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Fiction titles are grouped by the following formats:
  • Picture Book Format
  • Chapter Book Format
  • Graphic Novel Format

Picture Book Format


Abram, Alvin
PS8551.B49 W49 2000 Check availability
Why, Zaida?
Gr. 3-5
A grandfather talks about his Holocaust experience in response to his grandson's questions, through the use of metaphor and parables.

Adler, David A.
PZ7.A2615 Ol 1999 Check availability
One Yellow Daffodil
Gr. K-3
During Hanukkah two children help a Holocaust survivor to once again embrace his religious traditions.

Borden, Louise
PZ7.B64827 Ac 2006 Check availability
Across the Blue Pacific: A World War II Story
Gr. K-3
A woman reminisces about her neighbor's son who was the object of a letter writing campaign by some fourth-graders when he went away to war in 1943.

Borden, Louise
PZ7.B64827 Gt 2004 Check availability
Greatest Skating Race, The
Gr. 4-7
During World War II, a ten-year-old boy's dream of skating in a famous race allows him to help two children escape to Belgium by ice skating past enemies.

Borden, Louise
PZ7.B64827 Li 1997 Check availability
Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II, The
Gr. 3-5
A girl and her father take their fishing boat and join the other vessels crossing the English Channel in an attempt to rescue Allied troops trapped by Nazi soldiers at Dunkirk.

Bunting, Eve
PZ7.B91527 On 2002 Check availability
One Candle
Gr. 1-4
Every year, a family celebrates Hanukkah by retelling the story of how Grandma and her sister managed to mark the day while in a German concentration camp.

Crosby, Ruthann
PS3553.R67 M57 1998 Check availability
Miracle in the Glass: To Save a Life Is to Save the World
Gr. K-3
Mrs. Crosby, in her fictional story of a mother’s sacrifice for her young daughter, brings to light a unique message hidden in the modern world’s most horrific crime against humanity. Often stories of the holocaust are fraught with unspeakable despair and human tragedy. However, Mrs. Crosby, through her tender story, illuminates the effect of the holocaust that forever vanquished the Nazi’s hope of destroying the Jewish nation.

Elvgren, Jennifer
PZ7.E543 Whi 2014 Check availability
The Whispering Town
In Denmark during World War II, young Annet, her parents, and their neighbors help a Jewish family hide from Nazi soldiers until it is safe for them to leave Annet's basement.

Feder, Paula Kurzband
PZ7.F3113 Fe 1995 Check availability
The Feather-Bed Journey
Gr. 1-4
As she rescues the insides of a torn feather pillow, Grandma tells about her childhood in Poland, about the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II, and about the origin of this special pillow.

Friedman, Laurie
DS134.72.R67 F75 2008 Check availability
Angel Girl
Gr. 3-6
A prisoner in a Nazi labor camp, Herman soon loses the will to go on. Then a young girl appears on the other side of the barbed-wire fence--an angel bearing food and hope.

Hamanaka, Sheila
PZ7.H1692 Pe 1995 Check availability
Peace Crane
Gr. 1-4
After learning about the Peace Crane, created by Sadako, a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, a young African American girl wishes it would carry her away from the violence of her own world.

Hausfater, Rachel
PZ7.H38 Li 2006 Check availability
The Little Boy Star: An Allegory of the Holocaust
Gr. 4-8
When he first has to wear a six-pointed star, a little boy does not understand what it means, but eventually he learns to hide who and what he is.

Hest, Amy
PZ7.H4375 Ri 1990 Check availability
The Ring and the Window Seat
Gr. 1-3
Although she has been saving for a ring, Stella decides to give her bundle of nickels to a carpenter who is trying to rescue his little girl from a war-torn country.

Hunter, Sara Hoagland
PZ7.H919u 1996 Check availability
The Unbreakable Code
Gr. 4-6
Because John is afraid to leave the Navajo Reservation, his grandfather explains to him how the Navajo language, faith, and ingenuity helped win World War II.
This lesson plan explains the history behind the Navajo language and how it helped during WWII.

Hyde, Heidi Smith
PZ7.H9677 Sh 2015 Check availability
Shanghai Sukkah
Gr. K-3
When Marcus and his family move from Berlin to Shanghai, he doubts this unfamiliar city will ever feel like home, until he befriends Liang.

Jules, Jacqueline
PZ7.J92947 Gr 1994 Check availability
The Grey Striped Shirt: How Grandma and Grandpa Survived the Holocaust
Gr. 3-4
When Frannie finds a gray striped shirt in the closet, she asks questions which lead her grandparents to tell her about their experience of the Holocaust.

Littlesugar, Amy
PZ7.L7362 Li 2002 Check availability
Lisette's Angel
Gr. 2-4
In World War II France, a girl prays for an angel to rescue her from the Nazi invasion.

Mochizuki, Ken
PZ7.M71284 He 1995 Check availability
Heroes
Gr. 2-4
Japanese American Donnie, whose playmates insist he be the "bad guy" in their war games, calls on his reluctant father and uncle to help him get away from that role

Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey
PZ7.O618 Li 1992 Check availability
The Lily Cupboard
Gr. 1-3
Miriam, a young Jewish girl, is forced to leave her parents and hide with strangers in the country during the German occupation of Holland.

