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Title: Excellent wartime books for kids?
Post by: Franzilla on March 13, 2014, 05:20 AM
A relation of mine is looking for books (middle grade and lower age YA) for her two sons that are set in times of war or under a dictatorship. They have just moved back to Germany, (she is German) and she would like to educate them about war etc through literature.


Any great recs? Her kids can read English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and French. Yeah, I know. How?! But they can.
Title: Re: Excellent wartime books for kids?
Post by: annastan on March 13, 2014, 05:41 AM
There are lots of great ones out there, but two that come to mind are BLACK RADISHES by Susan Meyer and NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry.
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Post by: LadySlipper on March 13, 2014, 06:11 AM
Anything by Albert Marrin.
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on March 13, 2014, 06:31 AM
BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY by Ruta Sepetys. Is that too old?
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Post by: JodyJS on March 13, 2014, 07:32 AM
Might be too young, but the mid-grade BREAKING STALIN'S NOSE is an excellent book about, well, Stalin.
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Post by: Vijaya on March 13, 2014, 08:35 AM
What a great title, Jody!

The Good Fight by Stephen Ambrose (NF -- one of the best books about WWII)
The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh (a novel, N. Vietnam, adult, but appropriate for YA)
First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung (Cambodia, memoir YA)
Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Greene (German POW)
Diary of Anne Frank (classic)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (this is also now a movie)
There Be Dragons (movie set during the Spanish civil war)

Vijaya
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Post by: Franzilla on March 13, 2014, 09:37 AM
Brilliant. Thank you all!
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on March 13, 2014, 09:43 AM
WHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO by Linda Sue Park (MG about Japanese invasion of Korea, World War II)

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Post by: Natalie on March 13, 2014, 07:19 PM
I recently read ODETTE'S SECRETS by Maryanne McDonald about a Jewish girl from Paris who is sent to live with a family in the French countryside while her mother stayed in Paris to work for the underground resistance.
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Post by: JulieM on March 13, 2014, 08:06 PM
I second THE BOOK THIEF. One of the best books I've ever read.
HITLER'S DAUGHTER by Jackie French is a kind of "what if?" book set in modern-day Australia, but it asks the question of readers "what would YOU have done in their (everyday Germans of the 40s) place? Quite thought provoking.
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Post by: AnneB on March 14, 2014, 08:30 AM
A Brief History of Montmaray, by Michelle Cooper, and its two sequels. 16-year-old Sophia, her cousin the princess, and her uncle the king live on a fictional island kingdom between England and Spain during the run-up to WWII and then the war itself. Astonishingly good.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on March 14, 2014, 09:53 AM
CODE TALKERS by Joseph Bruchac

And who remembers SNOW TREASURE? It was wonderfully exciting, even if not as factual as it claimed to be.
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Post by: Liz on March 14, 2014, 01:25 PM
I LOVED!!  Snow Treasure.  My 4th grade teacher read it to us & I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.  Same for my class when I became a fourth grade teacher and read it to my students!
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Post by: Ev on March 14, 2014, 01:52 PM
I recommend Mirka Breen's MG historical fiction, THE VOICE OF THUNDER. It's set in Israel during the Six Day War and does a great job of viewing war from the perspective of middle grade kids.  (Mirka is one of our own Blueboarders. She was herself a middle grader in Israel during that war, so she writes from personal knowledge.)
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Post by: JulieM on March 14, 2014, 02:15 PM
I just remembered I AM DAVID by Anne Holm. An oldie but a goodie.