World War II

American Historical Fiction

 

 

 

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Hughes, Dean.   Four-four-two

Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.

2016

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Larson, Kirby.   Liberty

In 1940s New Orleans, Fish Elliot is a polio-survivor with a knack for inventing and building things, and his African American neighbor Olympia is a girl with a talent for messing things up, but they are united in an effort to save a starving stray dog they call Liberty--and when Liberty is caged by a nasty farmer, they find an unlikely ally in a German prisoner of war, Erich, who is not much older than the two children.

2016

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Meyer, Susan.   Skating with the Statue of Liberty

After having escaped with his family from Nazi-occupied France, Gustave finds a home in New York City, still worried about Marcel, his good friend who he left behind, and surprised to find bigotry in America, too.

2016

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Wolk, Lauren.   Wolf Hollow: a novel

Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran

2016

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Cohen-Janca, Irène.   Mister Doctor
Nothing--not even the chance to live--makes Dr. Korczak abandon the children of the Warsaw Ghetto. This profoundly moving illustrated book is based on the true story of the celebrated Polish educator, writer, and doctor Janusz Korczak. His works inspired the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN in 1959. With mood-setting artwork and lyrical text, Mister Doctor allows young readers to meet the remarkable man whose humanity and bravery still stand as a glimmer of light in one of history's darkest periods.

2015

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Dallas, Sandra.   Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado

2014

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Larson, Kirby.   Dash
When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.

2014

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Nagai, Mariko.   Dust of Eden

"Thirteen-year-old Mina Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and are relocated to an internment camp in Idaho, where they live for three years"--

2014

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Platt, Randall.   Incommunicado

When a wealthy Japanese American resort owner in a small, sleepy Oregon coastal town becomes the prime target of an angry mob, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, twelve-year-old Ruby Opal Pearl "Jewels" Stokes comes to his defense.

2014

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Gratz, Alan.   Prisoner B-3087

Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

2013

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Larson, Kirby.   Duke

In 1944 Hobie Hanson's father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner--but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened and determined to get his dog back.

2013

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Matti, Truus.   Mister Orange

When Linus Muller takes over making deliveries for his family's Manhattan grocery store in 1943, including bringing a crate of oranges every other week to an artist from Europe, the two become friends as they discuss war, the future, freedom, and imagination.

2013

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Fitzmaurice, Kathryn.   A Diamond in the Desert
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, thirteen-year-old Tetsu and his family are sent to the Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona where a fellow prisoner starts a baseball team, but when Tetsu's sister becomes ill and he feels responsible, he stops playing.

2012

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Pearsall, Shelley.   Jump into the Sky
In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon, where he learns that his father's unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission. Includes historical notes.

2012

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Preus, Margi.   Shadow on the Mountain
In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.

2012

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Voorhoeve, Anne C.   My Family for the War
Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war, while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland.

2012

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Wein, Elizabeth.   Code Name Verity
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.

2012

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Dumon Tak, Bibi.   Soldier Bear
An orphaned Syrian brown bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II and serves for five years as their mischievous mascot in Iran and Italy. Based on a true story.

2011

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Flood, Bo.   Warriors in the Crossfire
Twelve-year-old Joseph helps his family to survive when the natives of Saipan are caught in the crossfire between the Japanese soldiers and the American troops at the end of World War II.

2010

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Patt, Beverly.   Best Friends Forever: a World War II scrapbook
Fourteen-year-old Louise keeps a scrapbook detailing the events in her life after her best friend, a Japanese-American girl, and her family are sent to a relocation camp during World War II.

2009

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Smith, Sherri L.   Flygirl
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

2009

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Peck, Richard.   On the Wings of Heroes
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.

2007

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Salisbury, Graham.   House of the Red Fish
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. Hawaiian Collection – Fiction)

2006

code talker

Bruchac, Joseph.   Code Talker: a novel about the Navjo Marines of World War Two
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become code talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

2005

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Mazer, Harry.   Heroes Don’t Run
To honor his father who died during the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor, seventeen-year-old Adam eagerly enlists in the Marines in 1944, survives boot camp, and faces combat on the tiny island of Okinawa.

2005

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Salisbury, Graham.   Eyes of the Emperor 
Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.

2005

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Chotjewitz, David.   Daniel Half Human: the Nazis come to power
In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish. Also details Daniel and Armin's reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters.

2004

thin wood walls

Patneaude, David.   Thin Wood Walls
When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Joe Hamada and his family face growing prejudice, eventually being torn away from their home and sent to a relocation camp in California, even as his older brother joins the United States Army to fight in the war.

