World War II

Foster's War

By Carolyn Reeder

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When World War II comes to San Diego, eleven-year-old Foster must say good-bye to his big brother who is going to fight one kind of war while Foster remains behind to face his father's rage and try to help the war effort as best he can.

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Easter Parade

By Eloise Greenfield

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Although the young cousins live many miles apart, Leanna in Chicago and Elizabeth in Washington, D.C., both prepare for an Easter parade against the backdrop of the Second World War.

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Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows

By Barry Denenberg

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In her diary, twelve-year-old Amber describes moving to Hawaii in 1941 and experiencing the horror of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Part of the Dear America series.
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Worldwar: In the Balance

By Harry Turtledove

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This is the first part of a four-book alternative history set during World War II. Pearl Harbor was bombed, Panzers rolled through Paris--and then the real enemy lands.
Can the combined forces of all the Earth's armies stop the invading aliens?
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The Boy Who Dared: A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth

By Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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As 17-year-old Helmuth Hubener awaits the executioner, he recalls the actions that led to his death sentence: listening to English language radio and spreading pamphlets in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s. 

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When My Name was Keoko

By Linda Sue Park

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The compelling saga of a Korean family losing its ethnic identity under Japanese occupation, told in alternating voices by siblings Sun-hee and her older brother Tae-yul. Korean culture, the vicissitudes of war, and the strength of the human spirit are clearly portrayed through powerful, yet understated writing. 

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The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier

By Walter Dean Myers

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A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France. 

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Soldier Boys

By Dean Hughes

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Follow two young soldiers, destined to be enemies, as they prepare to join their countries' armies and go on to face the realities of war. Their paths will cross at the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle of World War II in which America took part. 

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A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor

By Harry Mazer

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For Adam, living near Honolulu, this Sunday morning is one he has been looking forward to -- fishing with friends, away from the ever-watchful eyes of his father, a navy lieutenant. Then, right before his eyes, Adam watches Japanese planes fly overhead and attack the U.S. Navy. All he can think is that it's just like in the movies. But as he sees his father's ship, the Arizona, sink beneath the water, he realizes this isn't make-believe. It's real.  

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For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs.,

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