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The Farm Summer: 1942

By Donald Hall

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A young boy spends the summer on his grandparents' farm in New Hampshire while his mother works in the war effort in New York and his father serves on a destroyer in the Pacific.

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Summer Soldiers

By Susan Hart Lindquist

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Not all wars are fought on battlefields. After his father goes off to France during the summer of 1918, eleven-year-old Joe takes on hard new responsibilities on his parents' sheep ranch and learns grownup truths about bullies and prejudice.

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Nim and the War Effort

By Milly Lee

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Set in San Francisco's Chinatown during World War II, Nim tries to help the war effort and win her school's newspaper drive. A blend of historical and cultural detail, this picture book for older readers addresses racism in defining who is a "real" American.

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My Daddy Was a Soldier: A World War II Story

By Deborah Kogan Ray

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While Daddy's away fighting in the Pacific, Jeannie plants a Victory garden, collects scrap, and sends letters to her father as she anxiously awaits his return.
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Meet Molly, An American Girl

By Valerie Tripp

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While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween. First part of a series.

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Love You, Soldier

By Amy Hest

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Katie, a Jewish girl living in New York City during World War II, sees many dynamic changes in her world as she ages from seven to ten waiting for her father to return from the war.

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Lily's Crossing

By Patricia Reilly Giff

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During the summer of 1944, Lily and her new friend Albert cook up a plan to reunite with Lily's father and Albert's sister, both in Europe for the duration of the war.

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Journey Home

By Lawrence McKay, Jr., illustrated by Dom Lee and Keunhee Lee

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Mai returns to Vietnam, the land of her mother's birth, to discover both a new country and something about herself.

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Jimmy Crack Corn

By Candice Ransom

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A young boy and his father leave their northern Virginia farm in 1932 to march on Washington, seeking the bonus money veterans were promised after World War I.

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Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

By Dhan Gopal Mukerji

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Beautiful Gay-Neck was raised in India and would be used to carry messages by a Bengal Regiment in France during World War I. This story of an animal's courage also reveals what life was like for a boy growing up in India during the period.

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