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World War Two Themed Novels For High School Students

World War Two Themed Novels for High School Students and Classrooms. #highschoolbooks #bookreviews #highschool

World War Two is a popular theme for both fiction novels and non-fiction books. Below is a list compiled from teacher recommendations about books their students enjoyed. Some of these books might be appropriate for middle school students, but you would need to preview the content first. This blog post contains affiliate links which are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through the provided links this blog will receive a small commission to help with the financial costs of maintaining the site.


The author tells his father’s story of survival during the Holocaust.


An autobiographical story about how a teenager survived in the Nazi death camps. Read the Common Sense Media review here.

I Have Lived a Thousand Years

The author tells her story of growing up as a teenager in Auschwitz.

If I Should Die Before I Wake

Hillary is a member of a neo-Nazi gang and hates Jewish people.  One day she is injured in an accident and in her mind she becomes a Jewish girl fighting to survive in a concentration camp.


Louis Zamperini is a track star until World War II began and he became a bombardier assigned to the Pacific Theater. His plane crashes and after 47 days at sea he is rescued by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp. Read the Common Sense Media review here.

The Girl in the Blue Coat

A story about a girl who smuggled goods during 1943 in Amsterdam.  She is asked to find a missing Jewish fifteen-year-old girl which is punishable by death. Read the Common Sense Media review here.

All the Light We Cannot See

A story about a blind French girl and a German boy as they both try to survive World War II.

Between Shades of Gray

A story about a fifteen-year-old girl (Lina) and her family that are forced into a Siberian work camp. Lina documents the events by creating drawings. Read the Common Sense Media review here.

Soldier Boys

Two boys on the opposite sides of the war are eager to be heroes until they are see the true horrors of war.

The Book Thief

Liesel Meminger lives outside of Munich in 1939 during Nazi Germany.  She steals books and shares them with her neighbours and the Jewish man hiding in the basement. Read the Common Sense Media review here.

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