Patz, Nancy
PS3566.A826138 W47 2003 Check availability
Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat?
Gr. 2-5
A meditation on a woman's hat once on display in the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.

Rappaport, Doreen
PZ7.R18135 Se 2005 Check availability
The Secret Seder
Gr. K-3
During the Nazi occupation of France, a boy and his father join a group of fellow Jews at a humble Seder table.

Reuter, Elisabeth
PZ7.R48 Be 1993 Check availability
Best Friends
Gr. 2-4
Judith and Lisa's friendship is broken up by Hitler's determination to single out the Jews for destruction.

Russo, Marisabina
PZ7.R9192 Iam 2011 Check availability
I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II
Gr. K-3
A grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of the charm bracelet that represents her own childhood experiences while she and her family tried to evade the Nazis in Italy during World War II.

Tarshis, Lauren
PZ7.T211115 Iarr 2014 Check availability
I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944
Gr. 2-4
Based on author's research of true events, this story describes a young boy's struggle to keep himself and his sister alive during the Nazi invasion of Poland. Part of Lauren Tarshis' "I Survived"// series of books.
Guide for a class which has multiple books in the series. Asks students to analyze and compare plot details, and also helps students separate historical fact from historical fiction.escap

Vander Zee, Ruth
PZ7.V285116 Eli 2007 Check availability
Eli Remembers
Gr. 1-4
After many years of watching the solemn lighting of seven candles at Rosh Hashanah, Eli finally learns how those candles represent his family's connection to the Holocaust in Lithuania.
This brochure gives information on the author as well as questions to use for discussion.


Chapter Book Format


Appelfield, Aharon
PZ7.1.A64 Ad 2015 Check availability
Adam & Thomas
Gr. 4-8
Adam and Thomas, two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive World War II, take refuge in the forest where they learn to forage and survive, soon meeting and helping other fugitives fleeing for their lives.

Appelfeld, Aharon
PJ5054.A755 K813 1983 Check availability
Tzili: The Story of a Life
A young Jewish girl survives the Holocaust living alone in the forest and among the gentile peasants she fears.

Arato, Rona
PZ7.A667 Las 2013 Check Availability
The Last Train
In a story based on the life of the author's husband, little Paul and his family, Hungarian Jews, are sent to Bergen-Belsen, survive many hardships, are put on a train to nowhere, and rescued by American soldiers.

Arrick, Fran
PZ7.A74335 Ch Check availability
Chernowitz!
Gr. 4-8
A boy who suffers anti-Semitic abuse at the hands of a classmate during his ninth and tenth grade years plots revenge against his tormentor.

Auerbach, John
PR6051.U4 T35 2003 Check availability
Tales of Grabowski: Transformations, Escape and Other Stories
Two novellas and three stories tell of the ordeals and adventures of David Gordon, a Polish Jew who escapes the Nazi liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto by changing his identity.

Baer, Edith
Z7.B1388 Fr Check Availability
A Frost in the Night
Gr. 8-10
Relates the experiences of a young Jewish girl growing up in a city in southern Germany during the period of Hitler's rise to power.

Barth-Grozinger, Inge
PZ7.B2678 So 2006 Check availability
Something Remains
Gr. 5-8
In 1933, as Hitler becomes Chancellor, twelve-year-old Erich and his family, who are Jewish, find they need to make changes in their everyday lives as hatred of the Jews grows.

Bennett, Jay
PZ7.B4399 Sk 1991 Check Availability
Skinhead
Gr. 6-9
A plea from a dying man he has never seen before involves nineteen-year-old Jonathan in a life-and-death struggle with white-supremacists skinheads.

Bloch, Marie Halun
PZ7.B6194 Di Check availability
Displaced Person
Gr. 6-8
Fourteen-year-old Stefan, a Ukrainian refugee, struggles to survive as a displaced person in Nazi Germany during the final days of World War II.

Boraks-Nemetz, Lillian
Call # Check availability
The Old Brown Suitcase: A Teenager's Story of War and Peace
A fourteen-year-old immigrant girl comes to Canada from Poland after the Second World War. While she struggles with English and learns Canadian ways, she is haunted by terrifying memories--her experience as a Jewish child persecuted by the Nazis.

Boyne, John
CPZ7.B69677 Bo 2016Check Availability
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
Gr. 9-12
A young orphan ends up living in Hitler's home during WWII.

Calkhoven, Laurie
PZ7.C12878 mi 2012 Check Availability
Boys of Wartime: Michael at the Invasion of France 1943
Gr. 3-7
When the Nazis invade Paris, Michael, a thirteen-year- old French-American, wants to be a part of the Resistance. Starting small, vandalizing Nazi propaganda and refusing to hail Hitler, Michael works his way into the full-blown Resistance.

Cambron, Kristy
PS3603.A4468 S68 2015 Check availability
A Sparrow in Terezin: A Hidden Masterpiece Novel
Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they'll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.

