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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak - Sep 11, 2007 (first published in 2005)
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins ...
All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
Anthony Doerr - Apr 04, 2017 (first published in 2014)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller listFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths ...
The Nightingale
A Novel
Kristin Hannah - Apr 25, 2017
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In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are.FRANCE, 1939In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that f...
The Hiding Place
Corrie Ten Boom - Jan 01, 2006 (first published in 1971)
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At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their une...
Unbroken
An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
Laura Hillenbrand - Apr 25, 2017
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The #1 New York Times  bestseller, which is also a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie, has now been adapted by the author for young adults. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes more than 100 black-and-white photos, as well as exclusive content, "In Conversation," with Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperin...
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Night
Elie Wiesel - Jan 16, 2006 (first published in 1956)
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Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confron...
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Judith Kerr - Jan 23, 2009 (first published in 1971)
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Based on the gripping real-life story of the author, this poignant, suspenseful middle-grade novel has been a favorite for over forty years. Perfect for Holocaust Remembrance Month.Anna is not sure who Hitler is, but she sees his face on posters all over Berlin. Then one morning, Anna and her brother awake to find her father gone! Her mother explai...
The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman - Nov 19, 1996 (first published in 1986)
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Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation ...
The War That Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - May 31, 2016
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An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.   Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London t...
Echo
Pam Munoz Ryan - Feb 24, 2015
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Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.   Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All...
The Longest Day
The Classic Epic of D-Day
Cornelius Ryan - May 01, 1994 (first published in 1959)
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Uno de los libros mas amenos, sugestivos y conmovedores que se han escrito sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Una obra maestra en la que conocemos a los personajes que intervinieron en la hazana mas decisiva de la guerra, que es lo que pensaban los soldados de ambos bandos, cual era su estado de animo y como lucharon aquel 6 de junio de 1944....
An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson
Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo
Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous
Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Pacific Crucible by Ian W. Toll
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
Last Witnesses by Svetlana Alexievich
The Conquering Tide by Ian W. Toll
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
Black Cross by Greg Iles
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis
Mila 18 by Leon Uris
Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson
The Second World War by John Keegan
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell
Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport
The Good War by Studs Terkel
The Watcher by Joan Hiatt Harlow
The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill
Eagle Against the Sun by Ronald Spector
A Midnight Clear by William Wharton
The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich
The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
A Higher Call by Adam Makos
Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Deibler Rose
Inferno by Max Hastings
All But My Life by Gerda Klein
Spearhead by Adam Makos
A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Enemy at the Gates by William Craig
Devotion by Adam Makos
In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke
Berlin Diary by William L. Shirer
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis
A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon
Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy
Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar
Das Boot by Lothar-Günther Buchheim
Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
The Liberator by Alex Kershaw
Wolves at the Door by Judith Pearson
The Admirals by Walter R. Borneman
The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
Sophia by Anita Anand
Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson
Escape from Sobibor by Richard Rashke
The Rising Sun by John Toland
Brave Men by Ernie Pyle
Code Talker by Chester Nez
Goodbye, Darkness by William Manchester
The Price of Glory by Alistair Horne
I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
Raid of No Return by Nathan Hale
Normandy '44 by James Holland
Corrie ten Boom by Janet Benge
What Was the Holocaust? by Gail Herman
The Bastard Brigade by Sam Kean
For the Glory by Duncan Hamilton
We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman
The Holocaust by Martin Gilbert
Behind Enemy Lines by Marthe Cohn