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World War Two Themed Novels For High School Students

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World War Two is a popular theme for both fiction novels and non-fiction books. Below is a list of World War Two Themed novels 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.

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10 World War Two Themed Novels For High School Students

Maus by Art Spiegelman

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

Night by Elie Wiesel

An autobiographical story about how a teenager survived in the Nazi death camps. 

I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson

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

If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan

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.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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. 

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

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. 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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. R

Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes

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 by Marcus Zusak

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.

For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.


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