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World War II Stories

A perk of working at the library is getting to talk to everyone about what they are reading and loving, which often leads to what a person should read next. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah has been one of the most raved about books at Meinders Library in the past couple years, and inevitably, readers want more books like it. Here’s a list of some of our newer titles set during World War II.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Grenade by Alan Gratz
  • Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
  • The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  • Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
  • Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Young Adult Fiction

  • Lovely War by Julie Berry.
  • The Girl in the Blue Coat & The War Outside by Monica Hesse
  • The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
  • Code Name Verity & Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • White Rose by Kip Wilson

Adult Fiction

  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker
  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
  • The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
  • At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino
  • The Huntress by Kate Quinn
  • The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer


  • Symphony for the City of the Dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
  • The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neil Bascomb
  • The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: the Story of the Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  • The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
  • Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Little Minnesota in World War II : The Stories Behind 142 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota’s Littlest Towns by Jill A. Johnson and Deane L. Johnson
  • The Perfect Horse: the Daring Rescue of Horses Kidnapped by Hitler by Elizabeth Letts
  • A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein



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