All the light we cannot see : a novel

Doerr, Anthony, 1973-

Beautifully written, this story of a young blind French girl and a young German soldier, whose lives collide in France toward the end of the Nazi occupation. Watch their lives intersect in surprising ways as their fortunes are shaped by the people and world around them.

 

 

 

The Auslander

Dowswell, Paul.
Call Number: YA

German soldiers take Peter from a Warsaw orphanage, and soon he is adopted by Professor Kaltenbach, a prominent Nazi, but Peter forms his own ideas about what he sees and hears and decides to take a risk that is most dangerous in 1942 Berlin.

A bag of marbles

Kris, 1972-
Call Number: 740.9999 K92

In 1941 occupied Paris, brothers Maurice and Joseph play a last game of marbles before running home to their father's barbershop. This is the day that will change their lives forever. With the German occupation threatening their family's safety, the boys' parents decide Maurice and Joseph must disguise themselves and flee to their older brothers in the free zone. Based on a memoir by Joseph Joffo and adapted with the author's input, this true story offers a harrowing but inspiring glimpse of a childhood cut short.

 

Black angels

Brown, Linda Beatrice, 1939-

An eleven-year-old runaway slave, a nine-year-old freed by her master, and a seven-year-old son of a plantation owner find themselves alone during the Civil War and must rely on each other to survive.

Black dove, white raven

Wein, Elizabeth,
Call Number: YA

Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.

The boy at the top of the mountain

Boyne, John, 1971-
Call Number: YA

When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy Austrian household. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler. Pierrot is quickly taken under Hitler's wing and thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets, and betrayal from which he may never be able to escape.

 

Code name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth.
Call Number: YA

After two British girls, a pilot and a spy, crash their plane in Nazi-occupied France, the spy is captured and imprisoned by the Germans. She is forced to give up her secrets and reveal her mission in writing. Instead, she tells the story of her friend Maddie, the pilot of the crashed plane, whom she assumes is dead. But nothing can be assumed in this story, and nothing is as it seems.

Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-

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.

Crossing stones

Frost, Helen, 1949-

In their own voices, four young people, Muriel, Frank, Emma, and Ollie, tell of their experiences during the first World War, as the boys enlist and are sent overseas, Emma finishes school, and Muriel fights for peace and women's suffrage. 

Fallen angels

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. 

Generals die in bed : a story from the trenches

Harrison, Charles Yale, 1898-1954.
Call Number: Ed.a

A new edition of the classic novel about the frontlines of World War I. All war is hell -- but for troops serving in World War I, it was the bloodiest trench warfare ever known. Generals Die in Bed is a first-hand account of one young man catapulted from new recruit to walking wounded on the Western Front. 

Girl in the blue coat

Hesse, Monica.
Call Number: YA

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.

 

Heroes : a novel

Cormier, Robert.

Francis Joseph Cassavant is eighteen. He has just returned home from the Second World War, and he has no face. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero.Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once admired and respected, a man adored by many people, a man who also received a Silver Star for bravery. A man who destroyed Francis's life. 

Heroes don't run

Mazer, Harry.
Call Number: YA

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. 

Irena's children : a true story of courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Mazzeo, Tilar J,
Call Number: 940.53438 S4741Ma-1

Young reader's edition of: Irena's children: the extraordinary story of the woman who saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto.

 

Kipling's choice

Spillebeen, Geert.

In 1915, mortally wounded in Loos, France, eighteen-year-old John Kipling, son of writer Rudyard Kipling, remembers his boyhood and the events leading to what is to be his first and last World War I battle. 

The lost crown

Miller, Sarah Elizabeth, 1979-
Call Number: YA

In alternating chapters, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia tell how their privileged lives as the daughters of the tsar in early twentieth-century Russia are transformed by world war and revolution.

Max

Cohen-Scali, Sarah, 1958-
Call Number: YA

In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen.

 

My brother's shadow

Schroder, Monika, 1965-
Call Number: YA

In 1918 Berlin, Germany, sixteen-year-old Moritz struggles to do what is right on his newspaper job, in his relationship with his mother and sister who are outspoken socialists, and with his brother, who returns from the war physically and emotionally scarred.

