Teen Booklist

  • 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.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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. 

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • 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.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Flygirl

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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?