After World War II

American Historical Fiction






Date Pub

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Murphy, Jim.   Revenge of the Green Banana

Jimmy Murphy starts sixth grade determined to be a better student and impress the beautiful Kathy Guenther, but Sister Angelica has him and his friends pegged as troublemakers and they may just prove her right.


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Spinelli, Jerry.   The Warden’s Daughter

Living with her warden father in an apartment above a 1950s prison, Cammie O'Reilly struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who died saving her from harm when she was a baby, and interacts with some of the reformed inmates.


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Avi.   Catch You Later, Traitor

Twelve-year-old Pet Collison is a regular kid in Brooklyn, who loves baseball, radio crime dramas, and detective books. He finds himself in a real-life mystery when an FBI agent ac uses his father of being a Communist.


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Smelcer, John E.   Stealing Indians

Four Indian teenagers are kidnapped from different regions, their lives changed by an institution designed to eradicate their identity, and without family to protect them, only their friendship helps them endure.


Kidd, Ronald.   The Year of the Bomb
In 1955 California, as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is filmed in their hometown, thirteen-year -old Arnie discovers a real enemy when he and three friends go against a young government agent determined to find communists at a nearby university or on the movie set.


Peck, Richard.   A Season of Gifts
Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.


Klages, Ellen.   White Sands, Red Menace
After World War II Dewey and the Gordon family move to the White Sands Missile Range in Almogordo, Mexico where they face conflicts over limiting the Bomb as well as personal conflicts.  (Sequel to The Green Glass Sea).


Magorian, Michelle.   Just Henry
After World War II, Henry misses his father who died a war hero, but learns to cope with his loss when he discovers an old film camera and unravels the mystery behind its contents.


Murayama, Milton.   Dying In a Strange Land  
Brings to a close the saga of the Oyama family from the years immediately following World War II to the 1980s. (Hawaiian Collection – Fiction)


White, Ruth.   Little Audrey
In 1948, eleven-year-old Audrey lives with her father, mother, and three younger sisters in Jewell Valley, a coal mining camp in Southwest Virginia, where her mother still mourns the death of a baby, her father goes on drinking binges on paydays, and Audrey tries to recover from the scarlet fever that has left her skinny and needing to wear glasses.



Parker, Robert B.   Edenville Owls
Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, faces many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.


Holm, Jennifer L.   Penny From Heaven
"As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death." …Baker & Taylor


Myers, Walter Dean.   The Journal of Biddy Owens, the Negro Leagues
Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues.


Uchida, Yoshiko.   Journey Home
After their release from an American concentration camp, a Japanese-American girl and her family try to reconstruct their lives amidst strong anti-Japanese feelings which breed fear, distrust, and violence.