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ACORN EATERS

ACORN EATERS
by Pelgrom, Els
YA FICTION PEL
Curro, an Andalusian peasant, describes growing up in the harsh conditions following the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939.) Based on the childhood recollections of the author's late husband.


ANGEL ON THE SQUARE

ANGEL ON THE SQUARE
by Whelan, Gloria
YA FICTION WHE
In 1913 Russia, 12-year-old Katya eagerly anticipates leaving her St. Petersburg home, though not her older cousin Misha, to join her mother, a lady in waiting in the household of Tsar Nicholas II, but the ensuing years bring world war, revolution, and undreamed of changes to her life.


B FOR BUSTER

B FOR BUSTER
by Lawrence, Iain
YA FICTION LAW
In the spring of 1943, 16-year-old Kak, desperate to escape his abusive parents, lies about his age to enlist in the Canadian Air Force and soon finds himself based in England as part of a crew flying bombing raids over Germany.


DARKEST EVENING

DARKEST EVENING
by Durbin, William
YA FICTION DUR
In the 1930s, a young Finnish-American boy reluctantly moves with his family to Karelia, a communist-Finnish state founded in Russia, where his idealistic father soon realizes that his conception of a communist utopia is flawed.


EMIL AND KARL

EMIL AND KARL
by Glatstein, Jacob
YA FICTION GLA
In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two 9-year-old boys, one Jewish and one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when events of the Nazi occupation draw them even closer together as they fight to survive and escape together.


KATARINA: A Novel

KATARINA: A Novel
by Winter, Kathryn
YA FICTION WIN
During World War II in Slovakia, a young Jewish girl in hiding becomes a devout Catholic and is sustained by her belief that she will return home to her family as soon as the war ends. Based on the author's childhood experiences.


MARIKA

MARIKA
by Cheng, Andrea
YA FICTION CHE
Although she has been raised Catholic, Marika learns how dangerous it is to be of Jewish heritage and living in Hungary during World War II.


MILKWEED

MILKWEED
by Spinelli, Jerry
YA FICTION SPI
The narrator, a street orphan, tells of his experience in Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II.




PRIVATE PEACEFUL

PRIVATE PEACEFUL
by Morpurgo, Michael
YA FICTION MOR
When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army in World War I, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only 14 years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.


REMEMBRANCE

REMEMBRANCE
by Breslin, Theresa
YA FICTION BRE
The destinies of two Scottish families, one of shopkeepers and one of wealth and power, become entwined through their involvement in War I, social causes, and love.


ROOM IN THE HEART

ROOM IN THE HEART
by Levitin, Sonia
YA FICTION LEV
After German forces occupy Denmark during World War II, 15-year-old Julie Weinstein and fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson and their friends and families try to cope with their daily lives, finding various ways to resist the Nazis and, ultimately, to survive.


SEA SO FAR

SEA SO FAR
by Thesman , Jean
YA FICTION THE
After surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires, two teenage girls, a wealthy semi-invalid and her hired companion, travel together to Ireland and discover they share much in common, from a love of romance novels to grief over the loss of their mothers.


SOLDIER BOYS

SOLDIER BOYS
by Hughes , Dean
YA FICTION HUG
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.


SOLDIER X

SOLDIER X
by Wulffson, Don
YA FICTION WUL
In 1943, 16-year-old Erik experiences the horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to fight on the Russian front.


The Book Thief

The Book Thief
by Zusak, Markus
YA FICTION ZUS
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.


TRAITOR

TRAITOR
by Pausewang , Gudrun
YA FICTION PAU
During the closing months of World War II, a 15-year-old German girl must decide whether or not to help an escaped Russian prisoner of war, despite the serious consequences if she does so.