For those who enjoy traveling back in time, I recommend: The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito. Anna Bauman, a Polish Jew lives in the Warsaw ghetto. She is smuggled out of the ghetto and into a Catholic orphanage where she is trained to be a Christian so that she can hide in plain sight. Eventually she is adopted by a Polish family who have secrets of their own. Told from Anna’s perspective, this is a harrowing tale of secrets and survival. Anna must become a whole new person, Anna Korwolska a Catholic girl, in order to fool the Germans. At the same time, Anna desperately tries to hold onto her Jewish past, a past that keeps her connected to the loving parents, grandparents, and family members she so desperately refuses to forget.
You can find this moving book in the Juvenile Fiction section at:
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.
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Skrypuch
In this historical fiction novel set during World War 11, it is 1943 and the Nazis have taken Lida and her little sister Larissa from their home country of Ukraine, and then separated. Lida is sent to a slave labor camp in Germany, but she has no idea what has happened to Larissa. We read Lida’s fight to survive along with many other children. The story brings history to life as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl.
Find this in our Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J SKRYPUCH.
On this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam during World War II. One month later, she and her family would go into hiding. Unfortunately, Anne Frank and her family would be discovered by the Gestapo in 1944 and sent to concentration camps.
Anne’s father survived Auschwitz and published Anne’s diary in 1947 as The Diary of a Young Girl. The book has been translated into more than 60 languages. (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/anne-frank-receives-a-diary)
You can learn more about Anne Frank as well as read her diary here at the library. You can find biographies in the Juvenile Nonfiction section at jBiog. Frank.
Today I recommend: Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
When Lida and her sister are caught by the Nazis they are separated. Lida is sent to a slave labour camp and must work from dawn to dusk on bread and soup, without shoes and wearing only a thin dress. Even if she survives the war, will Lida ever see her sister again?
This book grabbed my attention right away and I couldn’t put it down. This is a fictionalized account of young Ukrainian Lida’s experiences in Nazi work camps but it is based on facts and interviews as explained in the excellent author’s note. It addresses all of the horrors of the Holocaust without being too graphic in its descriptions. The strength of Lida and her struggles will hook you and you’ll feel emotional as you root for her. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SKRYPUCH.
If Making Bombs for Hitler sounds interesting you might also enjoy: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Juvenile Fiction J LOWRY). For other books about WWII check out: Book Review: Brave Like My Brother
Today I recommend: Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman.
When Charlie’s older brother Joe is called up in 1942, Charlie learns about the tedium and dangers of war through Joe’s letters–and his brother’s bravery in dealing with a spy as D-Day approaches, finally gives Charlie the strength to stand up to the local bully.
This is a really nice historical fiction book that focuses less on the war and more on the relationship between the two brothers. Most of the book is written in the form of letters from Joe to Charlie, and the format makes for an interesting but not too intense tale. Older readers may be more interested in The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley but this is an excellent story for younger readers. This book can be found in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NOBLEMAN.