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I have been on a big World War II reading kick in my own life lately. I think this book is a good introduction to war for children. Though, when it first started it sounded very fairytale-ish and I was wondering where it was going, but stick it out because wow, such a powerful book. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.
What we loves so much about historical fiction is that it not only teaches us about our past, but is invaluable for the success of our future. You can find something to love or connect with in every historical novel: some offer adventure or romance, some shed light on the darkest parts of our history, or give us hope when we need it most. These novels set during the WWII era are some of the most inspiring, heartbreaking, and powerful reads you will ever encounter and each of them gives us a new perspective on the time. Here are 18 World War 2 books to add to your shelf! With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. Add The Book Thief to your Goodreads shelf! This epic alternate history series reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.
Friedman Family Foundation. Kaywell, PhD , developed these reading lists to help middle and high school students develop background knowledge on World War II and the Holocaust. Each of the seven lists reflects a particular aspect of the war. The titles included in these lists span genres — memoir, biography, historical fiction, graphic novel — and vary in length and complexity. Several titles on each list are suitable for struggling readers.