Best Teen & Young Adult European History Books
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1. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))
Author: by Phillip Hoose
A Robert F.Sibert Informational Book Honor WinnerAt the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not.
Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance.
Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is National Book Award winner Phillip Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes. This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.
2. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))
Author: by Candace Fleming
Schwartz & Wade
[A] superb history…. In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic… ; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
The Wall Street Journal Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovsat once an intimate portrait of Russia’s last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia’s poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.”An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire.” Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire”For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience.” Booklist, Starred”Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect.” The Horn Book, StarredWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult LiteratureWinner of the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award for NonfictionA Robert F.
3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Young Adult edition – including new foreword and Q+A by the author: the heart-breaking and unforgettable international bestseller
Author: by Heather Morris
Young Adult edition – including new foreword and Q+A by the author plus further additional materialThe incredible bestselling true story. For readers of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank Heart-breaking – a tale of love and survival amidst the horrors of AuschwitzHuman – the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust – the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners’ armsInspirational – the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstancesUnforgettable – a story untold for over seventy years is finally sharedLife-affirming – one man’s determination to survive and live a full life with the woman he lovedFully verified – Lale Sokolov’s background and story has been fact-checked against all available documentary evidenceThe StoryThe Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz.
When Lale, given the job of tattooing the prisoners, saw Gita waiting in line, it was love at first sight. In that moment he determined to keep them both alive. This is a story of hope and of courage.
4. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Scholastic Focus)
Author: by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
A Newbery and Sibert Honor Book! A riveting and often chilling story of Germany’s powerful Hitler Youth. A PB edition in an accessible new novel-sized reformat for Scholastic Focus! In this Newbery Honor and Sibert Honor award-winning book, Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores the riveting and often chilling story of Germany’s powerful Hitler Youth groups.
By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3. 5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people.
Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.”I begin with the young. We older ones are used up … But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys!What material! With them, I can create a new world.” – Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933
5. Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator
Author: by Bill O'Reilly
By early 1945, the destruction of the German Nazi State seems certain. The Allied forces, led by American generals George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, are gaining control of Europe, leaving German leaders scrambling. Facing defeat, Adolf Hitler flees to a secret bunker with his new wife, Eva Braun, and his beloved dog, Blondi.
It is there that all three would meet their end, thus ending the Third Reich and one of the darkest chapters of history. Hitler’s Last Days is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the 20th centurya man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today.
Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s historical thriller Killing Patton, this book will have young readersand grown-ups toohooked on history. This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.
6. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
Author: by Deborah Heiligman
From the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love. The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friendTheo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life.
They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.
Praise for Vincent and Theo:Printz Honor BookYALSA Nonfiction Award WinnerSCBWI Golden Kite WinnerBoston GlobeHorn Book Awards Winner, Nonfiction Cybils Senior High Nonfiction Award Winner “A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love.” Kirkus, starred review”A breathtaking achievement that will leave teens eager to learn more.” School Library Journal, starred review
7. Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis
Author: by K. R. Gaddy
The true story of the Edelweiss Pirates, working-class teenagers who fought the Nazis by whatever means they could. Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean were classic outsiders: their clothes were different, their music was rebellious, and they weren’t afraid to fight. But they were also Germans living under Hitler, and any nonconformity could get them arrested or worse.
As children in 1933, they saw their world change. Their earliest memories were of the Nazi rise to power and of their parents fighting Brownshirts in the streets, being sent to prison, or just disappearing. As Hitler’s grip tightened, these three found themselves trapped in a nation whose government contradicted everything they believed in.
And by the time they were teenagers, the Nazis expected them to be part of the war machine. Fritz, Gertrud, and Jean and hundreds like them said no. They grew bolder, painting anti-Nazi graffiti, distributing anti-war leaflets, and helping those persecuted by the Nazis.
Their actions were always dangerous. The Gestapo pursued and arrested hundreds of Edelweiss Pirates. In World War II’s desperate final year, some Pirates joined in sabotage and armed resistance, risking the Third Reich’s ultimate punishment. This is their story.
8. Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845–1850
Author: by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
July 29, 2014
Sibert Award Winner: This true story of five years of starvation in Ireland is a fascinating account of a terrible time (Kirkus Reviews). In 1845, a disaster struck Ireland. Overnight, a mysterious blight attacked the potato crops, turning the potatoes black and destroying the only real food of nearly six million people.
Over the next five years, the blight attacked again and again. These years are known today as the Great Irish Famine, a time when one million people died from starvation and disease and two million more fled their homeland. Black Potatoes is the compelling story of men, women, and children who defied landlords and searched empty fields for scraps of harvested vegetables and edible weeds to eat, who walked several miles each day to hard-labor jobs for meager wages and to reach soup kitchens, and who committed crimes just to be sent to jail, where they were assured of a meal.
It’s the story of children and adults who suffered from starvation, disease, and the loss of family and friends, as well as those who died. Illustrated with black and white engravings, it’s also the story of the heroes among the Irish people and how they held on to hope.
9. The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century (Scholastic Focus)
Author: by Neal Bascomb
Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters, returns with a thrilling work of narrative nonfiction about a group of Allied POWs who staged an escape for the ages during World War I. Three starred reviews! Illustrated throughout with incredible photographs and published on the 100th anniversary of the Holzminden escape!
