum #3: The Pearl Earring, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 – 12
(third in series, Lily accidentally touches a painting at the Haunted Museum)

Adele Whitby, Betsy’s Story, 1934 (Secrets of the Manor, Book 5), Simon Spotlight,
Ages 8 – 12  (there’s trouble at Chatswood Manor and it’s up to Betsy to find culprit)

Adele Whitby, Kay’s Story, 1934 (Secrets of the Manor, Book 6), Simon Spotlight,
Ages 8 – 12  (Great Depression is raging across US: Vandermeers fall on hard times)

February 2015

Kristin Bailey, Rise of the Arcane Fire (The Secret Order, Book 2), Simon Pulse, Ages 14 +
(2nd book of Secret Order trilogy set in steam-punk Victorian London)

Kristin Bailey, Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order, Book 3), Simon Pulse,
Ages 14 +  (conclusion to the Secret Order trilogy set in steam-punk Victorian London)

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 3 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 +
(mystery series set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 4 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 +
(mystery series set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Sarah Masters Buckey, Danger in Paris : A Samantha Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(details Europe during the early 1900s)

Tim Collins, Diary of Dorkius Maximus in Pompeii, Trafalgar Square Children’s Publishing,
Ages 9 – 11 (Dorkius is annoyed when he has to move to Pompeii for the summer)

Evelyn Coleman, Shadows on Society Hill : An Addy Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(relates details of the reconstruction after Civil War)

Floyd Cooper, Juneteenth for Mazie, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 6 – 9
(celebrates announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas 1865)

Sandra Dallas, Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 8 – 11 (1942, story of 12-year-old Tomi, a Japanese American caught up in prejudices after the attack on Pearl Harbor)

Alison DeCamp, My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!), Crown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (1895 Michigan; Stan’s mission to find long-lost father in logging camps)

Lucien De Gieter, The Amulet of the Great Pyramid: Papyrus (Volume 6), Cinebook, Ltd,
Ages 9 +  (Papyrus comes face to face with Anubis, god of the dead.)

Arthur Conan Doyle, Gris Grimly, A Study in Scarlet, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(modern twist on the original Sherlock Holmes tale: London 1881)

Monica Edinger, Robert Byrd, Africa Is My Home : A Child of the Amistad, Candlewick,
Ages 10+  (true story of child from Amistad who makes her way back to Africa)

Kathleen Ernst, The Smuggler’s Secrets : A Caroline Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(depicts smuggling during the War of 1812)

Catherine Fisher, Obsidian Mirror: The Slanted Worlds, Speak, Ages 12 +
(a dark fantasy blend of time-travel and post-apocalyptic thrills)

Esther Friesner, Deception’s Price (Princesses of Myth), Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (2nd book about the feisty heroine, Maeve, set in 1st -c Ireland)

Sharon Gosling, The Ruby Airship, Switch Press, Ages 14 – 18
(adventure sequel to ‘The Diamond Thief’)

Jacqueline Greene, A Growing Suspicion : A Rebecca Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(describes urban gardening and botanical gardens in the early 20th century)

Jessica Gunderson, Anthony Foti, A Rebel Among Redcoats : A Revolutionary War Novel, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 11 (adventure about patriots’ courage & determination)

Daniel Hartwell, Neill Cameron, The Pirates of Pangaea: Book 1, David Fickling Books,
Ages 7 +  (1717:kidnapped on Pangaea, Sophie escapes ruthless pirate & embarks on epic journey)

Jody Hedlund, An Uncertain Choice, Zondervan, Ages 13 +
(inspirational medieval romance featuring Lady Rosemarie and her knight suitors)

Gareth Hinds, Macbeth, Candlewick, Ages 12 +
(an illustrated version of the classic story of a man driven mad by ambition)

Deborah Hopkinson, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel, Yearling, Ages 10 +  (August 1854, the deadly cholera virus comes to London)

Dean Ing, It’s Up to Charlie Hardin, Baen, Ages 10 +
(adventure filled coming-of-age story set in World War II era Austin, Texas)

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, The Jazzman’s Trumpet : A Kit Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(discover the jazz era during the Great Depression)

Peter Lerangis, Seven Wonders Book 3: The Tomb of Shadows, HarperCollins,
Ages 8 – 12  (epic battle with shadows of dead at famed Mausoleum of Halicarnassus)

Peter Lerangis, Seven Wonders Journals: The Key, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(seven adventures to seven new times and places)

Astrid Lindgren, Rasmus and the Vagabond, Plough Publishing House, Ages 8 – 12
(adventure set in Sweden before age of automobiles; orphan meets extraordinary tramp)

Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom, Greek Hero (Fly On the Wall), Frances Lincoln,
Ages 8 – 12 (Agathon, the Greek soldier, returns home from battle)

Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom, Pharoah’s Egypt (Fly On the Wall), Frances Lincoln,
Ages 8 – 12  (follow Pharoah and his nobles in their daily lives)

Laurie McKay, The Last Dragon Charmer #1: Villain Keeper, HarperCollins,
Ages 8 – 12  (historical fantasy about a brave young prince’s quest to find honour and friendship and discover what it means to be a hero)

Kate McMullan, Hit the Road, Helen, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 13
(was Helen (the face that launched 1000 ships) entirely at fault? – true story of the Trojan War for kids)

Michael Morpurgo, Gemma O’Callaghan, Half a Man, Candlewick /WalkerUK (July),
Ages 10 + (evokes post-war Britain in a tale about the physical and mental scars of war)

Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Candlewick,
Ages 8 – 12 (an Arthurian tale receives a new translation from Michael Morpurgo)

Chad Morris, Cragbridge Hall Book 2: The Avatar Battle, Shadow Mountain, Ages 8 +
(time-traveling history adventure with themes about choice and consequence)

Jennifer A. Nielsen, Mark of the Thief, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(a tale of greed and power and one Roman slave boy’s courage)

Kathryn Reiss, The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter : A Julie Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(explains Chinese immigration during the early 20th century)

Sharman Apt Russell, Teresa of the New World, Yucca Publishing, Ages 12 +
(magical fantasy in 1528 America in the time of the conquistadors)

Pam Munoz Ryan, Echo, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(a puzzling quest and a prophecy; a contemporary story begun decades ago)

Melinda Salisbury, The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Scholastic Press, Ages 14 +
(a seductive, dark and startling fantasy set against an alternate medieval background)

N H Senzai, Saving Kabul Corner, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books,
Ages 8 – 12  (weaves the dynamics of Afghan culture, history and politics into a classic mystery story)

Janet Shaw, The Silent Stranger : A Kaya Mystery, American Girl, Ages 8 +
(portrays early North American native culture)

Robert Skead, Patriots, Redcoats and Spies, Zonderkidz, Ages 9 – 12
(an American Revolutionary inspirational war adventure set in 1777)

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Dance of the Banished, Pajama Press, Ages 12 +
(the breakout of WW II dashes a young Armenian couple’s dreams of a new life in Canada)

Mark David Smith, Caravaggio: Signed in Blood, Tradewind, Ages 10 + (17th-c Rome, an orphan and Caravaggio’s model get mixed up in an adventure with the famous painter)

Lauren Tarshis, I Survived #11 : I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871, Scholastic Inc,
Ages 7 – 10  (a boy struggles to stay alive as the great city of Chicago burns)

Tiffany Trent, The Tinker King, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(in post-human Victorian world, novel melds fantasy with healthy dose of steampunk)

J&P Voelkel, The Jaguar Stones, Book Four: The Lost City, EgmontUSA, Ages 10 +
(adventure highlighting facets of Mayan folklore & mythology, & Spain & the Spanish)

Anne C Voorhoeve, Trans by Tammi Reichel, My Family For the War, Speak,
Ages 12 +  (set during WW II this adds commemorative value and perspective to Holocaust fiction for young readers)

Jon Walter, Close to the Wind, David Fickling Books, Ages 10 – 14
(a novel about the timelessness and heartbreak of war)

Jude Watson, The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1 : Mission Titanic, Scholastic Inc,
Ages 8 – 12  (historical mystery adventure with Dan and Amy on the trail of clues)

Elizabeth Wein, Black Dove, White Raven, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 +
(1930s; a white woman raising a black adoptive son moves to Ethiopia where their peace is shattered by threat of war)

Julie White, The Lost Diary, Sono Nis Press, Ages 9 – 12  (4th Hillcroft Farm novel intertwines contemporary tale with the early days of women’s international competition)

Lee White, Marjorie Agosin, I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Ages 10 -14  (11-year-old’s world is upended by family’s move to US to escape horrors of Pinochet’s takeover of Chile)

Jo Whittemore, Colonial Madness, Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13
(contestants entering a unique competition have to live as people did in Colonial times)

Marcia Williams, Les Miserables, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12
(the epic masterpiece retold and illustrated for young readers)

Nelson Yomtov, Mark Simmons, Titanic Disaster! : Nickolas Flux and the Sinking of the Great Ship, Capstone Press, Ages 8 – 12 (Nickolas Flux History Chronicles. Graphic novel)

Nelson Yomtov, Mark Simmons, Trapped in Antarctica : Nickolas Flux and the Shackleton Expedition, Capstone Press, Ages 8 – 12 (Nickolas Flux History Chronicles. Graphic novel)

March 2015

Irene Adler, Iacopo Brun, The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose, Capstone Young Readers,
Ages 9 – 13  (Holmes, Lupin and Adler meet in London to solve strange chess problem)

Louis May Alcott, Oxford Children’s Classics: Little Women, Oxford University Press,
Ages 10 +  (new edition of an old favourite)

David Almond, The Tightrope Walkers, Candlewick US, Penguin UK, Ages 14 +
(coming-of-age based on early childhood of author in ‘50s and ‘60s Tyneside, England)

Avi, Catch You Later, Traitor, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(1951 NY; FBI agent accuses 12-yr-old Pete’s father of being a Communist)

Amy Axelrod, David Axelrod, The Bullet Catch: Murder by Misadventure, Holiday House,
Ages 10 –14   (coming-of-age of young man who must refashion his destiny amidst murder and misadventure in golden age of magic)

Pierdomenico Baccalario, Iacopo Bruno, Map of the Passages, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 -13  (history and mystery, magic and evil combine in this adventure series)

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Ballots for Belva : The True Story of a Woman’s Race for the Presidency, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages 6 – 10
(based on the story of Belva Lockwood who ran for the presidency in 1884)

Ian Beck, The Casebooks of Captain Holloway : The Disappearance of Tom Pile, Corgi, Ages 12 + (a young boy disappears without a trace from a forest near his home one night in 1900)

Ilsa J. Bick, The Dickens Mirror: Book Two of the Dark Passages, Egmont USA, Ages 14 +
(sophisticated older teen horror novel set in dark alternative Victorian London)

Enid Blyton, The Mystery Series, Volume 5 (Five Find-Outers), Egmont, Ages 7 +
(mystery series set in a mid twentieth-century English village: 3 books in 1)

Tonya Bolden, Maritcha : A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (based on memoir: describes life of free black child in 1850s NY)

Tamara Bower, The Mummy-Makers of Egypt, Triangle Square, Ages 7 – 10
(details of Egyptian life seen through eyes of Ipy, whose father is chief embalmer)

Steve Brezenoff, Lisa Weber, The Case of the Haunted History Museum, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12   (for children interested in history, mystery, museums and artifacts)

Steve Brezenoff, Lisa Weber, The Case of the Missing Museum Archives, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12   (for children interested in history, mystery, museums and artifacts)

Janet Lee Carey, In the Time of Dragon Moon, Kathy Dawson Books, Ages 12 +
(romantic Arthurian fantasy saga with dragons, magic and dark secrets)

Bruce Carter, The Children Who Stayed Behind, Vintage Children’s Classics, Ages 8 – 12
(Brighton and England’s coast have become the front line of World War II)

Raoul Cauvin, Willy Lambil, The Bluecoats (Vol 8) – Auld Lang Blue, Cinebook, Ltd,
Ages 8 +  (amusing look at the American Civil War. Graphic novel)

Marty Chan, Infinity Coil 2 : The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles, Fitzhenry & Whiteside,
Ages 12 + (2nd in series following ‘Demon Gate’; a steampunk fantasy adventure)

Kady Cross, The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles), Harlequin Teen,
Ages 12 +  (1887 London, a final showdown is about to begin)

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Charles Keeping, Beowulf, Oxford Univ. Press, Ages 11 – 14
(epic Anglo-Saxon poem reworked for middle grade readers)

Jen Swann Downey, The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Ages 9 – 13 (two children discover a secret society of ninjas who protect those whose words get them into trouble at any time in history)

Kathleen Duey, Karen A. Bale, Flood: Mississippi 1927, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a tale of historical fiction; part of the ‘Survivors’ series)

Jane Eagland, The World Within: A Novel of Emily Bronte, Arthur A. Levine Books,
Ages 12 +  (the young novelist-to-be finds her voice)

Christopher Edge, The Black Crow Conspiracy, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 – 12  (Penny Tredwell, solves the mystery of Edward VII’s missing Crown Jewels)

Christopher Edge, Twelve Minutes to Midnight, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 – 12  (Penny is called on to solve a strange phenomenon occurring in Bedlam)

Christopher Edge, Shadows of the Silver Screen, Albert Whitman & Company, Ages 8 – 12  (Penny agrees to allow filming of her sinister Penny Dreadful stories)

Leanne Statland Ellis, The Ugly One, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(15th –c, at the height of the Incan empire a girl seeks finds a life-path as a shaman)

Catherine Fisher, The Door in the Moon (Obsidian Mirror Book 3), Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 – 18 (genre-blending time travel dark fantasy world: conclusion to trilogy)

Jeff Fleischer, Rockin’ the Boat : 50 Iconic Revolutionaries – From Joan of Arc to Malcom X , Zest Books, Ages 14 + (revolutionaries from Roman Empire to those who helped create America)

Martin Fournier, The Adventures of Radisson 2 : Back to the New World, Baraka Books,     Ages 12 +  (Canadian wilderness historical adventure story based on Radisson’s life)

Brian Gallagher, Friend or Foe : 1916: Which Side Are You On?, O’Brien Press,
Ages 12 + (based on Easter Rising, two friends are on opposite sides in Dublin)

Sally Gardner, The Double Shadow, Orion, Ages 14 +
(1937; 17-year-old girl tries to free herself from memory machine created by her father)

Martyn Godfrey, Mystery in the Frozen Lands, James Lorimer & Company Ltd, Ages 10 +
(1857; teenager Peter Griffin joins sea mission to solve mystery of what happened to Sir John Franklin)

Rebecca Goldfield, Mike Short, The Captive of Friendly Cove, Fulcrum Publishing,
Ages 12 – 18  (John Jewitt was held captive for 3 years by the Mowachaht people: graphic novel retelling of history)

Matt Griffin, A Cage of Roots, O’Brien Press, Ages 12 +
(from a New York orphanage Ayla travels to Ireland in search of her celtic roots)

Jessica Gunderson, Anthony Foti, The Songs of Stones River: A Civil War Novel, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 11  (Civil War era brought to life in story told by two boys – one free white and one enslaved black)

Sable Hamilton, Free Spirit, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12  (in a remote location in Colorado a film crew is making a low budget movie about pioneers in the 1800s)

Laura Hurwitz, Disappear Home, Albert Whitman Teen, Ages 12 – 18  (1970 at the decline of the Hippie movement two sisters escape from a commune run by their father)

Paul B. Janeczko, Chris Raschka, The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12 (a look at poems through history, reflecting the time in which each poet lived)

Anna Jarzab, Tandem, Ember, Ages 12 +
(fantasy saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes)

