Book list

Second World War

You may feel that you don't really want to read about the Second World War, in case it's too upsetting for you. But it did happen, and it happened to children as well as adults. All these books are set in real situations, though they aren't necessarily true. I promise you, there is nothing in the recommendations for younger readers to give you nightmares. You may have to be a bit tougher to read some of the recommendations for older readers.

Books for older readers

Other Echoes by Adele Geras

Flora, living in Borneo, finds there is more to life than being frightened of spiders and snakes . . . and some things you just needn't fear at all.

Daisy Chain War by Joan O'Neill

Growing up pains in Ireland during the Second World War.

Dreaming in Black and White by Reinhardt Jung

How it was to be a disabled child in the Third Reich.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Away from his deprived and brutal background in London, Willie Beech is thrown a lifeline when he is evacuated to the country.

I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson

The memoir of Elli Friedman, who recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage inmates of Auschwitz.

Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter

A tale of two boys in Hitler's Germany - one boy is German, the other is a German Jew.

The Machine-Gunners by Robert Westall

Children capture a German machine-gun, but their dream of defending their fortress against the German invasion turns into a nightmare.