World Wars

Book Thief, The

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By Zusak, Marcus

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.


Code Name Verity

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By Wein, Elizabeth

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.  Companion book:  Rose Under Fire


Brothers in Valor: A Story of Resistance

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By Tunnell, Micahel O.

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.



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By Smith, Sherri L.

Ida Mae Jones is a young, black woman from Louisiana who aspires to be a pilot like her father. As the United States enters the second World War, she can fulfill this dream if she decides to pass as a white woman to join the WASP Women. But can she deal with the burden of denying her family? 


Berlin Boxing Club, The

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By Sharenow, Rob

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.


Eyes of the Emperor

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By Salisbury, Graham

Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.


What World is Left

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By Polak, Monique

Anneke is a pampered child who is used to getting whatever she wants. Things change when the Nazis invade and she and her family are taken to a concentration camp – Theresienstadt. Since Anneke’s father is a cartoonist, he is forced to draw propaganda that helps to support the lie to outsiders that Theresienstadt Jews are being kept well. This story was inspired by the author’s mother who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt. 


Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion and Betrayal

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By Peet, Mal

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.


Fire in the Hills

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By Napoli, Donna Jo

Upon returning to Italy, fourteen-year-old Roberto struggles to survive, first on his own, then as a member of the resistance, fighting against the Nazi occupiers while yearning to reach home safely and for an end to the war.


Boy at War, A

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By Mazer, Harry

While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell. Sequels: A Boy No More and Heroes Don’t Run.


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