Anna Jarzab, Tether, Delacorte Press, Ages 12 +
(second in the series, following ‘Tandem’)

E. K. Johnston, Prairie Fire, Carolrhoda Lab, Ages 11 – 18  (follow-up to ‘The Story of Owen’: part adventure, part alternate history & part ecological fable)

Julie Johnston, Little Red Lies, Tundra Books, Ages 10 +
(a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of WW II)

Mitsuhisa Kuji, Wolfsmund, Volume 6, Vertical, Ages 14 +
(graphic historical rendition of the William Tell story)

Justine Larbalestier, Razorhurst, Soho Teen, Ages 14 +
(a mob-run Sydney in 1932 is the setting for this historical thriller with paranormal twist)

Stacey Lee, Under a Painted Sky, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 12 +
(Missouri 1845; Samantha’s tired of being disregarded because she’s a girl – & Chinese)

V S Lee, The Agency 4: Rivals in the City, Candlewick, Ages 12 +  (detective mystery steeped in action and romance in the gas-lit intrigue of Victorian London)

Madeleine L’Engle, Hope Larson, A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, Square Fish,
Ages 10 – 14  (graphic rendition of L’Engle’s time-travel favorite)

Peter Lerangis, Seven Wonders Book 4: The Curse of the King, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12 (continuing their battle with the Seven Wonders, Jack and friends must confront angry gods, relive old battles, and face down their own destiny)

Patricia MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall 30th Anniversary Edition, HarperCollins,
Ages 6 – 10 (19th –c tale of Sarah Wheaton who answers widower’s advertisement for wife & mother)

Mary McCoy, Dead To Me, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 +
(evoking classic film noir, explores the dangerous glamor of Hollywood’s Golden Age)

Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Nancy Pearl, Greensleeves (Nancy Pearl’s Book Crush Rediscoveries), Skyscape, Ages 12 – 18 (originally published in 1968 a timeless tale about how far people will go to find themselves)

PT McHugh, A Rebel’s Stone (Stone Ends #2), Glass House Press, Ages 10 – 18
(the newly minted Keeper of the Black Stones knows the fight is not over yet)

Michelle Magorian, Cuckoo in the Nest, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See May 2015)

Michelle Magorian, A Spoonful of Jam, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See May 2015)

Susan K Marlow, Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch, Kregel Publications,
Ages 8 – 12 (collection of inspirational stories taking place between 1873 and 1880)

Carolyn Meyer, Diary of a Waitress : The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl, Calkins Creek, Ages 10 +  (1926; experience of Harvey House waitress; themes of friendship & identity)

Kate Milford, Andrea Offermann, The Broken Lands, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12+ (prequel to ‘The Boneshaker’, historical fantasy in seedy underworld of Coney Island)

Angela Misri, Thrice Burned: A Portia Adams Adventure, Fierce Novels, Ages 12 – 17
(2nd in adventure series set in 1930s with Portia, who has inherited 221B Baker Street)

Meredith Moore, I Am Her Revenge, Razorbill, Ages 12 +
(a Dickensian gothic story of love and revenge)

Theresa Nelson, The Year We Sailed the Sun, Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books,
Ages 9 – 12  (based on true story of young girl’s life in orphanage ‘The House of Mercy’)

Jane Nickerson, A Place of Stone and Shadow, Random House, Ages 12 +
(third novel set in the “Strands” world)

Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans!, Walker Children’s, Ages 7 +
(humorous adventure back in Roman Gladiator times)

Alfred Noyes, Charles Keeping, The Highwayman, Oxford University Press, Ages 11 – 14
(Noyes poem, illustrated for middle grade readers)

Kenneth Oppel, The Boundless, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 – 14
(fantasy adventure ride through Canadian railway history with a whiff of Steampunk)

K M Peyton, Flambards in Summer, Oxford University Press, Ages 11 +
(3rd in series, 1916 – Christina returns to Flambards to find the estate deserted)

K M Peyton, Flambards Divided, Oxford University Press, Ages 11 +
(4th in series, moving finale to the classic Flambards tale)

Nicola Pierce, Behind the Walls, O’Brien Press, Ages 14 +
(1689: Jacobite soldiers resolve to starve the population of Derry into submission)

Greg Pizzoli, The Impossibly True Story of Tricky Vic: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, Viking Children’s Books, Ages 7 – 9 (the story of Robert Miller, an aspiring con artist)

Jordan Quinn, Let the Games Begin! (Kingdom of Wrenley), Little Simon, Ages 5 – 9
(historical fantasy series for young readers)

Gerda Raidt, Christa Haltei, In the New World: A Family in Two Centuries, Charlesbridge,
Ages 5 – 8   (a family emigrate from Germany to the US in 1850)

Arthur Ransome, The Picts and the Martyrs, Vintage Children’s Classics, Ages 8 – 12
(reissue of children’s classic about summer holidays in Lake District, England, 1950s)

Arthur Ransome, Great Northern?, Vintage Children’s Classics, Ages 8 – 12
(finding rare bird’s egg leads to desperate chase to save the birds)

Alison Rattle, The Beloved, Hot Key, Ages 12 +
(Alice knows only rules and punishment as she strays from rigid Victorian life)

Caroline Starr Rose, Blue Birds, G P Putnam’s Sons, Ages 10 +
(story of friendship and meaning of family set in the New World, 1587)

Ted Sanders, The Keepers : The Box and the Dragonfly, HarperCollins, Ages 12 +
(fantasy adventure in which boy finds himself in middle of a centuries-old conflict)

Heidi Schulz, Hook’s Daughter, Chicken House, Ages 10 +
(19th-c fantasy adventure: Jocelyn sails to Neverland to avenge her father’s death)

Dan Scott, Gladiator School: Blood Justice, Scribo, Ages 8 – 12
(stand-alone 6th in series; adventure story set in Ancient Rome)

Marcus Sedgwick, Killing the Dead, Orion, Ages 14 +
(a creepy mystery set in a Massachusetts’ boarding school in the early ‘60s)

Andrew Smith, The Alex Crow, Electric Monkey UK / Dutton Juvenile US, Ages 14 +
(novel blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place)

Lindsay Smith, Sekret, Roaring Brook Press, Ages 12 – 18 (1960’s Russia, a young woman is forced into a program for children who will work as spies once their training is complete)

John Stephens, The Black Reckoning, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(a fantasy series filled with magic, time travel and adventure)

Nova Ren Suma,The Walls Around Us, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(supernatural story told by a contemporary young dancer and a girl long dead in a juvenile detention centre)

C. Taylor-Butler, Patrick Arrasmith, The Lost Tribes, Move Books, Ages 12 – 18 (action-adventure fantasy – 5 friends in race against time involving ancient tribal artifacts & historical knowledge)

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Keeping, The Lady of Shalott, Oxford University Press,
Ages 11 – 14  (fabled world of Camelot for middle grade readers)

Steve Watkins, Ghosts of War #2: Lost at Khe Sanh, Scholastic Paperbacks, Ages 8 – 12
(a race to find the mystery behind a war veteran’s ghostly appearance)

Ronald Welch, The Gauntlet (c1951), Oxford University Press, Ages 9 +
(time-slip historical adventure of boy transported to 14th–c England)

Django Wexler, The Forbidden Library 1, Puffin, Ages 10 + (1930s magical adventure about orphan Alice who is sent to live with uncle who owns impossibly massive library)

Kathy Canon Wiechman, Like a River : A Civil War Novel, Calkins Creek, Ages 9 +
(deeply atmospheric novel about courage, loyalty and family told in two voices)

Jane Yolen, Stone Angel, Philomel Books, Ages 5 – 8
(family flees Nazi invasion of Paris, watched over by an imaginary angel)

Suzy Zail, Saving Midnight, Walker Children’s, Ages 12 +
(one boy’s fight for survival during W W II)

Joyce Burns Zeiss, Out of the Dragon’s Mouth, Flux Books, Ages 12 – 18
(a poignant look into life ripped apart by the ravages of war after fall of South Vietnam)

April 2015

Glenda Armand, Floyd Cooper, Ira’s Shakespeare Dream, Lee & Low Books, Ages 6 +
(in 1800s when only white actors were allowed to perform Shakespeare, Ira goes to England to pursue his dream)

Steven Arntson, The Trap, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(summer 1963, Farro, Iowa; a tale of missing persons and thought provoking dilemmas)

Gary Blackwood, Curiosity, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12   (Philadelphia 1835; young chess prodigy recruited by showman to operate mechanical chess player)

Anne Blankman, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(1930s London murder mystery; sequel to ‘Prisoner of Night and Fog’)

Martha Brockenbrough, The Game of Love and Death, Arthur A. Levine Books, Ages 12 + (jazz-age Seattle; eternal adversaries ‘Love’ and ‘Death’ are re-imagined)

M.G. Buehrlen, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, (Alex Wayfare, Book 1), Diversion Books, Ages 13 +  (Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives and fifty-six histories)

Anne Bustard, Anywhere But Paradise, Egmont USA, Ages 10 +
(moving from Texas to Hawaii 1960, 12-yr-old Peggy faces bullying in white minority)

Sharon Cameron, Rook, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 +
(intrigue, romance & suspense in inventive alternate tale inspired by French Revolution)

Henry Clark, The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (1852; 3 non-white children work together to avoid slave-catchers)

Terry Deary, World War II Tales 3: The Barrel Burglary, Bloomsbury, Ages 7 +
(Jack & Tommy do their bit for the war effort aided by the Home Guard)

Terry Deary, World War II Tales 4: The Phantom Farm, Bloomsbury, Ages 7 +
(set outside Portsmouth, the phantom farm delves into some dodgy black-market dealings)

Marisa de los Santos, Saving Lucas Biggs, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy time-travel adventure; a girl’s only hope of saving her father lies in the past)

Melanie Dickerson, Fairy Tale Romance, Zondervan, Ages 15 +
(five ‘fairy-tale’ romance stories set against real historical backgrounds)

Ursula Dubosarsky, The Golden Day, Candlewick, Ages 12 +
(as the Vietnam war rages overseas, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history)

Natasha Farrant, The Things We Did For Love, Faber & Faber, Ages 12 +
(France 1944; devastating story of resistance, heartbreak and betrayal)

John Flanagan, Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband Chronicles 4, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12
(4th installment of fantasy adventure series featuring the Brotherband)

Pauline Francis, The 39 Steps, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(1930s London is setting for this classic murder mystery retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, The Three Musketeers, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Dumas’ 1844 classic retold for young readers)

Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank (Abridged for young readers), Puffin, Ages 9 – 11
(abridged retelling of the famous autobiography)

Esther Friesner, Deception’s Pawn (Princesses of Myth), Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (3rd in series with feisty heroine, Maeve. Historical fantasy in Iron Age Ireland)

Grace Gilmore, Logan Pryce Makes a Mess (Tales from Maple Ridge, 1), Little Simon,
Ages 5 – 9  (Maple Ridge, Illinois, 1892; Logan’s family have fallen on hard times)

Grace Gilmore, The Lucky Wheel (Tales From Maple Ridge, 2), Little Simon, Ages 5 – 9
(Logan helps his town repair the schoolhouse in this 2nd book about Maple Ridge)

Mark Greenwood, Frané Lessac, Midnight, A True Story of Loyalty in Word War I, Candlewick, Ages 5 – 9, (true story of WW I cavalry soldier and his heroic horse, Midnight)

Nicki Greenberg, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Allen & Unwin, Ages 14 +
(graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy)

Kate Hannigan, The Detective’s Assistant, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
Ages 8 – 12  (based on true story of Kate Warne, first female detective hired by Pinkerton Detective Agency)

Isuna Hasekura, Spice and Wolf, Vol 14, Yen Press, Ages 15 +  (graphic novel medieval fantasy about a traveling merchant and his companion, an ancient goddess)

Barbara Hay, Lesson of the White Eagle, The RoadRunner Press, Ages 12 +  (1893; 15-yr-old Dusty witnesses a hate crime & must decide whether to act on the lesson learned)

Nicole Helget, Wonder at the Edge of the World, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
Ages 8 – 12  (19th–c adventure about family, slavery, friendship and loyalty)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12 (legendary history of thoroughbred racing)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Stormy, Misty’s Foal, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(the story of the hurricane that destroyed the wild herds of Assateague)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, White Stallion of Lipizza, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a boy dreams of working with famed stallions of Lipizza)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(1791; a Vermont schoolmaster comes home with 2-year-old colt named Little Bub)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague, Aladdin,
Ages 8 – 12 (orphaned Chincoteague colt restores happiness to new owners)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(determined little burro touches heart of President Teddy Roosevelt)

Kimberly Willis Holt, Dear Hank Williams, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Ages 9 – 12  (1948 Louisiana; story about overcoming tragedy, family love, & young girl who finds her voice)

Dahlov Ipcar, Black and White, Nobrow Ltd, Ages 3 – 7
(civil rights allegory from the early 60s: Children’s picture book)

Robert Irwin, The Wilderness Collection: 4 Books in 1, Random House Australia, Ages 7 – 9 (time-travel series in which fossil transports a boy back to age of dinosaurs)

Jeff Jenson, Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jonathan Case, Before Tomorrowland, Disney
Press, Ages 12 – 18 (1939: a secret society of is about to share incredible discovery)

Oskar Jensen, The Yelling Stones: A Viking Tale of Myth and Magic, Hot Key Press,
Ages 8 – 12  (a Viking tale of myth and magic)

Li Jian, Yijin Wert, Ming’s Adventure with Confucius in Qufu : A Story in English and Chinese, Shangai Press, Ages 8 – 12   (Ming and his father travel to hometown of the famous sage)

Li Jian, Yijin Wert, Zheng He, The Great Chinese Explorer, Shanghai Press, Ages 8 – 12
(life of the legendary explorer told in English and Chinese)

Matthew Jobin, The Nethergrim, Puffin Books, Ages 10 +
(fantasy adventure, early medieval setting with knights, wizards and a lurking dark evil)

Norman Jorgensen, James Foley, The Last Viking Returns, Fremantle Press, Ages 3 – 5
(a Viking adventure about conquering fear: children’s picture book)

Celine Kiernan, Resonance, O’Brien, Ages 12 +
(supernatural fantasy adventure set in Ireland 1890)

Gordon Korman, The Hypnotists Book 2: Memory Maze, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(present collides with past in some adventurous historical conspiracies)

M P Kozlowsky, Brian Thompson, The Dyerville Tales, Walden Pond Press, Ages 8 – 12
(orphan searches for family and meaning of his grandfather’s book of lost fairy tales)

Caleb Krisp, Anyone But Ivy Pocket, Greenwillow Books, Ages 8 – 12
(darkly whimsical 19th –c tale about a 12-year-old lady’s maid)

Kirby Larson, Duke, Scholastic Paperbacks, Ages 8 – 12
(WW II story about a boy, his dog and his dad and the many meanings of bravery)

Debbie Levy, The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 10 – 14  (fictionalized true story of Jewish family’s last year in Germany, 1938)

Michelle Lord, Felicia Hoshino, Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin, Lee & Low Books, Ages 6 + (1906: royal court dancers from Cambodia travel to France for Colonial Exhibition, where Rodin sketches the dancers)

Michaela MacColl, The Revelation of Louisa May, Chronicle Books, Ages 12 – 18
(spunky 19th –c heroine juggles murder and a temperamental father with her writing)

Darragh Martin, The Keeper, Little Island Books, Ages 10 – 14
(fantasy adventure combining contemporary with Irish myth and legend)

Helen Maslin, Darkmere, Chicken House, Ages 15 +  (alternates between 1825 & present – a mixture of romance, horror, mystery & ghost story)