Casanova, Mary
PZ7.C266 Kli 2007 Check Availability
The Klipfish Code
Gr. 4-8
Sent with her younger brother to Godey Island to live with her aunt and grandfather after Germans bombed Norway in 1940, ten-year-old Marit longs to join her parents in the Resistance and when her aunt, a teacher, is taken away two years later, she resents even more the Nazis' presence, and her grandfather's refusal to oppose them.
Written by the author, there are vocabulary words, questions to ponder and activities to do related to the story.

Cerrito, Angela
PZ7.C3193 Saf 2015 Check Availability
The Safest Lie
A nine-year-old Jewish girl, helped by Irena Sendler and the Zegota organization, is smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto, given a new identity, and sent to live in the countryside for the duration of the World War II.

Cheng, Andrea
PZ7.C41943 Mar 2002 Check availability
Marika
Gr. 4-8
Although she has been raised Catholic, Marika learns how dangerous it is to be of Jewish heritage and living in Hungary during World War II.
Chotjewitz,David
PZ7.C446355 Dan 2004 Check availability
Daniel Half Human
In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish.

Clark, Kathy
D804.34.C53 2015 Check Availability
The Choice
Gr. 6-8
Thirteen-year-old Hendrik and his family have hidden their true identity as Jews and are living as Catholics in Budapest during WWII. One day, in a burst of loyalty, Hendrik reveals that his name is in fact Jakob and he is Jewish. It is a choice with drastic consequences. It not only puts his whole family in danger but it also severs his ties with his best friend Ivan, whose father is a high-ranking military official.

Codell, Esme Raji
PZ7.C649 Sah 2004 Check availability
Sahara Special
Gr. 4-6
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.
This lesson plan gives a Discussion guide for the book.

Cohen-Janca, Irene
CALL #
Mister Doctor: Janusz Korczak and the Orphans of the Warsaw Ghetto
Gr. 4-6
November 1940. A circus parade walks through the streets of Warsaw, waving a flag and singing. They are 160 Jewish children, forced by the Nazis to leave their beloved orphanage. It's a sad occasion, but led by Doctor Korczak, their inspirational director, the children are defiantly joyful.

Cormier, Robert
PZ7.C81634 Tu 1992 Check availability
Tunes For Bears to Dance to
Gr. 5-8
After moving to a new town, Henry throws himself into a friendship with Mr. Levine, a Holocaust survivor who spends his days and nights carving a replica of the village he was born in and which was destroyed by the war.

Davies, Andrew
PZ7 .D2837 Co 1991 Check Availability
Conrad's War
Gr. 3-6
Currently fascinated with wars, army, killing, and guns, Conrad becomes convinced that through dreams or time warp he is experiencing action in a past war.

Engle, Margarita
PZ7.5.E54 Tr 2009 Check availability
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba
Gr. 7-11
A young jewish refugee escapes from Nazi Germany to Cuba in 1939, where he dreams of finding his parents again, befriends a local girl with painful secrets of her own, and discovers that the Nazi darkness is never far away.

Fleischman, Sid
PZ7.F5992 En 2008 Check availability
The Entertainer and the Dybbuk
Gr. 5-8
A struggling American ventriloquist in post-World War II Europe is possessed by the mischievous spirit of a young Jewish boy killed in the Holocaust.

Forman, James D.
D804.34.F67 1976 Check availability
The Survivor
Gr. 9-12
An account of a Jewish family in Holand during World War II as one by one it dwindles away during the Nazi Holocaust.

Gratz, Alan
PZ7.G77224 Pri 2013 Check availability
Prisoner B-3087
Gr. 5-up
As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087 based on a true story by Ruth and Jack Gruener.

Glatstein, Jacob
PZ7.G4814372 Emi 2008 Check availability
Emil and Karl
Gr. 5-9
In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when events of the Nazi occupation draw them even closer together as they fight to survive and escape together.

Gleitzman, Morris
PZ7.G4824 No 2010 Check availability
Now
Gr. 6-8
Presents the final chapter in the story of friends Felix and Zelda in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Gleitzman, Morris
PZ7.G4824 On 2006 Check availability
Once
Gr. 6-8
After living in a Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

Gleitzman, Morris
PZ7.G4824 Th 2009 Check availability
Then
Gr. 6-8
In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive.

Greene, Bette
PZ7.G8283 Su 1993 Check availability
Summer of My German Soldier
Gr. 5 & Up
When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.
This lesson plan includes enrichment activities and a list of other books by Bette Greene.

Greif, Jean-Jacques
PZ7.G86242 Fi 2006 Check availability
The Fighter
Gr. 5-8
Moshe Wisniak, a poor Polish Jew, uses his physical strength and cleverness, plus luck, to help him survive the horrors he is subjected to in the concentration camps of World War II. Based on the life of Moshe Garbarz.

Haugaard, Erik Christian
PZ7.H286 Ch Check availability
Chase Me, Catch Nobody!
Gr. 6-8
On a school trip to Germany in 1937 a 14-year-old Danish schoolboy becomes involved in the activities of the anti-Nazi underground.

