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'The Boy on the Wooden Box' by Leon Leyson

"The Boy on the Wooden Box" by Leon Leyson

Teen Book ★★★★★ Ten-year-old Leon Leyson’s idyllic days playing on the streets and streetcars of Krakow, Poland quickly changed to a life of fear, degradation, humiliation and a day-to-day struggle to stay alive. Why? He was Jewish. His detailed memoir recounts these horrific days when the Third Reich invaded their town and began their increasingly brutal effort to annihilate every Jew they could locate. Hope came in his father’s fortunate association ...

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'Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)' by Elizabeth Wein

"Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)" by Elizabeth Wein

Teen Book ★★★★ Rose Justice, an American Air Transit Auxiliary (ATA) pilot, is captured by the Germans in late 1944 and sent to the concentration camp for female prisoners at Ravensbrück. She struggles learn the rules of the camp, whether those imposed by the guards or those of her fellow prisoners. The novel paints a vivid portrait of life in the prison camp and Rose’s struggle to survive and serve as a witness and report the names of the” Rabbits, ...

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'Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)' by Elizabeth Wein

"Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)" by Elizabeth Wein

Teen Book I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine - and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.He has sa ...

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'Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust' by Doreen Rappaport

"Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust" by Doreen Rappaport

Teen Book In a stirring chronicle, Doreen Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead more than 1,200 g ...

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'Ashes' by Kathryn Lasky

"Ashes" by Kathryn Lasky

Teen Book Thirteen-year-old Gabriella Schramm's favorite pastime is reading. With Adolf Hitler slowly but unstoppably rising to power, Gaby turns to her books for comfort while the world around her changes dramatically: The streets become filled with soldiers, Gaby's sister's boyfriend raises his arm in a heil Hitler salute, and the Schramms? family friend Albert Einstein flees the country. When Gaby's beloved books come under attack, she fears she may hav ...

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'The Boy Who Dared' by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

"The Boy Who Dared" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Teen Book A Newbery Honor Book author has written a powerful and gripping novel about a youth in Nazi Germany who tells the truth about HitlerBartoletti has taken one episode from her Newbery Honor Book, HITLER YOUTH, and fleshed it out into thought-provoking novel. When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth wit ...

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'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' by John Boyne

"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne

Teen Book Berlin, 1942 : When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be m ...

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'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

Teen Book It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t res ...

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'Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began' by Art Spiegelman

"Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began" by Art Spiegelman

Teen Book "Maus I" was the first half of the tale of survival of the author's parents, charting their desperate progress from pre-war Poland Auschwitz. Here is the continuation, in which the father survives the camp and is at last reunited with his wife. ...

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'Number the Stars' by Lois Lowry

"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

Children's Book Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life. ...

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'Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)' by Art Spiegelman

"Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)" by Art Spiegelman

Teen Book A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself. ...

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'The Upstairs Room' by Johanna Reiss

"The Upstairs Room" by Johanna Reiss

Teen Book In the part of the marketplace where flowers had been sold twice a week - tulips in the spring, roses in the summer - stood German tanks and German soldiers. Annie de Leeuw was eight years old in 1940 when the Germans attacked Holland and marched into the town of Winterswijk where she lived. Annie was ten when, because she was Jewish and in great danger of being captured by the invaders, she and her sister Sini had to leave their father, mother, ...

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