Historical Fiction: World War II

Recommended books for children on World War II.

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The 1940s: Secrets
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hoobler, Dorothy; Hoobler, Thomas; Hoffman, Robin (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Hoobler
Description:

In 1944, Gabriella, Esther, and other young people see the impact of war on their lives in the United States.

Anna is Still Here
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vos, Ida; Edelstein, Terese (Translator); Smidt, Inez (Translator)
Call Number:
JF Vos
Description:

Anna, a hidden child in Nazi-occupied Holland, gradually learns to deal with the realities of being a survivor.

Behind the Bedroom Wall
Artist/Author/Cast:
Williams, Laura E.; Goldstein, A. Nancy (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Williams
Description:

Thirteen-year-old Korinna must decide whether to report her parents when she discovers that they are hiding Jews.

Black Radishes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Meyer, Susan Lynn
Call Number:
JF Meyer
Description:

Jewish Gustave and his parents move out of Paris to the countryside to hide from the Nazis.

The Coastwatcher
Artist/Author/Cast:
Weston, Elise
Call Number:
JF Weston
Description:

Hugh finds clues suggesting that a German submarine is in the vicinity of his family's beach house.

A Coming Evil
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vande Velde, Vivian
Call Number:
JF Vande Velde
Description:

During the German occupation of France, Lisette lives with her aunt, who harbors Jewish and Gypsy children.

Dancing on the Bridge of Avignon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vos, Ida; Edelstein, Terese (Translator); Smidt, Inez (Translator)
Call Number:
JF Vos
Description:

The experiences of a young Jewish girl and her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

Dear Papa
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ylvisaker, Anne
Call Number:
JF Ylvisaker
Description:

One year after her father's death, nine-year-old Isabelle begins writing him letters relating the important events in her life.

The Devil's Arithmetic
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yolen, Jane
Call Number:
YP F Yolen
Description:

Hannah resents her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a concentration camp.

Don't You Know There's a War on?
Artist/Author/Cast:
Avi
Call Number:
JF Avi
Description:

In Brooklyn, 1943, Howie mounts a campaign to save his favorite teacher from being fired.

A Faraway Island
Artist/Author/Cast:
Thor, Annika; Schenck, Linda (Translator)
Call Number:
JF Thor
Description:

Two Jewish refugee girls from Austria await their parents in a remote Swedish village.

Homefront
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gwaltney, Doris
Call Number:
YP F Gwaltney
Description:

Twelve-year-old Margaret Ann has trouble getting along with her "perfect" English cousin, just arrived from war-torn London.

Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation
Artist/Author/Cast:
Uchida, Yoshiko
Call Number:
JF Uchida
Description:

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans on the West Coast are evacuated to camps in the Utah desert.

Keep Smiling Through
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rinaldi, Ann
Call Number:
JF Rinaldi
Description:

A ten-year-old during World War II learns the lesson that doing what's right is not always an easy thing.

Lily's Crossing
Artist/Author/Cast:
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Call Number:
JF Giff
Description:

When Lily's father is drafted to fight in World War II, she must stay with her grouchy grandmother.

Love You, Soldier
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hest, Amy
Call Number:
JF Hest
Description:

Time passes as Katie waits for her father to come home from the war.

Number the Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lowry, Lois
Call Number:
JF Lowry
Description:

During the German occupation of Denmark, Annemarie learns to be brave and courageous while helping to shelter her Jewish friends.

On the Wings of Heroes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Peck, Richard
Call Number:
JF Peck
Description:

World War II has changed everyone's lives, but Davy still has two heroes: his dad and his brother.

Pearl Harbor is Burning!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kudlinski, Kathleen V.; Himler, Ronald (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Kudlinski
Description:

When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, questions of trust and loyalty are raised in Frank's growing friendship with Kenji.

Snow Treasure
Artist/Author/Cast:
McSwigan, Marie
Call Number:
JF McSwigan
Description:

A true story about a group of Norwegian children who smuggle nine million dollars in gold past Nazi sentries.

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