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Elementary: Historical Fiction, 1940s

Posted by Natalie Bernstein on August 8, 2011

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    The boy in the striped pajamas

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    The boy in the striped pajamas : a fable

    Boyne, John, 1971-

    Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

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    Spying on Miss MŸller

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    Spying on Miss MŸller

    Bunting, Eve, 1928-

    At Alveara boarding school in Belfast at the start of World War II, thirteen-year-old Jessie must deal with her suspicions about a teacher whose father was German and with her worries about her own father's drinking problem.

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    My wartime summers

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    My wartime summers

    Cutler, Jane.

    Over four memorable summers, Ellen and her friends follow the war taking place far away but that still touches their lives.

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    The journal of Scott Pendleton Collins

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    The journal of Scott Pendleton Collins : a World War II soldier

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France.

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    The broken mirror

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    The broken mirror : a novella

    Douglas, Kirk, 1916-

    After the Nazis destroy his family, twelve-year-old Moishe gives up his Jewish faith, calls himself Danny, and is taken to New York where he tries to make the best of his life in a Catholic orphanage.

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    Jacob's rescue

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    Jacob's rescue : a Holocaust story

    Drucker, Malka.

    In answer to his daughter's questions, a man recalls the terrifying years of his childhood when a brave Polish couple, Alex and Mela Roslan, hid him and other Jewish children from the Nazis. Based on a true story.

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    Lily's crossing

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    Lily's crossing

    Giff, Patricia Reilly.

    During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

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    Willow Run

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    Willow Run

    Giff, Patricia Reilly.

    Eleven-year-old Meggie Dillon shares her feelings and experiences on the homefront during World War II after her family moves from Rockaway, New York to Willow Run, Michigan.

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    Stepping on the cracks

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    Stepping on the cracks

    Hahn, Mary Downing.

    In 1944, while her brother is overseas fighting in World War II, eleven-year-old Margaret gets a new view of the school bully Gordy when she finds him hiding his own brother, an army deserter, and decides to help him.

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    Love you, soldier

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    Love you, soldier

    Hest, Amy.

    Katie, a Jewish girl living in New York City during World War II, sees many dynamic changes in her world as she ages from seven to ten waiting for her father to return from the war.

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    The private notebook of Katie Roberts, age 11

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    The private notebook of Katie Roberts, age 11

    Hest, Amy.

    In a series of journal entries and letters to a pen pal, Katie relates her feelings about her father's death in World War II, her mother's remarriage, and the family's move from New York City to Texas.

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    Weedflower

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    Weedflower

    Kadohata, Cynthia.

    After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.

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    When Hitler stole pink rabbit

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    When Hitler stole pink rabbit

    Kerr, Judith.

    Recounts the adventures of a nine-year-old Jewish girl and her family in the early 1930s as they travel from Germany to England.

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    Journey to America

    Levitin, Sonia, 1934-

    A Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 endures innumerable separations before they are once again united.

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    The art of keeping cool

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    The art of keeping cool

    Lisle, Janet Taylor.

    In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents' Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.

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    Number the stars

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    Number the stars

    Lowry, Lois.

    In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

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    Good night, Mr. Tom

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    Good night, Mr. Tom

    Magorian, Michelle.

    A battered child learns to embrace life when he is adopted by an old man in the English countryside during the Second World War.

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    The good liar

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    The good liar

    Maguire, Gregory.

    Now an old man living in the United States, Marcel recalls his childhood in German-occupied France, especially the summer that he and his older brother Rene befriended a young German soldier.

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    Daniel's story

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    Daniel's story

    Matas, Carol, 1949-

    Daniel, whose family suffers as the Nazis rise to power in Germany, describes his imprisonment in a concentration camp and his eventual liberation.

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    Good night, Maman

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    Good night, Maman

    Mazer, Norma Fox, 1931-

    After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother Marc find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New York.

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    Snow treasure

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    Snow treasure

    McSwigan, Marie.

    A fictionalized account of how a group of Norwegian children carried bullion to the sea on their sleds, thus helping their country move its gold reserves to the United States during the German occupation.

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    Waiting for Anya

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    Waiting for Anya

    Morpurgo, Michael.

    Jo and Benjamin devise an elaborate escape plan to save a band of Jewish children in Vichy, France during World War II.

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    Stones in water

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    Stones in water

    Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-

    After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany, escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way back home to Venice.

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    The island on Bird Street

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    The island on Bird Street

    Orlev, Uri, 1931-

    During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

    Due 02/18/19

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    The war in Georgia

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    The war in Georgia

    Oughton, Jerrie.

    Living in Georgia during World War II, thirteen-year-old Shanta sometimes feels that her family and neighborhood are more hopeless battlefields than those in foreign lands.

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    When my name was Keoko

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    When my name was Keoko

    Park, Linda Sue.

    With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.

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    On the wings of heroes

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    On the wings of heroes

    Peck, Richard, 1934-

    A boy in Illinois remembers the homefront years of World War II, especially his two heroes--his brother in the Air Force and his father, who fought in the previous war.

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    Yellow star

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    Yellow star

    Roy, Jennifer Rozines, 1967-

    From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.

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    House of the red fish

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    House of the red fish

    Salisbury, Graham.

    Over a year after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the arrest of Tomi's father and grandfather, Tomi and his friends, battling anti-Japanese-American sentiment in Hawaii, try to find a way to salvage his father's sunken fishing boat.

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    Under the blood-red sun

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    Under the blood-red sun

    Salisbury, Graham.

    Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

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    The road to Memphis

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    The road to Memphis

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.

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    The cay

    Taylor, Theodore, 1921-

    When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

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    A faraway island

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    A faraway island

    Thor, Annika.

    In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to flee the Nazis in Austria, but while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world, with a foster mother who is as cold and unforgiving as the island on which they live.

    Due 02/20/19

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    Hide and seek

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    Hide and seek

    Vos, Ida, 1931-

    A young Jewish girl living in Holland tells of her experiences during the Nazi occupation, her years in hiding, and the aftershock when the war finally ends.

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    The machine gunners

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    The machine gunners

    Westall, Robert.

    After an air raid, a group of English children find a German machine gun and hide it from adults who are looking for it.

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    Katarina

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    Katarina : a novel

    Winter, Kathryn.

    During World War II in Slovakia, a young Jewish girl in hiding becomes a devout Catholic and is sustained by her belief that she will return home to her family as soon as the war ends.

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    Someone named Eva

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    Someone named Eva

    Wolf, Joan M., 1966-

    From her home in Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1942, eleven-year-old Milada is taken with other blond, blue-eyed children to a school in Poland to be trained as "proper Germans" for adoption by German families, but all the while she remembers her true name and history.

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    Bat 6

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    Bat 6

    Wolff, Virginia Euwer.

    In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl's bigotry comes to the surface.

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    Dear Papa

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    Dear Papa

    Ylvisaker, Anne.

    In September of 1943, one year after her father's death, nine-year-old Isabelle begins writing him letters, which are interspersed with letters to other members of her family, relating important events in her life and how she feels about them.

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