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?

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. 

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.

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 pretending to be fit, Vladek won't live long but the war has not ended...yet 

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. 

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...

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.

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