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Historical Fiction, World - World War I and World War II

Go to: World War I | World War II: Pre-WWII: 1932-1938, 1939-1945, Aftermath and The Holocaust

                   World War I  

                                         1914-1918

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My Brother’s Shadow by Monika Schröder
In 1918 Berlin, Germany, sixteen-year-old Moritz struggles to do what is right on his newspaper job, in his relationship with his mother and sister who are outspoken socialists, and with his brother, who returns from the war physically and emotionally scarred. (SLJ gr.7+) 

Private Peacefull by Michael Morpurgo
When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself. (SLJ gr 7+)

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin
The destinies of two Scottish families, one of shopkeepers and one of wealth and power, become entwined through their involvement in World War I, social causes, and love. (SLJ gr 7+)

World War II 

                                 Pre-WWII: 1932- 1938

 

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust. (SLJ gr 7+)

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War. This is the first in a trilogy that follows Sophia, her cousin, sister and brother into WWII. (SLJ gr. 7-10)

My Family for the War by Anne Voorhoeve
Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of War while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland. (SLJ gr. 7+)

1939-1945

 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Hiroshima by Laurence Yep  
Describes the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, particularly as it affects Sachi, who becomes one of the Hiroshima Maidens. (SLJ gr. 4-6)

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

 When my name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

 

The Holocaust

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
The story of a boy who loved Anne Frank. (SLJ gr. 9+)

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust. (SLJ gr 7+)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John 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.

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
In this fictionalized biography, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hubener, is imprisoned for his anti-Nazi resistance.  As he awaits his execution, he recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people. (SLJ gr 6-9)

The Book Thief by Markus 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.  (SLJ gr. 9+)

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Orphaned "Misha" is too young and naive to understand events when the Nazis invade Poland. He joins other Jewish boys and steals food to survive in the war-torn Warsaw ghetto as the daily horrors become part of ordinary life.

My Family for the War by Anne Voorhoeve
Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of War while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Once by Morris Gleitzman
After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

Prisoner in time: A child of the Holocaust by Pamela Melnikoff
In 1942, tired of hiding from the Nazis in a Prague attic, a young Jewish man ventures out to an old cemetery, from which he travels back to the sixteenth-century and witnesses another time of trouble for Czech Jews.

Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev
Based on the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.

 

Aftermath

 

Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
In 1945 Russia, those who own German shepherds are considered traitors, but thirteen-year-old Mikhail and his family are determined to keep the dog a dying man brought them, while his classmate Katia strives to learn his secret.

Tamar by Mal Peet 
In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family. (SLJ gr. 9+)