Wendy Mass, The Last Present, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 – 12
(a strange history with birthdays inspires this humorous time travel adventure)

Fiona McIntosh, The Whisperer, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12
(historical fantasy adventure story about a runaway prince and a carnival pauper)

Victoria McKernan, Son of Fortune, Ember, Ages 12 + (high-stakes poker game wins an enterprising 16-yr-old a guano import business located in the slave mines in Peru)

martha mendelsohn, Bromley Girls, Texas Tech Univ. Press, Ages 12 – 18
(a mid-50s story about search for identity and triumph of friendship over bigotry)

Carolyn Meyer, Anastasia and Her Sisters, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books,
Ages 12 +  (summer 1914, life inside Russian palace isn’t as charmed as it appears)

L.A. Meyer, Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +  (impetuous Jacky finds herself back in Boston and in trouble with the law)

Page Morgan, The Wondrous and the Wicked, Delacorte Press, Ages 12 +
(3rd in the Dispossessed Trilogy; mix of historical mystery, romance and the supernatural)

Walter Dean Myers, Invasion, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 +
(May 1944, two young recruits learn hard lessons about race, friendship and war)

Michael Northrop, TombQuest #2: Amulet Keepers, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(2nd in the epic ancient Egyptian adventure)

Joe O’Neill, Legends of the Rif, (Red Hand Adventures Book 3), Black Ship Publishing,
Ages 9 – 12  (epic historical adventure series set in Kathmandu, Morocco, and Ceylon)

Edgar Allan Poe, P. Craig Russell, Classics Illustrated #20: The Fall of the House of Usher, Papercutz, Ages 8 – 14  (graphic retelling of famous Poe classic horror)

Robin Price, Chris Watson, Son of Spartapuss, Mogzilla, Ages 6 – 8
(humorous series where Greece and Rome are ruled by cats)

Robin Price, Chris Watson, Eye of the Cyclaw, Mogzilla, Ages 6 – 8
(humorous series where Greece and Rome are ruled by cats)

Magica Quartet, Kawazukuu, Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne D’Arc,
Vol. 1, Yen Press, Ages 15 + (Puella Magi Tart Magica graphic novel series)

Jason Quinn, The Kaurava Empire: Vol 2 : The Vengeance of Ashwatthama, Campfire Graphics, Ages 12 + (further tales from the Mahabharata)

K. A. S. Quinn, The Queen Alone, Corvus, Ages 9 – 12
(1860 England: final installment in the time travel series)

Shoo Rayner, Grizzly Gladiator (Roman Brit 1), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Shoo Rayner, Ballistic Logistic (Roman Brit 2), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Kate Saunders, Five Children on the Western Front, Faber Children’s, Ages 8 – 12
(an epic follow-on from Nesbit’s stories set in WW I-era)

Phil Schroeder, Marcus Danton’s History Mystery, Caramel Tree Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(Marcus’ chase through Paris to solve a history mystery and find his missing father)

Chris Scofield, The Shark Curtain, Akashic Books, Ages 12 + (growing up in mid-60s Portland, Lily struggles to balance her family’s expectation with visions that continue to isolate her)

Gisela Tobien Sherman, The Farmerettes, Second Story Press, Ages 14 +  (six girls live and work on a farm as part of the Farm Service Force during summer of 1943)

Gerard Siggins, Rugby Rebel, O’Brien Press, Ages 9 +  (boarding school adventure story replete with real-life ghosts, for YA with interest in sports)

Lindsay Smith, Skandal, Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Children’s, Ages 12 – 18.
(the sequel to ‘Sekret’ set in 1960’s Russia)

Leigh Statham, The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl, Month9 Books,
Ages 12 +  (Steam-punk historical fantasy adventure)

Robin Stevens, Murder is Bad Manners: A Wells and Wong Mystery, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 10+ (detective mystery series set in1930s boarding school)

Lois Swoboda, Old Neb and the Lighthouse Treasure, Pineapple Press, Ages 9 – 12
(coming-of-age on a pristine barrier island off Florida’s Gulf coast in 1930s)

Tim Tingle, How I Became A Ghost: A Choctaw Trails of Tears Story, The RoadRunner
Press, Ages 13 + (a Choctaw boy tells of his tribe’s removal from Mississippi)

Rachel Van Kooij, Siobhán Parkinson, Bartolomé : The Infanta’s Pet, Little Island Books,
Ages 12 +  (17th –c Madrid: dwarf overcomes humiliation and fear at court. Inspirational)

Maya Van Wagenen, Popular: A Memoir, Speak, Ages 10 + (a funny awkward story of one girl’s quest to be popular using the ‘50s guide written by former teen model Betty Cornell)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Secret of the Swords (Sword Girl Book 1), Allen & Unwin, Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Poison Plot (Sword Girl Book 2), Allen & Unwin,
Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Suzanne Weyn, The Haunted Museum #4: The Cursed Scarab (A Hauntings Novel), Scholastic Paperbacks, Ages 8 – 12  (Taylor must untangle past from present to break ancient curse)

Susan White, The Memory Chair, Acorn Press, Ages 8 – 12 (13-year-old Betony is transported into her grandmother’s memories & uncovers a shameful family secret)

Doug Wilhelm, Treasure Town, Long Stride Books, Ages 6 – 9 (humorous adventure with lots of history & geography about old time American pirates including Jean Lafitte & his treasure)

John Wilson, And in the Morning : The Somme, 1916 (Fields of Conflict), Heritage House,
Ages 12 +  (1st in series: realities of WW I battlefield seen through an adolescent’s eyes)

John Wilson, Flames of the Tiger : Germany 1945 (Fields of Conflict), Heritage House,
Ages 12 +  (2nd in series:realities of ‘Nazi-glorified’ war through the eyes of an adolescent)

Frieda Wishinsky, Willow Dawson, Avis Dolphin, Groundwood Books, Ages 9 – 12
(a story-within-a-story, based on real events of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915)

Maryrose Wood, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I : The Mysterious Howling, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II : The Hidden Gallery, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III : The Unseen Guest, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, Eliza Wheeler, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book IV : The Interrupted Tale, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12 (humorous Victorian mystery series)

Maryrose Wood, Eliza Wheeler, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book V : The Unmapped Sea, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12 (humorous Victorian mystery series)

May 2015

Renée Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Ages 12 +
(a love story inspired by ‘A Thousand and One Nights’)

Berthe Amoss, Mischief and Malice, Ig Publishing, Ages 9 +
(New Orleans, 1939, Louise finds a mystery buried in an ancient giant armoire)

T. Neill Anderson, Horrors of History: Massacre of the Miners: A Novel, Charlesbridge,
Ages 10 + (1914 Colorado; true story of National Guard attack on striking miners & families)

Laurence Anholt, Cezanne and the Apple Boy, Frances Lincoln, Ages 6 – 10
(Young Paul travels to the mountains to spend a summer with his father)

Edward Ardizzone, Stephen Fry, Tim All Alone, Frances Lincoln Children’s Bks, Ages 4 – 7
(Tim’s adventures evoke life in mid 20 th century English coastal town)
Also: Tim to the Rescue, Tim’s Friend Towser and Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

Kathleen Baldwin, A School for Unusual Girls: A Stranje House Novel, Tor Teen, Ages 13 – 18 (1814 England: school for reforming wayward girls teaches spying & political intrigue)

Karen Bass, Uncertain Soldier, Pajama Press, Ages 12 – 18
(WWII: When the world only sees you as German, how can you forge your own identity?)

Rebecca Behrens, When Audrey Met Alice, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Ages 9 – 12
(story of blended realistic and historical fiction: one girl’s life in White House)

Chris Blake, Time Hunters (1) – Gladiator Clash, HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, Ages 7 +
(first in new time-travel series: hunt through time to battle history’s mightiest warriors)

Lily Blake, Reign: Hysteria, Poppy, Ages 14 +   (witchcraft and treachery in medieval France where the populous is rife with religious frenzy)

Megan Frazer Blakemore, The Friendship Riddle, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 8 – 12
(middle school fantasy mystery story featuring an epic quest for Ruth and friends)

Emilie Christie Burack, The Runaway’s Gold, Amulet Books, Ages 8 – 14
(based on memoirs of life in 1842 Shetland Islands and a boy’s new life in America)

John Christopher, In the Beginning, Aladdin, Ages 8 -12
(love proves ancient as time itself in this prehistoric adventure romance)

Rin Chupeco, The Girl from the Well, Sourcebooks Fire, Ages 14 – 17
(creepy ghost story with Okiku, a vengeful 300-yr-old Japanese girl spirit)

Lucy Coats, Brett Bean, Steeds of the Gods #3 (Beasts of Olympus), Grosset & Dunlap,
Ages 8 – 12 (illustrated series set in a magical Ancient Greece)

Susan Cooper, Dawn of Fear, Red Fox, Ages 10 +
(after a night filled with bombing raids, the war changes the world forever)

Peter Dickinson, The Kin, Open Road Media Teen and Tween, Ages 12 + (four inter-linked novels; four children embark on quest for a new land at dawn of human history)

Heather Dixon, Illusionarium, Greenwillow Books, Ages 13 +
(a young apprentice scientist is enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague)

Jaclyn Dolamore, Dark Metropolis, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(setting evocative of sinister 1930s city life, thriller with mystery, fantasy and magic)

Paul Dowswell, Bomber, Bloomsbury UK, Ages 14 +
(W W II story of one boy’s escape through occupied territory)

Ruth Eastham, The Jaguar Trials, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 – 11 (Ben is in Latin America when he stumbles into ancient mystery amidst ruins of a great temple)

Pauline Francis, Oliver Twist, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(classic Dickens’ tale of a poor workhouse boy, retold for young children)

Jack Gantos, From Norvelt to Nowhere, Square Fish, Ages 10 – 14
(gothic humor, mystery, romance and meditation on American history all rolled into one)

A.C. Gaughen, Lion Heart : A Scarlet Novel, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 12 – 17
(last in ‘Scarlet’ trilogy: adventure romance in time of King John & Nottingham Forest)

Jean Craighead George, John Hendrix, Ice Whale, Dial Books for Young Readers,
Ages 9 – 12 (a boy witnesses the birth of an ice whale in 1848)

Jean Giono, Peter Bailey, Michael Morpurgo, The Man Who Planted Trees, Far Far Away Books, Ages 8 +  (the story of a modest man who did something remarkable)

Amy Butler Greenfield, Chantress Fury, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 12 +
(third in series after ‘Chantress’ & ‘Chantress Alchemy’)

Bethany Griffin, Dance of the Red Death, Greenwillow Books, Ages 14 +
(dark, atmospheric reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Masque of the Red Death’)

Tim Hall, Shadow of the Wolf, David Fickling Books, Ages 14 +
(re-imagined alternate fantasy of familiar Robin Hood legend – with a difference)

Frances Hardinge, Cuckoo Song, Amulet Books, Ages 12 – 18
(England after WW I, eerie mystery about the relationship between two sisters)

Rosamund Hodge, Crimson Bound, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(tale of darkness, love and redemption)

Mary Hooper, Poppy In the Field, Bloomsbury, Ages
(sequel to ‘Poppy’ about a young nurse on the battlefields of W W I)

W E Johns, Biggles Defies the Swastika, Red Fox, Ages 11 + (Biggles is deep undercover on a reconnaissance mission in Norway when the Germans invade)

W E Johns, Biggles Delivers the Goods, Red Fox, Ages 11 +  (late in WW II Biggles and his team are in Malaya, operating a secret commando under the nose of Japanese occupiers)

Rob Lloyd Jones, Wild Boy and the Black Terror, Candlewick, Ages 10 +
(from London’s vilest slums to it’s grandest palaces; hunt for a murderous poisoner in 1842)

Esme Kerr, Mischief at Midnight: Knight’s Haddon Book 2, Chicken House, Ages 10 +
(there’s a new girl in class and she isn’t like anyone the other girls have ever met)

Monica Kulling, Marie Lafrance, The Tweedles Go Online, Groundwood Books, Ages 4 – 7
(the family needs a telephone to keep up with changing times: Children’s picture book)

Kathryn Lasky, The Extra, Walker Childrens / Candlewick (US/Sept), Ages 12 +  (chilling survival story of lives of Gypsies who worked as extras for Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl)

Michelle Magorian, Just Henry, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See March 2015)

Michelle Magorian, A Little Love Song, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(series of four novels about family, friendship, love and ambition in 1940s. See March 2015)

Taran Matharu, The Novice : Summoner: Book One, Feiwel & Friends, Ages 12 – 18
(fantasy medieval adventure; blacksmith’s apprentice who summons demons is hunted from his village)

Elizabeth May, The Falconer (Book 1), Chronicle Books, Ages 12 – 18  (Edinburgh 1844: fantasy thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore)

Cameron McAllister, The Tin Snail, Corgi, Ages 8 – 12
(1938: the story of how one little car changed history)

Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Time Out of Time : Book One: Beyond the Door, Amulet Books, Ages 10 – 14  (adventure featuring lots of historical, literary and folkloric references)

Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Time Out of Time : Book Two: The Telling Stone, Amulet Books, Ages 10 – 14  (adventure featuring lots of historical, literary and folkloric references)

Geoffrey McSkimming, Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror, Allen & Unwin,
Ages 9 – 14 (Phyllis travels to Shakespeare’s time to indulge her penchant for sleuthing)

Carolyn Meyer, Beauty’s Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (told by Hermione, when her beautiful mother gives her up in favor of Paris)

Saundra Mitchell, Mistwalker, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(supernatural Gothic tale of 100-yr-old ghost, who tries to convince teen to take his place)

Kaoru Mori, Emma Volume 1, Yen Press, Ages 13 +
(graphic novel series set in Victorian London)

Paula Morris, The Eternal City, Point, Ages 12 +
(the ancient world of Rome brought to life in a mystical fantasy thriller)

Simon Nicholson, Young Houdini (2): The Demon Curse, Oxford University Press,
Ages 9 – 12 (if Harry can escape the Demon Curse, it will be his greatest trick yet)

Andreas Oertel, Stones of Time : The Shenanigans, Book 2, Heritage House, Ages 10 +
(3 friends stumble on portal that transports them back to the ancient site of their hometown)

Darrell Pitt, The Firebird Mystery, (A Jack Mason Adventure), Text Publishing Company,
Ages 8 – 12  (steampunk action adventure in Victorian London)

Joyce Pool, The Castrato, Lemniscaat USA, Ages 15 -19   (heavenly music, sumptuous luxury and impossible choices: 1700s Italian era of the castrati)

Chris Priestley, Redwulf’s Curse, A Haunting Tale of Murder and Mystery, Corgi, Ages 12 +
(an atmospheric story set in 18th-century & delving into Anglo-Saxon history)

Philip Pullman, The Adventures of the New Cut Gang, Corgi, Ages 9 – 11 (a motley group of vagabonds and urchins make up the ‘gang’ in this late Victorian London thriller)

Shoo Rayner, Stinkius Maximus (Roman Brit 3), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Shoo Rayner, Boar Wars (Roman Brit 4), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Michael Redhill, Saving Houdini, Harper Trophy Canada, Ages 10 – 14
(sent back through time Dash meets the Great Houdini before his death in 1926)

Megan Rix, The Runaways, Puffin, Ages 8 – 11
(new animal adventure set during WW I)

Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus Book 5), Puffin, Ages 12 +
(the Greek and Roman crew of the Argo II have made progress but are no closer to their goal)

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, Puffin, Ages 12 +
(modern-day demigod, Percy, tells the true stories of the gods of Olympus)

