World War II Fiction (Teen)

Boyne, John.  The Boy at the Top of the Mountain.  Y FIC Boyne
Forced to leave Paris and move in with his aunt Beatrix in the wealthy Austrian home of Adolf Hitler, orphan Pierro is taken under Hitler’s wing and thrust into circles of terror, secrets and betrayal.

Elliott, Laura.  Across a War-Tossed Sea.  Y FIC Elliot
Two British brothers adjust to life in Virginia after escaping the Blitz during World War II.

Gaeddert, LouAnn Bigge.   Friends and Enemies.  Y FIC Gaeddert
In 1941 in Kansas, as America enters World War II, fourteen-year-old William finds himself alienated from his friend Jim, a Mennonite who does not believe in fighting for any reason, as they argue about the war.

Giff, Patricia Reilly.  Lily’s Crossing.  Y FIC Giff  /  Y PB G  / LT Y FIC 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.

Heneghan, James.  Wish Me Luck.  Y FIC Heneghan
While on an ocean voyage to Canada to escape the air raids in his Liverpool home, twelve-year-old Jaimie Monaghan faces another kind of life-threatening situation.

Hesse, Monica.  Girl in the Blue Coat.  Y FIC Hesse
In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke–a ‘finder’ of black market goods–is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.

Kravitz, Asher.  The Jewish Dog.  Y FIC Kravitz
This bestselling novel in Israel follows the life and thoughts of Caleb, a contemplative dog unusually fascinated with human affairs. Born into a German-Jewish household in the mid-1930s, Caleb witnesses firsthand the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust. When events separate him from his Jewish owners, he is adopted by a Nazi family and employed by the SS as a military dog.

Lynch, Chris.  The Right Fight.  Y FIC Lynch  (SERIES)
When the draft board calls on the eve of World War II, Roman leaves behind a career in minor-league baseball to join the army, and finds himself driving a tank in the North African campaign. SEQUELS: Dead in the Water (2014).

Magorian, Michelle.  Good Night, Mr. Tom.  Y PB M
A battered child learns to embrace life when he is adopted by an old man in the English countryside during the Second World War.

Osborne, Mary Pope.  My Secret War : The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck.  J Dear America
Thirteen-year-old Madeline’s diaries for 1941 and 1942 reveal her experiences living on Long Island during World War II while her father is away in the Navy.

Oughton, Jerrie.  The War in Georgia.  Y FIC Oughton
Living in Georgia during World War II, thirteen-year-old Shanta sometimes feels that her family and neighborhood are more hopeless battlefields that those in foreign lands.

Paulsen, Gary.  The Cookcamp.  Y FIC Paulsen
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.

Perl, Lila.  Isabel’s War.  Y FIC Perl
Twelve-year-old Isabel has no interest in the war in Europe until her family welcomes Helga, a German war refugee, into their home in the Bronx.

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

Reiss, Johanna.  The Upstairs Room.  Y  PB R // Y B Reiss
A Dutch Jewish girl describes the two-and-one-half years she spent in hiding in the upstairs bedroom of a farmer’s house during World War II.

Richmond, Caroline Tung.  The Darkest Hour.  Y FIC Richmond
In 1943 sixteen-year-old Lucie Blaise is the newest recruit of Covert Ops, a secret espionage and sabotage organization of girls, and her mission in German occupied France is to track down information about a weapon that could wipe out all of Western Europe–and then dismantle it before it can be used.

Sepetys, Ruta.  Salt to the Sea.  Y FIC Sepetys
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

Smith, Dan.  My Brother’s Secret.  Y FIC Smith
In 1941 twelve-year-old Karl is proud to be a member of the Hitler Youth, but when his father is killed on the Eastern Front everything changes–his family moves to the country to live with his grandparents, he encounters a brutal Gestapo officer, and hebegins to realize that his sixteen-year-old brother has joined a youth group who opposes the Nazis.

Wein, Elizabeth.  Code Name Verity.  Y FIC Wein
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: Rose Under Fire (2013).

Westall, Robert.  The Kingdom by the Sea.  Y FIC Westall
During World War II twelve-year-old Harry and a stray dog travel through war-torn England in search of safety.

Zusak, Markus.  The Book Thief.  Y FIC Zusak  (SUMMER READING)
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.

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