Holm, Anne
PZ7.H7322 Iae 2004 Check availability
I am David
Gr. 5-8
After escaping from an Easter European concentration camp where he has spent most of his life, a twelve-year-old boy struggles to cope with an entirely strange world as he flees northward to freedom in Denmark.
This link includes novel discussion questions and activities.

Hoose, Phillip
D802.D4 H645 2015 Check availability
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club
The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion.

Howard, Ellen
D804.34.H69 1996 Check availability
A Different Kind of Courage
Gr. 4-6
While escaping the horrors of war-torn France, refugee children struggle to overcome the misconception that their parents are abandoning them.

Kacer, Kathy
PZ7.K1154 Ni 2003 Check availability
The Night Spies
Gr. 4-8
After hiding from the Nazis in the back of a barn in a small village for months, cousins Max and Gabi decide to take a nighttime walk and discover something incredible that can help put an end to the mad reign of the Nazi regime.

Kacer, Kathy
PZ7.K1154 Sec 1999 Check availability
The Secret of Gabi's Dresser
Gr. 3-6
Inspired by real events, this riveting novel tells how a Jewish girl escapes the Nazis when she hides in a dresser only inches away from where they are searching.

Kacer, Kathy
PZ7.K1154 St 2015 Check Availability
Stones on a Grave
Gr. 6-12
With the help of an English-speaking German boy, Sara searches for traces of her Jewish mother's existence in a world all but destroyed during World War II.

Karas, Phyllis
PS3561.A58 H37 1995 Check availability
The Hate Crime
Gr. 9-12
Unable to understand why his DA father is so upset about the defacing of a local temple, Zack learns that one of his own friends is behind the crime and begins to understand why such acts are so threatening.

Kaurin, Marianne
PZ7.1.K38 Al 2017 Check Availability
Almost Autumn
Gr. 8+
It's October 1942, in Oslo, Norway. Fifteen-year-old Ilse Stern is waiting to meet boy-next-door Hermann Rod for their first date. She was beginning to think he'd never ask her; she's had a crush on him for as ling as she can remember. But Hermann won't be able to make it tonight.

Kerr, M.E.
PZ7.K46825 Ge 1990 Check availability
Gentlehands
Gr. 8-12
A teenage boy falls in love with an "upper-class" girl and gets to know his estranged grandfather in one heartbreaking summer which climaxes in a shattering search for Nazi war criminals.

Kerr, Judith
PZ7.K46815 Wh 1980 Check availability
PZ7.K46815 Wh 1997x Check availability
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Gr. 5-8
Recounts the adventures of a nine-year-old Jewish girl and her family in the early 1930's as they travel from Germany to Europe.

Kerr, Philip
PZ7.K46843 Wi 2014 Check availability
The Winter Horses
Gr. 7-10
Struggling to endure the World War II occupation of his beloved animal preserve, caretaker Max secretly cares for a girl who has gone into hiding in a nearby park, where she bonds with endangered horses that are threatened by Nazi forces. By the best-selling author of the Bernie Gunther series.

Kositsky, Lynne
PZ7.K85255 Th 2004 Check availability
The Thought of High Windows
Gr. 8 and Up
A Jewish refugee who is attracted to going through windows arrives in the south of France at the beginning of World War II, where she faces hardships, dangers, and losses as she struggles to survive, joins the resistance.

Kravitz, Asher
PJ5055.28.R43 K4513 2015 Check Availability
The Jewish Dog
The Jewish Dog is the story of Caleb, a unique dog born in Germany in 1935. When events separate him from his Jewish owners, he is adopted by a Nazi family, employed by the SS as a military dog, and witnesses first-hand the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust.

Laird, Christa
PZ7.L1577 Bu 1995 Check availability
But Can the Phoenix Sing?
Gr. 8-12
Seventeen-year-old Richard discovers the incredible details of his stern and remote stepfather's hidden past when he is left a manuscript to read while his stepfather is away in Australia.

Laird, Christa
PZ7.L1577 Sh 1990 Check availability
​Shadow of the Wall
Gr. 7-up
It's spring 1942, and life in the Warsaw ghetto is hard and often brutal with the Jews subject to beatings and execution at the hands of the hated SS. Young Misha lives at the Orphans' Home run by the heroic Dr. Korczak. But the time is fast approaching when Misha must prove himself a hero too.

Lasky, Kathryn
PZ7.L3274 Ext 2013 Check availability
The Extra
Gr. 6-up
In this chilling but ultimately uplifting novel, Kathryn Lasky imagines the lives of the Gypsies who worked as extras for the real Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, giving readers a story of survival unlike any other.

Levoy, Myron
PZ7.L5825 Al Check availability
Alan and Naomi
Gr. 6 and Up
In New York of the 1940's a boy tries to befriend a girl traumatized by Nazi brutality in France.

Leyson, Leon
DS134.72.L49 A3 2013 Check availability
The Boy on the Wooden Box
Gr. 4-9
Traces the story of Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson, who was the youngest child in his family and possibly the youngest of the hundreds of Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler.

