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4 Living Books About War for Young Readers



From children to spies, these books show the different experiences during the World Wars for younger readers.


Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II by Marisabina Russo


From Amazon: Rachel's Oma (her grandmother) has two picture albums. In one the photographs show only happy times -- from after World War II, when she and her daughters had come to America. But the other album includes much sadder times from before -- when their life in Germany was destroyed by the Nazis' rise to power.

For as long as Rachel can remember, Oma has closed the other album when she's gotten to the sad part. But today Oma will share it all. Today Rachel will hear about what her grandmother, her mother, and her aunts endured. And she'll see how the power of this Jewish family's love for one another gave them the strength to survive.

Marisabina Russo illuminates a difficult subject for young readers with great sensitivity. Based on the author's own family history, Always Remember Me is a heartbreaking -- and inspiring -- book sure to touch anyone who reads it.



Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot Hardcover by Margot Theis Raven


From Amazon: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy that Dropped from the Sky. Life was grim in 1948 West Berlin, Germany. Josef Stalin blockaded all ground routes coming in and out of Berlin to cut off West Berliners from all food and essential supplies. Without outside help, over 2.2 million people would die. Thus began the Berlin Airlift, a humanitarian rescue mission that utilized British and American airplanes and pilots to fly in needed supplies. As one of the American pilots participating in the Airlift mission, Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen helped to provide not only nourishment to the children but also gave them a reason to hope for a better world. From one thoughtful, generous act came a lifelong relationship between Lt. Gail and the children of Berlin. This is the true story of a seven-year-old girl named Mercedes who lived in West Berlin during the Airlift and of the American who came to be known as the Chocolate Pilot. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen's evocative paintings illuminate Margot Theis Raven's powerful story of hope, friendship and remembrance.


The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake by Peter Gouldthorpe


From Booktopia: The Gestapo called her The White Mouse - and they wanted her, dead or alive. Nancy Wake was an Australian who joined the French Resistance during World War II and became the most wanted woman in France. Parachuting behind enemy lines, blowing up bridges and smuggling refugees across borders, Nancy fought fiercely against the enemy and became the most decorated Australian woman in any war.



The Crummy War of Henrietta Eloise Parsons Age Nine by Linda Ruth Brooks


From Amazon: It’s 1914 and nine year old Henrietta Eloise Parsons is sick of a war that’s only just getting started. Father, a senior editor at the Sydney Morning Herald is hardly ever seen without a newspaper in front of his frowning face, and Mother has suddenly taken an interest in activities she haughtily refers to as The War Effort. As far as Henrietta can see, this involves a lot of high teas, committees about cake, how to motivate housewives to knit socks for soldiers and make care packages for the troops.


The war has been called The Great War as if it was an event like the Olympic Games, with parades, medals and ribbons. As far as Henrietta is concerned, it’s a crummy war. It’s just like a schoolyard brawl where all the boys join in, with torn shirts, bloody noses and filthy uniforms from rolling in the dirt, then, when they’re lined up in the principal’s office none of them can remember why they were fighting or what stupid thing started the whole mess.


Henrietta’s parents have decided that she will spend the duration of war far away in the country in South Australia with her grandparents, who she hardly remembers. To be sent away with her mother’s silly maid, Daisy, is enough to push Henrietta to the end of her puny patience. But go she must. To a small country town where nothing is as she expected.




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