Today I recommend: Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz.
World War II is raging and Michael O’Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives with his parents in Nazi Germany. Everyone knows that Ireland is “neutral,” but Michael and his family have a secret. He and his parents are spies for the Allies. Michael joins the Hitler Youth and becomes everything he despises to play the part so he can assist his parents by gaining insider knowledge. Soon Michael learns about “Projekt 1065,” a secret Nazi fighter jet, and things get even more complicated for him and his parents. Now he must risk his life and the lives of others to get the secret plans into the hands of the British Secret Service. Short and to the point chapters add to this book’s appeal. This is a fast-paced spy thriller and accurate historical account of the Hitler Youth – making this a great book for World War II, as well as realistic fiction fans.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J GRATZ
Today I recommend: Twerp by Mark Goldblatt.
“It’s not like I meant for Danley to get hurt…” Julian Twerski isn’t a bully. He’s just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a week long suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal – if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade – blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results) and worrying whether he’s still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can’t bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear. Inspired by Mark Goldblatt’s own childhood growing up in 1960’s Queens, Twerp shines with humor and heart. This remarkably powerful story will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J GOLDBLATT
Today I recommend: Number the Stars
This is a recommendation from the Teen Advisory Board
Annemarie Johansen has, at the age of ten, been under Nazi occupation for three years in her native land of Denmark. When the Nazis begin to round up Jewish people, she and her family take in Annemarie’s friend, Ellen Rosen, and pretend Ellen is their daughter. But the family knows Ellen and her family will never be safe in Denmark so they must find a way to smuggle them out of the country and into neighboring Sweden. This is a wonderful story of courage in the face of terrible circumstances.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J LOWRY.