Tag Archives: World War II

The Cay by Theodore Taylor (1969)

Eleven-year-old Phillip and his mother flee their Caribbean island as German submarines begin to enter the waters in their area during World War 2.  Horrifically their ship is torpedoed and there only three survivors:  Phillip, Timothy (a black West Indian … Continue reading

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General Butterfingers by John Reynolds Gardiner (1986)

Walter’s mother runs a small boarding house taking care of three elderly men.  But they’re not just anyone, they are all World War 2 army heroes!  Decades ago these men belonged to an elite military group known as the Spitzers, … Continue reading

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The Borrowed House by Hilda van Stockum (1975)

Janna is an enthusiastic member of Hitler’s Youth, and she’s proud of the new ideas and military victories Adolf Hitler has brought to Germany.  Janna’s parents are famous German actors who have even been praised by Herr Hitler himself!  Janna’s … Continue reading

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Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese- American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida (1971)

What was it like to be Japanese and living in the western United States when Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941?  Yoshiko Uchida lived through that very scenario as a young, college-age woman.  She shares her personal experiences in Journey to … Continue reading

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Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (1952)

Twenty and Ten is a touching World War II story based on a true events. Twenty French 5th graders have been moved to the countryside during the Nazi occupation of France.  They are in the care of Sister Gabriel, a … Continue reading

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)

During World War II very few european countries defended their Jewish populations against the Nazis, but Denmark did.  In 1943, the Danish Resistance, with the held of many ordinary citizens, smuggled over 7,000 Jews to safety in Sweden — more … Continue reading

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Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (1956)

Marly’s family is in crisis.  Father has recently returned from serving in World War II, and not only did he see action, he was held as a prisoner of war.  Dad has returned to the family a different man. Marly’s … Continue reading

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