Children in War

After

In the fourth part of Felix's story, continuing his adventures in World War Two, he faces perhaps his greatest challenge - to find hope when he's lost almost everything, including his parents. As Europe goes through the final agonizing stages of the war, Felix struggles to reconcile hatred and healing. He's helped by a new friend, but if he should lose her as well.


Morris Gleitzman


Battlefield

Harry Blacker is desperate to join the army like his older brother Jack, who is in a Japanese POW camp. He practises drills on the family farm in Cowra and spies on the Japanese prisoners in the camp nearby. When some of the prisoners escape, Barry's attempt to be a hero has devastating consequences.


Alan Tucker

Berlin Olympics

In 1936, the Olympic Games took place in Nazi Germany, and London-born Eleanor Rhys Davies realised her dream when she was selected to represent Britain as a swimmer. But Berlin under Hitler could be a hostile place, and Eleanor witnessed murmurings that finally erupted into World War Two.


Vince Cross


Billy Mack's War

When Captain Mack is released from prison camp at the end of the war, no-one is sure what to expect, least of all his son Billy. He might be the same man who went off to war full of hope and pride or his experiences may have changed him forever.



James Roy


The children of the king

Cecily, Jeremy and a young refugee, May, have been sent to live with Uncle Peregrine in the country, safe from the war in London. But, when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding out in a nearby castle ruin, and Jeremy runs away to London to help in the war effort, several destinies come together to make an extraordinary adventure.


Sonya Hartnett


Crow country

When Sadie moves back to her mother's home town in country Victoria, she finds herself drawn to the dried-up lake where eerie carved standing stones have recently been revealed. The wheeling crows seem to speak to her about an old wrong she must set right, and she finds herself catapulted back to a time just after World War I. Three young men have just returned from the war: Sadie's grandfather who runs the local shop, the local landowner, and Jimmy Raven, an Indigenous stockman who works on the landowner's farm. Sadie discovers that Jimmy was killed under mysterious circumstances and that her grandfather helped cover it up. Back in her own time, Sadie befriends Walter, a boy from Mildura who may have a connection to Jimmy. Can Sadie and Walter work through the mystery and prevent a similar tragedy happening in their own time? Summary: When Sadie moves back to her mother's home town in country Victoria, she finds herself drawn to the dried-up lake where eerie carved standing stones have recently been revealed. The wheeling crows seem to speak to her about an old wrong she must set right, and she finds herself catapulted back to a time just after World War I. Three young men have just returned from the war: Sadie's grandfather who runs the local shop, the local landowner, and Jimmy Raven, an Indigenous stockman who works on the landowner's farm. Sadie discovers that Jimmy was killed under mysterious circumstances and that her grandfather helped cover it up. Back in her own time, Sadie befriends Walter, a boy from Mildura who may have a connection to Jimmy. Can Sadie and Walter work through the mystery and prevent a similar tragedy happening in their own time?


Kate Constable


The diary of Anne Frank

During the persecution of the Jewish people in the Netherlands in World War II, Anne wrote in her diary of how her family hid for two years in a few rooms.


Anne Frank

Do not forget Australia

enri lives in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux. Billy lives in Melbourne, Australia. These two little boys, who live thousands of miles away from each other, share one story that unites Villers-Bretonneux and Melbourne in history. A moving and inspiring story of World War One


Sally Murphy


An elephant in the garden

Dresden, 1944. Elizabeth, Karli and their mother are fleeing the city as the allied bombs fall. It's a torturous journey through a perilous, snow-covered landscape to reach the safety of the west - and it would be difficult enough if they didn't have an elephant with them. Summary: Dresden, 1944. Elizabeth, Karli and their mother are fleeing the city as the allied bombs fall. It's a torturous journey through a perilous, snow-covered landscape to reach the safety of the west - and it would be difficult enough if they didn't have an elephant with them.


Michael Morpurgo

The forgotten pearl

When Chloe visits her Grandma Poppy, she learns just how close the Second World War came to destroying her family. In 1941, Poppy lived in Darwin, far from the war. When Japan attacked, everything Poppy held dear was threatened. Her brother was taken prisoner-of-war and her home town became a war zone. Poppy and her mother fled to Sydney, only to find that the danger followed them there.


Belinda Murrell


Gallipoli

Lying about his age and looking for adventure, 14-year-old Victor March enlists in the 10th Battalion of the AIF to fight in the Great War. Victor and his new mates, Fish, Needle and Robbo, are headed for the Gallipoli peninsula, and into battle. He is among the first soldiers to land at what will become known as Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and the world as he knows it is about to change. In his diary, Victor records the horrors of war, his friendships, his fears, and the story of Australia's most legendary military campaign.


