Best Teen & Young Adult Holocaust Historical Fiction Books
Here you will get Best Teen & Young Adult Holocaust Historical Fiction Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
1. The Book Thief
Author: by Markus Zusak
Survive.At any cost. 10 concentration camps. 10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly. It’s something no one could imagine surviving. But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face. As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over.
Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner – his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087. He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him.
He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later. Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will – and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?
Based on an astonishing true story.
3. Between Shades of Gray
Author: by Ruta Sepetys
An international bestseller, a #1 New York Times bestseller, and now a major motion picture! Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray is now the film Ashes in the Snow!”Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.” -The Washington PostFrom New York Times and international bestseller and Carnegie Medal winner Ruta Sepetys, author of Salt to the Sea, comes a story of loss and of fear – and ultimately, of survival.
A New York Times notable bookAn international bestsellerA Carnegie Medal nominee A William C. Morris Award finalistA Golden Kite Award winner Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life – until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart.
Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing.
Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?
4. Girl in the Blue Coat
Author: by Monica Hesse
The bestselling, “gripping” (Entertainment Weekly), “powerful” (Hypable), “utterly thrilling” (Paste. Com) winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, perfect for readers of Kristin Hannah and Ruta SepetysAmsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded.
She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room.
Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.
5. The Light in Hidden Places
Author: by Sharon Cameron
The extraordinary story of Stefania Podgrska, a Polish teenager who chose bravery and humanity by hiding thirteen Jews in her attic during WWII, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sharon Cameron – now a Reese’s Book Club YA Pick! One knock at the door, and Stefania has a choice to make…
It is 1943, and for four years, sixteen-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemysl, Poland, singing her way into their lives and hearts. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio – a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.
But everything changes when the German army invades Przemysl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania is alone in an occupied city, the only one left to care for Helena, her six-year-old sister. And then comes the knock at the door.
Izio’s brother Max has jumped from the train headed to a death camp. Stefania and Helena make the extraordinary decision to hide Max, and eventually twelve more Jews. Then they must wait, every day, for the next knock at the door, the one that will mean death.
The Librarian of Auschwitz (Special Edition)
Author: by Antonio Iturbe
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, the award-winning The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
This edition includes a Q&A with Dita Kraus and discussion questions. As a young girl, Dita is imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken from her home in Prague in 1939, Dita does her best to adjust to the constant terror of her new reality.
But even amidst horror, human strength and ingenuity persevere. When Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch entrusts Dita with eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak into the camp, She embraces the responsibilityand so becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. From one of the darkest chapters in history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.
7. Code Name Verity
Author: by Elizabeth Wein
The beloved #1 New York Times bestseller, a “fiendishly plotted” (New York Times) “heart-in-your mouth adventure” (Washington Post), that “will take wing and soar into your heart” (Laurie Halse Anderson).Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends.
One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare.
Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane.
On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? A universally acclaimed Michael L.
8. They Went Left
Author: by Monica Hesse
The New York Times bestselling, Sydney Taylor Honor winning, critically acclaimed tour de force historical mystery from Monica Hesse, author of Girl in the Blue Coat Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman.
Her body has barely begun to heal, her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Everyone elseher parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Majathey went left. Zofia’s last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation.
9. Milkweed (Random House Reader's Circle)
Author: by Jerry Spinelli
A stunning novel of the Holocaust from Newbery Medalist, Jerry SpinelliHe’s a boy called Jew.Gypsy.Stopthief. Filthy son of Abraham. He’s a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He’s a boy who steals food for himself, and the other orphans.
He’s a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels. He’s a boy who wants to be a Nazi, with tall, shiny jackboots of his own-until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. And when the trains come to empty the Jews from the ghetto of the damned, he’s a boy who realizes it’s safest of all to be nobody.
Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable-Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II-and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young Holocaust orphan.
10. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Author: by John Boyne
December 18, 2008
Two young boys encounter the best and worst of humanity during the Holocaust in this powerful read that USA Today called “as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank. Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates.
His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
11. White Rose
Author: by Kip Wilson
Versify (April 2, 2019)
In a searing indictment of silent complicity, White Rose shines a light on one remarkable young woman’s insistence on the power of truth, no matter the cost. A timely call to resistance. Joy McCullough, author of Blood Water Paint White Rose is a resonant testament to courage.