Kathryn Rose, Avalon Rising (A Metal & Lace Novel), Flux, Ages 12 +
(Camelot struggles to rebuild. Vivienne toils on orders from Lady of the Lake)

Robert Sharenow, The Girl in the Torch, Balzer + Bray, Ages 8 – 12
(early 20th century; a young immigrant to the US hides in the Statue of Liberty)

Park SoHee, GOONG Volume 18, Yenpress, Ages 13 + (graphic novel series imagining monarchy in Korea where palaces are filled with people instead of relics of history)

Justin Somper, A Conspiracy of Princes (Allies & Assassins), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (secondnd in series: betrayal and political machinations set against a lush medieval background)

Ivan Southall, To The Wild Sky, Text Publishing Company, Ages 12 – 18
(revisited classic tale of six teenagers forced to rely on their wits to survive)

Todd Strasser, Fallout, Candlewick, Ages 10 +
(explores the what-ifs of the nuclear threat in the early 1960s)

Amanda Sun, Rise (The Paper Gods), Harlequin Teen, Ages 14 +
(living a millennia apart, two couples experience parallel love stories)

Lydia Syson, Liberty’s Fire, Hot Key Press, Ages 13 – 19
(Paris, 1871: Four young people must rewrite their own destinies)

Emma Trevayne, Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (steampunk where Londinium is home to metal fairies & clockwork dragons)

Krista Van Dolzer, The Sound of Life and Everything, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Ages 10 +
(fantasy set in the wake of WW II California when the Japanese are still feared and despised)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Tournament Trouble (Sword Girl Book 3), Allen & Unwin, Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Siege Scare (Sword Girl Book 4), Allen & Unwin,
Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Django Wexler, The Forbidden Library 2: The Mad Apprentice, Corgi, Ages 10 +
(second in series featuring orphan Alice and the magical library)

Adele Whitby, Camille’s Story, 1910 (Secrets of the Manor), Simon Spotlight, Ages 8 – 12
(secrets are waiting to be revealed in Paris in 7th in historical fiction series)

Adele Whitby, Clair’s Story, 1910 (Secrets of the Manor), Simon Spotlight, Ages 8 – 12
(Claire Rousseau embarks on a new adventure in 8th book in the historical fiction series)

Edward Willett, The Lake in the Clouds: The Shards of Excalibur Book 3, Coteau Books,
Ages 12 +  (The third shard of the sword Excalibur is calling to Ariane)

Jacqueline Wilson, Hetty Feather, Corgi, Ages 12 + (London 1876, Hetty is a tiny fiery-haired baby left by her mother on the steps of the Foundling Hospital)

Alex Woolf, The Mystery of Maddie Musgrove, ReadZone Books, Ages 9 – 11
(two young sleuths journey to Victorian times to save the life of an innocent girl)

Alex Woolf, The Disappearance of Danny Doyle, ReadZone Books, Ages 9 – 11
(Joe and Maya journey to 1941 to look for clues about a mysterious disappearance)

Eve Yohalem, Cast Off, The Strange Adventures of Petra de Winter and Bram Broem, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 +  (two 12-year-olds embark on a fast-paced adventure on the high seas in 1663)

June 2015

Tony Abbott, The Copernicus Archives #2: Becca and the Prisoner’s Cross, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 8 – 12  (secret codes, priceless relics, murderous knights and a 500-yr-old mystery)

Tony Abbott, Bill Perkins, The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent’s Curse, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 8 – 12  (2nd in the fantasy mystery series)

Rona Arato, Sammy and the Headless Horseman, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ages 10 +
(follow up to ‘Ice Cream Town’; historical adventure in1920s NYC and the Catskills)

John David Anderson, The Dungeoneers, Walden Pond Press, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy adventure: young cutpurse is recruited by secret society of treasure hunters)

Lindsey Barraclough, The Mark of Cain, Corgi, Ages 12 +
(the spirit of Aphra, from 1567, is disturbed during a house renovation in 1962)

Randi Barrow, Saving Zasha, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 – 11
(tale of hate, hope and man’s best friend, set in war-torn Russia at end of WW II)

Nina Berry, The Notorious Pagan Jones, Harlequin Teen, Ages 14 + (set in 1961: adventure of danger and daring as teen starlet is roped into mission involving Cold War intrigue)

Virginia Boecker, The Witch Hunter, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(alternate 16th-c England: one of king’s best witch hunters is accused of being a witch)

Lee Bross, Tangled Webs, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 14 +  (Arista, alias Lady A is notorious blackmailer in 1725 London, stealing the most valuable currency – other people’s secrets)

Jamie Buxton, Sun Thief, Egmont, Ages 10 +
(Boy is taken to work on unfinished sculpture of Nefertiti’s head & uncovers dark plot)

Eoin Colfer, W.A.R.P. Book 3: The Forever Man, Disney-Hyperion/Puffin UK, Ages 9 – 14 (pulled two centuries into the past, Chevie is branded a witch and sentenced to burn at the stake)

Gillian Cross, The Great Elephant Chase, Oxford, Ages 10 +   (1881 Pennsylvania; Tad & Cissie go on the run with Khush the elephant, chased by an evil man)

Joseph Delaney, Arena 13, Bodley Head Childrens, Ages 13 +
(fantasy adventure where warriors fight and death is never far away)

Stacia Deutsch, Rhody Cohon, Betsy Ross’s Star, (Blast To the Past), Aladdin, Ages 7 – 10
(the friends are off to investigate the truth behind America’s first flag)

Jaclyn Dolamore, Glittering Shadows, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(fantasy mystery adventure: sequel to ‘Dark Metropolis’)

Carol Drinkwater, My Story: Suffragette, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 – 11
(June 18th, 1910 when suffragettes marched from Embankment to Albert Hall)

Pauline Francis, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(classic 1886 gothic horror story, retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, The Count of Monte Cristo, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(classic story of a victim of a miscarriage of justice retold for young readers)

Grace Gilmore, The Big City (Tales from Maple Ridge, 3), Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 – 9
(after a day in the city, the familiar surroundings of Logan’s hometown don’t look so bad)

Alan Gratz, The Dragon Lantern: A League of Seven Novel, Starscape, Ages 10 – 14
(2nd in series; 1870s, steampunk alternate American history)

S. E. Grove, The Glass Sentence, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12   (Boston, 1891; Sophia lives with her cartographer uncle whose kidnap sends her on an adventure)

Sheila Harries, The Picture That Made Time Fly, Pont Books, Ages 8 – 12
(art gallery picture spins two Welsh children into Cardiff’s Victorian past)

Christine Hayes, James K. Hindle, Mothman’s Curse, Roaring Brook Press, Ages 8 – 12
(100-year-old mystery is revealed to 3 siblings through pictures on a haunted camera)

Kersten Hamilton, James Hamilton, The Mesmer Menace, HMH Books for Young Readers,
Ages 9 – 12  (first in a historical fantasy series narrated by a daring dachshund)

Sarah Henstra, Mad Miss Mimic, Razorbill, Ages 13 +
(coming-of-age mystery in Victorian London setting)

Shirley Hughes, Daisy Saves the Day, Candlewick, Ages 5 – 9 (portrays life of a housemaid in 1911 England as she stumbles toward her true place in life: children’s picture book)

Shirley Hughes, Whistling in the Dark, Walker Children’s, Ages 10 +
(Liverpool, 1940 – in the hardship of war everything is rationed except friendship)

Jessica Lawson, Iacopo Bruno, The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (1860; adventures of mischievous Becky)

Joan Lennon, Silver Skin, BC Books (Birlinn), Ages 10 +
(Scotland during Stone Age; story mixes sci-fi, supernatural and historical fiction)

Michelle Magorian, Goodnight Mister Tom, Puffin, Ages 10 – 12
(when WW II breaks out Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside)

Wendy McClure, Escape to the World’s Fair (Wanderville), Razorbill, Ages 8 – 12
(the orphans of Wanderville are off to California)

Karen McCombie, Catch Falling Stars, Scholastic, Ages 10 + (1940: Blitz-evacuee Gloria learns that always believing first impressions often means missing out on new friendships)

Patricia C. McKissack, My Story: Slave Girl, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 – 11 (inspirational story based on memoirs of Clotee Henley who helped thousands of slaves escape)

Kate Messner, Kelley McMorris, Ranger in Time #2: Danger in Ancient Rome, Scholastic Press, Ages 7 – 10  (Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever is back to save the day)

Michelle Morgan, Racing the Moon, Allen & Unwin, Ages 12 +
(coming-of-age story amidst the pressures and hardships of the great depression)

Simon Nicholson, Young Houdini: The Demon Curse, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky,
Ages 10 – 13 (escaping the demon curse will be Harry’s best trick yet)

Shawn Thomas Odyssey, The Magician’s Dream: An Oona Crate Mystery, Egmont USA,
Ages 8 – 12  (a fantasy mystery set in an alternative 19th–c New York City)

Yvan Pommaux, trans: Richard Kutner, Orpheus In the Underworld, TOON Books,
Ages 8 – 12  (tragedy of Orpheus & Eurydice told in accessible way for YR: Graphic novel)

Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna Grows Up, Hesperus Minor, Ages 9 – 12
(sequel to the original classic first published in 1913)

Chris Priestley, The Dead Men Stood Together, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 8 – 12
(in harbour town long ago a boy boards a ship with his uncle – hauntingly gruesome tale)

Chris Priestley, The Last of the Spirits, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 12 – 17
(two orphans hungry on London’s Victorian streets – reinvention of Scrooge tale)

Shoo Rayner, Fighting Forum (Roman Brit 5), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Shoo Rayner, Dead Heat (Roman Brit 6), Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 5 – 7
(humorous Roman Britain comes alive for younger readers)

Juliet Rix, A-Maze-ing Minotaur, Frances Lincoln, Ages 7 +
(reworking of the classic story of Theseus for young children)

Stewart Ross, Down With the Romans! (Timeliners), ReadZone Books, Ages 8 – 12
(tragic tale of British Queen Boudicca, leader of the ancient Iceni tribe)

J Scott Savage, Case File 13 #4: Curse of the Mummy’s Uncle, HarperCollins, Ages 8 – 12, (using knowledge of real Mayan mythology, three friends unravel history of secret curse)

Dan Scott, Blood Oath: Book 1, Scribo, Ages 9 +
(new series set in a school for gladiators in ancient Rome)

Joanne Sundell, Arctic Shadow (Watch Eyes Trilogy Book 2), Five Star, Ages 12 +
(America’s last frontier is a battleground for spirits in epic tale of heroism and endurance)

Sandra Neil Wallace, Muckers, Ember, Ages 12 +
(1950s, this historical novel incorporates post WW II racism and the rise of communism)

Sharon Biggs Waller, A Mad, Wicked Folly, Speak, Ages 12 + (1909; Vicky Darling is expelled from Finishing School & befriends a group of suffragettes)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, The Terrible Trickster (Sword Girl Book 5), Allen & Unwin, Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Frances Watts, Gregory Rogers, Pigeon Problems (Sword Girl Book 6), Allen & Unwin,
Ages 7 – 9  (young children’s humorous medieval fantasy series)

Valerie Wilding, My Story: Highway Girl, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 – 11
(1670: orphan Susannah is forced to live on the charity of distant relations)

Valerie Wilding, My Story: Road to War, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 – 11
(1917: Daffy Rowntree determines to do something to help win the war)

Marcia Williams, My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright, Walker Children’s, Ages 7 +
(W W II as seen through the eyes of a young girl)

Leslie Wilson, Last Train from Kummersdorf, Faber & Faber, Ages 12 +
(Germany 1945: Hanno & Effi are on the run in wartime tale of courage & ingenuity)

Katherine Woodfine, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, Egmont, Ages 9 +
(first in mystery adventure series set in Edwardian department store)

July 2015

Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Puffin, Ages 11 – 14 (fantasy adventure set in period of history that never happened – when Good King James III is on the throne)

William H Armstrong, Sounder, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12 (set in 19th-c American South, tells story of a poor African-American sharecropping family and their faithful dog, Sounder)

Bernard Ashley, Dead End Kids: Heroes of the Blitz, Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 12 +
(true story of bravery inspired by the Dead End Kids of Wapping, London)

MJ Auch, Ashes of Roses, Square Fish, Ages 12 – 15
(immigrant girl’s involvement in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911)

Michael S Bandy, Eric Stein, Granddaddy’s Turn, Candlewick, Ages 6 – 9
(based on true story of one family’s struggle for voting rights in Civil-Rights-era South)

Michael S Bandy, Eric Stein, White Water, Candlewick, Ages 5 – 8
(sheds light on reality of segregation in the south, told through a child’s eyes)

Robert Beatty, Serafina and the Black Cloak, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 8 – 12
(fantasy mystery set in 19th century on Biltmore estate, home of the Vanderbilt family)

Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone, A & C Black, Ages 12 + (alternative history where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived and is now a country of its own)

Edward Carey, Foulsham, The Iremonger Trilogy Book 2, Overlook, Ages 10 + (the Iremonger family & the borough of Foulsham temper memories of Dickensian London into a delightfully creepy tale)

Alexia Casale, House of Windows, Faber Children’s, Ages 12 + (fascinating insight into ancient Cambridge colleges, loneliness, intelligence & how we find our place in the world)

Philip Caveney, One for Sorrow, Fledgling Press, Ages 12 – 18  (chased by his nemesis, the Plague Doctor, Tom travels to 1881 and meets sickly young author, R L Stevenson)

Helen Cresswell, Moondial, Faber Children’s, Ages 8 + (Minty stumbles on a moondial which takes her back in time. Can Minty save her friends or will she get stuck in the past?)

