The reigning queen of historical children’s literature returns with a characteristically classy narrative that brings the paranoia and superstitions of seventeenth-century England to full-blooded life. Sinister gentry and rumours of witchcraft blight the life of young Fortune Sharpe in this eerie tale based on real-life events.
As life for German Jews becomes increasingly perilous, Anna’s parents put her on a train leaving for England. But the war follows her to Kent, and soon Anna finds herself caught up in web of betrayal and secrecy. How can she prove whose side she’s on when she can’t tell anyone the truth? But actions speak louder than words, and Anna has a dangerous plan…
A brilliant and moving wartime adventure from the author of Evie’s Ghost. Cover illustration by Daniela Terrazzini.
Recommended Historical Fiction For 7 – 10
“A tale with a big warm heart” Frank Cottrell Boyce
First in a projected series from a passionate Viking expert, art historian and BBC presenter.
Illustrated by David Wyatt.
Based on a true story of a 14 year old girl Lisa Jura, who had to flee her home in Vienna and rebuild her life in London, the story will bring home to older children the reality of the Holocaust.
As we celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women, Usborne will be releasing a new cover for the book previously called POLLY’S MARCH. The whole Historical House series, with Adele Geras and Ann Turnbull, is being given a fresh launch and look.
Third in a new historical adventure series from million copy selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian.
Amsterdam, 1943 Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black-market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the front line when the Germans invaded.
Meticulously researched, intricately plotted and beautifully written, The Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinarily gripping novel from a bright new voice in YA fiction.
‘A gripping historical mystery’ Publishers Weekly, starred review.
A sequel to Cleo.
Continuing the story of Cleopatra before she became the legendary figure we think we know, this fast-paced adventure story is perfect for teen girls. Will Cleo – marked and chosen at birth by the goddess Isis – prevail against the evil forces who would gain power?
Orion Children’s Books has acquired a new adventure series by Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries books, set in Roman Britain.
Editor Felicity Johnston acquired the world rights to four books, excluding the US and Canada, from Clare Pearson at Eddison Pearson.
The series, entitled The Seekers, is set in AD 94 and is about three siblings who travel to Londinium from Rome to flee the henchman of evil Emporor Domitian. In Britain they team up with a British girl, who guides them in their new world, and a mysterious Jewish boy.
Orion will publish the first book, The Seekers: Escape From Rome, in hardback in May 2016.
This historical tale has a magnficently wintry opening:
The snow had come early, blanketing the land on All Souls’ Eve and re-covering it at regular intervals, up to and beyond the Solstice. Old Scratch had never known such a persistent piling up of the stuff. Day in, day out it came, with drifts touching what passed for his roof and no respite, not even on melt days, because the melting only went so far before the sky turned goose-grey again and down came another load, white upon white upon white.
When Tony Bradman reviewed this novel for The Guardian he said of it:
Julie Hearn writes with real skill, her style equally at home with the natural and supernatural, with rude mechanicals and over-reaching Tudor courtiers, with fairy-tale tropes and psychological realism. All the elements are familiar, but the final result is one of genuine originality.