Historical Fiction: WWII Holocaust and Minorities


[This is a subtopic of World War II and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers.  For the full list and to see more info, click here. For photos of my visit to Dachau Concentration Camp, click here.]

Holocaust/Minorities/Concentration and Internment Camps

 Lower Grades (K-3)

  1. Anne Frank-Brown (3.4/0.5) Nonfiction
  2. Anne Frank-Davidson (4.6/1) Nonfiction
  3. Anne Frank: Voice of Hope-Woronoff (4.2/0.5) Nonfiction
  4. Baseball Saved Us-Mochizuki (3.9/0.5)
  5. The Bracelet-Uchida (4.0/.5)
  6. By the Hanukkah Light-Oberman (3.4/0.5)
  7. Home of the Brave-Say (2.8/0.5)
  8. Honey Cake-Stuchner (4.0/1)
  9. I Will Come Back for You: A Family in Hiding During World War II-Russo (3.6/0.5)
  10. Let the Celebrations Begin!-Wild (3.7/.5)
  11. The Lily Cupboard-Oppenheim (2.9/0.5)
  12. A Picture Book of Anne Frank-Adler (4.7/0.5) Nonfiction
  13. A Place Where Sunflowers Grow-Lee-Tai (3.9/0.5)
  14. The Secret Seder-Rappaport (3.9/0.5)
  15. So Far from the Sea-Bunting (3.4/0.5)
  16. Under One Flag: A Year at Rohwer-Parkhurst (4.5/0.5)
  17. Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story-Littlesugar (3.3/0.5)

 Middle Grades (4-8)

  1. Aleutian Sparrow-Hesse (5.7/2)
  2. Anna is Still Here-Vos (3.3/4)
  3. Anne Frank-Waxman (4.0/0.5) Nonfiction
  4. Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures from the Archives of the Anne Frank House-Metselaar (6.4/3) Nonfiction
  5. Anne Frank: Young Diarist-Ashby (5.1/4)  Nonfiction
  6. American Dreams-Banim (4.2/2)
  7. The Barbed Wires of Hate-Purcell (3.7/1)
  8. Behind Barbed Wire:The Story of Japanese American Internment During WWII-Perl (9.4/3)(nonfiction)
  9. Behind the Bedroom Wall-Williams (4.4/4)
  10. Caged Eagles-Walters (4.7/11)
  11. Clara’s War-Kramer (5.8/7)
  12. Daniel’s Story-Matas (4.9/5)
  13. The Devil’s Arithmetic-Yolen (4.6/6)*
  14. A Diamond in the Desert-Fitzmaurice (5/4)
  15. The Diary of Anne Frank-Goodrich (3.1/4)
  16. Emil and Karl-Glatshteyn (4.7/6)
  17. Escape from War-Riordan (5.0/5)
  18. Escape to the Forest: Based on a True Story of the Holocaust-Radin (4.4/2)
  19. Escaping into the Night-Friedman (4.4/6)
  20. Farewell to Manzanar-Houston (6.7/7)*
  21. A Father’s Promise-Hess (5.1/9)
  22. The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis-Larson (5.0/8)
  23. Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story-Perl  (7.3/4) (nonfiction)*
  24. Greater Than Angels-Matas (4.3/5)
  25. The Harmonica-Johnston (3.2/0.5)
  26. Hide and Seek-Vos (3.6/4)
  27. If I Should Die Before I Wake-Nolan (4.9/9)
  28. The Island on Bird Street-Oriev (4.6/7)
  29. Jacob’s Rescue: A Holocaust Story-Drucker (4.5/3)
  30. (My Name Is America) The Journal of Ben Uchida, Citizen 13559: Mirror Lake Internment Camp-Denenberg (5.2/4)*
  31. Jump into the Sky-Pearsall (5.8/13)
  32. Katarina-Winter (4.1/8)*
  33. The Key Is Lost-Vos (3.6/6)*
  34. The Lie that Had to Be-Palermo (4.2/3)
  35. Lisa-Matas (4.0/3)
  36. The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp-Lieurance (4.5/5)
  37. Lydia, Queen of Palestine-Orlev (4.6/6)*
  38. Marika-Cheng (4.1/5)
  39. Making Bombs for Hitler-Skrypuch (5.2/7)
  40. Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend-Gold (6.0/4) Nonfiction
  41. The Moon Bridge-Savin (3.9/5)
  42. My Canary Yellow Star-Wiseman (4.6/8)
  43. Mystery at Manzanar: A WWII Internment Camp Story-Fein (3.5/0.5)
  44. Naomi’s Road-Kogawa (3.4/2)
  45. The Night Crossing-Ackerman (5.3/1)
  46. Number the Stars-Lowry (4.5/4)*
  47. Obasan-Kogawa (6.6/12)
  48. Pearl Harbor Warriors: The Bugler, the Pilot, the Friendship-Nicholson (6.4/1) Nonfiction
  49. Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport-Hodge (6.6/2) Nonfiction
  50. The Secret Heroes-Mishek (3.6/1)
  51. The Shadow Children-Schnur (4.9/2) (Series)
  52. Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family-Denenberg (7.4/6) Nonfiction
  53. The Shining Prince-Grohman (4.7/4)
  54. Silver Days-Levitin (3.9/6)
  55. Simon Says-Griffis (5.6/8)
  56. The Stand-Rue (4.7/8) (Christian Heritage Series)
  57. Sylvia & Aki-Conkling (5.2/4)
  58. Tails of Flame-Holt (3..8/4)
  59. Thin Wood Walls-Patneaude (4.3/8)
  60. Twenty and Ten-Bishop (4.0/2)
  61. A Way Through the Sea-Elmer (5.0/7)
  62. Weedflower-Kadohata (4.8/7)
  63. When the Soldiers Were Gone-Propp (3.5/2)*
  64. Who Was Anne Frank?-Abramson (4.6/1) Nonfiction
  65. Yellow Star-Roy (4.3/3)