Kathleen Duey, Karen Bale, Death Valley: California 1849 (Survivors), Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a brother & sister struggle to survive a harrowing trip across Death Valley)

Brian Falkner, Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR),
Ages 12 – 18  (alternate historical fantasy in which Napoleon won at Waterloo)

Michael Foreman, The Tortoise and the Soldier, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Ages 8 – 12
(based on true events; unlikely story of a friendship between a WW I soldier and a tortoise)

Sarah Gauch, Allen Garns, The Tomb Robber and King Tut, Viking Children’s Books, Ages 5 + (Hassan wants to help Carter to remove rubble from entrance to King Tut’s tomb)

Jacob Gowans, Secrets of Neverak, Shadow Mountain, Ages 12 +
(YA medieval adventure; second in series to ‘A Tale of Light & Shadow’)

Katie May Green, Seen and not Heard, Candlewick, Ages 5 – 8
(humorous ghost story about mischievous long-dead twins: Edwardian era fantasy)

S. E. Grove, The Golden Specific (Mapmakers: Book II), Viking Children’s Books, Ages 10 +
(follow-up to ‘The Glass Sentence’)

Teri Harman, Storm Moon (Moonlight Trilogy), Jolly Fish Press, Ages 12 +
(betrayal, invasion and a plan that spans centuries: last in fantasy adventure trilogy)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Cinnabar, The One O’Clock Fox, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(George Washington meets his match in this legendary tale)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Misty of Chincoteague, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(on island off coasts of Virginia & Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies)

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis, Born to Trot, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12
(a boy and his filly get the chance to prove their greatness)

Erich Kästner, Emil and the Detectives, Puffin (c1928), Ages 7 – 11
(classic republished for a new generation of young readers

Kate Klimo, Dog Diaries #7: Stubby, Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 7 – 10
(next in the historical military/war dog stories)

Patrice Kindl, A School for Brides, A Story of Maidens, Mystery and Matrimony, Viking Children’s Books, Ages 12 + (The Female Academy in Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal – to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye to getting them married off)

Gordon Korman, The Dragonfly Effect (The Hypnotists #3), Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(present collides with the past in some adventurous historical conspiracies)

Victoria Lamb, Witchfall, Corgi, Ages 12 +
(London 1555 – at the court of Mary Tudor, life isn’t safe for anyone)

C. Alexander London, The 39 Clues: Doublecross, Book 2, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 – 12
(spin-off series about the Cahills quest to discover the secret behind their family’s power)

Amber Lough, The Blind Wish (Jinni Wars #2), Random House Books for Young Readers,
Ages 12 + (second in the historical fantasy series set in the Golden Age of Baghdad)

Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Cinderella, Puffin, Ages 9 – 11
(memoir of a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during 1940s)

James Vance Marshall, Walkabout, Puffin (c1959), Ages 9 – 11
(two children are only survivors of an aircrash in Australian outback)

Sandra Moore, Kazumi Wilds, The Peace Tree from Hiroshima : A Little Bonsai with a Big Story, Tuttle Publishing, Ages 7 – 12 (true story of Miyajima, the bonsai which lived with the Yamaki family for 300 years)

B R Myers, The Asp (A Nefertari Hughes Mystery), Fierce Ink Press, Ages 12 +
(a YA mystery with magical realism)

BR Myers, Asp of Ascension (A Nefertari Hughes Mystery), Fierce Ink Press, Ages 12 +
(ancient world meets contemporary high school in this mystery adventure)

Annette Oppenlander, Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath, Lodestone Books,
Ages 12 + (experimenting with new computer game a 15-year-old unwittingly time-travels to medieval Germany)

Darrell Pitt, The Secret Abyss, Text Publishing Company, Ages 10 +  (steampunk adventure – three unlikely heroes make a transatlantic airship flight to stop an assassin)

Kjartan Poskitt, Philip Reeve, Borgon the Axeboy and the Whispering Temple, Faber Children’s, Ages 7 – 9 (third in series, humourous adventure story. Illustrated)

Ian Serraillier, The Silver Sword, Puffin, Ages 8 – 11 (WW II story of orphans lives during occupation and their dangerous journey from Poland to find their parents)

Emily Sharratt, Where Poppies Grow (Ellie’s War), Scholastic Press, Ages 12 +
(winter 1916 – part 3 of the coming-of-age story set during World War I)

Dan Smith, My Brother’s Secret, Chicken House, Ages 8 – 12
(personalized take on the real-life rebel German youth group, the Edelweiss Pirates)

Joe Todd Stanton, Professor Brownstone’s Mythical Collection : The Urn of Uruk, Nobrow Ltd, Ages 8 – 12  (follow the Professor on epic quest across ancient, mythical world)

Noel Streatfeild, Theatre Shoes, Puffin (c1944), Ages 8 – 12
(classic republished for new young readers)

Noel Streatfeild, Ballet Shoes, Puffin (c1936), Ages 8 – 12
(classic republished for new young readers)

Rosemary Sutcliff, The Sword and the Circle, Puffin (c1981), Ages 8 – 12 (tells of birth of Arthur, the gift of Excalibur, forming of Round Table & the quests of the knights)

Shanna Swendson, Rebel Mechanics, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Ages 12 – 18
(1888: steampunk alternate US history where the colonists rebel by inventing)

Yana Toboso, Black Butler, Volume 20, Yen Press, Ages 15 +
(graphic novel about an earl, in Queen Victoria’s service, and his elite butler)

Geoffrey Trease, Cue for Treason, Puffin (c1940), Ages 9 – 11
(adventure story of danger and intrigue in the days of Elizabeth I)

Emma Trevayne, The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (sinister steampunk world where graverobbing is messy business)

Alison Uttley, A Traveller in Time, Puffin (c1939), Ages 8 – 12
(Penelope’s visit to the Thackers precipitates a time travel adventure to 1600s)

Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt, Opal Plumstead, Random House Canada/Corgi UK,
Ages 9 – 12 (witty 19th-c adventure with Opal – sweet-factory worker & Suffragette)

Jonah Winter, Shane W. Evans, Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Random House Children’s/Schwartz & Wade, Ages 5 – 9 (illustrated fictional account of one African American woman’s tumultuous voting history)

August 2015

Tony Abbott, The Copernicus Legacy: The Golden Vendetta, Katherine Tegen Books,
Ages 8 – 12  (3rd in series mystery fantasy adventure)

Katie Alender, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Point, Ages 12 +  (creepy ghost story in which contemporary occupant dies & experiences the house’s shocking history)

Pierdomenico Baccalario, Iacopo Bruno, The Thief of Mirrors, Stone Arch Books,
Ages 9 – 13  (contemporary fantasy, set in Scotland, combines history and mystery)

Brittany Bang, Little Mouse’s Adventures on the Freedom Trail, CurlyQ Press, Ages 3 – 8 (children’s picture book explores historic Boston)

Emma Carlson Berne, Juliana Kolesova, Song of the Mockingbird : My Journey with Josefina, American Girl, Ages 8 + (discover life on a ranch in New Mexico, 1824)

Philip Caveney, Alec Devlin: The Eye of the Serpent, Red Fox, Ages 9 – 12
(Egypt 1923 – 15-yr-old Alec is on his way to Valley of Kings to work on his uncle’s dig)

Angela Cerrito, The Safest Lie, Holiday House, Ages 8 – 12 (1940: story of a young girl, smuggled out of Warsaw ghetto who struggles to hide and hold onto her Jewish identity)

Gennifer Choldenko, Chasing Secrets, Wendy Lamb Books, Ages 9 – 12 (Gilded Age San Francisco 1900 – historical mystery about science and medicine and plague)

Betsy Cornwell, Mechanica, Clarion Books, Ages 12 – 18
(coming-of-age fantasy steampunk retelling of Cinderella as an inventor/mechanic)

Richmal Crompton, John Sessions, Thomas Henry, William at War, Pan Macmillan, Ages 8 – 12 (adventures of William Brown a mischievous 11-year-old schoolboy, WW II-era)

James Dashner, Infinity Ring Book One: A Mutiny in Time, Scholastic Press,
Ages 8 – 12 (time travel adventure – first stop Spain 1492 – to save Christopher Columbus)

Daniel Defoe, Eva Cabrera, Martin Powell, Robinson Crusoe, Stone Arch Books,
Ages 10 – 14  (graphic novel)

Timothee de Fombelle, Vango Book Two: A Prince Without a Kingdom, Candlewick, Ages 12 + (in the years between the two great wars, Vango is chased across Europe by dark forces)

Charles Dickens, Dono Almara, Benjamin Harper, A Christmas Carol, Stone Arch Books,
Ages 10 – 14  (graphic novel)

Tonke Dragt, The Letter for the King, David Fickling Books, Ages 12 +
(a boy’s battle against evil set in a fantasy medieval world of chivalry and courage)

David Drake, Jim Kjelgaard, The Hunter Returns, Baen, Ages 10 + (outcast from a band of prehistoric nomads must find a way to survive in a land of savage predators)

Ursula Dubosarsky, The Red Shoe, Walker, Ages 12 + (told by 6-year-old Matilda, about her life and family in Sydney during 1950s, against backdrop of the Cold War & threat of the H-Bomb)

Lois Duncan, The Middle Sister, Ig Publishing, Ages 9 +
(originally published in 1959, an ugly duckling sister becomes a swan)

Steve Eggleton, Brother Egbert’s Christmas, Lion Hudson, Ages 5 – 9
(a medieval monk tells the Christmas story in an illuminated manuscript)

Kathryn Erskine, Seeing Red, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14 (thought-provoking historical fiction tackling important themes of race and responsibility in America)

Kieran Fanning, The Black Lotus (The Samurai Wars), Chicken House, Ages 12 +
(young ghosts Cormac & Kate put their skills to the test in 16th century Japan)

Pauline Francis, Dracula, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror story, retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, A Christmas Carol, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Dicken’s 1843 tale of a miser’s search for redemption retold for young readers)

Pauline Francis, Frankenstein, ReadZone Books, Ages 10 +
(Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic horror retold for young readers)

Martha Freeman, David McPhail, The Orphan and the Mouse, Holiday House, Ages 8 – 12
(an adventure about unusual friendship set in 1949)

Leon Garfield, The Drummer Boy (c1970), Red Fox, Ages 8 – 12
(an insightful classic 19th century story of war and its aftermath)

Sam Gayton, Alice Ratteree, Lilliput, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 8 – 12
(join Lily as she travels through 18th -c London over rooftops and down chimneys)

Grace Gilmore, The Ghost of Juniper Creek (Tales from Maple Ridge, 4), Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 – 9 (Drew dares Logan to confront a spirit)

Morris Gleitzman, Felix and Zelda #5 :Soon, Puffin, Ages 9 – 14 (1945 – WW II is officially ended but streets are a battleground for food and shelter. Sequel to ‘Felix & Zelda #4: After’)

Julia Golding, Mel Foster and the Demon Butler, Egmont, Ages 10 +  (fantasy adventure about motley crew of monsters who take on Queen Victoria’s evil butler)

Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Moving Target, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(fast-paced fantasy adventure mixing contemporary with ancient prophesies)

Jessica Gunderson, Anthony Foti, Emma’s New Beginning, Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 – 12
(1910: Emma and her family are immigrating to America in hopes of finding a better life)

Isuna Hasekura, Spice and Wolf, Vol 15, Yen Press, Ages 15 +  (graphic novel medieval fantasy about a traveling merchant and his companion, an ancient godess)

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tanglewood Tales, Hesperus Press, Ages 9 – 12
(collection of short stories about the most famous of the Greek heroes)

Eleanor Herman, Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals), Harlequin Teen,  Ages 12 + (historical fantasy chronicling the rise of Alexander the Great)

Colleen Houck, Reawakened, Delacorte Press, Ages 12 + (modern day fantasy where teen Lily meets Egyptian Prince, Amon at Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Zachary Hyman, Zachary Pullen, The Bambino and Me, Tundra Books, Ages 6 – 9
(picture book tells of 1920s New York and one boy’s hero – Babe Ruth)

Curtis Jobling, A New Hero (World of Warriors Book 1), Puffin, Ages 9 – 12 (Trick transports to a place where the greatest warriors from history have been summoned to fight)

W E Johns, Biggles Defends the Desert, Red Fox, Ages 11 +
(Biggles is defending the vital air-route from West coast of Africa to Middle East)

W E Johns, Biggles Fails to Return, Red Fox, Ages 11 +
(ace squadron leader Biggles is missing and presumed dead!)

Catherine Johnson, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, Random House Canada/Corgi UK, Ages 12 + (historical romance inspired by true story in England 1817)

Erin Johnson, Her Cold Revenge, Switch Press, Ages 14 – 18
(Book 2 in ‘Wanted’ series – western revenge epic for teen readers)

Erich Kastner, Anthea Bell, Dot and Anton, Pushkin Children’s Books, Ages 9 – 12
(two children from different backgrounds are forced to beg on streets of 1930s Berlin)

Kathleen Kudlinski, Rudy Faber, Rebel With a Cause : The Daring Adventure of Dicey Langston, Girl Spy of the American Revolution, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(based on true story: how Dicey Langson saved lives and risked her independence)

Monica Kulling, Sydney Smith, Grant and Tillie Go Walking, Groundwood Books, Ages 4 – 8 (biographical fiction based on American artist Grant Wood)

Andrew Lane, Young Sherlock Holmes 7 : Stone Cold, PAN Macmillan Childrens Books,
Ages 11 +  (mystery adventure series featuring a teenage Sherlock Holmes)

Joe Lillington, Toby and the Ice Giants, Nobrow Ltd, Ages 3 – 7
(fact-filled adventure about the earth’s inhabitants in the Ice Age Tundra: Picture Book)

Vicki Lockwood, Stephanie Hans, The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Fairy Child, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 14 (Lizzy escapes Victorian London for another adventure)

C. Alexander London, The 39 Clues: Doublecross, Book 2 : Mission Hindenburg, Scholastic Press , Ages 8 – 12 (the Outcast is recreating four of history’s worst disasters and challenging the young Cahills to stop the tragedies before it’s too late.)

Chris Lynch, The Liberators (World War II, Book 4), Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(two friends who’ve drifted apart restore their bond as they both join the Paramarines)

Kekla Magoon, Shadows of Sherwood, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 8 – 12
(new series gives classic tale a feminine twist)

Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin, Kelly Murphy, Anton and Cecil, Book 2 : Cats on Track, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (adventures of two cats in the Wild West, replete with steam engines and prairies)

Kaoru Mori, Emma Volume 2, Yenpress, Ages 13 +
(graphic novel series set in Victorian London)

Oisin McGann, Ancient Appetites (The Wildenstern Saga, Vol. 1), Open Road Media Teen & Tween, Ages 12 – 17  (steampunk featuring powerful Wildenstern family, trained assassins with supernatural abilities)

Jennifer McGowan, Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor 3), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (secret society of women make up Elizabeth I’s trusted guard)

Erin E. Moulton, Keepers of the Labyrinth, Philomel Books, Ages 12 + (mythical fantasy adventure set in Crete with a secret sisterhood sworn to guard the ancient Greek Labyrinth and all it contains)

Jennifer A. Nielsen, A Night Divided, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(adventure in which two families, on either side of Berlin Wall, try to unite)

Michael Northrop, Valley of Kings (TombQuest, Book 3), Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(epic fantasy adventure takes Alex to Valley of Kings where powerful Death Walker waits)

Akiyuki Nosaka, Ginny Tapley Takemori, The Whale that Fell in Love with a Submarine, Pushkin’s Children’s Books, Ages 7 – 12  (author’s childhood experiences in war-torn 1945 Japan told in short-story form)

Andreas Oertel, History in the Faking (The Shenanigans, Book One), Heritage House,
Ages 9 – 12 (quirky middle grade tale for those who love history, adventure & practical jokes)

Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca, Magic Tree House #50: Hurry Up, Houdini, Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 7 – 10 (Jack & Annie visit early 20th century)

Micol Ostow, Amity, EgmontUSA, Ages 14 +
(multi generation horror story weaves interconnected tale of insanity, danger & death)

Michelle Paver, The Crocodile Tomb (Gods and Warriors Book 4), Puffin, Ages 9 – 12
(Hylas and Pirra have found their way to Egypt in pursuit of the dagger of Koronos)

Darrell Pitt, The Broken Sun, Text Publishing Company, Ages 8 – 12 (an artifact linked to lost city of Atlantis is stolen and Jack, Scarlet and Mr Doyle must scour Europe to find it)

Dan Poblocki, The House on Stone’s Throw Island, Scholastic Press, Ages 10 – 14
(Josie and Eli must uncover the chilling history of the island and put its ghosts to rest)

Patricia Polacco, Tucky Jo and Little Heart, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books,
Ages 4 – 8  (WW II era picture book based on a true story)

Robert Rigby, Codename Eagle, Walker, Ages 9 + (while the Germans blitz London Paul becomes restless working with the resistance. Sequel to ‘The Eagle Trail’)

Rick Riordan, John Rocco, Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 8 – 12
(Percy will fill you in on all the deeds of famous Greek Heroes)

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes, Puffin, Ages 8 – 14 (demigod Percy tells the stories of the original Greek heroes in this follow up book)

Robbie Robertson, David Shannon, Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 – 8 (Hiawatha is chosen to translate the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the warring Iroquois nations)

Gayle Rosengren, Cold War on Maplewood Street, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Ages 8 – 12
( family story set during the Cuban Missile Crisis evokes strong sense of life in ’60s))

Jennifer Roy, Megan Owenson, Jars of Hope : How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12  (inspirational true story of woman who saved children from Warsaw Ghetto during W W II)

