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Initial post: Oct 11, 2010 12:04:34 PM PDT
L. Long says:
I'm looking for suggestions of good historical fiction about world war 2 for my highschool senior daughter.

I would like suggestions about people, not battles or invasions. Specifically I am looking for stories based on real accounts of people trying to survive in war torn areas.

For example some of the titles that I have looked at and thought might work are:
Max & Helen by Simon Wiesenthal
Suite Francaise
Along the Tracks by Tamer Bergman
Domenic's War: A Story of the Battle of Monte Cassino by Curtis Parkinson
A Boy in War by Jan Degroot

I need more than one book for her. All but the first 2 that I listed are youth books and I was concerned they might be too young for her but they are the type of story that I am looking for.

I don't want anything with overly graphic sex/language/violence.

Thank you for your ideas!


Posted on Oct 11, 2010 5:28:15 PM PDT
Mr. E says:
You might try "The Painted Bird" by Jerzy Kosiski but I think there might be too much sexual and violent subject matter there.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2010 7:46:20 PM PDT
S. Violante says:
The Book Thief is an exelent one, and my favorite. It takes place in Germany it was authored by Markus Zusak

Innocent War (Hollywood Book Festival 2009 Honorable Mention) takes place in Lybia's Italian Colonies (I authored this one, a revised edition will be available in kindle in a couple of weeks, and in hard copy at the begining of next year)

both books have civilian's point of view. It is a depiction of war but through children points of view.

Susan Violante

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 7:32:28 AM PDT
Lilacteapot says:
Try Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher. 14 year old girl during WWII

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 8:30:20 AM PDT
Try The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I think it would be suitable for a high school senoir.
One of my favorite recent reads.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2010 8:43:02 AM PDT
A. Rosen says:
Dear Linda, I am the author of the memoir "Middle Andzia". When WII broke out in Poland I was seven. Poland was occupied first by Russia and then by Germany. After many escapes and eventually hiding in a cellar for 16 months with 25 others, I was liberated at age 12. Along the long way, form Poland to the USA I was rediscovering the world anew, living in different countries, and learning new languages. It is a story of a young girl's survival, her search for knowledge and about her recapturing bits of a lost childhood through her love of nature, dancing and horses.
I hope you will find it suitable for your daugter. Anda M. Rosen

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 10:28:35 AM PDT
L. Long says:
Thank you for the replies so far. She has already read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm excited to find some titles to research and see what might be best.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2010 10:35:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2010 10:36:09 AM PDT
L. Long says:
A. Rosen,

After reading the "see inside" pages of your book at Amazon and the reviews I definitely want to have your daughter read your book. And personally, I feel I will have to read it, too!

I haven't had time to look at the other suggestions yet but thank you for taking to respond to my post and even more let me thank you for taking time to write down for future generations your story. I eagerly look forward to getting it!

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 12:36:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2010 12:40:32 PM PDT
Selene says:
Chris Bohjalian's Skeletons at the Feast

I'd also suggest Ian Serrailler's "Silver Sword", which is a classic for older children

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 6:44:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2010 6:46:06 PM PDT
Geekamicus says:
Ok, not fiction but your daughter might find these very good books. The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Beer is a memoir of a Jewish woman who hid in plain sight by marrying a Nazi party member in Munich. Very interesting story. I also highly recommend The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, also a memoir, this one of a Dutch Christian family who hid Jews and got caught. It really describes life for two sisters in a concentration camp. It's a story of survival and forgiveness.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 10:44:44 AM PDT
L. Long says:
She (and I) have read The Hiding Place. I really love that book!

I'll check into the Officer's Wife. Seems like I saw a documentary available that may be about that.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 7:20:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2010 8:19:45 PM PDT
C. Hall says:
While We're Far Apart and A Woman's Place by Christian author Lynn Austin are wonderful and have no offensive elements such as language and sex in them.
While Still We Live by Helen McInness , I haven't read but it is on my TBR list as it is said to be amazing.

While We're Far Apart

A Woman's Place: A Novel

While Still We Live

Out of Harm's Way: The Wartime Evacuation of Children from Britain by Jessica Mann

Out of Harm's Way: The Wartime Evacuation of Children from Britain

A Child's War by David L. Gordon

A Child's War

A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo

A Bag of Marbles

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 9:25:16 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2011 1:48:02 PM PST
M. Bedell says:
I would recommend A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute. Also, a current book SARAH'S KEY.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 8:12:10 PM PST
Marjorie says:
A book about life in rural France during WWII: "Divided Loyalties," by Janet Teissier du Cros. The author is a Scotswoman married to a Frenchman. She was in Southwestern France with her children at her parents-in-law's house when the war broke out and was stuck there throughout the Occupation. Her husband, meanwhile, was called up and ended up in a POW camp. An interesting account of everyday life behind the lines. She never claims to have done anything heroic other than survive.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 9:36:52 AM PST
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