 Middle Grades+ (6+)

  1. Anne Frank-Schraff (5.4/1) Nonfiction
  2. Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography-Jacobson (5.3/3) Nonfiction (graphic novel)
  3. The Diary of a Young Girl-Frank (6.5/14)* Nonfiction
  4. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition-Frank (6.5/17)* (Nonfiction)
  5. Missing in Action-Hughes (3.9/7)
  6. Then-Gleitzman (3.8/5)
  7. Treasures from the Attic/Anne Frank’s Family-Pressler (7.5/20) Nonfiction
  8. What World Is Left-Polak (4.9/8)

 Upper Grades (9-12)

  1. Anne Frank and Me-Bennett (4.2/8)
  2. Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex-Frank (5.9/5)
  3. Annexed-Dogar (3.4/8)
  4. Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival-Kramer (6.1/18)
  5. The Children’s War-Charlesworth (5.3/22)
  6. The Fighter-Greif (4.6/7)
  7. The Final Journey-Pausewang (5.3/6)
  8. In My Enemy’s House-Matas (4.5/6)
  9. In the Presence of Mine Enemies-Turtledove (5.1/27) (alternative world – Hitler won)
  10. Journey Through the Night-De Vries (5.2/28)
  11. Journey to Topaz-Uchida (6.0/5)
  12. Malka-Pressler/Murdoch (5.9/12)
  13. Picture Bride-Uchida (6.5/12)
  14. A Pocket Full of Seeds-Sachs (4.6/4)
  15. Saints and Villains-Giardina (6.0/31)
  16. Star of Luis-Talbert (4.2/5)
  17. The Survivor in Us All: Four Young Sisters in the Holocaust-Rubinstein (5.5/10) Nonfiction
  18. Waiting for Anya-Morpurgo (5.1/6)
  19. When the Emperor Was Divine-Otsuka (5.0/5)

 

Photo of Dachau Concentration Camp, copyright Kelly Hulme

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gina says:

    Great list! I’m going to see if I can find some of these at our library as we are studying WWII right now. I would also add Number the Stars, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, We Fought Back: Teen Resisters of the Holocaust, The Hidden Girl, The Hiding Place, and Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of Miep Gies.

    1. Kelly says:

      Thanks for the suggestions! I can’t believe I don’t have Number the Stars on there! I’ll add them to my “to be added” list. 🙂

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