Katherine Rundell, The Wolf Wilder, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury UK (Sept), Ages 8 – 12 (story of revolution, adventure & fighting for what you believe in, set in early 20th century snowbound woods of Russia)

Carrie Ryan, Infinity Ring Book Two: Divide and Conquer, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(Dak, Sera and Riq attempt to stop a Viking invasion)

Mahvash Shahegh, Claire Ewart, The Green Musician, Wisdom Tales, Ages 4 – 8 (adapted from a 1,000 year old story, this tells the tale of ancient Persia’s mystical past)

Adam Shaughnessy, The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB, Algonquin Young Readers,  Ages 8 – 12 (action adventure steeped in Norse Mythology)

Robert J Skead, Robert A Skead, Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue, Zonderkidz,
Ages 8 – 12  (2nd book in the American Revolutionary War adventure series. Inspirational)

Robin Stevens, First Class Murder: A Wells & Wong Mystery #3, Random House Canada/Corgi UK, Ages 9 – 12 (mystery set on the Orient Express)

Geronimo Stilton, Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #16: Lights, Camera, Stilton, Papercutz,
Ages 8 – 12 (Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels)

Lian Tanner, Icebreaker, Feiwel & Friends, Ages 9 – 12   (steampunk adventure where six fugitive kids revolt against the Anti-Machinist rulers aided by two mechanical rats)

Valerie Tripp, Juliana Kolesova, The One and Only : A Maryellen Classic 1, American Girl,
Ages 8 + (discover what life was like growing up in the 1950s)

Also: Taking Off : A Maryellen Classic 2, and The Sky’s the Limit : My Journey with Maryellen

Jules Verne, Tod Smith, Chris Everheart, Around the World in 80 Days, Stone Arch Books, Ages 10 – 14 (1872: Phileas Fogg makes a bet that he can travel entire planet in 80 days)

Zach Weinersmith, Boulet, Augie and the Green Knight, Breadpig, Ages 10 +
(retelling of story of King Arthur’s court’s encounter with the strange Green Knight)

Sheena Wilkinson, Name Upon Name, Little Island Books, Ages 12 + (Belfast 1916: 14-yr-old Helen’s cousin, Michael is deployed to Dublin to help quell the Rising)

Bridges Shirin Yim, Sophie Blackall, Ruby’s Wish, Chronicle Books, Ages 8 – 12
(set in old China, Ruby wants to attend university rather than get married. Based on memoirs)

September 2015

Dan Abnett, Dragon Frontier, Penguin UK, Ages 9 + (Wild West fantasy adventure series where the frontier land is even wilder than history suggests)

Irene Adler, Iacopo Bruno, The Cathedral of Fear (Sherlock, Lupin & Me), Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12 (mystery adventure starring three well-known fictional characters)

James Aldridge, Phillip Gwynne, The True Story of Spit MacPhee, Text Publishing
Company, Ages 14 + (Huck-Finn-type adventure, published 1936; set in 1930s fictional Murray River town of St Helen)

Kelley Armstrong, The Unquiet Past (Secrets), Orca Books, Ages 12 + (1964, girls leave the orphanages they call home – seven linked ‘Secrets’ novels to be published simultaneously – Sept 2015)

Derrick Belanger, Attack of the Violet Vampire! – The MacDougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes Book #2, MX Publishing Canada, Ages 8 – 12 (2nd book in mystery adventure series)

Chris Blake, Time Hunters (2) – Knight Quest, HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, Ages 7 +
(2nd in time-traveling series after ‘Gladiator Clash’)

Erin Bowman, Vengeance Road, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +  (when 18-yr-old Kate’s father is killed, she disguises herself as boy & seeks vengeance. Wild West adventure)

Joseph Bruchac, Bill Farnsworth, The Hunter’s Promise : An Abenaki Tale, Wisdom Tales,
Ages 4 – 8 (ancient traditional story of love, loyalty, trust and magic)

Alicia Buck, Out of the Ashes, Sweetwater Books, Ages 12 + (fantasy-infused Cinderella story puts a magical twist on a classic tale)

Rae Carson, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Greenwillow Books, Ages 13 + (young woman with ability to sense presence of gold takes on dangerous journey across Gold Rush-era America)

Jon Chant, Great Fire, Mogzilla, Ages 10 – 15 (Esteban Fawkes is a sorcerer who travels back to Pudding Lane at time of Great Fire, 1666, to battle dark forces threatening London)

Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys, Child Soldier : When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, Kids Can Press, Ages 10 – 14 (based on Michel’s story of his abduction at age 5 by rebel soldiers & the brutal reality of being forced to participate in Congo’s armed conflict)

Rin Chupeco, The Suffering, Sourcebooks Fire, Ages 14 – 17
(companion novel to ‘The Girl from the Well’)

Seymour Chwast, Dr. Doolittle, Creative Editions, Ages 9 – 12 (American artist reinterprets classic 1920s tale for graphic-novel-influenced contemporary young readers)

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 14 +
(steampunk fantasy set in the magical underworld of Victorian London)

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 14 +
(steampunk fantasy set in the magical underworld of Victorian London)

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 14 +
(steampunk fantasy set in the magical underworld of Victorian London)

Susann Cokal, The Kingdom of Little Wounds, Walker Books, Ages 12 +
(alternate fantasy based on Sleeping Beauty legend where the fates of a young seamstress & a crafty servant become irrevocably intertwined)

Tracy Leininger Craven, Alone Yet Not Alone, Zonderkidz, Ages 8 +
(based on true story and extraordinary faith of American pioneer family; Inspirational)

Andy Croft, The Dance of Death, A&C Black Children’s & Educational, Ages 12 +
(two brothers must learn to survive as the Black Death devastates England)

Gillian Cross, Neil Packer, The Iliad, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12
(a strikingly illustrated retelling of Homer’s classic)

Stuart Daly, Brotherhood of Thieves, 1 : The Wardens, Random House Australia,
Ages 9 – 12 (medieval Europe, fantasy adventure with a secret brotherhood of treasure hunters)

Linda Davies, Longbow Girl, Chicken House, Ages 14 + (amidst the wild Welsh mountains, ‘Longbowgirl’ Merry Owen travels back to the 1500s to save her ancestors)

Heather Demetrios, Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle), Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 + (blending ancient myth and history with modernity, the jinn inhabit a richly drawn world of spirituality, magic and politics)

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Speckled Band (c1982), ReadZone Books, Ages 12 – 14 (Helen Stoner enlists the help of Sherlock Homes to investigate strange death of her twin sister)

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (c1890), ReadZone Books, Ages 12 – 14
(Sherlock uncovers a tale of treachery and human greed)

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Man with the Twisted Lip (c1891), ReadZone Books, Ages 12 – 14
(Dr Watson is asked by a friend of his wife to find her opium-addicted husband)

Arthur Conan Doyle, Oxford Children’s Classics: The Hound of the Baskervilles (c1902),
Oxford University Press, Ages 12 + (Sherlock Holmes horror mystery set on Dartmoor)

Kent Davis, A Riddle in Ruby, Greenwillow Books, Ages 8 – 12
(humorous adventure in an alternate colonial America)

Kathleen Duey, Karen A. Bale, Survivors Collection : Titanic; Fire; Earthquake; Blizzard, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12 (four stories from the Survivors historical fiction series)

Margarita Engle, The Lightning Dreamer : Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (an important and accessible YA novel told in verse)

Meredith First, Gridley Girls : A True Life Novel, SparkPress, Ages 14 +
(timeless story combining contemporary and 70s lives of four women)

John Flanagan, Scorpion Mountain: Brotherband Chronicles 5, Puffin, Ages 9 – 12
(5th in series; Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband join forces in battle)

Bryn Fleming, Jasper and Willie : Wildfire (Range Rider Series), WestWinds Press,
Ages 8 – 12 (set in central Oregon, Jasper and his dog Willie have to find the school bully’s sister before it’s too late)

Michael Ford, Eoin Coveney, Heroes, Gods & Monsters of Ancient Greek Mythology, Book House, Ages 9 + (prepare to meet the greatest names of historic ancient Greece)

Zana Fraillon, No Stars to Wish On, Allen & Unwin, Ages 10 – 12 (memorable novel of little boy’s experience about being taken from home and put in an orphanage)

Adèle Geras, Ithaka, Corgi Children’s, Ages 8 – 12 (a contemporary feel has been given to this story of the women left behind after the Trojan War )

Callista Gingrich, Susan Arciero, Christmas in America, Regnery Kids, Ages 5 – 8
(Ellis the Elephant celebrates by time-traveling through American history from 1606)

Callista Gingrich, Susan Arciero, Ellis’s Christmas Trunk : Five Tales of American History, Regnery Kids, Ages 5 – 8, (time travel through American history with five stories)

Jessica Day George, Silver in the Blood, Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Ages 13 +
(fantasy romance, circa 1890 Romania; two girls are swept into a battle for their lives)

Martyn Godfrey, Mystery in the Frozen Lands, Lorimer, Ages 8 – 14
(1857; a teenager joins a mission to solve what happened to Sir John Franklin)

Vicki Grant, Small Bones (Secrets), Orca Books, Ages 12 + (1964, girls leave orphanages they call home – seven linked ‘Secrets’ novels to be published simultaneously – Sept 2015)

Stacy Gregg, The Island of Lost Horses, HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, Ages 9 +
(12-year-old Beatriz embarks on epic journey, back to time of Christopher Columbus)

Margaret Peterson Haddix, Revealed (The Missing, 7), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (it’s a normal morning for Jonah, until Charles Lindbergh appears in his living room, grabs Katherine and vanishes. Time-travel adventure series)

Margaret Peterson Haddix, Redeemed (The Missing, 8), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (series conclusion: after time traveling through history multiple times Jonah thought he’d fixed everything – apparently not!)

Rebecca Hahn, The Shadow Behind the Stars, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Ages 12 +  (unusual fantasy imagines the three sister Fates as their own path unwinds and pulls them toward mortal love and pain)

Bob Hartman, The Big Pig Stampede, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Ages 7 – 11
(inspirational adventures of goat boy, Gideon who gets into trouble on a regular basis)

Marilyn Hilton, Full Cicada Moon, Dial Books, Ages 8 – 12, (middle grade historical novel in verse set in 1960s about fitting in and standing up for what’s right)

Katherine Howe, The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (set in contemporary New York a young film director meets a girl who died on a dark night in 1825)

Lucy Inglis, Crow Mountain, Chicken House, Ages 14 +
(fate sets two English girls on parallel journeys more than one hundred years apart)

Glenna Jenkins, Somewhere I Belong, Acorn, Ages 12 – 16
(a Depression-era story about change and belonging)

Li Jian, Yijin Wert, Ming’s Kung Fu Adventure in the Shaolin Temple : A Zen Buddhist Tale in English and Chinese, Shanghai Press, Ages 6 – 12 (on a trip to the Shaolin Temple, Xiao Ming enters a cave and meets Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism)

Marthe Jocelyn, A Big Dose of Lucky (Secrets), Orca Books, Ages 12 + (1964, girls leave orphanages they call home – seven linked ‘Secrets’ novels to be published simultaneously – Sept 2015)

Sara K. Joiner, After the Ashes, Holiday House, Ages 10 + (survival, coming-of-age adventure: 1883, teen must fight for her life when Krakatau on Java erupts and puts her hometown in danger)

Marcia Thornton Jones, Kevin Whipple, Woodford Brave, Calkins Creek, Ages 9 – 12 (while his dad’s fighting in WWII, Cory & friends learn the world isn’t as black and white as they thought)

Kathy Kacer, Stones on a Grave (Secrets), Orca Books, Ages 12 + (1964, girls leave orphanages they call home – seven linked ‘Secrets’ novels to be published simultaneously – Sept 2015)

Paul Kimpton, Ann Kaczkowski Kimpton, Stepping Up : The Bully in the Band (Adventures with Music), Gia Publications, Ages 9 – 12 (set in Indiana at close of WW II series tells adventures where role model heroes are musicians)

Kendall Kulper, Drift & Dagger, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(action adventure in 19th century America; details of changing urban life around the world, including Industrial Revolution)

Andrew Lane, Crusoe (The Darkness of the Stars), Adaptive Books, Ages 12 – 17
(reimagined characters from Robinson Crusoe in Restoration-era London)

Trisha Leaver, Lindsay Currie, Sweet Madness, Merit Press, Ages 14 – 18 (told from the point of view of the maid, this novel puts a whole new spin in why Lizzie’s Borden’s parents met their gruesome deaths)

Mackenzi Lee, This Monstrous Thing, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 13 + (steampunk fantasy in a reimagined 1818 Geneva where clockwork men live hidden from society)

Kim Liggett, Blood and Salt, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(dark & creepy horror story with vengeful ghosts, dead bodies and ancient secrets)

Alison Lloyd, 1841 : Bushranger’s Boys, Penguin Books Australia, Ages 9 – 12
(Jem protects a bushranger on the run from the law)

Lois Lowry, Autumn Street, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12  (amidst fears for her father fighting in WW I, young Elizabeth tries to interpret a puzzling adult world)

Michaela MacColl, Rosemary Nichols, Freedom’s Price (Hidden Histories #2), Calkins Creek,
Ages 9 – 12 (based on real people and events, series examines little known moments in US history)

Fiona Macdonald, Eoin Coveney, Heroes, Gods and Monsters of Celtic Mythology, Book House, Ages 9 + (enter the Celtic world of adventure, magic and mystery)

Adam Mansbach, Alan Zwiebel, Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My …, Disney-Hyperion,
Ages 10 – 14 (if letters can reach 1700s Philadelphia, then maybe a 13-yr-old from 2015..??)

