Teen Booklist

  • Heroes

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.