Best Teen & Young Adult Military History Books

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1. Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

Author: by Laura Hillenbrand
320 pages

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In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian’s courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history’s most thrilling survival epics.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.

So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics.

2. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))

Author: by Phillip Hoose
ISBN: 978-0374300227

Published at: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Illustrated edition (May 12, 2015)

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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.

3. WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration

Author: by Frank Abe
160 pages

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“Deftly upends the compliant narrative with impeccably documented stories of resistance and rebellion … Made urgent yet again, the trio’s courageous refusals to accept the U.S.Their! Government’s heinous miscarriage of justice should irrefutably embolden new generations … Their collective history will resonate with older teens.

Also highly recommended for high-school and college classrooms.” Terry Hong, Booklist It leaves you simultaneously furious, questioning ideas of loyalty and citizenship and deeply moved. May all of us learn, and share, these stories.” Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times Three voices.

Three acts of defiance.One mass injustice. The story of camp as you’ve never seen it before. Japanese Americans complied when evicted from their homes in World War II – but many refused to submit to imprisonment in American concentration camps without a fight.

In this groundbreaking graphic novel, meet JIM AKUTSU, the inspiration for John Okada’s No-No Boy, who refuses to be drafted from the camp at Minidoka when classified as a non-citizen, an enemy alien; HIROSHI KASHIWAGI, who resists government pressure to sign a loyalty oath at Tule Lake, but yields to family pressure to renounce his U.S.


The Light in Hidden Places

Author: by Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press
March 3, 2020

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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.

When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers, requisitioning Stefania’s house for the German army. With two Nazis below, thirteen hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.

5. No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II

Author: by Robert Weintraub
304 pages

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Discover an extraordinary tale of friendship and survival between a man and a dog in World War II in this young readers’ adaptation of the New York Times bestseller No Better Friend. No Better Friend tells the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain’s Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II.

Judy, who became the war’s only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy’s friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently unearthed stories of World War II.

As they discover Frank and Judy’s story in this specially adapted text, young readers will also learn about key World War II moments through informative and engaging sidebars, maps, photographs, and a timeline.

6. King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution

Author: by Steve Sheinkin
Square Fish
224 pages

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New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin gives young readers an American history lesson they’ll never forget in the fun and funny King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution, featuring illustrations by Tim Robinson.

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the YearA New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing What do the most famous traitor in history, hundreds of naked soldiers, and a salmon lunch have in common? They’re all part of the amazing story of the American Revolution.

Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn’t one of them. What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, ancedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle “naked as they were born”) close-up narratives filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals (“If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston” -George Washington), and action.

7. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

Author: by Steve Sheinkin
Square Fish
208 pages

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An astonishing World War II military story of civil rights from New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin. A National Book Award FinalistA YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction FinalistA School Library Journal Best Book of the YearOn July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away.

On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution. The Port Chicago 50 is a fascinating story of the prejudice and injustice that faced black men and women in America’s armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.

8. World War II History for Teens: Understanding the Major Battles, Military Strategy, and Arc of War (History for Teens series)

Author: by Benjamin Mack-Jackson
168 pages

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Explore WWII from the front lines in this teen history book Help history come alive in a way that’s easy for teens to connect with and enjoy. World War II History for Teens dives deep into the major battles, providing a core, compelling framework that allows teens to better understand what really happened during the war.

From the conquest of Europe all the way through the end of the Pacific Theater, they’ll get an up-close look at the course of the Second World War and learn how it created the world they live in today. World War II History for Teens includes: Key WWII battlesRead through detailed accounts of the most important battles, the moments that decided their outcomes, and how these results shaped the war.

Critical thinkingAn exciting narrative engages readers while also providing the information they need to draw their own conclusions about the impact of WWII. Closer looksWorld War II History for Teens helps readers go even deeper with special features on military technology, how many of the war’s key decisions were made, and more.

9. Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Scholastic Focus)

Author: by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
384 pages

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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

10. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Author: by Steve Sheinkin
Square Fish
400 pages

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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War is New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin’s award-winning nonfiction account of an ordinary man who wielded the most dangerous weapon: the truth. Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winnerA National Book Award finalistA Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon bookA Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature finalistSelected for the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ListIn 1964, Daniel Ellsberg was a U.S.

Government analyst, helping to plan a war in Vietnam. It was the height of the Cold War, and the government would do anything to stop the spread of communismwith or without the consent of the American people. As the fighting in Vietnam escalated, Ellsberg turned against the war.

He had access a top-secret government report known as the Pentagon Papers, and he knew it could blow the lid off of years of government lies. But did he have the right to expose decades of presidential secrets? And what would happen to him if he did it?

11. Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator

Author: by Bill O'Reilly
Henry Holt
320 pages

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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.

12. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles

Author: by Paul B. Janeczko
256 pages

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“A wealth of information in an engaging package.” Kirkus ReviewsEver since George Washington used them to help topple the British, spies and their networks have helped and hurt America at key moments in history. In this fascinating collection, Paul B.

Janeczko probes examples from clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage. Colorful personalities, daring missions, the feats of the loyal, and the damage of traitors are interspersed with a look at the technological advances that continue to change the rules of gathering intelligence.

Back matter includes source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

13. Going Solo

Author: by Roald Dahl
Puffin Books
240 pages

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From the bestselling author Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes an autobiographical account of his exploits as a World War II pilot! Superb stories, daring deeds, fantastic adventures! Learn all about Roald Dahl’s encounters with the enemy, his worldwide travels, the life-threatening injuries he sustained in a plane accident, and the rest of his sometimes bizarre, often unnerving, and always colorful adventures.

Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one of the world’s best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.

14. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

Author: by M.T. Anderson

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This ambitious and gripping work is narrative nonfiction at its best…. The book has all the intrigue of a spy thriller…. A must-have title with broad crossover appeal. School Library Journal (starred review)In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western historyalmost three years of bombardment and starvation.

Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, writing a symphony to rouse, rally, eulogize, and commemorate his fellow citizens: the Leningrad Symphony. This is the true story of a city under siege, the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds.

It is also a look at the powerand layered meaningof music in beleaguered lives. Symphony for the City of the Dead is a masterwork thrillingly told and impeccably researched by National Book Awardwinning author M.T.Anderson.

15. Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis

Author: by K. R. Gaddy
320 pages

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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.

16. Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

Author: by Elizabeth Partridge
224 pages

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“Partridge proves once again that nonfiction can be every bit as dramatic as the best fiction.”*America’s war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents.

More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad. The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it’s the personal stories of eight peoplesix American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugeethat create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground.

From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans’ struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam.