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Lough, Amber.
Open fire

In 1917 Russia, seventeen-year-old Katya joins the first all-female battalion to fight the Germans, but she soon finds that patriotism alone won't help her survive the realities of war.

McCrina, Amanda

After the Soviet liberation of Lwów from Germany, the city remains a battleground between resistance fighters and insurgent armies, its loyalties torn between Poland and Ukraine. Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko is half Ukrainian, half Polish, and he joined the Soviet Red Army to keep himself alive and fed. When he not-quite-accidentally shoots his unit's political officer in the street, he's rescued by a squad of Ukrainian freedom fighters. They might have saved him, but Tolya doesn't trust them. He especially doesn't trust Solovey, the squad's war-scarred young leader, who has plenty of secrets of his own. Then a betrayal sends them both on the run.

Hur, June.
The silence of bones

In Joseon Dynasty-era Korea, sixteen-year-old Seol, an indentured servant within the police bureau, becomes entangled in a politically-charged investigation into the murder of a noblewoman.

Pink, Randi.
Angel of Greenwood

The Angel of Greenwood is a historical YA novel that takes place during the Greenwood Massacre of 1921, in an area of Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as the "Black Wall Street".

Wein, Elizabeth.
The Enigma game

Told in multiple voices, fifteen-year-old Jamaican Louisa Adair uncovers an Enigma machine in the small Scottish village where she cares for an elderly German woman, and helps solve a puzzle that could turn the tide of World War II.

Fukuda, Andrew Xia.
This light between us

In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki of Bainbridge Island, Washington, is horrified to discover that his new pen pal, Charlie Lévy of Paris, France, is a girl, but in spite of his initial reluctance, their letters continue over the years and they fight for their friendship even as Charlie endures the Nazi occupation and Alex leaves his family in an internment camp and joins the Army.

Cameron, Sharon
The light in hidden places

Based on the true story of Stefania Podgórska, a sixteen-year-old Catholic who saves the lives of thirteen Jews in her attic while caring for her younger sister, Helena, and keeping everything secret from the two Nazi officers who are living in her house.

Smith, Sherri L.
The blossom and the firefly

Told in two voices, seventeen-year-old kamikaze pilot Taro and fifteen-year-old war worker Hana meet in 1945 Japan, he with no future and she, haunted by the past.

Sepetys, Ruta.
The fountains of silence

At the Castellana Hilton in 1957 Madrid, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson connects with Ana Moreno through photography and fate as Daniel discovers the incredibly dark side of the city under Generalissimo Franco's rule.

Wilson, Kip.
White Rose

Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose. A non-violent resistance group, they write and distribute anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. Their actions are catastrophic for themselves and their friends.

Morrill, Stephanie.
Within these lines

Italian-American Evalina and Japanese-American Taichi's vow to be together, although interracial marriage is illegal in 1941 San Francisco, is tested when Taichi's family is sent to Manzanar internment camp.

DeWoskin, Rachel.
Someday we will fly

Lillia, fifteen, flees Warsaw with her father and baby sister in 1940 to try to make a new start in Shanghai, China, but the conflict grows more intense as America and Japan become involved.

Hemphill, Stephanie.
The language of fire

A lyrical, dark, and moving look at the life of Joan of Arc, who as a teen girl in the fifteenth century commanded an army and helped crown a king of France. This verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation.

Katz, Gwen C.
Among the red stars

Inspired by the true story of a famous all-female Russian bomber regiment, Gwen C. Katz weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice, of learning to fight for yourself, and of the perils of a world at war.

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk
Dance of the banished

"A teenager leaves his fiancé behind in their Anatolain village to make a new life in Canada for both of them. But when World War I breaks out, he is sent to an internment camp while his betrothed struggles to survive and find a way to join him"

Peyton, K. M.
Wild Lily

In 1921 Lily Gabriel is thirteen, motherless, and runs wild on Lockwood estate where her father is the gardener; Antony Sylvester is seventeen, motherless, and the spoiled son of the rich businessman who owns the estate; so when her friendship for Anthony suddenly turns into an impossible love there is bound to be heartbreak in the future--even before the airplane Antony got for his birthday leads to a disaster that will throw a shadow over both their lives.

Lee, Stacey
Under a painted sky

In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri

Brown, Skila.
To stay alive

A young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846 describes how her family and others became victims of freezing temperatures and starvation.

Pignat, Caroline.
The gospel truth

Phoebe is a 16 year old slave girl living on a Virginia plantation in the 1850s, when the plantation is visited by an abolitionist who poses as a birdwatcher. Phoebe comes to realize that she has a chance to risk escape along the route of the Underground Railroad. Based on the real life Alexander Milton Ross, a.k.a. the Birdman.

Hughes, Dean

Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.

Gratz, Alan
Projekt 1065

It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.

Moss, Miriam.
Girl on a plane

This is a fictionalized story based on the real life experiences of Miriam Moss, a fifteen-year-old English schoolgirl who was held hostage on a plane hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1970.

Leech, Caroline.
Wait for me

"On her father's farm in Scotland in 1945, Lorna Anderson meets German POW Paul Vogel, assigned as the new farmhand. At first Laura is appalled but as she learns more about his family and life in Germany, the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she's always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she's willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate"

Latham, Jennifer.
Dreamland burning

"When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery"

Powell, Patricia Hruby
Loving vs. Virginia

Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.

Sepetys, Ruta.
Salt to the sea

As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

Smith, Dan
My friend the enemy

In 1941, having a German plane crash near your house is exciting, but when twelve-year-old Peter Dixon and his friend Kim find a wounded German airman, Peter is faced with a dilemma--should he help take care of the man as Kim wants to do, or report him to the soldiers searching for him?

Blankman, Anne.
Conspiracy of blood and smoke

In 1933, eighteen-year-old Gretchen, niece of Adolph Hitler, reunites with her Jewish boyfriend when she leaves the safety of England to return to Germany to investigate a murder and expose the evil of the Nazi regime..

Schlitz, Laura Amy.
The hired girl

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself--because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

Lucier, Makiia.
A death-struck year

When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross.

Kirkpatrick, Katherine.
Between two worlds

In the 1890s, sixteen-year-old Eqariusaq, from the village of Itta near Ellesmere, is caught between traditional Inuit life with her lazy husband Angulluk and the world of Lieutenant Peary and his family and crew, who call her Billy Bah.

Lewis, Amanda.
September 17

September 17 is a harrowing fictionalized account of the WWII sinking of the City of Bernares, a ship which was secretly transporting ninety British children to safety in Canada, after being torpedoed by a German U-boat.

Myers, Walter Dean

Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death's whisper is everywhere. One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever. It's May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager.

Wein, Elizabeth.
Rose under fire

A young woman pilot with Britain's Air Transport is captured and sent to Ravensbruck during World War II.