At the height of World War I, as battles raged in the trenches and in the air, another struggle for survival was being waged in the most notorious POW camp in all of Germany: Holzminden. A landlocked Alcatraz of sorts, it was home to the most troublesome Allied prisoners – and the most talented at escape.
The Grand Escape tells the remarkable tale of a band of pilots who pulled off an ingenious plan and made it out of enemy territory in the biggest breakout of WWI, inspiring their countrymen in the darkest hours of the war.
10. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Revised and in Full Color
Author: by David Macaulay
A 1974 Caldecott Honor Book Readers worldwide recognize Caldecott Medal winner David Macaulay’s imaginary Cathedral of Chutreaux. This critically acclaimed book has been translated into a dozen languages and remains a classic of children’s literature and a touchstone for budding architects.
Cathedral’s numerous awards include a prestigious Caldecott Honor and designation as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Macaulay’s intricate pen-and-ink illustrations. Journey back to centuries long ago and visit the fictional people of twelfth-, thirteenth-, and fourteenth-century Europe whose dreams, like Cathedral, stand the test of time.
This title has been selected as a Common Core text exemplar (Grades 68, Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Studies).
11. Bridge of Souls: 3 (City of Ghosts)
Author: by Victoria Schwab
#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab invites readers to New Orleans in this instalment of her thrillingly spooky City of Ghosts series! Where there are ghosts, Cassidy Blake follows … Unless it’s the other way around? Cass might have this ghost hunting thing down.
After all, she and her ghost best friend Jacob have survived two haunted cities while travelling for her parents’ TV show. But nothing can prepare Cass for New Orleans, a city bursting with old magic, secret societies, and scary sances.
And the biggest surprise? An enemy she never expected to face: a messenger of Death itself. Is Cass up to the challenge – and what will she have to lose to win? A spooky, page-turning story combining ghostly hauntings, friendship and history Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Laini Taylor Don’t miss City of Ghosts (Book 1) and Tunnel of Bones (Book 2) by Victoria Schwab.
12. The Story of Britain from the Norman Conquest to the European Union
Author: by Patrick Dillon
Stunningly illustrated by P.J. Lynch, Patrick Dillon’s accessible narrative brings the dramatic history of a nation to life. The history of Britain is a thrilling story of kings and queens, battles and truces, discoveries and inventions, expansion and diplomacy.
From William the Conqueror’s arrival in 1066 to the end of the twentieth century, The Story of Britain celebrates the rich diversity of a people and culture, as well as the events, good and bad, that have shaped Britain and the world over the past thousand years.
Royals, commoners, warriors, and scientists have all had parts to play, and each of their stories is told here in lively, lucid language appropriate for a young audience. Timelines summarize each era in a quick-view format between each section, while bite-size chapters and full-color plates make this history easy to pick up and hard to put down.
13. Famous Men Of The Renaissance & Reformation
Author: by Robert G. Shearer
An unusual and thought-provoking collection of biographies that tell the story of the two great movements in European history that ushered in modern times. Many of the figures will be familiar (Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Luther) but there are some unusual and intriguing choices as well (Machiavelli, Cesare Borgia, and Michael Sattler, for example).
The text covers the period in Western European history from 1300-1550, and also includes chapters on Giotto, Botticelli, Savonarola, Drer, Erasmus, Wyclif, Hus, Calvin, Zwingli, Tyndale and Knox. Includes over 75 b&w images of the men, women and works of art that distinguish this period of history.
29 chapters, 192 pages.
14. World War Two: Under the Shadow of the Swastika (Campfire Graphic Novels)
Author: by Lewis Helfand
This volume of Campfire’s graphic history of World War II deals with the war in Europe from the rise of the Nazis through to May 1945 and VE Day. World War II shows the effects of the war on the soldiers, the refugees, the victims and protagonists of the most terrible conflict the world has ever known.
In a world that is forgetting the lessons history has to teach, this book is a reminder of the horrors that come from intolerance. In the 1930s, a great evil was rising in the heart of Europe, a threat unlike any seen before.
German leader Adolf Hitler, a madman bent on world domination, was raising an army and growing more violent by the day. The world knew that Hitler had to be stopped. But fearing a war, this growing threat of Hitler’s Nazi army was left unchecked.
The world simply watched as Germany sank into darkness. The world merely prayed that war would not breach their borders.The world waited. And they waited too long. As cities fell to ruin and millions were slaughtered, the growing darkness of Hitler and his Nazi empire branched out far beyond Europeto Asia and Africa and Americaand soon threatened to claim the entire world.
15. A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust
Author: by Albert Marrin
From National Book Award Finalist Albert Marrin comes the moving story of Janusz Korczak, the heroic Polish Jewish doctor who devoted his life to children, perishing with them in the Holocaust. Janusz Korczak was more than a good doctor.He was a hero.
The Dr. Spock of his day, he established orphanages run on his principle of honoring children and shared his ideas with the public in books and on the radio. He famously said that “children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today.” Korczak was a man ahead of his time, whose work ultimately became the basis for the U.N.
Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Korczak was also a Polish Jew on the eve of World War II. He turned down multiple opportunities for escape, standing by the children in his orphanage as they became confined to the Warsaw Ghetto.
Dressing them in their Sabbath finest, he led their march to the trains and ultimately perished with his children in Treblinka. But this book is much more than a biography. In it, renowned nonfiction master Albert Marrin examines not just Janusz Korczak’s life but his ideology of children: that children are valuable in and of themselves, as individuals.