Bartoletti, Susan Campbell The Boy Who Dared
Imprisoned in 1942, a 17 year old boy recalls what he did to bring the truth about Hitler to the German people.
Benn, James R., Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery (7th & up)
Billy Boyle is a Boston cop who becomes involved in hunting Nazi spies during World War II in London. Reluctantly, Billy is recruited to find a spy deep inside the inner circle of our Allies. Lots of suspense and a gripping ending!
Bruchac, Joseph Code Talker
At 16, Ned Begay, a Navajo Indian raised in American schools, enlists in the U.S. Marines during World War II and is trained as a code talker, using his native language to radio battlefield information and commands in a code that was kept secret until 1969. The book describes the fear, loneliness and horror of the battlefield and how Ned uses his traditional culture to deal with his experiences.
Burg, Ann E., All the Broken Pieces
Matt is a 10 year old boy whose American Soldier father abandoned him, and who was airlifted out of Vietnam when he was 10 years old. He is adopted by loving parents, loves baseball, and expresses through poetry his sadness, anger and fear about his past life, and his friendships.
Couloumbis, Akila and Audrey, War Games
Brothers Petris and Zola find a way to support their cousin’s efforts during the Resistance fighting when the Germans invade Greece during World War Two.
Dowell, Frances O’Roark, Shooting the Moon (6th)
Jamie Dexter is a military brat whose father is a colonel and whose brother has enlisted to be sent to Vietnam. As the story progresses Jamie, who has been pro-war and battle-ready her whole life, begins to reconsider things as she sees her brother's photos from Vietnam.
Flood, Nancy Bo, Warriors in the Crossfire
Two boys fight for their lives hidden in caves on a South Pacific Island during the last days of World War II.
Grief, Jean-Jacques, The Fighter (8th)
Moshe Wisniak, uses his physical strength and cleverness, plus luck, to help him survive the horrors he is subjected to in the concentration camps of World War II, in a novel based on the life of Moshè Garbarz.
Hughes, Dean, Search and Destroy
Rick joins the Charlie Rangers during the Vietnam War and learns that being a soldier and going to war is much more complicated and frightening than anyone can understand, unless they have been there.
Jablonski, Carla, Resistance
When their friend Henri's parents disappear and Henri goes into hiding because of his Jewish ancestry, siblings Paul and Marie must convince the French Resistance that even children can help in their fight against the Germans.
Kacer, Kathy, The Night Spies
While hiding in the countryside with their Mother to keep from being rounded by the Nazis during World War II, Gabi and Max become night spies for the anti-Nazi soldiers camped nearby.
Keller, Julia, Back Home (7th & up)
When Rachel Browning’s father comes back from the war in Iraq with a prosthetic arm and leg and a traumatic brain injury, she and her whole family have to deal with loss and find a way back up from their grief.
Levine, Anna, Freefall
The story of Aggie, an 18 year old girl getting ready to do her Israeli Army service, and learning about love and friendship as she trains and tries out for an elite combat unit.
Marlantes, Karl, Matterhorn (8th)
The realistic story of the personalities and combat experience of a group of soldiers in 1969 South Vietnam written by a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran.
Mazer, Harry, Heroes Don’t Run
To honor his father who died during the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor, seventeen-year-old Adam eagerly enlists in the Marines in 1944, survives boot camp, and faces combat on the tiny island of Okinawa.
Morpurgo, Michael, Private Peaceful
At age 15 Thomas lied about his age in order to follow his beloved older brother, Charlie, to fight in France during World War I. Now, as Thomas sits waiting in the dark for the horror he knows will come at dawn, he remembers his past life and his family.
Myers, Walter Dean, Sunrise over Fallujah (7th & up)
Robin “Birdy” Perry, a new army recruit from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003, and his wartime experiences profoundly change him, for better and for worse.
Osborne, Mary Pope, My Brother’s Keeper
The fictional diary of Virginia Dickens, writing from her home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania circa 1868.Virginia’s father and brother are off fighting in the Civil War, and soon Virginia gets caught up in one of its biggest battles.
Parry, Rosanne, Heart of a Shepherd
Ignatius (called “Brother”), the youngest of five brothers in a military family promises to take care of the ranch while his father is deployed in Iraq. This book is written from Brother’s point of view, and describes the hardships he faces, and how he grows up and gets to know himself better.
Paulsen, Gary, Soldier’s Heart
The story of 15 year old Charlie Goddard, who enlists in the First Minnesota Volunteers in 1861, with no understanding of what he would face in war, and what he experiences that brings him home 4 years later with a “Soldier’s Heart.”
Dagg, Carole Estby, The Year We Were Famous
17 –year-old Clara Estby and her mother, Helga, need to raise a lot of money fast or they will lose their home. The year is 1896, and a publisher will give the two women 10,000 dollars if they can walk from Mica Creek, Washington all the way to New York City… in only 7 months!
Rodman, Mary Ann, Jimmy’s Stars
11 year old Ellie tells the story of her experiences living in Pittsburgh in 1943, of her beloved brother getting drafted at a bad time for her family, and of the World War Two’s effect on her loved ones and her neighborhood.
Smith, Roland, Elephant Run (8th)
In 1941, Nick moves to his father’s teak plantation in Burma to escape the German’s bombing of London. Soon after Nick arrives, his father is captured and put into a Japanese prison camp, Nick and his Burmese friend Mya set off on the back of an elephant to attempt a daring rescue to save Nick's father and Mya's brother from the camp.
Stratton, Allan, Chanda’s Wars
Chandra Kabelo, a teenaged African girl, must save her younger siblings after they are kidnapped and forced to serve as child soldiers in General Mandiki's rebel army.