Alan Tucker

The girl from Snowy River

The year is 1919. Thirty years have passed since the man from Snowy River made his famous ride. But World War I still casts its shadow across a valley in the heart of Australia, particularly for orphaned sixteen-year-old Flinty McAlpine, who lost a brother when the Snowy River men marched away to war.


Jackie French

Hero at Dunkirk

Joe Read was 15 years old when he was caught up in a moment in history no one will ever forget. 2010 sees the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation. Winston Churchill called it 'a miraclef deliverance' when over 300000 British and allied soldiers were rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk by a fleet of over 800 boats. Joe and his father Wally risked their lives taking their pleasue craft, the New Britannic, across the channel. Joe's story is told here for the first time.


Vince Cross


My Australian Story series

Hidden like Anne Frank : fourteen true stories of survival

A collection of first-person accounts that share what it was really like to go into hiding during World War II. Some children were only three or four years old when they were hidden; some were teenagers. Some hid with neighbours or relatives, while many were with complete strangers. All know the pain of losing their homes, their families, even thier own names. They describe the secret network of brave people who kept them safe. They share the coincidences and close escapes that made all the difference. (From book jacket) Translated from the Dutch.


Marcel Prins & Peter Henk Steenhuis : translated by Laura Watkinson

Hiding Edith

The true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl, sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France in 1938. An entire village heroically conspired to conceal hundreds of Jewish children, who went to the local school, roamed the streets and ate good food, all without having to worry about concealing their Jewish identity.


Kathy Kacer

Light Horse boy

When war is declared on Germany in 1914, Jim and his best mate, Charlie, decide to sign up for the war. Jim is not quite old enough to sign up but he lies about his age. When he resigns from his job to go to war, Jim’s boss gives him a horse called Breaker, instead of his wages. Jim and Charlie think joining the Light Horse Regiment is a bit of an adventure and that the war will be over in a few months. But they quickly discover how terrible life on the frontline really is.


Dianne Wolfe

Little brother

Vithy is in war-torn Cambodia searching for his only remaining family member, his older brother.


Allan Baillie


Lofty's mission

When Harley's dad takes his young pigeon, Lofty, to donate for the war effort, Harley cries, sure that he will never see Lofty again. Lofty is trained by army officers to carry important messages and flies hundreds of miles carrying messages from the field back to headquarters.


Krista Bell & David Miller


The matchbox

The childhood biography of Ginetta Sagan, the founder of Amnesty International.


Mary Peace Finley

My Friend the enemy (Our enemy, my friend)

t is 1915 and Australia is involved in the Great War. Young Australian men are dying in the trenches of Europe. The village of Wirreebilla in the Adelaide Hills seems peaceful and far away...but is it really so peaceful? German settlers are being treated increasingly as aliens by Wirreebilla locals, and old friends become the new enemy. When Emma Sheldrake experiences this hatred first-hand, she begins to understand how difficult wartime can be for everyone.


Jenny Blackman


My Australian Story series

My holocaust story : Hanna

Hanna Kaminsky loves gymnastics, her best friend Eva, Elza's chicken soup with dumplings and reading. But in September 1939 the happy life that Hanna has always known disappears. The Nazis have invaded Poland and are herding all Jews into ghettos in the cities. Hanna's family are forced into hiding in the countryside. For a while it seems they are safe. But hiding from the Germans means trusting others. Rounded up by the SS, Hanna and her family are sent to the Warsaw Ghetto where they must use whatever skills they have to survive.


Goldie Alexander

My mother's eyes : the story of a boy soldier

William was only 16 years old when he enlisted for the First World War. Like many other under-age boys at the time, he was accepted into the Australian Imperial Force and sent to the battlefields of France. His letters home from the front reveal how, for the boy soldiers, the 'great adventure' became a tragedy.


Mark Wilson



Night without darkness

Every year the shearwaters come to roost on big dog island. And every year Phoebe's family come to hunt the birds. As the time comes for the shearwaters to migrate, Harry, Phoebe's closest friend, leaves for the war fields. And nothing will ever be the same again.


Elizabeth Stanley

Now

Set in the current day, this is the final book in the series that began with Once, continued with Then and is... Now. Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely admired. He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him. Together they face ... an event that helps them achieve salvation from the past, but also brings the possibility of destruction.


