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Teens in Wartime II
By Hilary Williamson - November, 2006
William Bell's The Blue Helmet: 'you have two choices, the green helmet
or the blue one. You can join the war, or you can keep the peace'

Here are some wonderful books about young men and women caught up in war - or who are casualties of war in different ways - and must often make difficult choices ...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
German Liesel steals books, while Jewish Max hides in her basement.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Auschwitz through the naive eyes of its Commandant's small son.

The Blue Helmet by William Bell
An angry teen learns from an older friend to choose war or peace.

The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick
Sasha has premonitions as WWI begins and her brothers head for France.

In My Hands by Irene Gut Opdyke & Jennifer Armstrong
'Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer'.

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
Sumiko and her family are interned at Poston after Pearl Harbor.

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff
Meggie's brother Eddie is in Europe, fighting in World War II.

Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett
Johnny & friends travel back in time to their town's WW II bombing.

What would/could you do in any of these situations? Do you know? Read the books and think about it. Find more books on young people caught up in war and the fear, suspicion and intolerance that it fosters in Teens in Wartime.
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