Historical Fiction: WWII Home Front


[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.]

Setting/Home Fronts/Occupied Land

 Lower Grades (K-3)

  1. Across the Blue Pacific: A World War II Story-Borden (4.6/0.5)
  2. All Those Secrets of the World-Yolen (3.5/0.5)
  3. Anna’s Goat-Keefer (4.4/0.5)
  4. Children of the World War II Home Front-Whitman (5.3/0.5)
  5. Coming on Home Soon-Woodson (2.9/0.5)
  6. Ellen: The Waiting Time-Harris (4.7/2)
  7. Far from Home-Wishinsky (3.6/1)
  8. Flags-Trottier (3.4/0.5)
  9. How I Learned Geography-Shulevitz (4.4/0.5)
  10. Just Like New-Manson (4.8/0.5)
  11. Lily’s Victory Garden-Wilbur (5.4/0.5)
  12. The Lion and the Unicorn-Hughes (4.1/1)
  13. Lisette’s Angel-Littlesugar (3.1/0.5)
  14. Love You, Soldier-Hest (3.4/1)
  15. Mama Played Baseball-Adler (2.7/0.5)
  16. One Room School-Pringle (4.8/0.5)
  17. One Splendid Tree-Helmer (3.6/0.5)
  18. The Peace Bell-Preus (4.1/0.5)
  19. Pennies in a Jar-Chaconas (2.9/0.5)
  20. Players in Pigtails-Corey (3.4/0.5)
  21. Primrose Day-Haywood (3.8/3)
  22. Rebekkah’s Journey: A WWII Refugee StoryBurg (4.4/0.5)
  23. Rose Blanche-Gallaz (3.2/0.5)
  24. Tara’s Tree House-Dunmore (3.3/0.5)

 Middle Grades (4-8)

  1. The 1940’s: Secrets-Hoobler (5.0/4)
  2. All the Children Were Sent Away-Garrigue (4.5/5)
  3. Aniela Kaminski’s Story: A Voyage from Poland During World War II-Pastore (4.4/6)
  4. Annie’s Promise-Levitin (4.3/7)
  5. The Art of Keeping Cool-Lisle (5.0/7)*
  6. Autumn Street-Lowry (5.1/6)
  7. Bat 6 -Wolff (5.1/8)*
  8. Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook-Patt (5.1/2)
  9. Blitz-Cross (5.4/4)
  10. Blood Moon Rider-Waters (6.6/6)
  11. Born To Fly-Ferrari (4.3/6)
  12. A Boy No More-Mazer* (3.5/4)
  13. Carrie’s War-Bawden (5.3/6)
  14. The Coastwatcher-Weston (4.0/4)
  15. The Cookcamp-Paulsen (5.0/3)
  16. Crossing the Trestle-Slate (4.5/4)
  17. Dancing in the Streets of Brooklyn-Lurie (4.2/6)
  18. Daughter of Light-Attema (3.8/2)
  19. Dear Papa-Ylvisaker (4.6/4)
  20. Diamonds in the Sky-Wright (2.4/0.5)
  21. The Discovery-Rue (4.8/8)
  22. Dive Through the Wave-Towne (6.2/4)
  23. The Dog in the Wood-Schroder (4.7/5)
  24. Doing Our Part: American Women on the Home Front During World War II-Sinnott (7.8/1) Nonfiction
  25. The Doll with the Yellow Star-McDonough (5.0/2)
  26. Don’t You Know There’s a War On?-Avi (3.6/4)*
  27. Elin’s Island-Copeland (5.4/6)
  28. Ellen: A Time for Courage-Harris (4.3/2)
  29. Ellen: The Wishing Time-Harris (4.0/1)
  30. Escape from War-Riordan (5.0/5)
  31. The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito-Garrigue (4.2/5)
  32. Dear Canada: Exiles from the War: The War Guests Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss-Little (4.8/7)
  33. Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People and War-Tsuchiya (4.4/0.5)
  34. A Family Secret-Heuvel (3.2/1)
  35. Flames of the Tiger-Wilson (5.2/5)
  36. The Feester Filibuster-Griffis (5.6/7)
  37. Foster’s War-Reeder (5.9/9)*
  38. Gingersnap-Giff (3.8/4)
  39. The Girls They Left Behind-Hunter (4.8/5)
  40. The Good Liar-Maguire (5.1/3)
  41. Good Night, Mr. Tom-Magorian (4.8/12)
  42. Goodbye, Charley-Buchanan (4.4/6)
  43. The Greatest Skating Race: A WWII Story from the Netherlands-Borden  (4.9/1)
  44. Happy Birthday, Molly! A Springtime Story-Tripp (3.5/1)
  45. Hero-Attema (3.8/2)
  46. Hockeybat Harris-Bilson (4.4/5)
  47. Homefront-Gwaltney (4.0/10)
  48. The Home Front During WWII in American History-Stein (7.6/3) Nonfiction
  49. Is it Night or Day?-Chapman (5.3/7)
  50. Izzie: Trongate Fury-Wilson (4.7/2)
  51. Janey G. Blue-Duey (4.9/4)
  52. Jennie’s War: The Home Front in World War II-Hinman (4.7/5)
  53. Josie Poe-Duey (4.7/4)
  54. Journey to America-Levitin (4.7/5)
  55. Keep Smiling Through-Rinaldi (3.9/5)
  56. Kim/Kimi-Irwin (4.3/6)
  57. The Klipfish Code-Casanova (5.0/6)
  58. Last Chance Bay-Carter (4.5/6)
  59. Laura’s Victory: End of the Second World War-Jones (4.8/5)
  60. The Light in the Cellar: A Molly MysteryBuckey(4.7/4)
  61. Lilly’s Crossing-Giff (4.6./5)
  62. The Little Riders-Shemin (5.4/2)
  63. Looking at the Moon-Pearson (4.8/7)
  64. Love-Lies-Bleeding – Haworth-Attard (5.0/5)
  65. Meet Molly, an American Girl-Tripp (4.2/1)
  66. Milkweed-Spinelli (3.6/7)
  67. Molly Learns a Lesson: A School Story-Tripp (3.7/1)
  68. Molly’s Fire-Carey (4.3/6)
  69. Molly’s Surprise: A Christmas Story-Tripp (3.6/1)
  70. My Friend the Enemy-Cheaney (5.4/10)
  71. My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck-Osborne (5.5/4)*
  72. Nilda-Mohr (4.5/11)
  73. Nim and the War Effort-Lee (4.3/1)
  74. On the Wings of Heroes-Peck (4.6/4)
  75. Other Bells for Us to Ring-Cormier (5.9/4)
  76. Party Shoes-Streadfield (5.3/12)
  77. Pearl Harbor-Boyd (3.3/0.5)
  78. Pearl Harbor Is Burning!-Kudlinski (3.5/1)
  79. Peggy’s Letters-Halsey (3.6/2)
  80. Penelope: An Irish Penny-McKay (4.5/2)
  81. Phantoms in the Snow-Duble (4.7/8)
  82. The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11-Hest (3.5/1)
  83. The Quilt-Paulsen (5.1/2)
  84. The Rachel Resistance-Griffis (5.5/7)
  85. Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories-Stagner (6.7/2)
  86. The Romeo and Juliet Code-Stone (5.3/9)
  87. Ronnie’s War-Ashley (5.1/5)
  88. Saving Zasha-Barrow (4.4/6)
  89. Say You Are My Sister-Brady (5.5/9)
  90. The Secret Project Notebook-Reeder (5.4/10)
  91. Scout: The Secret of the Swamp-Prins (5.7/10)
  92. Shadows on the Sea-Harlow (4.2/5)
  93. She Flew No Flags-Manley (5.5/9)
  94. Silver Days-Levitin (5.9/6)
  95. The Sky Is Falling-Pearson (5.2/9)
  96. The Snow Goose-Gallico (5.9/1)
  97. Snow Treasure-McSwigan (5.3/5)
  98. Someone Named Eva-Wolf (5.1/7)
  99. Spider Sparrow-King-Smith (6.1/5)
  100. A Spy on the Home Front: A Molly Mystery-Hart (4.2/3)
  101. Spying on Miss Muller-Bunting (4.4/6)
  102. Stepping on the Cracks-Hahn (4.7/8)
  103. Summer of My German Soldier-Greene (5.2/9)*
  104. Summer Secrets-Hermes (3.9/6)
  105. A Time to Choose-Attema (4.1/6)
  106. V Is for Victory: American Home Front During WWII-Whitman (7.7/2) Nonfiction
  107. Where the Ground Meets the Sky-Davies (4.1/7)
  108. Whistle Punk-Ross (5.5/6)
  109. The Wind Is Not a River-Griese (5.0/3)
  110. Willow Run-Giff (4.2/4)
  111. Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?-Avi (2.7/3)