Lisle, Janet
PZ7.L6912 Ar 2000 Check availability
The Art of Keeping Cool
Gr. 5-8
In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents' Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.

Lowenstein-Malz, Ronit
CALL #
Escape in Time: Miri's Riveting Tale of her Family's Survival during World War II: A Novel
Gr. 5-8
Nessya's grandmother, Miri Eneman Malz, has friends, a loving family--and a secret: she is a Holocaust survivor. When twelve-year-old Nessya learns the truth, she wants to know what happened. After decades of silence, Grandma Miri decides it's time to tell her story.

Lowry, Lois
PZ7.L9673 Nu 1989 Check availability
PZ7.L9673 Nu 1989 c.2 Check availability
PZ7.L9673 Nu 1989b Check availability
PZ7.L9673 Nu 1998 Check availability
Number the Stars
Gr. 4-8
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Carol Otis Hurst's review first appeared in Teaching K-8 Magazine and includes discussion starters, activities to extend the book and related titles.
ClassZone.com offers a Language Arts unit for grades 6-7. Includes vocabulary, a quickwrite session, cross-curricular activities and suggested research assignments.
Multnomah Public Library's website is set up to do a book discussion, with a summary and discussion questions.
Teaching guides for grades 3-5. Includes discussion guides, literary devices and suggested activities.

Maguire, Gregory
PZ7.M2762 Go 1999 Check availability
The Good Liar
Gr. 5-8
Now an old man living in the United States, Marcel recalls his childhood in German-occupied France, especially the summer that he and his older brother Rene befriended a young German soldier.

Martelli, George
D810.S8 M3 1967 Check Availability
The Man who Saved London
Gr. 6-10
Michael Hollard works as a secret agent in France, recruiting spies for the French -- staying under the German's radar.

Marvin, Isabel R.
PZ7.M3682 Br 1991 Check availability
Bridge to Freedom
Gr. 6-8
As World War II winds down, a fifteen-year-old deserter from the German army reluctantly joins forces with a Jewish girl and tries to cross the border to safety in Belgium.

Matas, Carol
PZ7.M423964 Pie 2013 Check availability
Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past
Gr. 5-8
A young Jewish girl recounts her experiences during a horrifying time in recent history.

Matas, Carol
PS8576.A7994 T87 2005 Check availability
Dear Canada: Turned Away
Gr. 5-8
Devorah fights to help her cousin Sarah emigrate from Paris before the Nazis round up the Jews and deport them to internment camps, or worse.

Matas, Carol
PZ7.M423964 Gr 1998 Check availability
Greater Than Angels
Gr. 6-8
Anna, a teenaged German refugee, relates how she and other Jewish children were cared for by the citizens of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, during the German occupation.

Matas, Carol
PZ7.M423964 In 1999 Check availability
In My Enemy's House
Gr 7-12
When German soldiers arrive in Zloczow, Poland, during World War II, a young Jewish girl must decide whether or not to conceal her identity and work for a Nazi in Germany in order to survive.

Matas, Carol
PZ7.M423964 Li 1989 Check Availability
Lisa's War
Gr. 5-8
During the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Lisa and other teenage Jew become involved in an underground resistance movement and eventually must flee for their lives.

McCormick, Patricia
PZ7.M13679 Nev 2012 Check availability
Never Fall Down
Gr. 8-up
Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace, from National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick.
Includes discussion questions.

McKay, Sharon
PZ7.M4786576 E63 2014 Check availability
The End of the Line
Gr. 4-6
When tram conductor, Hans, and ticket collector, Lars, claim that Beatrice, is their niece they save her from the same fate of her mother, but open themselves up to the dangers of hiding a Jewish child in 1940's Amsterdam.

Morpurgo, Michael
PZ7.M82712 Mo 2008 Check availability
The Mozart Question
Gr. 4-6
A young journalist goes to Venice, Italy, to interview a famous violinist, who tells the story of his parents' incarceration by the Nazis, and explains why they can no longer listen to the music of Mozart.

Morpurgo, Michael
PR6063.O7454 W35 1997 Check availability
Waiting for Anya
Gr. 5-8
This is a gripping historical adventure by a much-loved and award winning author. It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives.

Moskin, Marietta
PZ7.M849 Iac Check Availability
I am Rosemarie
A Jewish girl from the Netherlands manages to live through the horrors that befall her family following the Nazi occupation in 1940.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
PZ7.N24 Wai 1999 Check availability
Walker's Crossing
Gr. 7-12
While living on his family's ranch in Wyoming where he hopes to someday be a cowboy, Ryan faces conflicts with his older brother, who becomes involved in a militia movement.

Orgel, Doris
PZ7.O632 De Check availability
The Devil in Vienna
Gr. 5-9
A Jewish girl and the daughter of a Nazi have been best friends since they started school, but in 1938 the thirteen-year-olds find their close relationship difficult to maintain.