Margaret H. Mason, Floyd Cooper, These Hands, HMH Books for Young Readers,
Ages 4 – 8 (multi generational account of segregation and civil rights from a rarely addressed viewpoint)

Norah McClintock, My Life Before Me (Secrets), Orca Books, Ages 12 + (1964, girls leave orphanages they call home – seven linked ‘Secrets’ novels to be published simultaneously – Sept 2015)

Pat Zietlow Miller, Jill McElmurry, Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story, Random House Children’s/Schwartz & Wade, Ages 4 – 8 (picture book story celebrating the origins of the Thanksgiving ceremony)

James Moloney, 1844 : Last Horse Race, Penguin Books Australia, Ages 9 – 12
(Toby takes part in a life and death race through the streets of Moreton Bay (Brisbane)

Hillary Monahan, Bloody Mary, Book 2, Mary: Unleashed, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 12 – 18
(search for clues leads to mystery spanning generations and across family lines)

Kirsty Murray, The Year It All Ended, Allen & Unwin, Ages 15 – 17  (end of WW I, dawn of Jazz Age, Tiney Flynn begins a journey that will change her destiny)

Brenda Murrell, The Forgotten Pearl, Random House Australia, Ages 9 – 12
(a grandmother’s WW II experiences help her granddaughter face contemporary issues)

Brenda Murrell, The Ruby Talisman, Random House Australia, Ages 9 – 12 (with a simple wish for adventure a talisman sends a young girl back to French Revolution 1789)

Donna Jo Napoli, Dark Shimmer, Random House Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(set in medieval Venice, fairy-tale retelling of Snow White explores belonging, beauty and love)

Colleen Nelson, 250 Hours, Coteau Books, Ages 14 + (contemporary bi-racial story that leads two teens to historic secrets which have been keeping their communities apart)

Andreas Oertel, Trouble at Impact Lake: The Shenanigans, Book 3, Heritage House Publishing, Ages 10 + (three friends with a knack for getting caught up in historical mysteries recover a sunken World War II plane)

Michael O’Hearn, The El Dorado Map, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(deserted by his outlaw pa, young gunman finds himself alone on a Wild West adventure)

Shirley Parenteau, Dolls of Hope, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12 (historical novel in which teacher-missionary Sidney Gulick organizes American children to send dolls to Japan in hopes of avoiding a future war)

Robert Andrew Parker, Louise W. Borden, Across the Blue Pacific : A World War II Story, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 – 8 (when the US enters WW II, young Molly must find a way to live with her fear for her friends’ safety)

James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City, Little, Brown and Company, Ages 8 – 12, (adventure incorporating exploration of ancient China and WW II German events and places)

Anne Patton, Through Flood and Fire: A Second Barr Colony Adventure, Coteau Books,
Ages 8 – 12 (sequel follows Dorothy as she discovers the true strength of community as a settler on the plains)

Ashley Hope Pérez, Out of Darkness, Carolrhoda Lab, Ages 13 – 18 (Texas 1937; the New London explosion is used as a backdrop for a story of segregation, family and love)

Eric Pierpoint, The Secret Mission of William Tuck, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Ages 9 – 12 (after seeing his brother murdered by British, William leaves home to join Patriot effort)

Cindy Pon, Serpentine, Month9Books, LLC, Ages 12 + (alternate fantasy inspired by history of Chinese mythology, set in ancient Kingdom of Xia – coming of age of 16-year-old Skybright)

Margi Preus, The Bamboo Sword, Amulet Books, Ages 10 – 14
(set in 1853 Japan, Joshi dreams of someday becoming a samurai)

Jason Quinn, Naresh Kumar, World War Two: Against the Rising Sun, Campfire, Ages 10 +
(graphic novel)

Ransom Riggs, Library of Souls : The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Quirk Books, Ages 14 + (sequel to ‘Hollow City’, begins where previous book left off)

William Ritter, Beastly Bones : A Jackaby Novel, Algonquin Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(1892, New England, Abigail & her employer are called upon to investigate the supernatural)

Madeleine Roux, Sanctum, HarperCollins, Ages 14 +
(creepy sequel to ‘Asylum’, story of three teens who exist on a line between past & present)

Julie K. Rubini, Missing Millie Benson : The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist, Ohio University Press, Ages 8 – 12 (follow the clues to solve the mysteries of this ghostwriter, journalist and adventurer)

Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key, Aladdin, Ages 8 – 12 (1665, London; 14-year-old boy is apprenticed to a master apothecary & learns secrets of transforming simple ingredients into powerful medicines and weapons)

Lisa Miranda Sarzin, Stories for Simon, Random House Australia, Ages 5 – 7 (a new friendship gains Simon a deep appreciation of the past and a positive view for the future)

J. Scott Savage, Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove #1), Shadow Mountain, Ages 10 + (adventure exploring two Steampunk scenarios: 19th century England where inhabitants are from a future society frozen in the technology of the 1800s)

Laura Amy Schlitz, The Hired Girl, Candlewick, Ages 12 +
(in 1911, Pennsylvania, 14-year-old Joan seeks a new and better life for herself)

Charles M. Schulz , Tom Brannon, I Declare, Charlie Brown, Little Patriot Press, Ages 4 – 8
(young readers learn about the formation of the United States in the 18th century)

Charles M. Schulz , Tom Brannon, It’s a New World, Charlie Brown, Little Patriot Press,
Ages 4 – 8  (young readers discover 17th century America)

Charles M. Schulz , Tom Brannon, Westward Ho, Charlie Brown, Little Patriot Press,
Ages 4 – 8  (young readers head for the wild frontier of 19th century America)

Brian Selznick, The Marvels, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12 (2 intersecting stories – illustrated story begins 1766, charting five generations: prose story begins 1990 London)

Tanya Simon, Simon Richard, Mark Siegel, Oskar and the Eight Blessings, Roaring Brook Press, Ages 4 – 8 (1938, young refugee from Nazi Germany receives small acts of kindness to welcome him to NY)

Phillip W. Simpson, Minotaur, Month9Books, LLC, Ages 12 + (story of Asterion’s boyhood in Crete, his adventures with Theseus, growing love for Phaedra & what really happened in the labyrinth)

Ronald L. Smith, Hoodoo, Clarion Books, Ages 9 – 12  (humor, black magic and a large dose of creepiness in an adventure set in 1930s Alabama swamps)

Jane Petrlik Smolik, Currents, Charlesbridge, Ages 9 – 12 (middle grade novel set in 1854 following three young girls whose lives are connected by a bottle which makes two journeys across the ocean)

Amanda Spottiswoode, Molly March, Brother XII’s Treasure, Heritage House, Ages 8 – 12 (1936; seven children are sprung from English boarding schools & sent to British Columbia on a sailing adventure)

Jonathan Stroud, Lockwood & Co., Book 2 The Whispering Skull, Disney-Hyperion,
Ages 8 – 12 (three psychic investigators deal with supernatural forces in alternate London)

Jonathan Stroud, Lockwood & Co., Book 3: The Hollow Boy, Disney-Hyperion,
Ages 8 – 12  (supernatural outbreak baffles Scotland Yard in an alternate London)

Rosemary Sutcliff, Victor Ambrus, Heather, Oak and Olive, Paul Dry Books, Ages 9 – 11
(three stories of courage & friendship teach that people of ancient times were much like us)

Sydney Taylor, A Papa Like Everyone Else, Lizzie Skurnick Books, Ages 8 – 12
(timeless story of a family’s struggles and triumphs in early 20th century Eastern Europe)

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Jonathan Bartlett, Certain Poor Shepherds : A Christmas Tale, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12 (illustrated children’s book tells Nativity story from viewpoint of animal kingdom)

J. E. Thompson, Disappearance at Hangman’s Bluff: A Felony Bay Mystery, Walden Pond Press, Ages 8 – 12 (southern Gothic mystery exploring history, justice, race & family)

Teresa Toten, Shattered Glass (Secrets), Orca Books, Ages 12 +(1964, girls leave orphanages they call home – seven linked ‘Secrets’ novels to be published simultaneously – Sept 2015)

Mark Twain, C. F. Payne, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Creative Editions, Ages 12 – 18
(reworked edition of 1880’s adventure)

Jessica Verday, Of Phantoms and Fury (Of Monsters and Madness #2), EgmontUSA, Ages 12+ (romantic reimagining of classic gothic Poe story featuring Annabel Lee)

Cynthia Voigt, Iacopo Bruno, Mister Max: The Book of Secrets, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (2nd in series; fantasy mystery with a 19th century setting)

Eric Walters, Innocent (Secrets), Orca Books, Ages 12 + (1964, girls leave orphanages they call home – seven linked ‘Secrets’ novels to be published simultaneously – Sept 2015)

Ken Warner, Katana Shodan : The Book of Five Masters, Re.ad Select, Ages 10 + (when Katana’s martial arts school is attacked by evil forces, she must find her teacher & protect an ancient Scroll)

Eleanor Watkins, The Village, Books We Treasure, Ages 12 +
(medieval story set in 14th–century period of Black Death)

Holly Webb, Marion Lindsay, The Case of the Stolen Sixpence : The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 1, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12 (fast-paced Sherlock-Holmes-type mystery set in Victorian London)

Holly Webb, Marion Lindsay, The Case of the Phantom Cat : The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 3, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12 (fast-paced Sherlock-Holmes-type mystery in Victorian London)

Kiersten White, Illusions of Fate, HarperTeen, Ages 13 +
(romantic upstairs/downstairs historical fantasy set in an alternate Victorian England)

John Wilson, The Flags of War: The American Civil War, Part One (Fields of Conflict), Heritage House, Ages 12 + (two cousins, one abolitionist, the other a plantation owner’s son, meet for first time at Battle of Shiloh)

Susan Wojciechowski, P.J. Lynch, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Candlewick, Ages 6 – 9 (the spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowful woodcarver’s heart)

Barry Wolverton, Dave Stevenson, The Vanishing Island: The Chronicles of the Black Tulip:
Vol 1, Walden Pond Press, Ages 8-12 (high-seas adventure, alternate history epic set in 1599)

Arnold Ytreeide, Ishtar’s Odyssey, Kregel, Ages 8 +
(fourth in a set of Advent adventure books for families)

Makoto Yukimura, Vinland Saga 6, Kodansha Comics, Ages 16 +
(next installment in graphic series about Viking invasion of early medieval Britain)

David Zeltser, Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age: How One Small Boy Saved Our Big, Dumb Species, EgmontUSA, Ages 8 – 12  (humorous middle grade novel about a misunderstood caveboy)

October 2015

John Agard, Book: My Autobiography, Candlewick, Ages 10 + (quirky and humorous, this is the story of the book told by none other than Book himself!)

Scott K. Andrews, TimeBomb : The TimeBomb Trilogy, Hodder & Stoughton, Ages 12 + (new time-travel adventure series spanning 1600s to contemporary)

Aharon Appelfeld, Jeffrey Green, Philippe Dumas, Adam and Thomas, Triangle Square,
Ages 8 – 12 ( two 9-year-old Jewish boys survive WW II by banding together in the forest)

Martina Boone, Persuasion, Simon Pulse, Ages 14 + (southern gothic coming-of-age fantasy romance filled with ghosts and legend and native-American mythology)

Lindsay Francis Brambles, Becoming Darkness, Switch Press, Ages 12 + (alternate fantasy where Hitler won, Nazi reign continues & modern technologies never evolved)

Teri Brown, Velvet Undercover, Balzer + Bray, Ages 13 +
(WW I-era spy novel; one girl’s journey into the deadly intrigues of spycraft & betrayal)

Linda Buckley-Archer, The Many Lives of John Stone, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (blends contemporary & historical fiction; a teen questions what she knows about aging when she finds  journals dating from present day to reign of Louis XIV)

M.G. Buehrlen, The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare, (Alex Wayfare: Book 2), Diversion Books, Ages 13 + (Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives and fifty-six histories)

Ella Burakowski, Hidden Gold, Second Story Press, Ages 12 + (true story of the Gold family who hid in a secret enclosure in Poland during World War II)

Isaiah Campbell, The Troubles of Johnny Cannon, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12 (a boy’s highly original voice tactfully addresses important historical events from neglected moments in American history)

Isaiah Campbell, The Struggles of Johnny Cannon, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 – 12  (second in series addresses important US historical events in a time of segregation)

Gail Carriger, Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (Victorian steampunk mystery/adventure about school for lady spies)

J. B. Cheaney, I Don’t Know How the Story Ends, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Ages 10 – 13
(a WW I-era Hollywood adventure story)

John Christopher, Fireball (The Fireball Trilogy, Book 1), Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13  (1st in alternative history trilogy; two cousins are thrust into parallel reality when they time travel)

John Christopher, New Found Land (The Fireball Trilogy; Book 2), Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13
(Simon & Brad have to survive a reimagined early America in this alternative history)

John Christopher, Dragon Dance (The Fireball Trilogy, Book 3), Aladdin, Ages 9 – 13
(Simon & Brad discover secret of the fireball in this alternative history. Last in series)

Patricia Clapp, Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth, Lizzie Skurnick, Ages 10 +
(1600s romance fiction, recounting daily life, hardships and a young girl’s marriage)

Orpheus Collar, Rick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire: The Graphic Novel, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 10 – 14 (Carter and Sadie search for the Book of Ra in fantasy adventure)

Karen Cushman, Rodzina, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12  (1881, an orphan Polish girl is sent west from Chicago in hopes of finding a new family that is right for her)

Jennifer Donnelly, These Shallow Graves, Hot Key Books, Ages 12 +
(set in Gilded Age NY, Josephine wants to become an investigative journalist)

Melanie Dickerson, The Golden Braid, Thomas Nelson, Ages 8 – 12  (medieval fantasy/fairy tale adaptation of Rapunzel, but she’s not the one who needs rescuing)

Frances O’Roark Dowell, Anybody Shining, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Ages 10 – 12 (set in Appalachians, North Carolina in 1920s; Arie Mae finds a true ‘shining’ friend who doesn’t notice her faults)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, How Watson Learned the Trick : A Sherlock Holmes Story, Candlewick, Ages 10 +  (Watson tries to mimic Holmes’s mastery of deduction)

Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird), J. Smith, Candlewick, Ages 10 +
(a fairy named Joe Smith is blown out of fairyland into the streets of 1920s London)

Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch, Bloomsbury UK, Ages 9 – 11 (a dark magical fantasy about childhood and growing up)

Bruno Gilbert, A King Seen from the Sky, Yale University Press, Ages 5 – 7
(inspired by story of first flight of living creatures in handmade aircraft – Sept 1783)

Colleen Gleason, The Chess Queen Enigma : A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Chronicle Books,
Ages 12 – 18 (3rd in steampunk series with Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker)

Ryan Graudin, Wolf by Wolf, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 15 +  (alternate history set in 1956 where Hitler’s Third Reich & Hirohito’s Imperial Japan rule the world)

Alison Hart, Michael G. Montgomery, Finder, Coal Mine Dog (Dog Chronicles), Peachtree Publishing, Ages 7 – 10 (action adventure set in Cherry Mine disaster of 1909)

Dean Hughes, The Dean Hughes Collection : Soldier Boys; Search and Destroy; Missing in Action, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (three military stories set in World War II and Vietnam)

Washington Irving, Savior Pirotta, Jason Juta, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, QEB Publishing, Ages 6 – 8 (retelling of the spine chilling 19th-c Gothic horror originally published in 1820)

Robin Jarvis, Tales from the Wyrd Museum (1) – The Woven Path, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Ages 9 + (forced back to the past, Neil is up against an ancient & terrifying evil)

Robin Jarvis, Tales from the Wyrd Museum (2) – The Raven’s Knot, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Ages 9 + (sequel to ‘The Woven Path’)

Robin Jarvis, Tales from the Wyrd Museum (3) – The Fatal Strand, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Ages 9 + (3rd in series, chilling conclusion to the ‘wyrd’ tales)

E.K. Johnston, A Thousand Nights, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 14 +
(reimagined telling of ‘The Arabian Nights’)

Erich Kastner, Anthea Bell, The Flying Classroom, Pushkin Children’s Books, Ages 8 – 12 (story of boyhood adventures, friendship and anxiety set in a 1930s boarding school)

Judith Kerr, Judith Kerr’s Creatures : A Celebration of the Life and Work of Judith Kerr, Harper CollinsChildren’sBooks, Ages 11 + (captures the colourful innocence of life in the 50s & 60s)

Daniel Kraus, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1 : At the Edge of Empire, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 + (20 minutes after his murder in 1896, 17-yr-old Zebulon awakens to spend the next century finding answers and watching America grow)

Tanya Landman, Hell and High Water, Walker, Ages 12 + (coming-of-age of a frightened boy who becomes a brave young man after his father is transported to colonies)

George Layton, The Fib and Other Stories, Pan Macmillan, Ages 9 – 11
(collection of short stories about growing up in the 1950s)

Tony Lee, Sam Hart, Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc, Candlewick, Ages 10 + (France 1424; story of young woman who became a heroine whose name would be remembered for centuries to come)

Claire Legrand, Winterspell, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 14 +
(reimagining of ‘The Nutcracker’; romantic steampunk in Victorian London, includes a mob princess turned warrior heroine, an alternate New York city & mechanical faeries)

Glenda Leznoff, Heartache and Other Natural Shocks, Tundra, Ages 12 +
(15-year-old Julia and her Anglophone family flee from Montreal during the October Crisis)

Vicki Lockwood, Stephanie Hans, The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 9 – 14 (traveling circus stops at seaside town)

Jack London, Ed Young, White Fang, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 +
(dangerous and ruthless animal world comes to life in this illustrated 1906 classic)

