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World War II

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Picture Books for Younger Readers
These titles are located in the jO section at the Library.

 

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
Carmen Agra Deedy
Retells the story of King Christian X and the Danish resistance to the Nazis during World War II.

Wind Flyers
Angela Johnson
A boy's love of flight takes him on a journey from the dusty dirt road of Alabama to the war-torn skies of Europe, introducing young readers to the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

All Those Secrets of the World
Jane Yolen
When Janie's father goes off to the war her family moves in with her grandparents where she learns a secret of the world that helps her to understand her father's long absence.

 Picture Books for Older Readers
These titles are located in the jI section at the Library

 

Players in Pigtails
Shana Corey
A fictional story about the All-American Girls Profession Baseball League that gave women the opportunity to play profession baseball while America was involved in World War II.

 

Boxes for Katje
Candace Fleming
After a Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the CARE package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.

 

The Lion and the Unicorn
Shirley Hughes
Lenny, a Jewish boy living in London during the blitz in World War II, must adjust to many changes and find the true meaning of courage when he is evacuated to a large mansion in the English countryside.

Anna's Goat
Janice Keefer
While WWII rages in Anna's homeland, the family takes refuge in a foreign country. The mother must work at a factory, leaving her daughters at home in the care of a nanny goat!

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow
Amy Lee-Tai
While she and her family are interned at Topaz Relocation Center during WWII, Mari gradually adjusts as she enrolls in an art class, makes a friend, plants sunflowers and wait for them to grow.

Lisette's Angel
Amy Littlesugar
In WWII France, a young girl's prayer for an angel to come rescue her from the Nazi occupation is answered by the arrival of an American paratrooper.


Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story
Amy Littlesugar
In Belgium during WWII, Willy becomes friends with Max and his Jewish family and although they become separated, they remain related by a bond of friendship and a special painting.


Baseball Saved Us
Ken Mochizuki
A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during WWII and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.


The Lily Cupboard
Shuleth Levey Oppenheim
Miriam, a young Jewish girl, is forced to leave her parents and hid with strangers in the country during the German occupation of Holland.

Blueberries for the Queen
John Patterson
In the summer of q942, when Queen Wihelmina of the Netherlands lives down the road from his family's house in Massachusetts, young William decides to take her some of the blueberries he has picked.

The Butterfly
Patricia Polacco
During the Nazi occupation of France, Monique's mother hides a Jewish family in her basement and tries to help them escape to freedom.

Always Remember Me
Marisabina Russo
After many years during which her grandmother skirted the issue, a young girl finally hears the story of how several of her female relatives survived the Holocaust.

Home of the Brave
Allen Say
Following a kayaking accident, a man experiences the feelings of children interned during WWII and children on Indian reservations.

In My Pocket
Dorrith Sim
A seven-year-old Jewish girl from Germany suffers fear and uncertainty in July 1939 while traveling by train and boat to the safety of a new life in Scotland.

Beginning Chapter Books
These titles can be found in the jc section of the Library

The Night Crossing
Karen Ackerman
In 1938, having begun to feel the persecution that all Jews are experiencing in their Austrian City, Clara and her family escape over the mountains into Switzerland.

Molly Saves the Day
Valerie Tripp
Molly conquers her fear of swimming underwater when she and the other campers at Camp Gowonagian divide into two teams to play Color War. Check the Shelves for other title in this series.

Brave Emily
Valerie Tripp
Molly befriends a war refugee named Emily Bennet, who struggles to overcome shyness.

Fiction for Grades 5-8

Marika
Andrea Cheng
Although she has been raised Catholic, Marika learns how dangerous it is to be of Jewish heritage and living in Hungary during WWII.

Where the Ground Meets the Sky
Jacqueline Davies
During WWII, a twelve-year-old girl is uprooted from her quiet, East coast life and moved to a secluded army post in the New Mexico desert where her father and other scientists are working on a top secret project.

Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows
Barry Deneberg
In her diary, twelve-year-old Amber describes moving to Hawaii in 1941 and experiencing the horror of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Janey G. Blue, Pearl Harbor, 1941
Kathleen Duey
In Hawaii in 1941, sixth grader Janey G. Blue experiences the terror of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Escaping Into the Night
Dina D. Friedman
Thirteen-year-old Halina Rudowski narrowly escapes the Polish ghetto and flees to the forest, where she is taken in by an encampment of Jews trying to survive WWII.
Lily's Crossing
Patricia Reilly Giff
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.
Weedflower
Cynthia Kadohata
After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in Southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boys and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.
Room in the Heart
Sonia Levitin
After German forces occupy Denmark during WWII, fifteen-year-old Julie Weinstein and fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson and their friends try to cope with their daily lives, finding various ways to resist the Nazis and ultimately to survive.
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society
Adeline Yeh Mah
During the Japanese occupation of parts of China, twelve-year-old Ye Xian is thrown out of her father's and stepmother's home, joins a martial arts group and tries to help her aunt and the American in their struggle against the Japanese invaders.
Fire in the Hills
Donna Jo Napoli
Upon returning to Italy, fourteen-year-old Robert 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. Sequel to Stones in the Water.
Run, Boy, Run: A Novel
Uri Orlev
Based on the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.

On the Wings of Heroes
Richard Peck
A boy in Illinois remembers the homefront years of World War II, especially his two heroes--his brother in the Air Force and his father who fought in the previous war.

Yellow Star
Jennifer Roy
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has turned ten, A Jewish girl and family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.
  House of the Red Fish
Graham Salisbury
Over a year after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the arrest of Tomi's father and grandfather, Tomi and his friends, battling anti-Japanese-American sentiment in Hawaii, try to find a way to salvage his father's sunken fishing boat. Sequel to Under the Blood-Red Sun.
  Hitler's Canary
Sandi Tokswig
Ten year-old Bamse and his Jewish friend Anton participate in the Danish Resistance during WWII>
  The Coast Watcher
Elsie Weston
While eleven-year-old Hugh, his family and his cousin Tom are spending the summer of 1943 on the South Carolina shore to escape the polio epidemic, Hugh uncovers clues that point to a German plot to sabotage a nearby naval base.
  Summer of the War
Gloria Whelan
Fourteen-year-old Belle resents the presence of her sophisticated cousin on a family vacation in the summer of 1942, but their strained relationship is overshadowed by the war in Europe.

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