Historical Fiction: World War II
Books About World War II
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Y Fiction Zusak, Y Books on CD Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, Y Fiction Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Y Fiction Bartoletti
In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.
Brothers in Valor: A Story of Resistance by Michael O. Tunnell, Y Fiction Tunnell
Three German teenagers who are members of the Mormon Church join forces to create a youth resistance movement during World War II, putting their lives at risk.
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac, Y Fiction Bruchac
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Daniel Half-Human: and the good Nazi by David Chotjewitz, Y Fiction Chotjewitz
In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish. Also details Daniel and Armin's reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters. All his life, Daniel has been hiding. He just doesn't know it. Until the spring of 1933, he's enjoyed a comfortable German boyhood with his well-to-do family, in school, at soccer. Daniel's even enjoyed jail -- for one exciting night -- with his best friend, Armin, after they've been caught painting a swastika on a wall in the hated Communist section of Hamburg. In their cell, the boys cut their wrists, mingle blood, and swear lasting brotherhood. Then, a thunderclap: Daniel learns to his horror that his mother is Jewish, that he is therefore half-Jewish and, in Aryan eyes, half-human. Daniel keeps the truth a secret. He and Armin still talk of joining the Hitler Youth. But Armin's father, an out-of-work longshoreman and a Socialist, forbids it. Armin joins anyway, with fateful consequences for Daniel's family. Throughout World War II, and until the story's haunting final scene, each friend holds the life of the other in his hands.
Eyes of the Emperorby Graham Salisbury, Y Fiction Salisbury
Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.
The Fighter by Jean-Jacques Greif, Y Fiction Greif
Moshe Wisniak, a poor Polish Jew, uses his physical strength and cleverness, plus luck, to help him survive the horrors he is subjected to in the concentration camps of World War II. Based on the life of Moshè Garbarz.
In My Enemy's House by Carol Matas, Y Fiction Matas
When German soldiers arrive in Zloczow during World War II, a young Jewish girl must decide whether or not to conceal her identity and work for a Nazi in Germany in order to survive.
Lost In America by Marilyn Sachs, Y Fiction Sachs
Follows the experiences of Nicole, a teenaged French Jew, from 1943 to 1948, as she loses her parents and sister to the concentration camps and then leaves her native France to make a new life for herself in New York City.
Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes, Y Fiction Huges
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.
Something Remains by Inge Barth-Grozinger, Y Fiction Barth-Grozinger
In 1933, as Hitler becomes Chancellor, twelve-year-old Erich and his family, who are Jewish, find they need to make changes in their everyday lives as hatred of the Jews grows.
Stones In Water by Donna Jo Napoli, Y Fiction Napoli
After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany, escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way back home to Venice.
Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury, Y Fiction Salisbury
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
What World is Left by Monique Polak, Y Fiction Polak
Anneke, a Dutch Jewish teenager, is sent with her family to Theresienstadt, a "model" concentration camp, where she confronts great evil and learns to do what it takes to survive.
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr, Y Fiction Kerr
Recounts the adventures of a nine-year-old Jewish girl and her family in the early 1930's as they travel from Germany to England.
The Whirlwind by Carol Matas, Y Fiction Matas
Ben flees Nazi Germany only to find himself in a battle for his life and his soul.
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