Orlev, Uri
PJ5054.O74 L3 1995 Check availability
The Lady with the Hat
In 1947, seventeen-year-old Yulek, the only member of his immediate family to survive the German concentration camps, joins a group of young Jews preparing to live on a kibbutz in Israel, unaware that his aunt living in London is looking for him.

Orlev, Uri
PZ7.O633 Man 1991 Check availability
The Man from the Other Side
Gr. 5-up
Living on the outskirts of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, fourteen-year-old Marek and his grandparents shelter a Jewish man in the days before the Jewish uprising.

Orlev, Uri
PZ7.O633 Ru 2003 Check availability
Run, Boy, Run
Gr. 5-8
Based on the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.

Osborne, William
PZ7.O8645 Hit 2013 Check availability
Hitler's Secret: A Novel
In June 1941, Otto and Leni, two young refugees from the Nazis living in England, are sent on a secret mission to Bavaria, to extract a young girl attending a summer camp, and who may hold the key to the war.

Pastore, Clare
D765.P378 2002 Check availability
Aniela Kaminski's Story: A Voyage from Poland During World War II (Journey to America)
Gr. 6-8
When Aniela's Jewish friends in Warsaw start disappearing, she flees to America with her father but even though she loves her new homeland, Aniela longs for those she left behind.

Pausewang, Gudrun
PT2676.A94 R4513 1996 Check availability
The Final Journey
Gr. 8-12
Hiding in the basement of her former home after Hitler comes to power, Alice finds herself on the run and begins to understand the horrors of Hitler's Germany.

Preus, Margi
PZ7.P92434 Sh 2012 Check availability
Shadow on the Mountain: A Novel Inspired by the True Adventures of a Wartime Spy
Gr. 6-8
Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II.

Pryor, Bonnie
PZ7.P94965 Sim 2011 Check availability
Simon's Escape: A Story of the Holocaust
Gr. 6-8
Follow Simon in his story of the Holocaust as he tries to survive the brutal conditions of the ghetto and a life on the run in Nazi-occupied territory.

Radin, Ruth
PZ7.R1216 Es 2000 Check availability
Escape to the Forest
Gr. 6-9
Based on a true story, this tale tells of the experiences of a nine year old girl who, while living in the Jewish ghetto in Nazioccupied Poland, was saved by a man who risked his life to bring Jewish prisoners to a hidden camp deep in the forest.

Reiss, Johanna
DS135.N6 R44 1976 Check availability
The Journey Back
Gr. 6-8
After spending three years hiding from the Nazis, a Jewish family is reunited and begins the job of rebuilding their country and family.

Reuter, Bjarne
PZ7.R3259 Bo 1994 Check Availability
The Boys from St. Petri
Gr. 5-8
In 1942, a group of young men begin a series of increasingly dangerous protests against the German invaders of their Danish homeland.

Richter, Hans Peter
PZ7.R4154 Fr 1987 Check availability
Friedrich
Gr. 5-9
A young German boy recounts the fate of his best friend, a Jew, during the Nazi regime.

Robinson, Katherine
PN6120.C65 S95 1986 Check availability
Summer of My German Soldier and Other Plays About the Generations
Gr. 4-8
The story focuses on the friendship between Patty and an escaped German POW named Anton.

Rosen, Sybil
PZ7.R718715 Sp 1999 Check availability
Speed of Light
Gr. 4-8
Eleven-year-old Audrey Ina has lived in the town of Blue Gap all her life, and thinks she knows everyone in it and has nothing to fear. It's 1956, eleven years after Hitler's defeat, and nobody seems to even remember the war -- except for Audrey's Tante Pesel, who survived Auschwitz but is still unable to talk about it.

Rosenfeld, Shterni
PZ7.1.R6725 Tu 2015 Check Availability
Tuky: The Story of a Hidden Child
As a young girl, Tuky lived a carefree life in Budapest, and she and her brothers, sisters, and cousins spent their days learning, playing, and helping others. But life changed drastically when Hungary entered World War II on the German side.

Ruby, Lois
PZ7 .R8314 Sk 1994 Check Availability
Skin Deep
Gr. 9-up
Laurel's boyfriend Dan becomes a neo-Nazi skinhead and gets the attention and respect he has been denied all his life, especially when he becomes involved in a First Amendment battle.

Savin, Gavriel
PZ7.1.S28 An 2016 Check Availability
Anna and the Swallow Man Gr. 5-8
When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.

Sax, Aline and Strzelecki, Caryl
PZ7.S2726 War 2013 Check availability
The War Within These Walls
Gr.8-up
Heavily illustrated with sober blue-and-white drawings, this powerful novel dramatically captures the brutal reality of a tragic historical event.

Schnur, Steven
D804.34.S38 1996 Check availability
The Shadow Children
Gr. 5-8
While spending the summer on his grandfather's farm in the French countryside, eleven-year-old Etienne discovers a secret dating back to World War II and encounters the ghosts of Jewish children who suffered a dreadful fate under the Nazis.

Serraillier, Ian
PZ7.S488 Si Check availability
The Silver Sword
After their parents are taken away by the Germans, the Balicki children are on their own in Warsaw. With the help of another orphan named Jan, they eventually make their way to Switzerland and are reunited with their parents.