 Middle Grades+ (6+)

  1. Blue-Hostetter (4.9/7)
  2. Crossing Stones-Frost (5.3/4)
  3. The Girl Is Murder-Haines (4.8/12)
  4. Hope’s War-Skrypuch (6.1/11)
  5. Hunger Journeys-de Vries (5.0/12)
  6. The Midnight Zoo-Hartnett (6.3/6)
  7. Summer of the War-Whelan (6.0/5)
  8. Under the Blood-Red Sun-Salisbury (4.0/8)
  9. The Whirlwind-Matas (3.9/4)

 Upper Grades (9-12)

  1. Beachmont Letters-Twomey (4.4/8)
  2. The Blue Star-Earley (5/9)
  3. The Book Thief-Zusak (5.1/18)
  4. Caleb’s Wars-Dudley
  5. Dangling Man-Bellow (5.6/8)
  6. For Such a Time-Larson (5.1/18)
  7. Friends and Enemies-Gaeddert (5.0/6)
  8. The Gadget-Zindel (4.5/4)
  9. The Human Comedy-Saroyan (5.8/8)
  10. Keeper of the Harvest-Wubbels (5.2/12)
  11. Long Train Passing-Wise (6.5/13)
  12. The Machine Gunners-Westall (4.8/7)
  13. The Man from the Other Side-Orlev (5.6/8)
  14. Molly Donnelly-Thesman (4.6/6)
  15. Red Sky at Morning-Bradford (5.4/11)
  16. Resistance-Graber (4.1/5)
  17. The Silver Sword/Escape from Warsaw-Serraillier (5.5/6)
  18. Simon’s Family-Fredriksson (6.4/18)
  19. Slap Your Sides-Kerr (4.8/6)
  20. Tallgrass-Dallas (5.2/14)
  21. Thorn Thread-Isaacs (6.3/7)
  22. When It Was Our War: A Soldier’s Wife on the Home Front-Suberman (7.8/15) Nonfiction

 

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