World Wars

Winter Horses

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By Kerr, Phillip

Struggling to endure the World War II occupation of his beloved animal preserve, caretaker Max secretly cares for a girl who has gone into hiding in a nearby park, where she bonds with endangered horses that are threatened by Nazi forces.


Dragonfly Pool, The

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By Ibbotson, Eva

Tally lives in a boarding school where she organizes a group of dancers so she can participate in the folk dancing festival in Bergania. Her friend Karil’s father is assassinated, so now Tally and her friends must help Karil escape the Nazis as well as his bleak future. 


Soldier Boys

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By Hughes, Dean

One German and one American boy excitedly join World War II for their respective armies, where they meet at the Battle of the Bulge.


Farewell to Manzanar

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By Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki

A true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment.


Stepping on the Cracks

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By Hahn, Mary Downing

In 1944, while her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret gets a new view of the school bully Gordy when she finds him hiding his own brother, an army deserter, and decides to help him.


Summer of My German Soldier

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By Greene, Bette

When her hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners, 12-year old Patty Bergen, a Jew, befriends Anton, a Nazi prison escapee, despite her family’s demands that she not see him. Sequel: Morning Is a Long Time Coming



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By Cormier, Robert

After joining the army at fifteen and having his face blown away by a grenade in a battle in France, Francis returns home to Frenchtown hoping to find--and kill--the former childhood hero he feels betrayed him.


Postcards From No Man’s Land

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By Chambers, Aidan

Alternates between two stories—in the present day, seventeen-year-old Jacob visits Amsterdam at the request of his English grandmother--and historically, nineteen-year-old Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers' attempts to liberate Holland from its German occupation. Winner of the Printz Award for outstanding young adult literature.


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