David Long, Nicholas Stevenson, Diary of a Time Traveler (Travel the globe and meet history’s most interesting characters), Wide Eyed Editions, Ages 7 + (Augustus’s teacher gives him a time-traveling diary which takes him on a whirlwind tour of history)

David Long, Jet the Rescue Dog… and Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime, Faber Children’s, Ages 8 + (a remarkable story reminding us that not all heroes are human)

Lisa McMann, Infinity Ring Book Three: The Trap Door, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(Dak, Sera and Riq are back in the US in 1850 during dark days of slavery)

David McPhail, Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Ages 4 – 8
(young readers discover the world of the child Beatrix and her animals)

Mindy McGinnis, A Madness So Discreet, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 14 +
(mature-voiced 19th-c mystery thriller with dark themes of madness, murder and mayhem)

Michael Morpurgo, Listen to the Moon, Feiwel & Friends, Ages 10 – 14 (told from two children’s points of view; a story telling of friends, enemies and unexpected kindnesses)

Miriam Moss, Girl on a Plane, Random House Canada/Andersen Press, Ages 12 +
(Bahrain 1970 based on true events, story of plane hijacking told from 15-year-old’s pov)

Walter Dean Myers, Juba!, A Novel, Amistad, Ages 10 +
(1846: based on true story of Juba’s meteoric rise as an explosive young black dancer)

Garth Nix, Newt’s Emerald, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 13 + (regency romance with a fantasy twist in a charmed world where everyone has something to hide)

Colleen Oakes, Wendy Darling : A Novel, SparkPress, Ages 14 + (fantasy coming-of-age: a girl loved by two men – a handsome, reliable bookseller’s son & Peter Pan, charming and . . . .dangerous)

Anne M. Pillsworth, Summoned, (Redemption’s Heir, Bk 1), Tor Teen, Ages 12 + (contemporary gothic occult horror: a boy answers an ad from 1895 placed by a 300 yr old master of magic)

Anne M. Pillsworth, Fathomless, (Redemption’s Heir, Bk 2), Tor Teen, Ages 12 +
(Second in series fantasy gothic occult horror)

Laura Resau, The Lightning Queen, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12
(mystical fantasy novel set in remote mountains of Mexico in 1950s)

Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book1 The Sword of Summer, Disney-Hyperion, Ages 10 – 14  (adventure with clash of modern and classical worlds)

Stewart Ross, The Finest Pharaoh of All! (Timeliners), ReadZone Books, Ages 8 – 12
(set in Ancient Egypt, retelling of the story of Queen Hatsheput)

Stewart Ross, Beware the King! (Timeliners), ReadZone Books, Ages 8 – 12
(Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn. This series really puts the story back into hi-story)

Michael Sedunary, Bern Emmerichs, The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip, Berbay Books, Ages 6 – 10 (based on the extraordinary friendship between a local Aboriginal man & Captain Arthur Phillip, who founded the settlement that became Sydney)

Shonna Slayton, Cinderella’s Shoes, Entangled Teen, Ages 12 +
(a diamond from Cinderella’s shoe is found in a box of belongings returned after W W II)

Dina L. Sleiman, Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts: 2), Bethany House, Ages 12 +
(Arthurian inspired fantasy with feisty heroine who longs to fight like her brothers)

Ben Sowards, Asleep on the Hay : A Dust Bowl Christmas, Ensign Peak, Ages 8 +
(inspirational story teaching true meaning of Christmas, set in Great Depression era)

Patricia St. John, The Victor, Scripture Union Publishing, Ages 12 +
(adventure of a fisherman’s son in first century Phoenicia)

Rosemary Sutcliff, The Eagle of the Ninth (c1954), Everyman’s Library, Ages 8 +
(Marcus Aquila sets out to find what happened to the lost legion in which his father served)

Lois Swoboda, Leslie Wallace, Old Neb and the Ghost Ship, Pineapple Press, Ages 9 – 12
(adventure featuring children of lighthouse keeper growing up on barrier island off Florida’s Gulf coast)

Pauline Ts’o, Whispers of the Wolf, Wisdom Tales, Ages 4 – 8
(children’s picture book, set 500 years ago, amongst Pueblo Indians of desert Southwest)

Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Pan Macmillan, Ages 9 – 11  (Chas McGill collects war souvenirs & finds remains of German bomber crashed in the woods)

Robert Westall, Blitzcat, PAN Macmillan Childrens Books, Ages 11 +
(one brave cat’s experiences during World War II)

Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt, Little Stars (Hetty Feather 5), Random House Canada/ Doubleday UK, Ages 9 – 12 (1880s England – the story of Hetty who was abandoned as a baby at the Foundling Hospital)

Meg Wiviott, Paper Hearts, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 12 + (based on true Holocaust story of two teenage girls who find hope, friendship and the will to outlive Auschwitz)

Tim Wynne-Jones, The Emperor of Any Place, Candlewick, Ages 14 +
(ghosts of war reverberate across generations in this time-shifting story within a story)

November 2015

Lynne Reid Banks, Uprooted, HCChBksUK, Ages 12 +
(adventure story set in 1940 when Lindy & her mum journey from England to Saskatoon)

Orson Scott Card, Visitors (Pathfinder 3), Simon Pulse, Ages 12 + (sequel to ‘Pathfinder’ & ‘Ruins’; unusual fusion of science fiction & historical fiction; follows adventures of Rigg who has mysteriously regressed into a medieval state)

Edward Carey, Lungdon (Iremonger #3), Harper Collins, Ages 10 + (Foulsham is destroyed & darkness reigns supreme in this macabre third in trilogy set in Dickensian Victorian England)

Gail Carriger, Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +  (last in Victorian Steampunk series)

Emma Carroll, The Snow Sister, Faber Children’s Books, Ages 9 – 12
(a Christmas novella set in 19th century Victorian England)

Renee Collins, Until We Meet Again, Sourcebooks Fire, Ages 14 – 17 (when a dreamy stranger shows up claiming that it is 1925, Cassandra is swept into a 100-year-old mystery)

Andrea Cremer, The Conjurer’s Riddle (The Inventor’s Secret 2), Philomel, Ages 12 +
(alternate steampunk pairs politics with adventure & asks “What if the Americans had lost the Revolution?”)

Pat Croce, Plunder, Turner, Ages 11 – 15 (England, 1713 – 17-year-old Charlie Drake embarks on epic adventure filled with unusual characters, to learn the truth of who he really is)

Richmal Crompton, Sue Townsend, Thomas Henry, Just William, Pan Macmillan,
Ages 8 – 12 (adventures of William Brown, a mischievous 11-year-old schoolboy, first published in 1922)
Also: More William (c1922), William Again (c1923) and William the Fourth (c1924)

Tania del Rio, Will Staehle, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye : A Novel, Quirk Books, Ages 10 + (an unlucky 12-year-old Victorian bellhop whose pride and joy is his family’s hotel)

Laura Malone Elliott, Da Vinci’s Tiger, Katherine Tegen Books, Ages 13 + (true-story historical romance of 15th century Ginevra de’ Benci who fell in love with Leonardo da Vinci)

Shannon Gibney, See No Color, Carolrhoda Lab, Ages 12 – 18
(story of a biracial girl adopted into a white family)

Claudia Gray, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, HarperTeen, Ages 14 +
(sequel to ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’)

Marian Hale, The Goodbye Season, Square Fish, Ages 12 – 18
(a story of love, loss and murder amid the 1918 influenza outbreak)

Lewis Helfand, Lalit Kumar Sharma, World War Two: In the Shadow of the Swastika, Campfire, Ages 10 +  (graphic novel)

Joan Hiatt Harlow, The Watcher, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 8 – 12 (1942, Berlin, blending history/mystery; kidnapped girl & her dog must find allies amongst the

Beth Kephart, Going Over, Chronicle Books, Ages 12 – 18 (Ada lives in Kreuzberg, West Berlin, Stefan lives in Friedrichshain, East Berlin and the wall looms between them)

Zoe Marriott, Darkness Hidden: The Name of the Blade, Book Two, Candlewick, Ages 12 +
(the monsters of ancient Japan have been unleashed and stalk the streets of London)

Joseph Marshall, James Mark Yellowhawk, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse, Amulet Books, Ages 10 – 14 (through his grandfather’s tales Jimmy learns the history of Tasunke Witko, the famous warrior known as Crazy horse, and his own Lakota heritage)

Carol Masciola, The Yearbook, Merit Press, Ages 14 – 18 (contemporary Lola Lundy discovers a 1924 yearbook in the school library and whilst reading, falls asleep and wakes up in 1923)

Maureen McCarthy, The Convent, Allen & Unwin, Ages 14 – 18  (intertwined lives of four young women facing impossible choices during 1920s, 1930s & present)

Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr, The After-Room (The Apothecary Series), G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 + (fantasy adventure set in 1955 – 3rd in trilogy)

Lauren A Mills, Minna’s Patchwork Coat, Little, Brown Books for YR, Ages 8 – 12
(newly illustrated historical novel expanded from author’s picture book – ‘The Rag Coat’)

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gregory R. Christie, The Book Itch : Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, Carolrhoda Lab, Ages 7 – 10 (story of the National Memorial African Bookstore where ideas are traded and people talk of change)

Kaoru Mori, A Bride’s Story, Vol. 7, Yen Press, Ages 16 + (graphic novel about a 20-year-old bride betrothed to 12-year-old boy in 19th century Asia)

Susan Nelson, Serendipity’s Footsteps, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 + (from Nazi Germany to modern-day orphanage three girls are about to give up when a single pair of shoes binds them together)

Lila Perl, Lilli’s Quest, Lizzie Skurnick Books, Ages 12 + (sequel to ‘Isabel’s War’ brings wartime Germany, England & America to vivid life through Lilli’s eyes)

Magica Quartet, Kawazu-ku, Masugitsune, Puella Magi Tart Magica, Vol. 2 : The Legend of Jeanne d’Arc, Yen Press, Ages 13 + (graphic novel)

Jason Quinn, Sachin Nagar, The Kaurava Empire: Volume 3 : The Loaded Dice of Shakuni, Campfire, Ages 12 + (tales of the Mahabharata of ancient India: graphic novel)

Doreen Rappaport, London Ladd, Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass, Jump At The Sun, Ages 6 – 8  (Frederick’s journey from slavery to freedom: Illustrated fiction)

Delia Ray, Finding Fortune, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Ages 10 – 12
(contemporary adventure combining mystery and history)

Rick Revelle, Algonquin Spring : An Algonquin Quest Novel, Dundurn, Ages 12 – 15
(multi-period novel set in 14th century Quebec and contemporary New-found-land)

Greg Leitich Smith, Borrowed Time, Clarion Books, Ages 9 – 12
(fast-paced time-travel dinosaur adventure survival story with a touch of humor)

Yana Toboso, Black Butler, Vol. 21, Yen Press, Ages 16 +
(graphic novel about an earl, in Queen Victoria’s service, and his elite butler)

Danny Weston, Mr Sparks, Random House Canada/Andersen Press, Ages 12 +
(boy becomes puppet master of an evil ventriloquist’s dummy. England 1920s)

Edward Willett, The Cave Beneath the Sea: The Shards of Excalibur, Book 4, Coteau,
Ages 12 +  (Ariane and Wally race to find the fourth shard of Excalibur before it’s too late)

Sarah Zettel, Dangerous Deceptions, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 12 +
(2nd in series; as lady in waiting & spy to King George I, Peggy’s adventures could end in murder)

December 2015

Eve Bunting, Forbidden, Clarion Books, Ages 12 + (early 19th–c Scotland; 16-yr-old orphan Josie is sent to live with her aunt & uncle in village where everything is sinister & threatening)

Matt De La Pena, Infinity Ring Book Four: Curse of the Ancients, Scholastic Press, Ages 8 – 12 (three young adventurers become stranded thousands of years in the past)

Evangeline Denmark, Curio, Blink, Ages 15 + (steampunk fantasy – Grey is transported to a hidden world where clockwork people are real)

Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka, The Magician’s Elephant, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12
(orphan Peter knows exactly what to ask fortuneteller who appears in the market square)

Helen Frost, Salt : A Story of Friendship in a Time of War, Square Fish, Ages 10 – 14
(1812; two friends must decide where their loyalties lie when war comes to Indiana Territory)

Grace Gilmore, Petra Brown, Lost in the Blizzard (Tales from Maple Ridge, 5), Little Simon, Ages 5 – 9  (adventure series set in Maple Ridge, Illinois, late 1800s)

Isuna Hasekura, Spice and Wolf, Vol 16 : The Coin of the Run II, Yen On, Ages 15 +
(graphic novel medieval fantasy about a traveling merchant and his companion, an ancient goddess)

Catherine Jinks, A Plague of Bogles, HMH Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 – 12
(three children wage an underground war in the murky streets of Victorian London)

Andrew Lane, Snake Bite (Sherlock Homes: The Legend Begins, Vol 5), Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Ages 12 – 18 (young Sherlock Holmes is kidnapped and taken to China)

Andrew Lane, Knife Edge (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins, Vol 6), Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Ages 12 – 18 (something sinister is afoot in a house where Sherlock is staying)

Jennifer Maruno, Cherry Blossom Baseball : A Cherry Blossom Book, Dundurn, Ages 9 – 12 (is pretending to be someone else the only way Michiko can fit in, given Canada’s wartime racist policies?)

Oisin McGann, The Wisdom of Dead Men (Wildenstern Saga), Open Road Media Teen & Tween, Ages 12 – 17 (no longer the power it once was, the British Empire is controlled by the Wildensterns. Steampunk adventure series)

Gina McMuchy-Barber, A Bone to Pick : A Peggy Henderson Adventure, Ages 9 – 12 (Peggy accidentally discovers a Viking burial cairn and finds there’s an unexpected lesson she has to learn from a young Viking warrior)

David Miles, Facing the Blazing Furnace, Zonderkidz, Ages 4 – 8 (when Nebuchadnezzar orders everyone to worship a golden statue, three young men refuse to obey)

Kaoru Mori, Emma, Vol. 3, Yen Press, Ages 13 +
(graphic rendition of famous 19th-c classic brings Victorian England to life)

Emily Ross, Half in Love With Death, Merit Press, Ages 14 – 18 (inspired by 1966 case of Charles Schmid, the Pied Piper of Tucson, this is a coming-of-age thriller)

Ryukishi07, Soichiro, Rose Guns Days Season 1, Vol. 2, Yen Press, Ages 16 +
(graphic novel taking place in Japan at the end of World War II)

Alexander Gordon Smith, The Devil’s Engine: Hellraisers, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Ages 12 – 18 (horror trilogy about an ordinary kid caught up in a centuries-old conflict with the legions of the Devil)

Jordan Sonnenblick, Are You Experienced?, Square Fish, Ages 12 – 18 (a boy accidentally travels back in time to his dad’s youth – Woodstock – and witnesses a tragic event)

Anne Tait, Li Jun and the Iron Road, Dundurn, Ages 12 – 15 (southern China 1880s – Little Tiger follows her missing father to Canada & finds work on the railways disguised as a man)

Rosemary Wells, P. J. Lynch, Lincoln and His Boys, Candlewick, Ages 8 – 12
(history’s revered president was, to his rambunctious sons, just a playful and loving father)

Jane Yolen, A Plague of Unicorns, Zonderkidz, Ages 8 – 12, (coming-of-age medieval fantasy about young James, heir to the Earldom, who is sent to be educated at a crumbling abbey)

Makoto Yukimura, Vinland Saga 7, Kodansha Comics, Ages 16 +
(continuation of graphic series about Viking invasion of early medieval Britain)