World War II Novels for Young Adults

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U.S. Homefront

Don't You Know There's a War on? by Avi
middle school

Two Suns in the Sky by Miriam Bat-Ami
middle school and high school

The Year of my Indian Prince by Ella Thorp Ellis
high school

Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
middle school

Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene
middle school and high school

Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn
middle school

Summer Secrets by Patricia Hermes
middle school

Slap your Sides by M.E. Kerr
middle school and high school

The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle
middle school and high school

Dancing in the Streets of Brooklyn by April Lurie
middle school

Boy at War by Harry Mazer
middle school and high school

Good Night, Maman by Norma Fox Mazer
middle school

The War in Georgia by Jerrie Oughton
middle school

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Japanase-American/Canadian Experience

My Friend, the Enemy by J.B. Cheaney
middle school

The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito by Sheila Garrigue
middle school

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston
high school

Obasan by Joy Kogawa
high school

Boy at War by Harry Mazer
middle school and high school

Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
high school

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
middle school

Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchida
middle school

War of the Eagles by Eric Walters
middle school

Bat 6 by Virginia Ewer Wolff
middle school

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War in Europe

Spying on Miss Muller by Eve Bunting
middle school

Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
middle school and high school

The Boys from St. Petri by Bjarne Reuter
middle school and high school

A Time of Fire by Robert Westall
middle school and high school

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War in Asia

The Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi
middle school and high school

Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah
high school

When my Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
middle school and high school

So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
middle school and high school

Hiroshima by Laurence Yep
middle school

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Battlefield

Forever Nineteen by Grigory Baklanov
high school

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
middle school and high school

Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
high school

Under a War Torn Sky by L.M. Elliott
high school

Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
middle school and high school

B for Buster by Iain Lawrence
middle school and high school

Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson

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Holocaust

Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs
middle school

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
middle school

Journey to America by Sonia Levitin
middle school

Greater than Angels by Carol Matas
middle school and high school

Lisa's War by Carol Matas
middle school and high school

Good-Night, Maman by Norma Fox Mazer
middle school

If I Should Die before I Wake by Han Nolan
high school

The Devil in Vienna by Doris Orgel
middle school and high school

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
high school

Good-Bye, Marianne by Irene Watts
middle school

Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura Williams
middle school

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
middle school and high school

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c. 2005, Laura Bernheim
The age recommendations for each title are guidelines suggested by the young adult librarian, and may not hold true for all readers.