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WWI & WWII Literature for a 16yr old?

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Wondering if anyone has any WWI, and, WWII titles they would recommend for a 16yr old boy?

I was thinking along the lines of historical fiction & biographical works, ....  though any 'must read' non-fiction works welcomed too :)

 

ETA: I'm not adverse to lighter reads either, as they can help to break up the reading load.

TIA.

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Historical Fiction

WW1

War Horse (Morpurgo)

 

WW2

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Boyne) -- Holocaust; lonely son of a Nazi officer befriends a boy in a concentration camp

Code Talker (Bruchac) -- Pacific Theater; US Navajo soldiers send messages in their native language 

Farewell to Manzanar (Houston) = U.S. home front; true family memoir, Japanese Americans' forced internment

The Endless Steppe (Hautzig) -- Europe; based on true family exiled to a Siberian camp during the war

Escape From Warsaw (Serraillier) -- Europe; based on true family; how Polish siblings separated from their parents survived

The Winged Watchmen (von Stockum) -- Denmark; lighter tone; based on true family under Nazi occupation

 

Biography/Non-Fiction

WW1

The Road Home (Kkherdian)  -- Armenian family survives the Turkish genocide

The Yanks are Coming: The U.S. in the First World War (Marrin)

 

WW2

Hitler (Marrin)

Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel (Marrin)

Victory in the Pacific Marrin)

The Hiding Place (tenBoom) -- Europe; encouraging; Christian family hid Jews, caught, sent to prison camp, and afterwards

Escape From Colditz (Reid) -- Germany; light tone; British POWs living in, and attempting to escape from, German prison

The Forgotten 500 (Freeman) -- Europe; downed US airmen in Yugoslavia, and the rescue mission to save them

 

Classic Literature

WW1
A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque) --  intense; young German soldiers brutalized by trench warfare

 

WW2

Night (Wiesel) -- Holocaust; intense; first person account of the concentration camps

Hiroshima (Hersey) -- Japan; intense; true experiences of survivors of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and aftermath

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Thanks Karen, Lori, and Jilly!  (love your lists Lori!).

I really appreciate the suggestions listed here so far.

 

Ds was asking about titles from an axis view point too?

 

 

 

 

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Ds was asking about titles from an axis view point too?

 

Possibly The Book Thief ??? … Although really, that book is NOT at all about WW2, or the German home front of WW2. That just happens to be the setting and what puts stress on/develops the characters… 

 

Here's a website that looks interesting: Historical Novels Set in Nazi Germany. No idea about the quality or maturity level or adult content of any of these books, though.

 

Hopefully others will jump in with more ideas, from this perspective, or any WW1 or WW2 ideas… :)

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Possibly The Book Thief ??? … Although really, that book is NOT at all about WW2, or the German home front of WW2. That just happens to be the setting and what puts stress on/develops the characters… 

 

Here's a website that looks interesting: Historical Novels Set in Nazi Germany. No idea about the quality or maturity level or adult content of any of these books, though.

 

Hopefully others will jump in with more ideas, from this perspective, or any WW1 or WW2 ideas… :)

Thanks, yet again, Lori.

Much appreciated!

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Lord of the Nutcracker Men

 

and as mentioned previously:

The Hiding Place

Farewell to Manzanar

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Lord of the Nutcracker Men

 

and as mentioned previously:

The Hiding Place

Farewell to Manzanar

 

I'm just starting to search the options mentioned on this thread, so thanks for another vote for Manzanar 

(Looks like we have similar book tastes; your other titles we've previously been thru & also enjoyed! )

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