In a time of horrific brutality, young people found a nonviolent way to resist. Told in the form of poetry, the story of their hopes is honored and brought back to life, still relevant today, when regimes that spread hatred are once again thriving, and words are our most powerful defensive weapon.
Margarita Engle, author of Newbery Honoree The Surrender Tree and 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate. “Both heart-wrenching and inspiring, Sophie Scholl’s story, as retold by Kip Wilson in White Rose, is a stunning reminder to stand against evil, even when you stand alone.
This is the kind of book that sticks in your heart long after you’ve finished. An incredible story of heroism incredibly told.” Mackenzi Lee, author of New York Times Bestseller The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue “White Rose is a deftly plotted, absorbing read.
12. Once (Once Series, 1)
Author: by Morris Gleitzman
Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war, and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business.
And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them-straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him.
Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage’s outdated library. But as Felix’s journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain. Despite his grim suroundings, Felix never loses hope.
Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.
13. The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
Author: by Esther Hautzig
This is the remarkable true story of a family during one of the bleakest periods in history, a story that “radiates optimism and the resilience of the human spirit” (Washington Post). In June 1941, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians.
They are accused of being capitalists, enemies of the people. Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields, working in the mines, and struggling to stay alive.
But in the middle of hardship and oppression, the strength of their small family sustains them and gives them hope for the future. The first winner of the Sydney Taylor Awards was Esther Hautzig’s The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, and 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of this powerful classic.
NOTE:Now with new cover
14. This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II
Author: by Andrew Fukuda
Winner of the American Library Association’s Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature For readers of The Librarian Of Auschwitz, This Light Between Us is a powerfully affecting story of World War II about the unlikeliest of pen palsa Japanese American boy and a French Jewish girlas they fight to maintain hope in a time of war.
I remember visiting Manzanar and standing in the windswept plains where over ten thousand internees were once imprisoned, their voices cut off. I remember how much I wanted to write a story that did right by them. Hopefully this book delivers.
Andrew FukudaIn 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki from Bainbridge Island, Washington is disgusted when he’s forced to become pen pals with Charlie Lvy of Paris, Francea girl. He thought she was a boy. In spite of Alex’s reluctance, their letters continue to fly across the Atlanticand along with them, the shared hopes and dreams of friendship.
Until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the growing Nazi persecution of Jews force them to confront the darkest aspects of human nature. From the desolation of an internment camp on the plains of Manzanar to the horrors of Auschwitz and the devastation of European battlefields, the only thing they can hold onto are the memories of their letters.
15. The Berlin Boxing Club
Author: by Robert Sharenow
Balzer + Bray
Sydney Taylor Award-winning novel Berlin Boxing Club is loosely inspired by the true story of boxer Max Schmeling’s experiences following Kristallnacht. Publishers Weekly called it “a masterful historical novel” in a starred review. Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew; after all, he’s never even been in a synagogue.
But the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin don’t care that Karl’s family doesn’t practice religion. Demoralized by their attacks against a heritage he doesn’t accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth. Then Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German hero, makes a deal with Karl’s father to give Karl boxing lessons.
A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but now it seems like the perfect chance to reinvent himself. But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: family protector. And as Max’s fame forces him to associate with Nazi elites, Karl begins to wonder where his hero’s sympathies truly lie.
16. La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
Author: by Markus Zusak
No te pierdas El puente de Clay, la primera novela de Markus Zusak desde La ladrona de libros. Una novela preciosa, tremendamente humana y emocionante, que describe las peripecias de una nia alemana de nueve aos desde que es dada en adopcin por su madre hasta el final de la II Guerra Mundial.
Rase una vez un pueblo donde las noches eran largas y la muerte contaba su propia historia. En el pueblo viva una nia que quera leer, un hombre que tocaba el acorden y un joven judo que escriba bellos cuentos para escapar del horror de la guerra.
Al cabo de un tiempo, la nia se convirti en una ladrona que robaba libros y regalaba palabras. Con estas palabras se escribi una historia hermosa y cruel que ahora ya es una novela inolvidable. ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONDON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. When Death has a story to tell, you listen.It is 1939.Nazi Germany.