The Nazi hunters

Bascomb, Neal,
Call Number: 940.547243 E34Ba-1

Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust. Based on the adult bestseller Hunting Eichman by Neal Bascomb.

 

Nazi war criminals

Nardo, Don, 1947-
Call Number: 940.5315296 N224

This book focuses on the post World War II Nuremberg Trials and how the Allies brought to trial many Nazis for their crimes against humanity and their attempted genocide known as the Holocaust.

 

No better friend : a man, a dog, and their incredible true story of friendship and survival in World War II

Weintraub, Robert.
Call Number: 940.5496 W424 2016

Tells the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II. 

The plot to kill Hitler : Dietrich Bonhoeffer : pastor, spy, unlikely hero

McCormick, Patricia, 1956-
Call Number: 284.1092 B714Mc

This account includes the discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world -- eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history.

 

Private Peaceful

Morpurgo, Michael.

When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.

Remembrance

Breslin, Theresa.

In the summer of 1915, in a small village in Scotland, the Great War has already begun to irrevocably alter the course of five young lives. Eighteen-year-old John Malcolm enlists in the army, eager to fight for his country. His sweetheart, 15-year-old Charlotte, stays behind to earn her nursing certificate, along with John Malcolm’s twin sister, Maggie, who recognizes the opportunity to create a new life for herself. Charlotte’s brother, Francis, sees only tragedy in the war, but feels the pressure to join up. And Alex, below the recruiting age, is determined to reach the front lines somehow. 

Rose under fire

Wein, Elizabeth.
Call Number: YA

In this companion book to Code Name Verity, we follow the story of Rose, an 18-year-old American poet and pilot, who decides to join the war effort by joining the British ATA. Things take a turn for the worse when she is captured by the Germans and imprisoned at Ravensbruck concentration camp. Once again, Wein manages to beautifully tell a World War II story from an unusual perspective. This book is highly recommend to young adults and adults alike.

Sabotage : the mission to destroy Hitler's atomic bomb

Bascomb, Neal,
Call Number: 940.53481 B298-1

This is a young adult edition of the best selling adult book The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb. Recounts the joint Allie effort between British Special Ops and Norwegian commandos to thwart Hitler and Nazis from building an atomic bomb.

 

Salt to the sea : a novel

Sepetys, Ruta.
Call Number: YA

Joana, a Lithuanian nurse; Emilia, a young Polish girl; and Florian, a mysterious Prussian with secret papers, are all refugees fleeing the oncoming invasion of Soviet forces in East Prussia in the wake of the Nazi evacuation.  At first wary of each other, the three eventually come to rely on each other for survival on a journey converging on the Wilhelm Gustloff.  This historical novel brings to life this little known horrific maritime tragedy, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during WWII

 

Soldier boys

Hughes, Dean, 1943-

Spencer Morgan And Dieter Hedrick Are On Opposite Sides Of The War And Fighting For The Same Thing. At the age of fifteen, Dieter's blind devotion gets him promoted from Hitler Youth into the German army. Dieter's determined to prove his allegiance and bravery all costs. Spence, just sixteen, drops out of his Utah high school to begin training as a paratrooper. He's seen how boys who weren't much in high school can come home heroes, and Spence wants to prove to his friends and family that he really can be something. Their worst fear was that the war would end too soon -- that they wouldn't get the chance to prove themselves. But when they finally see the action they were hoping for, it's like nothing they could have ever imagined. 

Troy

Geras, Adele.

The siege of Troy has lasted almost ten years. Inside the walled city, food is scarce and death is common. From the heights of Mount Olympus, the Gods keep watch. But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war. Aided by Eros's bow, the goddess sends two sisters down a bloody path to an awful truth: In the fury of war, love strikes the deadliest blows. 

Under a war-torn sky

Elliott, Laura, 1957-

When Henry Forester is shot down during a bombing run over France,the World War II pilot finds himself trapped behind enemy lines. In constant danger of discovery by German soldiers, Henry begins a remarkable journey to freedom. 

The war within these walls

Sax, Aline.
Call Number: YA

Misha and his family do their best to survive in the appalling conditions of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, and ultimately make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.

 

Wolf by wolf

Graudin, Ryan.
Call Number: YA

The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.