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Girl in the Blue Coat

by Monica Hesse

An unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times

"Girl in the Blue Coat is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II. It's an...


The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window

by Jeff Gottesfeld & Peter McCarty

Told from the perspective of the tree outside Anne Frank's window—and illustrated by a Caldecott Honor artist—this book introduces her story in a gentle and incredibly powerful way to a young audience.

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Anna and the Swallow Man

by Gavriel Savit

New York Times Bestseller

"Exquisite." —The Wall Street Journal

"This is masterly storytelling." —The New York Times Book Review

A stunning, beautiful, and ambitious debut novel set in Poland during the Second...


Anca's Story - 70th Anniversary End of WWII, 70th Anniversary Liberation of Auschwitz

by Mark Williams

Three young children smuggle themselves into Auschwitz in search for their mothers. * "Probably the most powerful ending to a book I have ever read.” * “I haven't been so emotionally affected by a book before...


Serendipity's Footsteps

by Suzanne Nelson

From Nazi Germany to a modern-day orphanage in the American South, three girls separated by decades and thousands of miles are about to give up when a single pair of shoes binds them all together.

 

Dalya is...


The Little Lion: A Hero in the Holocaust

by Nancy Wright Beasley

In 1941 Laibale Gillman was a typical teenager living in Kaunas, Lithuania, when Nazi troops forced his family and thousands of other Jews into Kovno Ghetto, where they endured persistent threats of beatings,...


Paper Hearts

by Meg Wiviott

Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.

An act of defiance....


The Safest Lie

by Angela Cerrito

The deeply moving and suspenseful story of nine-year-old Anna Bauman, a Jewish girl helped by Irena Sendler and the Zegota organization, who is smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto, given a new identity, and sent...


The Voice of the Xenolith

by Cynthia Pelman

Thirteen-year-old Amethyst does not get on with her teachers. Her classmates think she is weird. She prefers to be on her own, and she wishes she did not have to go to school. Amethyst reads detective stories,...


The Watcher

by Joan Hiatt Harlow

After Wendy is kidnapped, the only way she can survive World War II Germany is with the help of a special dog and the family she never knew she had in this historically accurate, standalone companion to Shadows...


The Last Stork Summer

by Mary Brigid Surber

It takes more than historical facts to help readers connect to a part of history that is so diabolical and devastating.


A Time to Be Brave

by Joan Betty Stuchner & Cynthia Nugent

Previously published as Honey Cake. An approachable introduction to World War II for ages 7–10.

 

David Nathan’s home in Copenhagen has always been filled with laughter, family, and his father’s famous...


See you soon Caroline!

by Bernard S Wilson

"See you soon Caroline!" A young English girl, exploring her family history as part of a homework assignment, stumbles across an episode in the life of her family which takes her to the remains of internment...


The Winter Horses

by Philip Kerr

From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII in Ukraine, a country that remains tumultuous today....


Greenhorn

by Anna Olswanger & Miriam Nerlove

In Anna Olswanger's Greenhorn, a young Holocaust survivor arrives at a New York yeshiva in 1946 where he will study and live. His only possession is a small box that he never lets out of his sight. Daniel, the...


My Family for the War

by Anne Voorhoere

Winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder medal for most oustanding children's book in translation.

Escaping Nazi Germany on the kindertransport changes one girl's life forever

At the start of World War II, ten-year-old...


I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust

by Livia Bitton-Jackson

What is death all about? What is life all about?

So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. A remarkable memoir, I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a...


Annexed

by Sharon Dogar

Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her?

In this powerful and gripping novel, Sharon Dogar explores what this might...


The Lily Pond

by Annika Thor & Linda Schenck

A Mildred L. Batchelder Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, The Lily Pond continues the story of two Jewish sisters who left Austria during WWII/Holocaust and found refuge in Sweden.

A year...


Shadow on the Mountain

by Margi Preus

Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the Norwegian...