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Tree Girl

by Ben Mikaelsen

They call Gabriela Tree Girl. Gabi climbs trees to be within reach of the eagles and watch the sun rise into an empty sky. She is at home among the outstretched branches of the Guatemalan forests.

Then one...

So Far from the Bamboo Grove

by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

In the final days of World War II, Koreans were determined to take back control of their country from the Japanese and end the suffering caused by the Japanese occupation. As an eleven-year-old girl living with...

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave

by John Boyne & Oliver Jeffers

The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight—but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might...

I Lived on Butterfly Hill

by Marjorie Agosin & Lee White

An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this “lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification” (Kirkus Reviews) from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.


With Lee in Virginia

by G. A. Henty

The Civil War is seen through the eyes of a spirited Southern teenager who staunchly supports the rights of slaves but joins Lee's cavalry and fights for the Confederacy. 15 black-and-white illustrations.

Shooting the Moon

by Frances O'Roark Dowell



When twelve-year-old Jamie Dexter's brother joins the Army and is sent to Vietnam, Jamie is plum thrilled. She can't wait to...

Kid Soldier

by Jennifer Maruno

Fatherless fifteen-year-old Richard is befriended by a former military man in St. Catharines, Ontario. After attending army summer training camp in 1939, he joins the army at the start of the Second World War,...

Beautiful Goodbye

by Nancy Runstedler

Maggie, Gillian, and Cole figure nothing could possibly go wrong when they test out the old Ouija board they find in the attic, but are shocked to discover themselves on a whirlwind journey they may never return...

A Troubled Peace

by L. M. Elliott

March 1945

World War II may be ending, but for nineteen-year-old pilot Henry Forester the conflict still rages. Shot down behind enemy lines in France, Henry endured a dangerous trek to freedom, relying on the...

Soldier Dog

by Sam Angus

With his older brother gone to fight in the Great War, and his father prone to sudden rages, 14-year-old Stanley devotes himself to taking care of the family's greyhound and puppies. Until the morning Stanley...

Under the Persimmon Tree

by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Intertwined portraits of courage and hope in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means "star," suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the...

The Girl Is Trouble

Girl is Murder #2

by Kathryn Miller Haines

Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers...

The Girl Is Murder

Girl is Murder #1

by Kathryn Miller Haines

Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars.

It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war...

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 1999

by Kimberly Willis Holt

National Book Award Winner

The red words painted on the trailer caused quite a buzz around town and before an hour was up, half of Antler was standing in line with two dollars clutched in hand to see the fattest...

My Brother's Shadow

by Monika Schroder

As World War I draws to a close in 1918, German citizens are starving and suffering under a repressive regime. Sixteen-year-old Moritz is torn. His father died in the war and his older brother still risks his...

90 Miles to Havana

by Enrique Flores-Galbis

When Julian's parents make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away from Cuba to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation, the boys are thrust into a new world where bullies run rampant and...

Hitler's Canary

by Sandi Toksvig

"My brother stood up so quickly he almost knocked Mama over. 'Why aren't you doing something? Do you know what the British are calling us? Hitler's canary! I've heard it on the radio, on the BBC. They say he...

A Boy at War

by Harry Mazer

They rowed hard, away from the battleships and the bombs. Water sprayed over them. The rowboat pitched one way and then the other. Then, before his eyes, the Arizona lifted up out of the water. That enormous...

A Penny for a Hundred

by Ethel Pochocki & Mary Beth Owens

A Penny for a Hundred is beloved children's book author Ethel Pockocki's timeless tale of culture shock in rural Maine during the Second World War. It is 1944 and nine-year-old Clare will finally be able to...

The Unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 - History of the World | Children's Military Books

by Baby Professor

The spirit of Christmas was strong between the soldiers fighting in 1914. They voluntarily stopped fighting to celebrate Christmas. They shared a good laugh and a cigarette or two, too! How we wish that agreement...