Sharenow, Robert
PZ7.S52967 Ber 2011 Check availability
The Berlin Boxing Club
Gr. 9-up
Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Nazi era Berlin, it doesn't matter that Karl has never set foot in a synagogue or that his family doesn't practice religion. Karl longs to prove his worth to everyone around him, by learning how to box by a German Champion Boxer, he hopes to reinvent himself.
This link provides discussion questions and activities.

Shear, Susan Prinz
D810.J5 S5 2010 Check availability
No Way Out
Gr. 9-12
The story of an extended family and its successes and failures to flee Germany after Kristallnacht.

Shemin, Margaretha
PZ7.S5417 Em Check availability
The Empty Moat
Gr. 5-8
As World War II progresses, a sixteen-year-old girl in occupied Holland becomes more and more aware that she cannot remain aloof from the war despite fear of arousing the displeasure of Nazis.

Shepard, Jim
PS3569.H39384 B77 2015 Check availability
The Book of Aron
Aron, the narrator, is a peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution.

Skrypuch, Marsha
PS8587.K79 S56 2010 Check Availability
Stolen Child
Gr. 6-8
While living a privileged German childhood, Nadia recalls a woman singing her a lullaby and the taste of gingersnap cookies transports her to a strangely familiar, yet unknown, past. And she continues to be haunted by vivid, terrifying dreams. Slowly she uncovers the truth - that the German family she grew up with are not who they say they are.

Strasser, Todd
PS3568.H8 W3 1981 Check availability
The Wave
Gr. 6-12
Tells the story of a high school history class experiment that frighteningly demonstrated the power of fascism.

Thor, Annika
PZ7.T3817 Far 2009 Check availability
A Faraway Island
Gr. 6-8
In 1939 Sweden, two Jewish sisters wait for their parents to flee the Nazis in Austria, but while eight-year-old Nellie settles in quickly, twelve-year-old Stephie feels stranded at the end of the world.

Voorhoeve, Anne C.
PZ7.V944 My 2012 Check availability
My Family for the War
Gr. 6-up
Escaping Nazi Germany on the kindertransport changes one girl's life forever.

Vos, Ida
PZ7.V9718 Hid 1995 Check availability
Hide and Seek
Gr. 4-6
A young Jewish girl living in Holland tells of her experiences during the Nazi occupation, her years in hiding, and the aftershock when the war finally ends.

Vos, Ida
PZ7.V9718 Ke 2000 Check availability
The Key is Lost
Gr. 4-7
Features two Jewish sisters separated from their parents and forced to hide in attics throughout Holland to escape the Nazis.

Whiteman, Dorit Bader
DS135.P63 L669 2005 Check availability
Lonek's Journey: The True Story of a Boy's Escape to Freedom
Gr. 6-up
Lonek's Journey tells the gripping story of an 11-year-old Jewish boy's escape from Nazi-occupied Poland in 1939, and his subsequent deportation to a Siberian gulag. When a twist of fate frees him from the Russian slave labor camp, he begins a two-year odyssey over thousands of miles by land and sea, to find freedom in what was then Palestine.
This lesson plan works for both home school students and also classroom students.

Winter, Kathryn
PZ7.W7548 Kat 1999 Check Availability
Katarina: A Novel
Gr. 5-8
During World War II in Slovakia, a young Jewish girl in hiding becomes a devout Catholic and is sustained by her belief that she will return home to her family as soon as the war ends.

Wiviott, Meg
PZ7.W7903 Pap 2015 Check Availability
Paper Hearts
Gr. 5-8
Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that's based on a true story.

Wolf, Joan M.
PZ7.W819157 Som 2007 Check availability
Someone Named Eva
Gr. 5-8
From her home in Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1942, eleven-year-old Milada is taken with other blond, blue-eyed children to a school in Poland to be trained as "proper Germans" for adoption by German families.

Yolen, Jane
PS3575.O43 B75 1992 Check availability
Briar Rose
Gr. 9-12
Rewrites the old German folktale, Sleeping Beauty, into a story about the ramifications of the Holocaust.
This is word document that provides a lesson plan.

Yolen, Jane
PS3575.O43 D48 1991 Check availability
PZ7.Y78 D48 2004 Check availability
PZ7.Y78 De 1990 Check availability
The Devil's Arithmetic
Gr. 4-8
Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Zibart, Rosemary
D808.Z533 2013 Check availability
Forced Journey: The Saga of Werner Berlinger
Gr. 6-8
Escaping Nazi-controlled Germany, Werner struggles to create a new life in New York City. At least Werner had a goal - get a foothold in America; a place to live, a home.

Zusak, Markus
PZ7.Z837 Boo 2006 Check availability
PZ7.Z837 Boo 2007 Check availability
The Book Thief
Gr. 9-12
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding as well as their neighbors.
Book discussion guide prepared for their One Book for Nebraska Teens program.


