World War II

Henry

By Nina Bawden

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Evacuated to the English countryside during World War II, a fatherless family tries to raise a baby squirrel that also lost its home.

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Voices at Whisper Bend

By Katherine Ayres

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In their Pennsylvania town in 1942 twelve-year-old Charlotte and her classmates collect scrap metal for the war effort only to have it disappear from the school basement.
Part of the History Mysteries series.

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The Little Riders

By Margaretha Shemin

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Living in Holland during the Nazi occupation, Johanna takes comfort in watching the town’s clock tower from her attic window. Every hour, twelve metal figures on horseback parade out in a joyous salute. When the Germans threaten to melt down the “little riders” for ammunition, Johanna bravely risks danger to save them.

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The House of Sixty Fathers

By Meindert De Jong, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

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Young Tien Pao is alone on his parents' boat when it breaks free of its moorings and plunges down river into Japanese occupied territory. Bravely, he starts the long journey back to his village. The boy and his pet pig, Glory of the Republic, meet sixty American pilots stationed in China during World War II who care for him. Based on a true story.

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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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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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