Remembering: Teen Historical Fiction & Nonfiction

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Between shades of gray : the graphic novel

Between shades of gray : the graphic novel

Donkin, Andrew, author
2021

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

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Code name Verity

Code name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth, author
2012


Dreaming eagles

Dreaming eagles

Ennis, Garth.
2021

Dreaming Eagles tells the story of the first African-American fighter pilots to join the United States Army Air Force in WWII and whose humble beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama propelled them into the deadly skies above Hitler's Third Reich. Not only were they instrumental against the Nazi war machine, but also braved an equally great challenge, overcoming everyday bigotry amongst their fellow American soldiers, as well as civilians at home. High in the heavens, they fought a battle that would change their country for all time.

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The Enigma game

The Enigma game

Wein, Elizabeth, author
2020

Told in multiple voices, fifteen-year-old Jamaican Louisa Adair uncovers an Enigma machine in the small Scottish village where she cares for an elderly German woman, and helps solve a puzzle that could turn the tide of World War II.

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Flowers in the gutter : the true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, teenagers who resisted the Nazis

Flowers in the gutter : the true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, teenagers who resisted the Nazis

Gaddy, K. R., author
2020

"The Edelweiss Pirates were a loosely organized group of working-class young people in the Rhine Valley of Germany. They faced off with Nazis during the Third Reich and suffered consequences for their resistance during and after World War II."-- Provided by publisher.

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Lovely war

Lovely war

Berry, Julie, 1974- author
2019

The Greek goddess Aphrodite recounts two tales of tragic love during WWI to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: "Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another?" but her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music revealing that War is no match for the power of Love.

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Orphan monster spy

Orphan monster spy

Killeen, Matt, author
2018

Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, Sarah meets a man with a suspiciously bare apartment and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she's the Nazis' worst nightmare.

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Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II, adapted for Young Adults

Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II, adapted for Young Adults

Makos, Adam, author
2022

Adapted for young adults from the riveting and true WWII story of a young man--an American tank gunner--who meets his destiny in an iconic armor duel and forges an enduring bond with his enemy. Shut the hatches. It's time to roll out. You'll find yourself behind enemy lines with Clarence Smoyer and the 3rd Armored Division, the workhorse unit known as Spearhead, the best in the tank armor ranks. You'll feel as if you are right beside Clarence and his fellow crew members--all formerly strangers from across America who have now become family to each other. You will be jarred by enemy fire, and then explore the other side, stepping into the boots of German tanker soldier, Gustav Schaefer and his crew. You'll witness the heartbreaking tragedy, when an innocent young woman is caught in the crossfire. You'll see what happens when all of these lives collide, and realize how the aftershock still affects the survivors more than a half a century later. A riveting and true account of the perils of war as well as the prospect of forgiveness.

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They went left

They went left

Hesse, Monica, author
2020

Zofia, a teenage Holocaust survivor, travels across post- war Europe as she searches for her younger brother and seeks to rebuild her shattered life.

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This light between us : a novel of World War II

This light between us : a novel of World War II

Fukuda, Andrew Xia, author
2020

In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki of Bainbridge Island, Washington, is horrified to discover that his new pen pal, Charlie Lévy of Paris, France, is a girl, but in spite of his initial reluctance, their letters continue over the years and they fight for their friendship even as Charlie endures the Nazi occupation and Alex leaves his family in an internment camp and joins the Army.

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White Rose

White Rose

Wilson, Kip, author
2019

Tells the story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenges the Nazi regime during World War II as part of the White Rose, a non-violent resistance group.

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Women heroes of World War II : 32 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue

Women heroes of World War II : 32 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue

Atwood, Kathryn J.
2019

Thirty-two engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, the United States and, in this expanded edition, the Soviet Union, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls' refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

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