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The Cay

By: Theodore Taylor

Read Theodore Taylor’s classic bestseller and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner The Cay.   Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been...

The Gadget

By: Paul Zindel

Near the end of World War II, scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico, are working on a project that will alter the fate of the world. Thirteen-year-old Stephen Orr is living at a top secret military base...

Heroes

By: Robert Cormier

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...


Lily's Crossing

By: Patricia Reilly Giff

This year, as in other years, Lily has planned a spectacular summer in Rockaway, in her family's cozy house on stilts over the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, World War II has changed almost...

Under the Blood-Red Sun

By: Graham Salisbury

Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty.World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, who are too busy playing ball on their...

The Last Mission

By: Harry Mazer

In 1944, as World War II is  raging across Europe, fifteen-year-old Jack Raab  dreams of being a hero. Leaving New York City, his  family, and his boyhood behind, Jack uses...



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The Winter Horses Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Philip Kerr

From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII in Ukraine, a country that remains tumultuous...

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The Book Thief Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

By: Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi...

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Under the Blood-Red Sun & Eyes of the Emperor

By: Graham Salisbury

Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty.

World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, who are too busy playing...

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The Friendship Doll

By: Kirby Larson

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Meet Miss Kanagawa, a hand-crafted doll sent from Japan as an ambassador of friendship with fifty-seven other Japanese dolls in 1927, traveling across the United States to visit museums...

A Faraway Island

By: Annika Thor
translated from the Swedish by: Linda Schenck

BOOK TALK
The streets of Vienna are swarming with Nazi soldiers and Jewish families aren't safe. Stephie and Nellie Steiner are sent to Sweden to await their parents' escape to Amsterdam, where they...

The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

BOOK TALK
What would your life story be if Death was the narrator? Looking back, Leisel Meminger's story is simple, really--foster child, reader, thief. But it is also complex. Living under Nazi rule...


Different Perspectives on World War II


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The FitzOsbornes in Exile

By: Michelle Cooper

Book Talk
After a German attack on their island kingdom, Montmaray, Sophie and the rest of her family are forced to flee to the safety of their Aunt Charlotte’s home in England where life is one...

The Other Half of Life

By: Kim Ablon Whitney

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

By: John Boyne

Berlin 1942
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to...

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