2004

aleution sparrow

Hesse, Karen.   Aleutian Sparrow
An Aleutian Islander recounts her suffering during World War II in American internment camps designed to "protect" the population from the invading Japanese.

2003

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Spinelli, Jerry.   Milkweed
The hardship and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II is captured through the eyes of a young Jewish orphan who must use all his wits and courage to survive unimaginable events and circumstances.

2003

anne frank and me

Bennet, Cherie & Gottesfeld, Jeff.   Anne Frank and Me
After suffering a concussion while on a class trip to a Holocaust exhibit, Nicole finds herself living the life of a Jewish teenager in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

2001

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

2001

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Mazer, Harry.   A Boy at War
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. (Hawaiian Collection – Fiction)

2001

soldier x

Wulffson, Don.   Soldier X
In 1943 sixteen-year-old Erik experiences the horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to fight on the Russian front.

2001

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Zindel, Paul.   The Gadget 
In 1945, having joined his father at Los Alamos, where he and other scientists are working on a secret project to end World War II, thirteen-year-old Stephen becomes caught in a web of secrecy and intrigue.

2001

one eye laughing, the other weeping

Denenberg, Barry.   One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping:  the diary of Julie Weiss
During the Nazi persecution of the Jews in Austria, twelve-year-old Julie escapes to America to live with her relatives in New York City.

2000

key is lost

Vos, Ida.   The Key is Lost
When the Germans occupy Holland in 1940 and begin to persecute the Jews there, twelve-year-old Eva and her family assume false names and move from one hiding place to another.

2000

remember me

Watts, Irene.   Remember Me
“Young Marianne escapes Nazi Germany to the safety of Britain, but she does not speak English, she is not welcome in her sponsors' home, and she misses her mother terribly, which all add up to a difficult struggle to survive.” - - Baker & Taylor (Paperback Collection)

2000

journal of ben uchida

Denenberg, Barry.   The Journal of Ben Uchida, Citizen #13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp
Twelve-year-old Ben Uchida keeps a journal of his experiences as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in Mirror Lake, California, during World War II.

1999

in my enemy's house

Matas, Carol.   In My Enemy’s House
When German soldiers arrive in Zloczow during World War II, a young Jewish girl must decide whether or not to conceal her identity and work for a Nazi in Germany in order to survive.

1999

journal of scott pendleton collins

Myers, Walter Dean.   The Journal of Scott Pendelton Collins:  a World War II soldier
A seventeen-year-old soldier from Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.

1999

 

lion and the unicorn

Hughes, Shirley.   The Lion and the Unicorn
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.

1998

to be a warrior

Fox, Robert.   To Be a Warrior
Clay Walker, a young Navajo boy, becomes a “code talker” for the Marine Corps in World War II.

1997

lily's crossing

Giff, Patricia Reilly.   Lily’s Crossing
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.

1997

 

war dog

Booth, Martin.   War Dog: a novel
After her owner is arrested while poaching, Jet is requisitioned by the British Army and sees duty on the beach at Dunkirk, searching for survivors of Germany's bombing raids on English cities, and in Italy at the end of the war.

1996

my wartime summers

Cutler, Jane.   My Wartime Summers
Over four memorable summers, Ellen and her friends follow the war taking place far away but that still touches their lives.

1994

under the blood-red sun

Salisbury, Graham.   Under the Blood-Red Sun
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. (Hawaiian Collection – Fiction)

1994

stepping on the cracks

Hahn, Mary Downing.   Stepping On the Cracks
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.

1991

cookcamp

Paulsen, Gary.   The Cookcamp
During World War II, a little boy is sent to live with his grandma, a cook in a camp for workers building a road through the wilderness.

1991

so far from the bamboo grove

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima.   So Far from the Bamboo Grove
A fictionalized autobiography in which eleven-year-old Yoko escapes from Korea to Japan with her mother and sister at the end of World War II.

1986

journey home

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.

1978

journey to topaz

Uchida, Yoshiko.   Journey to Topaz:  a story of the Japanese-American evacuation
After the Pearl Harbor attack an eleven-year-old Japanese-American girl and her family are forced to go to an alien’s camp in Utah.

1971

house of sixty fathers

De John, Meindert.   The House of Sixty Fathers
Alone in a sampan with his pig and three ducklings, a little Chinese boy is whirled down a raging river, back to the town from which he and his parents had escaped the invading Japanese, and spends long and frightening days regaining his family and new home.

1956

catch 22

Heller, Joseph.   Catch-22
Satirical novel centers on Captain John Yossarian, stationed at an airstrip on a Mediterranean island in World War II and portrays his desperate attempts to stay alive.

1955