Goodnight Mr Tom

By Michelle Magorian

This book follows a young boy called William (Will) through World War II. When he gets evacuated to the country side, he stays with Mr Tom. The boy is scared and upset as his Mother didn't treat him well. After a while he grows trustful and healthy but then a disaster happens. Will Mr Tom and Will ever meet again?

"This is such an emotional book and it really makes you feel like you were an evacuee yourself. It is quite moving to think that lots of children had to be moved to different houses, go to different schools, make new friends and some that people never actually got to see their parents again."

A Medal for Leroy

By Michael Morpurgo

Micheal doesn't who has never known his father. He was an RAF Pilot lost to the war. None of his relatives want to mention him but when his Auntie Snowdrop gives Micheal a photo and a medal, a story of family, war and love begins to unfold before them.

 

"This heartbreaking story of loss, love and truth goes deep. It is almost as if with every page that you turn you know more about everything: the characters, the world, reality, A diamond of a story by Micheal Morpurgo, captured beautifully."

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

By John Boyne

Jewish persecution, war and the Nazis play a major role in this book as we walk with Bruno through WW2 and the discoveries he makes along the way. This is a moving book all about a young boy's discoveries in the war.

"Even though the theme of this book is extremely sad and serious, Boyne has written it in a way that makes it easy and enjoyable to read. It shows the war through the point of view of an 8-year old German boy who cannot understand why he is separated from his friend in the striped pyjamas by a tall barbed-wire fence."

MAUS

By Art Spiegelman

Vladek has a normal life until the war. He enrolls to become a soldier but is soon sent to a German war prison with scarcely any food he escapes to find his wife pale and sickly thin. As he hides in cellars and hidden rooms, smugglers promise an escape to Hungary in a safe world. However, he was tricked. Life in the concentration camp is tough and being on the brink of craziness, Vladek has a drop of hope. Surviving by lies, Vladek won't live long but the war has not ended...yet

 

"This is a book which captures the trauma suffered by Jews in World War 2 and leaves you with a ghostly picture." 

OUR CASTLE BY THE SEA

By Lucy Strange

11 year old Pet has grown up in a lighthouse at Dover with her parents and her older sister. But when war comes, her family is torn apart. Pet must be brave enough to find out why.

"This book talks about about treachery and kindness. It is shocking to see how people you thought were good can actually turn out to be the ones that turn against you. The story is so hooking it won't let you lift your head up until you have turned the last page."

ROSE BLANCHE

By Ian McEwan and Roberto Innocenti 

WW2. Rose lives in a small town in Nazi Germany. She sees what is going on and decides to do something...

"This deeply moving story touches you right to the bone, an absolute gem. As you follow Rose’s journey, you have no choice but to feel guilty about what these tens of thousands of children had to go through."

MY UNCLE'S DUNKIRK

By Mick Manning and Brita Granström

This book lets you venture from the familiarity of a seaside holiday to the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 where one of the most tragic events in the history of Britain occurred.

"Mick Manning’s book goes perfectly to the description and illustrations. This book shows the inquisitivity of a young child and an incredible story of WW2. It is a real must-read."

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