Morris Gleitzman

Once

Felix is hidden by his Jewish parents in a Catholic orphanage during the Nazi invasion of Poland. He runs away to find his parents and lands in the middle of the Holocaust.



Morris Gleitzman

Pennies for Hitler

It's 1939 and George is the son of an English father and German mother. When a ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled to London in a suitcase, and then across the seas to Australia, to begin a life under a different name and with a new family, in order to survive.



Jackie French

A present from the past

A young girl receives a special gift from the past from her Aunt. During the first World War, soldiers and nurses were given a special Christmas present from the Princess Mary, a precious box containing sweets or tobacco, as the royal family's thanks for the hardships they were undertaking. Suggested level: primary.



Jennifer Beck

Private Peaceful

On the battlefields of World War 1, young Private Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood. His memories of his loving family come vividly alive. But, every moment takes Tommo closer to something he cannot bear to think about.


Michael Morpurgo


Running with the horses

Set during the second World War in Vienna at the Spanish Riding School famous for their Lipizzaners - the dancing white horses. Nina and her father must help the last of the horses flee the city. Nina's faith in an extraordinary old horse makes this an unforgettable story of courage, adventure and friendship.



Alison Lester

Secrets and sisterhood (A tale of two families)

an Packard's family and the family next door meet once a month for a barbeque. One family has a son who went to the Vietnam War; the other has a son who was a draft resister. Then... Jan's mother joins the Women's Movement... and Jan wants to play football but is rejected by the boys. It is a time of change. First published by Scholastic Australia in 2000, as: A tale of two families. Summary: Jan Packard's family and the family next door meet once a month for a barbeque. One family has a son who went to the Vietnam War; the other has a son who was a draft resister. Then... Jan's mother joins the Women's Movement... and Jan wants to play football but is rejected by the boys. It is a time of change.



Jenny Pausacker

Shadow

This is the story of Aman, as told in his own words – a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of the Afghan war. When a western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother, Aman is initially repulsed – it is not customary for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother finally decide to make a bid for freedom, the dog Aman has called Shadow will not leave their side. Soon it becomes clear: the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be…



Michael Morpurgo

The Silver Donkey

A blind soldier, who has deserted from the war, wants to return to England to see his brother before he dies. Two young girls befriend him. The soldier shares four stories about donkeys throughout history that have been brave, kind and trustworthy.



Sonya Hartnett

Surviving Hitler : a harrowing true story

Until Hitler came to power, Jack Mandelbaum was hardly aware of his Jewish heritage. Then, torn from his family and in a concentration camp, fifteen-year-old Jack suddenly found himself questioning his identity as he mustered the spirit to win the cruelest of games that he was forced to play. Award-winning author Andrea Warren combines haunting photographs from World War II concentration camps with the inspiring words of Jack Mandelbaum to tell the powerful true story of a boy becoming a man in the Holocaust.


Andrea Warren

Survivors : true stories of children in the holocaust Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun

These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in-- and hope for-- survival.
Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.


Then

The second story of Felix and Zelda. They have escaped from the Nazis but now must survive the many people ready to hand them over for a reward. Thanks to the courage of a kind, brave woman they are able to hide for a time in the open, but Felix knows he has a distinguishing feature that identifies him as a Jew.



Morris Gleitzman

The trenches : Billy Stephens, the Western Front, 1914-1918

Two sixteen year olds put their ages up to join the Armed Forces and fight in the Great War of 1914-1918. An honest account of the horrors of war in the trenches, particularly sensitive and heartbreaking. Fictitious, with historical notes and photos.



by Jim Eldridge

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St Loius

Lisa and Sol board the luxury ship St Louis in Hamburg, Germany on 13 May 1939.

They are Jewish, as are almost all of the passengers on board; although war has not been officially declared in Europe, the Nazis have been persecuting Jews for years. The St Louis's German captain, Gustav Schroeder, is determined to see his passengers to safety.

They set sail for Cuba, and the atmosphere on the ship is optimistic,but as they learn that Hitler's propaganda has turned the country against them, the mood changes to despair.


Kathy Kacer

The War that Saved my Life

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.


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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit

In 1933, nine year old Anna was too busy with schoolwork and friends to take much notice of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in her native Germany, until she is forced to learn the skills needed to survive as a refugee.


Judith Kerr

Who was Anne Frank?


by Ann Abramson ; illustrated by Nancy Harrison

Zlata's Diary

When Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes. It begins as the day-today record of the life of a typical eleven-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor’s cellar. Yet throughout she remains courageous and observant. The result is a book that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away.