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World War II

MAX

Max
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cohen-Scali
Author's First Name: 
Sarah
Second Author's First Name: 
Penny
Second Author's Last Name: 
Hueston
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Starting in 1939, Nazi Germany began a Lebensborn program to provide the Reich with 'perfect' specimens of the Aryan race by carefully selecting women to birth the future generation. Max is such a child. This first person account begins in the womb and we follow Max through a "coming of age" story (though the book ends as the war does so Max never even reaches adolescence). Fiercely and unquestionably loyal, his faith is tested through his time at a training school, his "friendship" with another student (who is really a Jew) and his observations and experiences as the war progress unfavorably. An ambitious story, this is a new aspect of Nazi terror and the ramifications of the belief in a superior race. Edie Ching (14 and up).

GENEVIEVE'S WAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Giff
Author's First Name: 
Patricia Reilly
Illustrator's First Name: 
Becca
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Stadtlander
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Month: 
March
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A World War II story set in Alsace, where Genevieve has come to visit her grandmother (on her father's side) and is getting ready to go home, following the departure of her big brother. But while grandmere is not warm and friendly, on the day of her departure, she realizes that she is needed and returns to the farm. Caught in the German invasion, she becomes more and more involved in efforts to thwart the Nazis and support her good friend. There is mystery here, what has really happened to her brother, and revelations as she slowly learns about the life of a father she never felt close to, and as her relationship with her grandmother warms. Edie Ching

WOMEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR II: THE PACIFIC THEATER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Atwood
Author's First Name: 
Kathryn J.
Publisher: 
Chicago Review
Publication Date: 
2016

 Resistance, espionage, and survival: this engaging collective biography features 15 diverse and inspiring women during WWII in the Pacific. Includes primary sources and additional reading suggestions to encourage further exploration.

GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hesse
Author's First Name: 
Monica
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2016

 Hanneke moves about the city procuring and delivering black market and other hard-to-find items in Nazi occupied Amsterdam during World War II. She puts her relative safety as a Christian on the line when she receives an unusual request to use her skill and advantages to rescue a young Jewish girl.

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN [AUDIOBOOK]

ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN [AUDIOBOOK]
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Savit
Author's First Name: 
Gavriel
Narrator's First Name: 
Allan
Narrator's Last Name: 
Corduner
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Date: 
2016

 When 7-year old Anna finds herself alone in Nazi Poland, she finds companionship with the mysterious Swallow Man. As Anna grows up the Swallow Man remains her guide throughout their travels. The narrator manages to inhabit all of the characters, especially the intelligent but unknowable Swallow Man.

THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER: KNUD PEDERSEN AND THE CHURCHILL CLUB

Danish flag, Hitler face, boys on bicycles, attacking planes
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hoose
Author's First Name: 
Phillip
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Publication Month: 
May
Publication Date: 
2015

 Knud Pedersen was a leader of the teenage resistance movement against the Nazi occupation of Denmark during WWII. Pedersen’s own words from hours of interviews along with other primary sources offers readers a clear understanding of this little-told aspect of history.

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bradley
Author's First Name: 
Kimberly Brubaker
Narrator's First Name: 
Jayne
Narrator's Last Name: 
Entwistle
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

 Ada only knows her family's one room London flat and the occasional glimpse of the outside world through her window. When Hitler threatens to bomb London, she flees with her younger brother Jamie to the county. Entwistle moves brilliantly between regional and class dialects, emotions and actions, drawing the listener into the widening world of Ada and her brother.

UNBROKEN [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hillenbrand
Author's First Name: 
Laura
Narrator's First Name: 
Edward
Narrator's Last Name: 
Herrmann
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2014

Former Olympian Louis Zamperini’s fortitude and sheer willpower were lifesaving during his Japanese POW experiences. Hermann conveys with unsentimental gravitas Zamperini’s heroism as he endures torture and deprivation at the hands of a vicious Japanese commandant.

THE PORT CHICAGO 50; DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sheinkin
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Narrator's First Name: 
Dominic
Narrator's Last Name: 
Hoffman
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2014

See annotation under "Ten to Fourteen."

THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sheinkin
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2014

A 1944 munitions explosion at Port Chicago caused mass casualties among primarily African-American sailors, fifty of whom were convicted of mutiny for refusing to return to work. Sheinkin’s meticulously researched narrative and gripping primary sources unveil institutional racism and unjust—and illegal—treatment of African-Americans during WWII.

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