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Keyword: World War II

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Boyne, John (Author)
David Fickling Books 2016. 218 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Children and war, concentration camps, death, family life, friendship, Germany, Holocaust, soldiers, World War II
 
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From Anna

Little, Jean (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2012. 214 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, community, disabilities, family life, historical fiction, identity, love, overcoming adversity, self-esteem, social change, World War II
 
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The Navajo Code Talkers

Lewis, J. Patrick (Author)
Kelley, Gary (Illustrator)
Creative Editions 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: American history, cryptography, Indigenous peoples, languages, military history, Navajo, spies, war, World War II
 
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A Year of Borrowed Men

Barker, Michelle (Author)
Benoit, Renné (Illustrator)
Pajama Press 2015. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Childhood, Christmas, country life, family life, first-person narration, freedom, Germany, inclusion, prisoners, World War II
 
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

Riggs, Ransom (Author)
Jean, Cassandra (Illustrator)
Yen Press 2013. 272 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Abilities, acceptance, alternate history, fantasy, fathers and sons, friendship, grandfathers, identity, loss, orphans, supernatural, World War II
 
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Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Bruchac, Joseph (Author)
Penguin Random House 2006. 232 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: American history, cryptography, first-person narration, heroes, Indigenous peoples, military history, Navajo, oral tradition, spies, war, World War II
 
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Dogs of War

Keenan, Sheila (Author)
Fox, Nathan (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2013. 204 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adventure, animals and war, dogs, heroes, K9 units, military history, multiple stories, Vietnam War, war, World War I, World War II
 
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Heart of a Champion

Schwartz, Ellen (Author)
Tundra Books 2016. 258 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Baseball, brothers, Buddhism, Canadian history, discrimination, family life, friendship, internment, Japan, war, World War II
 
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Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport

Hodge, Deborah (Author)
Tundra Books 2012. 60 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Compassion, courage, danger, escape, Holocaust, humanitarianism, illustrations (photographs), journeys, Kindertransport, World War II
 
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Mr. Hiroshi’s Garden

Trottier, Maxine (Author)
Morin, Paul (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2006. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Canadian history, discrimination, gardens, human rights, internment, Japan, memories, World War II
 
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Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War

Hickman, Pamela (Author)
Cavalluzzo, Jean Smith (Author)
Lorimer 2012. 112 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Apologies, Canadian history, civil rights, discrimination, family life, fascism, illustrations (photographs), immigrants, internment, Italian Canadians, War Measures Act, World War II
 
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Terezín: Voices From the Holocaust

Thomson, Ruth (Author)
Candlewick Press 2013. 64 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Art, community, Czech Republic, discrimination, ghetto, illustrations (photographs), Jewish history, primary documents, survival, Terezin, war, World War II
 
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A Bag of Marbles

Joffo, Joseph (Author)
Kris (Author)
Bailly, Vincent (Illustrator)
Lerner 2013. 128 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Brothers, discrimination, family life, France, Jewish history, memoir, persecution, resourcefulness, street life, World War II
 
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The War That Saved My Life

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 316 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, England, families, first-person narration, foster parents, identity, loss, physical disabilities, self-esteem, transformation, World War II
 
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Seeking Refuge

Watts, Irene N. (Author)
Shoemaker, Kathryn E. (Illustrator)
Tradewind Books 2016. 136 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Children and war, courage, England, illustrations (black and white), illustrations (pencil), Jewish history, Kindertransport, refugees, resilience, war, World War II
 
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Erika’s Story

Vander Zee, Ruth (Author)
Innocenti, Roberto (Illustrator)
Creative Editions 2003. 24 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Holocaust, Jewish history, orphans, personal history, survival, World War II
 
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Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War

Tsuchiya, Yukio (Author)
Lewin, Ted (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1997. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, elephants, Japan, peace, war, World War II, zoos
 
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Rose Blanche

Innocenti, Roberto (Author/Illustrator)
Gallaz, Christophe (Author)
Creative Editions 2005. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Compassion, concentration camps, discrimination, kindness, multiple voices, war, World War II
 
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Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion

Barclay, Jane (Author)
Benoit, Renné (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2009. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family history, grandfathers, intergenerational relationships, memories, Remembrance Day, similes, war, World War II
 
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Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

Anderson, M.T. (Author)
Candlewick Press 2015. 456 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Art, Communism, Dmitri Shostakovich, history, music, narrative non-fiction, politics, Russia, World War II
 
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Mrs. Marlowe’s Mice

Asch, Frank (Author)
Asch, Devin (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2007. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Allegories, cats, differences, Holocaust, mice, symbolism, World War II
 
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Hana’s Suitcase

Levine, Karen (Author)
Second Story Press 2002. 111 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Children and war, concentration camps, Holocaust, illustrations (photographs), Jewish history, World War II
 
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Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II

Brewster, Hugh (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2013. 48 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Canadian history, Dieppe, France, loss, military history, Remembrance Day, soldiers, war, World War II
 
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The Harmonica

Johnston, Tony (Author)
Mazellan, Ron (Illustrator)
Charlesbridge 2008. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Concentration camps, Franz Schubert, historical fiction, Holocaust, hope, Jewish history, music, resilience, World War II
 
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Sadako

Coerr, Eleanor (Author)
Young, Ed (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1997. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cancer, goals, hope, origami, peace, Sadako Sasaki, war, World War II
 
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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

de la Peña, Matt (Author)
Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, boxing, heroes, Joe Louis, overcoming adversity, racism, sports, World War II
 
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The Butterfly

Polacco, Patricia (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2009. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Courage, France, friendship, Holocaust, resilience, survival, World War II
 
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So Far From the Sea

Bunting, Eve (Author)
Soentpiet, Chris K. (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family history, heritage, internment, war, World War II
 
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