Graphic Novel Format


Dauvillier, Loic
PZ7.7.D37 Hi 2014 Check availability
Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust
Gr. 3-6
A grandmother shares the story of her experiences in WWII with her grandchild in this graphic novel for young readers.

Hess, Debra
D804.34.H4 2007 Check availability
Escape from Nazi Berlin
Gr. 4-5
Three Jewish children run from the Nazis. Will they make it to safety?

Heuvel, Eric
PT5881.18.E825 O513 2005 Check availability
A Family Secret
Gr. 5-8
Jeroen discovers a family secret hidden in his grandmother's attic.
This links to a PDF Teacher's Guide for the book, and two others, containing discussion questions on each as well as culminating activities.

Heuvel, Eric
PZ7.H444 Se 2009 Check availability
The Search
Gr. 5-8
After recounting her experience as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam during the Holocaust, Esther, helped by her grandson, embarks on a search to discover what happened to her parents before they died in a concentration camp.
This links to a PDF Teacher's Guide for the book, and two others, containing discussion questions on each as well as culminating activities.

Jablonski, Carla
PZ7.7.J18 Res 2010 Check availability
Resistance: Book 1
Gr. 7-12
Paul and Marie seem almost untouched by the war that ravishes the rest of France until they find themselves taking a stand by hiding their Jewish friend Henri after his parents disappear.

Kneece, Mark
PZ7.7.K65 De 2009 Check availability
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone: Deaths-Head Revisited
Gr. 6-9
A former Nazi concentration camp guard returns to Dachau to relive his memories of the war.

Pak, Greg
PN6728.X2 Check availability
X-Men: Magneto Testament
Gr. 7-up
The definitive origin story of one of Marvel's greatest icons begins with a silver chain and a crush on a girl - and quickly turns into a harrowing struggle for survival against the inexorable machinery of Hitler's Final Solution. Also includes In-Depth End notes and Teacher's Guide.

Spiegelman, Art
D810.J4 S643 1986 Check availability
D810.J4 S643 1986b Check availability
D810.J4 S643 1991 Check availability
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Gr. 9-12
The author-illustrator traces his father's imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp through a series of disarming and unusual cartoons arranged to tell the story as a graphic novel.

Spiegelman, Art
D804.3.S66 1991 Check availability
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
Gr. 9-12
In graphic novel format, the tale of the author's parents, Vladek and Anja, continues as Vladek survives Auschwitz, is reunited with Anja, and sires young Art.

Spiegelman, Art
DS135.P63 S68 1997 Check availability
The Complete Maus
Gr. 9-12
A son struggles to come to terms with the horrific story of his parents and their experiences during the Holocaust and in postwar America, in graphic novel format.


Audiovisual Resources:


Alan & Naomi
Feature Films for Families
PN1995.9.H53 A436 2003 Check availability
Rated: PG
In New York of the 1940's a boy tries to befriend a girl traumatized by Nazi brutality in France.
Run time: 87 minutes

Benno and the Night of Broken Glass
Dreamscape Media (audiobook)
PZ7.W7903 Ben 2015ab Check Availability
Gr. 1-3
A neighborhood cat observes the changes in German and Jewish families in Berlin during the period leading up to Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. This cat's-eye view introduced the Holocaust to children in a gentle way that can open discussion of this period.
Run time: 9 minutes

Book Thief, The
Listening Library (audiobook)
PZ7.Z837 Boo 2006c Check availability
Gr. 9-12
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding as well as their neighbors.
Run time: 830 minutes

Devil's Arithmetic, The
Showtime and Punch 21 and Millbrook Farm
PN1995.9.H53 D485 2002 Check availability
Not Rated
An American Jewish teenager dreams that she has been transported through time to a Polish concentration camp.
Run time: 97 minutes

Friendship in Vienna, A
Walt Disney Home Video
D804.17.V4 Check availability
Not Rated
Gr. 4-8
The special friendship between the daughter of a high-ranking Nazi and her Jewish schoolmate triumphs over discrimination in 1938 Vienna.
Run time: 94 minutes

Life is Beautiful
Miramax Films
PN1997.L544 1998 Check availability
Rated: PG-13
Gr. 8-12
A man must rely on his strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate.
Run time: 116 minutes

Life is Beautiful (Classroom Edition)
Miramax Films, Disney Educational Productions
PN1995.9.H53 L574 2009 Check availability
Rated: PG-13 (extra footage not rated)
This edition of the film includes public performance rights for classroom and educational use and an Educator's Guide on the disc.

Number the Stars
Listening Library/Playway (audiobook)
PZ7.L9673 Nu 2006d Check availability
Gr. 4-8
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Run time: 165 minutes


Articles & Websites:


Holocaust Remembered:
An Educator's Guide to Discussing the Holocaust and Using Literature to Learn from the Past
http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/pdf/holocaust/HolocaustRemembrance_EdGuide.pdf
A web resource for teachers discussing the Holocaust, this booklet includes teaching guides to facilitate class discussion and enhance students' understanding through guided readings of: Number the Stars, The Book Thief, The Boy in Striped Pajamas, Milkweed, and In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Survivor.